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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922112/plasma-cathepsin-d-correlates-with-histological-classifications-of-fatty-liver-disease-in-adults-and-responds-to-intervention
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Sofie M A Walenbergh, Tom Houben, Sander S Rensen, Veerle Bieghs, Tim Hendrikx, Patrick J van Gorp, Yvonne Oligschlaeger, Mike L J Jeurissen, Marion J J Gijbels, Wim A Buurman, Anita C E Vreugdenhil, Jan Willem M Greve, Jogchum Plat, Marten H Hofker, Satish Kalhan, Jussi Pihlajamäki, Patrick Lindsey, Ger H Koek, Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by liver lipid accumulation and inflammation. The mechanisms that trigger hepatic inflammation are poorly understood and subsequently, no specific non-invasive markers exist. We previously demonstrated a reduction in the plasma lysosomal enzyme, cathepsin D (CatD), in children with NASH compared to children without NASH. Recent studies have raised the concept that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in adults is distinct from children due to a different histological pattern in the liver...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921022/the-protective-effect-of-hydro-alcoholic-extract-of-mangrove-avicennia-marina-l-leaves-on-kidney-injury-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-male-rats
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Naser Mirazi, Seyedeh-Nahid Movassagh, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
BACKGROUND: Materials can cause liver and kidney damage which carbon tetrachloride is one of these substances. Medicinal plants and their essential oils and extracts have been used to a large extent as drugs to better control and management of kidney diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hydro-alcoholic extract of Avicennia marina leaves in the treatment of renal toxicity induced by carbon tetrachloride. METHODS: Forty-two male rats were randomly divided into 6 groups (n = 7): control (taking normal saline, 0...
October 2016: Journal of Nephropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920819/co-administration-of-metformin-and-n-acetylcysteine-with-dietary-control-improves-the-biochemical-and-histological-manifestations-in-rats-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver
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Naglaa Mohamed El-Lakkany, Sayed Hassan Seif El-Din, Abdel-Nasser Abdel-Aal Sabra, Olfat Ali Hammam, Fatma Abdel-Latif Ebeid
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a burgeoning health problem that affects 1/3 of the adult population and an increasing number of children in developed countries. Oxidative stress and insulin resistance are the mechanisms that seem to be mostly involved in its pathogenesis. This study was conceived in a NAFLD rat model to evaluate the efficacy of both metformin (MTF) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) with dietary control on biochemical and histologic liver manifestations. Rats were classified into nine groups; normal (I), NAFLD-induced by feeding high-fat diet (HFD; II) for 12 weeks, NAFLD switched to regular diet (RD; III), NAFLD-HFD or -RD treated with MTF in a dose of 150 mg/kg (IV, V), NAC in a dose of 500 mg/kg (VI, VII) or MTF+NAC (VIII, IX) respectively for 8 weeks...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920791/extending-a-single-residue-switch-for-abbreviating-catalysis-in-plant-ent-kaurene-synthases
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Meirong Jia, Reuben J Peters
Production of ent-kaurene as a precursor for important signaling molecules such as the gibberellins seems to have arisen early in plant evolution, with corresponding cyclase(s) present in all land plants (i.e., embryophyta). The relevant enzymes seem to represent fusion of the class II diterpene cyclase that produces the intermediate ent-copalyl diphosphate (ent-CPP) and the subsequently acting class I diterpene synthase that produces ent-kaurene, although the bifunctionality of the ancestral gene is only retained in certain early diverging plants, with gene duplication and sub-functionalization leading to distinct ent-CPP synthases and ent-kaurene synthases (KSs) generally observed...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920641/severe-de-novo-hepatitis-b-recovered-from-late-onset-liver-insufficiency-with-prolonged-ascites-and-hypoalbuminemia-due-to-hepatitis-b-virus-genotype-bj-with-precore-mutation
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Akira Sato, Toshiya Ishii, Fumiaki Sano, Takayuki Yamada, Hideaki Takahashi, Nobuyuki Matsumoto
De novo hepatitis B is associated with a high risk of hepatic failure often resulting in fatal fulminant hepatitis even when nucleotide analogues are administered. A 77-year-old female developed de novo hepatitis B after R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone) treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) isolated from the patient was of genotype Bj, with a precore mutation (G1896A) exhibiting an extremely high viral load at the onset of hepatitis...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920479/ceruloplasmin-a-reliable-marker-of-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-patients-with-normal-or-minimally-raised-alanine-aminotransferase
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Da-Wu Zeng, Jing Dong, Jia-Ji Jiang, Yue-Yong Zhu, Yu-Rui Liu
AIM: To develop a non-invasive model to evaluate significant fibrosis and cirrhosis by investigating the association between serum ceruloplasmin (CP) levels and liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with normal or minimally raised alanine aminotransferase (ALT). METHODS: Serum samples and liver biopsy were obtained from 193 CHB patients with minimally raised or normal ALT who were randomly divided into a training group (n = 97) and a validation group (n = 96)...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920478/diabetes-mellitus-may-affect-the-long-term-survival-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-after-liver-transplantation
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Qing Zhang, Yong-Lin Deng, Chang Liu, Li-Hong Huang, Lei Shang, Xin-Guo Chen, Le-Tian Wang, Jin-Zan Du, Ying Wang, Pei-Xiao Wang, Hui Zhang, Zhong-Yang Shen
AIM: To determine whether diabetes mellitus (DM) affects prognosis/recurrence after liver transplantation (LT) for hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted between January 2000 and August 2013 on 1631 patients with HBV-related HCC who underwent LT with antiviral prophylaxis. Patient data were obtained from the China Liver Transplant Registry (https://www.cltr.org/). To compare the outcomes and tumor recurrence in the HBV-related HCC patients with or without DM, statistical analyses were conducted using χ(2) tests, Mann-Whitney tests, the Kaplan-Meier method, log-rank tests and multivariate step-wise Cox regression analysis...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920296/a-sulfur-oxygenase-from-the-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium-thioalkalivibrio-paradoxus-with-atypically-low-reductase-activity
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Patrick Rühl, Uwe Pöll, Johannes Braun, Andreas Klingl, Arnulf Kletzin
: Sequence comparisons showed that the sulfur oxygenase reductase (SOR) of the haloalkaliphilic bacterium Thioalkalivibrio paradoxus Arh 1 (TpSOR) is branching deeply within dendrograms of these proteins (29-34% identity). A synthetic gene encoding the TpSOR expressed in E. coli resulted in a protein of 14.7±0.9 nm in diameter and an apparent molecular mass of 556 kDa. Sulfite and thiosulfate were formed from elemental sulfur in a temperature range of 10-98°C (Topt≈80°C) and a pH range of 6-11...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919856/postoperative-day-one-serum-alanine-aminotransferase-does-not-predict-patient-morbidity-and-mortality-after-elective-liver-resection-in-non-cirrhotic-patients
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Ricky Harminder Bhogal, Amit Nair, Davide Papis, Zaed Hamady, Jawad Ahmad, For Tai Lam, Saboor Khan, Gabriele Marangoni
Serum aminotransferases have been used as surrogate markers for liver ischemia-reperfusion injury that follows liver surgery. Some studies have suggested that rises in serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) correlate with patient outcome after liver resection. We assessed whether postoperative day 1 (POD 1) ALT could be used to predict patient morbidity and mortality following liver resection. We reviewed our prospectively held database and included consecutive adult patients undergoing elective liver resection in our institution between January 2013 and December 2014...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919852/prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-bile-duct-tumor-thrombus-after-r0-resection-a-matched-study
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Ding-Ding Wang, Li-Qun Wu, Zu-Sen Wang
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with bile duct tumor thrombus (BDTT) is rare. The present study aimed to determine post-surgical prognoses in HCC patients with BDTT, as outcomes are currently unclear. METHODS: We compared the prognoses of 110 HCC patients without BDTT (group A) to 22 cases with BDTT (group B). The two groups were matched in age, gender, tumor etiology, size, number, portal vascular invasion, and TNM stage. Additionally, 28 HCC patients with BDTT were analyzed to identify prognostic risk factors...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919310/indicators-of-fetal-growth-and-adult-liver-enzymes-the-bogalusa-heart-study-and-the-cardiovascular-risk-in-young-finns-study
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E W Harville, W Chen, L Bazzano, M Oikonen, N Hutri-Kähönen, O Raitakari
Despite the interest in the relationship of fetal exposures to adult cardiovascular disease, few studies have examined indicators of adult fatty liver disease as an outcome. Previous results are inconsistent, and indicate possible variation by sex. Adult liver enzymes [γ-glutamyl transferase (GGT), alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartase transaminase (AST)] were measured in two cohort studies: the Bogalusa Heart Study (BHS; n=1803) and the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns (YF; n=3571) study, which also had ultrasound measures of liver fat (n=2546)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918086/combined-therapy-with-swimming-exercise-and-a-diet-supplemented-with-diphenyl-diselenide-is-effective-against-age-related-changes-in-the-hepatic-metabolism-of-rats
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Suélen O Heck, Bruna C W Fulco, Caroline B Quines, Carla E S Oliveira, Marlon R Leite, José L Cechella, Cristina W Nogueira
Aging is characterized by a widespread loss of homeostasis in biological systems and is accompanied by pathophysiological changes including the liver injury. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of the combined therapy with swimming exercise (20 min session, five days/week during four weeks) and a diet supplemented with 1 ppm of (PhSe)2 on the hepatic metabolic alterations caused by aging in rats. In this study, male old Wistar rats had an increase in the epididymal fat relative weight, disturbances in the activities of hepatic enzymes associated to the glucose homeostasis, higher hepatic triglyceride content and higher activity of the plasma alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917812/nasobiliary-drainage-for%C3%A2-benign-recurrent-intrahepatic-cholestasis%C3%A2-in-patients-refractory-to-standard-therapy
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Tolga Yakar, Mehmet Demir, Huseyin S Gokturk, Ayse G Unler Kanat, Alper G Parlakgumus, Birol Ozer, Ender Serin
PURPOSE: Benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis (BRIC) is characterized by episodic cholestasis and pruritus without anatomical obstruction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of nasobiliary drainage (NBD) in patients with BRIC refractory to medical therapy and to determine whether the use of NBD prolongs the episode duration. METHODS: This was a multicenter retrospective study consisting of 33 patients suffering from BRIC. All patients were administrated medical treatment and 16 patients who were refractory to standard medical therapies improved on treatment with temporary endoscopic NBD...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917568/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-recurrent-chronic-hepatitis-b-after-nucleos-t-ide-analog-withdrawal-with-stringent-cessation-criteria-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Zhirong Liu, Feng Liu, Lei Wang, Youde Liu, Meng Zhang, Tao Li
AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with recurrent chronic hepatitis B meeting the cessation criteria outlined by the 2008 Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver guidelines. METHODS: In total, 223 chronic hepatitis B patients who met the cessation criteria and discontinued nucleos(t)ide analog therapy were prospectively included. They were monitored monthly during the first 4 months and every 3-6 months thereafter...
November 7, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917409/gadolinium-functionalized-peptide-amphiphile-micelles-for-multimodal-imaging-of-atherosclerotic-lesions
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Sang Pil Yoo, Federico Pineda, John C Barrett, Christopher Poon, Matthew Tirrell, Eun Ji Chung
The leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally are cardiovascular diseases, and nanomedicine can provide many improvements including disease-specific targeting, early detection, and local delivery of diagnostic agents. To this end, we designed fibrin-binding, peptide amphiphile micelles (PAMs), achieved by incorporating the targeting peptide cysteine-arginine-glutamic acid-lysine-alanine (CREKA), with two types of amphiphilic molecules containing the gadoliniuim (Gd) chelator diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), DTPA-bis(stearylamide)(Gd), and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[(poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG))-2000]-DTPA(Gd) (DSPE-PEG2000-DTPA(Gd))...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917407/microwave-heating-of-synthetic-skin-samples-for-potential-treatment-of-gout-using-the-metal-assisted-and-microwave-accelerated-decrystallization-technique
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Salih Toker, Zainab Boone-Kukoyi, Nishone Thompson, Hillary Ajifa, Travis Clement, Birol Ozturk, Kadir Aslan
Physical stability of synthetic skin samples during their exposure to microwave heating was investigated to demonstrate the use of the metal-assisted and microwave-accelerated decrystallization (MAMAD) technique for potential biomedical applications. In this regard, optical microscopy and temperature measurements were employed for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of damage to synthetic skin samples during 20 s intermittent microwave heating using a monomode microwave source (at 8 GHz, 2-20 W) up to 120 s...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917266/telbivudine-vs-tenofovir-in-hepatitis-b-e-antigen-negative-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-optima-roadmap-study
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Zahari Krastev, Diana Petrova, Iskren Kotzev, Mustafa Kemal Celen, Meryl Mendelson, Richa Chandra, Priti Pandey, Kamal Hamed
AIM: To make efficacy and safety comparison of telbivudine-raodmap and tenofovir-roadmap in hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. METHODS: This was the first prospective, randomised, two-arm, open-label, non-inferiority study in HBeAg-negative CHB patients that compared telbivudine and tenofovir administered as per roadmap concept. Patients were treated up to 24 wk and, depending on virologic response, continued the same therapy or received add-on therapy up to 104 wk...
November 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916493/free-amino-acid-concentrations-and-nitrogen-isotope-signatures-in-pinus-massoniana-lamb-needles-of-different-ages-for-indicating-atmospheric-nitrogen-deposition
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Yu Xu, Huayun Xiao
Free amino acid concentrations and nitrogen (N) isotopic composition in new current-year (new), mature current-year (middle-aged) and previous-year (old) Masson pine (Pinus massoniana Lamb.) needles were determined to indicate atmospheric N deposition in Guiyang (SW China). In different areas, free amino acids (especially arginine) concentrations in new and middle-aged needles were higher than in old needles, and the variation of free amino acids (especially arginine) concentrations in new and middle-aged needles was also greater than in old needles...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916083/-effects-of-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-on-hepatic-function-and-protective-mechanism-of-adiponectin-in-rats
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R Xue, J Cao, X L Zhang, W X Ding, W J Wang, H P Huang
Objective: To explore the effect of chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) on rats hepatic function, and the protective mechanism of adiponectin (Ad). Methods: Sixty healthy male wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: normal control (NC), NC+ Ad, CIH, and CIH+ Ad groups with 15 rats in each. The rats in CIH and CIH+ Ad groups were exposed to an intermittent hypoxic chamber 8 hours per day for 4 months. Meanwhile, the rats in both the NC and NC + Ad groups were housed with normal pressure air. The rats in the NC+ Ad and CIH+ Ad groups were additionally treated with an intravenous injection of Ad (10 μg), twice a week for 4 months...
November 29, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915162/high-fat-diet-induces-metabolic-changes-and-reduces-oxidative-stress-in-female-mouse-hearts
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Ignasi Barba, Elisabet Miró-Casas, José L Torrecilla, Eulàlia Pladevall, Sergi Tejedor, Rubén Sebastián-Pérez, Marisol Ruiz-Meana, José R Berrendero, Antonio Cuevas, David García-Dorado
After an acute myocardial infarction, obese patients generally have a better prognosis than their leaner counterparts, known as the "obesity paradox". In addition, female sex is associated with a lower risk of cardiac ischemic events and smaller infarct size compared to males. The objective of the present work was to study the metabolic phenotype and mitochondrial function associated to female sex and short-term high-fat diet. (1)H NMR spectra of mice heart extracts were analysed by mRMR variable selection and linear discriminant analysis was used to evaluate metabolic changes...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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