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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812869/entry-inhibitors-a-perspective-for-prevention-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-organ-transplantation
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Che C Colpitts, Raymond T Chung, Thomas F Baumert
Entry inhibitors are emerging as an attractive class of therapeutics for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Entry inhibitors target either virion-associated factors or cellular factors necessary for infection. By blocking entry into cells, entry inhibitors prevent both the establishment of persistent reservoirs and the emergence of resistant variants during viral replication. Furthermore, entry inhibitors protect naïve cells from virus-induced alterations. Combining entry inhibitors with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) may therefore improve treatment outcomes, particularly in the context of organ transplantation...
August 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811492/interferon-alpha-treatment-rapidly-clears-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-humanized-mice
#2
Martijn D B van de Garde, Suzan D Pas, Gertine W van Oord, Lucio Gama, Youkyung Choi, Robert A de Man, Andre Boonstra, Thomas Vanwolleghem
Antiviral treatment options for chronic Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) infections are limited and immunological determinants of viral persistence remain largely unexplored. We studied the antiviral potency of pegylated interferon-α (pegIFNα) against HEV infections in humanized mice and modelled intrahepatic interferon stimulated gene (ISG) responses. Human gene expression levels in humanized mouse livers were analyzed by qPCR and Nanostring. Human CXCL10 was measured in mouse serum. HEV genotype 3 (gt3) infections were cleared from liver and feces within 8 pegIFNα doses in all mice and relapsed after a single pegIFNα injection in only half of treated animals...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811194/immunogenetic-studies-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-an-era-of-pan-genotype-antiviral-therapies-effective-treatment-is-coming
#3
Joel Henrique Ellwanger, Valéria de Lima Kaminski, Jacqueline Maria Valverde-Villegas, Daniel Simon, Vagner Ricardo Lunge, José Artur Bogo Chies
What are the factors that influence human hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, hepatitis status establishment, and disease progression? Firstly, one has to consider the genetic background of the host and HCV genotypes. The immunogenetic host profile will reflect how each infected individual deals with infection. Secondly, there are environmental factors that drive susceptibility or resistance to certain viral strains. These will dictate (I) the susceptibility to infection; (II) whether or not an infected person will promote viral clearance; (III) the immune response and the response profile to therapy; and (IV) whether and how long it would take to the development of HCV-associated diseases, as well as their severity...
August 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809743/outcomes-for-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-1b-treated-with-asunaprevir-and-daclatasvir-combination
#4
Akihiro Tamori, Hoang Hai, Sawako Uchida-Kobayashi, Masaru Enomoto, Ritsuzo Kozuka, Hiroyuki Motoyama, Etsushi Kawamura, Atsushi Hagihara, Yuga Teranishi, Kanako Yoshida, Hiroyasu Morikawa, Yoshiki Murakami, Norifumi Kawada
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of asunaprevir + daclatasvir combination therapy for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in compensated cirrhotic patients was not fully evaluated in real-world. Outcomes were assessed in cirrhotic patients with sustained viral response (SVR). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 145 patients without resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) at L31 and Y93 in the nonstructural protein 5A of HCV genotype 1b, consisting of 49 hepatic cirrhotic and 96 non-cirrhotic patients, were enrolled to the therapy...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809741/hepatitis-c-virus-infection-outcomes-among-immigrants-to-canada-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
#5
Curtis L Cooper, Kednapa Thavorn, Ecaterina Damian, Daniel J Corsi
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: HCV-infected immigrants contribute to the total prevalence in Canada and other developed nations. Little is known about engagement in care, access to service, and treatment outcomes in recipients of Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) HCV therapies among immigrants living with HCV. MATERIAL AND METHODS: HCV patients assessed at The Ottawa Hospital Viral Hepatitis Clinic between 2000-2016 were identified. Immigration history, race, socioeconomic status, HCV work-up, treatment and outcome data were evaluated...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809734/wait-time-for-curative-intent-radio-frequency-ablation-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-in-patients-with-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#6
Mayur Brahmania, Osman Ahmed, Melissa Kelley, David Wong, Matthew Kowgier, Korosh Khalili, Rob Beecroft, Eberhard L Renner, Hemant Shah, Jordan Feld, Harry L A Janssen, Morris Sherman
INTRODUCTION: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a recommended curative intent treatment option for patients with early stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We investigated if wait times for RFA were associated with residual tumor, tumor recurrence, need for liver transplantation, or death. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients diagnosed with HCC between January 2010 and December 2013 presenting to University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809547/quantitative-evaluation-of-viral-protein-binding-to-phosphoinositide-receptors-and-pharmacological-inhibition
#7
Seong-Oh Kim, Joshua Alexander Jackman, Menashe Elazar, Sang-Joon Cho, Jeffrey S Glenn, Nam-Joon Cho
There is significant interest in developing analytical methods to characterize molecular recognition events between proteins and phosphoinositides, which are a medically important class of carbohydrate-functionalized lipids. Within this scope, one area of high priority involves quantitatively evaluating drug candidates that pharmacologically inhibit protein-phosphoinositide interactions. As full-length proteins are oftentimes difficult to produce, establishing methods to study these interactions with shorter, bioactive peptides would be advantageous...
August 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808965/rna-pamps-as-molecular-tools-for-evaluating-rig-i-function-in-innate-immunity
#8
Renee C Ireton, Courtney Wilkins, Michael Gale
Pathogen recognition receptors (PRR)s and their cognate pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP) represent the basis of innate immune activation and immune response induction driven by the host-pathogen interaction that occurs during microbial infection in humans and other animals. For RNA virus infection such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) and others, specific motifs within viral RNA mark it as nonself and visible to the host as a PAMP through interaction with RIG-I-like receptors including retinoic inducible gene-I (RIG-I)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808243/comparison-of-error-correction-algorithms-for-ion-torrent-pgm-data-application-to-hepatitis-b-virus
#9
Liting Song, Wenxun Huang, Juan Kang, Yuan Huang, Hong Ren, Keyue Ding
Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) technology is a mid-length read, low-cost and high-speed next-generation sequencing platform with a relatively high insertion and deletion (indel) error rate. A full systematic assessment of the effectiveness of various error correction algorithms in PGM viral datasets (e.g., hepatitis B virus (HBV)) has not been performed. We examined 19 quality-trimmed PGM datasets for the HBV reverse transcriptase (RT) region and found a total error rate of 0.48% ± 0.12%. Deletion errors were clearly present at the ends of homopolymer runs...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806922/hepatitis-b-reactivation-characterized-by-hbsag-negativity-and-anti-hbsag-antibodies-persistence-in-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplanted-patient-after-lamivudine-withdrawal
#10
C Cerva, G Maffongelli, V Svicher, R Salpini, L Colagrossi, A Battisti, B Mariotti, R Cerretti, L Cudillo, L Sarmati
BACKGROUND: HBV reactivation is associated with high mortality rates in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and prophylactic lamivudine (LMV) treatment is suggested to prevent this phenomenon. However, the duration of LMV treatment in HSCT patients is not fully defined and the time of immune recovery is considered the best parameter for a drug to be safely interrupted. In patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT, the time of immune recovery is not easy to define and may take years after transplantation and prolonged LMV treatments, which can lead to drug-resistant viral strains...
August 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806853/development-of-hepatocyte-like-cell-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-as-a-host-for-clinically-isolated-hepatitis-c-virus
#11
Khanit Sa-Ngiamsuntorn, Suradej Hongeng, Adisak Wongkajornsilp
This unit describes protocols to develop hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) starting from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as a natural host for hepatitis C virus (HCV). These include the preparation of MSCs from bone marrow, the reprogramming of MSCs into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and the differentiation of iPSCs into HLCs. This unit also incorporates the characterization of the resulting cells at each stage. Another section entails the preparations of HCV. The sources of HCV are either the clinically isolated HCV (HCVser) and the conventional JFH-1 genotype...
August 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804489/normalized-synergy-predicts-that-cd8-co-receptor-contribution-to-t-cell-receptor-tcr-and-pmhc-binding-decreases-as-tcr-affinity-increases-in-human-viral-specific-t-cells
#12
Chad M Williams, Alexandra A Schonnesen, Shu-Qi Zhang, Ke-Yue Ma, Chenfeng He, Tori Yamamoto, S Gail Eckhardt, Christopher A Klebanoff, Ning Jiang
The discovery of naturally occurring T cell receptors (TCRs) that confer specific, high-affinity recognition of pathogen and cancer-associated antigens remains a major goal in cellular immunotherapies. The contribution of the CD8 co-receptor to the interaction between the TCR and peptide-bound major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) has previously been correlated with the activation and responsiveness of CD8(+) T cells. However, these studies have been limited to model systems of genetically engineered hybridoma TCRs or transgenic mouse TCRs against either a single epitope or an array of altered peptide ligands...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802713/detecting-exact-breakpoints-of-deletions-with-diversity-in-hepatitis-b-viral-genomic-dna-from-next-generation-sequencing-data
#13
Ji-Hong Cheng, Wen-Chun Liu, Ting-Tsung Chang, Sun-Yuan Hsieh, Vincent S Tseng
Many studies have suggested that deletions of Hepatitis B Viral (HBV) are associated with the development of progressive liver diseases, even ultimately resulting in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Among the methods for detecting deletions from next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, few methods considered the characteristics of virus, such as high evolution rates and high divergence among the different HBV genomes. Sequencing high divergence HBV genome sequences using the NGS technology outputs millions of reads...
August 9, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802168/impact-of-hepatitis-b-vaccination-on-hbsag-kinetics-interferon-inducible-protein-10-level-and-recurrence-of-viremia
#14
Amr Shaaban Hanafy
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Persistent HBs antigenemia >1000IU/ml has a possibility of viral reactivation and HCC in 8%, so we investigated the effect of HBV vaccine on HBsAg, IP-10, and recurrence of viremia. METHODS: Group I: inactive carriers(n=100). Group II: CHB exposed to nucleos(t)ides (n=120) till 1year after HBe seroconversion and HBV DNA disappearance in HBeAg positive (n=60) or3years after DNA disappearance in HBeAg negativepatients (n=60). All showed persistent HBs antigenemia...
August 9, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802063/hepatitis-b-virus-pregenomic-rna-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-nosological-and-prognostic-determinant
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Boris Halgand, Christophe Desterke, Lise Rivière, Guillaume Fallot, Mylène Sebagh, Julien Calderaro, Paulette Bioulac-Sage, Christine Neuveut, Marie-Annick Buendia, Didier Samuel, Cyrille Féray
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, very little is known about the replication of HBV in HCC tissues. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analysed viral and cellular parameters in HCC (T) and non-tumor liver (NT) samples from 99 HBsAg-positive, virologically suppressed patients treated by tumour resection or liver transplantation. We examined total HBV DNA and RNA as well as covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) and pregenomic RNA (pgRNA), which are considered as markers of active HBV replication...
August 12, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801732/evaluation-of-the-relationship-between-alopecia-areata-and-viral-antigen-exposure
#16
Christopher T Richardson, Matthew S Hayden, Elaine S Gilmore, Brian Poligone
BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by non-scarring alopecia with T-cell infiltration at the affected hair follicle. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to study the potential link between hepatitis B virus (HBV) antigen exposure and AA. METHODS: Two pediatric patients with AA following hepatitis B vaccination were identified in a general dermatology clinic. A bioinformatics analysis and an electronic medical record (EMR) database query were performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center to identify patients with AA, coexisting viral infections, vaccinations, or interferon (IFN) therapy in order to determine if the presence of AA and these conditions was higher than in AA patients without these associated conditions or therapy...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801286/-value-of-detection-of-serum-glypican-3-level-in-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-effect-evaluation-of-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Yuan-Yuan Wang, Chen-Jie Zhou, Jing Li, Ling Zhou, Ming-Song Li, Bing Xiao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical value of detecting serum glypican-3 in the diagnosis and therapeutic effect evaluation of primary hepatocellular carcinoma (PHC). METHODS: Using sandwich ELISA, we detected serum glypican-3 levels in 60 patients with PHC, 60 with metastatic liver cancer, 50 with liver cirrhosis, 50 with chronic viral hepatitis, 20 with hepatic cyst, 20 with fatty liver, 20 with hepatic hemangioma and 20 with drug-induced hepatitis as well as in 40 healthy subjects (control)...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801074/rational-heart-transplant-from-hepatitis-c-donor-new-antiviral-weapons-conquer-the-trojan
#18
Robert L Gottlieb, Teena Sam, Suzanne Y Wada, James F Trotter, Sumeet K Asrani, Brian Lima, Susan M Joseph, Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, Shelley A Hall
BACKGROUND: Donors with hepatitis C (HCV) viremia are rarely utilized for orthotopic heart transplantation (OHTx) due to post-transplant risks. New, highly effective HCV antivirals may alter the landscape. METHODS: An adult patient unsuitable for bridging mechanical support therapy accepted a heart transplant offer from a donor with HCV viremia. Upon daily logarithmic rise in HCV viral load and adequate titers to ensure successful genotyping, once daily sofosbuvir 400 mg / velpatasvir 100 mg (Epclusa) was initiated empirically pending HCV genotype (genotype 3a confirmed after initiation of therapy)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800923/-squamous-cell-carcinoma-associated-with-use-of-skin-lightening-cream
#19
O Faye, A-A Dicko, S Berthé, L Cissé, B Traoré, A Keita, Y Fofana, K Coulibaly, B Keita
BACKGROUND: Women widely use skin-lightening products for cosmetic purposes in sub-Saharan Africa despite numerous reported cutaneous and systemic complications. The occurrence of epidermoid carcinoma has long been reported, but only three cases have been published so far. We report the first case in Mali. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 30-year old woman with no noteworthy medical history was seen at our outpatient center for cervical ulceration that had been present for the last 5 years...
August 8, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799277/the-italian-compassionate-use-of-sofosbuvir-itacops-observational-cohort-study-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-hepatitis-c-clinical-and-virological-outcomes
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Paola Carrai, Cristina Morelli, Gabriella Cordone, Antonietta Romano, Mariarosa Tamé, Raffaella Lionetti, Giada Pietrosi, Ilaria Lenci, Guido Piai, Francesco Paolo Russo, Carmine Coppola, Mario Melazzini, Simona Montilla, Luca Pani, Sandra Petraglia, Pierluigi Russo, Maria Paola Trotta, Silvia Martini, Pierluigi Toniutto
Direct antivirals are available for treating recurrent hepatitis C (RHC). This study reported outcomes of 424 patients with METAVIR F3-F4 RHC who were treated for 24 weeks with sofosbuvir/ribavirin and followed for 12 weeks within the Italian sofosbuvir compassionate use program. In 55 patients, daclatasvir or simeprevir were added. Child-Pugh class and MELD scores were evaluated at baseline and 36 weeks after the start of therapy. The sustained viral response (SVR) was 86.7% (316/365) in patients who received sofosbuvir/ribavirin and 98...
August 11, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
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