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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
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Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209108/acute-temozolomide-induced-liver-injury%C3%A2-mixed-type-hepatocellular-and-cholestatic-toxicity
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C Aygun, A Y Altınok, A Çakır, A F Agan, Y Balaban
Temozolomide (TMZ) is an oral imidazotetrazine methylating agent which is used for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We report a case of acute hepatotoxicity in a 53-year old male patient after administration of TMZ for GBM. He had fatigue, nausea, anorexia and jaundice. His laboratory analysis showed alanine aminotransferase(ALT) : 632 IU/L (normal range 0-40) ; aspartate aminotransferase(AST) : 554 IU/L (normal range 5-34) ; alkaline phosphatase(ALP) : 1143 IU/L (normal range 40-150) ; γ-glutamyl transpeptidase(GGT) : 514 IU/L (normal range 9-64 IU/L) ; total bilirubin : 15...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208856/seroprevalence-of-common-viral-diseases-a-hospital-based-study-from-amritsar-india
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Kanwardeep Singh, Shailpreet K Sidhu, Pushpa Devi, Manpreet Kaur, Maninder Kaur, Nachhatarjit Singh
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of published data on epidemiology of the viral infections in Punjab, India. The Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) located at Government Medical College (GMC), Amritsar conducts the initial diagnosis of common viruses circulating in the region. AIM: To report the seroprevalence of various viral diseases in Amritsar and neighboring districts of Punjab along with the demographic and geographical data of the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole blood sera samples from a total of 5781 patients suspected of various viral diseases (chikungunya, dengue, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis E, herpes simplex-1 or herpes simplex-2) were received at VRDL, GMC, Amritsar from January 2015 to April 2016 and a cross sectional study was conducted...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202118/-clinical-and-laboratory-features-of-macrophage-activation-syndrome
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Li Guo, Mei-Ping Lu, Gui-Juan Dong, Li-Ping Teng, Yi-Ping Xu, Li-Xia Zou, Qi Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical and laboratory features of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) at the early stage of diagnosis, and to explore a method for early identification of MAS. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the demographic data, clinical and laboratory features, and treatment outcomes of 21 MAS patients. RESULTS: Of the 21 MAS patients, 14 had systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, 5 had Kawasaki disease (KD), and 2 had connective tissue disease (CTD) as primary diseases...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199778/a-national-retrospective-study-of-peld-as-a-predictor-of-change-to-second-line-therapy-in-children-with-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Andréanne N Zizzo, Carolina Jimenez-Rivera, Joseph Kim, Richard A Schreiber, Simon C Ling, Jason Yap, Jeff Critch, Najma Ahmed, Fernando Alvarez, Binita M Kamath
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Adult studies of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) have shown that the model of end-stage liver disease (MELD) is associated with resistance to first-line treatment. Using a multi-centre retrospective database, we sought to determine if the pediatric end-stage liver disease (PELD) score would similarly predict treatment resistance in pediatric AIH. METHODS: One hundred and seventy-one children from 13 Canadian centres who fulfilled the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group (IAIHG) criteria were included and assessed for change to second-line therapy within 24 months of primary treatment onset...
February 15, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197978/managing-cardiovascular-risk-in-lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency
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REVIEW
James J Maciejko
Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare, life-threatening, autosomal recessive, lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in the LIPA gene, which encodes for lysosomal acid lipase (LAL). This enzyme is necessary for the hydrolysis of cholesteryl ester and triglyceride in lysosomes. Deficient LAL activity causes accumulation of these lipids in lysosomes and a marked decrease in the cytoplasmic free cholesterol concentration, leading to dysfunctional cholesterol homeostasis. The accumulation of neutral lipid occurs predominantly in liver, spleen, and macrophages throughout the body, and the aberrant cholesterol homeostasis causes a marked dyslipidemia...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195876/development-and-validation-of-a-prognostic-model-for-acute-on-chronic-hepatitis-b-liver-failure
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Fangyuan Gao, Le Sun, Xieqiong Ye, Yao Liu, Huimin Liu, Mingfan Geng, Xiaoshu Li, Xue Yang, Yuxin Li, Rui Wang, Jialiang Chen, Gang Wan, Yuyong Jiang, Xianbo Wang
AIM: The CANONIC study proposed the Chronic Liver Failure Consortium acute-on-chronic liver failure (CLIF-C ACLF) prognostic model at the European Association for the Study of the Liver-CLIF diagnosis. This study aimed to develop and validate a prognostic model for predicting the short-term mortality of hepatitis B virus (HBV) ACLF as defined by the Asia-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of 381 HBV ACLF patients and a prospective cohort of 192 patients were included in this study...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193199/a-population-based-study-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-in-quebec-canada
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Christina Greenaway, Laurent Azoulay, Robert Allard, Joseph Cox, Viet Anh Tran, Claire Nour Abou Chakra, Russ Steele, Marina Klein
BACKGROUND: Immigrants originating from intermediate and high HCV prevalence countries may be at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis C infection (HCV) in their countries of origin, however they are not routinely screened after arrival in most low HCV prevalence host countries. We aimed to describe the epidemiology of HCV in immigrants compared to the Canadian born population. METHODS: Using the reportable infectious disease database linked to the landed immigration database and several provincial administrative databases, we assembled a cohort of all reported cases of HCV in Quebec, Canada (1998-2008)...
February 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190786/survival-in-portopulmonary-hypertension-outcomes-of-the-united-kingdom-national-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-registry
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Sasiharan Sithamparanathan, Arun Nair, Logan Thirugnanasothy, J Gerry Coghlan, Robin Condliffe, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Charlie A Elliot, Andrew J Fisher, Sean Gaine, J Simon R Gibbs, Michael A Gatzoulis, Clive E Handler, Luke S Howard, Martin Johnson, David G Kiely, James L Lordan, Andrew J Peacock, Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Benjamin E Schreiber, Karen K K Sheares, Stephen J Wort, Paul A Corris
BACKGROUND: Portopulmonary hypertension (PoPH) is a rare condition associated with poor survival, and the effect of modern therapies that target pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) on long-term outcome is unknown. This study investigated the baseline characteristics and survival in the cohort of patients diagnosed with PoPH in the United Kingdom National Pulmonary Hypertension Service. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of all incident treatment-naïve patients with PoPH within the United Kingdom national registry diagnosed between January 2001 and December 2010...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188030/unveiling-of-hiv-dynamics-among-transgender-women-a-respondent-driven-sampling-study-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
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Beatriz Grinsztejn, Emilia M Jalil, Laylla Monteiro, Luciane Velasque, Ronaldo I Moreira, Ana Cristina F Garcia, Cristiane V Castro, Alícia Krüger, Paula M Luz, Albert Y Liu, Willi McFarland, Susan Buchbinder, Valdilea G Veloso, Erin C Wilson
BACKGROUND: The burden of HIV in transgender women (transwomen) in Brazil remains unknown. We aimed to estimate HIV prevalence among transwomen in Rio de Janeiro and to identify predictors of newly diagnosed HIV infections. METHODS: We recruited transwomen from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by respondent-driven sampling. Eligibility criteria were self-identification as transwomen, being 18 years of age or older, living in Rio de Janeiro or its metropolitan area, and having a valid peer recruitment coupon...
February 7, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182351/increased-red-cell-distribution-width-is-strong-inflammatory-marker-of-liver-diseases-in-a-guangxi-population
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Fang Lan, Huiping Wei, Xuan Zhu, Shan Li, Xue Qin
BACKGROUND: Red cell distribution width (RDW), part of a routine complete blood count in a clinical laboratory, has been widely and routinely used in the diagnosis of various diseases. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between increased RDW and liver diseases and whether RDW is a new inflammatory marker for liver diseases in a Guangxi population. METHODS: A total of 735 patients were enrolled in our study, including 113 patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), 133 liver cirrhosis (LC) patients, 105 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), 55 alcoholic hepatitis (AH) patients, 44 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients, and 285 healthy persons...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180193/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-for-non%C3%A2-invasive-evaluation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-and-c-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiangdong Hu, Lanyan Qiu, Dong Liu, Linxue Qian
AIM: The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastography in the diagnosis of liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B and C patients through Meta-analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four databases (PubMed, the Cochrane Library, WanFang data, and CNKI) were searched. The key words were: ("ARFI" or "acoustic radiation force impulse") combined with "liver fibrosis" and ("chronic hepatitis" or "HBV HCV"). Heterogeneity (I2) was assessed, and its source was analyzed through meta-regression...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176894/autoimmune-hepatitis-current-challenges-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Yoshio Aizawa, Atsushi Hokari
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic progressive liver disease characterized by high levels of aminotransferases and autoantibodies, hypergammaglobulinemia, and interface hepatitis. AIH affects all races and all ages worldwide, regardless of sex, although a preponderance of females is a constant finding. The etiology of AIH has not been completely elucidated, but immunogenetic background and environmental parameters may contribute to its development. The most important genetic factor is human leukocyte antigens (HLAs), especially HLA-DR, whereas the role of environmental factors is not completely understood...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173830/large-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-non-cirrhotic-liver-with-peritoneal-and-omental-metastasis-in-a-healthy-man-a-case-report
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H M M T B Herath, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma usually develops in the setting of cirrhosis or chronic inflammation. Major risk factors for developing hepatocellular carcinoma are chronic hepatitis B or C virus infection, alcoholic cirrhosis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The most frequent locations for hepatocellular carcinoma to metastasize are the lungs, portal vein, bones, and regional lymph nodes. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old Sri Lankan man presented with progressive abdominal distension and on examination was found to have a palpable irregular mass in the left lobe of his liver with moderate ascites...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169486/hepatic-vena-cava-syndrome-new-concept-of-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Santosh Man Shrestha, Masayoshi Kage, Byung Boong Lee
Hepatic vena cava syndrome (HVCS) also known as membranous obstruction of inferior vena cava was considered a rare congenital disease and included under Budd Chiari syndrome. It is now recognized as a bacterial infection induced disease related to poor hygienic living condition. Localized thrombophlebitis of IVC at the site close to hepatic veins (HV) outlets is the initial lesion which converts on resolution into stenosis or complete obstruction, the circulatory equilibrium being maintained by development of cavo-caval collateral anastomosis...
February 7, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164635/microrna-122-as-a-novel-non-invasive-marker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-hepatitis-c-virus-patients
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Ahmed A S Omran, Khalid S Osman, Hanan M Kamel, Emad A Abdel-Naem, Dalia E El-Deen Hasan
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive evaluation of hepatic fibrosis is a growing scientific effort in medicine and is of particular interest as early diagnosis is important for the timely prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis have recently been developed as an alternative to liver biopsy. Aim of the work: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of serum microRNA 122 in Egyptian chronic hepatitis C virus infected patients. This may be a useful tool as a non invasive diagnostic test to detect early stages of fibrosis in comparison to 4 non invasive indexes (APRI, Forns, FIB-4, and FI) vs...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164628/evaluation-of-truncated-hcv-ns3-protein-for-potential-applications-in-immunization-and-diagnosis
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Foozieh Javadi, Pooneh Rahimi, Mohammad Hossien Modarressi, Azam Bolhassani, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani, Seyed Mehdi Sadat, Mohammad Reza Aghasadeghi
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus infection is one of global health concern. No vaccine is available so far and nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) is one of the main target antigens for developing studies on therapeutic vaccine and diagnostic application. In the current study, we expressed a truncated recombinant HCV-NS3 protein under native condition and evaluated its potential applications in immunization and diagnosis. METHODS: The recombinant pET-NS3 containing a truncated form of HCV NS3 region was constructed, confirmed by sequencing reactions, and expressed into E...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164327/liver-fibrosis-diagnosis-by-blood-test-and-elastography-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-agreement-or-combination
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P Calès, J Boursier, J Lebigot, V de Ledinghen, C Aubé, I Hubert, F Oberti
BACKGROUND: In chronic hepatitis C, the European Association for the Study of the Liver - Asociacion Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Higado recommends performing transient elastography and a blood test to diagnose significant fibrosis; test concordance confirms diagnosis. AIM: To validate this rule and improve it by combining a blood test, FibroMeter (virus second generation, Echosens, Paris, France) and transient elastography (constitutive tests) into a single combined test, as suggested by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America...
February 6, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163062/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-tll1-variant-associated-with-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-eradication-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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Kentaro Matsuura, Hiromi Sawai, Kazuho Ikeo, Shintaro Ogawa, Etsuko Iio, Masanori Isogawa, Noritomo Shimada, Atsumasa Komori, Hidenori Toyoda, Takashi Kumada, Tadashi Namisaki, Hitoshi Yoshiji, Naoya Sakamoto, Mina Nakagawa, Yasuhiro Asahina, Masayuki Kurosaki, Namiki Izumi, Nobuyuki Enomoto, Atsunori Kusakabe, Eiji Kajiwara, Yoshito Itoh, Tatsuya Ide, Akihiro Tamori, Misako Matsubara, Norifumi Kawada, Ken Shirabe, Eiichi Tomita, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko, Sohji Nishina, Atsushi Suetsugu, Yoichi Hiasa, Hisayoshi Watanabe, Takuya Genda, Isao Sakaida, Shuhei Nishiguchi, Koichi Takaguchi, Eiji Tanaka, Junichi Sugihara, Mitsuo Shimada, Yasuteru Kondo, Yusuke Kawai, Kaname Kojima, Masao Nagasaki, Katsushi Tokunaga, Yasuhito Tanaka
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is still a risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development after eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with anti-viral agents. We investigated genetic factors associated with the development of HCC in patients with a sustained virologic response (SVR) to treatment for chronic HCV infection. METHODS: We obtained genomic DNA from 457 patients in Japan with a SVR to interferon-based treatment for chronic HCV infection from 2007 through 2015...
February 2, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162850/examination-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-care-continuum-among-individuals-with-an-opioid-use-disorder-in-substance-use-treatment
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Jennifer L Brown, Nicole K Gause, Daniel Lewis, Theresa Winhusen
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) risk is elevated for individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD). Routine HCV testing is recommended for high-risk individuals, including those with an injection drug use history. HCV antibody testing addresses the first step in the HCV treatment care cascade, with uptake and completion of HCV treatment among individuals with chronic HCV as the optimal care cascade endpoint. The aim of this study was to characterize self-reported HCV treatment cascade outcomes among individuals with an OUD in outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
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