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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647833/the-evaluation-of-the-right-inferior-phrenic-artery-diameter-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Kaan Esen, Yuksel Balci, Sermin Tok, Enver Ucbilek, Engin Kara, Omer Kaya
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between right inferior phrenic artery diameter and portal hypertension in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: CT examinations of 38 patients with chronic liver disease (patient group) and 40 patients without any liver disease (control group) were evaluated. The right inferior phrenic artery diameter of the patient and control group were measured. CT findings of portal hypertension, which were accepted as ascites, collaterals, splenomegaly and portal vein diameter greater than 13 mm, were determined and scored in the patient group...
June 24, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647765/epidemiology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-target-population-for-surveillance-and-diagnosis
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REVIEW
An Tang, Oussama Hallouch, Victoria Chernyak, Aya Kamaya, Claude B Sirlin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Incidence rates of liver cancer vary widely between geographic regions and are highest in Eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the United States, the incidence of HCC has increased since the 1980s. HCC detection at an early stage through surveillance and curative therapy has considerably improved the 5-year survival. Therefore, medical societies advocate systematic screening and surveillance of target populations at particularly high risk for developing HCC to facilitate early-stage detection...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647568/hepatocyte-derived-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mediates-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-and-patients
#3
Veronica Marin, Kyle Poulsen, Gemma Odena, Megan R McMullen, Jose Altamirano, Pau Sancho-Bru, Claudio Tiribelli, Juan Caballeria, Natalia Rosso, Ramon Bataller, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a multi-potent cytokine that contributes to the inflammatory response to injury. MIF is expressed by multiple cell types; however, the cellular source and actions of MIF in alcoholic liver disease (ALD) are not well known. Here we tested the hypothesis that non-myeloid cells, specifically hepatocytes, are an important cellular source of MIF in ALD. METHODS: MIF expression was measured in HuH7 and differentiated THP-1 cells in response to ethanol...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647324/ampk-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-treating-metabolic-diseases
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REVIEW
Emily A Day, Rebecca J Ford, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways and may have therapeutic importance for treating obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes (T2D), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Given the ubiquitous expression of AMPK, it has been a challenge to evaluate which tissue types may be most beneficially poised for mediating the positive metabolic effects of AMPK-centered treatments. In this review we evaluate the metabolic phenotypes of transgenic mouse models in which AMPK expression and function have been manipulated, and the impact this has on controlling lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and inflammation...
June 21, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646856/the-imbalance-of-th17-treg-cells-is-involved-in-the-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice
#5
Beihui He, Liyan Wu, Wei Xie, Yitong Shao, Jianping Jiang, Zhenzhong Zhao, Maoxiang Yan, Zhiyun Chen, Dawei Cui
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common, chronic liver disease worldwide. Recent studies have shown that T helper (Th) 17 and regulatory T (Treg) cells play critical roles in various disorders of liver inflammation. Here, we explored the value of polyene phosphatidylcholine capsules (PPC) for regulating the imbalance of Th17/Treg cells in the pathogenesis of mice with NAFLD. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into three groups as follows:normal diet (ND), high-fat diet (HF),and HF plus PPC(HF + PPC)...
June 24, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646630/characteristics-of-systemic-inflammation-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-aclf-differentiate-it-from-no-aclf
#6
Wei Wu, Huadong Yan, Hong Zhao, Wenjie Sun, Qiao Yang, Jifang Sheng, Yu Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with severe exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B (SE-CHB) are at risk of developing acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). Systemic inflammation (SI) is a major driver of ACLF. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of SI in hepatitis B-precipitated-ACLF (HB-ACLF), which may be distinct from No-ACLF patients with SE-CHB. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients with SE-CHB were enrolled in two tertiary hospitals. The associations between circulating leukocyte counts/subsets and ACLF progression and prognoses were analysed in Cohort A...
June 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646417/mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy-for-acute-and-chronic-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Kazumichi Kawakubo, Shunsuke Ohnishi, Masaki Kuwatani, Naoya Sakamoto
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have attracted attention as a cell source for regenerative medicine. In particular, MSCs have an anti-inflammatory effect by secreting several kinds of bioactive molecules. MSC therapy is now being applied to various gastrointestinal diseases, such as graft-versus-host disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver cirrhosis. Therefore, MSC therapy has the potential to be a novel treatment for acute and chronic pancreatitis by suppressing inflammation. Several studies have investigated the effect of MSC therapy on acute and chronic pancreatitis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
#8
Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646120/mir-223-represents-a-biomarker-in-acute-and-chronic-liver-injury
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Florian Schueller, Sanchari Roy, Sven Heiko Loosen, Jan Alder, Christiane Koppe, Anne Theres Schneider, Franziska Wandrer, Heike Bantel, Mihael Vucur, Qing-Sheng Mi, Christian Trautwein, Tom Luedde, Christoph Roderburg
Background: Dysregulation of miRNAs has been described in tissue and serum from patients with acute and chronic liver diseases. However, only little information on the role of miR-223 in the pathophysiology of acute liver failure (ALF) and liver cirrhosis is available.  Methods: We analysed cell and tissue specific expression levels as well as serum concentrations of miR-223 in mouse models of acute (hepatic ischemia and reperfusion, single CCl4 injection) and chronic (repetitive CCl4 injection, bile duct ligation) liver diseases...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645737/alfapump-system-vs-large-volume-paracentesis-for-refractory-ascites-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-study
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Christophe Bureau, Danielle Adebayo, Mael Chalret de Rieu, Laure Elkrief, Dominique Valla, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Anne McCune, Victor Vargas, Macarena Simon-Talero, Juan Cordoba, Paolo Angeli, Silvia Rosi, Stewart MacDonald, Massimo Malago, Maria Stepanova, Zobair M Younossi, Claudia Trepte, Randall Watson, Oleg Borisenko, Sun Sun, Neil Inhaber, Rajiv Jalan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with refractory ascites (RA) require repeated large volume paracenteses (LVP), which involves frequent hospital visits and is associated with poor quality-of-life. This study assessed safety and efficacy of an automated, low-flow pump (alfapump [AP]) compared with LVP [SoC]. METHODS: Randomized, controlled trial, in 7 centers, with 6M patient observation. Primary outcome was time to first LVP. Secondary outcomes included paracentesis requirement, safety, health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL), and survival...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645328/ocular-manifestations-as-first-signs-of-systemic-t-cell-lymphoma-in-two-cases
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Xiao Zhang, Xin-Shu Liu, Chan Zhao, Ya-Min Lai, Mei-Fen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Intraocular involvement of systemic T-cell lymphomas are uncommon and have been broadly regarded as markers of poor prognosis. We reported two cases of uveitis patients finally diagnosed as systemic T cell lymphoma. CASE PRESENTATION: Case one is a 19-year-old female presented with fever and liver dysfunction, and was diagnosed as EBV-associated chronic active hepatitis. Fourteen months later, she suffered from recurrent granulomatous anterior uveitis in both eyes, which failed to respond to steroid and immunosuppressant therapy...
June 23, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644197/preoperative-regional-maximal-removal-rate-of-technetium-99m-galactosyl-human-serum-albumin-is-correlated-with-liver-functional-parameters-but-did-not-predict-postoperative-morbidity
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Koichi Yano, Atsushi Nanashima, Yoshiro Fujii, Masahide Hiyoshi, Naoya Imamura, Takeomi Hamada, Yuki Tsuchimochi, Takashi Wada, Yoichi Mizutani, Toshinori Hirai
BACKGROUND: Recently, posthepatectomy complications have been predicted by advances of new liver functional parameters, and the technetium-99m-galactosyl human serum albumin (GSA) liver scintigraphy has been applied widely for this purpose. We evaluated the clinical significance of the regional maximal removal rate (GSA-Rmax) in patients with various liver diseases as predictors of posthepatectomy complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2012 and March 2016, we examined 200 patients who underwent hepatectomy for liver and biliary diseases...
June 22, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643267/new-insight-into-inter-organ-crosstalk-contributing-to-the-pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld
#13
REVIEW
Xu Zhang, Xuetao Ji, Qian Wang, John Zhong Li
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver dysfunction and a significant global health problem with substantial rise in prevalence over the last decades. It is becoming increasingly clear that NALFD is not only predominantly a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, but also involves extra-hepatic organs and regulatory pathways. Therapeutic options are limited for the treatment of NAFLD. Accordingly, a better understanding of the pathogenesis of NAFLD is critical for gaining new insight into the regulatory network of NAFLD and for identifying new targets for the prevention and treatment of NAFLD...
June 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642119/targeting-inflammation-for-the-treatment-of-alcoholic-liver-disease
#14
REVIEW
Ming-Jiang Xu, Zhou Zhou, Richard Parker, Bin Gao
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading cause of chronic liver disease with a wide spectrum of manifestations including simple steatosis to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver injury in ALD is caused by chronic inflammation, which has been actively investigated as a therapeutic target for the treatment of ALD for over the last four decades. In this review, we summarize a wide variety of inflammatory mediators that have been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis of ALD, and discuss the therapeutic potential of these mediators for the treatment of ALD...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641911/image-fusion-of-real-time-ultrasonography-with-computed-tomography-factors-affecting-the-registration-error-and-motion-of-focal-hepatic-lesions
#15
Min Woo Lee, Hyun Jeong Park, Tae Wook Kang, Jiwon Ryu, Won-Chul Bang, Bora Lee, Eun Sun Lee, Byung Ihn Choi
Factors affecting the registration error (RE) and motion of focal hepatic lesions (FHLs) in image fusion of real-time ultrasonography (US) with computed tomography (CT) images were prospectively assessed by focusing on respiratory movement and FHL location. Real-time US and pre-acquired CT images at end-inspiration were fused with FHLs for 103 patients. Three-dimensional US data containing FHLs were obtained during end-inspiratory/expiratory phases. Multivariate analysis revealed that diaphragm motion (p < 0...
June 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641784/ultrasonographic-fatty-liver-indicator-detects-mild-steatosis-and-correlates-with-metabolic-histological-parameters-in-various-liver-diseases
#16
Stefano Ballestri, Fabio Nascimbeni, Enrica Baldelli, Alessandra Marrazzo, Dante Romagnoli, Giovanni Targher, Amedeo Lonardo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fatty liver is a common feature of different types of liver diseases. The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography for diagnosing fatty liver are variable. A semi-quantitative ultrasound score, i.e., the ultrasonographic fatty liver indicator (US-FLI), is closely associated with metabolic/histological variables in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The main aims of this study were to assess the diagnostic performance of US-FLI in detecting varying degrees of histological steatosis, and to examine the association of US-FLI with metabolic/histological parameters in 352 biopsied patients with various chronic liver diseases (173 with hepatitis C [HCV], 23 with hepatitis B [HBV], 123 with NAFLD and 33 with other etiologies)...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641354/-acute-liver-failure-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-hepatorenal-syndrome-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-artificial-liver-support-on-the-icu
#17
Uwe Lodes, David Jacob, Frank Meyer
Background Acute hepatic dysfunction in the form of acute liver failure (ALF) or acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a disease with a high risk of mortality and requires interdisciplinary intensive care. Aim This article explains the nomenclature, pathophysiology, prognosis and possible treatment options of ALF and ACLF, including the possibilities of extracorporeal liver support therapy at the point of liver transplantation (LTx). Method Narrative review with a selective literature review and representative case studies...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640516/damp-molecular-il-33-augments-monocytic-inflammatory-storm-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
#18
Xiaoxing Du, Yu Shi, Ying Yang, Ye Yu, Guohua Lou, Fangfang Lv, Zhi Chen, Qiao Yang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) usually exhibit defective monocyte function and excessive systemic inflammatory response. Interleukin-33 (IL-33) acts as a danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) to modulate immune response. However, the role of IL-33 in regulating monocyte function during hepatitis B-precipitated ACLF (HB-ACLF) in response to lipopolisaccharide (LPS) has not been clear. METHODS: In the present study, the levels of IL-33/ST2 in blood and liver samples collected from patients with HB-ACLF, chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and normal controls and the associated of those findings with disease severity were analyzed...
June 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640135/hospitalization-with-hypoglycemia-in-patients-without-diabetes-mellitus-a-retrospective-study-using-a-national-inpatient-database-in-japan-2008-2012
#19
Akahito Sako, Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hidetaka Hamasaki, Hisayuki Katsuyama, Tetsuro Tsujimoto, Atsushi Goto, Hidekatsu Yanai
We aimed to examine prevalence, patient characteristics, etiology, and clinical outcomes of hospitalized patients who had hypoglycemia without a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, using a Japanese nationwide database.This was a retrospective observational study using a national database of acute-care inpatients in Japan. Nondiabetic patients aged ≥15 years who were hospitalized for hypoglycemia were eligible. We estimated the annual numbers of hospitalized cases in Japan. We also investigated the patient characteristics, and risk factors of in-hospital mortality...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639200/treatment-of-liver-cancer-by-c-ebpa-sarna
#20
Xiaoyang Zhao, Jon Voutila, Stephanos Ghobrial, Nagy A Habib, Vikash Reebye
The prognosis for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor and has not improved in over two decades. Most patients with advanced HCC who are not eligible for surgery have limited treatment options due to poor liver function or large, unresectable tumors. Although sorafenib is the standard-of-care treatment for these patients, only a small number respond. For the remaining, the outlook remains bleak. A better approach to target "undruggable" molecular pathways that reverse HCC is therefore urgently needed...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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