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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918598/triacsin-c-reduces-lipid-droplet-formation-and-induces-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-primary-rat-hepatocytes
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Carlos R P Dechandt, Felippe H Zuccolotto-Dos-Reis, Bruno G Teodoro, Anna Maria A P Fernandes, Marcos N Eberlin, Isis C Kettelhut, Carlos Curti, Luciane C Alberici
Intracellular long-chain acyl-CoA synthetases (ACSL) activate fatty acids to produce acyl-CoA, which undergoes β-oxidation and participates in the synthesis of esterified lipids such as triacylglycerol (TAG). Imbalances in these metabolic routes are closely associated with the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Triacsin C is one of the few compounds that inhibit TAG accumulation into lipid droplets (LD) by suppressing ACSL activity. Here we report that treatment of primary rat hepatocytes with triacsin C at concentrations lower than the IC50 (4...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918510/acquired-hepatocerebral-degeneration-ahd-a-peculiar-neurological-impairment-in-advanced-chronic-liver-disease
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A Pigoni, F Iuculano, C Saetti, L Airaghi, L Burdick, S Spreafico, M Curioni, R Lombardi, L Valenti, A L Fracanzani, S Fargion
We discuss the case of a rare and often unrecognized neurologic syndrome, called Acquired Hepatocerebral Degeneration (AHD), observed in patients with advanced liver disease and portosystemic shunts. The clinical manifestations can be very heterogeneous and in our case included a combination of cerebellar and extrapyramidal signs, arisen in a period of few days. Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) showed, in T1-weighted images, diffuse bilateral hyper intensities in basal ganglia and biemispheric brain and cerebellar cortices, resembling paramagnetic deposits...
September 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918445/pre-emptive-intestinal-transplant-the-surgeon-s-point-of-view
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REVIEW
Augusto Lauro, Ignazio R Marino, Kishore R Iyer
Pre-emptive transplantation is a well-established practice for certain types of end-organ failure such as in the use of kidney transplantation. For irreversible intestinal failure, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) remains the gold standard, due to the suboptimal long-term results of intestinal transplantation. As such, the only role for pre-emptive transplantation, if at all, will be for patients identified to be at high risk of complications and mortality while on definitive long-term TPN. In these patients, the timing of early listing and transplantation could become life-saving, taking into account that mortality on the waiting list is still the highest for intestinal candidates...
September 16, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918413/post-traumatic-growth-and-its-relationship-to-quality-of-life-up-to-9-years-after-liver-transplantation-a-cross-sectional-study-in-spain
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María Ángeles Pérez-San-Gregorio, Agustín Martín-Rodríguez, Mercedes Borda-Mas, María Luisa Avargues-Navarro, José Pérez-Bernal, Rupert Conrad, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Bravo
OBJECTIVE: Little is known concerning post-traumatic growth (PTG) after liver transplantation. Against this backdrop the current study analysed the relationship between PTG and time since transplantation on quality of life. Furthermore, it compared PTG between liver transplant recipients and their caregivers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional case-control study. SETTING: University Hospital in Spain. PARTICIPANTS: 240 adult liver transplant recipients who had undergone only one transplantation, with no severe mental disease, were the participants of the study...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918405/renal-cell-carcinoma-with-isolated-metastasis-to-sigmoid-mesentery-a-rare-resectable-combination
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Hira Lal, Priyank Yadav, Shashidhar Achar, Uday Pratap Singh
Renal cell carcinoma accounts for 2%-3% of all malignancies in adults. It spreads via direct extension, lymphatic route as well as haematogenous route. Lymph nodes, lungs, bone, liver and brain are the usual sites for its metastatic spread. In the presence of limited metastatic disease with potentially resectable metastases, surgery offers the best chances of cure. In the present case, we describe a case of renal cell carcinoma with a solitary metastasis to the sigmoid mesentery in a patient with Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918389/glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-for-the-management-of-obesity-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-novel-therapeutic-option
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REVIEW
Gauri Dhir, Kenneth Cusi
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and is associated with a cluster of metabolic factors that lead to poor cardiovascular outcomes. In non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), liver fat (triglyceride) accumulation closely mirrors adipose tissue dysfunction and insulin resistance in obesity and T2DM. It is now recognized as the most common chronic liver disease in Westernized societies, often progressing to more severe forms of the disease such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), or cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918383/liver-transplantation-in-children-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Rohit Kohli, Miriam Cortes, N D Heaton, Anil Dhawan
In this review, we provide a state of the art of liver transplantation in children, as the procedure is now carried out for more than 30 years and most of our paediatric colleagues are managing these patients jointly with liver transplant centres. Our goal for this article is to enhance the understanding of the liver transplant process that a child and his family goes through while explaining the surgical advances and the associated complications that could happen in the immediate or long-term follow-up. We have deliberately introduced the theme that 'liver transplant is a disease' and 'not a cure', to emphasise the need for adherence with immunosuppression, a healthy lifestyle and lifelong medical follow-up...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918286/identifying-combinatorial-biomarkers-by-association-rule-mining-in-the-camd-alzheimer-s-database
#8
Balázs Szalkai, Vince K Grolmusz, Vince I Grolmusz
The concept of combinatorial biomarkers was conceived when it was noticed that simple biomarkers are often inadequate for recognizing and characterizing complex diseases. Here we present an algorithmic search method for complex biomarkers which may predict or indicate Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other kinds of dementia. We show that our method is universal since it can describe any Boolean function for biomarker discovery. We applied data mining techniques that are capable to uncover implication-like logical schemes with detailed quality scoring...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918191/development-and-validation-of-a-chronic-pancreatitis-prognosis-score-in-2-independent-cohorts
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Georg Beyer, Ujjwal M Mahajan, Christoph Budde, Thomas J Bulla, Thomas Kohlmann, Louise Kuhlmann, Kerstin Schütte, Ali A Aghdassi, Eckhard Weber, Ulrich Weiss, Asbjørn M Drewes, Søren S Olesen, Markus M Lerch, Julia Mayerle
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The clinical course of chronic pancreatitis is unpredictable. There is no model to assess disease severity or progression or predict patient outcomes. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 91 patients with chronic pancreatitis; data were collected from patients seen at academic centers in Europe, from January 2011 through April 2014. We analyzed correlations between clinical, laboratory, and imaging data with number of hospital readmissions and in-hospital days over the next 12 months; the parameters with the highest degree of correlation were to develop 3-stage chronic pancreatitis prognosis score (COPPS)...
September 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918170/lifestyle-predictors-of-obese-and-non-obese-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Joo Hee Kwak, Dae Won Jun, Seung Min Lee, Yong Kyun Cho, Kang Nyeong Lee, Hang Lak Lee, Oh Young Lee, Ho Soon Choi, Byung Chul Yoon
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Most people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are obese, and they usually eat more while being less physically active as compared to healthy individuals. However, little is known about the lifestyle patterns of non-obese or obese patients with NAFLD. The aim of this study was to investigate nutrition components and behavioral differences between non-obese and obese patients with NAFLD. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study comprising of 209 patients...
August 30, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918131/cirrhotic-patients-with-portal-hypertension-related-bleeding-and-an-indication-for-early-tips-a-large-multicentre-audit-with-real-life-results
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Dominique Thabut, Arnaud Pauwels, Nicolas Carbonell, Andre Jean Remy, Pierre Nahon, Xavier Causse, Jean-Paul Cervoni, Jean-François Cadranel, Isabelle Archambeaud, Slim Bramli, Florent Ehrhard, Philippe Ah-Soune, Florian Rostain, Alexandre Pariente, Julien Vergniol, Jean-Pierre Dupuychaffray, Anne-Laure Pelletier, Florence Skinazi, Anne Guillygomarc'h, René-Louis Vitte, Jean Henrion, Stéphanie Combet, Marika Rudler, Christophe Bureau
BACKGROUND: The Baveno VI consensus meeting concluded that an early TIPS must be considered in high-risk cirrhotic patients presenting with variceal bleeding (VB) (Child B + active bleeding at endoscopy or Child C10-13 patients). Whether this therapeutic approach is feasible in a real-life setting remains unclear. AIMS: To determine (1) the proportion of patients eligible for early-TIPS among cirrhotic patients with VB, (2) the proportion of these patients who underwent early-TIPS placement and the main reasons for discarding TIPS, and (3) the outcomes of patients who experienced early-TIPS placement in a large, national, prospective, multicentre audit including academic and non-academic centres...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918072/development-of-a-duplex-semi-nested-pcr-assay-for-detection-of-classical-goose-parvovirus-and-novel-goose-parvovirus-related-virus-in-sick-or-dead-ducks-with-short-beak-and-dwarfism-syndrome
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Pengfei Li, Ruihua Zhang, Junhao Chen, Dapeng Sun, Jingjing Lan, Shaoli Lin, Shasha Song, Zhijing Xie, Shijin Jiang
Duck short beak and dwarfism syndrome (SBDS) is an emerging infectious disease caused by a novel goose parvovirus-related virus (NGPV) in China. Until now, it remains uncertain whether the Cherry Valley ducks and mule ducks with SBDS are co-infected with classical goose parvovirus (GPV) and NGPV. In this study, a duplex semi-nested PCR assay with high specificity and sensitivity was developed for detection of the two viruses. Using the duplex PCR assay, NGPV was tested positive in all the 15 duck flocks with SBDS, whereas classical GPV was not detected in all the 133 sick and dead ducks collected from East China...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918026/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-synthetic-oligodeoxynucleotide-for-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-smad-in-an-animal-model-of-liver-cirrhosis
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Jung-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jin An, Woon-Hae Kim, Mi-Gyeong Gwon, Hyemin Gu, Yoon-Yub Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Liver fibrosis is characterized by changes in tissue architecture and extracellular matrix composition. Liver fibrosis affects not only hepatocytes but also the non-parenchymal cells such as hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which are essential for maintaining an intact liver structure and function. Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is a multifunctional cytokine that induces liver fibrosis through activation of Smad signaling pathways. To improve a new therapeutic approach, synthetic TGF-β1/Smad oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) was used to suppress both TGF-β1 expression and Smad transcription factor using a combination of antisense ODN and decoy ODN...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917627/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-cd133-stem-progenitor-cells-infused-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease-reveals-their-interplay-with-stromal-liver-cells
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Lucia Catani, Daria Sollazzo, Elisa Bianchi, Marilena Ciciarello, Chiara Antoniani, Licia Foscoli, Paolo Caraceni, Ferdinando Antonino Giannone, Maurizio Baldassarre, Rosaria Giordano, Tiziana Montemurro, Elisa Montelatici, Antonia D'Errico, Pietro Andreone, Valeria Giudice, Antonio Curti, Rossella Manfredini, Roberto Massimo Lemoli
BACKGROUND AIMS: Growing evidence supports the therapeutic potential of bone marrow (BM)-derived stem/progenitor cells for end-stage liver disease (ESLD). We recently demonstrated that CD133(+) stem/progenitor cell (SPC) reinfusion in patients with ESLD is feasible and safe and improve, albeit transiently, liver function. However, the mechanism(s) through which BM-derived SPCs may improve liver function are not fully elucidated. METHODS: Here, we characterized the circulating SPCs compartment of patients with ESLD undergoing CD133(+) cell therapy...
September 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917579/microcirculation-in-the-murine-liver-a-computational-fluid-dynamic-model-based-on-3d-reconstruction-from-in-vivo-microscopy
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Monica Piergiovanni, Elena Bianchi, Giada Capitani, Irene Li Piani, Lucia Ganzer, Luca G Guidotti, Matteo Iannacone, Gabriele Dubini
The liver is organized in hexagonal functional units - termed lobules - characterized by a rather peculiar blood microcirculation, due to the presence of a tangled network of capillaries - termed sinusoids. A better understanding of the hemodynamics that governs liver microcirculation is relevant to clinical and biological studies aimed at improving our management of liver diseases and transplantation. Herein, we built a CFD model of a 3D sinusoidal network, based on in vivo images of a physiological mouse liver obtained with a 2-photon microscope...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917250/emerging-technologies-in-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
#16
Lijun Ma, Lei Wang, Chia-Lin Tseng, Arjun Sahgal
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) stems from the initial developments of intra-cranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Despite similarity in their names and clinical goals of delivering a sufficiently high tumoricidal dose, maximal sparing of the surrounding normal tissues and a short treatment course, SBRT technologies have transformed from the early days of body frame-based treatments with X-ray verification to primarily image-guided procedures with cone-beam CT or stereoscopic X-ray systems and non-rigid body immo-bilization...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917237/screening-for-nutritional-risk-in-hospitalized-children-with-liver-disease
#17
Tiantian Song, Ying Mu, Xue Gong, Wenyan Ma, Li Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Malnutrition is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality from pediatric liver disease. We investigated the prevalence of both malnutrition and high nutritional risk in hospitalized children with liver disease as well as the rate of in-hospital nutritional support. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A total of 2,874 hospitalized children and adolescents with liver disease aged 1 to 17 years (inclusive) were enrolled. Malnutrition was screened by anthropometric measures (height-for-age, weight-for-height, weight-for-age, and BMI- for-age z-scores)...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916623/efficacy-of-radioembolization-with-holmium-166-microspheres-in-salvage-patients-with-liver-metastases-a-phase-2-study
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Jip F Prince, Maurice A A J van den Bosch, J F W Nijsen, Maarten L J Smits, Andor F van den Hoven, Stavros Nikolakopoulos, Frank J Wessels, Rutger C G Bruijnen, Manon Braat, Bernard A Zonnenberg, Marnix Lam
Rationale: Radioembolization of liver malignancies with holmium-166 (166Ho) microspheres has been shown safe in a phase 1 dose-escalation study. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of 166Ho radioembolization. Methods: In this prospective single-arm study, 56 patients were enrolled, all with liver metastases refractory to systemic therapy and ineligible for surgical resection. Radioembolization was performed with a projected average absorbed dose of 60 Gy to the liver (equal to 3.8 GBq/kg liver tissue)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916526/monoclonal-antibodies-directed-against-cadherin-rgd-exhibit-therapeutic-activity-against-melanoma-and-colorectal-cancer-metastasis
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Ruben A Bartolomé, Carmen Aizpurua, Marta Jaén, Sofia Torres, Eva Calviño, Juan I Imbaud, J Ignacio Casal
PURPOSE: New targets are required for the control of advanced metastatic disease. We investigated the use of cadherin RGD motifs, which activate the α2β1integrin pathway, as targets for the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: CDH17 fragments and peptides were prepared and used for immunization and antibody development. Antibodies were tested for inhibition of β1 integrin and cell adhesion, proliferation and invasion assays using cell lines from different cancer types: colorectal, pancreatic, melanoma and breast cancer...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916356/molecular-characterization-of-polymeric-immunoglobulin-receptor-and-expression-response-to-aeromonas-hydrophila-challenge-in-carassius-auratus
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Li Wang, Jie Zhang, Xianghui Kong, Chao Pei, Xianliang Zhao, Li Li
The polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) plays a pivotal role in mucosal immune response by transporting polymeric immunoglobulins onto the surface of mucosal epithelia to protect animals from invading pathogens. In this study, the full-length cDNA of pIgR was firstly cloned in Qihe crucian carp (Carassius auratus), hereafter designated as CapIgR, by using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The molecular characterization and expression of CapIgR were investigated...
September 12, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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