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Michael Christensen, Jonas B Jensen, Steen Jakobsen, Niels Jessen, Jørgen Frøkiær, Bruce E Kemp, Allison L Marciszyn, Hui Li, Núria M Pastor-Soler, Kenneth R Hallows, Rikke Nørregaard
The type-2 diabetes drug metformin has proven to have protective effects in several renal disease models. Here, we investigated the protective effects in a 3-day unilateral ureteral obstruction (3dUUO) mouse model. Compared with controls, ureteral obstructed animals displayed increased tubular damage and inflammation. Metformin treatment attenuated inflammation, increased the anti-oxidative response and decreased tubular damage. Hepatic metformin uptake depends on the expression of organic cation transporters (OCTs)...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Stephanie R Wesolowski, Karim C El Kasmi, Karen R Jonscher, Jacob E Friedman
Changes in the maternal environment leading to an altered intrauterine milieu can result in subtle insults to the fetus, promoting increased lifetime disease risk and/or disease acceleration in childhood and later in life. Particularly worrisome is that the prevalence of NAFLD is rapidly increasing among children and adults, and is being diagnosed at increasingly younger ages, pointing towards an early-life origin. A wealth of evidence, in humans and non-human primates, suggests that maternal nutrition affects the placenta and fetal tissues, leading to persistent changes in hepatic metabolism, mitochondrial function, the intestinal microbiota, liver macrophage activation and susceptibility to NASH postnatally...
October 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Adam C Labonte, Sun-Sang J Sung, Lucas T Jennelle, Aditya P Dandekar, Young S Hahn
: The liver maintains an immunologically tolerant environment as a result of continuous exposure to food and bacterial constituents from the digestive tract. Hepatotropic pathogens can take advantage of this niche and establish lifelong chronic infections causing hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Macrophages (Mϕ) play a critical role in regulation of immune responses to hepatic infection and regeneration of tissue. However, the factors crucial for Mϕ in limiting hepatic inflammation or resolving liver damage have not been fully understood...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Y-M Chiu, C-H Tang, S-T Hung, Y-W Yang, C-H Fang, H-Y Lin
OBJECTIVES: Few studies on tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor-associated tuberculosis (TB) and hepatic events have been performed in regions where these risks are elevated. This study aimed to provide a direct comparison between adalimumab and etanercept in a high-risk population and to address the implications for physicians working with patients in such an environment. METHOD: Data collected from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan between 2007 and 2011 were analysed retrospectively for incidences of eight adverse events associated with TNF-α inhibitors...
October 21, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Lia Gvinjilia, Muazzam Nasrullah, David Sergeenko, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, George Kamkamidze, Maia Butsashvili, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Paata Imnadze, Valeri Kvaratskhelia, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Lali Sharvadze, Jan Drobeniuc, Liesl Hagan, John W Ward, Juliette Morgan, Francisco Averhoff
The country of Georgia has a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, associated with exposures to HCV in health care settings with inadequate infection control and unsafe injections among persons who inject drugs (1). In April 2015, in collaboration with CDC and other partners, Georgia embarked on a program to eliminate HCV infection, subsequently defined as achieving a 90% reduction in prevalence by 2020. The initial phase of the program focused on providing HCV treatment to infected persons with advanced liver disease and at highest risk for HCV-associated morbidity and mortality...
October 21, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Jie Qin, Yusuke Arakawa, Miwa Morita, John J Fung, Shiguang Qian, Lina Lu
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation is a promising therapeutic approach for restore the physical response to blood glucose in type 1 diabetes. Current chronic use of immunosuppressive reagents for preventing islet allograft rejection is associated with severe complications. In addition, many of the immunosuppressive drugs are diabetogenic. The induction of transplant tolerance to eliminate the dependency on immunosuppression is ideal, but remains challenging. METHODS: Addition of hepatic stellate cells allowed generation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) from precursors in mouse bone marrow...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
J E Edwards, C LaCerte, T Peyret, N H Gosselin, J F Marier, A F Hofmann, D Shapiro
Obeticholic acid (OCA), a semisynthetic bile acid, is a selective and potent farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist in development for the treatment of chronic nonviral liver diseases. Physiologic pharmacokinetic models have been previously used to describe the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of bile acids. OCA plasma levels were measured in healthy volunteers and cirrhotic subjects. A physiologic pharmacokinetic model was developed to quantitatively describe the ADME of OCA in patients with and without hepatic impairment...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
Alan W Hemming, Jennifer Berumen, Kristin Mekeel
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of cancer death worldwide, and its incidence has been increasing in the last decade largely in parallel to the incidence and duration of exposure to hepatitis B and C. The widespread implementation of hepatitis B vaccine, hepatitis B antivirals, and the introduction of direct antiviral therapies for hepatitis C virus may have a substantial impact in reducing the incidence of HCC. This report reviews the risk factors and underlying mechanisms associated with the development of HCC in hepatitis B, along with advances in the diagnosis, imaging, and management of HCC...
November 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
A J Pantophlet, W J J Gerrits, R J Vonk, J J G C van den Borne
In veal calves, the major portion of digestible energy intake originates from milk replacer (MR), with lactose and fat contributing approximately 45 and 35%, respectively. In veal calves older than 4 mo, prolonged high intakes of MR may lead to problems with glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity, ultimately resulting in sustained insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis, and impaired animal performance. The contribution of each of the dietary energy sources (lactose and fat) to deteriorated glucose homeostasis and insulin resistance is currently unknown...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Annette Bernhard, Marc H G Berntssen, Anne-Katrine Lundebye, Anita R Alvheim, Lene Secher Myrmel, Even Fjære, Bente E Torstensen, Karsten Kristiansen, Lise Madsen, Trond Brattelid, Josef D Rasinger
Oily fish, a source of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFAs), may contain persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including α-hexabromocyclododecane (α-HBCD). In experimental studies, marine LC n-3 PUFAs ameliorate fatty liver development while HBCD exposure was found to cause liver fatty acid (FA) changes. The present study investigated interactions of FAs and α-HBCD in juvenile female BALB/c mice using a factorial design. Mice (n = 48) were exposed for 28 days to a low (100 μg*kg body weight (BW)(-1)*day(-1)) or high dose (100 mg*kg BW(-1)*day(-1)) of α-HBCD in diets with or without LC n-3 PUFAs...
October 4, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Tong Li, Ke Jin, Dan-Yan Zhu, Lu Li, Zheng Rong Mao, Bo Wen Wu, Yi Fan Wang, Zong Fu Pan, Lan Juan Li, Chun Sheng Xiang, Kun Kai Su, Yi Jia Lou
The in vitro predictive evaluation of chemical carcinogenicity based on hepatic premalignance has so far not been established. Here, we report a novel approach to investigate the premalignant events triggered by human carcinogen aristolochic acid I (AAI) in the liver-like tissue derived from mouse embryonic stem cells. By AAI exposure, the liver-like tissue exhibited the paracrine interleukin-6 phenotypic characteristics. Hepatocytes expressed STAT3/p-STAT3, c-Myc and Lin28B in parallel. Some of them displayed the dedifferentiation characteristics, such as full of α-fetoprotein granules, increase in size, and nucleocytoplasmic shuttle of Oct4...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Hiroyuki Nakashima, Masahiro Nakashima, Manabu Kinoshita, Masami Ikarashi, Hiromi Miyazaki, Hiromi Hanaka, Junko Imaki, Shuhji Seki
We have recently reported that Kupffer cells consist of two subsets, radio-resistant resident CD68+ Kupffer cells and radio-sensitive recruited CD11b+ Kupffer cells/macrophages (Mφs). Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized not only by hepatic steatosis but also chronic inflammation and fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the immunological mechanism of diet-induced steatohepatitis in fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) deficient mice. After consumption of a high fat diet (HFD) for 8 weeks, FGF5 null mice developed severe steatohepatitis and fibrosis resembling human NASH...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Y Zheng, L Qiu, L Fan, C Song, S Meng, J Chen
In the present study, GIFT tilapia Oreochromis niloticus were exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for 7, 14, and 21 days. Over the duration of the exposure, genotoxicity and the activity of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA) and Ca(+)/Mg(+)-ATPase (CMA) were measured in the gill, kidney, and intestine, to evaluate changes in osmoregulatory response in O. niloticus. Our results showed significant decreases in organic NKA (except in gill tissues after 0.5 mg/L PCB-exposure) and CMA activity. The results of the genotoxicity assay showed significant increases in atp1a1a, nkcc2 (only in gill tissue), and fxyd7 (except after 21 days of 5 mg/L PCB exposure)...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Y Zheng, L P Qiu, S L Meng, L M Fan, C Song, D D Li, C Zhang, J Z Chen
The present study clearly showed that chronic exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at environmentally relevant concentrations can damage juvenile tilapia livers by modulating antioxidant enzyme activities and gene transcription, which affects toxic bioaccumulation and histological congestion. The results suggest that PCBs caused a decrease in the activity of some hepatic antioxidative and biotransformation enzymes (SOD, CAT, GST, T-GSH, and MDA) in tilapia at 7 days, as well as transcriptional changes (sod, cat, and gst)...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Lihua Yang, Jinmiao Zha, Zijian Wang
The present study investigated the effects on reproductive and interrenal system by pentachlorophenol (PCP) using in silico and in vivo assays. Molecular docking results indicated interacting potency of PCP with steroid receptors (ERα, ERβ, AR, GR) but not Cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs). In the in vivo assay, sexually matured rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) was exposed to environmental relevant concentrations of PCP (0, 0.5, 5, 50 μg L(-1)). In male fish, 14-d exposure caused up-regulation of mRNA levels of hepatic erα, erβ, ar, gr, vtg and gonadal erα, vtg, ar, dmrt1, providing evidence for agonistic activities for steroid receptors by PCP...
January 2017: Chemosphere
Kaitlin M Johnson, Sean C Lema
Several estuaries along the Pacific Ocean coast of North America were identified recently as having elevated 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) in sediments and biota, raising concerns about reproductive impacts for wildlife given 4-NP's established estrogenic activity as an endocrine-disrupting compound. Here we characterize 4-NP mediated induction and recovery of estrogen-sensitive gene transcripts in the arrow goby (Clevelandia ios), an intertidal fish abundant in estuarine mud flats on the west coast of North America...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Toxicology
Daniel Mønsted Shabanzadeh, Torben Jørgensen, Allan Linneberg, Lars Tue Sørensen, Tea Skaaby
Gallstone disease is highly prevalent in the general population and is a major gastrointestinal cause of hospital admissions. The objectives were to determine whether circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were associated to ultrasound proven gallstones or cholecystectomy in a general population sample. Determinants of vitamin D status were also explored. A random sample of 4130 people from the population of Copenhagen with ages 41-71 years were invited (N = 4130) and 2650 participants were included...
October 1, 2016: Endocrine
E Artoni, G L Sighinolfi, A M Gatti, M Sebastiani, M Colaci, D Giuggioli, C Ferri
BACKGROUND: Mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) is a rare multisystem disease whose aetiopathogenesis is not completely understood. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may have a causative role, and genetic and/or environmental factors may also contribute. AIMS: To investigate the presence and possible role of environmental agents in MC. METHODS: We recruited 30 HCV-infected MC patients with different clinical manifestations and a control group of 30 healthy, sex-/age-matched volunteers...
September 30, 2016: Occupational Medicine
Lisanne C Anders, Heegook Yeo, Brenna R Kaelin, Anna L Lang, Adrienne M Bushau, Amanda N Douglas, Matt Cave, Gavin E Arteel, Craig J McClain, Juliane I Beier
BACKGROUND: Vinyl chloride (VC) causes toxicant-associated steatohepatitis at high exposure levels. Recent work by this group suggests that underlying liver disease may predispose the liver to VC hepatotoxicity at lower exposure levels. The most common form of underlying liver disease in the developed world is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It is well-known that the type of dietary fat can play an important role in the pathogenesis of NAFLD. However, whether the combination of dietary fat and VC/metabolites promotes liver injury has not been studied...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Laura Cummins Meals, Stephen R Ross, Curtis Eng, Kathryn C Gamble
Hepatitis B virus causes horizontally transmitted infectious hepatopathy of primates and may progress to hepatocellular carcinoma. Historically, a small number of chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes ) living in accredited North American zoos have been confirmed with positive hepatitis B serology consistent with exposure. However, the overall status for this population and the interpretation of these individual test results have not been established previously. The current U.S. zoo-housed population (n = 259) was assessed serologically for hepatitis B by surface protein antigen (HbsAg) and surface antibodies (anti-Hbs)...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
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