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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211135/the-role-of-peginterferon-in-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-treated-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-a-review-of-published-literature
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Wenhong Zhang, Qing Xie, Qin Ning, Xiaoguang Dou, Xinyue Chen, Jidong Jia, Yi Xie, Hong Ren
Chronic hepatitis B infection (CHB) causes up to 1.0 million deaths annually. Currently, more than 90% of CHB patients worldwide are receiving indefinite nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) therapy. New strategies for optimizing hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss are required for NA-treated patients as the majority are unable to achieve HBsAg loss and may require lifelong therapy. In hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients, switching from NAs to finite peginterferon (PegIFN) therapy can double HBeAg seroconversion rates...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207518/virological-and-serological-features-of-acute-hepatitis-b-in-adults
#2
Xiaofei Du, Yali Liu, Lina Ma, Junfeng Lu, Yi Jin, Shan Ren, Zhimin He, Xinyue Chen
Various viral kinetics among patients with acute hepatitis B (AHB) have been observed in clinical practice. This study investigated the virological, biochemical, and serological characteristics of AHB in adults.A total of 192 adult patients with AHB were recruited between December 2010 and January 2014. The quantification of biochemical and serologic markers for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection was monitored from the onset.Of the 192 patients, 113 patients were followed up. One patient died due to acute liver failure, 2 developed chronic HBV infection...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205112/autochthonous-sporadic-acute-hepatitis-e-caused-by-two-distinct-subgenotype-3b-hepatitis-e-virus-strains-with-only-90-nucleotide-identity
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Yasuko Yamaguchi, Hitoshi Takagi, Yuhei Suzuki, Kyoko Maruhashi, Takashi Kosone, Satoru Kakizaki, Ken Sato, Masanobu Yamada, Shigeo Nagashima, Masaharu Takahashi, Hiroaki Okamoto
Hepatitis E, which is caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV), is a public health concern in Japan, where the zoonotic food-borne transmission of HEV from domestic pigs and wild boars plays an important role. A 44-year-old Japanese man with autochthonous sporadic acute hepatitis E was admitted with general fatigue and moderate liver dysfunction. In the present study, two distinct HEV strains were recovered from the patient, who had consumed the raw or undercooked pig liver and intestine two or three times per week for 3 months before the disease onset...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197391/high-nkg2a-expression-contributes-to-nk-cell-exhaustion-and-predicts-a-poor-prognosis-of-patients-with-liver-cancer
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Cheng Sun, Jing Xu, Qiang Huang, Mei Huang, Hao Wen, Chuanshan Zhang, Jinyu Wang, Jiaxi Song, Meijuan Zheng, Haoyu Sun, Haiming Wei, Weihua Xiao, Rui Sun, Zhigang Tian
Background and Aims: As the predominant lymphocyte subset in the liver, natural killer (NK) cells have been shown to be highly associated with the outcomes of patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection (CHB) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Previously, we reported that NKG2A, a checkpoint candidate, mediates human and murine NK cell dysfunction in CHB. However, NK cell exhaustion and, particularly, the level of NKG2A expression within liver tumors have not been reported. Methods: In this study, we analyzed NKG2A expression and the related dysfunction of NK cells located in intra- or peritumor regions of liver tissue samples from 207 HCC patients, in addition to analyzing disease outcomes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196636/impact-of-schistosomiasis-on-increase-incidence-of-occult-hepatitis-b-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-egypt
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Hanan H Omar, Samaa A Taha, Wafaa H Hassan, Hamdy H Omar
Co-infection of schistosomiasis, HBV and HCV is common in countries where schistosomiasis is endemic. Occult hepatitis B occurs in patients at high risk for HBV infection (e.g., patients on hemodialysis, patients receiving blood transfusions). Schistosomal infection is a risk factor of HBV infection that can increase the incidence of occult hepatitis B. We aimed to determine the prevalence of occult hepatitis B in chronic hepatitis C patients with and without schistosomiasis and to assess the effect of schistosomal infection on the increased risk of exposure to HBV infection and to occult hepatitis B...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196130/ongoing-liver-inflammation-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-sustained-virological-response
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Christoph Welsch, Mira Efinger, Michael von Wagner, Eva Herrmann, Stefan Zeuzem, Tania M Welzel, Christian M Lange
BACKGROUND: Novel direct-acting antiviral DAA combination therapies tremendously improved sustained virologic response (SVR) rates in patients with chronic HCV infection. SVR is typically accompanied by normalization of liver enzymes, however, hepatic inflammation, i.e. persistently elevated aminotransferase levels may persist despite HCV eradication. Aim: To investigate prevalence and risk factors for ongoing hepatic inflammation after SVR in two large patient cohorts. METHODS: This post-hoc analysis was based on prospectively collected demographic and clinical data from 834 patients with SVR after HCV treatment with either PegIFN- or DAA-based treatment regimens from the PRAMA trial (n = 341) or patients treated at our outpatient clinic (n = 493)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196086/nopal-feeding-reduces-adiposity-intestinal-inflammation-and-shifts-the-cecal-microbiota-and-metabolism-in-high-fat-fed-rats
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Sofia Moran-Ramos, Xuan He, Elizabeth L Chin, Armando R Tovar, Nimbe Torres, Carolyn M Slupsky, Helen E Raybould
Nopal is a cactus plant widely consumed in Mexico that has been used in traditional medicine to aid in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. We previously showed that chronic consumption of dehydrated nopal ameliorated hepatic steatosis in obese (fa/fa) rats; however, description of the effects on other tissues is sparse. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of nopal cladode consumption on intestinal physiology, microbial community structure, adipose tissue, and serum biochemistry in diet-induced obese rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195067/the-effect-of-short-term-treatment-with-probiotic-vsl-3-on-various-clinical-and-biochemical-parameters-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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W Marlicz, E Wunsch, M Mydlowska, M Milkiewicz, K Serwin, M Mularczyk, P Milkiewicz, J Raszeja-Wyszomirska
The evidence is mounting that alterations of innate immunity and gut microbiota contribute to chronic liver disease and its complications. Modulation of intestinal microbiota is an emerging therapeutic strategy in hepatology. Probiotics through modulation of intestinal milieu have the potential to affect the course of liver disease. The data concerning the influence of probiotics on various plasma molecules and compounds involved in the pathogenesis of hyperdynamic circulatory state in liver cirrhosis is still not confluent and require further evaluation...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187322/chronic-aspartame-intake-causes-changes-in-the-trans-sulphuration-pathway-glutathione-depletion-and-liver-damage-in-mice
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Isabela Finamor, Salvador Pérez, Caroline A Bressan, Carlos E Brenner, Sergio Rius-Pérez, Patricia C Brittes, Gabriele Cheiran, Maria I Rocha, Marcelo da Veiga, Juan Sastre, Maria A Pavanato
No-caloric sweeteners, such as aspartame, are widely used in various food and beverages to prevent the increasing rates of obesity and diabetes mellitus, acting as tools in helping control caloric intake. Aspartame is metabolized to phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Our aim was to study the effect of chronic administration of aspartame on glutathione redox status and on the trans-sulphuration pathway in mouse liver. Mice were divided into three groups: control; treated daily with aspartame for 90 days; and treated with aspartame plus N-acetylcysteine (NAC)...
February 1, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185946/decreased-tacrolimus-plasma-concentrations-during-hcv-therapy-a-drug-drug-interaction-or-is-there-an-alternative-explanation
#10
E J Smolders, S Pape, C T M M de Kanter, A P van den Berg, J P H Drenth, D M Burger
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can cause severe liver cirrhosis, for which liver transplantation is the only therapy. To prevent organ rejection, transplanted patients are treated with immunosuppressive agents. We describe two transplanted patients treated with tacrolimus who were simultaneously treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for their chronic HCV infection. No pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions (DDIs) were expected between tacrolimus and the selected DAAs. However, in both patients, tacrolimus plasma concentrations decreased during HCV treatment...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182615/mortality-in-hepatitis-c-populations-another-battle-against-drugs-and-alcohol
#11
James E Burns
In the era of efficacious and well-tolerated treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, there is an expanding population of individuals who achieve viral eradication. This in turn has generated a need to determine the impact of liver-related morbidity and mortality, particularly liver decompensation and hepatocellular carcinoma, in populations achieving sustained viral response (SVR), and how they correlate with that of the general population.
January 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182613/news-on-viral-hepatitis-in-hiv-update-from-the-2016-gehep-conference
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Eva Poveda, Massimo Puoti, Miguel García-Deltoro, Juan A Pineda, Francisco Téllez, Rafael Granados, Luis Morano, Federico García
The II Conference of the Group for the Study of Viral Hepatitis (GEHEP) (29 September-1 October, Spain) updated epidemiological, diagnostic and treatment aspects on viral hepatitis. The conference was mostly focused on the latest news related to HCV infection, including the successes achieved since the implementation of direct-acting antiviral agents for HCV therapy, but also in the new, future challenges for a real HCV eradication. The scenario for chronic HCV infection has dramatically changed in the last two years and most patients have been cured after 12 weeks of therapy with minimal side effects...
January 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182305/hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna-homeostasis-is-independent-of-the-lymphotoxin-pathway-during-chronic-hbv-infection
#13
Marie-Anne Meier, Aleksei Suslov, Sylvia Ketterer, Markus H Heim, Stefan F Wieland
Current treatment options for patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are not curative as they are not effective in eliminating covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). cccDNA is a stable template for HBV transcription in the nucleus of hepatocytes and is thought to be one of the main factors responsible for HBV persistence. Recently, activation of the lymphotoxin beta receptor (LTβR) has been shown to trigger degradation of cccDNA through induction of cytidine deaminases of the APOBEC3 family in HBV cell culture model systems...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179883/new-microrna-biomarkers-for-drug-induced-steatosis-and-their-potential-to-predict-the-contribution-of-drugs-to-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Mireia López-Riera, Isabel Conde, Laia Tolosa, Ángela Zaragoza, José V Castell, María J Gómez-Lechón, Ramiro Jover
Background and Aims: Drug-induced steatosis is a major reason for drug failure in clinical trials and post-marketing withdrawal; and therefore, predictive biomarkers are essential. These could be particularly relevant in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), where most patients show features of the metabolic syndrome and are prescribed with combined chronic therapies, which can contribute to fatty liver. However, specific biomarkers to assess the contribution of drugs to NAFLD are lacking. We aimed to find microRNAs (miRNAs) responsive to steatotic drugs and to investigate if they could become circulating biomarkers for drug-induced steatosis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177688/hepato-and-neuro-protective-influences-of-biopropolis-on-thioacetamide-induced-acute-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-rats
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Rasha E Mostafa, Abeer A A Salama, Rehab Fawzy Abdel-Rahman, Hanan A Ogaly
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neuropsychiatric syndrome ultimately occurs as a complication of acute or chronic liver failure; accompanied by hyperammonemia. This study aimed to evaluate the potential of biopropolis as a hepato and neuroprotective agent using thioacetamide (TAA)-induced acute HE in rats as a model. Sixty Wistar rats were divided into five groups: Group 1 (normal control) received only saline and paraffin oil. Group 2 (hepatotoxic control) received TAA (300 mg/kg, once). Groups 3, 4 and 5 received TAA followed by vitamin E (100 mg/kg) and biopropolis (100 and 200 mg/kg), respectively, daily for 30 days...
December 9, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174720/netrin-1-protects-hepatocytes-against-cell-death-through-sustained-translation-during-the-unfolded-protein-response
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Thomas Lahlali, Marie-Laure Plissonnier, Cristina Romero-López, Maud Michelet, Benjamin Ducarouge, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz, Fabien Zoulim, Patrick Mehlen, Romain Parent
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Netrin-1, a multifunctional secreted protein, is up-regulated in cancer and inflammation. Netrin-1 blocks apoptosis induced by the prototypical dependence receptors deleted in colorectal carcinoma and uncoordinated phenotype-5. Although the unfolded protein response (UPR) triggers apoptosis on exposure to stress, it first attempts to restore endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis to foster cell survival. Importantly, UPR is implicated in chronic liver conditions including hepatic oncogenesis...
May 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166521/rationale-and-design-of-a-clinical-trial-investigating-tolvaptan-safety-and-efficacy-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
#17
Vicente E Torres, Olivier Devuyst, Arlene B Chapman, Ron T Gansevoort, Ronald D Perrone, John Ouyang, Jaime D Blais, Frank S Czerwiec, Olga Sergeyeva
BACKGROUND: In TEMPO 3:4, the vasopressin V2-receptor antagonist tolvaptan slowed kidney growth and function decline in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) patients with relatively preserved kidney function. METHODS: Prospective, phase 3b, multi-center, randomized-withdrawal, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of tolvaptan in ADPKD patients with late stage 2 to early stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD). The primary endpoint was estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) change from pre-treatment baseline to post-treatment follow-up...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165624/myeloid-myd88-contributes-to-ethanol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-linking-hepatocellular-death-to-inflammation
#18
Hao Zhou, Minja Yu, Sanjoy Roychowdhury, Carlos Sanz-Garcia, Katherine A Pollard, Megan R McMullen, Xiuli Liu, Xiaoxia Li, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND: Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is critical for ethanol-induced liver injury. TLR4 signaling is mediated by two proximal adaptor molecules: myeloid differentiation primary-response protein (MyD88) and TLR-domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-β (TRIF). Studies utilizing global knock-outs of MyD88 and TRIF identified a predominant role for TRIF signaling in the progression of ethanol-induced liver injury. In contrast, IL1 receptor, which signals solely via the MyD88 pathway, is also known to mediate ethanol-induced liver injury...
February 6, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164635/microrna-122-as-a-novel-non-invasive-marker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-hepatitis-c-virus-patients
#19
Ahmed A S Omran, Khalid S Osman, Hanan M Kamel, Emad A Abdel-Naem, Dalia E El-Deen Hasan
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive evaluation of hepatic fibrosis is a growing scientific effort in medicine and is of particular interest as early diagnosis is important for the timely prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis have recently been developed as an alternative to liver biopsy. Aim of the work: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of serum microRNA 122 in Egyptian chronic hepatitis C virus infected patients. This may be a useful tool as a non invasive diagnostic test to detect early stages of fibrosis in comparison to 4 non invasive indexes (APRI, Forns, FIB-4, and FI) vs...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161910/associations-of-gender-and-a-proxy-of-female-menopausal-status-with-histological-features-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
#20
Ayako Suzuki, Huiman Barnhart, Jiezhun Gu, Herbert L Bonkovsky, Hans L Tillmann, Robert J Fontana, David E Kleiner
Gender and menopause may contribute to type and severity of drug-induced liver injury (DILI) by influencing host responses to injury. The aim of this study was to assess the associations of gender and female age 50 [a proxy of menopause] with histologic features of liver injury in 212 adults enrolled in the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN) registry METHODS: All participants had a causality score of at least 'probable', a liver biopsy within 30 days of DILI onset, and no prior chronic liver disease...
February 5, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
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