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Dana Tedesco, Manoj Thapa, Chui-Yoke Chin, Yong Ge, Minghao Gong, Jing Li, Sanjeev Gumber, Patrick Speck, Elizabeth J Elrod, Eileen M Burd, William H Kitchens, Joseph F Magliocca, Andrew B Adams, David S Weiss, Mansour Mohamadzadeh, Arash Grakoui
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Variants at the ATP binding cassette subfamily B member 4 gene (ABCB4 or MDR2) locus, which encodes a biliary transport protein, are associated with a spectrum of cholestatic liver diseases. Exacerbation of liver disease has been linked to increased hepatic levels of interleukin 17 (IL17), yet the mechanisms of this increase are not understood. We studied mice with disruption of Mdr2 to determine how defects in liver and alteration in the microbiota contribute to production of IL17 by intrahepatic γδ T cells...
February 15, 2018: Gastroenterology
Deng Xiang, Jiannan He, Hongmei Wang, Fangfang Xiong, Hao Cheng, Junhua Ai, Renfeng Shan, Renhua Wan, Lunli Zhang, Jun Shi
RATIONALE: Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) type 3, characterized by high gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), is an autosomal recessive genetic disease. It often occurs in patients' first years of age. However, high GGT type PFIC is still rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: The present study reports a case of liver transplantation for decompensated liver cirrhosis caused by PFIC type 3. An 18-year-old male presented with a history of abdominal distension and jaundice for 2 months...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hanqing Hu, Meng Wang, Xu Guan, Ziming Yuan, Zheng Liu, Chaoxia Zou, Guiyu Wang, Xu Gao, Xishan Wang
The ABC is a large group of proteins involved in material transportation, cellular homeostasis and closely associated with chemoresistance. ABCB4 is a member of ABCs which has a similar structure to ABCB1, but fewer researches were performed. This study is aimed to investigate the putative mechanism of ABCB4 in 5-Fu resistance. Then, we found that ABCB4 was significantly downregulated in the 5-Fu resistant HCT8 cell lines by PCR and Western Blot. The knockdown of ABCB4 by small interfering RNA decreased the apoptosis by 5-Fu in resistant HCT8R cell lines without influencing the proliferation...
January 25, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Dongke Yu, Shi-Ying Cai, Albert Mennone, Pamela Vig, James L Boyer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cholestatic liver injury is mediated by bile acid induced inflammatory responses. We hypothesized that superior therapeutic effects might be achieved by combining treatments that reduce the bile acid pool size with one that blocks inflammation. METHODS: Bile duct ligated (BDL) rats and Mdr2(Abcb4)-/- mice were treated with all-trans retinoic acid (atRA), a potent inhibitor of bile acid synthesis, 5mg/kg/day by gavage, or Cenicriviroc (CVC), a known antagonist of CCR2 and CCR5, 50mg/kg/day alone or in combination for 14-day and one month, respectively...
January 22, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Luise Aamann, Nikolaj Ørntoft, Ida Vogel, Henning Grønbaek, Naja Becher, Hendrik Vilstrup, Peter Ott, Dorte Launholt Lildballe
OBJECTIVES: A few adult and adolescent patients with even severe cholestatic liver disease remain unexplained after standard diagnostic work-up. We studied the value of genetic examination in such patients and developed a panel of eight genes with known cholestatic associations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-three patients with unexplained cholestasis despite a thorough clinical work-up were examined for sequence variations in the coding regions of the ABCB4, ABCB11, ABCC2, ABCG5, ATP8B1, JAG1, NOTCH2, and UGT1A1 genes and the promoter region of UGT1A1 by massive parallel sequencing of DNA extracted from whole blood...
January 5, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Evgeniy Stoyanov, Lina Mizrahi, Devorah Olam, Temima Schnitzer-Perlman, Eithan Galun, Daniel S Goldenberg
Chronic inflammation precedes the majority of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases. We investigated the chemopreventive potential of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), an essential donor for all methylation reactions in the cell, at the late precancerous stage of HCC development using the Mdr2-knockout (Mdr2-KO, Abcb4-/-) mice, a model of inflammation-mediated hepatocarcinogenesis. Previously, we revealed down-regulation of the genes regulating SAM metabolism in the liver of these mice at the precancerous stages. Now, we have supplied Mdr2-KO mice at the late precancerous stage with SAM during either a short-term (17 days) or a long-term (51 days) period and explored the effects of such supplementation on tumor development, DNA methylation and gene expression in the liver...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Giovanni Vitale, Stefano Gitto, Francesco Raimondi, Alessandro Mattiaccio, Vilma Mantovani, Ranka Vukotic, Antonietta D'Errico, Marco Seri, Robert B Russell, Pietro Andreone
BACKGROUND: Mutations in ATP-transporters ATPB81, ABCB11, and ABCB4 are responsible for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) 1, 2 and 3, and recently the gene for tight junction protein-2 (TJP2) has been linked to PFIC4. AIM: As these four genes have been poorly studied in young people and adults, we investigated them in this context here. METHODS: In patients with cryptogenic cholestasis, we analyzed the presence of mutations by high-throughput sequencing...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
Juan Xu, Jiacong Wu, Chenyang Fu, Fang Teng, Siyu Liu, Chencheng Dai, Rong Shen, Xuemei Jia
Most ovarian cancer patients are chemosensitive initially, but finally relapse with acquired chemoresistance. Multidrug-resistance is the extremely terrible situation. The mechanism for the acquired chemoresistance of ovarian cancer patients is still not clear. LncRNAs have been recognized as the important regulator of a variety of biological processes, including the multidrug-resistant process. Here, we carried out the lncRNA sequencing of the ovarian cancer cell line A2780 and the paxitaxel resistant cell line A2780/PTX which is also cross resistant to the cisplatin and epirubicin...
June 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Ilaria Genovese, Andrea Ilari, Yehuda G Assaraf, Francesco Fazi, Gianni Colotti
The development of drug resistance continues to be a dominant hindrance toward curative cancer treatment. Overexpression of a wide-spectrum of ATP-dependent efflux pumps, and in particular of ABCB1 (P-glycoprotein or MDR1) is a well-known resistance mechanism for a plethora of cancer chemotherapeutics including for example taxenes, anthracyclines, Vinca alkaloids, and epipodopyllotoxins, demonstrated by a large array of published papers, both in tumor cell lines and in a variety of tumors, including various solid tumors and hematological malignancies...
May 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
Peter H Dixon, Melissa Sambrotta, Jennifer Chambers, Pamela Taylor-Harris, Argyro Syngelaki, Kypros Nicolaides, A S Knisely, Richard J Thompson, Catherine Williamson
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) affects 1/140 UK pregnancies; with pruritus, hepatic impairment and elevated serum bile acids. Severe disease is complicated by spontaneous preterm delivery and stillbirth. Previous studies have reported mutations in hepatocellular transporters (ABCB4, ABCB11). High throughput sequencing in 147 patients was performed in the transporters ABCB4, ABCB11, ATP8B1, ABCC2 and tight junction protein 2 (TJP2). Twenty-six potentially damaging variants were identified with the following predicted protein changes: Twelve ABCB4 mutations - Arg47Gln, Met113Val, Glu161Gly, Thr175Ala, Glu528Glyfs*6, Arg590Gln, Ala601Ser, Glu884Ter, Gly722Ala, Tyr775Met (x2), Trp854Ter...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Claire P Sayers, Vanessa Mollard, Hayley D Buchanan, Geoffrey I McFadden, Christopher D Goodman
The malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium, contains a unique non-photosynthetic plastid known as the apicoplast. The apicoplast is an essential organelle bound by four membranes. Although membrane transporters are attractive drug targets, only two transporters have been characterised in the malaria parasite apicoplast membranes. We selected 27 candidate apicoplast membrane proteins, 20 of which are annotated as putative membrane transporters, and performed a genetic screen in Plasmodium berghei to determine blood stage essentiality and subcellular localisation...
January 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Marica Cariello, Claudia Peres, Roberta Zerlotin, Emanuele Porru, Carlo Sabbà, Aldo Roda, Antonio Moschetta
Altered bile acid (BA) signaling is associated with hepatotoxicity. The farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a nuclear receptor that transcriptionally regulates BA homeostasis. Mice with FXR ablation present hepatocarcinoma (HCC) due to high toxic BA levels. Mice with Abcb4 ablation accumulate toxic BA within the bile ducts and present HCC. We have previously shown that intestinal specific activation of FXR by transgenic VP16-FXR chimera is able to reduce BA pool size and prevent HCC. Here we tested chemical FXR activation by administering for 15 months the dual FXR/ membrane G protein-coupled receptor (TGR5) agonist INT-767 (6α-ethyl-3α,7α,23-trihydroxy-24-nor-5β-cholan-23-sulphate) to Fxr(-/-) and Abcb4(-/-) mice...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Aurélie Hautefort, Julie Chesné, Jens Preussner, Soni S Pullamsetti, Jorg Tost, Mario Looso, Fabrice Antigny, Barbara Girerd, Marianne Riou, Saadia Eddahibi, Jean-François Deleuze, Werner Seeger, Elie Fadel, Gerald Simonneau, David Montani, Marc Humbert, Frédéric Perros
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a severe and incurable pulmonary vascular disease. One of the primary origins of PAH is pulmonary endothelial dysfunction leading to vasoconstriction, aberrant angiogenesis and smooth muscle cell proliferation, endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition, thrombosis and inflammation. Our objective was to study the epigenetic variations in pulmonary endothelial cells (PEC) through a specific pattern of DNA methylation. DNA was extracted from cultured PEC from idiopathic PAH (n = 11), heritable PAH (n = 10) and controls (n = 18)...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Daniel Zahner, Hannah Glimm, Tomomitsu Matono, Yuri Churin, Diran Herebian, Ertan Mayatepek, Kernt Köhler, Stefan Gattenlöhner, Anne Stinn, Annette Tschuschner, Martin Roderfeld, Elke Roeb
Understanding of the pathophysiology of cholestasis associated carcinogenesis could challenge the development of new personalized therapeutic approaches and thus improve prognosis. Simultaneous damage might aggravate hepatic injury, induce chronic liver disease and even promote carcinogenesis. We aimed to study the effect of Hepatitis B virus surface protein (HBsAg) on cholestatic liver disease and associated carcinogenesis in a mouse model combining both impairments. Hybrids of Abcb4(-/-) and HBsAg transgenic mice were bred on fibrosis susceptible background BALB/c...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Ning Han, Lu Kuang, Bing Zhu, Liang Hua, Wanling Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the pathogenesis of a child with growth retardation, liver damage and congenital heart disease. METHODS: G-banded chromosomal karyotyping, high-throughput next-generation sequencing (HT-NGS)and fluorescence in situ hybridization(FISH) were used to characterize the structural chromosomal aberration. RESULTS: The child was found to have a karyotype of 46, XX, t(1;2) (q25;q21), t(7;20) (q21;p13). HT-NGS has detected a microdeletion at 2q21...
August 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Matthias C Reichert, Rabea A Hall, Marcin Krawczyk, Frank Lammert
Familial cholangiopathies are rare but potentially severe diseases. Their spectrum ranges from fairly benign conditions as, for example, benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis to low-phospholipid associated cholelithiasis and progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC). Many cholangiopathies such as primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) or primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) affect first the bile ducts ("ascending pathophysiology") but others, such as PFIC, start upstream in hepatocytes and cause progressive damage "descending" down the biliary tree and leading to end-stage liver disease...
July 27, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Carola Dröge, Michele Bonus, Ulrich Baumann, Caroline Klindt, Elke Lainka, Simone Kathemann, Florian Brinkert, Enke Grabhorn, Eva-Doreen Pfister, Daniel Wenning, Alexander Fichtner, Daniel N Gotthardt, Karl Heinz Weiss, Patrick McKiernan, Ratna Dua Puri, I C Verma, Stefanie Kluge, Holger Gohlke, Lutz Schmitt, Ralf Kubitz, Dieter Häussinger, Verena Keitel
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The bile salt export pump (BSEP, ABCB11), multidrug resistance protein 3 (MDR3, ABCB4) and the ATPase familial intrahepatic cholestasis 1 (FIC1, ATP8B1) mediate bile formation. This study aimed to determine the contribution of mutations and common variants in the FIC1, BSEP and MDR3 genes to cholestatic disorders of differing disease onset and severity. METHODS: Coding exons with flanking intron regions of ATP8B1, ABCB11, and ABCB4 were sequenced in cholestatic patients with assumed genetic cause...
December 2017: Journal of Hepatology
Ferras Alashkar, Susanne N Weber, Colin Vance, Dörte Herich-Terhürne, Ulrich Dührsen, Frank Lammert, Alexander Röth
BACKGROUND: Eculizumab-treated paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) patients (pts) show a dramatic decrease in serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities and bilirubin concentrations. However, some pts remain hyperbilirubinemic, possibly indicating an inadequate response due to extravascular hemolysis. METHODS: Mutation analyses of hepatocanalicular transporter/nuclear receptor variants (ABCB4, ABCB11, ATP8B1, NR1H4) were performed in eight (five of eight males; mean age 38 years [range 26-68 years]) out of the 174 pts with PNH/-clone at our department due to a persistent increase in total bilirubin concentrations (median 3...
October 2017: European Journal of Haematology
Jeremy S Jackson, Christopher J Kennedy
Multidrug/multixenobiotic resistance (MDR/MXR) confers resistance to a diverse range of potentially toxic pharmaceuticals and environmental contaminants through a cellular response that involves the coordinated induction and activity of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and the Phase I metabolizing enzyme cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A). In mammals, ligand-mediated pregnane X receptor (PXR) transcriptional activity regulates the induction of P-gp and CYP3A; however, this mechanism has not been well-characterized in piscine species...
October 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Mansi Manchanda, Prasenjit Das, Gaurav P S Gahlot, Ratnakar Singh, Elke Roeb, Martin Roderfeld, Siddhartha Datta Gupta, Anoop Saraya, R M Pandey, Shyam S Chauhan
OBJECTIVES: Cathepsin L (CTSL) and B (CTSB) have a crucial role in extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and tissue remodeling, which is a prominent feature of fibrogenesis. The aim of this study was to determine the role and clinical significance of these cathepsins in liver fibrosis. METHODS: Hepatic histological CTSL and CTSB expression were assessed in experimental models of liver fibrosis, patients with liver cirrhosis, chronic viral hepatitis, and controls by real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry...
June 15, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
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