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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679871/groundwater-chemistry-and-human-health-risk-assessment-in-the-mining-region-of-east-singhbhum-jharkhand-india
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Umesh Kumar Singh, A L Ramanathan, V Subramanian
Groundwater chemistry of mining region of East Singhbhum district having complex contaminant sources were investigated based on heavy metals loads and other hydrochemical constituents. This study aimed to identify the degree of heavy metals exposure and their potential health risk to local population. The results of hydrochemical analysis showed that Na+ , K+ , and Ca2+ ions are the dominant cations in the groundwater, while HCO3 - , F- and Cl- ions dominate the anionic part of the groundwater. The weathering process was considered the dominant factor to determine the major ionic composition in the study area...
April 13, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679386/hepatitis-b-virus-evasion-from-cgas-sensing-in-human-hepatocytes
#2
Eloi R Verrier, Seung-Ae Yim, Laura Heydmann, Houssein El Saghire, Charlotte Bach, Vincent Turon-Lagot, Laurent Mailly, Sarah C Durand, Julie Lucifora, David Durantel, Patrick Pessaux, Nicolas Manel, Ivan Hirsch, Mirjam B Zeisel, Nathalie Pochet, Catherine Schuster, Thomas F Baumert
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease and cancer worldwide. The mechanisms of viral genome sensing and the evasion of innate immune responses by HBV infection are still poorly understood. Recently, the cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) was identified as a DNA sensor. In this study, we aimed to investigate the functional role of cGAS in sensing of HBV infection and elucidate the mechanisms of viral evasion. We performed functional studies including loss- and gain-of-function experiments combined with cGAS effector gene expression profiling in an infectious cell culture model, primary human hepatocytes and HBV-infected human liver chimeric mice...
April 20, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678162/tacrolimus-induced-parkinsonism-in-a-patient-after-liver-transplantation-case-report
#3
Karin Gmitterová, Michal Minár, Miroslav Žigrai, Zuzana Košutzká, Alice Kušnírová, Peter Valkovič
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy may manifest by a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms, including cognitive impairment, seizures or extrapyramidal symptoms. The liver transplant can lead to improvement of the signs of encephalopathy but subsequent immunosuppressive treatment might possess pronounced neurotoxicity. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case report of a patient with chronic liver disease who developed signs of Parkinsonism after an orthotopic liver transplant, with consecutive immunosuppressant treatment with tacrolimus...
April 20, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677944/applications-of-machine-learning-in-fatty-live-disease-prediction
#4
Md Mohaimenul Islam, Chieh-Chen Wu, Tahmina Nasrin Poly, Hsuan-Chia Yang, Yu-Chuan Jack Li
: Fatty liver disease (FLD) is considered the most prevalent form of chronic liver disease worldwide. The prediction of fatty liver disease is an important factor for effective treatment and reduce serious health consequences. We, therefore construct a prediction model based on machine learning algorithms. A dataset was developed with ten attributes that included 994 liver patients in which 533 patients were females and others were male. Random Forest (RF), Support Vector Machine (SVM), Artificial Neural Network (ANN), and Logistic Regression (RF) data mining technique with 10-fold cross-validation was used in the proposed model for the prediction of fatty liver disease...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676779/synergistic-effect-of-interleukin-17-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-on-inflammatory-response-in-hepatocytes-through-interleukin-6-dependent-and-independent-pathways
#5
Audrey Beringer, Ndieme Thiam, Jennifer Molle, Birke Bartosch, Pierre Miossec
The pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-17 and TNFα are targets for treatment in many chronic inflammatory diseases. Here, we examined their role in liver inflammatory response compared to that of IL-6. Human hepatoma cells (HepaRG, Huh7.5 and HepG2 cells) and primary human hepatocytes (PHH) were cultured with IL-6, IL-17 and/or TNFα. To determine the contribution of the IL-6 pathway in the IL-17/TNFα-mediated effect, an anti-IL-6 receptor antibody was used. IL-17 and TNFα increased in synergy IL-6 secretion by HepaRG cells and PHH but not by Huh7...
April 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676757/arsenic-cadmium-lead-and-chromium-in-well-water-rice-and-human-urine-in-sri-lanka-in-relation-to-chronic-kidney-disease-of-unknown-etiology
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H M Ayala S Herath, Tomonori Kawakami, Shiori Nagasawa, Yuka Serikawa, Ayuri Motoyama, G G Tushara Chaminda, S K Weragoda, S K Yatigammana, A A G D Amarasooriya
Chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) is spreading gradually in Sri Lanka. In the current research, 1,435 well water samples from all 25 districts of Sri Lanka, 91 rice samples, and 84 human urine samples from both CKDu-endemic and non-endemic areas in Sri Lanka were analyzed for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and chromium to detect whether toxic elements could be a cause of CKDu. The liver-type fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) concentration and arsenic, cadmium, lead, and chromium concentrations of the urine samples were analyzed to determine the relation of L-FABP with arsenic, cadmium, lead, and chromium...
April 2018: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676138/-clinical-experience-and-academic-thoughts-of-professor-liu-feng-bin-on-case-series-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-based-on-data-mining
#7
Zheng-Kun Hou, Ji-Ping Li, Zhuo-Qun Chen, Feng-Bin Liu
To analyze and summarize Professor LIU Feng-bin's clinical experience and academic thoughts on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the study group adopted the retrospective study for case series and expert interview, extracted the retrospective data, including the herbs, diseases, syndrome type, medical expense and quantity of herbs of GERD patients attended the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. Statistical description and binary Logistic regression were used for the identification and modification of syndrome type and initial core herbs...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675993/effects-of-masp2-haplotypes-and-masp-2-levels-in-hepatitis-c-infected-patients
#8
Amanda A Silva, Sandra J Catarino, Angelica B W Boldt, Maria Lucia A Pedroso, Marcia H Beltrame, Iara J Messias-Reason
Mannan-binding lectin (MBL) and MBL-associated serine protease 2 (MASP-2) are components of the lectin pathway, which activate the complement system after binding to the HCV structural proteins E1 and E2. We haplotyped 11 MASP2 polymorphisms in 103 HCV patients and 205 controls and measured MASP-2 levels in 67 HCV patients and 77 controls to better understand the role of MASP-2 in hepatitis C susceptibility and disease severity according to viral genotype and fibrosis levels. The haplotype block MASP2*ARDP was associated with protection against HCV infection (OR = 0...
April 19, 2018: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675709/acid-base-status-and-its-clinical-implications-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cirrhosis-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-and-without-liver-disease
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Andreas Drolz, Thomas Horvatits, Kevin Roedl, Karoline Rutter, Richard Brunner, Christian Zauner, Peter Schellongowski, Gottfried Heinz, Georg-Christian Funk, Michael Trauner, Bruno Schneeweiss, Valentin Fuhrmann
BACKGROUND: Acid-base disturbances are frequently observed in critically ill patients at the intensive care unit. To our knowledge, the acid-base profile of patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) has not been evaluated and compared to critically ill patients without acute or chronic liver disease. RESULTS: One hundred and seventy-eight critically ill patients with liver cirrhosis were compared to 178 matched controls in this post hoc analysis of prospectively collected data...
April 19, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675689/natural-killer-cells-in-liver-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Meijuan Zheng, Haoyu Sun, Zhigang Tian
The liver has been characterized as a frontline lymphoid organ with complex immunological features such as liver immunity and liver tolerance. Liver tolerance plays an important role in liver diseases including acute inflammation, chronic infection, autoimmune disease, and tumors. The liver contains a large proportion of natural killer (NK) cells, which exhibit heterogeneity in phenotypic and functional characteristics. NK cell activation, well known for its role in the immune surveillance against tumor and pathogen-infected cells, depends on the balance between numerous activating and inhibitory signals...
April 19, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675604/long-term-natural-history-of-liver-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-an-analysis-using-the-markov-chain-model
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Toshifumi Tada, Takashi Kumada, Hidenori Toyoda, Masayuki Ohisa, Tomoyuki Akita, Junko Tanaka
BACKGROUND: The relationship between the hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion and the long-term natural history of liver disease has not been sufficiently investigated. METHODS: A total of 408 [4352 person-year (PY) units] patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) without antiviral therapy were enrolled. The study patients were divided into three groups, as follows: Group A (2666 PY units), seroconverted of HBeAg at age < 40; Group B (413 PY units), seroconverted of HBeAg at age ≥ 40; Group C (1273 PY units), persistently HBeAg positive...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675458/bioengineered-liver-models-for-drug-testing-and-cell-differentiation-studies
#12
REVIEW
Gregory H Underhill, Salman R Khetani
In vitro models of the human liver are important for the following: (1) mitigating the risk of drug-induced liver injury to human beings, (2) modeling human liver diseases, (3) elucidating the role of single and combinatorial microenvironmental cues on liver cell function, and (4) enabling cell-based therapies in the clinic. Methods to isolate and culture primary human hepatocytes (PHHs), the gold standard for building human liver models, were developed several decades ago; however, PHHs show a precipitous decline in phenotypic functions in 2-dimensional extracellular matrix-coated conventional culture formats, which does not allow chronic treatment with drugs and other stimuli...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675064/resolution-of-refractory-hepatic-hydrothorax-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-cirrhosis-after-treatment-with-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
#13
Maged H Hussein, Musthafa Chalikandy Peedikayil, Zamir Ahmed Zamir, Abdulrahman Alfadda
Hepatic hydrothorax (HH) is a transudative pleural effusion that complicates advanced liver cirrhosis. Cases refractory to medical treatment in the form of salt restriction and diuretics are labeled refractory hepatic hydrothorax (RHH) and may require transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPSS) or even liver transplantation. Renal impairment is common in advanced liver disease, worsens its prognosis, and makes the management of HH more challenging. Successful antiviral therapy reduces some of the complications of cirrhosis secondary to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection...
April 2018: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673755/understanding-liver-regeneration-from-mechanisms-to-regenerative-medicine
#14
REVIEW
Hélène Gilgenkrantz, Alexandra Collin de l'Hortet
Liver regeneration is a complex and unique process. When two-thirds of a mouse liver is removed, the remaining liver recovers its initial weight in approximately 10 days. The understanding of the mechanisms responsible for liver regeneration may help patients needing large liver resections or transplantation and may be applied to the field of regenerative medicine. All differentiated hepatocytes are capable of self-renewal, but different subpopulations of hepatocytes seem to have distinct proliferative abilities...
April 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673066/total-pancreaticoduodenectomy-with-autologous-islet-transplantation-fourteen-years-after-liver-contained-composite-visceral-transplantation
#15
Ahmed Nassar, Cristiano Quintini, Guilherme Costa, Elizabeth Lennon, Rita Bottino, Betul Hatipoglu, Koji Hashimoto, Masato Fujiki, Fouad Kandeel, R Matthew Walsh, Kareem Abu-Elmagd
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a severely disabling disorder with potential detrimental effects on quality of life, gut function, and glucose homeostasis. Disease progression often results in irreversible morphological and functional abnormalities with development of chronic pain, mechanical obstruction, and pancreatic insufficiency. Along with comprehensive medical management, the concept of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TP-AIT) was introduced forty years ago for patients with intractable pain and preserved beta-cell function...
April 19, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672883/assessment-of-advanced-liver-fibrosis-and-the-risk-for-hepatic-decompensation-in-patients-with-congestive-hepatopathy
#16
REVIEW
Alexander Lemmer, Lisa B Van-Wagner, Daniel Ganger
Congestive hepatopathy (CH) arises from chronically elevated right sided heart pressures transmitted to the liver by passive venous congestion. Over time CH can lead to hepatic bridging fibrosis, decompensated cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Currently there are no evidence-based guidelines to direct appropriate screening or management of patients with CH partly because of the inability of current clinical tools (serum tests, imaging studies, liver stiffness measurements, and liver biopsy) to accurately estimate hepatic fibrosis or the risk for hepatic decompensation...
April 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672637/optimisation-of-quantitative-mirna-panels-to-consolidate-the-diagnostic-surveillance-of-hbv-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Ngo Tat Trung, Dang Chieu Duong, Hoang Van Tong, Tran Thi Thu Hien, Phan Quoc Hoan, Mai Hong Bang, Mai Thanh Binh, Thai Doan Ky, Nguyen Lam Tung, Nguyen Tien Thinh, Vu Viet Sang, Le Thi Phuong Thao, C-Thomas Bock, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan, Christian G Meyer, Le Huu Song, Nguyen Linh Toan
BACKGROUND: Circulating microRNAs (miRNA) are biomarkers for several neoplastic diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We performed a literature search, followed by experimental screening and validation in order to establish a miRNA panel in combination with the assessment of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and to evaluate its performance in HCC diagnostics. METHODS: Expression of miRNAs was quantified by quantitative PCR (qPCR) in 406 serum samples from 118 Vietnamese patients with hepatitis B (HBV)-related HCC, 69 patients with HBV-related liver cirrhosis (LC), 100 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients and 119 healthy controls (HC)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672535/a-novel-nanoluciferase-based-system-to-monitor-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-mice-by-bioluminescence-imaging
#18
Erica Silberstein, Carylinda Serna, Stenio Perdigão Fragoso, Rana Nagarkatti, Alain Debrabant
Chagas disease, caused by the intracellular protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, affects 8-10 million people worldwide and represents a major public health challenge. There is no effective treatment or vaccine to control the disease that is characterized by a mild acute phase followed by a chronic life-long infection. Approximately 30% of chronically infected individuals develop cardiac and/or digestive pathologies. T. cruzi can invade a wide variety of nucleated cells, but only persists at specific tissues in the host...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672295/comparison-of-concanavalin-a-induced-murine-autoimmune-hepatitis-models
#19
Tinghong Ye, Tingting Wang, Xiaoxue Yang, Xiaoli Fan, Maoyao Wen, Yi Shen, Xiaotan Xi, Ruoting Men, Li Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic necroinflammatory disease of the liver whose pathogenic mechanisms have not yet been elucidated. Moreover, the current treatment used for the vast majority of AIH patients is largely dependent on immunosuppressant administration and liver transplantation. However, research on the pathogenesis of AIH and effective new treatments for AIH have been hampered by a lack of animal models that accurately reproduce the human condition. METHODS: AIH models created by concanavalin A (ConA) injections at different times and doses...
April 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670408/acute-hepatitis-e-in-a-renal-transplantation-recipient-a-case-report
#20
Mitsutoshi Shindo, Hiroaki Takemae, Takafumi Kubo, Masatsugu Soeno, Tetsuo Ando, Yoshiyuki Morishita
Hepatitis E is caused by infection with the hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV is transmitted orally via HEV-contaminated food or drink. Hepatitis E usually shows mild symptoms and is self-limiting in the general population; however, it may progress to chronic hepatitis in immunosuppressed patients such as recipients of organ transplantation. However, a few cases of acute hepatitis E have been reported in organ transplantation recipients. We herein report a case of acute hepatitis E in a 31-year-old male renal transplant recipient...
2018: International Medical Case Reports Journal
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