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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634687/noninvasive-serum-models-to-predict-significant-liver-related-events-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
#1
Ragesh Babu Thandassery, Saad Al Kaabi, Madiha E Soofi, Benjamin Tharian, Rajvir Singh
AIM: We aim to compare 20 noninvasive fibrosis scores (NIFS), derived from routine blood tests, for predicting significant liver-related adverse events (SLRE) in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) after anti-viral treatment (AVT) with the goal to identify independent predictors for these outcomes. METHODS: From 1605 patients who received AVT (pegylated interferon and ribavirin) from January 2002 to June 2014, 20 NIFS were calculated from routine blood tests prior to AVT...
June 20, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633989/efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-in-cell-culture-of-novel-%C3%AE-hydroxytropolone-inhibitors-of-hepatitis-b-virus-ribonuclease-h
#2
Elena Lomonosova, Jil Daw, Aswin K Garimallaprabhakaran, Nana B Agyemang, Yashkumar Ashani, Ryan P Murelli, John E Tavis
Chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major worldwide public health problem. Current direct-acting anti-HBV drugs target the HBV DNA polymerase activity, but the equally essential viral ribonuclease H (RNaseH) activity is unexploited as a drug target. Previously, we reported that α-hydroxytropolone compounds can inhibit the HBV RNaseH and block viral replication. Subsequently, we found that our biochemical RNaseH assay underreports efficacy of the α-hydroxytropolones against HBV replication. Therefore, we conducted a structure-activity analysis of 59 troponoids against HBV replication in cell culture...
June 17, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631602/nationwide-overview-of-the-distribution-of-hepatitis-b-virus-genotypes-in-brazil-a-1000-sample-multicentre-study
#3
Elisabeth Lampe, Francisco C A Mello, Marcia P do Espírito-Santo, Cintia M C Oliveira, Dennis A Bertolini, Neiva S L Gonçales, Regina C Moreira, Carlos A S Fernandes, Haydée C L Nascimento, Rejane M T Grotto, Maria Inês M C Pardini, On Behalf Of The Brazilian Hepatitis B Research Group
The influence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes in the natural history of the disease and its response to antiviral treatment have been addressed in many studies. In Brazil, studies on HBV genotype circulation have been restricted to specific population groups and states. Here, we have conducted a nationwide multicentre study with an unprecedented sample size representing all Brazilian regions in an effort to better understand the viral variants of HBV circulating among chronic carriers. Seven HBV genotypes were found circulating in Brazil...
June 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631044/-personalized-treatment-of-viral-hepatitis-of-the-present-and-the-future-hepatitis%C3%A2-b-c-delta-and-e
#4
REVIEW
R Bartenschlager, M Cornberg, T Pietschmann
Precision medicine is also possible for infectious diseases as shown for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis, especially if different options are available. In hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, treatment indication as well as the choice of treatment and the decisions to stop treatment are based on viral markers and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level. Future therapies for HBV infection aiming for functional cure or even virus elimination may be even more personalized and have to take into account the immune status of a given patient...
June 19, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630341/pig-model-mimicking-chronic-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-immunocompromised-patients-to-assess-immune-correlates-during-chronicity
#5
Dianjun Cao, Qian M Cao, Sakthivel Subramaniam, Danielle M Yugo, C Lynn Heffron, Adam J Rogers, Scott P Kenney, Debin Tian, Shannon R Matzinger, Christopher Overend, Nicholas Catanzaro, Tanya LeRoith, Heng Wang, Pablo Piñeyro, Nicole Lindstrom, Sherrie Clark-Deener, Lijuan Yuan, Xiang-Jin Meng
Chronic hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is a significant clinical problem in immunocompromised individuals such as organ transplant recipients, although the mechanism remains unknown because of the lack of an animal model. We successfully developed a pig model of chronic HEV infection and examined immune correlates leading to chronicity. The conditions of immunocompromised patients were mimicked by treating pigs with an immunosuppressive regimen including cyclosporine, azathioprine, and prednisolone. Immunocompromised pigs infected with HEV progressed to chronicity, because 8/10 drug-treated HEV-infected pigs continued fecal virus shedding beyond the acute phase of infection, whereas the majority (7/10) of mock-treated HEV-infected pigs cleared fecal viral shedding at 8 wk postinfection...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630011/interplay-between-hepatitis-c-virus-and-lipid-metabolism-during-virus-entry-and-assembly
#6
REVIEW
Muriel Lavie, Jean Dubuisson
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health problem worldwide. In most cases, HCV infection becomes chronic, leading to the development of liver diseases that range from fibrosis to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Due to its medical importance, the HCV life cycle has been deeply characterized, and a unique feature of this virus is its interplay with lipids. Accordingly, all the steps of the virus life cycle are influenced by the host lipid metabolism. Indeed, due to their association with host lipoproteins, HCV particles have a unique lipid composition...
June 16, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629395/early-experiences-from-one-of-the-first-treatment-programs-for-chronic-hepatitis-b-in-sub-saharan-africa
#7
Hanna Aberra, Hailemichael Desalegn, Nega Berhe, Girmay Medhin, Kathrine Stene-Johansen, Svein Gunnar Gundersen, Asgeir Johannessen
BACKGROUND: Treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is virtually absent in sub-Saharan Africa. Here we present early experiences from a pilot program for treatment of CHB in Ethiopia. METHODS: Adults (≥18 years) with CHB were included in a cohort study at St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, from February 2015. The baseline assessment included liver function tests, viral markers and transient elastography (Fibroscan 402, Echosense, France)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624102/hepatitis-e-virus-a-potential-threat-for-patients-with-liver-disease-and-liver-transplantation
#8
REVIEW
Annemiek A van der Eijk, Suzan D Pas, Robert A de Man
Immunocompromised patients are at risk of acquiring acute hepatitis E virus infection (HEV), leading to chronicity. Chronic HEV infection is associated with persistent viraemia, raised transaminase activity, histological features associated with chronic hepatitis and evidence of rapid development of cirrhosis. Extrahepatic manifestations have been associated with HEV. Most frequently reported are neurological disorders with predominantly involvement of the peripheral nervous system. In patients using immunosuppressive drugs antibody production is often delayed and HEV RNA detection is superior to serology to detect infection...
April 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622640/clinical-course-and-core-variability-in-hbv-infected-patients-without-detectable-anti-hbc-antibodies
#9
Olympia E Anastasiou, Marek Widera, Jens Verheyen, Johannes Korth, Guido Gerken, Fabian A Helfritz, Ali Canbay, Heiner Wedemeyer, Sandra Ciesek
BACKGROUND: The presence of anti-HBc antibodies indicates direct encounter of the immune system with hepatitis B virus (HBV). OBJECTIVES: Aim of our study was to seek for anti-HBc negative but HBV replicating patients and analyze their clinical course and preconditions. STUDY DESIGN: From 1568 HBV-DNA positive patients, 29 patients (1.85%) tested negative for anti-HBc. The absence of anti-HBc could be confirmed in 19 patients using an alternative assay...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622419/the-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-is-decreasing-after-the-first-5-years-of-entecavir-or-tenofovir-in-caucasians-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#10
George V Papatheodoridis, Ramazan Idilman, George N Dalekos, Maria Buti, Heng Chi, Florian van Boemmel, Jose Luis Calleja, Vana Sypsa, John Goulis, Spilios Manolakopoulos, Alessandro Loglio, Spyros Siakavelas, Onur Keskın, Nikolaos Gatselis, Bettina E Hansen, Maria Lehretz, Juan de la Revilla, Savvoula Savvidou, Anastasia Kourikou, Ioannis Vlachogiannakos, Kostantinos Galanis, Cihan Yurdaydin, Thomas Berg, Massimo Colombo, Rafael Esteban, Harry L A Janssen, Pietro Lampertico
Whether there is a change of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) incidence in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients under long-term therapy with potent nucleos(t)ide analogues is currently unclear. We therefore assessed the HCC incidence beyond year 5 of entecavir/tenofovir therapy and tried to determine possible factors associated with late HCC occurrence. This European 10-center, cohort study included 1951 adult Caucasian CHB patients without HCC at baseline who received entecavir/tenofovir for ≥1 year. Of them, 1205 (62%) patients without HCC within the first 5 years of therapy have been followed for 5-10 (median: 6...
June 16, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617830/on-treatment-decrease-of-nkg2d-correlates-to-early-emergence-of-clinically-evident-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-interferon-free-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
#11
Po-Sung Chu, Nobuhiro Nakamoto, Nobuhito Taniki, Keisuke Ojiro, Takeru Amiya, Yuko Makita, Hiroko Murata, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Shunsuke Shiba, Rei Miyake, Tadashi Katayama, Aya Ugamura, Akihiko Ikura, Karin Takeda, Hirotoshi Ebinuma, Hidetsugu Saito, Takanori Kanai
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Interferon (IFN)- free direct antiviral agents (DAAs) with rapid HCV eradication might evoke immunological reconstitutions, and some early recurrences of HCC after IFN-free DAAs have been reported. This study aimed to investigate whether natural killer group 2, member D (NKG2D) predicts early emergence of HCC after IFN-free DAAs. METHODS: We conducted a clinical practice-based observational study of 101 patients infected with genotype 1 HCV who received IFN-free (DAAs), and stratified them into those who did or did not develop early (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614389/immunological-dynamics-associated-with-rapid-virological-response-during-the-early-phase-of-type-i-interferon-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#12
Jae-Won Lee, Won Kim, Eun-Kyung Kwon, Yuri Kim, Hyun Mu Shin, Dong-Hyun Kim, Chan-Ki Min, Ji-Yeob Choi, Won-Woo Lee, Myung-Sik Choi, Byeong Gwan Kim, Nam-Hyuk Cho
Type I interferons (IFNs) play an important role in antiviral immunity as well as immunopathogenesis of diverse chronic viral infections. However, the precise mechanisms regulating the multifaceted effects of type I IFNs on the immune system and pathological inflammation still remain unclear. In order to assess the immunological dynamics associated with rapid viral clearance in chronic hepatitis C patients during the acute phase of type I IFN therapy, we analyzed multiple parameters of virological and immunological responses in a cohort of 59 Korean hepatitis C patients who received pegylated IFN-α and ribavirin (IFN/RBV)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610607/resveratrol-distinctively-modulates-the-inflammatory-profiles-of-immune-and-endothelial-cells
#13
Joseph Schwager, Nathalie Richard, Franziska Widmer, Daniel Raederstorff
BACKGROUND: The phenolic substance resveratrol (RES) is a plant metabolite known to modulate numerous physiological functions and to exert beneficial effects as a cancer-chemopreventing agent and on neurological, hepatic, and cardiovascular systems. Since the compound affects the lifespan of yeast and flies it might be an anti-aging substance. Mechanistically, RES is involved in down regulating the inflammatory response. The pleiotropic effects of RES in cells of the immune and endothelial system were examined in this study...
June 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609370/proteins-differentially-expressed-in-the-pancreas-of-hepatic-alcohol-dehydrogenase-deficient-deer-mice-fed-ethanol-for-3-months
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Kamlesh K Bhopale, Samir M Amer, Lata Kaphalia, Kizhake V Soman, John E Wiktorowicz, Ghulam A Shakeel Ansari, Bhupendra S Kaphalia
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed proteins in the pancreatic tissue of hepatic alcohol dehydrogenase-deficient deer mice fed ethanol to understand metabolic basis and mechanism of alcoholic chronic pancreatitis. METHODS: Mice were fed liquid diet containing 3.5 g% ethanol daily for 3 months, and differentially expressed pancreatic proteins were identified by protein separation using 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis and identification by mass spectrometry...
July 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604704/thermoneutral-housing-exacerbates-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice-and-allows-for-sex-independent-disease-modeling
#15
Daniel A Giles, Maria E Moreno-Fernandez, Traci E Stankiewicz, Simon Graspeuntner, Monica Cappelletti, David Wu, Rajib Mukherjee, Calvin C Chan, Matthew J Lawson, Jared Klarquist, Annika Sünderhauf, Samir Softic, C Ronald Kahn, Kerstin Stemmer, Yoichiro Iwakura, Bruce J Aronow, Rebekah Karns, Kris A Steinbrecher, Christopher L Karp, Rachel Sheridan, Shiva K Shanmukhappa, Damien Reynaud, David B Haslam, Christian Sina, Jan Rupp, Simon P Hogan, Senad Divanovic
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a common prelude to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, is the most common chronic liver disease worldwide. Defining the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of NAFLD has been hampered by a lack of animal models that closely recapitulate the severe end of the disease spectrum in humans, including bridging hepatic fibrosis. Here we demonstrate that a novel experimental model employing thermoneutral housing, as opposed to standard housing, resulted in lower stress-driven production of corticosterone, augmented mouse proinflammatory immune responses and markedly exacerbated high-fat diet (HFD)-induced NAFLD pathogenesis...
June 12, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600319/microbiome-and-nafld-potential-influence-of-aerobic-fitness-and-lifestyle-modification
#16
Matthew R Panasevich, Willem T Peppler, Daniel B Oerther, David C Wright, R Scott Rector
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic liver disease with prevalence rates that are on the rise in the US and worldwide. NAFLD encompasses a spectrum of liver pathologies including simple steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with inflammation and fibrosis. The gut microbiome has emerged as a potential therapeutic target in combating metabolic diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and NAFLD/NASH. Diet-induced obesity/Western style diet feeding causes severe microbial dysbiosis initiating a microbiome signature that promotes metabolite production that directly impacts hepatic metabolism...
June 9, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599618/hiv-coinfected-patients-respond-worse-to-direct-acting-antiviral-based-therapy-against-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-real-life-than-hcv-monoinfected-individuals-a-prospective-cohort-study
#17
Karin Neukam, Luis E Morano-Amado, Antonio Rivero-Juárez, María Mancebo, Rafael Granados, Francisco Téllez, Antonio Collado, María J Ríos, Ignacio de Los Santos-Gil, Sergio Reus-Bañuls, Francisco Vera-Méndez, Paloma Geijo-Martínez, Marta Montero-Alonso, Marta Suárez-Santamaría, Juan A Pineda
OBJECTIVE: HIV/HCV-coinfected patients and hepatitis C virus (HCV) monoinfected subjects are thought to respond equally to direct-acting antiviral (DAA)-based therapy despite the lack of data derived from clinical trials. This study is aimed to evaluate the impact of HIV coinfection on the response to DAA-based treatment against HCV infection in the clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a prospective multicohort study, patients who initiated DAA-based therapy at the Infectious Disease Units of 33 hospitals throughout Spain were included...
May 2017: HIV Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596186/hepatitis-b-virus-testing-and-linkage-to-care-in-a-canadian-urban-tertiary-referral-centre-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Keith C K Lau, Abdel Aziz Shaheen, Alexander A Aspinall, Tazuko Ricento Ba, Kamran Qureshi Mba, Stephen E Congly, Meredith A Borman, Saumya Jayakumar, Bertus Eksteen, Samuel S Lee, Laura Stinton, Mark G Swain, Kelly W Burak, Carla S Coffin
BACKGROUND: Despite universal vaccination, chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a public health concern in North America owing to immigration. We aimed to characterize the number of people with a positive result of testing for HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) in Calgary, a large urban Canadian health care region, and to assess whether recommended laboratory tests and specialist consultation were done for those identified as HBsAg-positive. METHODS: Based on laboratory and Alberta Health Services administrative data, we identified all adults (age > 18 yr) with a positive HBsAg test result from Jan...
June 6, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595034/preclinical-and-clinical-studies-of-coriolus-versicolor-polysaccharopeptide-as-an-immunotherapeutic-in-china
#19
Yajing Chang, Meng Zhang, Yifei Jiang, Yong Liu, Heng Luo, Cui Hao, Pengjiao Zeng, Lijuan Zhang
Conventional cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. In recent years, immunotherapy in cancer care has been gaining momentum. Interestingly, an immunotherapeutic regime that employs polysaccharopeptide (PSP), a unique peptide-containing polysaccharide isolated from Coriolus versicolor, has already become a routine clinical practice in Japan since 1977 and in China since 1987. Coriolus versicolor is one of the most well-known traditional food and medicinal mushrooms in China for thousands of years...
April 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591041/relationship-of-treg-th17-balance-with-hbeag-change-in-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-receiving-telbivudine-antiviral-treatment-a-longitudinal-observational-study
#20
Xiaoling Yang, Jia Li, Jie Liu, Min Gao, Li Zhou, Wei Lu
Telbivudine (LdT) is an orally L-nucleoside with potent and specific antihepatitis B virus (HBV) activity. The higher rate of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion of LdT treatment than other anti-HBV agents suggests a potential immunomodulatory effect. The aim of the study was to investigate the changes of regulatory T cell (Treg)/interleukin (IL)-17-producing CD4+T helper (Th17) balance during LdT treatment and to discuss the relationship of Treg/Th17 balance with HBeAg change in HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients receiving LdT antiviral treatment...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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