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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530647/stage-of-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-congenital-bleeding-disorders-and-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus
#1
Marta Kucharska, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz, Aleksandra Szymczak, Marcin Inglot, Weronika Rymer, Małgorzata Zalewska, Krzysztof Małyszczak, Małgorzata Kuliszkiewicz-Janus, Małgorzata Inglot
INTRODUCTION    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the major cause of chronic liver disease in patients with hemophilia. As liver biopsy should not be routinely used in them, possibilities of accurate assessment of the fibrosis stage have been very limited until recently. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to determine the stage of liver fibrosis in HCV-infected hemophiliacs with use of non-invasive methods of fibrosis assessment and to analyze the influence of risk factors on liver fibrosis.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    The study included 71 HCV-infected patients with hemophilia and other congenital bleeding disorders...
May 22, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527913/von-willebrand-factor-deficiency-reduces-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
#2
Nikita Joshi, Anna K Kopec, Jessica L Ray, Holly Cline-Fedewa, Dafna J Groeneveld, Ton Lisman, James P Luyendyk
Liver diseases are associated with complex changes in the hemostatic system and elevated levels of the platelet-adhesive protein Von Willebrand factor (VWF) are reported in patients with acute and chronic liver damage. Although elevated levels of VWF are associated with fibrosis in the general population, the role of VWF in acute and chronic liver injury has not been examined in depth in experimental settings. We tested the hypothesis that VWF deficiency inhibits experimental liver injury and fibrosis. Wild-type (WT) and VWF-deficient mice were challenged with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and the impact of VWF deficiency on acute liver injury and chronic liver fibrosis was determined...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527666/hepatic-steatosis-progresses-faster-in-hiv-mono-infected-than-hiv-hcv-co-infected-patients-and-is-associated-with-liver-fibrosis
#3
Thomas Pembroke, Marc Deschenes, Bertrand Lebouché, Amine Benmassaoud, Maida Sewitch, Peter Ghali, Philip Wong, Alex Halme, Elise Vuille-Lessard, Costa Pexos, Marina B Klein, Giada Sebastiani
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatic steatosis (HS) seems common in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, the relative effect of HIV, as well as hepatitis C virus (HCV) in those co-infected, and the influence of HS on liver fibrosis progression are unclear. METHODS: The LIVEr disease in HIV (LIVEHIV) is a Canadian prospective Cohort using transient elastography and associated controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) to screen for HS and liver fibrosis in unselected HIV-infected adults...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527664/a-new-hdv-mouse-model-identifies-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-as-a-key-player-in-ifn-%C3%AE-induction
#4
Lester Suárez-Amarán, Carla Usai, Marianna Di Scala, Cristina Godoy, Yi Ni, Mirja Hommel, Laura Palomo, Víctor Segura, Cristina Olagüe, Africa Vales, Alicia Ruiz-Ripa, Maria Buti, Eduardo Salido, Jesús Prieto, Stephan Urban, Francisco Rodríguez-Frias, Rafael Aldabe, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studying hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and developing new treatments is hampered by the limited availability of small animal models. Here a description of a robust mouse model of HDV infection that mimics several important characteristics of the human disease is presented. METHODS: HDV- and HBV-replication competent genomes were delivered to the mouse liver using adeno-associated viruses (AAV) (AAV-HDV and AAV-HBV). Viral load, antigen expression and genomes were quantified at different time points after AAV injection...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527146/real-time-elastography-rte-a-valuable-sonography-based-non-invasive-method-for-the-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
#5
Tianyi Wang, Cuiping Shao, Guosheng Zhang, Youqing Xu
PURPOSE: To investigate the diagnostic usefulness of real-time elastography (RTE) for liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS: 89 CHB patients were enrolled in the cross-sectional study. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous liver biopsies, RTE, and blood testing were performed in all patients. Areas under receiver operating characteristic curves (AUROC) were used to examine the diagnostic performance of liver fibrosis index (LFI) for the assessment of liver fibrosis...
May 19, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526997/nafld-as-a-sexual-dimorphic-disease-role-of-gender-and-reproductive-status-in-the-development-and-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-inherent-cardiovascular-risk
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REVIEW
Stefano Ballestri, Fabio Nascimbeni, Enrica Baldelli, Alessandra Marrazzo, Dante Romagnoli, Amedeo Lonardo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) spans steatosis through nonalcoholic steatohepatis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) associated with striking systemic features and excess cardiovascular and liver-related mortality. The pathogenesis of NAFLD is complex and multifactorial. Endocrine derangements are closely linked with dysmetabolic traits. For example, in animal and human studies, female sex is protected from dysmetabolism thanks to young individuals' ability to partition fatty acids towards ketone body production rather than very low density lipoprotein (VLDL)-triacylglycerol, and to sex-specific browning of white adipose tissue...
May 19, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526812/soluble-axl-is-an-accurate-biomarker-of-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-development-results-from-a-large-scale-multicenter-analysis
#7
Mirko Dengler, Katharina Staufer, Heidemarie Huber, Rudolf Stauber, Heike Bantel, Karl Heinz Weiss, Patrick Starlinger, Hannelore Pock, Petra Klöters-Plachky, Daniel N Gotthardt, Peter Rauch, Carolin Lackner, Judith Stift, Christine Brostjan, Thomas Gruenberger, Takashi Kumada, Hidenori Toyoda, Toshifumi Tada, Thomas S Weiss, Michael Trauner, Wolfgang Mikulits
Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) and cirrhosis are at high risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Current diagnostic tools for HCC detection include imaging techniques and serum biomarkers such as α-fetoprotein (AFP). Yet, these methods are limited in sensitivity and specificity to accurately detect early HCC. Here we focused on the potential of soluble Axl (sAxl) as a biomarker in CLD patients by analyzing serum samples of 1067 patients and healthy controls from centers in Europe and Asia. We show that serum concentrations of sAxl were significantly increased at early (82...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525892/rasal1-is-a-potent-regulator-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-activity-and-liver-fibrosis
#8
Akemi Takata, Motoyuki Otsuka, Takahiro Kishikawa, Mari Yamagami, Rei Ishibashi, Kazuma Sekiba, Tatsunori Suzuki, Motoko Ohno, Yui Yamashita, Takaya Abe, Ryota Masuzaki, Tsuneo Ikenoue, Kazuhiko Koike
Liver fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis and liver failure, can occur after chronic liver injury. The transition of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) from quiescent cells into proliferative and fibrogenic cells is a central event in liver fibrosis. Here, we show that RAS protein activator like-1 (RASAL1), a RAS-GTPase-activating protein, which switches off RAS activity, is significantly decreased during HSC activation, and that HSC activation can be antagonized by forced expression of the RASAL1 protein. We demonstrate that RASAL1 suppresses HSC proliferation by regulating the Ras-MAPK pathway, and that RASAL1 suppresses HSC fibrogenic activity by regulating the PKA-LKB1-AMPK-SRF pathway by interacting with angiotensin II receptor, type 1...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524171/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-and-fatty-liver-disease
#9
REVIEW
Charles E Foulds, Lindsey S Treviño, Brian York, Cheryl L Walker
A growing epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is paralleling the increase in the incidence of obesity and diabetes mellitus in countries that consume a Western diet. As NAFLD can lead to life-threatening conditions such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, an understanding of the factors that trigger its development and pathological progression is needed. Although by definition this disease is not associated with alcohol consumption, exposure to environmental agents that have been linked to other diseases might have a role in the development of NAFLD...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523596/pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-vismodegib-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-malignancies-and-hepatic-impairment
#10
Ghassan K Abou-Alfa, Lionel D Lewis, Patricia LoRusso, Michael Maitland, Priya Chandra, Sravanthi Cheeti, Dawn Colburn, Sarah Williams, Brian Simmons, Richard A Graham
PURPOSE: Vismodegib is a Hedgehog pathway inhibitor approved for the treatment of advanced basal cell carcinoma. Currently, the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of vismodegib in patients with hepatic dysfunction are unknown and are the objective of this study. METHODS: Patients with advanced solid malignancies and hepatic impairment were enrolled into one of four cohorts: normal [bilirubin (bili) < upper limit of normal (ULN)], mild (ULN < bili ≤ 1...
May 18, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523321/autoimmune-hepatitis-with-sclerosing-cholangitis-in-a-patient-with-thiopurine-methyltransferase-deficiency-case-presentation
#11
Sorin Claudiu Man, Cristina Nicoleta Schnell, Valentina Sas, Anca Dana Buzoianu, Dan Gheban
The association between two autoimmune diseases is known in the literature as overlap syndrome. We present the case of an 18-year-old boy, diagnosed at the age of 13 with an overlap syndrome between type I autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis. The response to immunosuppressant therapy was hampered by azathioprine-induced toxicity causing severe pancytopenia, as a result of thiopurine methyltransferase enzyme genetic deficiency. Treatment was replaced by mycophenolate mofetil. Although the relapse rate was reduced, the disease progressed to cirrhosis...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523311/study-concerning-the-histopathological-changes-in-chronic-hepatopathies
#12
Cristian Marius Daina, Lucia Georgeta Daina, Marinela Bonta, Daniela Rahotă, Gabriela MuŢiu
Chronic liver diseases represent a public health problem both at global level and in our country. Their significance is due not only to the large number of cases but also to their severe complications and associated diseases, which increase the gravity of prognosis. Hepatopathies generally develop by formation and accumulation of fibrous tissue, which leads to architectural distortions in the structure of the liver. Hepatic fibrosis is the result of chronic injury and plays a direct role in the pathogenesis of the hepatocellular dysfunction and portal hypertension...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522403/multiplex-autoantibody-detection-for-autoimmune-liver-diseases-and-autoimmune-gastritis
#13
Joris Vanderlocht, Mart van der Cruys, Frans Stals, Liesbeth Bakker-Jonges, Jan Damoiseaux
Autoantibody detection for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and autoimmune gastritis (AIG) is traditionally performed by IIF on a combination of tissues. Multiplex line/dot blots (LIA/DIA) offer multiple advantages, i.e. automation, objective reading, no interfering reactivities, no coincidental findings. In the current study we evaluated automated DIA (D-Tek) for detecting autoantibodies related to autoimmune diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. We tested samples of the Dutch EQC program and compared the results with the consensus of the participating labs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521828/markov-modeling-in-hepatitis-b-screening-and-linkage-to-care
#14
Martin A Sehr, Kartik D Joshi, John M Fontanesi, Robert J Wong, Robert R Bitmead, Robert G Gish
BACKGROUND: With up to 240 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B worldwide, including an estimated 2 million in the United States, widespread screening is needed to link the infected to care and decrease the possible consequences of untreated infection, including liver cancer, cirrhosis and death. Screening is currently fraught with challenges in both the developed and developing world. New point-of-care tests may have advantages over standard-of-care tests in terms of cost-effectiveness and linkage to care...
May 18, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521797/multiple-cause-of-death-data-among-people-with-aids-in-italy-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
#15
Enrico Grande, Antonella Zucchetto, Barbara Suligoi, Francesco Grippo, Marilena Pappagallo, Saverio Virdone, Laura Camoni, Martina Taborelli, Vincenza Regine, Diego Serraino, Luisa Frova
BACKGROUND: Multiple cause-of-death (MCOD) data allow analyzing the contribution to mortality of conditions reported on the death certificate that are not selected as the underlying cause of death. Using MCOD data, this study aimed to fully describe the cause-specific mortality of people with AIDS (PWA) compared to people without AIDS. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide investigation based on death certificates of 2,515 Italian PWA and 123,224 people without AIDS who had died between 2006 and 2010...
May 18, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521680/fatty-acids-and-effects-on-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-liver-steatosis
#16
Laura Vergani
Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a condition of excess accumulation of lipids, mainly under form of triglycerides (TG), in the liver, and it is the hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is the most common liver disorder world-wide and it has frequently been associated with obesity, hyperlipidemia and insulin resistance. Free fatty acids (FA) are the major mediators of hepatic steatosis; patients with NAFLD have elevated levels of circulating FA that correlate with disease severity. Steatosis is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviors, or that can progress towards more severe liver damages such as steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis and cirrhosis...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521452/assessment-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-associated-liver-cirrhosis
#17
Li-Na Ma, Xiao-Yan Liu, Zhen-Hui Lu, Li-Gang Wu, Yuan-Yuan Tang, Xia Luo, Yan-Chao Hu, Ting-Ting Yan, Qi Wang, Xiang-Chun Ding, Yan Xie
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common malignant tumor worldwide, with high morbidity and mortality. Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma and the majority (~80%) of hepatocellular carcinoma patients in China exhibit co-morbidity with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis. The goal of reliable early diagnostic and prognostic techniques for HBV-associated HCC remains unrealized. The aim of the present study was to explore the efficacy of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) tests in the early diagnosis of HCC in patients with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520728/cost-effectiveness-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-using-generic-direct-acting-antivirals-available-in-india
#18
Rakesh Aggarwal, Qiushi Chen, Amit Goel, Nicole Seguy, Razia Pendse, Turgay Ayer, Jagpreet Chhatwal
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Availability of directly-acting antivirals (DAAs) has changed the treatment landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The high price of DAAs has restricted their use in several countries. However, in some countries such as India, generic DAAs are available at much cheaper price. This study examined whether generic DAAs could be cost-saving and how long it would take for the treatment to become cost-saving/effective. METHODS: A previously-validated, mathematical model was adapted to the HCV-infected population in India to compare the outcomes of no treatment versus treatment with DAAs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520574/orthotopic-liver-transplantation-changes-the-course-of-gastric-antral-vascular-ectasia-a-case-series-from-a-transplant-center
#19
Chaitanya Allamneni, Basem Alkurdi, Rehan Naseemuddin, Brendan M McGuire, Mohamed G Shoreibah, Devin E Eckhoff, Shajan Peter
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is an important cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and anemia in patients with cirrhosis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) on GAVE and associated anemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a chart review and identified all cirrhotic patients with GAVE who underwent OLT at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham between 2005 and 2013. Population's demographics, etiology of cirrhosis, comorbidities, presentation and treatment modalities of GAVE, endoscopic and histopathologic reports, hemoglobin values before and after transplant, and immunosuppressive regimens were collected...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518283/branched-chain-amino-acids-for-people-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
#20
REVIEW
Lise Lotte Gluud, Gitte Dam, Iñigo Les, Giulio Marchesini, Mette Borre, Niels Kristian Aagaard, Hendrik Vilstrup
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy is a brain dysfunction with neurological and psychiatric changes associated with liver insufficiency or portal-systemic shunting. The severity ranges from minor symptoms to coma. A Cochrane systematic review including 11 randomised clinical trials on branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) versus control interventions has evaluated if BCAA may benefit people with hepatic encephalopathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of BCAA versus any control intervention for people with hepatic encephalopathy...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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