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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033575/renal-safety-of-tenofovir-and-or-entecavir-in-patients-with-chronic-hbv-monoinfection
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REVIEW
Young-Mo Yang, Eun Joo Choi
BACKGROUND: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and entecavir (ETV) are recommended as the first-line therapy for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) due to their genetic barrier to resistance and effectiveness of virological suppression. TDF and ETV may cause renal toxicity through various mechanisms such as renal tubular injury, apoptosis, and mitochondrial toxicity. The aims of the current review were to assess the potential renal toxicity associated with the use of TDF and ETV in patients infected with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and to provide clinical perspectives on these two agents in the treatment of CHB...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031711/lorcaserin-improves-glycemic-control-via-a-melanocortin-neurocircuit
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Luke K Burke, Emmanuel Ogunnowo-Bada, Teodora Georgescu, Claudia Cristiano, Pablo B Martinez de Morentin, Lourdes Valencia Torres, Giuseppe D'Agostino, Christine Riches, Nicholas Heeley, Yue Ruan, Marcelo Rubinstein, Malcolm J Low, Martin G Myers, Justin J Rochford, Mark L Evans, Lora K Heisler
OBJECTIVE: The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and associated morbidity and mortality emphasizes the need for a more complete understanding of the mechanisms mediating glucose homeostasis to accelerate the identification of new medications. Recent reports indicate that the obesity medication lorcaserin, a 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin) 2C receptor (5-HT2CR) agonist, improves glycemic control in association with weight loss in obese patients with T2D. Here we evaluate whether lorcaserin has an effect on glycemia without body weight loss and how this effect is achieved...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971485/evolution-of-the-serologic-and-virologic-course-of-occult-hbv-infection-in-therapy-experienced-hiv-co-infected-patients
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Edina Amponsah-Dacosta, Selokela G Selabe, M Jeffrey Mphahlele
BACKGROUND: We investigated how the natural course of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (OBI) may evolve during HIV co-infection and long term HBV-active HAART. METHODS: From a cohort of 181 HIV infected patients who were consecutively recruited over a 5 year period, 28 HBV co-infected patients with sequential sera (n = 98) were identified. Iterative HBV serology and viral loads were determined before and during treatment. The viral HBsAg gene was then serially amplified, directly sequenced and molecularly characterized...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966070/prevalence-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-and-torque-teno-virus-infection-and-their-association-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Agatha S Rosa, Oscar C Araujo, Flavia Savassi-Ribas, Carlos A Fernandes, Henrique S Coelho, Christian Niel, Cristiane A Villela-Nogueira, Natalia M Araujo
BACKGROUND: The role of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and Torque teno virus (TTV) infection in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in chronic hepatitis C patients is still uncertain. AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence and significance of OBI and TTV infection, and to examine the genetic diversity of these viruses, in chronic hepatitis C patients with and without HCC. METHODS: Sera from 151 hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients (49 patients with HCC and 102 without HCC) negative for HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) were tested for the presence of OBI and TTV infection by semi-nested and group-specific multiplex PCR assays, respectively...
September 29, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964523/expression-of-hepatic-genes-related-to-energy-metabolism-during-the-transition-period-of-holstein-and-f1-holstein-gir-cows
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J G Laguna, M S Cardoso, J A Lima, R B Reis, A U Carvalho, H M Saturnino, S M R Teixeira
The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of genes encoding enzymes and other factors involved with carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in the liver of 2 genetic groups of dairy cows during the transition period. We analyzed the expression of glucose-6-phosphatase (G6PC), cytosolic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C), methylmalonyl-CoA mutase (MUT), β-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase-2 (BDH2), acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), carnitine palmitoyltransferase-2 (CPT2), 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR), glucose transporter-2 (SLC2A2), and the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARA)...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962899/the-interaction-between-mitochondria-and-oncoviruses
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REVIEW
Shujie Song, Shasha Gong, Pragya Singh, Jianxin Lyu, Yidong Bai
Mitochondria play important roles in multiple aspects of viral tumorigenesis. Mitochondrial genomes contribute to the host's genetic background. After viruses enter the cell, they modulate mitochondrial function and thus alter bioenergetics and retrograde signaling pathways. At the same time, mitochondria also regulate and mediate viral oncogenesis. In this context, oncogenesis by oncoviruses like Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Human papilloma virus (HPV), Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) will be discussed...
September 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960132/in-vivo-monitoring-of-infectious-diseases-in-living-animals-using-bioluminescence-imaging
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Asheesh Gupta, Pinar Avci, Mahdi Karimi, Magesh Sadasivam, Wanessa C Antunes-Melo, Elisa Carrasco, Michael R Hamblin
Traditional methods of localizing and quantifying the presence of pathogenic microorganisms in living experimental animal models of infections have mostly relied on sacrificing the animals, dissociating the tissue and counting the number of colony forming units. However the discovery of several varieties of the light producing enzyme, luciferase, and the genetic engineering of bacteria, fungi, parasites and mice to make them emit light, either after administration of the luciferase substrate, or in the case of the bacterial lux operon without any exogenous substrate, has provided a new alternative...
September 29, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958921/ifna2-p-ala120thr-impairs-the-inhibitory-activity-of-interferon-%C3%AE-2-against-the-hepatitis-b-virus-through-altering-its-binding-to-the-receptor
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Chuming Chen, Xiang Zhu, Wenxiong Xu, Fangji Yang, Genglin Zhang, Lina Wu, Yongyuan Zheng, Zhiliang Gao, Chan Xie, Liang Peng
BACKGROUND: Our previous study found that a rare genetic mutation IFNA2p.Ala120Thr affects the structure of IFN-α2 and contributes to increased host susceptibility to CHB. However, the way in which the single amino acid residue mutation affects IFN-α2 activity is unclear. The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects and mechanisms of IFNA2p.Ala120Thr on IFN-α2 activity. METHODS: Plasmid transfection of BL-21 was used to construct both wild type IFNA2 (wt) and p...
September 25, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956740/genetic-correction-and-hepatic-differentiation-of-hemophilia-b-specific-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Qiong He, Hui-Hui Wang, Tao Cheng, Wei-Ping Yuan, Yu-Po Ma, Yong-Ping Jiang, Zhi-Hua Ren
Objective To genetically correct a disease-causing point mutation in human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from a hemophilia B patient. Methods First, the disease-causing mutation was detected by sequencing the encoding area of human coagulation factor IX (F IX) gene. Genomic DNA was extracted from the iPSCs, and the primers were designed to amplify the eight exons of F IX. Next, the point mutation in those iPSCs was genetically corrected using CRISPR/Cas9 technology in the presence of a 129-nucleotide homologous repair template that contained two synonymous mutations...
September 27, 2017: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956375/-function-of-the-il28b-gene-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Chenglin Zhang, Yuzhu Song, Yumei Ma, A'mei Zhang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) that causes Hepatitis B with a high chronic rate, could lead to hepatic cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The IL28B gene belongs to a new interferon family λ and its genetic polymorphisms are identified to be associated with treatment effect and viral clearance. The purpose of this review is to discuss the role of the IL28B gene in treatment response and viral clearance of HBV-infected individuals, and further to reveal the mechanisms. This review could provide a theoretical basis for personalized medicines of HBV patients...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944726/paying-for-cures-how-can-we-afford-it-managed-care-pharmacy-stakeholder-perceptions-of-policy-options-to-address-affordability-of-prescription-drugs
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Kai Yeung, Kangho Suh, Anirban Basu, Louis P Garrison, Aasthaa Bansal, Josh J Carlson
BACKGROUND: High-priced medications with curative potential, such as the newer hepatitis C therapies, have contributed to the recent growth in pharmaceutical expenditure. Despite the obvious benefits, health care decision makers are just beginning to grapple with questions of how to value and pay for curative therapies that may feature large upfront cost, followed by health benefits that are reaped over a patient's lifespan. Alternative policy options have been proposed to promote high value and financially sustainable use of these therapies...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936409/current-scenario-of-hepatitis-b-and-its-treatment-in-india
#12
REVIEW
Gautam Ray
Hepatitis B is a significant public health problem in India, yet disease awareness is very low among the general population. The disease is mostly acquired horizontally, but the role of vertical transmission should not be underestimated. In spite of the fact that the majority of cases are e negative disease, most patients present in the advanced stage and even with hepatocellular carcinoma, the leading cause of which is hepatitis B. High-risk groups (especially tribals) also harbour significant disease burden and have a high prevalence of occult infection, supporting the potential of unknowingly spreading the disease...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929613/hla-g-gene-14-bp-deletion-variant-protects-iranian-subjects-against-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection
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E Eskandari, T Dahmardeh, V Safdari, S Khosravi, E Pahlevani
To investigate whether 14-bp Ins/Del polymorphism in HLA-G gene is associated with the risk of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection. This study was performed on a total of 396 individuals including 199 CHB patients and 197 healthy subjects from a south-east Iranian population. We genotyped 14-bp Ins/Del polymorphism in the HLA-G gene using polymerase chain reaction method. The results of our study revealed that the HLA-G 14-bp deletion polymorphism was associated with a reduced risk of CHB at both allele and genotypic levels...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928442/genome-wide-association-and-hla-region-fine-mapping-studies-identify-susceptibility-loci-for-multiple-common-infections
#14
Chao Tian, Bethann S Hromatka, Amy K Kiefer, Nicholas Eriksson, Suzanne M Noble, Joyce Y Tung, David A Hinds
Infectious diseases have a profound impact on our health and many studies suggest that host genetics play a major role in the pathogenesis of most of them. We perform 23 genome-wide association studies for common infections and infection-associated procedures, including chickenpox, shingles, cold sores, mononucleosis, mumps, hepatitis B, plantar warts, positive tuberculosis test results, strep throat, scarlet fever, pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, tonsillectomy, childhood ear infections, myringotomy, measles, hepatitis A, rheumatic fever, common colds, rubella and chronic sinus infection, in over 200,000 individuals of European ancestry...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899424/clade-homogeneity-and-low-rate-of-delta-virus-despite-hyperendemicity-of-hepatitis-b-virus-in-ethiopia
#15
Yeshambel Belyhun, Uwe Gerd Liebert, Melanie Maier
BACKGROUND: Although hepatitis B virus (HBV) is hyperendemic and heterogeneous in its genetic diversity in Ethiopia, little is known about hepatitis D virus (HDV) circulating genotypes and molecular diversity. METHODS: A total of 321 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positives (125 HIV co-infected, 102 liver disease patients and 94 blood donors) were screened for anti-HDV antibody. The anti-HDV positive sera were subjected to Real time PCR for HDV-RNA confirmation...
September 12, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879707/analysis-of-hepatitis-c-virus-ns5a-region-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-using-an-ultra-deep-pyrosequencing-method
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Fahriye Keskin, Sevgi Ciftci, Filiz Akyuz, Neslihan Abaci, Aris Cakiris, Umit Akyuz, Kadir Demir, Fatih Besisik, Duran Ustek, Sabahattin Kaymakoglu
BACKGROUND: HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) is genetically more diverse than HBV and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and exists as quasispecies within infected individuals. This is due to the lack of efficient proofreading of the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Consequently, quasispecies emerge depending on the mutation rate of the viral polymerase, which may display a high level of genetic variability in a population. In infected individuals, HCV replicates and circulates as quasispecies composed of a complex mixture of different but closely related genomes that undergoes continuous change due to competitive selection and cooperation between arising mutants...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878125/human-hepatic-organoids-for-the-analysis-of-human-genetic-diseases
#17
Yuan Guan, Dan Xu, Phillip M Garfin, Ursula Ehmer, Melissa Hurwitz, Greg Enns, Sara Michie, Manhong Wu, Ming Zheng, Toshihiko Nishimura, Julien Sage, Gary Peltz
We developed an in vitro model system where induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) differentiate into 3-dimensional human hepatic organoids (HOs) through stages that resemble human liver during its embryonic development. The HOs consist of hepatocytes, and cholangiocytes, which are organized into epithelia that surround the lumina of bile duct-like structures. The organoids provide a potentially new model for liver regenerative processes, and were used to characterize the effect of different JAG1 mutations that cause: (a) Alagille syndrome (ALGS), a genetic disorder where NOTCH signaling pathway mutations impair bile duct formation, which has substantial variability in its associated clinical features; and (b) Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), which is the most common form of a complex congenital heart disease, and is associated with several different heritable disorders...
September 7, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877911/hepatic-gale-regulates-whole-body-glucose-homeostasis-by-modulating-tff3-expression
#18
Yi Zhu, Shangang Zhao, Yingfeng Deng, Ruth Gordillo, Alexandra L Ghaben, Mengle Shao, Fang Zhang, Ping Xu, Yang Li, Huachuan Cao, Olga Zagnitko, David A Scott, Rana K Gupta, Chao Xing, Bei B Zhang, Hua V Lin, Philipp E Scherer
Transcripts of key enzymes in the Leloir pathway of galactose metabolism in mouse livers are significantly increased after chronic high-fat high-sucrose feeding. UDP-galactose-4-epimerase (GALE) is the last enzyme in this pathway that converts UDP-galactose to UDP-glucose and was previously identified as a downstream target of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress effector spliced X-box binding protein 1, suggesting an interesting crosstalk between galactose and glucose metabolism in the context of hepatic ER stress and whole body metabolic fitness...
September 6, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871201/protective-immunity-differs-between-routes-of-administration-of-attenuated-malaria-parasites-independent-of-parasite-liver-load
#19
Simone Haeberlein, Séverine Chevalley-Maurel, Arifa Ozir-Fazalalikhan, Hester Koppejan, Beatrice M F Winkel, Jai Ramesar, Shahid M Khan, Robert W Sauerwein, Meta Roestenberg, Chris J Janse, Hermelijn H Smits, Blandine Franke-Fayard
In humans and murine models of malaria, intradermal immunization (ID-I) with genetically attenuated sporozoites that arrest in liver induces lower protective immunity than intravenous immunization (IV-I). It is unclear whether this difference is caused by fewer sporozoites migrating into the liver or by suboptimal hepatic and injection site-dependent immune responses. We therefore developed a Plasmodium yoelii immunization/boost/challenge model to examine parasite liver loads as well as hepatic and lymph node immune responses in protected and unprotected ID-I and IV-I animals...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870671/relationship-between-serum-hbv-rna-levels-and-intrahepatic-viral-as-well-as-histologic-activity-markers-in-entecavir-treated-patients
#20
Jing Wang, Yiqi Yu, Guojun Li, Chuan Shen, Zhefeng Meng, Jianming Zheng, Yanhong Jia, Shaolong Chen, Xiao Zhang, Mengqi Zhu, Jiangjiang Zheng, Zhangzhang Song, Jing Wu, Lingyun Shao, Peiyu Qian, Xiaona Mao, Xuanyi Wang, Yuxian Huang, Caiyan Zhao, Jiming Zhang, Chao Qiu, Wenhong Zhang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In diagnostics, serum hepatitis B virus (HBV)-RNA levels are valuable when the HBV-DNA load in circulation is effectively suppressed by nucleos(t)ide analogue (NUC) therapy. This study aimed to determine the intrahepatic viral replication activity reflected in serum HBV-RNA and whether HBV-RNA contributes to liver histological changes in patients treated with NUC. METHODS: A cross-sectional set of serum and liver biopsy samples was obtained from patients treated with entecavir, who had undetectable levels of serum HBV-DNA...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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