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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103626/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-the-next-frontier-in-the-epidemic
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REVIEW
Iliana Doycheva, Kymberly D Watt, Naim Alkhouri
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a significant health burden in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with substantial rise in prevalence over the last decades. This parallels high rates of obesity and metabolic syndrome in this age group, with unhealthy lifestyle also playing an independent role. Genetic factors, gender, and ethnicity should be considered in a risk stratification model. NAFLD and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in AYAs often go unrecognized and if untreated, can progress eventually to cirrhosis requiring liver transplantation before the age of 40...
January 19, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101016/cellulitis-in-a-liver-transplant-patient-as-an-initial-manifestation-of-disseminated-cryptococcal-disease
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Marcos Davi Gomes de Sousa, Fred Bernardes Filho, Luís Eduardo Barros Costa Fernandes, Cássia Regina Guedes Leal, Cristiane Rocha Magalhães, Marcos Antonio Custódio Neto da Silva, Halime Silva Barcaui
A 50-year-old male underwent liver transplantation due to cryptogenic cirrhosis and was admitted with severe pain in the left leg as well as phlogosis. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid was prescribed, assuming bullous erysipelas. Among the tests performed, the latex agglutination test for the Cryptococcus sp. antigen was positive, and in both the blood culture and blister culture Cryptococcus sp. was isolated. Daily fluconazole was started. Even though liposomal amphotericin B has been started on the fifth day of hospitalization, the patient progressed to death...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097531/living-donor-liver-transplant-ldlt-is-the-way-forward-in-asia
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Mohamed Rela, Mettu Srinivas Reddy
Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is currently the commonest form of liver transplantation in Asia. Efforts to improve the number of deceased donor liver transplantation have not been uniformly successful. We believe that THE unique combination of demographic, social, economic and political factors that exist in Asia will ensure that LDLT will continue to remain the predominant form of liver transplantation. While efforts to increase deceased donation rates should continue and intensify, progress in LDLT should also be supported and encouraged, as it will be the main workhorse of liver transplantation in Asia in the near and medium-term future...
January 17, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088007/impairment-of-host-liver-repopulation-by-transplanted-hepatocytes-in-aged-rats-and-the-release-by-short-term-growth-hormone-treatment
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Peggy Stock, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin S Staege, Mei-Ju Hsu, Martin Bidlingmaier, Bruno Christ
Hepatocyte transplantation is an alternative to whole liver transplantation. Yet, efficient liver repopulation by transplanted hepatocytes is low in livers of old animals. This restraint might be because of the poor proliferative capacity of aged donor hepatocytes or the regenerative impairment of the recipient livers. The age-dependent liver repopulation by transplanted wild-type hepatocytes was investigated in juvenile and senescent rats deficient in dipeptidyl-peptidase IV. Repopulation was quantified by flow cytometry and histochemical estimation of dipeptidyl-peptidase IV enzyme activity of donor cells in the negative host liver...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076451/survival-benefits-of-interferon-based-therapy-in-patients-with-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-orthotopic-liver-transplantation
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L P Zanaga, A G Vigani, R N Angerami, A Giorgetti, C A F Escanhoela, E C Ataíde, I F S F Boin, R S B Stucchi
Recurrent hepatitis C after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is universal and can lead to graft failure and, consequently, reduced survival. Hepatitis C treatment can be used to prevent these detrimental outcomes. The aim of this study was to describe rates of hepatitis C recurrence and sustained virological response (SVR) to interferon-based treatment after OLT and its relationship to survival and progression of liver disease through retrospective analysis of medical records of 127 patients who underwent OLT due to cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma secondary to chronic hepatitis C between January 2002 and December 2013...
January 9, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075444/the-role-of-lncrna-malat1-in-the-regulation-of-hepatocyte-proliferation-during-liver-regeneration
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Cuicui Li, Lei Chang, Zhiquan Chen, Zhongzhong Liu, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye
Exploring the biological functions of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) has come to the foreground in recent years. Studies have indicated that the lncRNA metastasis‑associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) not only regulates tumorigenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma, but also controls cell cycle progression in hematopoietic cells. The present study was designed to investigate the biological role of lncRNA MALAT1 in liver regeneration. We carried out a series of assays during liver regeneration following 2/3 partial hepatectomy in mice...
February 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073411/-effect-of-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-on-immune-function-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-decompensated-hepatitis-b-cirrhosis
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X Q Fang, J F Zhang, H Y Song, Z L Chen, J Dong, X Chen, J J Pan, B Liu, C X Chen
Objective: To investigate the effect of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs) on the immune function and prognosis of patients with decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis. Methods: A total of 65 patients with decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis were divided into observation group and control group. The patients in the observation group were given intervention (via the proper hepatic artery or the portal vein) and intravenous infusion of 4×10(8) hUCMSCs in two doses, as well as the same basic treatment as in the control group...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070198/clinical-course-and-genetic-susceptibility-of-primary-biliary-cirrhosis-analysis-of-a-prospective-cohort
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Piero Luigi Almasio, Anna Licata, Marcello Maida, Fabio Salvatore Macaluso, Andrea Costantino, Nicola Alessi, Stefania Grimaudo, Giulia Accardi, Calogero Caruso, Antonio Craxi
BACKGROUND: Natural history of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is partially characterized in patients from the Mediterranean area whose genetic background differs from that of Northern Europeans. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe genetic susceptibility and clinical course of PBC in patients from Southern Italy. METHODS: Socio-demographic, clinical, biochemical and histological data at diagnosis as well as disease progression of 81 PBC consecutive patients were collected...
November 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069527/liver-transplantation-for-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-downstaging-without-up-front-stage-restrictions
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William C Chapman, Sandra Garcia-Aroz, Neeta Vachharajani, Kathryn Fowler, Nael Saad, Yiing Lin, Jason Wellen, Benjamin Tan, Adeel S Khan, Majella Doyle
BACKGROUND: The incidence of HCC continues to increase dramatically worldwide. Liver transplantation (LT) is now standard and optimal treatment for patients with HCC in the setting of cirrhosis, but only for tumors within Milan criteria (MC). In patients presenting beyond Milan, locoregional therapy (LRT) may downstage to within-Milan for consideration of LT. While controversial, the current study aims to evaluate the outcomes of LT in patients presenting with advanced stage HCC who underwent downstaging and compare to patients who meet Milan criteria at presentation...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069109/immunomodulatory-effects-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-overexpressing-heme-oxygenase-1-protective-effects-on-acute-rejection-following-reduced-size-liver-transplantation-in-a-rat-model
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Zhong-Yang Shen, Bin Wu, Tao Liu, Yang Yang, Ming-Li Yin, Wei-Ping Zheng, Bo-Ya Zhang, Hong-Li Song
Here we explore the T-lymphocyte suppressive and immunomodulatory effects of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) overexpressing heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) on acute rejection following reduced-size liver transplantation (RLT) in a rat model. The proliferation activity, cell cycle progression, secretion of proinflammatory cytokines, expression of CD25 and CD71 in lymphocytes, and activity of NK cells were found to be significantly lowered, and the proportion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) was found to be increased relative to BMMSCs when Adv-HO-1/BMMSCs were co-cultured with Con A ex vivo; secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines was significantly higher...
December 26, 2016: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063964/impact-of-hepatitis-b-core-antibody-hbcab-seropositivity-on-the-outcome-of-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-multiple-myeloma
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Ankur Varma, Laura Biritxinaga, Rima M Saliba, Maximilian Stich, Sarah Francesca Jauch, Aimaz Afrough, Medhavi Honhar, Uday R Popat, Mehnaz A Shafi, Nina Shah, Qaiser Bashir, Yvonne Dinh, Chitra Hosing, Richard E Champlin, Muzaffar H Qazilbash
Hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) seropositivity has been associated with a higher rate of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation after chemotherapy, even in patients who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) negative. However, little is known about the risk of HBV reactivation after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (auto-HCT). We evaluated the incidence of HBV reactivation, liver toxicity and survival in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who received auto-HCT at our institution. We retrospectively identified 107 MM patients with resolved HBV infection (HBcAb positive, HBsAg negative) and 125 patients with negative HBV serology (controls) who were matched for age, timing of auto-HCT from diagnosis, cytogenetics, disease status at transplant, induction therapy, and preparative regimen...
January 4, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063210/the-progress-and-challenges-for-dermal-regeneration-in-tissue-engineering
#12
REVIEW
Hanlei Zhou, Chuangang You, Ronghua Jin, Pan Wu, Qiong Li, Chunmao Han
Wound healing is an inherent response resulting in the restoration of tissue integrity. It is a complex process involving cell migration, proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and the synthesis and remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). The dermal tissue is an important component of skin that acts as a connecting link between the epidermis and hypodermis. The appearance of scars and contractures after autologous split-thickness skin transplantation or single epidermis diaphragm transplantation for full skin defects indicates that the dermal tissue plays an important role in skin regeneration...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060025/antibody-mediated-rejection-what-is-the-clinical-relevance
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Rachel Hogen, Joseph DiNorcia, Kiran Dhanireddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review outlines the diagnosis, clinical implications, and treatment strategies for acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). RECENT FINDINGS: A combination of clinical work-up, histopathology, C4d staining, and donor-specific antibody (DSA) should be used to diagnose AMR. The differential diagnosis for idiopathic fibrosis now includes chronic AMR. Characterization of pathogenic DSA continues to progress...
January 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058210/biology-of-chronic-graft-vs-host-disease-immune-mechanisms-and-progress-in-biomarker-discovery
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REVIEW
Richard B Presland
Chronic graft-vs-host disease (cGVHD) is the leading cause of long-term morbidity and mortality following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It presents as a chronic inflammatory and sclerotic autoimmune-like condition that most frequently affects the skin, oral mucosa, liver, eyes and gastrointestinal tract. Both clinical and animal studies have shown that multiple T cell subsets including Th1, Th2, Th17, T follicular helper cells and regulatory T-cells play some role in cGVHD development and progression; B cells also play an important role in the disease including the production of antibodies to HY and nuclear antigens that can cause serious tissue damage...
December 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054388/good-outcome-of-living-donor-liver-transplantation-in-drug-induced-acute-liver-failure-a-single-centre-experience
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Narendra Singh Choudhary, Sanjiv Saigal, Neeraj Saraf, Amit Rastogi, Sanjay Goja, Prashant Bhangui, Vijay Vohra, Deepak Govil, Arvinder S Soin
INTRODUCTION: Drug induced acute liver failure (ALF) is associated with high mortality. There is limited literature on results of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted at a tertiary care centre in North India. All patients who received LDLT for drug induced ALF were included. The data is shown as median (IQR). RESULTS: A total of 18 patients (15 females and 3 males), aged 34(25-45) years, underwent LDLT for DILI related ALF...
January 5, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052631/why-and-how-to-measure-renal-function-in-patients-with-liver-disease
#16
REVIEW
Salvatore Piano, Antonietta Romano, Marco Di Pascoli, Paolo Angeli
Patients with advanced liver disease frequently have impaired renal function. Both acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are quite common in patients with cirrhosis and both are associated with a worse prognosis in these patients. A careful assessment of renal function is highly important in these patients to help physicians determine their diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic management and to define transplantation strategies (liver transplantation alone vs simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation)...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052626/therapies-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash
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REVIEW
Abdul M Oseini, Arun J Sanyal
The hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is excessive fatty accumulation in the hepatocytes, which may be an isolated event (non-alcoholic fatty liver, NAFL) or accompanied by evidence of inflammation and cell injury with or without fibrosis (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH). NASH, the more aggressive form of NAFLD, may progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Since NASH is estimated to overtake hepatitis C virus infection as the leading cause of liver transplantation in the US in the coming decade, and there are no current FDA-approved therapies for this disease, the need to find appropriate therapeutic targets is now more urgent than ever before...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052624/the-epidemiology-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#18
REVIEW
Stefano Bellentani
The increase in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and the imminent disappearance of chronic viral hepatitis thanks to new and effective therapies is motivating hepatologists to change their clinical approach to chronic liver disease. NAFLD-cirrhosis or NAFLD-Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) are now the second cause of liver transplantation in the USA. This short-review is focused to the epidemiology of NAFLD/Non-alchoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), including the definition of this disease which should be revised as well discussing the prevalence, risk factors for progression, natural history and mortality...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052307/ultrashort-bowel-syndrome-outcome-in-children-treated-in-a-multidisciplinary-intestinal-rehabilitation-unit
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Mariela Dore, Paloma Triana Junco, Ane Andres Moreno, Vanesa Nuñez Cerezo, Martha Romo Muñoz, Alba Sánchez Galán, Alejandra Vilanova Sánchez, Gerardo Prieto, Esther Ramos, Francisco Hernandez, Leopoldo Martínez Martínez, Manuel Lopez Santamaria
Aim Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of intestinal failure (IF) in the pediatric population. Our aim was to review long-term outcome of ultrashort bowel syndrome (USBS) in an Intestinal Rehabilitation Unit (IRU). Patients and Methods Retrospective study of patients with USBS (defined as < 10 cm of remnant small bowel) treated between 2000 and 2015. Demographic data, clinical, and treatment variables including parenteral nutrition (PN), surgical techniques, and intestinal transplantation (IT) were analyzed...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045877/the-path-to-cancer-and-back-immune-modulation-during-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-progression-to-fibrosis-and-cancer-and-unexpected-roles-of-new-antivirals
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Jose D Debes, Robert J de Knegt, Andre Boonstra
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects over 130 million individuals worldwide, and it is the number 1 reason for liver transplantation in the United States. HCV infection progresses in a slow chronic fashion eliciting a strong but ineffective immune response, mainly characterized by NK cell dysfunction and T cell exhaustion. The chronic hepatic inflammation leads to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and cancer in a significant number of patients. In recent years, groundbreaking research has led to the discovery of new HCV-specific direct acting antivirals (DAAs), which have an unprecedented efficacy to clear the virus, and establish a sustained virological response...
December 30, 2016: Transplantation
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