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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550734/pterostilbene-alleviates-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-liver-injury-possible-role-of-sirt1-signaling
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Xiaojing Liu, Xueliang Yang, Lingna Han, Feng Ye, Min Liu, Wanhu Fan, Kai Zhang, Ying Kong, Jian Zhang, Lei Shi, Yunru Chen, Xi Zhang, Shumei Lin
Liver injury occurs frequently during sepsis. Pterostilbene (Pte), a natural dimethylated analog of resveratrol from blueberries, exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects in various diseases. However, the role of Pte in sepsis-induced liver injury and its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The current study aimed to evaluate the protective effects of Pte on sepsis-induced liver injury and its potential mechanisms. Sepsis was induced using cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) in C57BL/6 mice. Mice were administered Pte (5, 10, 15mg/kg, i...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550473/the-significance-of-de-ritis-aspartate-transaminase-alanine-transaminase-ratio-in-predicting-pathological-outcomes-and-prognosis-in-localized-prostate-cancer-patients
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Huitao Wang, Kewei Fang, Jinsong Zhang, Yongming Jiang, Guang Wang, Haiyan Zhang, Tao Chen, Xin Shi, Yuhang Li, Fei Duan, Jianhe Liu
PURPOSE: To illustrate whether De Ritis (aspartate transaminase-AST/alanine transaminase-ALT) ratio is useful in risk stratification of localized prostate cancer and propose an easy predictive model for biochemical recurrence-free survival (BCRFS). METHODS: In total, 438 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy were included in this study. Blood samples including AST and ALT were collected 1-7 days before surgery. An elevated AST and ALT value was defined as over 40 or 56 IU/L...
May 26, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549307/thymoquinone-protects-against-the-sepsis-induced-mortality-mesenteric-hypoperfusion-aortic-dysfunction-and-multiple-organ-damage-in-rats
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Erdem Kamil Ozer, Mustafa Tugrul Goktas, Aysun Toker, Sultan Pehlivan, Hulagu Bariskaner, Ceyhan Ugurluoglu, Alper Bektas Iskit
BACKGROUND: Thymoquinone (TQ) is a potent cytoprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. We aimed to investigate the possible protective effects of TQ on survival, mesenteric artery blood flow (MABF), vascular reactivity, oxidative and inflammatory injuries in a murine sepsis model induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). METHODS: Wistar rats were divided into the following four groups: Sham, CLP, Sham+TQ and CLP+TQ. TQ (1mg/kg/day) or vehicle (dimethyl sulfoxide, 1mL/kg/day) was intraperitoneally injected for 3 days...
March 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547791/an-organoruthenium-anticancer-agent-shows-unexpected-target-selectivity-for-plectin
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Samuel M Meier, Dominique Kreutz, Lilli Winter, Matthias H M Klose, Klaudia Cseh, Tamara Weiss, Andrea Bileck, Beatrix Alte, Johanna C Mader, Samir Jana, Annesha Chatterjee, Arindam Bhattacharyya, Michaela Hejl, Michael A Jakupec, Petra Heffeter, Walter Berger, Christian G Hartinger, Bernhard K Keppler, Gerhard Wiche, Christopher Gerner
Organometallic metal(arene) anticancer agents require ligand exchange for their anticancer activity and this is generally believed to confer low selectivity for potential cellular targets. However, using an integrated proteomics-based target-response profiling approach as a potent hypothesis-generating procedure, we found an unexpected target selectivity of a ruthenium(arene) pyridinecarbothioamide (plecstatin) for plectin, a scaffold protein and cytolinker, which was validated in a plectin knock-out model in vitro...
May 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547011/the-effect-of-visual-variability-on-the-learning-of-academic-concepts
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Ashley Bourgoyne, Mary Alt
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify effects of variability of visual input on development of conceptual representations of academic concepts for college-age students with normal language (NL) and those with language-learning disabilities (LLD). Method: Students with NL (n = 11) and LLD (n = 11) participated in a computer-based training for introductory biology course concepts. Participants were trained on half the concepts under a low-variability condition and half under a high-variability condition...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545313/effects-of-rosmarinic-acid-on-acetaminophen-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-male-wistar-rats
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Parisa Hasanein, Maryam Sharifi
CONTEXT: Drug-induced liver injury is a significant worldwide clinical problem. Rosmarinic acid (RA), a natural phenol, has antioxidant effects. OBJECTIVE: The effects of RA against acetaminophen (N-acetyl-p-amino-phenol (APAP))-induced oxidative damage and hepatotoxicity in rats were investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were pretreated with RA (10, 50 and 100 mg/kg, i.g.) for one week. On day 7, rats received APAP (500 mg/kg, i...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545186/gallium-nanoparticle-mediated-reduction-of-brain-specific-serine-protease-4-in-an-experimental-metastatic-cancer-model
#7
Enas M Moustafa, Marwa Abdelhameed Mohamed, Noura M Thabet
Purpose: Tumor growth and metastasis depend on angiogenesis; therefore, efforts are being made to develop specific angiogenic inhibitors. Gallium (Ga) is the second most common metal ion, after platinum, used in cancer treatment. Its activities are numerous and various. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of Ga on brain metastasis arising from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and methods: Forty experimental rats (divided into 4 groups) received diethylnitrosamine (DEN) at a dose (20 mg/kg...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545127/improvement-of-alt-decay-kinetics-by-all-oral-hcv-treatment-role-of-ns5a-inhibitors-and-differences-with-ifn-based-regimens
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Valeria Cento, Thi Huyen Tram Nguyen, Domenico Di Carlo, Elisa Biliotti, Laura Gianserra, Ilaria Lenci, Daniele Di Paolo, Vincenza Calvaruso, Elisabetta Teti, Maddalena Cerrone, Dante Romagnoli, Michela Melis, Elena Danieli, Barbara Menzaghi, Ennio Polilli, Massimo Siciliano, Laura Ambra Nicolini, Antonio Di Biagio, Carlo Federico Magni, Matteo Bolis, Francesco Paolo Antonucci, Velia Chiara Di Maio, Roberta Alfieri, Loredana Sarmati, Paolo Casalino, Sergio Bernardini, Valeria Micheli, Giuliano Rizzardini, Giustino Parruti, Tiziana Quirino, Massimo Puoti, Sergio Babudieri, Antonella D'Arminio Monforte, Massimo Andreoni, Antonio Craxì, Mario Angelico, Caterina Pasquazzi, Gloria Taliani, Jeremie Guedj, Carlo Federico Perno, Francesca Ceccherini-Silberstein
BACKGROUND: Intracellular HCV-RNA reduction is a proposed mechanism of action of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), alternative to hepatocytes elimination by pegylated-interferon plus ribavirin (PR). We modeled ALT and HCV-RNA kinetics in cirrhotic patients treated with currently-used all-DAA combinations to evaluate their mode of action and cytotoxicity compared with telaprevir (TVR)+PR. STUDY DESIGN: Mathematical modeling of ALT and HCV-RNA kinetics was performed in 111 HCV-1 cirrhotic patients, 81 treated with all-DAA regimens and 30 with TVR+PR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544769/serum-biomarkers-can-predict-a-change-in-liver-fibrosis-one-year-after-lifestyle-intervention-for-biopsy-proven-nash
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Eduardo Vilar-Gomez, Luis Calzadilla-Bertot, Scott L Friedman, Bienvenido Gra-Oramas, Licet Gonzalez-Fabian, Sacha Lazo-Del Vallin, Moises Diago, Leon A Adams
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The dynamic response of serum fibrosis biomarkers to histological changes within the liver following lifestyle intervention (LI) is unknown. We explored relationships between changes in serum biomarkers and liver fibrosis in NASH patients undergoing LI. METHODS: Paired liver biopsies were performed in 261 NASH patients to assess fibrosis change after 1 year of LI. We explored the utility of serum fibrosis markers to predict changes in hepatic fibrosis and developed and internally validated a model for predicting fibrosis improvement in patients with baseline fibrosis...
May 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544244/branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-pathway-and-interleukins-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Naglaa F Khedr, Eman G Khedr
The alterations and low levels of circulating branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), leucine, isoleucine and valine, are associated with liver diseases. The study was designed to evaluate hepatoprotective effect of BCAAs on CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis and to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects in rats. Thirty male rats were divided into three groups. Control group (n=10), CCl4 group (n=10); rats were injected with CCl4 (1 mL/kg of 0.5:1 v/v injected i.p. twice weekly for 12 weeks). CCl4 +BCAAs group (n=10); rats were injected with similar doses of CCl4 and supplemented with a mixture of 600 mg/kg BCAAs (2: 1: 1...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544232/peripartum-cytokine-flares-in-a-multiethnic-cohort-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-does-not-correlate-with-hepatitis-b-virus-suppression-or-increased-risk-of-liver-disease
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Shivali S Joshi, Daniel Wong, Eliana Castillo, Mark G Swain, Carla S Coffin
PROBLEM: In chronic hepatitis B (CHB) carriers, alanine transaminase (ALT) flares are common in the peripartum period. There are limited data on immunological changes of pregnancy in CHB. We hypothesize that in pregnant CHB carriers, the Th1/Th2 cytokine ratio is altered resulting in changes in biochemical/virological and liver fibrosis markers. STUDY METHODS: Serum from 38 pregnant/post-partum CHB carriers (median age 32 years, 53% Asian, 8 HBeAg(+) ) was tested for HBV DNA, quantitative HBV surface antigen, ALT and liver fibrosis by transient elastography (TE)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544156/m2bpgi-as-a-potential-diagnostic-tool-of-cirrhosis-in-chinese-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Bin Wei, Shu Feng, Enqiang Chen, Dongdong Li, Tingting Wang, Yu Gou, Tingting Yang, Dongmei Zhang, Chuanmin Tao, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: M2BPGi is a novel serum glycobiomarker of liver fibrosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of M2BPGi for predicting liver fibrosis and disease progression in Chinese hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients. METHODS: We enrolled 228 HBV infected patients with different status of liver fibrosis diagnosed using FibroScan. We analyzed the diagnostic accuracy of M2BPGi, and compared it with AST-to-platelet ratio (APRI), FIB-4 index, AST to ALT ratio (AAR), and RDW to platelet ratio (RPR)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544074/single-stage-aesthetic-and-functional-reconstruction-of-composite-facial-gunshot-wound-with-a-chimeric-functioning-muscle-and-fibular-osseous-flap-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Andreas Gravvanis, Konstantinos Apostolou, Dimitrios Anterriotis, Dimosthenis Tsoutsos
The current concepts in the aesthetic and functional reconstruction of complex oromandibular defects are presented with a case of a patient with self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. The patient presented with a 6 cm composite mandibular defect; the buccomandibular and suborbital aesthetic zones of the cheek along with the mucosa lining, and the ipsilateral facial musculature were missing. A rapid prototyping model of the facial skeleton was used to assist in preoperative planning. A single stage reconstruction with two free flaps was planned; a free fibula osseous flap to reconstruct the mandibular defect, and a free chimeric ALT/functioning vastus lateralis muscle...
May 23, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544032/prevalence-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-chinese-children-with-thalassaemia-major
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Yuzhen Liang, Rekha Bajoria, Yan Jiang, Hongwei Su, Hongfei Pan, Ning Xia, Ratna Chatterjee, Yongrong Lai
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrinopathy in patients with β-thalassaemia major (β-TM), which is high prevalent in southern China. This study aimed to determine the cause and prevalence of glycaemic disorders in Chinese children with β-TM. METHODS: In this prospective study, fasting glucose and insulin (FINS) levels were assessed in 267 β-TM and 80 non-TM control children. Homeostatic model assessment (HOMA) and the quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI) were evaluated...
May 22, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543991/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-plasma-alt-alp-and-bile-acids-for-hepatitis-in-labrador-retrievers
#15
K Dirksen, I A Burgener, J Rothuizen, T S G A M van den Ingh, L C Penning, B Spee, H Fieten
BACKGROUND: Biochemical indicators for diagnosing liver disease are plasma alanine aminotransferase activity (ALT), alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP), and bile acid concentration (BA). OBJECTIVES: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of ALT, ALP, and BA for detecting primary hepatitis (PH) in clinically healthy Labrador retrievers and investigate whether ALT and ALP can discriminate between dogs with PH and nonspecific reactive hepatitis (RH). ANIMALS: 191 clinically healthy and 51 clinically ill Labrador retrievers with hepatic histopathology...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543181/loss-of-l-selectin-guided-cd8-but-not-cd4-cells-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-steatotic-liver
#16
Vasantha L Kolachala, Sirish Palle, Ming Shen, Alayna Feng, Dmitry Shayakhmetov, Nitika A Gupta
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Steatotic liver responds with increased hepatocellular injury when exposed to an ischemic-reperfusion insult. Increasing evidence supports the role of immune cells as key mediators of this injury in a normal (lean) state, but data about their role in a steatotic liver are practically non-existent. The objective of the current study was to delineate contribution of specific phenotypes of T cells and adhesion molecules in exacerbated cell death in steatotic liver injury...
May 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542491/the-face-of-war-trauma-analysis-of-a-mass-grave-from-the-battle-of-l%C3%A3-tzen-1632
#17
Nicole Nicklisch, Frank Ramsthaler, Harald Meller, Susanne Friederich, Kurt W Alt
Contemporary accounts of battles are often incomplete or even erroneous because they reflect the-often biased-viewpoints of the authors. Battlefield archaeology faces the task of compiling an historical analysis of a battle and of gathering all the available facts. Besides cultural historical evidence and artefacts, the human remains of those who have fallen in battle also provide invaluable information. In studying mass graves from a military context, the injury types and patterns are significant. They allow us to reconstruct the circumstances surrounding the soldiers' deaths and provide information on the hostilities that occurred on the battlefield...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540984/inverse-relationship-between-hepatic-steatosis-and-alanine-aminotransferase-with-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-in-men
#18
In Ho Seo, Hyung Bin Lee, Shinhye Kim, Yong Jae Lee, Dong Hyuk Jung
PURPOSE: Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a serum glycoprotein produced predominantly in hepatocytes. As such, the synthesis of SHBG could be associated with liver function and metabolic syndrome. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels could reflect hepatocellular injury and insulin resistance; however, the relationship between hepatic steatosis and ALT with SHBG has not been investigated in humans. The objective of this study was to investigate the associations between SHBG and hepatocyte damage among Korean male patients with hepatic steatosis enrolled in a health examination program...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540298/the-clinical-values-of-serum-markers-in-the-early-prediction-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Bo Li, Boan Li, Tongsheng Guo, Zhiqiang Sun, Xiaohan Li, Xiaoxi Li, Han Wang, Weijiao Chen, Peng Chen, Yuanli Mao
The early prediction values of diagnostic markers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are still unclear at present. This study evaluated the prediction value of ten serum markers in HCC. A total of 109 cases of hepatic cirrhosis patients were followed up for 36 months and the relationship between the lifetime risk of developing HCC and levels of serum markers was analyzed. 31.2 (34/109) percent of hepatic cirrhosis patients developed HCC during the study's timeframe. Higher alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), alpha-fetoprotein-L3 (AFP-L3), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and AFP-L3/AFP ratio levels are potential risk factors for malignization in hepatic cirrhosis patients (RR = 2...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540169/establishment-of-a-new-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-model
#20
Fangfang Li, Luyang Miao, Hua Sun, Yuyang Zhang, Xiuqi Bao, Dan Zhang
To establish an animal model of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) that would replicate the pathological process of ACLF in humans, rats were administered porcine serum (PS) for 11 weeks. Liver fibrosis was determined by pathological and biochemical assessments. The animals then were injected with d-galactosamine (d-gal) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The survival times of animals with cirrhosis and ACLF were determined over 48 h. Other animals were killed at 0, 4, 8 and 12 h after administration of d-gal/LPS...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
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