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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/28214127/functionalized-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-provide-highly-efficient-iron-labeling-in-macrophages-for-magnetic-resonance-based-detection-in-vivo
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Jack Sharkey, Philip J Starkey Lewis, Michael Barrow, Salamah M Alwahsh, June Noble, Eilidh Livingstone, Ross J Lennen, Maurits A Jansen, Jaime Garcia Carrion, Neill Liptrott, Shareen Forbes, Dave J Adams, Amy E Chadwick, Stuart J Forbes, Patricia Murray, Matthew J Rosseinsky, Christopher E Goldring, B Kevin Park
BACKGROUND AIMS: Tracking cells during regenerative cytotherapy is crucial for monitoring their safety and efficacy. Macrophages are an emerging cell-based regenerative therapy for liver disease and can be readily labeled for medical imaging. A reliable, clinically applicable cell-tracking agent would be a powerful tool to study cell biodistribution. METHODS: Using a recently described chemical design, we set out to functionalize, optimize and characterize a new set of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) to efficiently label macrophages for magnetic resonance imaging-based cell tracking in vivo...
February 15, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214085/folic-acid-protects-against-lead-acetate-induced-hepatotoxicity-by-decreasing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-1%C3%AE-production-and-lipid-peroxidation-mediataed-cell-injury
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Eman S H Abd Allah, Dalia M Badary
Folic acid plays an important role in cellular metabolic activities. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of folic acid against lead acetate-induced hepatotoxicity. Twenty four male Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into four groups, six animals each. Negative control group received the vehicle, positive control group received 1mg/kg folic acid for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks orally, lead-exposed group received 10mg/kg lead acetate intraperitoneally (IP) for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks, and lead-treated group received 10mg/kg lead acetate IP and 1mg/kg folic acid orally for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks concurrently...
February 10, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213165/hbvcircle-a-novel-tool-to-investigate-hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna
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Zhipeng Yan, Jing Zeng, Youjun Yu, Kunlun Xiang, Hui Hu, Xue Zhou, Lili Gu, Li Wang, Jie Zhao, John A T Young, Lu Gao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) persists as a stable episome in infected hepatocytes and serves as a template for the transcription of all viral genes. Due to the narrow host range of HBV, the development of a robust mouse model that supports cccDNA-dependent viral replication is a key hurdle in the development of novel HBV therapeutics. This study aimed to develop a novel tool to investigate HBV cccDNA. METHODS: Through minicircle technology, HBVcircle, a recombinant cccDNA, was easily generated and extracted from a genetically engineered E...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212080/improving-registration-robustness-for-image-guided-liver-surgery-in-a-novel-human-to-phantom-data-framework
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Jarrod Collins, Jared Weis, Jon Heiselman, Logan Clements, Amber Simpson, Willam Jarnagin, Michael Miga
In open image-guided liver surgery (IGLS), a sparse representation of the intraoperative organ surface can be acquired to drive image-to-physical registration. We hypothesize that uncharacterized error induced by variation in the collection patterns of organ surface data limits the accuracy and robustness of IGLS registration. Clinical validation of such registration methods is challenged due to the difficulty in obtaining data representative of the true state of organ deformation. We propose a novel human-to-phantom validation framework that transforms surface collection patterns from in vivo IGLS procedures (n=13) onto a well-characterized hepatic deformation phantom for the purpose of validating surface-driven, volumetric nonrigid registration methods...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211135/the-role-of-peginterferon-in-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-treated-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-a-review-of-published-literature
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Wenhong Zhang, Qing Xie, Qin Ning, Xiaoguang Dou, Xinyue Chen, Jidong Jia, Yi Xie, Hong Ren
Chronic hepatitis B infection (CHB) causes up to 1.0 million deaths annually. Currently, more than 90% of CHB patients worldwide are receiving indefinite nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) therapy. New strategies for optimizing hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss are required for NA-treated patients as the majority are unable to achieve HBsAg loss and may require lifelong therapy. In hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients, switching from NAs to finite peginterferon (PegIFN) therapy can double HBeAg seroconversion rates...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211090/development-of-proteinuria-and-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-during-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-hep-16-2474-r1
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Jonathan J Hogan, Mary Ann Lim, Matthew B Palmer, Roy D Bloom, Raymond T Chung, Meghan E Sise
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) presents as proteinuric kidney disease and is associated with poor long-term renal outcomes. Here we describe three patients with solid organ transplants and normal baseline kidney function who developed FSGS during direct acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus infection. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209837/genome-sequence-of-a-genotype-2-hepatitis-e-virus-world-health-organization-reference-strain
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Marco Kaiser, Saleem Kamili, Tonya Hayden, Johannes Blümel, Sally A Baylis
We report here the sequence of a genotype 2a reference strain of hepatitis E virus (HEV), developed on behalf of the World Health Organization. The HEV reference strain is intended for use in assays based on nucleic acid amplification for the validation of HEV RNA detection.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
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/28208108/dietary-administration-of-edc-mixtures-a-focus-on-fish-lipid-metabolism
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O Carnevali, V Notarstefano, I Olivotto, M Graziano, P Gallo, I Di Marco Pisciottano, L Vaccari, A Mandich, E Giorgini, F Maradonna
Many man-made chemical compounds are recognized as endocrine disruptors and once released into the environment are likely to spread and bioaccumulate in wild species. Due to their lipophilic nature, these substances pass through the cell membrane or bind to specific receptors activating physiological responses that in the long run can cause reproductive impairment, physiological disorders, including the occurrence of metabolic syndromes. One significant source of contamination is represented by the consumption of polluted food...
February 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207518/virological-and-serological-features-of-acute-hepatitis-b-in-adults
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Xiaofei Du, Yali Liu, Lina Ma, Junfeng Lu, Yi Jin, Shan Ren, Zhimin He, Xinyue Chen
Various viral kinetics among patients with acute hepatitis B (AHB) have been observed in clinical practice. This study investigated the virological, biochemical, and serological characteristics of AHB in adults.A total of 192 adult patients with AHB were recruited between December 2010 and January 2014. The quantification of biochemical and serologic markers for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection was monitored from the onset.Of the 192 patients, 113 patients were followed up. One patient died due to acute liver failure, 2 developed chronic HBV infection...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205545/octreotide-attenuates-acute-kidney-injury-after-hepatic-ischemia-and-reperfusion-by-enhancing-autophagy
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Huiping Sun, Shuangfa Zou, Keith A Candiotti, Yanhua Peng, Qinya Zhang, Weiqiang Xiao, Yiyun Wen, Jiao Wu, Jinfeng Yang
Octreotide exerts a protective effect in hepatic ischemia-reperfusion (HIR) injury. However, whether octreotide preconditioning could also reduce acute kidney injury (AKI) after HIR is unknown. This study was designed to investigate the role of octreotide in AKI after HIR. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were pretreated with octreotide or octreotide combined with 3-methyladenine (autophagy inhibitor, 3MA). Plasma creatinine, inflammation markers (e.g., TNF-α and IL-6 etc.), apoptosis, autophagy and phosphorylation of protein kinase B/mammalian target of rapamycin/p70 ribosomal S6 kinase (Akt/mTOR/p70S6K) in the kidney were measured after 60 minutes of liver ischemia and 24 hours of reperfusion for each rat...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205519/mitochondrial-atp-transporter-depletion-protects-mice-against-liver-steatosis-and-insulin-resistance
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Joonseok Cho, Yujian Zhang, Shi-Young Park, Anna-Maria Joseph, Chul Han, Hyo-Jin Park, Srilaxmi Kalavalapalli, Sung-Kook Chun, Drake Morgan, Jae-Sung Kim, Shinichi Someya, Clayton E Mathews, Young Jae Lee, Stephanie E Wohlgemuth, Nishanth E Sunny, Hui-Young Lee, Cheol Soo Choi, Takayuki Shiratsuchi, S Paul Oh, Naohiro Terada
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common metabolic disorder in obese individuals. Adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT) exchanges ADP/ATP through the mitochondrial inner membrane, and Ant2 is the predominant isoform expressed in the liver. Here we demonstrate that targeted disruption of Ant2 in mouse liver enhances uncoupled respiration without damaging mitochondrial integrity and liver functions. Interestingly, liver specific Ant2 knockout mice are leaner and resistant to hepatic steatosis, obesity and insulin resistance under a lipogenic diet...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205173/measurement-of-mitochondrial-cholesterol-import-using-a-mitochondria-targeted-cyp11a1-fusion-construct
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Barry E Kennedy, Mark Charman, Barbara Karten
All animal membranes require cholesterol as an essential regulator of biophysical properties and function, but the levels of cholesterol vary widely among different subcellular compartments. Mitochondria, and in particular the inner mitochondrial membrane, have the lowest levels of cholesterol in the cell. Nevertheless, mitochondria need cholesterol for membrane maintenance and biogenesis, as well as oxysterol, steroid, and hepatic bile acid production. Alterations in mitochondrial cholesterol have been associated with a range of pathological conditions, including cancer, hepatosteatosis, cardiac ischemia, Alzheimer's, and Niemann-Pick Type C Disease...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205112/autochthonous-sporadic-acute-hepatitis-e-caused-by-two-distinct-subgenotype-3b-hepatitis-e-virus-strains-with-only-90-nucleotide-identity
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Yasuko Yamaguchi, Hitoshi Takagi, Yuhei Suzuki, Kyoko Maruhashi, Takashi Kosone, Satoru Kakizaki, Ken Sato, Masanobu Yamada, Shigeo Nagashima, Masaharu Takahashi, Hiroaki Okamoto
Hepatitis E, which is caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV), is a public health concern in Japan, where the zoonotic food-borne transmission of HEV from domestic pigs and wild boars plays an important role. A 44-year-old Japanese man with autochthonous sporadic acute hepatitis E was admitted with general fatigue and moderate liver dysfunction. In the present study, two distinct HEV strains were recovered from the patient, who had consumed the raw or undercooked pig liver and intestine two or three times per week for 3 months before the disease onset...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205052/a-novel-subgenotype-3a-hepatitis-e-virus-isolated-from-pigs-in-china
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Yufeng Cao, Lisai Zhu, Dan Liu, Changming Guo, Yue Yuan, Chengbo Shi, Zhaohui Liu, Xinping Wang
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is an emerging disease with zoonotic transmission that represents a serious public health concern, especially in developing countries. Here we characterize a novel HEV strain CCST-517, which possesses a complete genome sequence of 7284 bp with typical HEV genome organization including 5' and 3' non-coding regions and three open reading frames. The sequence identities of CCST-517 with known HEV genotype 1, 2, 3, and 4 were 73.4-73.7, 73.2, 80.4-90.4, and 75.1-75.7%, respectively...
February 15, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202801/molecular-epidemiology-and-strain-comparison-between-hepatitis-e-virus-in-human-sera-and-pig-livers-during-2014-2016-in-hong-kong
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Martin C W Chan, Kirsty Kwok, Tin-Nok Hung, Paul K S Chan
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes substantial morbidity and mortality in developing countries and is considered an emerging food-borne pathogen in previously non-endemic developed countries. To investigate genetic association between human HEV infection and HEV-contaminated high-risk food in Hong Kong, we compared local virus strains obtained from hepatitis E patient sera with those surveyed from high-risk food items during 2014-2016. Twenty-four cases of laboratory-confirmed human HEV infections were identified from January 2014 to March 2016 in our hospitals...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202798/high-prevalence-and-diversity-of-hepatitis-viruses-in-suspected-cases-of-yellow-fever-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Sheila Makiala-Mandanda, Frédéric Le Gal, Nadine Ngwaka-Matsung, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke, Richard Onanga, Berthold Bivigou-Mboumba, Elisabeth Pukuta-Simbu, Athenaïs Gerber, Jessica L Abbate, Dieudonné Mwamba, Nicolas Berthet, Eric Maurice Leroy, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Pierre Becquart
The majority of patients with acute febrile jaundice (>95%) identified through a yellow fever surveillance program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) test negative for antibodies against yellow fever virus. However, no etiological investigation has ever been carried out on these patients. Here, we tested for hepatitis A (HAV), B (HBV), C (HCV), D (HDV) and E (HEV) viruses, all of which can cause acute febrile jaundice, in patients included in the yellow fever surveillance program in the DRC. On a total of 498 serum samples collected from suspected cases of yellow fever from January 2003 to January 2012, ELISA techniques were used to screen for antibodies against HAV (IgM) and HEV (IgM) and for antigens and antibodies against HBV (HBsAg and anti-HBc IgM), HCV and HDV...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202767/genotype-specific-evolution-of-hepatitis-e-virus
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Adam B Brayne, Bethany L Dearlove, James S Lester, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Simon D W Frost
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis globally. HEV comprises four genotypes with different geographic distributions and host ranges. We utilise this natural case-control study for investigating the evolution of zoonotic viruses compared to single host viruses, using 244 near full length HEV genomes. Genome wide estimates of dN/dS located a region of overlapping reading frames, which is subject to positive selection in genotypes 3 and 4. The open reading frames (ORFs) involved have functions related to host-pathogen interaction, so genotype specific evolution of these regions may reflect their fitness...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202347/in-silico-design-chemical-synthesis-and-toxicological-evaluation-of-1-3-thiazolidine-2-4-dione-derivatives-as-ppar%C3%AE-agonists
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D Alemán-González-Duhart, F Tamay-Cach, J Correa-Basurto, Padilla-Martínez, S Álvarez-Almazán, J E Mendieta-Wejebe
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors involved in the metabolism of lipids and carbohydrates. The exogenous ligands of these receptors are thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). However, drugs from this group produce adverse effects such as hepatic steatosis. Hence, the aim of this work was to design a set of small molecules that can activate the γ isoform of PPARs while minimizing the adverse effects. The derivatives were designed containing the polar head of TZD and an aromatic body, serving simultaneously as the body and tail...
February 12, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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