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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778771/do-serum-markers-of-liver-fibrosis-vary-by-hcv-infection-in-patients-with-alcohol-use-disorder
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Arantza Sanvisens, Alvaro Muñoz, Ferran Bolao, Paola Zuluaga, Magí Farré, Inmaculada Jarrin, Jordi Tor, Roberto Muga
INTRODUCTION: HCV infection is frequent in patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Ethanol and hepatitis C have a synergistic effect that increases the risk of end-stage liver disease. We aimed to assess fibrosis of the liver in patients admitted to treatment of AUD. METHODS: Data were collected in two hospital units between 2000 and 2014. Liver fibrosis was assessed by serum biomarkers APRI, FIB-4 and Forns, and Advanced Liver Fibrosis (ALF) was defined if APRI > 1...
May 16, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777756/peroxiredoxin-5-regulates-adipogenesis-attenuating-oxidative-stress-in-obese-mouse-models-induced-by-a-high-fat-diet
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Mi Hye Kim, Sun-Ji Park, Jung-Hak Kim, Jung Bae Seong, Kyung-Min Kim, Hyun Ae Woo, Dong-Seok Lee
Elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a hallmark of obesity. Peroxiredoxin 5 (Prx5), which is a cysteine-dependent peroxidase enzyme, has an intensive ROS scavenging activity because it is located in the cytosol and mitochondria. Therefore, we focused on the role of Prx5 in regulating mitochondrial ROS and adipogenesis. We demonstrated that Prx5 expression was upregulated during adipogenesis and Prx5 overexpression suppressed adipogenesis by regulating cytosolic and mitochondrial ROS generation...
May 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774539/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-indian-patients-with-fructose-1-6-bisphosphatase-deficiency-identification-of-a-frequent-variant-e281k
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Pratibha Bhai, Sunita Bijarnia-Mahay, Ratna D Puri, Renu Saxena, Deepti Gupta, Udhaya Kotecha, Anil Sachdev, Dhiren Gupta, Vyomesh Vyas, Divya Agarwal, Vivek Jain, Rajeev K Bansal, Tapisha G Kumar, Ishwar Chander Verma
Fructose-1, 6-bisphosphatase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder of gluconeogenesis caused by genetic defect in the FBP1 gene. It is characterized by episodic, often life-threatening metabolic acidosis, liver dysfunction, and hyperlactatemia. Without a high index of suspicion, it may remain undiagnosed with devastating consequences. Accurate diagnosis can be achieved either by enzyme assay or gene studies. Enzyme assay requires a liver biopsy and is tedious, invasive, expensive, and not easily available...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774469/higher-serum-levels-of-uric-acid-are-associated-with-a-reduced-insulin-clearance-in-non-diabetic-individuals
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Teresa Vanessa Fiorentino, Franz Sesti, Elena Succurro, Elisabetta Pedace, Francesco Andreozzi, Angela Sciacqua, Marta Letizia Hribal, Francesco Perticone, Giorgio Sesti
AIMS: Decreased insulin clearance has been reported to be associated with insulin resistance-related disorders and incident type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether higher levels of uric acid (UA), a known risk factor of type 2 diabetes, are associated with a reduced insulin clearance. METHODS: 440 non-diabetic individuals were stratified in tertiles according to serum UA levels. Insulin clearance and skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity were assessed by euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp...
May 17, 2018: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773828/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-5-grk5-gene-are-associated-with-plasma-ldl-cholesterol-levels-in-humans
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Stefan Z Lutz, Mathias Falcenberg, Fausto Machicao, Andreas Peter, Martin Kächele, Elko Randrianarisoa, Angela Lehn-Stefan, Robert Wagner, Jürgen Machann, Fritz Schick, Martin Heni, Axel Ullrich, Andreas Fritsche, Norbert Stefan, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Harald Staiger, Konstantinos Kantartzis
Genetically modified mice models suggest an important role for G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 5 (GRK5) in the pathophysiology of obesity and related disorders. We investigated whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the gene encoding GRK5 affect cardiometabolic traits in humans. We genotyped 3 common SNPs in intron 1 (rs1980030, rs10466210, rs9325562) and one SNP in intron 3 (rs10886471) of GRK5 in 2332 subjects at risk for type 2 diabetes. Total- and visceral fat mass were measured by magnetic resonance (MR) tomography and liver fat content by 1 H-MR spectroscopy...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773783/cholesteryl-ester-storage-disease-fatal-outcome-without-causal-therapy-in-a-female-patient-with-the-preventable-sequelae-of-progressive-liver-disease-after-many-years-of-mild-symptoms
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Ali Canbay, Meike N Müller, Stathis Philippou, Guido Gerken, Andreas Tromm
BACKGROUND Cholesteryl ester storage disease (CESD), also known as lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D), is a rare autosomal-recessive inheritable lysosomal storage disease. Since 2015, a causal treatment with sebelipase alfa, which replaces the missing LAL enzyme, has been approved. We report a fatal course of LAL-D in a female patient. CASE REPORT In 1979, CESD was first diagnosed in a 13-year-old female with marked hepatomegaly. At that time, no specific treatment for CESD was available and the spontaneous course of the disease had to be awaited...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773081/long-term-familial-mediterranean-fever-remission-on-successful-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-in-a-patient-not-responding-to-colchicine-a-case-report
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Manik Gemilyan, Gagik Hakobyan, Susanna Ananyan
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by periodic febrile attacks of aseptic serositis and/or arthritis. The main treatment is colchicine which prevents attacks in the majority of patients except for a group of colchicine-resistant cases. Chronic hepatitis C is a viral infection causing chronic inflammation of liver tissue (hepatitis) which ultimately progresses to fibrosis and liver cirrhosis with a high chance of hepatocellular carcinoma...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773067/in-silico-molecular-docking-and-adme-studies-of-1-3-4-thiadiazole-derivatives-in-relation-to-in-vitro-pon1-activity
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Belgin Sever, Kaan Kucukoglu, Hayrunnisa Nadaroglu, Mehlika Dilek Altintop
BACKGROUND: Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a paraoxonase, arylesterase and lactonase associated with protection of lipoproteins and cell membranes against oxidative modification. OBJECTIVE: Based on antioxidative properties of PON1 and widely usage of 1,3,4-thiadiazole derivatives in pharmaceutical, agricultural, and materials chemistry, herein we aimed to evaluate PON1 activator potentials of 1,3,4-thiadiazole based compounds. METHOD: 2-[[5-(2,4-Difluoro/dichlorophenylamino)-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl]thio] acetophenone derivatives (1-18), previously synthesized by our research group, were in vitro evaluated for their activator effects on PON1 which was purified using ammonium sulfate precipitation (60-80%) and DEAE-Sephadex anion exchange chromatography...
May 17, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772784/capsaicin-in-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Sunil K Panchal, Edward Bliss, Lindsay Brown
Capsaicin, the major active constituent of chilli, is an agonist on transient receptor potential vanilloid channel 1 (TRPV1). TRPV1 is present on many metabolically active tissues, making it a potentially relevant target for metabolic interventions. Insulin resistance and obesity, being the major components of metabolic syndrome, increase the risk for the development of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In vitro and pre-clinical studies have established the effectiveness of low-dose dietary capsaicin in attenuating metabolic disorders...
May 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771950/biophotonic-detection-of-high-order-chromatin-alterations-in-field-carcinogenesis-predicts-risk-of-future-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-pilot-study
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Richard Kalman, Andrew Stawarz, David Nunes, Di Zhang, Mart A Dela Cruz, Arpan Mohanty, Hariharan Subramanian, Vadim Backman, Hemant K Roy
PURPOSE: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) results from chronic inflammation/cirrhosis. Unfortunately, despite use of radiological/serological screening techniques, HCC ranks as a leading cause of cancer deaths. Our group has used alterations in high order chromatin as a marker for field carcinogenesis and hence risk for a variety of cancers (including colon, lung, prostate, ovarian, esophageal). In this study we wanted to address whether these chromatin alterations occur in HCC and if it could be used for risk stratification...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770459/identification-of-correlative-shifts-in-indices-of-brain-cholesterol-metabolism-in-the-c57bl6-mecp2-tm1-1bird-mouse-a-model-for-rett-syndrome
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Dieter Lütjohann, Adam M Lopez, Jen-Chieh Chuang, Anja Kerksiek, Stephen D Turley
Rett syndrome (RS) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from loss-of-function mutations in the X-linked gene methyl-Cpg-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Using a well-defined model for RS, the C57BL6/Mecp2 tm1.1Bird mouse, we have previously found a moderate but persistently lower rate of cholesterol synthesis, measured in vivo, in the brains of Mecp2 -/y mice, starting from about the third week after birth. There was no genotypic difference in the total cholesterol concentration throughout the brain at any age...
May 17, 2018: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770238/charlson-comorbidity-index-as-a-predictor-of-periodontal-disease-in-elderly-participants
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Jae-Hong Lee, Jung-Kyu Choi, Seong-Nyum Jeong, Seong-Ho Choi
Purpose: This study investigated the validity of the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) as a predictor of periodontal disease (PD) over a 12-year period. Methods: Nationwide representative samples of 149,785 adults aged ≥60 years with PD (International Classification of Disease, 10th revision [ICD-10], K052-K056) were derived from the National Health Insurance Service-Elderly Cohort during 2002-2013. The degree of comorbidity was measured using the CCI (grade 0-6), including 17 diseases weighted on the basis of their association with mortality, and data were analyzed using multivariate Cox proportional-hazards regression in order to investigate the associations of comorbid diseases (CDs) with PD...
April 2018: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769185/unusual-case-of-iron-overload-with-cancer-mimicking-abdominal-splenosis
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Giacomo Marchi, Giacomo Avesani, Alberto Zamò, Domenico Girelli
A 48-year-old man, former alcohol abuser and drug addicted, was referred to our tertiary referral centre for iron disorders because of marked hyperferritinaemia. His clinical history revealed chronic hepatitis C, ß-thalassaemia trait and post-traumatic splenectomy at age of 22. MRI-estimated liver iron content was markedly elevated, while first-line genetic test for haemochromatosis was negative. Alpha-fetoprotein was increased but liver ultrasonography did not reveal focal liver lesions. Multiphasic contrast-enhanced CT confirmed this result but showed two abdominal masses (diameter of 9 cm and 7 cm, respectively) among bowel loops, strongly suspicious for cancer...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769109/valproate-induced-hyperammonemia-uncovering-an-underlying-inherited-metabolic-disorder-a-case-report
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Shaine Mehta, Sarrah Tayabali, Robin Lachmann
BACKGROUND: Sodium valproate is a commonly used anticonvulsant. It is widely recognized that valproate can cause hyperammonemia, particularly in people with underlying liver disease. Patients with urea cycle disorders are genetically predisposed to this adverse event and can develop severe hyperammonemia if given valproate. This can occur even if liver functions tests and plasma concentration of valproate are normal, highlighting the importance of checking ammonia levels in any patient presenting with encephalopathy...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768684/practical-approach-to-the-gastrointestinal-manifestations-of-cystic-fibrosis
#15
REVIEW
Rishi Bolia, Chee Y Ooi, Peter Lewindon, Jonathan Bishop, Sarath Ranganathan, Jo Harrison, Kristyn Ford, Natalie van der Haak, Mark R Oliver
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, life-shortening, genetic illness affecting children in Australia and New Zealand. The genetic abnormality results in abnormal anion transport across the apical membrane of epithelial cells in a number of organs, including the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, liver and genito-urinary tract. Thus, CF is a multi-system disorder that requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Respiratory disease is the predominant cause of both morbidity and mortality in patients with CF. However, there are significant and clinically relevant gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional manifestations that must be detected and managed in a timely and structured manner...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768385/low-pg-i-ii-ratio-as-a-marker-of-atrophic-gastritis-association-with-nutritional-and-metabolic-status-in-healthy-people
#16
Weiwei Su, Bin Zhou, Guangming Qin, Zhihao Chen, Xiaoge Geng, Xiaojun Chen, Wensheng Pan
A low pepsinogen (PG) I/II ratio can be used to detect atrophic gastritis (AG). Recent research has found that the PG I/II ratio is associated with several nutritional and metabolic disorders. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the PG I/II ratio and biochemical markers in a Chinese population.In total, 1896 participants in a gastric cancer screening program underwent a health screening test that included assessment of serum pepsinogens. Subjects with PG I/II < 3.0 were considered as having atrophic gastritis...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766815/old-and-new-treatments-for-pediatric-autoimmune-hepatitis
#17
Silvia Nastasio, Giuseppe Maggiore, Marco Sciveres, Lorenza Matarazzo
Autoimmune hepatitis is a rare inflammatory disease of the liver that most frequently affects children and young adults. It is a multifactorial disease of unknown etiology, characteristically progressive in nature, and if left untreated, may lead to cirrhosis and terminal liver failure. It has been known for several decades now that immunosuppressive treatment convincingly alters the outcome of most patients with autoimmune hepatitis and as such it should be started as soon as diagnosis is made. Primary goals of treatment are: normalization of hepatocellular function, extinction of the hepatic necroinflammatory process, and maintenance of a stable remission, thus preventing progression to cirrhosis and its complications...
May 16, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766791/immunometabolic-changes-in-hepatocytes-arising-from-obesity-and-the-practice-of-physical-exercise
#18
Paula Alves Monteiro, Wagner Prado, Thiago Ricardo Dos Santos Tenório, Luciane Magri Tomaz, David H St-Pierre, Fabio Santos Lira
Over the recent years, a particular interest was shown towards understanding the roles of excessive hepatic fat accumulation and the development of obesity-related diseases. While hepatic triacylglycerol accumulation seems to be a response to the systemic increase of insulin release, fatty acid metabolites contribute to the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). It is widely accepted that NAFLD is a polygenic and multifactorial disease under the influence of critical behavioral factors such as overeating and sedentary lifestyles...
May 14, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766340/the-cholic-acid-extension-study-in-zellweger-spectrum-disorders-results-and-implications-for-therapy
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Femke C C Klouwer, Bart G P Koot, Kevin Berendse, Elles M Kemper, Sacha Ferdinandusse, Kiran V K Koelfat, Martin Lenicek, Frédéric M Vaz, Marc Engelen, Peter L M Jansen, Ronald J A Wanders, Hans R Waterham, Frank G Schaap, Bwee Tien Poll-The
INTRODUCTION: Currently, no therapies are available for Zellweger spectrum disorders (ZSDs), a group of genetic metabolic disorders characterised by a deficiency of functional peroxisomes. In a previous study, we showed that oral cholic acid (CA) treatment can suppress bile acid synthesis in ZSD patients and, thereby, decrease plasma levels of toxic C27 -bile acid intermediates, one of the biochemical abnormalities in these patients. However, no effect on clinically relevant outcome measures could be observed after 9 months of CA treatment...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766030/cre-recombinase-mediates-the-removal-of-bacterial-backbone-to-efficiently-generate-rsv40
#20
Xiaoxia Shi, Matthew Ryan Ykema, Jaco Hazenoot, Lysbeth Ten Bloemendaal, Irene Mancini, Machteld Odijk, Peter de Haan, Piter J Bosma
Gene therapy has been shown to be a feasible approach to treat inherited disorders in vivo . Among the currently used viral vector systems, adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are the most advanced and have been applied in patients successfully. An important drawback of non-integrating AAV vectors is their loss of expression upon cell division, while repeating systemic administration lacks efficacy due to the induction of neutralizing antibodies. In addition, a significant percentage of the general population is not eligible for AAV-mediated gene therapy due to pre-existing immunity...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
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