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Tatsuo Kanda, Shin Yasui, Masato Nakamura, Shingo Nakamoto, Koji Takahashi, Shuang Wu, Reina Sasaki, Yuki Haga, Sadahisa Ogasawara, Tomoko Saito, Kazufumi Kobayashi, Soichiro Kiyono, Yoshihiko Ooka, Eiichiro Suzuki, Tetsuhiro Chiba, Hitoshi Maruyama, Fumio Imazeki, Mitsuhiko Moriyama, Naoya Kato
Background: Interferon-free treatment can achieve higher sustained virological response (SVR) rates, even in patients in whom hepatitis C virus (HCV) could not be eradicated in the interferon treatment era. Immune restoration in the liver is occasionally associated with HCV infection. We examined the safety and effects of interferon-free regimens on HCV patients with autoimmune liver diseases. Results: All 7 HCV patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) completed treatment and achieved SVR...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Sainan Bian, Hua Chen, Li Wang, Yunyun Fei, Yunjiao Yang, Linyi Peng, Yongzhe Li, Fengchun Zhang
Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) can have extrahepatic manifestations. However, data about cardiac involvement of PBC is limited. We aimed in this study to analyze the clinical characteristics in patients with PBC complicated with and without cardiac involvement, and the risk factors of cardiac involvement in PBC. PBC patients admitted to Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 2002 and February 2016 were consecutively enrolled. Structured interview, systemic rheumatologic examination, and laboratory tests were conducted for each patient, and risk factors of cardiac involvement were analyzed by comparing patients with and without cardiac involvement...
2018: PloS One
Chen-Yi Liao, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Pauling Chu, Kuang-Yu Wei, Tseng-Min Feng, Fu-Huang Lin, Chang-Huei Tsao, Chia-Chao Wu, Wu-Chien Chien
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the risk of osteoporosis in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) using a nationwide population-based dataset. METHODS: In a cohort study of 986,713 individuals, we selected 2,493 PBC patients who were aged 18 years or older and had been diagnosed with PBC, based on the International Classification of Disease (ICD-9-CM) codes 571.6, during 20002010. The control cohort comprised 9,972 randomly selected, propensity matched patients (by age, gender, and index date), without PBC...
2018: PloS One
Motoko Sasaki, Yasunori Sato, Yasuni Nakanuma
Dysregulated autophagy may be a central player in trehe pathogenesis of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) by inducing autoimmune processes via abnormal expression of mitochondrial antigens such as pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, E2 component (PDC-E2) and also by inducing cellular senescence in biliary epithelial cells (BECs) in bile duct lesions in PBC. We examined the association of an impaired "biliary bicarbonate umbrella" due to dysfunction of anion exchanger 2 (AE2) with dysregulated autophagy and cellular senescence in PBC...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Xihui Jiang, Ya Wang, Zhengyan Su, Fang Yang, Houning Lv, Lin Lin, Chao Sun
We aimed to investigate the relationship between the histologic severity and red blood cell distribution width to platelet ratio (RPR) in patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). One hundred and seven consecutive patients with liver biopsy-proven and as yet treatment-naïve PBC were enrolled as the primary and validation cohort. The histologic stages were divided into early stage (Scheuer's stage 1 & 2) and late stage (Scheuer's stage 3 & 4). The overall patient demographics, clinical manifestations, hematological tests and biochemical profile were retrospectively collected from our database...
March 13, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Hella Wobser, Tanja Paur, Elisabeth Schnoy, Janine Hartl, Gabriele I Kirchner
Background: Several years ago the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group simplified the previous revised original scoring system for diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) into a scoring system based on only four instead of 13 parameters. Objective: We aimed to evaluate the suitability of the simplified AIH score for diagnosis of AIH in a German cohort with chronic liver diseases. Methods: In this retrospective single-center study, we compared the accuracy of both AIH scores in 70 patients with AIH and 211 patients with chronic liver diseases (PBC ( n  = 52), PSC ( n  = 27), NASH ( n  = 67), DILI ( n  = 15), CHB/C ( n  = 50))...
March 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Jun-Dong Wu, Chao-Qun Hong, Wen-He Huang, Xiao-Long Wei, Fan Zhang, Yi-Xuan Zhuang, Yong-Qu Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhang
INTRODUCTION: The L1 cell adhesion molecule (L1-CAM) and its soluble form sL1 play a prominent role in invasion and metastasis in several cancers. However, its association with breast cancer is still unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed L1-CAM expression and serum sL1 levels in cancer and para-carcinoma tissues from 162 consecutive patients with primary invasive breast cancer (PBC) using immunohistochemistry and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively...
December 28, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
Wei Zhang, Debapriya De, Kahee A Mohammed, Satish Munigala, Guilan Chen, Jin-Ping Lai, Bruce R Bacon
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) are two major immune-mediated chronic liver diseases. Overlap syndrome (OS) is diagnosed if patients have features of both AIH and PBC; however, there is no consensus on the definition or diagnostic criteria for OS. Here, we report a new scoring classification for OS and evaluate its usefulness. This new scoring classification was developed by modifying the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group classification by selecting histologic features of AIH and PBC along with modifications of biochemical and immunologic characteristics...
March 2018: Hepatology communications
Urs Christen, Edith Hintermann
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) are serious autoimmune liver diseases that are characterized by a progressive destruction of the liver parenchyma and/or the hepatic bile ducts and the development of chronic fibrosis. Left untreated autoimmune liver diseases are often life-threatening, and patients require a liver transplantation to survive. Thus, an early and reliable diagnosis is paramount for the initiation of a proper therapy with immunosuppressive and/or anticholelithic drugs...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Peng Zhang, Qianjin Lu
Immunological tolerance loss is fundamental to the development of autoimmunity; however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Immune tolerance consists of central and peripheral tolerance. Central tolerance, which occurs in the thymus for T cells and bone marrow for B cells, is the primary way that the immune system discriminates self from non-self. Peripheral tolerance, which occurs in tissues and lymph nodes after lymphocyte maturation, controls self-reactive immune cells and prevents over-reactive immune responses to various environment factors...
March 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Keigo Murakami, Shuko Hata, Yasuhiro Miki, Hironobu Sasano
Background A potential correlation between sex hormones, such as androgens and estrogens, and the development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been proposed. However, its details, in particular, aromatase status in diseased human liver has remained largely unknown. Materials and methods We immunolocalized aromatase, 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD) type 1 and 17β-HSD type 2 in a total of 155 cases, consisting of normal liver (n = 10), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (n = 18), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) (n = 6), primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) (n = 13), biliary atresia (n = 18), alcoholic hepatitis (n = 11), hepatitis C virus (HCV) (n = 31), HCV sustained virologic response (HCV-SVR) (n = 10), hepatitis B virus (HBV) (n = 20), HBV sustained virologic response (HBV-SVR) (n = 8) and infants (n = 10)...
February 28, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
Melisa Dirchwolf, Sebastián Marciano, Diego H Giunta, Maria L Posadas-Martínez, Scott W Biggins, Andrés E Ruf
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) related cirrhosis is a leading indication for liver transplantation (LT) worldwide. Access to effective HCV treatment is inequitable globally. We aimed to analyze whether the introduction of effective HCV treatment caused an impact in LT trends in a middle-income country. METHODS: Cross sectional analysis of all adult patients who were listed/received a LT in Argentina for HCV, alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) or autoimmune hepatitis/primary biliary cirrhosis (AIH/PBC) from 2007 to 2017...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
Wei-Yu Chen, Hsing-Chieh Lin
Growing evidence indicates that ocean acidification has a significant impact on calcifying marine organisms. However, there is a lack of exposure risk assessments for aquatic organisms under future environmentally relevant ocean acidification scenarios. The objective of this study was to investigate the probabilistic effects of acidified seawater on the life-stage response dynamics of fertilization, larvae growth, and larvae mortality of the green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). We incorporated the regulation of primary body cavity (PBC) pH in response to seawater pH into the assessment by constructing an explicit model to assess effective life-stage response dynamics to seawater or PBC pH levels...
February 24, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
P Sudha Rani, G Sampath Kumar, J Mukherjee, T N R Srinivas, V V S S Sarma
In order to examine the health of the coastal waters off Visakhapatnam in terms of prevalence and abundance of heterotrophic (H), indicator and pathogenic (P) bacterial counts (BC) and influence of physical processes on them, time-series observations were conducted during January (winter), March (spring), July (summer) and October (post-monsoon). We noticed the impact of physical forces on substantial variations in abundance and distribution of the HBC, total coliforms, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the study region...
February 2018: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Steven M Brunelli, David B Van Wyck, Levi Njord, Robert J Ziebol, Laurie E Lynch, Douglas P Killion
Central venous catheters (CVCs) contribute disproportionately to bloodstream infection (BSI) and, by extension, to infection-related hospitalization, mortality, and health care costs in patients undergoing dialysis. Recent product advancements may reduce BSIs, but a sufficiently powered comparative-effectiveness study is needed to facilitate evidence-based patient care decisions. In a 13-month, prospective, cluster-randomized, open-label trial, we compared BSI rates in facilities using ClearGuard HD antimicrobial barrier caps (ClearGuard group) with those in facilities using Tego hemodialysis connectors plus Curos disinfecting caps (Tego+Curos group)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
S Saha, B Chandra
OBJECTIVES: The present study aims to fill the gap in the literature by conducting a comprehensive research on Indian donor's intention towards voluntary blood donation in India. The study attempts to conceptualize and validate an integrative framework incorporating voluntary function inventory (VFI) in the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) model with the purpose tomeasure the voluntary blood donation intention. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Structural equation modeling (SEM) has been used to rigorously test the hypothesized interrelationships among the underlying motives influencing voluntary blood donation intention...
February 19, 2018: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
Tobias Schmidt, Constantin Schmidt, Felix N Schmidt, Sebastian Butscheidt, Haider Mussawy, Jan Hubert, Thelonius Hawellek, Nicola Oehler, Florian Barvencik, Ansgar W Lohse, Thorsten Schinke, Christoph Schramm, Michael Amling, Tim Rolvien
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is known to be a major risk factor for osteoporosis reflected by a reduction of bone mineral density (BMD). However, both the extent of the macro- and microstructural alterations of bone as well as the causative factors are unknown. We have retrospectively analyzed a total of 96 patients with PBC and 53 healthy controls matched for age, sex and body mass index. In addition to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measurements at the lumbar spine and hip, high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) was used to assess the geometric, volumetric and microstructural changes of bone at the distal radius and tibia...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Xin Yan, Jinglan Jin
RATIONALE: Primary cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA) is a localized skin disorder characterized by the abnormal deposition of amyloid in the extracellular matrix of the dermis. The association between PCA and other diseases, although rare, has been documented for various autoimmune diseases. PCA associated with autoimmune hepatitis-primary biliary cirrhosis (AIH-PBC) overlap syndrome and Sjögren syndrome (SS) has not been previously reported in the literature. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 50-year-old woman presented with progressive abnormal liver enzyme levels and was referred to our department...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
M C Piccirillo, G Scambia, A Bologna, S Signoriello, I Vergote, K Baumann, D Lorusso, V Murgia, R Sorio, G Ferrandina, C Sacco, G Cormio, E Breda, S Cinieri, D Natale, G Mangili, C Pisano, S C Cecere, M Di Napoli, V Salutari, F Raspagliesi, L Arenare, A Bergamini, J Bryce, G Daniele, C Gallo, S Pignata, F Perrone
Background: MITO-8 showed that prolonging platinum-free interval by introducing non-platinum-based chemotherapy (NPBC) does not improve prognosis of patients with partially platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. Quality of life (QOL) was a secondary outcome. Patients and methods: Ovarian cancer patients recurring or progressing 6-12 months after previous platinum-based chemotherapy (PBC) were randomized to receive PBC or NPBC as first treatment. QOL was assessed at baseline, 3rd and 6th cycle, with the EORTC C-30 and OV-28 questionnaires...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
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