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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110367/accurate-simultaneous-quantification-of-liver-steatosis-and-iron-overload-in-diffuse-liver-diseases-with-mri
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Manuela França, Ángel Alberich-Bayarri, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Pedro Oliveira, Francisca Emanuel Costa, Graça Porto, José Ramón Vizcaíno, Javier Sanchez Gonzalez, Eduardo Ribeiro, João Oliveira, Helena Pessegueiro Miranda
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic performances of 3 Tesla multi-echo chemical shift-encoded gradient echo magnetic resonance (MECSE-MR) imaging to simultaneously quantify liver steatosis and iron overload in a wide spectrum of diffuse liver diseases having biopsy as reference standard. METHODS: MECSE-MR-acquired images were used to calculate fat fraction and iron content in a single breath-hold in 109 adult patients. Proton density fat fraction (PDFF) was prospectively estimated using complex-based data reconstruction with multipeak fat modeling...
January 21, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110323/aggf1-attenuates-hepatic-inflammation-and-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-repressing-ccl2-transcription
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Xu Wenping, Zeng Sheng, Li Min, Fan Zhiwen, Zhou Bisheng
Liver injury represents a continuum of pathophysiological processes involving a complex interplay between hepatocytes, macrophages, and hepatic stellate cells. The mechanism whereby these intercellular interactions contribute to liver injury and fibrosis is not completely understood. We report here that angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1 (Aggf1) was downregulated in the livers of cirrhotic patients compared to healthy controls and in primary hepatocytes in response to carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) stimulation...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110190/actein-ameliorates-hepatobiliary-cancer-through-stemness-and-p53-signaling-regulation
#3
Rui Xi, Li-Juan Wang
Actein is isolated from the rthizomes of Cimicifuga foetida, which is a triterpene glycoside, displaying suppressive effects on breast cancer cells proliferation. However, the effects of actein treatment on liver injury, tending to cancer, have little to be known. Thus, the study is conducted to explore the role of actein in early liver cancer. Diethylnitrosamine (DEN) was used to induce liver cancer in mice followed by actein treatment at different concentrations. DEN caused steatohepatitis supported by fibrosis and inflammation, which were ameliorated for actein administration...
January 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110063/curcumin-ameliorates-liver-damage-and-progression-of-nash-in-nash-hcc-mouse-model-possibly-by-modulating-hmgb1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-translocation
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Rejina Afrin, Somasundaram Arumugam, Azizur Rahman, Mir Imam Ibne Wahed, Vengadeshprabhu Karuppagounder, Meilei Harima, Hiroshi Suzuki, Shizuka Miyashita, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroyuki Yoneyama, Kazuyuki Ueno, Kenichi Watanabe
Curcumin, a phenolic compound, has a wide spectrum of therapeutic effects such as antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and so on. The study aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms of curcumin to protect liver damage and progression of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in a novel NASH-hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) mouse model. To induce this model neonatal C57BL/6J male mice were exposed to low-dose streptozotocin and were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) from the age of 4weeks to 14weeks. Curcumin was given at 100mg/kg dose daily by oral gavage started at the age of 10weeks and continued until 14weeks along with HFD feeding...
January 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109892/lipid-oxidation-products-in-the-pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Francesco Bellanti, Rosanna Villani, Antonio Facciorusso, Gianluigi Vendemiale, Gaetano Serviddio
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the major public health challenge for hepatologists in the twenty-first century. NAFLD comprises a histological spectrum ranging from simple steatosis or fatty liver, to steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. It can be categorized into two principal phenotypes: (1) non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), and (2) non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The mechanisms of NAFLD progression consist of lipid homeostasis alterations, redox unbalance, insulin resistance, and inflammation in the liver...
January 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109856/adenosine-contribution-to-normal-renal-physiology-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Carlos Oyarzún, Wallys Garrido, Sebastián Alarcón, Alejandro Yáñez, Luis Sobrevia, Claudia Quezada, Rody San Martín
Adenosine is a nucleoside that is particularly interesting to many scientific and clinical communities as it has important physiological and pathophysiological roles in the kidney. The distribution of adenosine receptors has only recently been elucidated; therefore it is likely that more biological roles of this nucleoside will be unveiled in the near future. Since the discovery of the involvement of adenosine in renal vasoconstriction and regulation of local renin production, further evidence has shown that adenosine signaling is also involved in the tubuloglomerular feedback mechanism, sodium reabsorption and the adaptive response to acute insults, such as ischemia...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109701/a-case-of-tracheobronchomegaly
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Jirat Chenbhanich, Juan Villa-Camacho, Jason Konter
Tracheobronchomegaly (Mounier-Kuhn syndrome) is a rare condition characterized by an abnormally enlarged trachea and main bronchi. Herein, we present a case of 79-year-old male with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and acute hypoxemic respiratory failure due to multilobar pneumonia. Computed tomography of the chest demonstrated a markedly dilated trachea, with the transverse diameter of 31mm and the sagittal diameter of 30mm. The clinical manifestations as well as its diagnosis, classification, and treatment are discussed...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109316/adenosine-induced-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-structurally-normal-heart-a-case-report
#8
Christopher A Rajkumar, Norman Qureshi, Fu Siong Ng, Vasileios F Panoulas, Phang Boon Lim
BACKGROUND: Adenosine is the first-line pharmacotherapy for termination of supraventricular tachycardia through its action on the atrioventricular node. However, pro-arrhythmic effects of adenosine are also recognised, most notably in the presence of pre-excited atrial fibrillation. In this case report, we describe the induction of ventricular fibrillation in a patient with no demonstrable accessory pathway, nor any other structural heart disease. This rare, idiosyncratic reaction has never previously been reported and is of relevance given the widespread and routine use of adenosine in clinical practice...
January 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109123/sodium-butyrate-protects-against-high-fat-diet-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-metabolic-disorders-in-type-ii-diabetic-mice
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Ling Zhang, Jianfeng Du, Naohiro Yano, Hao Wang, Yu Tina Zhao, Dubielecka-Szczerba Patricia, Shougang Zhuang, Eugene Y Chin, Gangjian Qin, Ting C Zhao
Histone deacetylases are recently identified to act as key regulators for cardiac pathophysiology and metabolic disorders. However, the function of histone deacetylase (HDAC) in controlling cardiac performance in type II diabetes and obesity remains unknown. Here we determine whether HDAC inhibition attenuates high fat diet (HFD)-induced cardiac dysfunction and improves metabolic features. Adult mice were fed with either HFD or standard chow food for 24 weeks. Starting at 12 weeks, mice were divided into four groups randomly, in which sodium butyrate (1%), a potent HDAC inhibitor, was provided to chow and HFD-fed mice in drinking water, respectively...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109119/serotonin-transporter-protects-the-placental-cells-against-apoptosis-in-caspase-3-independent-pathway
#10
Coedy Hadden, Tariq Fahmi, Anthonya Cooper, Alena V Savenka, Vladimir V Lupashin, Drucilla J Roberts, Luc Maroteaux, Sylvie Hauguel-de Mouzon, Fusun Kilic
Serotonin (5-HT) and its specific transporter, SERT play important roles in pregnancy. Using placentas dissected from 18d gestational SERT-knock out (KO), peripheral 5-HT (TPH1)-KO and wild-type (WT) mice, we explored the role of 5-HT and SERT in placental functions in detail. An abnormal thick band of fibrosis and necrosis under the giant cell layer in SERT-KO placentas appeared only moderately in TPH1-KO and minimally present in WT placentas. The majority of the changes were located at the junctional zone of the placentas in SERT...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109072/assessment-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-renal-fibrosis-after-renal-ischemia-protocols-in-cats
#11
Vanna M
In an attempt to identify a feline model of acute or chronic kidney disease, this study was designed to evaluate the effects of 15 or 30 min of bilateral renal ischemia (RI) and 60 min of unilateral RI with delayed contralateral nephrectomy as models of acute kidney injury and chronic interstitial fibrosis in cats. Adult, purpose-bred, USDA Class A cats (n = 14) were randomly assigned to receive bilateral RI for 15 min (n = 3) or 30 min (n = 3), unilateral RI for 60 min with a delayed (2 wk) contralateral nephrectomy (n = 5), or sham unilateral RI with a delayed contralateral nephrectomy (n = 3)...
January 20, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109008/inhibition-of-group-1-p21-activated-kinases-suppresses-pancreatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-increases-survival-of-mice-with-pancreatic-cancer
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Dannel Yeo, Phoebe Phillips, Graham S Baldwin, Hong He, Mehrdad Nikfarjam
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal of all solid tumours. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are primarily responsible for the fibrosis that constitutes the stroma and p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) may have a role in signalling pathways involving PSCs. This study aimed to examine the role of PAK1 in PSCs and in the interaction of PSCs with pancreatic cancer cells. Human PSCs were isolated using a modified outgrowth method. The effect of inhibiting PAK1 with a group 1 PAK inhibitor, FRAX597, on cell proliferation and apoptosis in vitro was measured by thymidine incorporation and annexin V assays, respectively...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109005/the-mboat7-variant-rs641738-increases-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Khaled Thabet, Henry Lik Yuen Chan, Salvatore Petta, Alessandra Mangia, Thomas Berg, Andre Boonstra, Willem P Brouwer, Maria Lorena Abate, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Maiiada Nazmy, Janett Fischer, Christopher Liddle, Jacob George, Mohammed Eslam
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is characterized by hepatic inflammation that promotes progression to cirrhosis and predisposes to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Subtle inter-individual genetic variation, viral and environmental factors interact to determine the disease progression between individuals. Recently, the rs641738 Membrane Bound O-Acyltransferase Domain Containing 7 (MBOAT7) polymorphism was demonstrated to influence histological liver damage in alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C, but no data are available for CHB...
January 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109003/eradication-of-hcv-and-non-liver-related-non-aids-related-events-in-hiv-hcv-coinfection
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Juan Berenguer, Elena Rodríguez-Castellano, Ana Carrero, Miguel A Von Wichmann, Marta Montero, María J Galindo, Josep Mallolas, Manuel Crespo, María J Téllez, Carmen Quereda, José Sanz, Carlos Barros, Cristina Tural, Ignacio Santos, Federico Pulido, Josep M Guardiola, Rafael Rubio, Enrique Ortega, María L Montes, Juan J Jusdado, Gabriel Gaspar, Herminia Esteban, José M Bellón, Juan González-García
: We assessed non-liver-related non-AIDS-related (NLR-NAR) events and mortality in a cohort of HIV/HCV-coinfected patients treated with interferon and ribavirin between 2000 and 2008. The censoring date was May 31, 2014. Cox regression analysis was performed to assess the adjusted hazard rate (HR) of overall death in responders and non-responders. Fine and Gray regression analysis was conducted to determine the adjusted sub-hazard rate (sHR) of NLR deaths and NLR-NAR events considering death as the competing risk...
January 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108847/airway-mucus-inflammation-and-remodeling-emerging-links-in-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-lung-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Zhe Zhou-Suckow, Julia Duerr, Matthias Hagner, Raman Agrawal, Marcus A Mall
Airway mucus obstruction is a hallmark of many chronic lung diseases including rare genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and primary ciliary dyskinesia, as well as common lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which have emerged as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, the role of excess airway mucus in the in vivo pathogenesis of these diseases remains poorly understood. The generation of mice with airway-specific overexpression of epithelial Na(+) channels (ENaC), exhibiting airway surface dehydration (mucus hyperconcentration), impaired mucociliary clearance (MCC) and mucus plugging, led to a model of muco-obstructive lung disease that shares key features of CF and COPD...
January 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108636/serelaxin-treatment-promotes-adaptive-hypertrophy-but-does-not-prevent-heart-failure-in-experimental-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
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Justus Nonhoff, Melanie Ricke-Hoch, Mirco Mueller, Britta Stapel, Tobias Pfeffer, Martina Kasten, Michaela Scherr, Constantin von Kaisenberg, Johann Bauersachs, Arash Haghikia, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner
AIMS: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a systolic left ventricular dysfunction developing in the peripartum phase in previously healthy women. Relaxin-2 is a pregnancy hormone with potential beneficial effects in heart failure patients. We evaluated Relaxin-2 as a potential diagnostic marker and/or a therapeutic agent in PPCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: In healthy peripartum women, serum Relaxin-2 levels (measured by ELISA in the second half of pregnancy) were elevated showing a decreasing trend in the first postpartum week and returned to non-pregnant levels thereafter...
January 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108623/tumor-induced-stromal-stat1-accelerates-breast-cancer-via-deregulating-tissue-homeostasis
#17
Victoria R Zellmer, Patricia M Schnepp, Sarah L Fracci, Xuejuan Tan, Erin N Howe, Siyuan Zhang
: The tumor microenvironment (TME) is a dynamic tissue space in which the tumor exists, plays a significant role in tumor initiation, and is a key contributor in cancer progression; however, little is known about tumor-induced changes in the adjacent tissue stroma. Herein, tumor-induced changes in the TME were explored at the morphological and molecular level to further understand cancer progression. Tumor-adjacent mammary glands (TAGs) displayed altered branching morphology, expansion of myofibroblasts, and increased mammosphere formation, broadly suggesting a tumor-induced field effect...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108608/macrophage-proliferation-sustains-adipose-tissue-inflammation-in-formerly-obese-mice
#18
Brian F Zamarron, Taleen A Mergian, Kae Won Cho, Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, Danny Luan, Kanakadurga Singer, Jennifer L DelProposto, Lynn M Geletka, Lindsey A Muir, Carey N Lumeng
Obesity causes dramatic proinflammatory changes in the adipose tissue immune environment, but relatively little is known regarding how this inflammation responds to weight loss (WL). To understand the mechanisms by which meta-inflammation resolves during WL, we examined adipose tissue leukocytes in mice after withdrawal of a high-fat diet. After 8 weeks of WL, mice achieved similar weights and glucose tolerance values as age-matched lean controls but showed abnormal insulin tolerance. Despite fat mass normalization, total and CD11c(+) adipose tissue macrophage (ATM) content remained elevated in WL mice for up to 6 months and was associated with persistent fibrosis in adipose tissue...
February 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108482/inhibition-of-prolyl-4-hydroxylase-decreases-muscle-fibrosis-following-chronic-rotator-cuff-tear
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J P Gumucio, M D Flood, A Bedi, H F Kramer, A J Russell, C L Mendias
OBJECTIVES: Rotator cuff tears are among the most frequent upper extremity injuries. Current treatment strategies do not address the poor quality of the muscle and tendon following chronic rotator cuff tears. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α) is a transcription factor that activates many genes that are important in skeletal muscle regeneration. HIF-1α is inhibited under normal physiological conditions by the HIF prolyl 4-hydroxylases (PHDs). In this study, we used a pharmacological PHD inhibitor, GSK1120360A, to enhance the activity of HIF-1α following the repair of a chronic cuff tear, and measured muscle fibre contractility, fibrosis, gene expression, and enthesis mechanics...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108300/transforming-growth-factor-beta-inducible-early-gene-1-tieg1-represses-smad7-mediated-activation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-in-keloid-pathogenesis
#20
Zhi-Cheng Hu, Fen Shi, Peng Liu, Jian Zhang, Dong Guo, Xiao-Ling Cao, Chu-Fen Chen, Shanqiang Qu, Jia-Yuan Zhu, Bing Tang
Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling plays a key role in excessive fibrosis and keloid formations. Smad7 is a negative feedback regulator that prevents activation of TGF-β/Smad signaling. However, the regulatory mechanism for Smad7 in the keloid pathogenic process remains elusive. Here, we show that expression of TGF-β inducible early gene-1 (TIEG1) is markedly higher in keloid fibroblasts (KFs), while protein, mRNA, and promoter activity levels of Smad7 are decreased. When TIEG1 was knocked down with small interfering RNA (siRNA), both the promoter activity and protein expression of Smad7 were increased, while collagen production and the proliferation, migration, and invasion of KFs were decreased...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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