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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546021/sodium-butyrate-improved-intestinal-immune-function-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38mapk-signalling-pathways-in-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Li Tian, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Fei Xie, Lin Feng
The present study evaluated the effect of dietary sodium butyrate (SB) supplementation on the growth and immune function in the proximal intestine (PI), middle intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed one powdery sodium butyrate (PSB) diet (1000.0 mg kg(-1) diet) and five graded levels of microencapsulated sodium butyrate (MSB) diets: 0.0 (control), 500.0, 1000.0, 1500.0 and 2000.0 mg kg(-1) diet for 60 days. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546020/the-evolution-and-functional-characterization-of-miiuy-croaker-interferon-regulatory-factor-9-involved-in-immune-response
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Qiong Yang, Junxia Cui, Weihua Song, Xueyan Zhao, Tianjun Xu
Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) are transcription factors playing important roles in regulating the expression of type I interferons (IFNs) and IFN-stimulated genes. IRF9 is one of the IRF family gene members which belongs to the IRF4 subfamily. Mammalian IRF9 has been known to be involved in antiviral response as the DNA sequence recognition subunit of IFN-stimulated gene factor 3 (ISGF3) complex. In fish, only a few studies investigated the characteristics of IRF9 and the role in IFN signaling. In this study, we identify the IRF9 gene from miiuy croaker (mmiIRF9) and studied its feature and function...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545547/clonorchis-sinensis-granulin-identification-immunolocalization-and-function-in-promoting-the-metastasis-of-cholangiocarcinoma-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Caiqin Wang, Huali Lei, Yanli Tian, Mei Shang, Yinjuan Wu, Ye Li, Lu Zhao, Mengchen Shi, Xin Tang, Tingjin Chen, Zhiyue Lv, Yan Huang, Xiaoping Tang, Xinbing Yu, Xuerong Li
BACKGROUND: Long-term infections by Clonorchis sinensis are associated with cholangitis, cholecystitis, liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Molecules from the worm play vital roles in disease progress. In the present study, we identified and explored molecular characterization of C. sinensis granulin (CsGRN), a growth factor-like protein from C. sinensis excretory/secretory products (CsESPs). METHODS: The encoding sequence and conserved domains of CsGRN were identified and analysed by bioinformatics tools...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543822/good-for-the-lung-but-bad-for-the-liver-garlic-induced-hepatotoxicity-following-liver-transplantation
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S A Shaikh, S Tischer, E K Choi, R J Fontana
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Limited data exist surrounding the metabolism and safety of garlic supplements. CASE DESCRIPTION: A patient with a history of hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) and orthotopic liver transplantation was admitted to our surgery transplant service with severe hypoxaemia. The patient was started on high-dose Garlicin Cardio(®) (Allium sativum) for HPS and soon after had elevated liver function tests. Garlicin Cardio(®) was discontinued and liver enzymes normalized...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542705/a-pump-free-microfluidic-3d-perfusion-platform-for-the-efficient-differentiation-of-human-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Louis Jun Ye Ong, Lor Huai Chong, Lin Jin, Pawan Kumar Singh, Poh Seng Lee, Hanry Yu, Abhishek Ananthanarayanan, Hwa Liang Leo, Yi-Chin Toh
The practical application of microfluidic liver models for in vitro drug testing is partly hampered by their reliance on human primary hepatocytes, which are limited in number and have batch-to-batch variation. Human stem cell-derived hepatocytes offer an attractive alternative cell source, although their 3D differentiation and maturation in a microfluidic platform have not yet been demonstrated. We develop a pump-free microfluidic 3D perfusion platform to achieve long-term and efficient differentiation of human liver progenitor cells into hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs)...
May 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542591/molecular-characterization-of-mudskipper-boleophthalmus-pectinirostris-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-hif-1%C3%AE-and-analysis-of-its-function-in-monocytes-macrophages
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Feng Guan, Xin-Jiang Lu, Chang-Hong Li, Jiong Chen
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) plays a critical role in immune and inflammatory responses and is important in controlling a variety of processes in monocytes and macrophages. However, very little information is available about the functions of HIF-1α in fish monocytes/macrophages (MO/MФ). In this study, the cDNA sequence of the mudskipper (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) HIF-1α gene (BpHIF-1α) was determined. Sequence comparison and phylogenetic tree analysis showed that BpHIF-1α is clustered in the fish HIF-1α tree...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542386/correlation-between-plasma-endothelin-1-levels-and-severity-of-septic-liver-failure-quantified-by-maximal-liver-function-capacity-limax-test-a-prospective-study
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Magnus F Kaffarnik, Navid Ahmadi, Johan F Lock, Tilo Wuensch, Johann Pratschke, Martin Stockmann, Maciej Malinowski
AIM: To investigate the relationship between the degree of liver dysfunction, quantified by maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test) and endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 in septic surgical patients. METHODS: 28 septic patients (8 female, 20 male, age range 35-80y) were prospectively investigated on a surgical intensive care unit. Liver function, defined by LiMAx test, and measurements of plasma levels of endothelin-1, TNF-α and IL-6 were carried out within the first 24 hours after onset of septic symptoms, followed by day 2, 5 and 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542224/is-spaceflight-induced-immune-dysfunction-linked-to-systemic-changes-in-metabolism
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Michael J Pecaut, Xiao Wen Mao, Denise L Bellinger, Karen R Jonscher, Louis S Stodieck, Virginia L Ferguson, Ted A Bateman, Robert P Mohney, Daila S Gridley
The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on its final mission (STS-135) on July 8, 2011. After just under 13 days, the shuttle landed safely at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the last time. Female C57BL/6J mice flew as part of the Commercial Biomedical Testing Module-3 (CBTM-3) payload. Ground controls were maintained at the KSC facility. Subsets of these mice were made available to investigators as part of NASA's Bio-specimen Sharing Program (BSP). Our group characterized cell phenotype distributions and phagocytic function in the spleen, catecholamine and corticosterone levels in the adrenal glands, and transcriptomics/metabolomics in the liver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541851/primary-malignancy-is-an-independent-determinant-of-morbidity-and-mortality-after-liver-resection
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Marc W Fromer, John P Gaughan, Umur M Atabek, Francis R Spitz
Although outcomes after liver resection have improved, there remains considerable perioperative morbidity and mortality with these procedures. Studies suggest a primary liver cancer diagnosis is associated with poorer outcomes, but the extent to which this is attributable to a higher degree of hepatic dysfunction is unclear. To better delineate this, we performed a matched pair analysis of primary versus metastatic malignancies using a national database. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (2005-2013) was analyzed to select elective liver resections...
May 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539746/protective-effect-of-sorrel-extract-on-adult-rats-treated-by-carbon-tetrachloride
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Abdullah Glil Alkushi
CONTEXT: Heart, kidneys, and liver are the vital organs present in vertebrates and some other animals. They have a wide range of functions, such as maintaining homeostasis, detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemical, that are necessary for digestion and maintaining circulation. These organs are necessary for the survival, and currently, there are no means to compensate for the absence of their functionalities in a long term. The damage of liver can affect other vital organs, including kidneys and heart...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539714/evaluation-of-herb-drug-interactions-of-hovenia-dulcis-fruit-extracts
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Jong Suk Park, Shaheed Ur Rehman, In Sook Kim, Min Sun Choi, Chun-Soo Na, Hye Hyun Yoo
BACKGROUND: Hovenia dulcis (Rhamnaceae) fruits are popularly used as herbal medicines or dietary supplements in Asian countries due to functions such as liver protection and detoxification from alcohol poisoning. Accordingly, it is very likely for dietary supplemental products, including H. dulcis fruit extracts, to be taken with prescription drugs. OBJECTIVE: In this study, possible food-drug interactions involving H. dulcis fruit extracts were evaluated based on the inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme activity...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538134/trial-of-cannabidiol-for-drug-resistant-seizures-in-the-dravet-syndrome
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Orrin Devinsky, J Helen Cross, Linda Laux, Eric Marsh, Ian Miller, Rima Nabbout, Ingrid E Scheffer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Stephen Wright
BACKGROUND: The Dravet syndrome is a complex childhood epilepsy disorder that is associated with drug-resistant seizures and a high mortality rate. We studied cannabidiol for the treatment of drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet syndrome. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we randomly assigned 120 children and young adults with the Dravet syndrome and drug-resistant seizures to receive either cannabidiol oral solution at a dose of 20 mg per kilogram of body weight per day or placebo, in addition to standard antiepileptic treatment...
May 25, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538006/evaluation-and-management-of-patch-test-negative-patients-with-generalized-dermatitis
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Alison Spiker, Christen M Mowad
BACKGROUND: Patients with generalized dermatitis are common in dermatology practices. Allergic contact dermatitis is often suspected, and patients frequently undergo patch testing. When patch testing result is negative, further evaluation and management of these patients are challenging. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to survey members of the American Contact Dermatitis Society regarding the evaluation and management of patch test-negative patients with generalized dermatitis...
May 23, 2017: Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537012/nutraceutical-effects-on-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism-in-patients-with-impaired-fasting-glucose-a-pilot-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-clinical-trial-on-a-combined-product
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Arrigo Francesco Giuseppe Cicero, Federica Fogacci, Martino Morbini, Alessandro Colletti, Marilisa Bove, Maddalena Veronesi, Marina Giovannini, Claudio Borghi
INTRODUCTION: A number of natural compounds have individually demonstrated to improve glucose and lipid levels in humans. AIM: To  evaluate the short-term glucose and lipid-lowering activity in subjects with impaired fasting glucose. METHODS: To assess the effects of a combination of nutraceuticals based on Lagerstroemia speciosa, Berberis aristata, Curcuma longa, Alpha-lipoic acid, Chrome picolinate and Folic acid, we performed a double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial in 40 adults affected by impaired fasting glucose (FPG = 100-125 mg/dL) in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease...
May 23, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536219/-all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-when-hyperammonaemia-is-not-from-hepatic-aetiology
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Abubaker A I Hassan, Walid Ibrahim, Ahmed Subahi, Abdelaziz Mohamed
Hyperammonaemia is often caused by decompensated liver disease. However, non-hepatic causes can sometimes result in hyperammonaemia, severe enough to cause symptoms.We report a case of a 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension and bilateral peripelvic renal cyst who presented with acute confusion. Laboratory investigations revealed hyperammonaemia and normal liver function test. The abdominal ultrasound did not reveal any finding of liver disease or portal-systemic shunting but demonstrated bilateral peripelvic cysts with no hydronephrosis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535810/fibrates-for-the-treatment-of-cholestatic-itch-fitch-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ruth Bolier, Elsemieke S de Vries, Albert Parés, Jeltje Helder, E Marleen Kemper, Koos Zwinderman, Ronald P Oude Elferink, Ulrich Beuers
BACKGROUND: Pruritus (itch) is a frequent, burdensome and difficult-to-treat symptom in patients with cholestasis. Fibrates are currently under investigation for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis in patients with a suboptimal response to ursodeoxycholic acid. Moreover, there is empirical evidence for a possible antipruritic effect. We aim to prove this in a randomized controlled trial, including patients with cholestatic liver diseases other than primary biliary cholangitis that are accompanied by pruritus...
May 23, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535183/time-caloric-restriction-inhibits-the-neoplastic-transformation-of-cirrhotic-liver-in-rats-treated-with-diethylnitrosamine
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Christian Molina-Aguilar, María de Jesús Guerrero-Carrillo, Jesús Javier Espinosa-Aguirre, Sitlali Olguin-Reyes, Thania Castro-Belio, Olivia Vázquez-Martínez, Julieta Berenice Rivera-Zavala, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz
Hepatocellular cancer is the most common type of primary liver cancer. Cirrhosis is the main risk factor that generates this malady. It has been proven that caloric restriction protocols and restricted feeding schedules are protective in experimental carcinogenic models. We tested the influence of a time-caloric restriction protocol (2 h of food access during the daytime for 18 weeks) in an experimental model of cirrhosis-hepatocarcinoma produced by weekly administration of diethylnitrosamine. Our results indicate that time-caloric restriction reduced hepatomegaly and prevented the increase in blood leukocytes promoted by diethylnitrosamine...
May 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533911/hepatic-encephalopathy
#18
Peter Ferenci
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a reversible syndrome of impaired brain function occurring in patients with advanced liver diseases. The precise pathophysiology of HE is still under discussion; the leading hypothesis focus on the role of neurotoxins, impaired neurotransmission due to metabolic changes in liver failure, changes in brain energy metabolism, systemic inflammatory response and alterations of the blood brain barrier. HE produces a wide spectrum of nonspecific neurological and psychiatric manifestations...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533430/heme-thiolate-sulfenylation-of-human-cytochrome-p450-4a11-functions-as-a-redox-switch-for-catalytic-inhibition
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Matthew E Albertolle, Donghak Kim, Leslie D Nagy, Chul-Ho Yun, Ambra Pozzi, Uzen Savas, Eric F Johnson, F Peter Guengerich
Cytochrome P450 (P450, CYP) 4A11 is a human fatty acid ω-hydroxylase that catalyzes the oxidation of arachidonic acid to the eicosanoid 20- hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), which plays important roles in regulating blood pressure regulation. Variants of P450 4A11 have been associated with high blood pressure and resistance to anti-hypertensive drugs, and 20-HETE has both pro- and antihypertensive properties relating to increased vasoconstriction and natriuresis, respectively. These physiological activities are likely influenced by the redox environment, but the mechanisms are unclear...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532574/prevalence-and-correlates-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-inflammatory-arthritis-in-a-population-based-cohort
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Elizabeth D Ferucci, Tammy L Choromanski, Danielle T Varney, Holly S Ryan, Lisa J Townshend-Bulson, Brian J McMahon, Mark H Wener
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of hepatitis C virus-associated inflammatory arthritis, to describe its clinical and immunologic correlates, and to identify features that are characteristic of arthritis in chronic hepatitis C. METHODS: Participants with chronic hepatitis C infection enrolled in a population-based cohort study in Alaska and who had not received anti-viral treatment for hepatitis C were recruited. In a cross-sectional study, we assessed joint symptoms and signs, performed autoantibody and cytokine testing, and abstracted medical records for features of hepatitis C and arthritis...
April 24, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
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