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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161684/higher-versus-lower-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-intensity-in-critically-ill-patients-with-liver-dysfunction
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Zachary O'Brien, Alan Cass, Louise Cole, Simon Finfer, Martin Gallagher, Colin McArthur, Shay McGuiness, John Myburgh, Rinaldo Bellomo, Johan Mårtensson
AIMS: To study the association between higher versus lower continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) intensity and mortality in critically ill patients with combined acute kidney injury and liver dysfunction. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of patients with liver dysfunction (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment liver score ≥2 or diagnosis of liver failure/transplant) included in the Randomized Evaluation of Normal versus Augmented Level renal replacement therapy (RENAL) trial...
November 22, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161233/swimming-but-not-vitamin-e-ameliorates-prothrombotic-state-and-hypofibrinolysis-in-a-rat-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Hussein F Sakr, Amr M Abbas, Mohamed A Haidara
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with a systemic procoagulant hypofibrinolysis state that is considered as a risk factor for microangiopathy and peripheral vascular diseases. Swimming exercise ameliorates the metabolic dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that reduces the risk of endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of combined swimming exercise with vitamin E on coagulation as well as blood fibrinolysis markers in rats with NAFLD...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160909/revisiting-chronic-rejection-following-living-donor-liver-transplantation-in-the-tacrolimus-era-a-single-centre-experience
#3
Narendra Singh Choudhary, Neeraj Saraf, Sanjiv Saigal, Dheeraj Gautam, Amit Rastogi, Sanjay Goja, Prashant Bhangui, Thiagrajan Srinivasan, Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Arvinder Soin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic rejection (CR) is an uncommon but important cause of graft dysfunction, leading to graft loss and often requires re-transplantation. This study evaluates the incidence and outcome of patients with CR at a large living donor liver transplant (LDLT) centre. METHODS: Data of patients with CR was retrospectively analyzed in 1232 adult (age >18 years) LDLT on Tacrolimus (mainly) based immunosuppression. Sirolimus/Everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) were added to baseline immunosuppression as rescue therapy in patients with CR...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160747/lipopolysaccharide-mediates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-regulating-autophagy-and-retinoic-acid-signaling
#4
Ming Chen, Jiaxing Liu, Wenqi Yang, Wenhua Ling
Bacterial translocation and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) leakage occur at a very early stage of liver fibrosis in animal models. We studied the role of LPS in hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and the underlying mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we demonstrated that LPS treatment led to a dramatic increase in autophagosome formation and autophagic flux in LX-2 cells and HSCs, which was mediated through the AKT-MTOR and AMPK-ULK1 pathway. LPS significantly decreased the lipid content, including the lipid droplet (LD) number and lipid staining area in HSCs; pretreatment with macroautophagy/autophagy inhibitors or silencing ATG5 attenuated this decrease...
November 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160087/glyoxalase-1-modulation-in-obesity-and-diabetes
#5
Naila Rabbani, Paul J Thornalley
SIGNIFICANCE: Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus are increasing globally. There is also increasing associated complications, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and vascular complications of diabetes. There is currently no licensed treatment for NAFLD and no recent treatments for diabetic complications. New approaches are required, particularly addressing mechanism-based risk factors for health decline and disease progression. Recent advances: Dicarbonyl stress is the abnormal accumulation of reactive dicarbonyl metabolites such as methylglyoxal leading to cell and tissue dysfunction...
November 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159461/severe-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy-requiring-dialysis-aggravated-by-prolonged-fasting-and-intermittent-high-fat-load-in-a-ramadan-fasting-month-in-a-patient-with-cptii-homozygous-mutation
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P Phowthongkum, C Ittiwut, V Shotelersuk
BACKGROUND: Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPTII) deficiency is a mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation disorder that can present antenatally as congenital brain malformations, or postnatally with lethal neonatal, severe infantile, or the most common adult myopathic forms. No case of severe hyperammonemia without liver dysfunction has been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: We described a 23-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with seizures and was found to have markedly elevation of serum ammonia...
November 21, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159396/association-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-with-lower-brain-volume-in-healthy-middle-aged-adults-in-the-framingham-study
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Galit Weinstein, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Sarah R Preis, Alexa S Beiser, Charles DeCarli, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri
Importance: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition that is most often asymptomatic. It is associated with metabolic syndrome, incident diabetes, carotid atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, conditions that in turn are strongly linked with brain damage and cognitive impairment. However, it is not known whether NAFLD is associated with structural brain measures in humans. Objective: To assess the association between prevalent NAFLD and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures...
November 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159325/role-of-aramchol-in-steatohepatitis-and-fibrosis-in-mice
#8
Marta Iruarrizaga-Lejarreta, Marta Varela-Rey, David Fernández-Ramos, Ibon Martínez-Arranz, Teresa C Delgado, Jorge Simon, Virginia Gutiérrez-de Juan, Laura delaCruz-Villar, Mikel Azkargorta, José L Lavin, Rebeca Mayo, Sebastiaan M Van Liempd, Igor Aurrekoetxea, Xabier Buqué, Donatella Delle Cave, Arantza Peña, Juan Rodríguez-Cuesta, Ana M Aransay, Felix Elortza, Juan M Falcón-Pérez, Patricia Aspichueta, Liat Hayardeny, Mazen Noureddin, Arun J Sanyal, Cristina Alonso, Juan Anguita, María Luz Martínez-Chantar, Shelly C Lu, José M Mato
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the advanced form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which sets the stage for further liver damage. The mechanism for the progression of NASH involves multiple parallel hits including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation and others. Manipulation of any of these pathways may be an approach to prevent NASH development and progression. Aramchol (arachidyl-amido cholanoic acid) is presently in a phase IIb NASH study. The aim of this study was to investigate Aramchol's mechanism of action and its effect on fibrosis using the methionine- and choline-deficient (MCD) diet model of NASH...
November 2017: Hepatol Commun
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159256/cirrhosis-of-liver-interference-of-serpins-in-quantification-of-serpina4-a-preliminary-study
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Krishna Sumanth Nallagangula, K N Shashidhar, V Lakshmaiah, C Muninarayana
Background: Cirrhosis of liver is a pathological condition, wherein functions of liver are impaired by chronic liver exploitations. Due to decrease in synthetic capacity, expressions of plasma proteins tend to decrease in blood stream. Serpins (Serine protease inhibitors) are class of plasma proteins expressed from liver with structural similarities and diverse functions. SERPINA4 (Kallistatin) is a multifunctional serpin clade A protein expressed from liver and concentration in serum is the reflection of extent of liver dysfunction...
December 2017: Pract Lab Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158819/pro-inflammatory-cxcr3-impairs-mitochondrial-function-in-experimental-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Jinghua Du, Xiang Zhang, Juqiang Han, Kwan Man, Yanquan Zhang, Eagle Sh Chu, Yuemin Nan, Jun Yu
Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a crucial role in the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, the regulator of mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of NASH is still largely unclear. CXCR3 is an essential pro-inflammatory factor in chronic liver diseases. We explored the significance of CXCR3 in regulating mitochondrial function during NASH development in animal models and cultured hepatocytes. METHODS: The effects of CXCR3 on mitochondrial function were evaluated by genetic knockout or pharmacological inhibition in mouse models and in vitro...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158815/tethering-interleukin-22-to-apolipoprotein-a-i-ameliorates-mice-from-acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury
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Wei Chen, Xuyao Zhang, Jiajun Fan, Wenjing Zai, Jingyun Luan, Yubin Li, Shaofei Wang, Qicheng Chen, Yichen Wang, Yanxu Liang, Dianwen Ju
Increasing evidence indicates that interleukin-22 (IL-22) holds tremendous potential as a protective agent in preventing liver injury, but its pleiotropic effects and pathogenic role in carcinogenesis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis restrict its systemic application. Here, we first developed a nanoparticle (liposIA) as a liver-targeted agent through IL-22 tethered to apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I) in a gene therapy vector. LiposIA was prepared using thin film dispersion method and the complexes exhibited desirable nanoparticle size, fine polydisperse index, highly efficient transfection, and excellent serum and storage stability...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157525/transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Amar Krishnaswamy, Jose Navia, Samir R Kapadia
Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a common entity, most commonly functional in nature due to right-sided dysfunction in the setting of concomitant cardiac disease or pulmonary hypertension. Patients living with TR often experience numerous limitations as a result of right-sided heart failure symptoms, including functional decline, frequent hospitalizations, liver failure, and kidney failure. Furthermore, patients with significant TR demonstrate worse survival, although a cause-and-effect relationship has not been proven...
January 2018: Interventional cardiology clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157287/safety-in-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-as-compared-to-melanoma-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Zachary J Brown, Bernd Heinrich, Seth M Steinberg, Su Jong Yu, Tim F Greten
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major health problem worldwide with increasing incidence rates. As HCC traditionally occurs in chronically inflamed livers, this inflammation aids to drive oncogenesis and often renders these lesions to be immunogenic and therefore potential targets for immunotherapy. As patients with HCC generally have underlying liver dysfunction, we sought to determine if immune checkpoint inhibitors were safe to use in patients with HCC as compared to melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in terms of the gastrointestinal side effects of elevation of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and diarrhea as well as patients who drop out of the study due to drug toxicity and death secondary to drug toxicity...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156491/long-term-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-and-brain-function-in-patients-after-liver-transplantation
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Henning Pflugrad, Anna-Kristina Schrader, Anita Blanka Tryc, Xiaoqi Ding, Heinrich Lanfermann, Elmar Jäckel, Harald Schrem, Jan Beneke, Hannelore Barg-Hock, Jürgen Klempnauer, Karin Weissenborn
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) frequently induce neurological complications early after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). We hypothesize that long-term CNI therapy after OLT causes dose-dependent cognitive dysfunction and alteration of brain structure. METHODS: Eighty-five OLT patients (20 with CNI free, 35 with CNI low dose and 30 with standard dose CNI immunosuppression) underwent psychometric testing and cerebral magnetic resonance tomography about 10 years after OLT to assess brain function and structural brain alterations...
November 20, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156019/the-aspartate-transaminase-alanine-transaminase-deritis-ratio-predicts-mid-term-mortality-and-renal-and-respiratory-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
#15
Kevin Pilarczyk, Henning Carstens, Jens Heckmann, Ali Canbay, Achim Koch, Nikolaus Pizanis, Heinz Jakob, Markus Kamler
OBJECTIVES: Preoperative liver dysfunction is a well-known risk factor for adverse events after major surgery. However, there is only little data regarding the precise role of the Model of End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score and the De Ritis ratio (DRR, alanine transaminase/aspartate aminotransferase) as a predictor for outcome after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing LVAD implantation at our institution between January 2012 and August 2014 was performed...
October 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155486/toxic-stress-and-child-refugees
#16
John S Murray
The purpose of this article was to describe the phenomenon of toxic stress and its impact on the physical and mental health of child refugees. Almost two decades ago, researchers found that recurring adverse childhood events (ACEs; e.g., physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction such as substance abuse, mental illness, and criminal behavior) were associated with a significant increase in serious illnesses during adulthood. Illnesses include heart, lung, and liver disease, cancer, and bone fractures...
November 20, 2017: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155355/molecular-ellipticity-of-circulating-albumin-bilirubin-complex-associates-with-mortality-in-patients-with-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis
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Sukanta Das, Jaswinder Singh Maras, Rakhi Maiwall, S M Shasthry, Md Shabir Hussain, Shvetank Sharma, S Sukriti, T P Singh, Shiv Kumar Sarin
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hyperbilirubinemia and hypoalbuminemia are features of hepatic dysfunction that associate with disease severity. This is because hepatic insufficiency causes hypoalbuminemia, which indirectly increases the circulating levels of free bilirubin. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy can be used to quantify the molecular ellipticity (ME) of the albumin-bilirubin complex, and might associate with the severity or outcome of severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH). METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 265 patients with SAH admitted in the Department of Hepatology, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi, India from January 2014 through January 2016...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154799/integrative-omics-data-analyses-of-repeated-dose-toxicity-of-valproic-acid-in-vitro-reveal-new-mechanisms-of-steatosis-induction
#18
Simone G J van Breda, Sandra M H Claessen, Marcel van Herwijnen, Daniël H J Theunissen, Danyel G J Jennen, Theo M C M de Kok, Jos C S Kleinjans
Valproic acid (VPA) is a very potent anti-cancer and neuro-protective drug probably by its HCAC inhibiting properties, which may cause steatosis in the liver. The present study investigates the effect of repetitive VPA treatment of primary human hepatocytes (PHH) on whole genome gene expression-, DNA methylation-, and miRNA changes, using microarrays and integrated data analyses. PHH were exposed to a non-cytotoxic dose of VPA for 5days daily which induced lipid accumulation. Part of the PHH was left untreated for 3days for studying the persistence of 'omics' changes...
November 14, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152699/comparative-analysis-of-the-protective-effects-of-curcumin-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-against-paracetamol-induced-hepatic-renal-and-testicular-toxicity-in-wistar-rats
#19
Zeynab Kh El-Maddawy, Yasser S El-Sayed
This study aimed to investigate the possible protective role of curcumin (CUR) vs. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) against paracetamol (PCM)-induced oxidative damage and impairment of liver, kidney, and testicular functions, as well as hematotoxicity, in albino rats. A large single dose of PCM induced lipid peroxidation along with a significant decline in glutathione content and catalase activity in the liver, kidneys, and testicles. The apparent oxidative damage was associated with evident hepatic, renal, and testicular dysfunction, which was confirmed in histopathological lesions, and increased serum aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and alkaline phosphatase activities...
November 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152604/crosstalk-of-lkb1-and-pten-regulated-signals-in-liver-morphogenesis-and-tumor-development
#20
Chengyou Jia, Vivian Medina, Chenchang Liu, Lina He, Daohai Qian, Tu Taojian, Curtis T Okamoto, Bangyan L Stiles
Liver kinase B 1 (LKB1 or STK11) and PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10) are two tumor suppressors that regulate the mTOR signaling pathway. Deletion studies show that loss of either Lkb1 (Lkb(+/-) ) or Pten (Pten(loxP/loxP); Alb-Cre(+) ) leads to liver injury and development of hepatocarcinoma. In this study, we investigated the crosstalk of LKB1 and PTEN loss during tumorigenesis and liver development. We show here that haplo-insufficiency of Lkb1 in the liver leads to advanced tumor development in the Pten null mice (Pten(loxP/loxP); Lkb(loxP/+); Alb-Cre(+) )...
April 2017: Hepatol Commun
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