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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300822/human-%C3%AE-defensin-2-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Cindy Chang, Ana Lleo, Anchasa Kananurak, Fabio Grizzi, Koichi Tsuneyama, Pietro Invernizzi, Charles L Bevins, Christopher L Bowlus
OBJECTIVES: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bile ducts frequently associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggesting an important role for the gut-liver axis. Defensins are small (3.5-4.5 kDa) anti-microbial peptides that contribute to innate immunity at mucosal surfaces and have been implicated in IBD. The aim of this study was to investigate copy number variation of the gene (DEFB4) encoding human β-defensin 2 (HBD2) and protein expression of HBD2 in PSC...
March 16, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297790/-role-of-probiotics-in-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#2
M Chen, M C Wang, R Ni, J Wang, L Wang, G N Wang, L Y Zhang
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic liver diseases in China and manifests as simple fatty liver, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Studies have shown that intestinal flora can affect the development and progression of NAFLD via the "gut-liver axis" . Probiotics are active microorganisms with beneficial effects on the host, and more and more studies have found that probiotics play a positive role in improving NAFLD. They are cheaper, less harmful, and safer compared with antibiotics and surgery, and therefore, it may become a new method for the prevention and treatment of NAFLD...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267621/targeting-hepatic-macrophages-to-treat-liver-diseases
#3
REVIEW
Frank Tacke
Our view on liver macrophages in the context of health and disease has been reformed by the recognition of a remarkable heterogeneity of phagocytes in the liver. Liver macrophages consist of ontogenically distinct populations termed Kupffer cells and monocyte-derived macrophages. Kupffer cells are self-renewing, resident and principally non-migratory phagocytes, serving as sentinels for liver homeostasis. Liver injury triggers Kupffer cell activation, leading to inflammatory cytokine and chemokine release. This fosters the infiltration of monocytes into liver that give rise to large numbers of inflammatory monocyte-derived macrophages...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263462/omics-for-understanding-the-gut-liver-microbiome-axis-and-precision-medicine
#4
Jag Khalsa, Linda C Duffy, Gabriela Riscuta, Pamela Starke-Reed, Van S Hubbard
Human metabolic disease opens a new view to understanding the contribution of the intestinal microbiome to drug metabolism and drug-induced toxicity in gut-liver function. The gut microbiome, a key determinant of intestinal inflammation, also plays a direct role in chronic inflammation and liver disease. Gut bacterial communities directly metabolize certain drugs, reducing their bioavailability and influencing individual variation in drug response. In addition, some microbiome-produced compounds may affect drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics via altered expression of metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters or genes coding for drug target proteins, drug response phenotypes, and disease states...
March 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257306/intestinal-microbiota-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#5
Katharina Brandl, Bernd Schnabl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a liver disease with high prevalence in western countries. Progression from NAFLD to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) occurs in 10-20%. NASH pathogenesis is multifactorial including genetic and environmental factors. The gut microbiota is involved in disease progression and its role is complex. RECENT FINDINGS: NASH is associated with changes in the intestinal microbiota, although findings in recent studies are inconsistent...
March 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249269/roles-of-ileal-asbt-and-ost%C3%AE-ost%C3%AE-in-regulating-bile-acid-signaling
#6
Paul A Dawson
BACKGROUND: In addition to their classical role as detergents, bile acids function as signaling molecules to regulate gastrointestinal physiology, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and energy expenditure. The pharmacodynamic potential of bile acids is dependent in part on the tight pharmacokinetic control of their concentration and metabolism, properties governed by their hepatic synthesis, enterohepatic cycling, and biotransformation via host and gut microbiota-catalyzed pathways. Key Messages: By altering the normal cycling and compartmentalization of bile acids, changes in hepatobiliary or intestinal transport can affect signaling and lead to the retention of cytotoxic hydrophobic bile acids and cell injury...
2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228068/stress-in-gastrointestinal-tract-and-stable-gastric-pentadecapeptide-bpc-157-finally-do-we-have-a-solution
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Predrag Sikiric, Sven Seiwerth, Rudolf Rucman, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Antonio Kokot, Marko Sever, Ivan Zoricic, Zoran Zoricic, Lovorka Batelja, Tihomil Ziger, Josipa Vlainic, Zarko Rasic, Martina Lovric Bencic
Selye's syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents and "response to damage as such" means Selye's stress triad in stress coping response to reestablish homeostasis. Logically, from the gastrointestinal tract viewpoint, such organoprotective/healing response implies the angiogenic growth factors that commonly signify the healing. Thereby, the gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157-organoprotection (huge range of beneficial effects) signifies the Selye's stress concept/stress coping response implemented in and from gastrointestinal tract, and BPC 157 as an integrative mediator that integrates the adaptive bodily response to stress...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179108/revisiting-metchnikoff-age-related-alterations-in-microbiota-gut-brain-axis-in-the-mouse
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Karen A Scott, Masayuki Ida, Veronica L Peterson, Jack A Prenderville, Gerard M Moloney, Takayuki Izumo, Kiera Murphy, Amy Murphy, R Paul Ross, Catherine Stanton, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
Over the last decade, there has been increased interest in the role of the gut microbiome in health including brain health. This is by no means a new theory; Elie Metchnikoff proposed over a century ago that targeting the gut by consuming lactic acid bacteria such as those in yogurt, could improve or delay the onset of cognitive decline associated with ageing. However, there is limited information characterising the relationship between the behavioural and physiological sequelae of aging and alterations in the gut microbiome...
February 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164848/gut-microbiota-and-complications-of-liver-disease
#9
REVIEW
Chathur Acharya, Jasmohan S Bajaj
Chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and its complications are epidemic worldwide. Most complications are mediated through a dysfunctional gut-liver axis. New techniques have made culture-independent analysis of the gut microbiome widespread. With insight into an unfavorable microbiome (dysbiosis) and how it affects liver disease, investigators have discovered new targets to potentially improve outcomes. Dysbiosis is associated with endotoxemia and propagates liver injury due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and alcohol...
March 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130274/commensal-bacteria-at-the-crossroad-between-cholesterol-homeostasis-and-chronic-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis
#10
Kazuyuki Kasahara, Takeshi Tanoue, Tomoya Yamashita, Keiko Yodoi, Takuya Matsumoto, Takuo Emoto, Taiji Mizoguchi, Tomohiro Hayashi, Naoki Kitano, Naoto Sasaki, Koji Atarashi, Kenya Honda, Ken-Ichi Hirata
The gut microbiota were shown to play critical roles in the development of atherosclerosis, but the detailed mechanism is limited. The purpose of this study is to clarify the influence of gut microbiota on atherogenesis via lipid metabolism and systemic inflammation. Germ-free or conventionally raised (Conv) ApoE-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice were fed chow diet and euthanized at 20 weeks of age. We found that the lack of gut microbiota in ApoE(-/-) mice caused a significant increase in the plasma and hepatic cholesterol levels compared with Conv ApoE(-/-) mice...
March 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109023/intraportal-islet-transplantation-the-impact-of-the-liver-micro-environment
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REVIEW
Vaihere Delaune, Thierry Berney, Stéphanie Lacotte, Christian Toso
The portal vein remains the preferred site for pancreatic islet transplantation due to its easy access and low morbidity. However, despite great progress in isolation and transplantation protocols over the past few years, it is still associated with the early loss of some 50-70% of transplanted islets. The complex liver micro-environment itself presumably plays an important role in this loss. The present review focuses on the specifics of the liver micro-environment, notably the localized hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury following transplantation, the low oxygenation of the portal vein, the instant blood mediated inflammatory reaction (IBMIR), the endogenous liver immune system, and the gut-liver axis, and how they can each have an impact on the transplanted islets...
January 21, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087985/prophylactic-tributyrin-treatment-mitigates-chronic-binge-alcohol-induced-intestinal-barrier-and-liver-injury
#12
Gail A Cresci, Bryan Glueck, Megan R McMullen, Wei Xin, Danielle Allende, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND/AIM: Impaired gut-liver axis is a potential factor contributing to alcoholic liver disease. Ethanol depletes intestinal integrity and causes gut dysbiosis. Butyrate, a fermentation byproduct of gut microbiota, is altered negatively following chronic ethanol exposure. This study aimed to determine whether prophylactic tributyrin could protect the intestinal barrier and liver in mice during combined chronic-binge ethanol exposure. METHODS: C57BL/6 J mice exposed to 5% v/v ethanol-containing diet for 10 days received a single ethanol gavage (5 g/kg) 9 hrs prior to euthanasia...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030369/intestinal-microbiota-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
#13
Johannes R Hov, Martin Kummen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Alterations of the gut-liver axis have been linked to the pathogenesis of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) since the disease was first described. The purpose of this review is to discuss multiple recent studies on the intestinal microbiota in human PSC and experimental models of this disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Data are available from eight cross-sectional studies of human PSC, which include a variable number of patients (n = 11-85), material (mucosal or fecal), and microbiota profiling methodology...
March 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941355/managing-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-patients-living-with-hiv
#14
Zaid H Tafesh, Elizabeth C Verna
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is common among patients living with HIV and may lead to liver-related morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: The prevalence of NAFLD among patients with HIV is increasingly well described due to new noninvasive techniques to quantify hepatic steatosis and fibrosis. Patients with HIV may be at increased risk of disease progression, though high-quality natural history studies are not available. The high rates of metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance may partially account for this excess risk, though the impact of HIV itself, antiretroviral medications and dysregulation of the gut-liver axis likely play important roles...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895587/vitamin-d-signaling-through-induction-of-paneth-cell-defensins-maintains-gut-microbiota-and-improves-metabolic-disorders-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-animal-models
#15
Danmei Su, Yuanyang Nie, Airu Zhu, Zishuo Chen, Pengfei Wu, Li Zhang, Mei Luo, Qun Sun, Linbi Cai, Yuchen Lai, Zhixiong Xiao, Zhongping Duan, Sujun Zheng, Guihui Wu, Richard Hu, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Aurelia Lugea, Zhenqui Liu, Stephen J Pandol, Yuan-Ping Han
Metabolic syndrome (MetS), characterized as obesity, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD), is associated with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in epidemiological studies, while the underlying mechanism is poorly addressed. On the other hand, disorder of gut microbiota, namely dysbiosis, is known to cause MetS and NAFLD. It is also known that systemic inflammation blocks insulin signaling pathways, leading to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, which are the driving force for hepatic steatosis...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890642/protective-effect-of-quercetin-on-high-fat-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice-is-mediated-by-modulating-intestinal-microbiota-imbalance-and-related-gut-liver-axis-activation
#16
David Porras, Esther Nistal, Susana Martínez-Flórez, Sandra Pisonero-Vaquero, José Luis Olcoz, Ramiro Jover, Javier González-Gallego, María Victoria García-Mediavilla, Sonia Sánchez-Campos
Gut microbiota is involved in obesity, metabolic syndrome and the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It has been recently suggested that the flavonoid quercetin may have the ability to modulate the intestinal microbiota composition, suggesting a prebiotic capacity which highlights a great therapeutic potential in NAFLD. The present study aims to investigate benefits of experimental treatment with quercetin on gut microbial balance and related gut-liver axis activation in a nutritional animal model of NAFLD associated to obesity...
January 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788778/alcohol-and-lung-injury-and-immunity
#17
REVIEW
Samantha M Yeligar, Michael M Chen, Elizabeth J Kovacs, Joseph H Sisson, Ellen L Burnham, Lou Ann S Brown
Annually, excessive alcohol use accounts for more than $220 billion in economic costs and 80,000 deaths, making excessive alcohol use the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the US. Patients with an alcohol-use disorder (AUD) also have an increased susceptibility to respiratory pathogens and lung injury, including a 2-4-fold increased risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This review investigates some of the potential mechanisms by which alcohol causes lung injury and impairs lung immunity...
September 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741172/probiotics-and-liver-disease-where-are-we-now-and-where-are-we-going
#18
Abdel-Naser Elzouki
Probiotics are live, nonpathogenic bacteria capable of colonizing the colonic mucosa. The most common probiotics include strains of Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria, which are part of the normal gastrointestinal microbiota. Initial studies of selected probiotic species have suggested potential efficacy in several gastrointestinal diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases (particularly pouchitis), antibiotic-related diarrhea, Clostridium difficile toxin-induced colitis, infectious diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and allergy...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723418/gene-expression-profile-of-endothelial-cells-during-perturbation-of-the-gut-vascular-barrier
#19
Ilaria Spadoni, Alessandro Pietrelli, Graziano Pesole, Maria Rescigno
It has been widely demonstrated that tolerance against gut microbiota is compartmentalized to mucosal sites where microbes mostly reside. How the commensal bacteria are excluded from the entrance into the blood stream via intestinal capillaries that are located beneath the gut epithelium was not clear. We recently described the existence of a new anatomical structure, the 'gut vascular barrier' (GVB), both in murine and human intestines that plays a fundamental role in avoiding indiscriminate trafficking of bacteria from the gut into the blood circulation...
November 2016: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696157/prolonged-fibroblast-growth-factor-19-response-in-patients-with-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-after-an-oral-chenodeoxycholic-acid-challenge
#20
Serge J Zweers, Elisabeth M de Vries, Martin Lenicek, Dagmar Tolenaars, D Rudi de Waart, Kiran V K Koelfat, Albert K Groen, Steven W M Olde Damink, Ulrich Beuers, Cyriel Ponsioen, Peter L M Jansen, Frank G Schaap
BACKGROUND: Bile salts likely contribute to liver injury in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19) is a bile salt-induced enterokine with hepatoprotective potential as it suppresses de novo bile salt synthesis. Here, we evaluated the bile salt receptor FXR/FGF19 gut-liver axis in PSC and PBC patients. METHODS: Fasted patients with PSC (n = 12) and PBC (n = 10), and healthy controls (HC; n = 10) were orally challenged with the natural FXR agonist chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA 15 mg/kg)...
January 2017: Hepatology International
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