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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813611/intrauterine-growth-restricted-yucatan-miniature-pigs-experience-early-catch-up-growth-leading-to-greater-adiposity-and-impaired-lipid-metabolism-as-young-adults
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Semone B Myrie, Leslie L McKnight, J Christopher King, John J McGuire, Bruce N Van Vliet, Sukhinder K Cheema, Robert F Bertolo
Early nutrition has critical influences on cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood. The study objectives were to evaluate the impact of low birth weight on fasting and postprandial lipid metabolism and endothelium function in Yucatan miniature pigs. Intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) piglets (n = 6, 3 d old, 0.73 ± 0.04 kg) were paired with normal weight (NW) same-sex littermates (n = 6, 1.11 ± 0.05 kg) and fed milk replacer ad libitum for 4 wk. Thereafter, all pigs were fed a standard diet ad libitum for 5 h/d with growth, intakes and blood samples collected for 8 mo...
August 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813453/metabolomics-reveals-that-vine-tea-ampelopsis-grossedentata-prevents-high-fat-diet-induced-metabolism-disorder-by-improving-glucose-homeostasis-in-rats
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Wenting Wan, Baoping Jiang, Le Sun, Lijia Xu, Peigen Xiao
BACKGROUND: Vine tea (VT), derived from Ampelopsis grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang, is an alternative tea that has been consumed widely in south China for hundreds of years. It has been shown that drinking VT on a daily basis improves hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. However, little is known about the preventive functions of VT for metabolic dysregulation and the potential pathological mechanisms involved. This paper elucidates the preventive effects of VT on the dysregulation of lipid and glucose metabolism using rats maintained on a high-fat-diet (HFD) in an attempt to explain the potential mechanisms involved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812008/evaluation-of-adrenal-function-in-nonhospitalized-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Maryam Moini, Mitra Yazdani Sarvestani, Mesbah Shams, Masood Nomovi
BACKGROUND: Patients with cirrhosis and advancing hepatic insufficiency may show various degrees of other organ malfunction, including brain, kidney, and lung. Several studies have also shown a high prevalence of adrenal insufficiency in cirrhotic patients that may cause hemodynamic instability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study we prospectively evaluated adrenal function in a population of nonhospitalized cirrhotic patients. Categorization of liver disease severity was done according to model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score...
2017: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811694/estimation-of-upper-limit-of-normal-for-serum-alanine-transaminase-in-healthy-south-indian-population
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Pazhanivel Mohan, Varun Sundar, Emmanuel Bhaskar, Syluvai Anthony
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is the most common and cost effective screening test for asymptomatic liver disease. There is paucity of data on normal ALT among healthy individuals in India. An observational cross sectional study was conducted from January to July 2013 to estimate the upper limit of normal for ALT in healthy south Indian population. Adults undergoing voluntary or pre-employment health screening were included. Those with current and past alcoholism or smoking, acute illness or hospitalization during preceding 12 months, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or over the counter medication use within a month, current or past intake of herbal medications, any chronic medical illness, abnormal body mass index (BMI), fatty liver in ultrasound, abnormality in haemoglobin, platelet count, blood sugar, creatinine, lipid profile and thyroid function test and positive serology (Hepatitis B, C or HIV) were excluded...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811690/biochemical-profile-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-patients-in-eastern-india-with-histopathological-correlation
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Manorama Swain, Preetam Nath, Prasant Kumar Parida, Jimmy Narayan, Pradeep Kumar Padhi, Girish Kumar Pati, Ayaskanta Singh, Bijay Misra, Debasis Misra, Sanjib Kumar Kar, Manas Kumar Panigrahi, Chudamani Meher, Omprakash Agrawal, Niranjan Rout, Kaumudee Pattnaik, Pallavi Bhuyan, Pramila Kumari Mishra, Shivaram Prasad Singh
Aminotransferase assay is often used as a screening test as well as an endpoint for resolution of disease in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship of transaminase level with metabolic variables and histology in NAFLD. Single center observational study was conducted in a gastroenterology clinic at Cuttack in coastal Odisha. Subjects were consecutive patients presenting with functional bowel disease and undergoing abdominal sonography. All participants were evaluated for the presence of metabolic syndrome (MS), insulin resistance, liver function test and lipid profile...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810889/dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-and-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-cortisol-ratio-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-septic-shock-another-sign-of-hepatoadrenal-syndrome
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Ming-Hung Tsai, Hui-Chun Huang, Yun-Shing Peng, Yung-Chang Chen, Ya-Chung Tian, Chih-Wei Yang, Jau-Min Lien, Ji-Tseng Fang, Cheng-Shyong Wu, Sen-Yung Hsieh, Fa-Yauh Lee
BACKGROUND: Cirrhotic patients are susceptible to sepsis and critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI). Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is a corticotropin-dependent adrenal androgen, which has immunostimulating and antiglucocorticoid effects. Considering the synchronized synthesis of cortisol and DHEAS and their opposing effects to each other, investigators have proposed measuring these two hormones as a ratio. Severe sepsis has been associated with low DHEAS, especially relative to high cortisol...
August 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810614/evolution-of-correlation-between-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-autoimmune-liver-disease
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Xin-Guo Peng, Yu-Yuan Li, Hui-Ting Chen, Yan Zhou, Jian-Guo Ma, Hong-Min Yin
The present study was planned to evaluate correlation between Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection and autoimmune liver disease (AILD). A total of 60 patients diagnosed with AILD in Affiliated Hospital of Binzhou Medical College were continuously enrolled in the present study. HP infection was detected by 13C-urea breath test. The levels of anti-myeloperoxidase were tested by ELISA. The positive rate of anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), anti-mitochondrial antibody (AMA), anti-smooth muscle antibody (SMA) and anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA) were tested by indirect immunofluorescence...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809735/algorithm-for-screening-of-adrenal-function-in-stable-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Jonathan Paz-Delgadillo, Roberto Monreal-Robles, Jesús Z Villarreal-Pérez, Héctor J Maldonado-Garza, Francisco J Bosques-Padilla
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is common in patients with cirrhosis. We aimed to assess the presence of AI in stable patients with cirrhosis using the gold-standard insulin tolerance test (ITT) and to propose an algorithm for screening AI in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 40 stable patients with cirrhosis. We determined the basal total (BTC) and peak cortisol (PTC) levels. Using the ITT, we defined AI as a serum PTC < 18 μg/dL at 30 min after insulin-induced hypoglycemia...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808187/g-aminobutyric-acid-promotes-methionine-choline-deficient-diet-induced-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Yoon Seok Roh, Ara Cho, Zixiong Zhou, Hyuneui Jeong, Jeong-Eun Park, Youn-Soo Cha, Suk-Heung Oh, Chae-Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is one of the most common liver diseases and a major cause of liver fibrosis worldwide. G-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is one of the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Recently, it has been reported that GABAergic signaling pathways are found in various non-neuronal tissues including the immune system and play a functional role. In the present study, we investigated whether administration of GABA has effects on NASH through its immunomodulatory effects...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807226/liver-metabolomics-study-reveals-protective-function-of-phyllanthus-urinaria-against-ccl4-induced-liver-injury
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Qing Guo, Qian-Qian Zhang, Jia-Qing Chen, Wei Zhang, Hong-Cong Qiu, Zun-Jian Zhang, Bu-Ming Liu, Feng-Guo Xu
Phyllanthus Urinaria L. (PUL) is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat hepatic and renal disorders. However, the mechanism of its hepatoprotective action is not fully understood. In the present study, blood biochemical indexes and liver histopathological changes were used to estimate the extent of hepatic injury. GC/MS and LC/MS-based untargeted metabolomics were used in combination to characterize the potential biomarkers associated with the protective activity of PUL against CCl4-induced liver injury in rats...
July 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806937/prognostic-value-of-pretreatment-serum-alanine-aminotransferase-aspartate-aminotransferase-alt-ast-ratio-and-gamma-glutamyltransferase-ggt-in-patients-with-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Hao Huang, Xue-Ping Wang, Xiao-Hui Li, Hao Chen, Xin Zheng, Jian-Hua Lin, Ting Kang, Lin Zhang, Pei-Song Chen
BACKGROUND: The levels of liver function tests (LFTs) are often used to assess liver injury and non-liver disease-related mortality. In our study, the relationship between pretreatment serum LFTs and overall survival (OS) was evaluated in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients. METHODS: Our purpose was to investigate the prognostic value of the preoperative alanine aminotransferase/aspartate aminotransferase (ALT/AST) ratio and gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT) in ESCC patients...
August 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804825/assessment-of-hereditary-thrombophilia-performance-of-protein-c-pc-testing
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Richard A Marlar, Jana N Gausman
Protein C (PC) is a plasma Vitamin K-dependent pro-enzyme protein that is synthesized in the liver. Upon activation, PC regulates the coagulation process by neutralizing the procoagulant activities of factors V and VIII in the presence of the cofactor Protein S. PC is a major regulator of the coagulation process. The clotting based Protein C assay, the protocol described in this chapter, quantitates the amount of functional PC present in the specimen in a proportional fashion based on the prolongation of the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804587/primary-hepatic-lymphoma-mimicking-cholangiocarcinoma
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Foroogh Forghani, Mohsen Masoodi, Maryam Kadivar
Primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL) presenting with obstructive jaundice is rare and can mimic a preoperative diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma. We should consider PHL in patients with radiological hepatic disease with normal serum alpha-fetoprotein and carcinoembryonic antigen levels, and elevated lactate dehydrogenase. We present the case of a 67-year-old male with no significant medical history presented with abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, and abnormal liver function tests. Abdominal sonography and computed tomography scan suggested a diagnosis of obstructive jaundice and cholangitis due to cholangiocarcinoma (Klatskin tumor)...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804005/performance-assessment-of-the-saps-ii-and-sofa-scoring-systems-in-hanta-virus-hemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome
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Zhenjun Yu, Ni Zhou, Ali Li, Jie Chen, Huazhong Chen, Zebao He, Fei Yan, Haihong Zhao, Jiansheng Zhu
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS), caused by the hantavirus, is a natural infectious disease characterized by fever, hemorrhage and renal damage. China is the most severely endemic area for HFRS in the world. In recent years, critical scoring systems based on quantitative classification have become an important clinical tool for predicting and evaluating the prognosis of critical illness, and provide guidelines for clinical practice. METHODS: The sample comprised 384 patients with HFRS treated in the Taizhou Hospital from January 2006 to February 2017...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802084/the-parameters-that-help-to-differentiate-biliary-atresia-from-other-diseases
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Makoto Hayashida, Toshiharu Matsuura, Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Genshiro Esumi, Koichiro Yoshimaru, Yusuke Yanagi, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Tomoaki Taguchi
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of biliary atresia (BA) is still challenging. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical features and parameters that contribute to a diagnosis of BA. METHODS: From January 2000 to December 2013, 37 patients who underwent operative cholangiography were evaluated retrospectively. The patients were divided into two groups: a BA group, and a group with other cholestatic diseases (non-BA group). The demographic data and preoperative liver function test results were analyzed...
August 12, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800545/liver-toxicity-of-chemotherapy-and-targeted-therapy-for-breast-cancer-patients-with-hepatitis-virus-infection
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Yu Liu, Zhan-Yi Li, Xi Li, Jia-Ni Wang, Qun-Ai Huang, Yong Huang
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy has greatly improved the prognosis of breast cancer patients. However, it may also result in undesirable side effects such as hepatitis virus reactivation. Little information is available on the liver toxicity of chemotherapy and targeted therapy for breast cancer patients with hepatitis virus (HBV/HCV) infection. METHODS: We performed a retrospective survey of 835 patients diagnosed with breast cancer between January 2010 and December 2015 at our institution...
August 8, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800326/intracerebroventricular-streptozotocin-induces-obesity-and-dementia-in-lewis-rats-rat-model-of-dementia-associated-with-obesity
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Konstantin Bloch, Irit Gil-Ad, Alexey Vanichkin, Shay Henry Hornfeld, Nickolay Koroukhov, Michal Taler, Pnina Vardi, Abraham Weizman
BACKGROUND: Animal models of dementia associated with metabolic abnormalities play an important role in understanding the bidirectional relationships between these pathologies. Rodent strains develop cognitive dysfunctions without alteration of peripheral metabolism following intracerebroventricular administration of streptozotocin (icv-STZ). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to estimate the effect of icv-STZ on cognitive functions and peripheral metabolism in Lewis rats, which are rarely used for the induction of cognitive abnormalities...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798911/tissue-engineering-approaches-in-the-design-of-healthy-and-pathological-in-vitro-tissue-models
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Silvia Caddeo, Monica Boffito, Susanna Sartori
In the tissue engineering (TE) paradigm, engineering and life sciences tools are combined to develop bioartificial substitutes for organs and tissues, which can in turn be applied in regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and basic research to elucidate fundamental aspects of cell functions in vivo or to identify mechanisms involved in aging processes and disease onset and progression. The complex three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment in which cells are organized in vivo allows the interaction between different cell types and between cells and the extracellular matrix, the composition of which varies as a function of the tissue, the degree of maturation, and health conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797635/circadian-rhythmicity-a-functional-connection-between-differentiated-embryonic-chondrocyte-1-dec1-and-small-heterodimer-partner-shp
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Marek M Marczak, Bingfang Yan
Circadian rhythm misalignment has been increasingly recognized to pose health risk for a wide range of diseases, particularly metabolic disorders. The liver maintains metabolic homeostasis and expresses many circadian genes, such as differentiated embryo chondrocyte-1 (DEC1) and small heterodimer partner (SHP). DEC1 is established to repress transcription through E-box elements, and SHP belongs to the superfamily of nuclear receptors and has multiple E-box elements in its promoter. Importantly, DEC1 and SHP are inversely oscillated...
August 8, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797399/a-54-year-old-man-with-anasarca-dyspnea-and-recurrent-bilateral-pleural-effusions
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Pradnya D Patil, Yvette M Cua, Carol Farver, Rafael L Perez, Atul C Mehta, Tanmay S Panchabhai
A 54-year-old African-American man presented with 2 years of progressively worsening dyspnea and anasarca. Over the past 6 months he gained 30 lbs with worsening lower extremity, abdominal wall, and scrotal edema. A recent workup for cardiac, renal, and liver disease, including two-dimensional echocardiogram, liver and renal function tests, and abdominal ultrasound, was unremarkable. He reported a 15-pack year history of smoking and quit 3 years ago. Chest radiograph at that time revealed bilateral pleural effusions that were both reportedly milky in appearance when drained by thoracenteses...
August 2017: Chest
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