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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339162/sofosbuvir-based-treatment-is-safe-and-effective-in-indian-hepatitis-c-patients-on-maintenance-haemodialysis-a-retrospective-study
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Mohammed Shujauddin Akhil, Balaji Kirushnan, Melvin Martin, Kanakaraj Arumugam, N K Ganesh Prasad, Rajan Ravichandran
AIM: This study evaluates the safety and efficacy of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) including sofosbuvir, ledipasvir and daclatasvir in patients with hepatitis C viraemia who were on maintenance haemodialysis METHODS: Data on patients who received sofosbuvir and ribavirin were analysed. Patients who experienced treatment failure with the above regimen received sofosbuvir and ledipasvir for infection with HCV genotype 1. Those having HCV genotype 3 infection received sofosbuvir and daclatasvir...
March 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337144/generation-and-characterization-of-specific-antibodies-to-the-murine-and-human-ectonucleotidase-ntpdase8
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Julie Pelletier, Mabrouka Salem, Joanna Lecka, Michel Fausther, François Bigonnesse, Jean Sévigny
The ectonucleotidase nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase-8 (NTPDase8) is the last member of the Ecto-NTPDase family to be discovered and characterized. It is a transmembrane protein which regulates the concentration of the agonists of P1 and P2 receptors at the cell surface. The functions of the enzyme are still not known partly due to the lack of specific tools such as antibodies. In this work, guinea pig polyclonal antibodies against mouse NTPDase8 and mouse monoclonal antibodies against human NTPDase8 have been generated and characterized...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336556/human-microrna-548p-decreases-hepatic-apolipoprotein-b-secretion-and-lipid-synthesis
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Liye Zhou, M Mahmood Hussain
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs (miRs) play important regulatory roles in lipid metabolism. Apolipoprotein B (ApoB), as the only essential scaffolding protein in the assembly of very-low-density lipoproteins, is a target to treat hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. We aimed to find out miRs that reduce apoB expression. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Bioinformatic analyses predicted that hsa-miR-548p can interact with apoB mRNA. MiR-548p or control miR was transfected in human and mouse liver cells to test its role in regulating apoB secretion and mRNA expression levels...
March 23, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335084/identification-of-new-bmp6-pro-peptide-mutations-in-patients-with-iron-overload
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Chiara Piubelli, Annalisa Castagna, Giacomo Marchi, Monica Rizzi, Fabiana Busti, Sadaf Badar, Monia Marchetti, Marco De Gobbi, Antonella Roetto, Luciano Xumerle, Eda Suku, Alejandro Giorgetti, Massimo Delledonne, Oliviero Olivieri, Domenico Girelli
Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder caused by mutations in at least 5 different genes (HFE, HJV, TFR2, SLC40A1, HAMP) involved in the production or activity of the liver hormone hepcidin, a key regulator of systemic iron homeostasis. Nevertheless, patients with an HH-like phenotype that remains completely/partially unexplained despite extensive sequencing of known genes are not infrequently seen at referral centers, suggesting a role of still unknown genetic factors. A compelling candidate is Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6 (BMP6), which acts as a major activator of the BMP-SMAD signaling pathway, ultimately leading to the upregulation of hepcidin gene transcription...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334911/mertk-rs4374383-variant-predicts-incident-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-diabetes-role-of-mononuclear-cell-activation-and-adipokine-response-to-dietary-fat
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Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Franco De Michieli, Elena Paschetta, Silvia Pinach, Francesca Saba, Daria Bongiovanni, Luciana Framarin, Mara Berrutti, Nicola Leone, Stefania Corvisieri, Renato Parente, Federica Molinaro, Antonio Sircana, Bo Simona, Roberto Gambino
The loss-of-function rs4374383 G>A variant in Myeloid-epithelial-reproductive Tyrosine Kinase (MERTK) gene has been linked to hepatic fibrosis in chronic liver diseases. MERTK is expressed by immune and non-immune cells involved in inflammation, metabolism and vascular homeostasis. We assessed the impact of MERTK rs4374383 G>A variant on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) incidence and severity and on glucose and lipid metabolism.We followed-up 305 healthy nonobese nondiabetic, metabolic syndrome-free insulin sensitive participants in a population-based study, characterized for MERTK G>A polymorphism, adipokine profile and inflammatory markers...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333889/normothermic-ex-situ-liver-preservation-the-new-gold-standard
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Richard W Laing, Hynek Mergental, Darius F Mirza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Normothermic machine perfusion of the liver (NMP-L) is a novel technology recently introduced into the practice of liver transplantation. This review recapitulates benefits of normothermic perfusion over conventional static cold storage and summarizes recent publications in this area. RECENT FINDINGS: The first clinical trials have demonstrated both safety and feasibility of NMP-L. They have shown that machine perfusion can entirely replace cold storage or be commenced following a period of cold ischaemia...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333016/predictors-of-liver-toxicity-following-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Michael Velec, Carol R Haddad, Tim Craig, Lisa Wang, Patricia Lindsay, James Brierley, Anthony Brade, Jolie Ringash, Rebecca Wong, John Kim, Laura A Dawson
PURPOSE: To identify risk factors associated with a decline in liver function after stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Data were analyzed from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma treated on clinical trials of 6-fraction SBRT. Liver toxicity was defined as an increase in Child-Pugh (CP) score ≥2 three months after SBRT. Clinical factors, SBRT details, and liver dose-volume histogram (DVH) parameters were tested for association with toxicity using logistic regression...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332841/effects-of-diet-quality-and-psychosocial-stress-on-the-metabolic-profiles-of-mice
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Tatsuhiko Goto, Shozo Tomonaga, Atsushi Toyoda
There has been an increasing interest in relationship between stress and diet. To address this relationship, we evaluated an animal model of depression: male C57BL/6J mice subjected to subchronic mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) for 10 consecutive days using male ICR mice under two different calorie-adjusted diets conditions-non-purified (MF) and semi-purified (AIN) diets made from natural and chemical ingredients mainly, respectively. Our previous study indicates diet quality and purity affect stress susceptibility in sCSDS mice...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328804/liver-function-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-individuals-at-37-to-40-years-of-age
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Behrouz Mostafavi, Sandra Diaz, Hanan A Tanash, Eeva Piitulainen
Severe alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (PiZZ) is a risk factor for liver disease, but the prevalence of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer in PiZZ adults is unknown. The risk of liver disease in adults with moderate AAT deficiency (PiSZ) is also unknown. A cohort of 127 PiZZ, 2 PiZnull, 54 PiSZ, and 1 PiSnull individuals were identified by the Swedish national neonatal AAT screening program between 1972 and 1974, when all 200,000 newborn infants in Sweden were screened for AAT deficiency. The cohort has been followed up since birth...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327528/anti-obesity-effect-of-bombus-ignitus-queen-glycosaminoglycans-in-rats-on-a-high-fat-diet
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Mi Young Ahn, Ban Ji Kim, Ha Jeong Kim, Hyung Joo Yoon, Sang Duck Jee, Jae Sam Hwang, Kun-Koo Park
The mechanism of functional insect glycosaminoglycan (GAG) on obesity caused a high fat diet has not yet been elucidated. Therefore, insect glycosaminoglycans derived from Isaria sinclairii, Bombus ignitus (a type of bumblebee) queen, and Gryllus bimaculatus were purified and investigated as a potential functional food. 14-week old male Wistar rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 6 weeks. There were five groups that received daily intraperitoneal administration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, control), GbG (GAG from Gryllus bimaculatus) 10 mg/kg, ISG (GAG from Isaria sinclairii) 10 mg/kg, IQG (GAG from Bombus ignites) 10 mg/kg, or Pravastatin (2 mg/kg)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327084/a-transcriptome-multi-tissue-analysis-identifies-biological-pathways-and-genes-associated-with-variations-in-feed-efficiency-of-growing-pigs
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Florence Gondret, Annie Vincent, Magalie Houée-Bigot, Anne Siegel, Sandrine Lagarrigue, David Causeur, Hélène Gilbert, Isabelle Louveau
BACKGROUND: Animal's efficiency in converting feed into lean gain is a critical issue for the profitability of meat industries. This study aimed to describe shared and specific molecular responses in different tissues of pigs divergently selected over eight generations for residual feed intake (RFI). RESULTS: Pigs from the low RFI line had an improved gain-to-feed ratio during the test period and displayed higher leanness but similar adiposity when compared with pigs from the high RFI line at 132 days of age...
March 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326516/elevated-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-is-associated-with-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy
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Zehra Vural Yilmaz, Gulenay Gencosmanoglu Turkmen, Korkut Daglar, Elif Yılmaz, Ozgur Kara, Dilek Uygur
OBJECTIVES: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is the most common pregnancy specific liver disease and related with adverse maternal and perinatal outcome. Red blood cell distribution width, an anisocytosis marker in a complete blood count, has been used as an inflammation marker in various diseases. However the association of red blood cell distribution width with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is unknown. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between red blood cell distribution width and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326205/shigella-sonnei-bacteremia-presenting-with-profound-hepatic-dysfunction
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Oluwaseun Shogbesan, Andrew Rettew, Bilal Shaikh, Abdullateef Abdulkareem, Anthony Donato
Worldwide, Shigellosis is a significant public health issue, associated with nearly one million deaths annually. About half a million cases of Shigella infection are reported annually in the United States. Shigella bacteremia is uncommon and generally seen in children and immunocompromised adults. We present a case of a Shigella sonnei bacteremia with marked hepatic derangement in a 27-year-old previously healthy homosexual male with history of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, who presented to the emergency room with a 4-day history of loose watery stool, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and yellow skin of 2-day duration...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325998/glucomannan-and-glucomannan-plus-spirulina-enriched-pork-affect-liver-fatty-acid-profile-ldl-receptor-expression-and-antioxidant-status-in-zucker-fa-fa-rats-fed-atherogenic-diets
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Laura González-Torres, Cátia Matos, Miguel Vázquez-Velasco, Jorge A Santos-López, Iria Sánchez-Martínez, Camino García-Fernández, Sara Bastida, Juana Benedí, Francisco J Sánchez-Muniz
We evaluated the effects of glucomannan or glucomannan plus spirulina-restructured pork (RP) on liver fatty acid profile, desaturase/elongase enzyme activities and oxidative status of Zucker fa/fa rats for seven weeks. Control (C), glucomannan (G) and glucomannan/spirulina (GS)-RP; HC (cholesterol-enriched control), HG and HGS (cholesterol-enriched glucomannan and glucomannan/spirulina-RP) experimental diets were tested. Increased metabolic syndrome markers were found in C, G and GS rats. Cholesterol feeding increased liver size, fat, and cholesterol and reduced antioxidant enzyme levels and expressions...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325846/soluble-flt1-gene-therapy-alleviates-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-severity
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Wan Zhu, Fanxia Shen, Lei Mao, Lei Zhan, Shuai Kang, Zhengda Sun, Jeffrey Nelson, Rui Zhang, Dingquan Zou, Cameron M McDougall, Michael T Lawton, Thiennu H Vu, Zhijian Wu, Abraham Scaria, Peter Colosi, John Forsayeth, Hua Su
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain arteriovenous malformation (bAVM) is an important risk factor for intracranial hemorrhage. Current therapies are associated with high morbidities. Excessive vascular endothelial growth factor has been implicated in bAVM pathophysiology. Because soluble FLT1 binds to vascular endothelial growth factor with high affinity, we tested intravenous delivery of an adeno-associated viral vector serotype-9 expressing soluble FLT1 (AAV9-sFLT1) to alleviate the bAVM phenotype...
March 21, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325786/impact-on-hospital-resources-of-systematic-evaluation-and-management-of-suspected-nonaccidental-trauma-in-patients-less-than-4-years-of-age
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Bethann M Pflugeisen, Mauricio A Escobar, Dustin Haferbecker, Yolanda Duralde, Elizabeth Pohlson
OBJECTIVE: There has been an increasing movement worldwide to create systematic screening and management procedures for atypical injury patterns in children with the hope of better detecting and evaluating nonaccidental trauma (NAT). A legitimate concern for any hospital considering implementation of a systematic evaluation process is the impact on already burdened hospital resources. We hypothesized that implementation of a guideline that uses red flags related to history, physical, or radiologic findings to trigger a standardized NAT evaluation of patients <4 years would not negatively affect resource utilization at our level II pediatric trauma center...
March 21, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325476/erectile-dysfunction-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Ahmad Farooq Alsayed Hasanain, Reem Ezzat Mahdy, Ali Mohamed Abdel-Rahman Mahran, Ahmed Serag Mahmoud Safwat, Asmaa Omar Mohamed, Sherif Mohamed Abdel-Aal
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: There is a lack of studies on erectile dysfunction (ED) in patients diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The present study aimed to estimate the prevalence of ED in patients with NAFLD and to determine the independent predictors of ED in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective, hospital-based study of 192 consecutive male patients with NAFLD. All patients underwent clinical evaluation; abdominal ultrasonography; test for viral hepatitis markers; and estimation of liver chemistry panel, complete blood count, prothrombin time, serum lipids panel, serum testosterone, and fasting serum levels of glucose, insulin, and C-peptide...
March 16, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324773/haptoglobin-is-frequently-low-in-patients-with-myelofibrosis-clinical-relevance
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Paolo Strati, Lucia Masarova, Prithviraj Bose, Naval Daver, Naveen Pemmaraju, Srdan Verstovsek
A recent study, showing the absence of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria clones in myelofibrosis, has reopened the debate around the role of decreased haptoglobin in this disease. We present here a large prospective analysis of the clinical significance of low haptoglobin in 152 patients with myelofibrosis. Low haptoglobin (<32mg/dL) was observed in 50 patients (33%). Decreased haptoglobin did not associate with low hemoglobin levels, positive Coombs test or abnormal liver function tests, suggesting it is not result of autoimmune hemolytic anemia or liver cirrhosis...
March 8, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322010/cholesterol-can-modulate-mitochondrial-aquaporin-8-expression-in-human-hepatic-cells
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Mauro Danielli, Alejo M Capiglioni, Julieta Marrone, Giuseppe Calamita, Raúl A Marinelli
Hepatocyte mitochondrial aquaporin-8 (mtAQP8) works as a multifunctional membrane channel protein that facilitates the uptake of ammonia for its detoxification to urea as well as the mitochondrial release of hydrogen peroxide. Since early oligonucleotide microarray studies in liver of cholesterol-fed mice showed an AQP8 downregulation, we tested whether alterations of cholesterol content per se modulate mtAQP8 expression in human hepatocyte-derived Huh-7 cells. Cholesterol loading with methyl-β-cyclodextrin (mβCD):cholesterol complexes downregulated the proteolytic activation of cholesterol-responsive sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) transcriptions factors 1 and 2, and the expression of the target gene 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR)...
March 20, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321914/a-compact-0-5%C3%A2-t-mr-elastography-device-and-its-application-for-studying-viscoelasticity-changes-in-biological-tissues-during-progressive-formalin-fixation
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Jürgen Braun, Heiko Tzschätzsch, Clara Körting, Angela Ariza de Schellenberger, Marika Jenderka, Toni Drießle, Michael Ledwig, Ingolf Sack
PURPOSE: To develop a method of compact tabletop magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) for rheological tests of tissue samples and to measure changes in viscoelastic powerlaw constants of liver and brain tissue during progressive fixation. METHODS: A 10-mm bore, 0.5-T permanent-magnet-based MRI system was equipped with a gradient-amplifier-controlled piezo-actuator and motion-sensitive spin echo sequence for inducing and measuring harmonic shear vibrations in cylindrical samples...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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