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Huafeng Wang, Huan Zhang, Yuqing Zhang, Dan Wang, Xixi Cheng, Fengrui Yang, Qi Zhang, Zhenyi Xue, Yan Li, Lijuan Zhang, Luhong Yang, Guolin Miao, Daiqing Li, Zhiyu Guan, Yurong Da, Zhi Yao, Fei Gao, Liang Qiao, Li Kong, Rongxin Zhang
Plumbagin is a quinonoid constituent extracted from Plumbago genus, and it exhibits diverse pharmacological effects. This study thoroughly investigated the effects of plumbagin on thioacetamide-induced acute and chronic liver injury. Results shown that plumbagin increased survival rate, reduced liver congestion and inflammation, and decreased macrophages and neutrophils in the fulminant hepatic failure model, and remarkably diminished liver fibrosis and inflammation in the chronic liver injury model. Furthermore, plumbagin significantly suppress the HSCs/myofibroblasts activation by reduced expression of markers α-SMA and COL-1/3, and reduced macrophage in liver...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Jacqueline Jossen, Rachel Annunziato, Hee-Sung Kim, Jaime Chu, Ronen Arnon
OBJECTIVES: Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) are progressive immune-mediated inflammatory diseases that may require liver transplant (LT). Outcomes in children undergoing LT for these diseases are poorly studied in the Pediatric End Stage Liver Disease (PELD) era. We aimed to characterize the outcome of LT in children with AIH and PSC. METHODS: Children ≤18 years with PSC or AIH who had a first, isolated LT from 2002-2012 were identified from the UNOS database...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Lokesh Shahani
Liver failure is a frequent and serious complication that causes morbidity and mortality in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) recipients. Liver dysfunction in these patients can be related to infectious causes, most common viral hepatitis. We report a case of disseminated acyclovir-resistant herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection following HCT that led to acute liver failure and death. Although rare, HSV hepatitis leads to high morbidity and mortality and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of HCT recipients with marked elevation of hepatic transaminase...
October 17, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Hannah B Anastasio, Maureen Grundy, Meredith L Birsner, Karin J Blakemore
BACKGROUND: Gestational alloimmune liver disease, a form of profound liver failure in the newborn, is the main underlying cause of the entity formerly known as neonatal hemochromatosis. Antepartum maternal intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been shown to prevent gestational alloimmune liver disease, which otherwise has a recurrence risk above 90% in subsequent pregnancies. CASE: A 30-year-old woman, gravida 3 para 0120, presented early in gestation. Her previous pregnancy had been complicated by fetal growth restriction, oligohydramnios, and ultimately fatal fulminant neonatal liver failure...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Shaojie Xin, Long Xiao
The clinical manifestations of hepatitis E are similar to those of other types of viral hepatitis. While acute hepatitis E is usually self-limited, pregnant women and chronic liver disease patients suffering from acute hepatitis E usually present with severe clinical manifestations that may develop into fulminant hepatic failure. Chronic HEV infection is typically only seen in organ transplant patients; most HEV cases are asymptomatic and rarely display jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, or ascites...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Elena Cabb, Shanna Baltar, David Wes Powers, Karthik Mohan, Antonio Martinez, Eric Pitts
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) presents as a broad spectrum of adverse drug reactions which can range from a mild elevation in liver enzymes to fulminant liver failure. The primary goal is to identify DILI early when the patient's liver enzymes are elevated and to discontinue the offending agent as soon as possible to prevent further injury. Herbal, dietary supplements and anabolic steroids represent a significant component of the drugs thought to cause DILI in the United States. Unlike all other drugs known to cause DILI, these drugs fall into a category of injury that is neither intrinsic nor idiosyncratic due to overlapping characteristics between the two...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Lei Qin, Fang Wang, Bing-Wen Zou, Zhen-Yu Ding
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation during chemotherapy is a major concern and is widely reported, particularly in association with hematological malignancies and lymphomas. While lung cancer ranks first in incidence and mortality worldwide, HBV reactivation has been largely overlooked in this disease. As regards small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), HBV reactivation has rarely been reported. We herein report the case of a hepatitis B surface antigen-seropositive SCLC patient in whom HBV was reactivated during the course of chemotherapy, despite preemptive use of lamivudine...
October 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Ran-Ran Zhang, Yun-Wen Zheng, Hideki Taniguchi
A novel animal model involving chimeric mice with humanized livers established via human hepatocyte transplantation has been developed. These mice, in which the liver has been repopulated with functional human hepatocytes, could serve as a useful tool for investigating human hepatic cell biology, drug metabolism, and other preclinical applications. One of the key factors required for successful transplantation of human hepatocytes into mice is the elimination of the endogenous hepatocytes to prevent competition with the human cells and provide a suitable space and microenvironment for promoting human donor cell expansion and differentiation...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Aurélia Poujois, Jean-Christophe Devedjian, Caroline Moreau, David Devos, Pascal Chaine, France Woimant, James A Duce
Medical treatment in Wilson's disease includes chelators (D-penicillamine and trientine) or zinc salts that have to be maintain all the lifelong. This pharmacological treatment is categorised into two phases; the first being a de-coppering phase and the second a maintenance one. The best therapeutic approach remains controversial, as only a few non-controlled trials have compared these treatments. During the initial phase, progressive increase of chelators' doses adjusted to exchangeable copper and urinary copper might help to avoid neurological deterioration...
October 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Zachary M Parker, Tracy Jo Pasieka, George A Parker, David A Leib
: The interferon (IFN) response to viral pathogens is critical for host survival. In humans and mouse models, defects in IFN responses can result in lethal herpes simplex type-1 (HSV-1) infections, usually from encephalitis. Although rare, HSV-1 can also cause fulminant hepatic failure which is often fatal. While herpes simplex encephalitis has been extensively studied, HSV-1 generalized infections and subsequent acute liver failure are less well understood. We previously demonstrated that IFNαβγR(-/-) mice are exquisitely susceptible to liver infection following corneal infection with HSV-1...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Virology
N S Mittelman, J B Engiles, L Murphy, D Vudathala, A L Johnson
An 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding was presented for evaluation of anorexia, obtundation, icterus, and mild colic signs of 48 hours duration. History, physical examination, and initial diagnostics were suggestive of hepatic disease and encephalopathy. Microcystin toxicosis was suspected based on historical administration of a cyanobacteria supplement, associated serum biochemistry abnormalities, and characteristic histopathological changes. Microcystin contamination was confirmed in both supplement containers fed to the horse...
September 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Michael L Kueht, Ronald T Cotton, Elizabeth L Godfrey, Zoann E Dreyer, Douglas S Fishman, John A Goss
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September 6, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Hemant Varma, Phyllis L Faust, Alejandro D Iglesias, Stephen M Lagana, Karen Wou, Michio Hirano, Salvatore DiMauro, Mahesh M Mansukani, Kirsten E Hoff, Peter L Nagy, William C Copeland, Ali B Naini
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depletion syndrome manifests as diverse early-onset diseases that affect skeletal muscle, brain and liver function. Mutations in several nuclear DNA-encoded genes cause mtDNA depletion. We report on a patient, a 3-month-old boy who presented with hepatic failure, and was found to have severe mtDNA depletion in liver and muscle. Whole-exome sequencing identified a homozygous missense variant (c.544C > T, p.R182W) in the accessory subunit of mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG2), which is required for mitochondrial DNA replication...
October 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Wei-Cheng Liang, Pu-Ping Liang, Cheuk-Wa Wong, Tzi-Bun Ng, Jun-Jiu Huang, Jin-Fang Zhang, Mary Miu-Yee Waye, Wei-Ming Fu
Fulminant hepatic failure is a life-threatening disease which occurs in patients without preexisting liver disease. Nowadays, there is no ideal therapeutic tool in the treatment of fulminant hepatic failure. Recent studies suggested that a novel technology termed CRISPR/Cas9 may be a promising approach for the treatment of fulminant hepatic failure. In this project, we have designed single chimeric guide RNAs specifically targeting the genomic regions of mouse Fas gene. The in vitro and in vivo effects of sgRNAs on the production of Fas protein were examined in cultured mouse cells and in a hydrodynamic injection-based mouse model, respectively...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Fernando Mendes Paschoal, Ricardo Carvalho Nogueira, Karla De Almeida Lins Ronconi, Marcelo de Lima Oliveira, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira, Edson Bor-Seng-Shu
Acute liver failure, also known as fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), embraces a spectrum of clinical entities characterized by acute liver injury, severe hepatocellular dysfunction, and hepatic encephalopathy. Cerebral edema and intracranial hypertension are common causes of mortality in patients with FHF. The management of patients who present acute liver failure starts with determining the cause and an initial evaluation of prognosis. Regardless of whether or not patients are listed for liver transplantation, they should still be monitored for recovery, death, or transplantation...
August 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Tabassum Firoz, Douglas Webber, Hilary Rowe
Liver disease in pregnancy can be classified as predating, co-incidental or unique to pregnancy. Medications are often overlooked as a significant cause of liver disease. We present the case of a 39-year-old patient who presented at 20 weeks with jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, and abnormal liver function progressing eventually to fulminant hepatic failure. The patient was on methyldopa and labetalol from 12 weeks' gestational age. Liver biopsy was consistent with drug-induced liver injury. Both methyldopa and labetalol have been associated with hepatotoxicity including liver failure...
December 2015: Obstetric Medicine
Munehiro Furuichi, Takeo Fujiwara, Akinari Fukuda, Mureo Kasahara, Isao Miyairi
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is 1 of the most common causes of infection after solid organ transplantation with symptomatic disease occurring at an incidence of 20-40% without preventative measures. While CMV donor+/recipient- serostatus is well known to be a risk factor, there is little data about other risk factors for CMV infection in the setting of pediatric liver transplantation (LT). We hypothesized that fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) may be a risk factor for CMV infection given anecdotal reports of complications associated with FHF...
August 5, 2016: Transplantation
Archie Ramaswami, Danya J Rosen, Jaime Chu, Birte Wistinghausen, Ronen Arnon
Deferesirox (DFX), an oral chelating agent, is used to treat chronic iron overload in several hematological diseases such as β-thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and myelodysplastic anemia. DFX is generally well tolerated with the exception of gastrointestinal disturbances and rash, although cases of renal toxicity, as well as acute and chronic liver failure, have been reported in adults and children. Here we describe a 3-year-old girl with β-thalassemia undergoing treatment with DFX who presented with acute liver failure and Fanconi's syndrome...
July 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Kwangwoo Nam, Sung Koo Lee, Tae Jun Song, Do Hyun Park, Sang Soo Lee, Dong-Wan Seo, Myung-Hwan Kim
BACKGROUND: Some biliary complications after liver transplantation (LT) are difficult to manage by endoscopic or radiologic intervention alone. In these cases, percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy (PTCS) can be used as an adjuvant option. METHODS: Patients who underwent PTCS for post-LT biliary complications between August 1992 and January 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Fifteen patients underwent PTCS for post-LT biliary complications...
October 2016: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
Omar Abdelaziz, Hussein Attia
Living-donor liver transplantation has provided a solution to the severe lack of cadaver grafts for the replacement of liver afflicted with end-stage cirrhosis, fulminant disease, or inborn errors of metabolism. Vascular complications remain the most serious complications and a common cause for graft failure after hepatic transplantation. Doppler ultrasound remains the primary radiological imaging modality for the diagnosis of such complications. This article presents a brief review of intra- and post-operative living donor liver transplantation anatomy and a synopsis of the role of ultrasonography and color Doppler in evaluating the graft vascular haemodynamics both during surgery and post-operatively in accurately defining the early vascular complications...
July 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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