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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777640/factors-associated-with-parental-intent-not-to-circumcise-daughters-in-enugu-state-of-nigeria-an-application-of-the-theory-of-planned-behavior
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Cajetan I Ilo, Sandra A Darfour-Oduro, Jerome O Okafor, Diana S Grigsby-Toussaint, Ignatius O Nwimo, Chinagorom Onwunaka
This study explored intention of parents not to circumcise daughters in Enugu State, Nigeria using theory of planned behavior (TPB) as a framework. A survey of 1345 parents was carried out using structured questionnaire with FGM question items based on TPB constructs of attitude, subjective norm (SN), perceived behavioral control (PBC), and intention. Intention was dichotomized into two categories and logistic regression analysis was performed to examine the association between the constructs of TPB while controlling for some socio-demographic factors...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774570/high-mobility-group-box-1-drives-fibrosis-progression-signaling-via-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-mice
#2
Xiaodong Ge, Elena Arriazu, Fernando Magdaleno, Daniel J Antoine, Rouchelle Dela Cruz, Neil Theise, Natalia Nieto
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE: High-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) increased in response to liver injury. Since HMGB1 is a ligand for the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), we hypothesized that induction of HMGB1 could participate in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis via RAGE cell-specific signaling mechanisms. RESULTS: liver HMGB1 protein expression correlated with fibrosis stage in patients with chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH)...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773854/genome-wide-haplotype-association-analysis-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis-risk-in-japanese
#3
Cindy Im, Yadav Sapkota, Wonjong Moon, Minae Kawashima, Minoru Nakamura, Katsushi Tokunaga, Yutaka Yasui
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) susceptibility loci have largely been discovered through single SNP association testing. In this study, we report genic haplotype patterns associated with PBC risk genome-wide in two Japanese cohorts. Among the 74 genic PBC risk haplotype candidates we detected with a novel methodological approach in a discovery cohort of 1,937 Japanese, nearly two-thirds were replicated (49 haplotypes, Bonferroni-corrected P < 6.8 × 10-4 ) in an independent Japanese cohort (N = 949)...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761165/a-real-world-observational-cohort-of-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis-target-primary-biliary-cholangitis-study-design-and-rationale
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Cynthia Levy, Christopher L Bowlus, Elizabeth Carey, Julie M Crawford, Karen Deane, Marlyn J Mayo, W Ray Kim, Michael W Fried
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a rare chronic cholestatic liver disease that may progress to biliary cirrhosis if left untreated. The first-line therapy for PBC is ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA). Unfortunately, 1 of 3 patients does not respond to UDCA. These patients are at risk for developing clinical events, including cirrhosis, complications of portal hypertension, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplant, or death. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved obeticholic acid to be used in certain patients with PBC...
May 2018: Hepatology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758864/analysis-of-the-environmental-behavior-of-farmers-for-non-point-source-pollution-control-and-management-in-a-water-source-protection-area-in-china
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Yandong Wang, Jun Yang, Jiping Liang, Yanfang Qiang, Shanqi Fang, Minxue Gao, Xiaoyu Fan, Gaihe Yang, Baowen Zhang, Yongzhong Feng
The environmental behavior of farmers plays an important role in exploring the causes of non-point source pollution and taking scientific control and management measures. Based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), the present study investigated the environmental behavior of farmers in the Water Source Area of the Middle Route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China. Results showed that TPB could explain farmers' environmental behavior (SMC=0.26) and intention (SMC=0.36) well. Furthermore, the farmers' attitude towards behavior (AB), subjective norm (SN), and perceived behavioral control (PBC) positively and significantly influenced their environmental intention; their environmental intention further impacted their behavior...
August 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758112/novel-and-emerging-therapies-for-cholestatic-liver-diseases
#6
Jordan Goldstein, Cynthia Levy
While bile acids are important for both digestion and signaling, hydrophobic bile acids can be harmful especially when in high concentrations. Mechanisms for protection of cholangiocytes against bile acid cytotoxicity include negative feedback loops via farnesoid X nuclear receptor (FXR) activation, the bicarbonate umbrella, cholehepatic shunting and anti-inflammatory signaling, among others. By altering or overwhelming these defense mechanisms, cholestatic diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) can further progress to biliary cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease and death or liver transplantation...
May 14, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754140/improvement-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis-pbc-under-treatment-with-sulfasalazine-and-abatacept
#7
Florian Popp, David Semela, Johannes von Kempis, Ruediger B Mueller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753567/junctional-adhesion-molecules-jam-b-and-jam-c-promote-autoimmune-mediated-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
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Edith Hintermann, Monika Bayer, Clara Benedetta Conti, Sina Fuchs, Michel Fausther, Patrick S Leung, Michel Aurrand-Lions, Richard Taubert, Josef M Pfeilschifter, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Detlef Schuppan, Jonathan A Dranoff, M Eric Gershwin, Michael P Manns, Beat A Imhof, Urs Christen
Fibrosis remains a serious health concern in patients with chronic liver disease. We recently reported that chemically induced chronic murine liver injury triggers increased expression of junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs) JAM-B and JAM-C by endothelial cells and de novo synthesis of JAM-C by hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Here, we demonstrate that biopsies of patients suffering from primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) or autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) display elevated levels of JAM-C on portal fibroblasts (PFs), HSCs, endothelial cells and cholangiocytes, whereas smooth muscle cells expressed JAM-C constitutively...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745886/primary-myelofibrosis-but-not-autoimmune-myelofibrosis-accompanied-by-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-and-primary-biliary-cirrhosis-in-a-patient-with-trisomy-8-mosaic-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Chenyang Lu, Xiaoyan Wu, Hongyan Wen, Huiying Gao, Caihong Wang, Bo Yang, Zhipeng Liang, Chong Gao, Xiaofeng Li
Bone marrow fibrosis has been found to be associated with autoimmune disorders, and autoimmune myelofibrosis (AIMF) has been defined. Primary myelofibrosis (PMF), a clonal myeloproliferative disorder, should be distinguished from AIMF which has a good response to steroids, as the former has a high mortality and very bad response to conventional treatment. This case report describes a rare case of PMF accompanied with Sjögren's syndrome (SJS) and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), in a patient with trisomy 8 mosaic...
May 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740694/knowledge-attitudes-and-practice-of-oncologists-and-oncology-health-care-providers-in-promoting-physical-activity-to-cancer-survivors-an-international-survey
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Sarah J Hardcastle, Robert Kane, Paola Chivers, Dana Hince, Andrew Dean, Dominic Higgs, Paul A Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate knowledge, attitudes, and practices of oncologists towards physical activity (PA) in cancer survivors, and the association between oncologists' own PA behavior and PA promotion. METHODS: Oncologists (n = 123) completed a survey based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Participants reported PA promotion behavior, PA involvement, attitudes, intentions, social norm, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and confidence and knowledge of exercise prescription...
May 8, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739227/efficacy-and-safety-of-fenofibrate-add-on-therapy-for-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis-and-a-suboptimal-response-to-udca
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Weijia Duan, Xiaojuan Ou, Xiaoming Wang, Yu Wang, Xinyan Zhao, Qianyi Wang, Xiaoning Wu, Wei Zhang, Hong Ma, Hong You, Jidong Jia
BACKGROUND: primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) patients with a suboptimal response to ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) have a significantly worse survival rate. Fenofibrate has been shown to improve the short-term biochemical response in this group of patients. However, there is limited data available on the safety and efficacy of its long-term use, especially in patients with cirrhosis. Methods:in this retrospective cohort study, fenofibrate was given to PBC patients with a suboptimal response to at least 12 months of UDCA (13-15 mg/kg/d) therapy...
May 9, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736833/are-clinicians-ready-for-safe-use-of-stratified-therapy-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-pbc-a-study-of-educational-awareness
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Laura Jopson, Amardeep Khanna, Patricia Peterson, Elaine Rudell, Margaret Corrigan, David Jones
BACKGROUND: Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, formerly cirrhosis), is a chronic cholestatic liver disease which until spring 2016 had a single licensed therapy, Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA). Approximately 30% of patients do not respond to UDCA, and are high-risk for progressing to end stage liver disease, transplantation or death. A new era of stratified medicine with second-line therapies to treat high-risk disease is emerging, with the first such second-line agent obeticholic acid recently receiving FDA and EMA approval and entering practice...
May 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709678/lysyl-oxidase-like-protein-2-loxl2-modules-barrier-function-in-cholangiocytes-in-cholestasis
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Marion J Pollheimer, Silvia Racedo, Amanda Mikels-Vigdal, Derek Marshall, Christopher Bowlus, Carolin Lackner, Tobias Madl, Tom H Karlsen, Johannes R Hov, Susan K Lyman, Joanne Adamkewicz, Victoria Smith, Emmanuel Moreau, Gernot Zollner, Tor Jacob Eide, Tatjana Stojakovic, Hubert Scharnagl, Hans-Jürgen Gruber, Rudolf E Stauber, Michael Trauner, Peter Fickert
BACKGROUND: The lysyl oxidase-like protein 2 (LOXL2) promotes stabilization of the extracellular matrix, chemotaxis, cell growth and cell mobility. We aimed to (i) identify stimuli of LOXL2 in cholangiopathies, (ii) characterize the effects of LOXL2 on biliary epithelial cells' (BECs) barrier function, (iii) compare LOXL2 expression in PSC, PBC, and disease controls, and (iv) to determine LOXL2 expression and cellular sources in 4 mouse models for cholangiopathies. METHODS: Cultured murine BECs were challenged with well-known triggers of cellular senescence, hypoxia, phospholipid-deficient Abcb4-/- mouse bile and chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) and investigated for LOXL2, SNAIL1 and E-cadherin expression and transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) with and without LOX-inhibition...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704003/pilot-study-with-ibat-inhibitor-a4250-for-the-treatment-of-cholestatic-pruritus-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Samer Al-Dury, Annika Wahlström, Staffan Wahlin, Jacqueline Langedijk, Ronald Oude Elferink, Marcus Ståhlman, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall
Pruritus is a common complication of cholestatic liver diseases. Inhibition of the ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT/ASBT) may emerge as treatment option. Our aim was to assess tolerability and effect on pruritus of the selective IBAT inhibitor A4250 in patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Ten patients with PBC and bile acid sequestrant treatment of cholestatic pruritus were after a two-week wash out of the bile acid sequestrant treated with either 0.75 mg (n = 4) or 1.5 mg (n = 5) of A4250 for four weeks...
April 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693673/non-dirac-chern-insulators-with-large-band-gaps-and-spin-polarized-edge-states
#15
Y Xue, J Y Zhang, B Zhao, X Y Wei, Z Q Yang
Based on first-principles calculations and k·p models, we demonstrate that PbC/MnSe heterostructures are a non-Dirac type of Chern insulator with very large band gaps (244 meV) and exotically half-metallic edge states, providing the possibilities of realizing very robust, completely spin polarized, and dissipationless spintronic devices from the heterostructures. The achieved extraordinarily large nontrivial band gap can be ascribed to the contribution of the non-Dirac type electrons (composed of px and py) and the very strong atomic spin-orbit coupling (SOC) interaction of the heavy Pb element in the system...
April 25, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691599/-primary-biliary-cholangitis-established-and-novel-therapies
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REVIEW
M Vetter, A E Kremer
BACKGROUND: Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC, formerly primary biliary cirrhosis) and insufficient treatment response or risk factors exhibit a remarkably increased risk for disease progression and associated complications. Furthermore, extrahepatic manifestations may considerably reduce quality of life in affected patients. OBJECTIVES: This article presents an overview on standard therapy with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and further therapeutic options in patients with insufficient treatment response...
April 24, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29689511/thz-spectra-and-corresponding-vibrational-modes-of-dna-base-pair-cocrystals-and-polynucleotides
#17
Fang Wang, Dongbo Zhao, Hao Dong, Ling Jiang, Lin Huang, Yunfei Liu, Shuhua Li
The generalized energy-based fragmentation (GEBF) approach has been applied to study the THz spectra and vibrational modes of base pair cocrystals under periodic boundary conditions (denoted as PBC-GEBF). Results of vibrational mode reveal that hydrogen bonds play a pivotal role in the pairing process of base crystals, where most NH and CH bonds stretch to some extent. We also found that hydrogen bonds of a self-made A:T cocrystal completely break in a transition from liquid to the solid state, while self-made C:G cocrystal is different and easier to form a cocrystal, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and terahertz (THz) spectra...
April 15, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679530/corrigendum-ermoian-rp-breneman-j-walterhouse-do-et-al-45-gy-is-not-sufficient-radiotherapy-dose-for-group-iii-orbital-embryonal-rhabdomyosarcoma-after-less-than-complete-response-to-12-weeks-of-arst0331-chemotherapy-pediatr-blood-cancer-2017-64-e26540-https
#18
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678444/biliary-epithelium-a-neuroendocrine-compartment-in-cholestatic-liver-disease
#19
REVIEW
Laurent Ehrlich, Marinda Scrushy, Fanyin Meng, Terry C Lairmore, Gianfranco Alpini, Shannon Glaser
Hepatic fibrosis is characterized by abnormal accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) that can lead to ductopenia, cirrhosis, and even malignant transformation. In this review, we examine cholestatic liver diseases characterized by extensive biliary fibrosis such as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), polycystic liver disease (PLD), and MDR2-/- and BDL mouse models. Following biliary injury, cholangiocytes, the epithelial cells that line the bile ducts, become reactive and adopt a neuroendocrine phenotype in which they secrete and respond to neurohormones and neuropeptides in an autocrine and paracrine fashion...
April 17, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673995/investigating-the-adsorption-behavior-and-the-relative-distribution-of-cd-2-sorption-mechanisms-on-biochars-by-different-feedstock
#20
Rong-Zhong Wang, Dan-Lian Huang, Yun-Guo Liu, Chen Zhang, Cui Lai, Guang-Ming Zeng, Min Cheng, Xiao-Min Gong, Jia Wan, Hao Luo
The objective of this study was to investigate the adsorption behavior and the relative distribution of Cd2+ sorption mechanisms on biochars by different feedstock. Bamboo biochars (BBCs), corn straw biochars (CBCs) and pig manure biochars (PBCs) were prepared at 300-700 °C. Adsorption results showed PBCs have the best adsorption capacity for Cd2+ , the extra adsorption capacity of PBCs mainly attributed to the precipitation or cation exchange, which played an important role in the removal of Cd2+ by PBCs...
April 10, 2018: Bioresource Technology
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