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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549291/antidiabetogenic-efficiency-of-menthol-improves-glucose-homeostasis-and-attenuates-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-nicotinamide-induced-experimental-rats-through-ameliorating-glucose-metabolic-enzymes
#1
Udaiyar Muruganathan, Subramani Srinivasan, Veerasamy Vinothkumar
The phytochemical, menthol, has been reported to play many beneficial roles. However, under diabetic conditions, there is no detail mechanism of its beneficial action in the glucose homeostasis. The present study, we investigated to explore the role of menthol, on the glucose metabolic enzymes and pancreatic islet cell apoptosis of streptozotocin-nicotinamide (STZ-NA) induced diabetes in rats. Diabetes was induced by single intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of STZ (50mg/kg/b.w.) and NA (110mg/kg/b.w.). Diabetic rats were treated with different dose of menthol (25, 50, and 100mg/kg/b...
May 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549240/dietary-salecan-reverts-partially-the-metabolic-gene-expressions-and-nmr-based-metabolomic-profiles-from-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
#2
Qi Sun, Minghui Li, Xiao Yang, Xi Xu, Junsong Wang, Jianfa Zhang
Previous studies suggest that dietary salecan (a water-soluble β-glucan) effectively reduces high-fat-diet-induced adiposity through disturbing bile-acid-promoted emulsification in mice. However, the effects of salecan on metabolic genes and metabolites involved in lipid accumulation are mostly unknown. Here, we confirmed that dietary 3% and 6% salecan for 4 weeks markedly decreased fat accumulation in liver and adipose tissue in high-fat-diet rats, displaying a decrease in mRNA levels of SREBP1-C, FAS, SCD1 and ACC1 involved in de novo lipogenesis and a reduction of levels of GPAT1, DGAT1 and DGAT2 related to triglyceride synthesis...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548968/aldose-reductase-interacts-with-akt1-to-augment-hepatic-akt-mtor-signaling-and-promote-hepatocarcinogenesis
#3
Jia-Xing Zhao, Ya-Wei Yuan, Cheng-Fu Cai, Dong-Yan Shen, Mao-Li Chen, Feng Ye, Yan-Jun Mi, Qi-Cong Luo, Wang-Yu Cai, Wei Zhang, Ying Long, Yong Zeng, Guo-Dong Ye, Shu-Yu Yang
Marked up-regulation of aldose reductase (AR) is reportedly associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We investigated how aberrantly overexpressed AR might promote oncogenic transformation in liver cells and tissues. We found that overexpressed AR interacted with the kinase domain of AKT1 to increase AKT/mTOR signaling. In both cultured liver cancer cells and liver tissues in DEN-induced transgenic HCC model mice, we observed that AR overexpression-induced AKT/mTOR signaling tended to enhance lactate formation and hepatic inflammation to enhance hepatocarcinogenesis...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548935/hdac4-stimulates-mrtf-a-expression-and-drives-fibrogenesis-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-targeting-mir-206
#4
Xinrui Han, Chenzhi Hao, Luyang Li, Jianfei Li, Mingming Fang, Yuanlin Zheng, Jun Lu, Ping Li, Yong Xu
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is a hallmark event during liver fibrogenesis. We have previously shown that the transcriptional modulator MRTF-A contributes to liver fibrosis by programming epigenetic activation of HSCs. In the present study we investigated the mechanism whereby MRTF-A expression is regulated in this process. We report here that MRTF-A protein levels, but not mRNA levels, were up-regulated in vivo in the livers of mice induced to develop hepatic fibrosis. Pro-fibrogenic stimuli (TGF-β and PDGF-BB) also activated MRTF-A expression post-transcriptionally in vitro in cultured HSCs...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548930/comparison-of-treatment-outcome-between-living-donor-liver-transplantation-and-sorafenib-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-beyond-the-milan-criteria
#5
Yuri Cho, Jeong-Hoon Lee, Dong Hyeon Lee, Eun Ju Cho, Su Jong Yu, Nam-Joon Yi, Kwang-Woong Lee, Yoon Jun Kim, Jung-Hwan Yoon, Kyung-Suk Suh
For patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), sorafenib is the only systemic treatment recommended by international guidelines. We recently reported that HCC patients with a low MoRAL (model to predict tumor recurrence after LDLT) score (≤ 314.8) have excellent treatment outcomes after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT), even though they are beyond the Milan criteria. In the present study, we investigated whether LDLT offers a better treatment outcome than sorafenib for patients with HCC beyond the Milan criteria according to the MoRAL score...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548876/the-constitutive-lipid-droplet-protein-plin2-regulates-autophagy-in-liver
#6
Tsung-Huang Tsai, Elaine Chen, Lan Li, Pradip Saha, Hsiao-Ju Lee, Li-Shin Huang, Gregory S Shelness, Lawrence Chan, Benny Hung-Junn Chang
Excess triglyceride (TG) accumulation in the liver underlies fatty liver disease, a highly prevalent ailment. TG occurs in the liver sequestered in lipid droplets, the major lipid storage organelle. Lipid droplets are home to the lipid droplet proteins, the most abundant of which are the perilipins (PLINs), encoded by 5 different genes, Plin1 to Plin5. Of the corresponding gene products, PLIN2 is the only constitutive and ubiquitously expressed lipid droplet protein that has been used as a protein marker for lipid droplets...
May 26, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548299/a-noninvasive-diagnosis-of-hepatic-fibrosis-by-biofibroscore%C3%A2-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
#7
Chen-Hua Liu, Chun-Jen Liu, Chun-Ming Hong, Tung-Hung Su, Hung-Chih Yang, Kuei-Ming Chen, Yi-Ping Huang, Yu-Ming Yeh, Hui-Lan Tien, Yuan-Chih Liu, Jia-Horng Kao, Ding-Shinn Chen, Pei-Jer Chen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The diagnostic accuracy of a novel serological panel (BioFibroScore®) to predict hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is unknown. METHODS: Three markers of BioFibroScore®, including urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), and beta-2 microglobulin (β2M), were retrospectively evaluated in 635 HCV-infected patients who received percutaneous liver biopsy and FibroScan®. The formula of BioFibroScore® to predict the severity of hepatic fibrosis was developed by Adaboost algorithm...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548281/adverse-effects-of-fructose-on-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-and-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-subjects-with-abdominal-obesity
#8
Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Sanni Söderlund, Leonie H Bogl, Antti Hakkarainen, Niina Matikainen, Kirsi H Pietiläinen, Sari Räsänen, Nina Lundbom, Elias Björnson, Björn Eliasson, Rosellina M Mancina, Stefano Romeo, Natalie Alméras, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Claudia Vetrani, Anna Prinster, Giovanni Annuzzi, Angela Rivellese, Jean-Pierre Després, Jan Borén
BACKGROUND: Overconsumption of dietary sugars, fructose in particular, is linked to cardiovascular risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, clinical studies have to date not clarified whether these adverse cardiometabolic effects are induced directly by dietary sugars, or if they are secondary to weight gain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of fructose (75 g/day), served with their habitual diet over 12 weeks, on liver fat content and other cardiometabolic risk factors in a large cohort (n=71) of abdominally obese men...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548045/3d-liver-membrane-system-by-co-culturing-human-hepatocytes-sinusoidal-endothelial-and-stellate-cells
#9
Haysam Mohamed Magdy Ahmed, Simona Salerno, Sabrina Morelli, Lidetta Giorno, Loredana De Bartolo
In this study, a designed approach has been utilized for the development of a 3D liver system. This approach makes use of primary human sinusoidal endothelial cells, stellate cells and hepatocytes that are seeded sequentially on hollow fiber membranes (HF) in order to mimic the layers of cells found in vivo. To this purpose modified polyethersulfone (PES) HF membranes were used for the creation of a 3D human liver system in static and dynamic conditions. In order to verify the positive effect of non-parenchymal cells on the maintenance of hepatocyte viability and functions, homotypic cultures of hepatocytes alone on the HF membranes were further investigated...
May 26, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547948/cytokeratin-18-in-diagnosis-of-hcc-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
#10
Saber A Ismail, Sherif El Saadany, Dina H Ziada, Soha S Zakaria, Wael W Mayah, Heba Elashry, Mona Arafa, Nehal Elmashad
Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common malignancy that occurs secondary to viral hepatitis B and C cirrhosis under the influence of environmental factors. In early stages, clinical diagnosis is often difficult and distinguishing HCC from cirrhosis and other hepatic masses by conventional tests is frequently not feasible. Physicians usually depend on measuring serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), but this marker has low sensitivity and specificity. The aim of this research was to determine any role of serum cytokeratin-18(Ck-18) as a marker for diagnosis of HCC in patients with liver cirrhosis...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547740/biliary-duodenal-anastomosis-using-magnetic-compression-following-massive-resection-of-small-intestine-due-to-strangulated-ileus-after-living-donor-liver-transplantation-a-case-report
#11
Ryusuke Saito, Hiroyuki Tahara, Seiichi Shimizu, Masahiro Ohira, Kentaro Ide, Kohei Ishiyama, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Hideki Ohdan
BACKGROUND: Despite the improvements of surgical techniques and postoperative management of patients with liver transplantation, biliary complications are one of the most common and important adverse events. We present a first case of choledochoduodenostomy using magnetic compression following a massive resection of the small intestine due to strangulated ileus after living donor liver transplantation. CASE PRESENTATION: The 54-year-old female patient had end-stage liver disease, secondary to liver cirrhosis, due to primary sclerosing cholangitis with ulcerative colitis...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547581/gender-disparity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-multiple-underlying-mechanisms
#12
REVIEW
Bo Zheng, Yan-Jing Zhu, Hong-Yang Wang, Lei Chen
On the global scale, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the main cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) especially in regions of Asia where HBV infection is endemic. Epidemiological studies show that the incidence of inflammation-driven HCC in males is three times as high as in females. Recent studies suggest that sex hormones have a crucial role in the pathogenesis and development of HBV-induced HCC. We found that the estrogen/androgen signaling pathway is associated with decreased/increased transcription and replication of HBV genes and can promote the development of HBV infections by up/downregulating HBV RNA transcription and inflammatory cytokines levels, which in turn slow down the progression of HBV-induced HCC...
May 23, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547076/purinergic-signaling-during-intestinal-inflammation
#13
REVIEW
Maria Serena Longhi, Alan Moss, Zhenghui Gordon Jiang, Simon C Robson
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a devastating disease that is associated with excessive inflammation in the intestinal tract in genetically susceptible individuals and potentially triggered by microbial dysbiosis. This illness markedly predisposes patients to thrombophilia and chronic debility as well as bowel, lymphatic, and liver cancers. Development of new therapies is needed to re-establish long-term immune tolerance in IBD patients without increasing the risk of opportunistic infections and cancer...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546913/genetic-assembly-of-double-layered-fluorescent-protein-nanoparticles-for-cancer-targeting-and-imaging
#14
Seong-Eun Kim, Sung Duk Jo, Koo Chul Kwon, You-Yeon Won, Jeewon Lee
Hepatitis B virus capsid (HBVC), a self-assembled protein nanoparticle comprised of 180 or 240 subunit proteins, is used as a cage for genetic encapsulation of fluorescent proteins (FPs). The self-quenching of FPs is controlled by varying the spacing between FPs within the capsid structure. Double-layered FP nanoparticle possessing cancer cell-targeting capabilities is also produced by additionally attaching FPs and cancer cell receptor-binding peptides (affibodies) to the outer surface of the capsid. The generically modified HBVC with double layers of mCardinal FPs and affibodies (mC-DL-HBVC) exhibit a high fluorescence intensity and a strong photostability, and is efficiently internalized by cancer cells and significantly stable against intracellular degradation...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546792/hepatitis-c-virus-and-liver-transplantation
#15
Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, Sanjaya K Satapathy, Paul Martin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of death from infectious disease and is still the leading indication for liver transplantation in the United States and other Western countries. All-oral, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapies have revolutionized the field, with HCV cure rates of more than 90% among treated patients. The safety and tolerability of these DAA agents have expanded the feasibility of HCV treatment even in the challenging pre- and post-liver transplant settings. However, the unique properties of DAA agents and the host profiles in these settings can limit the generalizability of HCV regimens, and prolongation of treatment duration or addition of ribavirin may be required in certain scenarios to optimize treatment outcomes...
April 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546505/role-of-cyp2b-in-phenobarbital-induced-hepatocyte-proliferation-in-mice
#16
Lei Li, Xiaochen Bao, Qing-Yu Zhang, Masahiko Negishi, Xinxin Ding
Phenobarbital (PB) promotes liver tumorigenesis in rodents, in part through activation of the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) and the consequent changes in hepatic gene expression and increases in hepatocyte proliferation. A typical effect of CAR activation by PB is a marked induction of Cyp2b10 expression in the liver; the latter has been suspected to be vital for PB-induced hepatocellular proliferation. This hypothesis was tested here, by using a Cyp2a(4/5)bgs-null (null) mouse model, in which all Cyp2b genes are deleted...
May 25, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546217/increased-hepatic-expression-of-endothelial-lipase-inhibits-cholesterol-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-transgenic-rabbits
#17
Chuan Wang, Kazutoshi Nishijima, Shuji Kitajima, Manabu Niimi, Haizhao Yan, Yajie Chen, Bo Ning, Fumikazu Matsuhisa, Enqi Liu, Jifeng Zhang, Y Eugene Chen, Jianglin Fan
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial lipase (EL) is a key determinant in plasma high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol. However, functional roles of EL on the development of atherosclerosis have not been clarified. We investigated whether hepatic expression of EL affects plasma lipoprotein metabolism and cholesterol diet-induced atherosclerosis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We generated transgenic (Tg) rabbits expressing the human EL gene in the liver and then examined the effects of EL expression on plasma lipids and lipoproteins and compared the susceptibility of Tg rabbits with cholesterol diet-induced atherosclerosis with non-Tg littermates...
May 25, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546081/targeting-nuclear-receptors-for-the-treatment-of-fatty-liver-disease
#18
REVIEW
Naoki Tanaka, Toshifumi Aoyama, Shioko Kimura, Frank J Gonzalez
Ligand-activated nuclear receptors, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα), pregnane X receptor, and constitutive androstane receptor, were first identified as key regulators of the responses against chemical toxicants. However, numerous studies using mouse disease models and human samples have revealed critical roles for these receptors and others, such as PPARβ/δ, PPARγ, farn esoid X receptor (FXR), and liver X receptor (LXR), in maintaining nutrient/energy homeostasis in part through modulation of the gut-liver-adipose axis...
May 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545829/gut-microbiota-and-hepatitis-b-virus-induced-chronic-liver-disease-implications-for-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-therapy
#19
REVIEW
Y Kang, Y Cai
Hepatitis B is one of the most common infectious diseases globally. It has been estimated that there are 350 million chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers worldwide. The liver is connected to the small intestine by the bile duct, which carries bile formed in the liver to the intestine. Nearly all of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines must pass through the liver. Human intestines contain a wide diversity of microbes, collectively termed the 'gut microbiota'. Gut microbiota play a significant role in host metabolic processes and host immune modulation, and influence host development and physiology (organ development)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545573/peroxisome-proliferators-activated-receptor-ppar-agonists-activate-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-in-vivo
#20
Lingyao Du, Yuanji Ma, Miao Liu, Libo Yan, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: PPAR agonists are often used in HBV infected patients with metabolic disorders. However, as liver-enriched transcriptional factors, PPARs would activate HBV replication. Risks exsit in such patients. This study aimed to assess the influence of commonly used synthetic PPAR agonists on hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcription, replication and expression through HBV replicative mouse models, providing information for physicians to make necessary monitoring and therapeutic adjustment when HBV infected patients receive PPAR agonists treatment...
May 25, 2017: Virology Journal
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