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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792020/daclatasvir-and-asunaprevir-combination-therapy-for-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1b-infection-in-real-world
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Jae Young Oh, Byung Seok Kim, Chang Hyeong Lee, Jeong Eun Song, Heon Ju Lee, Jung Gil Park, Jae Seok Hwang, Woo Jin Chung, Byoung Kuk Jang, Young Oh Kweon, Won Young Tak, Soo Young Park, Se Young Jang, Jeong Ill Suh, Sang Gyu Kwak
Background/Aims: Previous studies have reported a high rate of sustained virologic response (SVR) and a low rate of serious adverse events with the use of daclatasvir (DCV) and asunaprevir (ASV) combination therapy. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of DCV and ASV combination therapy for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1b infection in real world. Methods: We enrolled 278 patients (184 treatment-naïve patients) from five hospitals in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do...
May 25, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790254/chemsex-and-new-hiv-diagnosis-in-gay-bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men-attending-sexual-health-clinics
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M Pakianathan, W Whittaker, M J Lee, J Avery, S Green, B Nathan, A Hegazi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to analyse associations between chemsex and new HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) accessing sexual health clinics. METHODS: A retrospective case note review was carried out for all GBMSM attending two London sexual health clinics between 1 June 2014 and 31 July 2015. RESULTS: Chemsex status was documented for 1734 of 1840 patients...
May 22, 2018: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789956/hepatitis-c-current-controversies-and-future-potential-in-solid-organ-transplantation
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REVIEW
Lucy Somerville, Karen Doucette
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To highlight the changing landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the context of organ transplantation. This focuses on areas of controversy and future potential in the era of highly effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents. RECENT FINDINGS: Since the advent of safe and highly effective DAA therapy, HCV infection is now curable in virtually all cases, including organ transplant recipients. Excellent drug tolerability and safety combined with high cure rates across all organ groups means that HCV is no longer a barrier to transplantation or its outcomes...
May 22, 2018: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789565/the-wide-utility-of-rabbits-as-models-of-human-diseases
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REVIEW
Pedro J Esteves, Joana Abrantes, Hanna-Mari Baldauf, Lbachir BenMohamed, Yuxing Chen, Neil Christensen, Javier González-Gallego, Lorenzo Giacani, Jiafen Hu, Gilla Kaplan, Oliver T Keppler, Katherine L Knight, Xiang-Peng Kong, Dennis K Lanning, Jacques Le Pendu, Ana Lemos de Matos, Jia Liu, Shuying Liu, Ana M Lopes, Shan Lu, Sheila Lukehart, Yukari C Manabe, Fabiana Neves, Grant McFadden, Ruimin Pan, Xuwen Peng, Patricia de Sousa-Pereira, Ana Pinheiro, Masmudur Rahman, Natalie Ruvoën-Clouet, Selvakumar Subbian, Maria Jesús Tuñón, Wessel van der Loo, Michael Vaine, Laura E Via, Shixia Wang, Rose Mage
Studies using the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus contributed to elucidating numerous fundamental aspects of antibody structure and diversification mechanisms and continue to be valuable for the development and testing of therapeutic humanized polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. Additionally, during the last two decades, the use of the European rabbit as an animal model has been increasingly extended to many human diseases. This review documents the continuing wide utility of the rabbit as a reliable disease model for development of therapeutics and vaccines and studies of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying many human diseases...
May 22, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788937/seroprevalence-of-transfusion-transmissible-infections-hbv-hcv-syphilis-and-hiv-among-prospective-blood-donors-in-a-tertiary-health-care-facility-in-calabar-nigeria-an-eleven-years-evaluation
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Henshaw Uchechi Okoroiwu, Ifeyinwa Maryann Okafor, Enosakhare Aiyudubie Asemota, Dorathy Chioma Okpokam
BACKGROUND: Provision of constant and safe blood has been a public health challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa with high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs). This study was aimed at determining the trend and seroprevalence of HBV, HCV, syphilis and HIV across the years within study among prospective blood donors at blood bank in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar, Nigeria. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of blood donor data from January 2005 to December 2016 was conducted in Blood Bank/Donor Clinic of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria...
May 22, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786879/comorbidity-of-viral-hepatitis-and-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pavel Kolkhir, Natalia Pereverzina, Olga Olisova, Marcus Maurer
Chronic viral infections including those by hepatitis B (CHB) virus and hepatitis C (CHC) virus have been reported to be comorbidities of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). Here, we performed the first comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed literature (Pubmed, Web of Science and Google Scholar) on the prevalence of CHB and CHC in patients with CSU and vice versa. The prevalence of CHB and CHC in CSU does not appear to be increased. Less than 5% and less than 2% of CSU patients have markers of CHB and CHC, respectively, according to most of the 32 studies reviewed...
May 22, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786754/regulation-of-interferon-signaling-and-hcv%C3%A2-rna-replication-by-extracellular-matrix
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Takuya Kuwashiro, Shinji Iwane, Xia Jinghe, Sachiko Matsuhashi, Yuichiro Eguchi, Keizo Anzai, Kazuma Fujimoto, Toshihiko Mizuta, Naoya Sakamoto, Masanori Ikeda, Nobuyuki Kato, Iwata Ozaki
Although interferon (IFN)‑based treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is widely applied, treatment resistance is often observed in patients with advanced liver fibrosis. Given that the molecular mechanisms of IFN resistance in liver fibrosis remain elusive, the present study investigated the effects of extracellular matrix (ECM) on IFN signaling in hepatic cells. The native HuH‑7 human hepatoma cell line and HuH‑7 cells were stably transfected with full‑length HCV‑RNA fused with Renilla luciferase (OR6 cells) were cultured on ECM‑coated dishes or non‑coated plastic dishes (NDs), and treated with human IFN‑α...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786110/multi%C3%A2-layered-prevention-and-treatment-of-chronic-inflammation-organ-fibrosis-and-cancer-associated-with-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-catenin-signaling-activation-review
#8
Masaru Katoh
β‑catenin/CTNNB1 is an intracellular scaffold protein that interacts with adhesion molecules (E‑cadherin/CDH1, N‑cadherin/CDH2, VE‑cadherin/CDH5 and α‑catenins), transmembrane‑type mucins (MUC1/CD227 and MUC16/CA125), signaling regulators (APC, AXIN1, AXIN2 and NHERF1/EBP50) and epigenetic or transcriptional regulators (BCL9, BCL9L, CREBBP/CBP, EP300/p300, FOXM1, MED12, SMARCA4/BRG1 and TCF/LEF). Gain‑of‑function CTTNB1 mutations are detected in bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer, whereas loss‑of‑function CTNNB1 mutations are also detected in human cancer...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785877/hepatitis-b-virus-lymphotropism-emerging-details-and-challenges
#9
Shivali S Joshi, Carla S Coffin
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is predominantly a hepatotropic virus but also infects cells of the lymphatic system. HBV genomes (DNA, messenger (m)RNA, covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA) and proteins have been found in extrahepatic sites such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow and cerebrospinal fluid. HBV entry into hepatocytes occurs by binding of the HBV preS1 surface protein to its specific receptor, the bile acid transporter, sodium taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP)...
May 22, 2018: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785584/interferon-free-therapy-in-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-monoinfected-and-hcv-hiv-coinfected-patients-effect-on-cognitive-function-fatigue-and-mental-health
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Felix Kleefeld, Sophie Heller, Patrick Ingiliz, Heiko Jessen, Anders Petersen, Ute Kopp, Antje Kraft, Katrin Hahn
The efficacy and safety of interferon-free therapies for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have been reported. Considering the accumulating evidence for a direct central nervous system infection by HCV, we aim to evaluate the effect of direct acting antivirals (DAA) therapy on cognitive function in HCV patients. We conducted a longitudinal analysis of the cognitive performance of 22 patients (8 HCV+, 14 HCV+/HIV+) who completed neuropsychological testing at baseline and at week 12 after DAA therapy. In 20 patients, we analyzed specific attention parameters derived from an experimental testing based on the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784840/oxidative-stress-and-first-line-antituberculosis-drug-induced-hepatotoxicity
#11
Wing Wai Yew, Kwok Chiu Chang, Denise P Chan
Hepatotoxicity induced by antituberculosis drugs is a serious adverse reaction with significant morbidity and even rarely mortality. This form of toxicity potentially impacts the treatment outcome of tuberculosis in some patients. Confining to first-line antituberculosis drugs, this review addresses whether and how oxidative stress, and more broadly, disturbance in redox homeostasis alongside mitochondrial dysfunction, may contribute to the hepatotoxicity induced by them. Risk factors for such toxicity that have been identified, in addition to genetic factors, principally include old age, malnutrition, alcoholism, chronic hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis B infection, HIV infection and pre-existing liver disease...
May 21, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783912/utilizing-clinical-pharmacist-specialist-to-manage-hepatitis-c-virus-patients-on-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy
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Lena A Mikolas, Kimberly Jacques, Mostaqul Huq, Charles Krasner, Scott E Mambourg
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate outcomes of a clinical pharmacist specialist (CPS)-managed hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment clinic (HCVTC) in treating HCV-infected veterans with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). METHODS: We established a CPS-managed HCVTC under a collaborative practice agreement with our infectious disease physician (IDP). A total of 132 veterans were treated between November 1, 2014, and November 30, 2015. The CPS engaged in pretreatment screening, drug selection, patient education, medication counseling, drug therapy monitoring, drug utilization review, addressing issues on drug adherence, and routine and posttreatment follow-up of patients to assess sustained virologic response (SVR) after 12 weeks of treatment...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782532/hepatitis-c-virus-ns4b-induces-the-degradation-of-trif-to-inhibit-tlr3-mediated-interferon-signaling-pathway
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Yisha Liang, Xuezhi Cao, Qiang Ding, Yanan Zhao, Zhenliang He, Jin Zhong
Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) senses dsRNA intermediates produced during RNA virus replication to activate innate immune signaling pathways through adaptor protein TRIF. Many viruses have evolved strategies to block TLR3-mediated interferon signaling via targeting TRIF. Here we studied how hepatitis C virus (HCV) antagonizes the TLR3-mediated interferon signaling. We found that HCV-encoded NS4B protein inhibited TLR3-mediated interferon signaling by down-regulating TRIF protein level. Mechanism studies indicated that the downregulation of TRIF by NS4B was dependent on caspase8...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782308/activation-of-herpes-simplex-infection-after-tattoo
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Antigona Begolli Gerqari, Mybera Ferizi, Merita Kotori, Aferdita Daka, Syzana Hapciu, Ilir Begolli, Mirije Begolli, Idriz Gerqari
Tattooing is a procedure where ink is applied to an area of the skin, mostly intraepidermally (1). This procedure is carried out mainly for aesthetic purposes. Lately, it has been used as a corrective medical procedure following amputation of mammilla. The procedure is aggressive (2), and the fact that skin is punctured many times with the same needle which cannot be fully sterilized may cause infection of the treated area with bacterial, fungal, or viral agents that may lead to health consequences manifesting in the form of verrucae vulgaris, molluscum contagiosum, and herpes simplex...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782296/sexual-behaviors-attitudes-and-knowledge-about-sexually-transmitted-infections-a-cross-sectional-study-in-romania
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Alecsandra Iulia Grad, Simona Corina Senilă, Rodica Cosgarea, Alexandru Dumitru Tataru, Stefan Cristian Vesa, Mihaela Laura Vica, Horea Vladi Matei, Loredana Ungureanu
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are serious public health problems. Little is known about sex knowledge, attitudes, and sexual behaviors among young adults in Romania; an effective preventive campaigns should be based on an appropriate understanding of these factors. The aim of the present study was to obtain data about sexual behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about STIs among university students aged 18-25 in Romania. 3872 persons completed an internet-based questionnaire, advertised on Facebook, regarding sexual behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about STIs from January 28 to February 28, 2016...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781207/modelling-the-impact-of-a-national-scale-up-of-interventions-on-hepatitis-c-virus-transmission-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-scotland
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H Fraser, C Mukandavire, N K Martin, D Goldberg, N Palmateer, A Munro, A Taylor, M Hickman, S Hutchinson, P Vickerman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To reduce hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID), Scottish Government-funded national strategies, launched in 2008, promoted scaling-up opioid substitution therapy (OST) and needle and syringe provision (NSP), with some increases in HCV treatment. We test whether observed decreases in HCV incidence post-2008 can be attributed to this intervention scale-up. DESIGN: A dynamic HCV transmission model amongst PWID incorporating intervention scale-up and observed decreases in behavioural risk, calibrated to Scottish HCV prevalence and incidence data for 2008/09...
May 20, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780135/the-real-world-efficacy-and-safety-of-ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir-for-hepatitis-c-genotype-1
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Akio Miyasaka, Yuich Yoshida, Toshimi Yoshida, Akihiko Murakami, Koichi Abe, Ken Ohuchi, Tadashi Kawakami, Daisuke Watanebe, Takao Hoshino, Kei Sawara, Yasuhiro Takikawa
Objective There are few reports on the outcomes of 12-week paritaprevir, ombitasvir, and ritonavir (PTV/OBV/r) treatment in real-world clinical settings. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 12-week treatment with ritonavir-boosted paritaprevir and ombitasvir in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection in a real-world setting. Methods Fifty-eight patients with chronic hepatitis or compensated hepatic cirrhosis and genotype-1 HCV infection were treated with PTV/OBV/r and followed for 24 weeks after the completion of treatment in 10 centers in northern Tohoku...
May 18, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780129/successful-ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir-plus-ribavirin-retreatment-for-a-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-2a-patient-who-relapsed-after-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-treatment-a-case-report
#18
Toru Ishikawa, Michitaka Imai, Takashi Owaki, Hiroki Sato, Yujiro Nozawa, Tomoe Sano, Akito Iwanaga, Keiichi Seki, Terasu Honma, Toshiaki Yoshida
The optimum retreatment strategy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients who failed directly-acting antiviral agents (DAA)-based therapy is unknown. We herein report the outcomes of an HCV genotype (GT) 2a-infected patient with virologic failure following treatment with sofosbuvir plus ribavirin (SOF + RBV) who was successfully retreated with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir plus ribavirin (OBV/PTV/r + RBV).
May 18, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779403/lipids-glucose-and-iron-metabolic-alterations-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-after-viral-eradication-comparison-of-the-new-direct-acting-antiviral-agents-with-the-old-regimens
#19
Joana Rita Carvalho, José Velosa, Fátima Serejo
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a unique virus which interacts with cholesterol, iron and insulin metabolism. There is limited data on the effects of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) on metabolic profiles. We aimed at evaluating the behavior of metabolic risk factors of chronically HCV-infected patients after sustained virologic response (SVR), comparing the outcomes with the new DAAs versus the old treatment regimen Peg-interferon ± ribavirin. METHODS: A total of 178 patients who achieved SVR and completed one year of follow-up were prospectively included in this study: group 1 with 105 patients treated with DAAs and group 2 with 73 patients treated with old regimens...
May 20, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779010/low-mir200b-5p-levels-in-minor-salivary-glands-a-novel-molecular-marker-predicting-lymphoma-development-in-patients-with-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Efstathia K Kapsogeorgou, Aristea Papageorgiou, Athanase D Protogerou, Michael Voulgarelis, Athanasios G Tzioufas
OBJECTIVES: Development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is the major adverse outcome of Sjögren's syndrome (SS) affecting both morbidity and mortality. Preliminary evidence suggested that, although not deregulated compared with sicca controls, miR200b-5p levels are decreased in the minor salivary glands (MSGs) of SS patients with NHL. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the MSG expression of miR200b-5p in SS-associated NHLs and its potential predictive value for the identification of patients with SS susceptible to develop NHL...
May 19, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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