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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352038/microenvironment-induced-cd44v6-promotes-early-disease-progression-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Julia C Gutjahr, Eva Szenes, Lisa Tschech, Daniela Asslaber, Michaela Schlederer, Simone Roos, Xiaobing Yu, Tamara Girbl, Christina Sternberg, Alexander Egle, Fritz Aberger, Ronen Alon, Lukas Kenner, Richard Greil, Veronique Orian-Rousseau, Tanja N Hartmann
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) outgrowth depends on signals from the microenvironment. We have previously found that in vitro reconstitution of this microenvironment induces specific variant isoforms of the adhesion molecule CD44, which confer human CLL with high affinity to hyaluronan (HA). Here, we determined the in vivo contribution of standard CD44 and its variants to leukemic B-cell homing and proliferation in Tcl1 transgenic mice with a B-cell-specific CD44 deficiency. In these mice, leukemia onset was delayed and leukemic infiltration of spleen, liver, and lungs, but not of bone marrow was decreased...
January 19, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343286/diagnosis-and-management-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-japan-red-flag-symptom-clusters-and-treatment-algorithm
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REVIEW
Yoshiki Sekijima, Mitsuharu Ueda, Haruki Koike, Sonoko Misawa, Tomonori Ishii, Yukio Ando
Hereditary ATTR (ATTRm) amyloidosis (also called transthyretin-type familial amyloid polyneuropathy [ATTR-FAP]) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset, rare systemic disorder predominantly characterized by irreversible, progressive, and persistent peripheral nerve damage. TTR gene mutations (e.g. replacement of valine with methionine at position 30 [Val30Met (p.Val50Met)]) lead to destabilization and dissociation of TTR tetramers into variant TTR monomers, which form amyloid fibrils that deposit in peripheral nerves and various organs, giving rise to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy and several non-disease specific symptoms...
January 17, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336434/acg-clinical-guideline-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Ashwani K Singal, Ramon Bataller, Joseph Ahn, Patrick S Kamath, Vijay H Shah
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) comprises a clinical-histologic spectrum including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis (AH), and cirrhosis with its complications. Most patients are diagnosed at advanced stages and data on the prevalence and profile of patients with early disease are limited. Diagnosis of ALD requires documentation of chronic heavy alcohol use and exclusion of other causes of liver disease. Prolonged abstinence is the most effective strategy to prevent disease progression. AH presents with rapid onset or worsening of jaundice, and in severe cases may transition to acute on chronic liver failure when the risk for mortality, depending on the number of extra-hepatic organ failures, may be as high as 20-50% at 1 month...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334786/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-an-update
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Rui-Hong Zhao, Yu Shi, Hong Zhao, Wei Wu, Ji-Fang Sheng
Acute-on-chronic liver failure is a common pattern of end-stage liver disease in clinical practice and occurs frequently in patients with chronic hepatitis B or HBV-related cirrhosis. New progress in recent years leads to a better understanding of this disease. Areas covered: This review updates the current comprehensive knowledge about HBV-ACLF from epidemiological studies, experimental studies, and clinical studies and provide new insights into the definition, diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, nature history, pathogenesis, treatment and prognostication of HBV-ACLF...
January 16, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332347/genetically-engineered-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-co-expressing-ifn-%C3%AE-and-il-10-inhibit-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-modulating-mapk-pathway
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Hao Wang, Jun Wang, Xiaolei Shi, Yitao Ding
PURPOSE: One of the major challenges in delivering cytokines for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the mode of delivery. This study hypothesized that genetically engineered bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) co-expressing IFN-γ and IL-10 can serve as a potential therapeutic strategy in the treatment of HCC by inhibiting cell proliferation. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=5, 200-250 g) for BMSCs isolation and Nude/SCID mice (n=35,12-20g) to develop liver cancer xenograft model were used...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331339/cardiopulmonary-hemodynamics-and-c-reactive-protein-as-prognostic-indicators-in-compensated-and-decompensated-cirrhosis
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Laura Turco, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Ilenia Magnani, Marcello Bianchini, Martina Costetti, Cristian Caporali, Stefano Colopi, Emilio Simonini, Nicola De Maria, Federico Banchelli, Rosario Rossi, Erica Villa, Filippo Schepis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The main stages of cirrhosis (compensated and decompensated) have been substaged based on clinical, endoscopic, and portal pressure (determined by the hepatic venous pressure gradient, HVPG) features. Vasodilatation leading to a hyperdynamic circulatory state is central in the development of a late decompensated stage with inflammation being currently considered a key driver. We aimed to assess hepatic/systemic hemodynamics and inflammation (by C reactive protein, CRP) among the different substages of cirrhosis and to investigate their interrelationship and prognostic relevance...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329373/co-existing-hepatitis-c-and-alcoholic-liver-disease-a-diminishing-indication-for-liver-transplantation
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Amanda Wieland, Gregory T Everson
Aims: To provide an overview of published literature on the interaction of alcohol and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the accelerated progression of liver disease to cirrhosis as relates to decision-making for the management of the liver transplant candidate and recipient. Methods: General PubMed search was employed along with expert input to identify the relevant articles on the topic. The authors also utilized both backward and forward citation review of the relevant articles and reviews to identify articles on identified topic...
January 10, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325729/amatoxin-containing-mushroom-poisonings-species-toxidromes-treatments-and-outcomes
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REVIEW
James H Diaz
Amatoxins are produced primarily by 3 species of mushrooms: Amanita, Lepiota, and Galerina. Because amatoxin poisonings are increasing, the objective of this review was to identify all amatoxin-containing mushroom species, present a toxidromic approach to earlier diagnoses, and compare the efficacies and outcomes of therapies. To meet these objectives, Internet search engines were queried with keywords to select peer-reviewed scientific articles on amatoxin-containing mushroom poisoning and management. Descriptive epidemiological analyses have documented that most mushroom poisonings are caused by unknown mushrooms, and most fatal mushroom poisonings are caused by amatoxin-containing mushrooms...
January 8, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325284/-risk-factors-and-therapeutic-strategies-for-primary-biliary-cholangitis-patients-with-poor-prognosis
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Y W Shi, H Ma
With the progress in detection methods and the update of diagnostic and therapeutic concepts, more and more patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) have been diagnosed and treated. A high proportion of PBC patients, however, progress to liver decompensation, with an increased risk of liver transplantation and death and a significant reduction in long-term survival. These patients need early diagnosis and urgent treatment. This article discusses how to identify the PBC patients with poor prognosis early from the aspects of biochemical response, disease features, and biomarkers, and reviews the progress in related complementary therapies and new drugs including Ocaliva, Fibrates, UDCA-derived drugs, and molecular targeted drugs...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321484/loss-of-tolerance-to-gut-immunity-protein-glycoprotein-2-gp2-is-associated-with-progressive-disease-course-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Tamas Tornai, David Tornai, Nora Sipeki, Istvan Tornai, Rayan Alsulaimani, Kai Fechner, Dirk Roggenbuck, Gary L Norman, Gabor Veres, Gabriella Par, Alajos Par, Ferenc Szalay, Peter Laszlo Lakatos, Peter Antal-Szalmas, Maria Papp
Glycoprotein 2[GP2] is a specific target of pancreatic autoantibodies[PAbs] in Crohn's disease(CD) and is involved in gut innate immunity processes. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence and prognostic potential of PAbs in primary sclerosing cholangitis(PSC). Sixty-five PSC patients were tested for PAbs by indirect immunofluorescence and compared with healthy (n = 100) and chronic liver disease controls(CLD, n = 488). Additionally, a panel of anti-microbial antibodies and secretory (s)IgA levels were measured, as markers of bacterial translocation and immune dysregulation...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318365/-innovations-in-surgical-treatment-of-pediatric-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
A Schmidt, S W Warmann, C Urla, J Fuchs
The overall survival of children with solid tumors has shown a substantial increase in the past decades due to progress in all of the disciplines involved in the treatment. The poor prognosis for advanced stages of disease and the morbidity related to therapeutic procedures are still a challenge. Innovations in the surgical treatment of solid tumors can contribute to increase the survival rate of affected children and to decrease the treatment-related morbidity. Considering these aspects, the successful implementation of innovations is described based on four examples...
January 9, 2018: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316579/-management-of-compensated-liver-cirrhosis-2018-evidence-based-prophylactic-measures
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Kathrin Karkmann, Felix Piecha, Anna Caterina Rünzi, Lisa Schulz, Moritz von Wulffen, Daniel Benten, Johannes Kluwe, Henning Wege
In 2015, more than 13 000 people died due to the consequences of liver cirrhosis in Germany. Frequently, relevant liver fibrosis is diagnosed by non-invasive methods (e. g., ultrasound-based measurement of liver stiffness) already in the compensated stage. Following diagnosis of liver fibrosis, a thorough investigation of the underlying chronic liver disease and effective treatment are important to prevent progression to decompensated cirrhosis. Since morbidity and mortality dramatically increase in the decompensated stage (patients may present with jaundice, ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, gastrointestinal bleeding) with an upsurge in 1-year-mortality from 1 - 3...
January 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314293/the-impact-of-donor-liver-allograft-fibrosis-on-patients-undergoing-liver-transplantation
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Vikram Wadhera, Norifumi Harimoto, Nir Lubezky, Ilias Gomatos, Matias Facciuto, David Gonzalez, Ashley Stueck, M Isabel Fiel, Thomas Schiano, Marcelo Facciuto
BACKGROUND: The utilization of extended criteria liver allografts (ECD) shortens time to transplantation. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the effect of liver allograft fibrosis on graft and patient survival after LT, with particular attention to fibrosis progression. METHODS: Retrospective database search of donor and recipient liver allograft histology of liver transplants performed between 2007 and 2011. Donor and patient characteristics were analyzed...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312973/critical-appraisal-of-chinese-2017-guideline-on-the-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#14
REVIEW
Di-Yang Xie, Zheng-Gang Ren, Jian Zhou, Jia Fan, Qiang Gao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most common and the third most lethal cancer in China. An updated version of consensus-based recommendations on the management of HCC has been recently published by a multidisciplinary group of Chinese experts including liver surgeons, hepatic oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. Major changes have been made to the diagnostic criteria. In addition to dynamic multi-detector computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) are added to the diagnostic imaging tests...
December 2017: Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311394/exercise-capacity-and-respiratory-profile-in-patients-after-orthopedic-liver-transplantation-a-follow-up-study
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Clarissa B A Magalhães, José Huygens P Garcia, Cyntia F G Viana, Maria José N Flor, Pedro Felipe C de Bruin, Eanes D B Pereira
INTRODUCTION: We sought to describe: 1) The influence of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) on exercise capacity, pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength after surgery, 2) The relationship between exercise capacity and symptoms of anxiety and depression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a prospective follow up study conducted with patients submitted to OLT. All patients were assessed before and 1 month after surgery through measurements: six minute walk test (6MWT), 6 min step test (6MST) and HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale)...
December 27, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310402/a-rare-variation-of-celiac-trunk-and-hepatic-artery-complicating-pancreaticoduodenectomy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Zhou Ye, Song Ye, Dongkai Zhou, Shusen Zheng, Weilin Wang
RATIONALE: Anatomical variations of the celiac trunk and the hepatic artery are of considerable importance in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery, liver transplants, and radiological abdominal interventions. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we report a 57-year-old man with 2 weeks of painless progressive jaundice. Preoperative imaging and cytology brush results suggested an ampullary tumor and common hepatic artery anomaly (CTA) was reported. The patient underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD)...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299759/translating-scientific-discovery-the-need-for-preclinical-models-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Abdul M Oseini, Banumathi K Cole, Danny Issa, Ryan E Feaver, Arun J Sanyal
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world, affecting about 1/3 of the US general population and remaining as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The hallmark of the disease is the excessive accumulation of fat within the liver cells (hepatocytes), which eventually paves the way to cellular stress, injury and apoptosis. NAFLD is strongly associated with components of the metabolic syndrome and is fast emerging as a leading cause of liver transplant in the USA...
January 3, 2018: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299684/treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-special-populations
#18
REVIEW
Goki Suda, Koji Ogawa, Kenichi Morikawa, Naoya Sakamoto
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the primary causes of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In hemodialysis patients, the rate of HCV infection is high and is moreover associated with a poor prognosis. In liver transplantation patients with HCV infection, recurrent HCV infection is universal, and re-infected HCV causes rapid progression of liver fibrosis and graft loss. Additionally, in patients with HCV and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection, liver fibrosis progresses rapidly...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299366/bridging-therapy-effectiveness-in-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-prior-to-orthotopic-liver-transplantation
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Maria M Rubinstein, Andreas Kaubisch, Milan Kinkhabwala, John Reinus, Qiang Liu, Jennifer W Chuy
Background: Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is the most effective treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with underlying cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Availability of OLT is limited by donor-organ shortages, which increase patient waiting time until OLT. A variety of bridging therapies (BT) have been used to halt tumor progression in patients on the OLT waiting list. Despite complete radiologic responses following BT, viable tumor is often present in explants...
December 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286569/patterns-of-kidney-injury-in-pediatric-non-kidney-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
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C Williams, K Borges, T Banh, J Vasilevska-Ristovska, R Chanchlani, V L Ng, A I Dipchand, M Solomon, D Hebert, S J Kim, B C Astor, R S Parekh
The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and its impact on chronic kidney disease (CKD) following pediatric non-kidney solid organ transplantation is unknown. We aimed to determine the incidence of AKI and CKD and examine their relationship among children who received a heart, lung, liver or multi-organ transplant at the Hospital for Sick Children between 2002 and 2011. AKI was assessed in the first year post-transplant. Among 303 children, perioperative AKI (within the first week) occurred in 67% of children, and AKI after the first week occurred in 36%, with the highest incidence among lung and multi-organ recipients...
December 29, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
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