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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453967/therapeutic-vaccination-for-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Anna D Kosinska, Tanja Bauer, Ulrike Protzer
A therapeutic vaccine is meant to activate the patient's immune system to fight and finally control or ideally eliminate an already established infectious pathogen. Whereas the success of prophylactic vaccination is based on rapid antibody-mediated neutralization of an invading pathogen, control and elimination of persistent viruses such as hepatitis, herpes or papilloma viruses requires multi-specific and polyfunctional effector T cell responses. These are ideally directed against continuously expressed viral antigens to keep the pathogen in check...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453395/association-of-vitamin-d-pathway-snps-and-clinical-response-to-interferon-in-a-cohort-of-hbeag-negative-patients
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Jessica Cusato, Lucio Boglione, Amedeo De Nicolò, Rosaria Imbornone, Chiara Simona Cardellino, Valeria Ghisetti, Chiara Carcieri, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
AIM: Vitamin D modulates biological processes; an influence of vitamin D levels and genetic variants was identified concerning hepatitis B virus infection. We evaluated the role of some SNPs of vitamin D pathway genes in some clinical features of hepatitis B affected patients treated with pegylated interferon. METHODS: We investigated SNPs in IL-28B, CYP27B1, CYP27A1, CYP24A1, VDBP and VDR genes, through real-time PCR. RESULTS:  VDRApaI SNP was associated to viral load and HBsAg presence at different timings...
April 28, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449278/seroepidemiology-and-molecular-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-swine-and-occupationally-exposed-workers-in-punjab-india
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M Bansal, S Kaur, D Deka, R Singh, J P S Gill
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) has two discrete epidemiological patterns: waterborne epidemics in developing countries only, caused by HEV genotype I, and sporadic zoonotic outbreaks in developing and developed countries caused by genotypes III and IV. This study was designed to investigate seroprevalence, molecular detection and the characterization of HEV by nested RT-PCR in swine as well as the occupational risk to exposed human population in Punjab state of north-western India. The occupational risk-exposed group comprised of swine farmers (organized - mixed feed feeders and unorganized - swill feeders), slaughterhouse workers, sewage workers and veterinary internes...
April 27, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448872/curcumin-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-d-galactosamine-induced-acute-liver-injury-by-activating-nrf2-nuclear-translocation-and-inhibiting-nf-kb-activation
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Yi-Lian Xie, Jin-Guo Chu, Xiao-Min Jian, Jin-Zhong Dong, Li-Ping Wang, Guo-Xiang Li, Nai-Bin Yang
Curcumin, a polyphenol in curry spice isolated from the rhizome of turmeric, has been reported to possess versatile biological properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antifibrotic, and anticancer activities. In this study, the hepatoprotective effect of curcumin was investigated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/d-galactosamine (d-GalN)-induced acute liver injury (ALI) in rats. Experimental ALI was induced with an intraperitoneal (ip) injection of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride (NaCl) solution containing 8μg LPS and 800mg/kg d-GalN...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446632/dietary-methionine-restriction-regulates-liver-protein-synthesis-and-gene-expression-independently-of-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-2-phosphorylation-in-mice
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Ashley P Pettit, William O Jonsson, Albert R Bargoud, Emily T Mirek, Frederick F Peelor, Yongping Wang, Thomas W Gettys, Scot R Kimball, Benjamin F Miller, Karyn L Hamilton, Ronald C Wek, Tracy G Anthony
Background: The phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 (p-eIF2) during dietary amino acid insufficiency reduces protein synthesis and alters gene expression via the integrated stress response (ISR).Objective: We explored whether a Met-restricted (MR) diet activates the ISR to reduce body fat and regulate protein balance.Methods: Male and female mice aged 3-6 mo with either whole-body deletion of general control nonderepressible 2 (Gcn2) or liver-specific deletion of protein kinase R-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (Perk) alongside wild-type or floxed control mice were fed an obesogenic diet sufficient in Met (0...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446519/cationic-polystyrene-resolves-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-obesity-and-metabolic-disorders-by-promoting-eubiosis-of-gut-microbiota-and-decreasing-endotoxemia
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Airu Zhu, Jingjing Chen, Pengfei Wu, Mei Luo, Yilan Zeng, Han Zheng, Li Zhang, Zishou Cheng, Qun Sun, Wenwen Li, Yixiang Duan, Danmei Su, Zhixiong Xiao, Zhongping Duan, Sujun Zheng, Li Bei, Xiaohui Zhang, Zhongyuan Ju, Richard Hu, Stephen J Pandol, Yuan-Ping Han
A pandemic of metabolic diseases, consisting of type-2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) and obesity, has imposed critical challenges for societies worldwide, prompting investigation of underlying mechanisms and exploration of low cost and effective treatment. In this report, we demonstrate that metabolic disorders in mice generated by feeding with a high-fat diet without dietary vitamin D (HD) can be prevented by oral administration of polycationic amine resin. Oral administration of cholestyramine , but not the control uncharged polystyrene, was able to sequester negatively charged bacterial endotoxin in the gut, leading to (1) reducing plasma endotoxin levels, (2) resolving systemic inflammation and hepatic steatohepatitis,and (3) improving insulin sensitivity...
April 26, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446508/enrichment-of-pik3-akt-mtor-pathway-activation-in-hepatic-metastases-from-breast-cancer
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Mariaelena Pierobon, Corrine Ramos, Shukmei Wong, K Alex Hodge, Jessica Aldrich, Sara A Byron, Stephen P Anthony, Nicholas J Robert, Donald W Northfelt, Mohammad Jahanzeb, Linda Vocila, Julia D Wulfkuhle, Guido Gambara, Rosa Isela Gallagher, Bryant Dunetz, Nicholas Hoke, Ting Dong, David W Craig, Massimo Cristofanilli, Brian Leyland Jones, Lance Liotta, Joyce A O'Shaughnessy, John D Carpten, Emanuel F Petricoin
Purpose: Little is known about the molecular signatures associated with specific metastatic sites in breast cancer. Using comprehensive multi-omic molecular profiling, we assessed whether alterations or activation of the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway is associated with specific sites of breast cancer metastasis. <p>Experimental Design: NGS-based whole exome sequencing was coupled with Reverse Phase Protein Microarray (RPPA) functional signaling network analysis to explore the PI3K-AKT-mTOR axis in 32 pretreated breast cancer metastases...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445967/lactobacillus-casei-zhang-and-vitamin-k2-prevent-intestinal-tumorigenesis-in-mice-via-adiponectin-elevated-different-signaling-pathways
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Yong Zhang, Chen Ma, Jie Zhao, Haiyan Xu, Qiangchuan Hou, Heping Zhang
The incidence of colon cancer has increased considerably and the intestinal microbiota participate in the development of colon cancer. We showed that the L. casei Zhang or vitamin K2 (Menaquinone-7) intervention significantly alleviated intestinal tumor burden in mice. This was associated with increased serum adiponectin levels in both treatments. But osteocalcin level was only increased by L. casei Zhang. Furthermore, the anti-carcinogenic actions of L. casei Zhang were mediated by hepatic Chloride channel-3(CLCN3)/Nuclear Factor Kappa B(NF-κB) and intestinal Claudin15/Chloride intracellular channel 4(CLIC4)/Transforming Growth Factor Beta(TGF-β) signaling, while the vitamin K2 effect involved a hepatic Vitamin D Receptor(VDR)-phosphorylated AMPK signaling pathway...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445235/recent-trends-in-the-epidemiology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-olmsted-county-minnesota-a-us-population-based-study
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Ju Dong Yang, Hager Ahmed Mohammed, William S Harmsen, Felicity Enders, Gregory J Gores, Lewis R Roberts
BACKGROUND/AIM: The epidemiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has changed in the United States recently. The aim of this study is to evaluate the recent trends of HCC epidemiology in Olmsted County, MN. METHODS: Residents aged over 20 with newly diagnosed HCC were identified using the Rochester Epidemiology Project database. Clinical information was compared among patients diagnosed between 2000 and 2009 (era 1) and 2010 to 2014 (era 2). RESULTS: Over 1...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443156/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-and-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-chronic-liver-disease
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Helen Vidot, Alison Potter, Robert Cheng, Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Nicholas Shackel
AIM: To investigate the relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) deficiency and hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the results of 392 adult patients with chronic liver disease who were assessed for liver transplantation between 2006 and 2010 was undertaken. HE, severity of CLD, nutritional status and 25-OHD were analysed in patients assessed for liver transplantation between 2006 and 2010...
April 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443078/phytochemical-characterization-of-terminalia-catappa-linn-extracts-and-their-antifungal-activities-against-candida-spp
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Analucia G Terças, Andrea de Souza Monteiro, Eduardo B Moffa, Julliana R A Dos Santos, Eduardo M de Sousa, Anna R B Pinto, Paola C da Silva Costa, Antonio C R Borges, Luce M B Torres, Allan K D Barros Filho, Elizabeth S Fernandes, Cristina de Andrade Monteiro
Terminalia catappa Linn bark is used to treat dysentery by various populations in Southeast Asian countries, and its leaves have also been used in traditional medicine to treat hepatitis in India and the Philippines. Here, the antifungal actions of crude hydro-alcoholic extract (TcHE) and fractions from T. catappa leaves were assessed via the agar diffusion and microdilution tests on Candida reference strains and clinical isolates from patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Additionally, the potential cytotoxic effects of TcHE were assessed on cultured human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442273/the-role-of-bile-acids-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Monica D Chow, Yi-Horng Lee, Grace L Guo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing in prevalence worldwide. It is started by the presence of macrosteatosis on liver histology but is often clinically asymptomatic. However, it can progress into nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is a more severe form of liver disease characterized by inflammation and fibrosis. Further progression leads to cirrhosis, which predisposes patients to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver failure. The mechanism by which simple steatosis progresses to steatohepatitis is not entirely clear...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442271/evaluation-of-the-xpert-hcv-viral-load-point-of-care-assay-from-venepuncture-collected-and-finger-stick-capillary-whole-blood-samples-a-cohort-study
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Jason Grebely, Francois M J Lamoury, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Yasmin Mowat, Alison D Marshall, Sahar Bajis, Philippa Marks, Janaki Amin, Julie Smith, Michael Edwards, Carla Gorton, Nadine Ezard, David Persing, Marika Kleman, Philip Cunningham, Beth Catlett, Gregory J Dore, Tanya L Applegate
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA testing offers an advantage over antibody testing (which only indicates previous exposure), enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Xpert HCV Viral Load assay with venepuncture and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples. METHODS: Plasma and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples were collected from participants in an observational cohort enrolled at five sites in Australia (three drug and alcohol clinics, one homelessness service, and one needle and syringe programme)...
April 21, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442256/functional-evaluation-of-synthetic-flavonoids-and-chalcones-for-potential-antiviral-and-anticancer-properties
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Nelly Mateeva, Suresh V K Eyunni, Kinfe K Redda, Ucheze Ononuju, Tony D Hansberry, Cecilia Aikens, Anita Nag
Flavonoids, stilbenes, and chalcones are plant secondary metabolites that often possess diverse biological activities including anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-viral activities. The wide range of bioactivities poses a challenge to identify their targets. Here, we studied a set of synthetically generated flavonoids and chalcones to evaluate for their biological activity, and compared similarly substituted flavonoids and chalcones. Substituted chalcones, but not flavonoids, showed inhibition of viral translation without significantly affecting viral replication in cells infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV)...
April 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442239/roadmap-to-control-hbv-and-hdv-epidemics-in-china
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Ashish Goyal, John M Murray
PURPOSE: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is endemic in China. Almost 10% of HBV infected individuals are also infected with hepatitis D virus (HDV) which has a 5-10 times higher mortality rate than HBV mono-infection. The aim of this manuscript is to devise strategies that can not only control HBV infections but also HDV infections in China under the current health care budget in an optimal manner. METHODS: Using a mathematical model, an annual budget of $10 billion was optimally allocated among five interventions namely, testing and HBV adult vaccination, treatment for mono-infected and dually-infected individuals, second line treatment for HBV mono-infections, and awareness programs...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441762/replication-and-oncolytic-activity-of-an-avian-orthoreovirus-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Robert A Kozak, Larissa Hattin, Mia J Biondi, Juan C Corredor, Scott Walsh, Max Xue-Zhong, Justin Manuel, Ian D McGilvray, Jason Morgenstern, Evan Lusty, Vera Cherepanov, Betty-Anne McBey, David Leishman, Jordan J Feld, Byram Bridle, Éva Nagy
Oncolytic viruses are cancer therapeutics with promising outcomes in pre-clinical and clinical settings. Animal viruses have the possibility to avoid pre-existing immunity in humans, while being safe and immunostimulatory. We isolated an avian orthoreovirus (ARV-PB1), and tested it against a panel of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. We found that ARV-PB1 replicated well and induced strong cytopathic effects. It was determined that one mechanism of cell death was through syncytia formation, resulting in apoptosis and induction of interferon stimulated genes (ISGs)...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441386/graft-derived-cell-free-dna-a-noninvasive-early-rejection-and-graft-damage-marker-in-liver-transplantation-a-prospective-observational-multicenter-cohort-study
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Ekkehard Schütz, Anna Fischer, Julia Beck, Markus Harden, Martina Koch, Tilo Wuensch, Martin Stockmann, Björn Nashan, Otto Kollmar, Johannes Matthaei, Philipp Kanzow, Philip D Walson, Jürgen Brockmöller, Michael Oellerich
BACKGROUND: Graft-derived cell-free DNA (GcfDNA), which is released into the blood stream by necrotic and apoptotic cells, is a promising noninvasive organ integrity biomarker. In liver transplantation (LTx), neither conventional liver function tests (LTFs) nor immunosuppressive drug monitoring are very effective for rejection monitoring. We therefore hypothesized that the quantitative measurement of donor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) would have independent value for the assessment of graft integrity, including damage from acute rejection...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440552/review-article-delivering-precision-oncology-in-intermediate-stage-liver-cancer
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REVIEW
D J Pinato, J Howell, R Ramaswami, R Sharma
BACKGROUND: Intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), for which trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) constitutes the standard of care, is a patient subgroup with significant heterogeneity in clinical outcome. Sources of variation relate to differences in tumour burden, hepatic reserve, ethnicity and treatment modalities. Increasing research efforts have been dedicated to minimise the clinical diversity of this patient population and enhance optimal provision of treatment. AIM: To comprehensively review the diverse prognostic models that have been proposed to refine the prognostic prediction of patients with HCC undergoing TACE...
April 25, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440304/the-natural-history-of-severe-acute-liver-injury
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David G Koch, J L Speiser, V Durkalski, R J Fontana, T Davern, B McGuire, R T Stravitz, A M Larson, I Liou, O Fix, M L Schilsky, T McCashland, J E Hay, N Murray, O S Shaikh, D Ganger, A Zaman, S B Han, R T Chung, R S Brown, S Munoz, K R Reddy, L Rossaro, R Satyanarayana, A J Hanje, J Olson, R M Subramanian, C Karvellas, B Hameed, A H Sherker, W M Lee, A Reuben
OBJECTIVES: Acute liver failure (ALF) is classically defined by coagulopathy and hepatic encephalopathy (HE); however, acute liver injury (ALI), i.e., severe acute hepatocyte necrosis without HE, has not been carefully defined nor studied. Our aim is to describe the clinical course of specifically defined ALI, including the risk and clinical predictors of poor outcomes, namely progression to ALF, the need for liver transplantation (LT) and death. METHODS: 386 subjects prospectively enrolled in the Acute Liver Failure Study Group registry between 1 September 2008 through 25 October 2013, met criteria for ALI: International Normalized Ratio (INR)≥2...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440303/hcv-genotype-6-increased-the-risk-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-among-asian-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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Mei-Hsuan Lee, Tiffany I Hsiao, Shreenidhi R Subramaniam, An K Le, Vinh D Vu, Huy N Trinh, Jian Zhang, Mingjuan Jin, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Grace Lai-Hung Wong, Mindie H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a well-documented risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Seven HCV genotypes have been classified, and the genotypes show a great variety of geographic distribution. HCV genotype 6 is prevalent in Southeast Asia and has been less studied than the other genotypes. METHODS: This follow-up study was designed to evaluate the natural history of HCV genotype 6. The cohort enrolled 851 Asian patients consisting of 222 with HCV genotype 6 and 629 with other genotypes...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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