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Liver and pregnancy

Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
C G Hart, B E Voelz, K E Brockus, C O Lemley
Production from the corpus luteum (CL) and/or hepatic steroid inactivation impacts peripheral concentrations of P4, which can alter reproductive performance. Our primary objective was to examine hepatic steroid inactivating enzymes, portal blood flow, and luteal blood perfusion at 10 days post-insemination in pregnant versus non-pregnant beef and dairy cows. Twenty early lactation Holstein cows and 20 lactating commercial beef cows were utilized for this study. At day 10 post-insemination, hepatic portal blood flow and CL blood perfusion were measured via Doppler ultrasonography...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Jonas Hönig, Ivana Mižíková, Claudio Nardiello, David Emanuel Surate Solaligue, Maximilian J Daume, István Vadász, Konstantin Mayer, Susanne Herold, Stefan Günther, Werner Seeger, Rory Edward Morty
The emergence of microRNA as regulators of organogenesis and tissue differentiation has stimulated interest in the ablation of microRNA expression and function during discrete periods of development. To this end, inducible, conditional modulation of microRNA expression with doxycycline-based tetracycline-controlled transactivator and tamoxifen-based estrogen receptor systems has found widespread use. However, the induction agents and components of genome recombination systems negatively impact pregnancy, parturition, and post natal development; thereby limiting the use of these technologies between late gestation and the early post-natal period...
March 14, 2018: RNA
Tiong Y Lim, Enoka Gonsalkorala, Mary D Cannon, Stella Gabeta, Leonie Penna, Nigel D Heaton, Michael A Heneghan
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LT) is a successful treatment for both acute liver failure and end-stage liver disease. The number of women of reproductive age undergoing LT is increasing. Pregnancy outcomes are favourable but there is still a lack of prognostic markers. We aimed to identify factors predictive of adverse pregnancy outcomes in LT recipients. METHODS: An analysis of all pregnancies occurring in LT recipients from 1989-2016 at King's College Hospital was performed...
March 14, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Sae Bom Won, Young Hye Kwon
Offspring of female rats fed either a casein (CAS) diet or a low-isoflavone soy protein isolate (SPI) diet were compared in an animal model of chronic ethanol consumption to investigate whether maternal diet regulates the adaptive responses of offspring to postnatal ethanol exposure and potentially affects the development of liver disease in later life. Female rats were fed either a CAS or an SPI diet before mating, and during pregnancy and lactation. Male offspring from the same litter were pair-fed either a control or ethanol diet for six weeks (CAS/CON, CAS/EtOH, SPI/CON, and SPI/EtOH groups)...
March 10, 2018: Nutrients
V Ince, C Kayaalp, E Otan, F Ozdemir, A Dirican, H I Toprak, C Aydin, C Ara, S Yilmaz
Emergency liver transplantation (LT) for acute liver failure (ALF) is a life-saving treatment. Occurrence of this situation in the same patient twice is very rare. Herein, we describe a patient who underwent two emergency LTs for ALF, both from living donors. When she was 26 years old, she underwent a right lobe living donor LT (LDLT) from her sister for ALF due to use of herbal weight loss medications. The next 3 years were uneventful but another ALF developed during a terminal stage pregnancy (37th week)...
2018: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
Juan-Hui Zhang, Xu-Dong Zhang, Lin-Na Yue, Xiao-Yuan Guo, Jing-Xuan Tang, Li-Rong Guo, Yun Li, Song-Shan Tang
Extra-hypothalamic growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) plays an important role in infertility. The female infertility models were formed by intraperitoneally injecting cyclophosphamide in 5-week-old Chinese hamster once in a week for 5 weeks. All the models mated with healthy male hamster in the ratio of 1:1 in the experimental 6-8th week and the couples were separated to breed in the 9-10th week. 20 mg/kg of cyclophosphamide induced temporary interference of reproduction and did not cause significant difference in the weight of body, bilateral ovaries, or liver...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sobha Puppala, Cun Li, Jeremy P Glenn, Romil Saxena, Samer Gawrieh, Amy Quinn, Jennifer Palarczyk, Edward J Dick, Peter W Nathanielsz, Laura A Cox
Maternal obesity (MO) increases offspring cardiometabolic disease risk. Altered fetal liver development in response to the challenge of MO has metabolic consequences underlying adverse offspring life-course health outcomes. Little is known about molecular pathways and potential epigenetic changes regulating primate fetal liver responses to MO. We hypothesized that MO would induce fetal baboon liver epigenetic changes resulting in dysregulation of key metabolic pathways that impact lipid metabolism. MO was induced prior to pregnancy by a high fat, high sucrose diet...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Rostyslav V Bubnov, Maria V Drahulian, Polina V Buchek, Tamara P Gulko
Background: Liver fibrosis (LF) is a chronic disease, associated with many collateral diseases including reproductive dysfunction. Although the normal liver has a large regenerative capacity the complications of LF could be severe and irreversible. Hormone and sex-related issues of LF development and interactions with male reproductive have not been finally studied. The aim was to study the reproductive function of male rats in experimental CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis rat model, and the capability for restoration of both the liver and male reproduction system...
March 2018: EPMA Journal
S Ibrahimi, A A Mroué, E Francois, R Jagodzinski
A 34-year-old woman in the 22nd week of gestation presented with generalized pruritis and weight loss since the first trimester of pregnancy. Physical examination revealed cutaneous scratch lesions, jaundice, and hepatomegaly. Blood tests revealed cholestasis with elevated direct bilirubinemia. Auto-antibody and viral hepatitis tests were negative. Liver ultrasound was normal. The initial diagnosis was cholestasis of pregnancy. However despite treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid, the patient did not improve...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Mayte E van Alebeek, Myrthe de Vrijer, Renate M Arntz, Noortje A M M Maaijwee, Nathalie E Synhaeve, Hennie Schoonderwaldt, Maureen J van der Vlugt, Ewoud J van Dijk, Roel de Heus, Loes C A Rutten-Jacobs, Frank-Erik de Leeuw
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The study goal was to investigate the prevalence of pregnancy complications and pregnancy loss in women before, during, and after young ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack. METHODS: In the FUTURE study (Follow-Up of Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke Patients and Unelucidated Risk Factor Evaluation), a prospective young stroke study, we assessed the occurrence of pregnancy, miscarriages, and pregnancy complications in 223 women aged 18 to 50 years with a first-ever ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack...
March 6, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Faith Jelagat Lelei-Mailu, Charles Muriuki Mariara
This case report is of a 32-year-old woman of African descent on follow-up for pregnancy in the background of portal hypertension due to liver cirrhosis. She had initially been treated for chronic hepatitis B infection with lamivudine and tenofovir, complicated by portal hypertension and variceal bleeding that thrice required banding. Her pregnancy was uneventful until 31 weeks gestation when she presented with dyspnoea. On examination and investigation, she had oedema, bilateral pleural effusions and ascites...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Alexandra Rehfuss, Joseph Mahon, Igor Sorokin, Cynthia Smith, Barry S Stein
OBJECTIVE: To identify difficult to see ureteral orifices (UOs), urologists need a method to stain the urine. Phenazopyridine, a urinary analgesic which discolors the urine orange, can be administered orally pre-operatively. We evaluated the usefulness of phenazopyridine in identifying the UOs and optimal timing of administration. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing endoscopic procedures at the Stratton VA were prospectively enrolled. Preoperative metabolic panels were reviewed...
March 1, 2018: Urology
Sarah A Taylor, Susan Kelly, Estella M Alonso, Peter F Whitington
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate pregnancy outcomes in pedigrees of neonatal hemochromatosis to determine the spectrum of gestational alloimmune liver disease (GALD) in a large cohort. STUDY DESIGN: We prospectively collected data from women with a prior offspring with proven neonatal hemochromatosis between 1997 and 2015 and analyzed pregnancy outcomes. RESULTS: The pedigrees from 150 women included 350 gestations with outcomes potentially related to GALD...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Zhao-Yan Zhang, Liang Yang, Xiao-Yan Huang, Mei-Xi Wang, Zeng-Chun Ma, Xiang-Lin Tang, Yu-Guang Wang, Yue Gao
The rapid screening technology was used to investigate the transcriptional regulation effect of main chemical constituents in tubers of Polygonum multiflorum, including 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-β-D-glucopyranoside(THSG) and anthraquinones (such as rhein, chrysophanol, aloe-emodin, emodin) on CYP3A4 drug inducers induced by human pregnancy X receptor (PXR).The effect of chemical composition on the cell activity was detected by MTS cell viability assay. IC₅₀ was calculated. The expression vector and the reporter vector were co-transfected into HepG2 cells, with 10 μmol•L⁻¹ rifampicin (RIF) as a positive control, and 10 μmol•L⁻¹ ketoconazole (TKZ) as a negative control...
December 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
L Ryom, C Boesecke, M Bracchi, J Ambrosioni, A Pozniak, J Arribas, G Behrens, Pgm Mallon, M Puoti, A Rauch, J M Miro, O Kirk, C Marzolini, J D Lundgren, M Battegay
BACKGROUND: The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Guidelines have since 2005 provided multidisciplinary recommendations for the care of HIV-positive persons in geographically diverse areas. GUIDELINE HIGHLIGHTS: Major revisions have been made in all sections of the 2017 Guidelines: antiretroviral treatment (ART), comorbidities, coinfections and opportunistic diseases. Newly added are also a summary of the main changes made, and direct video links to the EACS online course on HIV Management...
March 1, 2018: HIV Medicine
G O Oludare, O J Ilo, B A Lamidi
This study investigated the effect of high salt water intake and lipopolysaccharide injection as probable rat models of preeclampsia during pregnancy. Thirty-three female Sprague-Dawley rats weighing between 150-170g were divided into 4 groups of the control (normal saline), high salt water intake (1.8% NaCl from days 13-18 of pregnancy), lipopolysaccharide group (40 µg/kg b.w. ip injection from day 16-18 of pregnancy) and high salt water (1.8% NaCl) and lipopolysaccharide injection (40 µg/kg b.w i.p. from days 16-18 of pregnancy)...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Amber M Wood, Elizabeth G Livingston, Brenna L Hughes, Jeffrey A Kuller
Importance: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) complicates approximately 0.2% to 2% of pregnancies and can lead to increased fetal risks in pregnancy. Objective: This review aims to increase the knowledge of women's health care providers regarding the diagnosis, management, and fetal risks associated with ICP. Results: The diagnosis of ICP is based on symptoms of pruritus that typically include the palms and soles, as well as elevated bile acid levels...
February 2018: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
María Fernanda Escobar Vidarte, Daniela Montes, Alejandra Pérez, Sara Loaiza-Osorio, Albaro José Nieto Calvache
BACKGROUND: Hepatic rupture is a complication during pregnancy that, although rare, accounts for high morbidity and mortality rates. It is mainly associated with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Incidence is estimated to be at one per 67 000 births or one per 2000 patients with preeclampsia/eclampsia/HELLP, mainly in multiparous women; women in their 40s; after 32 weeks of gestation; and during the first 15 hours postpartum Cases: This article exposes the institutional experience at Fundación Valle del Lili in Cali, Colombia, in managing and treating hepatic rupture associated with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in three patients in the 30th, 26th and 27th week of gestation, not resulting in maternal death...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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