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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145578/the-changing-paradigm-of-management-of-liver-abscesses-in-chronic-granulomatous-disease
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David M Straughan, Kaitlin C McLoughlin, John E Mullinax, Beatriz E Marciano, Alexandra F Freeman, Victoria L Anderson, Gulbu Uzel, Sa D C Azoury, Rebecca Sorber, Humair S Quadri, Harry L Malech, Suk See DeRavin, Natasha Kamal, Christopher Koh, Christa S Zerbe, Douglas B Kuhns, John I Gallin, Theo Heller, Steven M Holland, Udo Rudloff
Background: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a rare genetic disorder causing recurrent infections. Over one quarter of patients develop hepatic abscesses and liver dysfunction. Recent reports suggest disease-modifying treatment with corticosteroids is effective for these abscesses. Comparison of corticosteroid therapy to traditional invasive treatments has not been performed. Methods: Records of 268 patients with CGD treated at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1980 to 2014 were reviewed...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145306/dynamic-noninvasive-markers-predict-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-without-sustained-virological-response-after-interferon-based-therapy-prioritize-who-needs-urgent-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
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Chao-Min Huang, Tsung-Hui Hu, Kuo-Chin Chang, Po-Lin Tseng, Sheng-Nan Lu, Chien-Hung Chen, Jing-Houng Wang, Chuan-Mo Lee, Ming-Chao Tsai, Ming-Tsung Lin, Yi-Hao Yen, Chao-Hung Hung, Chung-Lung Cho, Cheng-Kun Wu
Some patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections who fail to achieve sustained virological responses (SVRs) after interferon (IFN) therapy do not develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Risk stratification of these patients may help identify those who would benefit most from treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).A total of 552 HCV-infected patients with non-SVR status were enrolled. Laboratory data before and after IFN treatment were analyzed to determine the relationship of changes in serum markers with development of HCC during the 7-year study period...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143681/economic-evaluation-of-hcv-testing-approaches-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Jake R Morgan, Maria Servidone, Philippa Easterbrook, Benjamin P Linas
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a major public health burden with diverse epidemics worldwide, but at present, only a minority of infected persons have been tested and are aware of their diagnosis. The advent of highly effective direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy, which is becoming available at increasingly lower costs in low and middle income countries (LMICs), represents a major opportunity to expand access to testing and treatment. However, there is uncertainty as to the optimal testing approaches and who to prioritize for testing...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143626/methodological-challenges-in-appraising-evidence-on-diagnostic-testing-for-who-guidelines-on-hepatitis-b-and-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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Roger Chou, Philippa Easterbrook, Margaret Hellard
Linking persons with hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) infection with appropriate prevention and treatment requires that they first be diagnosed. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed its first guidelines on testing for chronic HBV and HCV infection, using a framework based on methods from the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group for the formulation of recommendations, including determining the strength of recommendations and quality of evidence...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143620/optimising-diagnosis-of-viraemic-hepatitis-c-infection-the-development-of-a-target-product-profile
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Elena Ivanova Reipold, Philippa Easterbrook, Alessandra Trianni, Nivedha Panneer, Douglas Krakower, Stefano Ongarello, Teri Roberts, Veronica Miller, Claudia Denkinger
BACKGROUND: The current low access to virological testing to confirm chronic viraemic HCV infection in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is limiting the rollout of hepatitis C (HCV) care. Existing tests are complex, costly and require sophisticated laboratory infrastructure. Diagnostic manufacturers need guidance on the optimal characteristics a virological test needs to have to ensure the greatest impact on HCV diagnosis and treatment in LMIC. Our objective was to develop a target product profile (TPP) for diagnosis of HCV viraemia using a global stakeholder consensus-based approach...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143616/diagnostic-accuracy-of-detection-and-quantification-of-hbv-dna-and-hcv-rna-using-dried-blood-spot-dbs-samples-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Berit Lange, Teri Roberts, Jennifer Cohn, Jamie Greenman, Johannes Camp, Azumi Ishizaki, Luke Messac, Edouard Tuaillon, Philippe van de Perre, Christine Pichler, Claudia M Denkinger, Philippa Easterbrook
BACKGROUND: The detection and quantification of hepatitis B (HBV) DNA and hepatitis C (HCV) RNA in whole blood collected on dried blood spots (DBS) may facilitate access to diagnosis and treatment of HBV and HCV infection in resource-poor settings. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of DBS compared to venous blood samples for detection and quantification of HBV-DNA and HCV-RNA in two systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the diagnostic accuracy of HBV DNA and HCV RNA from DBS compared to venous blood samples...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143612/values-preferences-and-current-hepatitis-b-and-c-testing-practices-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-results-of-a-survey-of-end-users-and-implementers
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Elena Ivanova Reipold, Alessandra Trianni, Douglas Krakower, Stefano Ongarello, Teri Roberts, Philippa Easterbrook, Claudia Denkinger
BACKGROUND: Access to hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) diagnostics remains a key bottleneck in scale-up of access to HBV and HCV treatment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that lack laboratory resources and skilled personnel. To inform the development of World Health Organization (WHO) testing guidelines on who to test and how to test, we performed a "values and preferences" survey of end users and implementers of hepatitis testing in LMICs on current hepatitis B and C testing practices and acceptability of diagnostic approaches, as well as preferences for the future...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143611/one-or-two-serological-assay-testing-strategy-for-diagnosis-of-hbv-and-hcv-infection-the-use-of-predictive-modelling
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John V Parry, Philippa Easterbrook, Anita R Sands
BACKGROUND: Initial serological testing for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is conducted using either rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) or laboratory-based enzyme immunoassays (EIA)s for detection of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV), typically on serum or plasma specimens and, for certain RDTs, capillary whole blood. WHO recommends the use of standardized testing strategies - defined as a sequence of one or more assays to maximize testing accuracy while simplifying the testing process and ideally minimizing cost...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143609/survey-of-programmatic-experiences-and-challenges-in-delivery-of-hepatitis-b-and-c-testing-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Azumi Ishizaki, Julie Bouscaillou, Niklas Luhmann, Stephanie Liu, Raissa Chua, Nick Walsh, Sarah Hess, Elena Ivanova, Teri Roberts, Philippa Easterbrook
BACKGROUND: There have been few reports on programmatic experience of viral hepatitis testing and treatment in resource-limited settings. To inform the development of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) viral hepatitis testing guidance and in particular the feasibility of proposed recommendations, we undertook a survey across a range of organisations engaged with hepatitis testing in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our objective was to describe current hepatitis B and C testing practices across a range of settings in different countries, as well as key barriers or challenges encountered and proposed solutions to promote testing scale-up...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143142/prevalence-of-ns5b-resistance-associated-variants-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-asian-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Song Yang, Huichun Xing, Shenghu Feng, Wei Ju, Shunai Liu, Xiaomei Wang, Weini Ou, Jun Cheng, Calvin Q Pan
There is little information on the association between baseline non-structural protein (NS) 5b resistance-associated variants (RAVs) and treatment failure in hepatitis C patients. This study examined the frequencies of natural hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B resistance-associated variants (RAVs) in an Asian cohort. Samples from Asian HCV patients enrolled between October 2009 and September 2014 were analyzed for NS5B RAVs within the region from amino acid 230 to 371. Serum samples were tested by PCR genotyping, with sequence alignment performed using the neighbor-joining method...
November 15, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142472/prostaglandin-e1-protects-hepatocytes-against-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-apoptosis-via-protein-kinase-a-dependent-induction-of-glucose-regulated-protein-78-expression
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Fang-Wan Yang, Yu Fu, Ying Li, Yi-Huai He, Mao-Yuan Mu, Qi-Chuan Liu, Jun Long, Shi-De Lin
AIM: To investigate the protective effect of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) against endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced hepatocyte apoptosis, and to explore its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Thapsigargin (TG) was used to induce ER stress in the human hepatic cell line L02 and hepatocarcinoma-derived cell line HepG2. To evaluate the effects of PGE1 on TG-induced apoptosis, PGE1 was used an hour prior to TG treatment. Activation of unfolded protein response signaling pathways were detected by western blotting and quantitative real-time RT-PCR...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141712/clinical-outcomes-during-treatment-interruptions-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hepatitis-b-virus-co-infected-patients-from-sub-saharan-africa
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Anders Boyd, Laura Houghtaling, Raoul Moh, Mariama Abdou Chekaraou, Delphine Gabillard, Serge Paul Eholié, Xavier Anglaret, Fabien Zoulim, Christine Danel, Karine Lacombe, For The Anrs Trivacan And Anrs VarBVA Studies
Antiretroviral treatment (ART) interruptions increase the risk of severe morbidity/mortality in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals from subSaharan Africa. We aimed to determine whether the risk is further increased among HIV-hepatitis B virus (HBV) co-infected patients in this setting. In this sub-analysis of a randomized-control trial, 632 participants from Côte d'Ivoire randomized to receive continuous-ART (C-ART), structured ART interruptions of 2-months off, 4-months on (2/4-ART), and CD4-guided ART interruptions (CD4GT, interruption at 350/mm(3) and reintroduction at 250/mm(3)) were analyzed...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141455/methionine-adenosyltransferases-in-cancers-mechanisms-of-dysregulation-and-implications-for-therapy
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Lauren Y Maldonado, Diana Arsene, José M Mato, Shelly C Lu
Methionine adenosyltransferase genes encode enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of S-adenosylmethionine, the principal biological methyl donor and precursor of polyamines and glutathione. Mammalian cells express three genes - MAT1A, MAT2A, and MAT2B - with distinct expression and functions. MAT1A is mainly expressed in the liver and maintains the differentiated states of both hepatocytes and bile duct epithelial cells. Conversely, MAT2A and MAT2B are widely distributed in non-parenchymal cells of the liver and extrahepatic tissues...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141246/evaluation-of-temporal-virological-responses-to-interferon-%C3%AE-2b-plus-ribavirin-among-genotype-3a-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-patients
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Abida Raza, Muhammad Ovais, Hafsa Aziz, Asim Anwar, Javaid Irfan, Irshad Ahmad, Muhammad Mukhtar
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to examine the impact of rapid virological response (RVR) and early virological response (EVR) on sustained virological response (SVR) in chronic hepatitis C genotype 3a individuals. METHODS: The patients were given antiviral therapy with IFN-α-2b, 3 million units 3 times a week and 800-1,200 mg of ribavirin daily adjusted to the patient's body weight (<60 kg 800 mg day-1, and >60 kg 1,200 day-1). The patients received this combination therapy for 24 weeks...
November 16, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141010/multiple-effects-of-toxins-isolated-from-crotalus-durissus-terrificus-on-the-hepatitis-c-virus-life-cycle
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Jacqueline Farinha Shimizu, Carina Machado Pereira, Cintia Bittar, Mariana Nogueira Batista, Guilherme Rodrigues Fernandes Campos, Suely da Silva, Adélia Cristina Oliveira Cintra, Carsten Zothner, Mark Harris, Suely Vilela Sampaio, Victor Hugo Aquino, Paula Rahal, Ana Carolina Gomes Jardim
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the main causes of liver disease and transplantation worldwide. Current therapy is expensive, presents additional side effects and viral resistance has been described. Therefore, studies for developing more efficient antivirals against HCV are needed. Compounds isolated from animal venoms have shown antiviral activity against some viruses such as Dengue virus, Yellow fever virus and Measles virus. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the complex crotoxin (CX) and its subunits crotapotin (CP) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2-CB) isolated from the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus on HCV life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139181/direct-antiviral-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-heart-transplant-recipients
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Martina Vitrone, Roberto Andini, Irene Mattucci, Ciro Maiello, Luigi Atripaldi, Emanuele Durante-Mangoni, Rosa Zampino
Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are a safe and effective treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). This may be particularly valuable for patients with severe comorbidities or baseline conditions, including non-liver solid organ transplant. We report cases of two heart transplant recipients with CHC treated with DAA (sofosbuvir and daclatasvir) achieving sustained virological response. Treatment was well tolerated and no relevant side effects were observed. The drug-drug interactions and graft function were carefully monitored...
November 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139025/coagulopathy-in-zellweger-spectrum-disorders-a-role-for-vitamin-k
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Sara Zeynelabidin, Femke C C Klouwer, Joost C M Meijers, Monique H Suijker, Marc Engelen, Bwee Tien Poll-The, C Heleen van Ommen
INTRODUCTION: Zellweger spectrum disorders (ZSDs) are caused by an impairment of peroxisome biogenesis, resulting in multiple metabolic abnormalities. This leads to a range of symptoms, including hepatic dysfunction and coagulopathy. This study evaluated the incidence and severity of coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K supplementation orally and IV in ZSD. METHODS: Data were retrospectively retrieved from the medical records of 30 ZSD patients to study coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K orally on proteins induced by vitamin K absence (PIVKA-II) levels...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138174/first-nations-hepatitis-c-virus-infections-six-year-retrospective-study-of-on-reserve-rates-of-newly-reported-infections-in-northwestern-ontario
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Janet Gordon, Natalie Bocking, Kathy Pouteau, Terri Farrell, Gareth Ryan, Len Kelly
OBJECTIVE: To document rates of newly reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases from 2010 to 2015 in remote First Nations communities. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of aggregate data of newly reported HCV antibody-positive (Ab+) cases. SETTING: Northwestern Ontario. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 31 First Nations communities (an on-reserve population of 20 901) supported in health care by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority...
November 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138012/systematic-review-on-reporting-quality-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-or-c-in-china
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Na Zeng, Cailun Zou, Zhiying He, Hong Ma, Xiaojuan Ou, Hong You, Yuanyuan Kong, Jidong Jia
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trails (RCTs) on viral hepatitis in China have been increasing, but few studies have been systematically conducted to evaluate the reporting quality of RCTs in this field. In the present study, we assessed the reporting quality of RCTs on the treatment of hepatitis B or C from 1991 to 2015 in China. METHODS: Articles published between January 1991 and December 2015 were identified via PubMed, Medline, and Embase by using the key words "randomized clinical trials," "treatment," "therapy," "hepatitis B," "HBV," "hepatitis C," "HCV," "China," and "Chinese...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138000/physiometabolic-effects-of-agave-salmiana-fructans-evaluated-in-wistar-rats
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A I Castillo Andrade, C Rivera Bautista, C Godínez Hernández, Ruiz Cabrera, C Fuentes Ahumada, E García Chávez, A Grajales Lagunes
A prospective completely randomized experimental study was conducted using 48 animals to evaluate the physiometabolic effects of Agave salmiana fructans as a dietary supplement in healthy Wistar rats. Five fructans concentrations from 5 to 20% (w/w) and one control were used in the rats' diet and were divided into six groups (n=8 rats/group). The treatments were carried out for 35 days, during which glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, body-weight gain, food intake, fecal excretion, organ weights, renal and hepatic functions and a histological analysis of the cecum were evaluated...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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