Hepatology Research

00:44 EDT 21st October 2018 | BioPortfolio

Liver transplant listing for hepatitis C associated cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma has fallen in the United Kingdom since the introduction of direct acting antiviral therapy.

Following the introduction of direct acting antivirals (DAA), there have been reports of declining incidence of hepatitis C (HCV) related liver disease as a liver transplantation indication. In this study we assessed the impact of DAA on liver transplant indications in the UK and waiting list outcomes for patients with HCV. We assessed UK adult elective liver transplant registrants between 2006 an...

A Prospective, Randomized Phase II Study of Adjuvant Gemcitabine Versus S-1 After Major Hepatectomy for Biliary Tract Cancer (KHBO 1208): Kansai Hepato-Biliary Oncology Group.

To evaluate each arm independently and compare adjuvant gemcitabine (GEM) and S-1 chemotherapy after major hepatectomy (hemihepatectomy or trisectionectomy) for biliary tract cancer (BTC).

Genetic Analysis of Small Well-differentiated Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Identifies Subgroups With Differing Risks of Liver Metastases.

The aim of this study was to investigate the key molecular alterations in small primary pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs) associated with the development of liver metastases.

Percutaneous Transgastral biliodigestive diversion as treatment option for BRIC.

A 51-year-old woman was hospitalized with jaundice, pruritus and nausea. Four weeks before a common bile duct stone had been removed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with papillotomy. Blood tests showed isolated bilirubinaemia (15 mg/dl), while all liver enzymes were in the normal range. In a second ERCP we saw a wide opened major papilla with unimpaired bile flow and witho...

Sex Hormone Levels by Presence and Severity of Cirrhosis in Women With Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection.

Cirrhosis is associated with hormonal dysregulation, as evidenced by secondary amenorrhea in reproductive-aged women, and feminization of cirrhotic men. Whether hormone levels vary by severity of cirrhosis in women is not known. If identified, such changes may have important clinical relevance, particularly as low sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are known...


Rates of obesity have been growing at alarming rates, compromising the health of the world population. Thus, the search for interventions that address the metabolic repercussions of obesity are necessary. Here we evaluated the metabolic and antioxidant effects of zinc and branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation on obese rats. Male Wistar rats were fed with high-fat/high-fructose diet (HFD...

Glucagon revisited : Coordinated actions on the liver and kidney.

Glucagon secretion is stimulated by a low plasma glucose concentration. By activating glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis in the liver, glucagon contributes to maintain a normal glycemia. Glucagon secretion is also stimulated by the intake of proteins, and glucagon contributes to amino acid metabolism and nitrogen excretion. Amino acids are used for gluconeogenesis and ureagenesis, two metabolic pa...

Modeling a trait-dependent diversification process coupled with molecular evolution on a random species tree.

Understanding the evolution of binary traits, which affects the birth and survival of species and also the rate of molecular evolution, remains challenging. In this work, we present a probabilistic modeling framework for binary trait, random species trees, in which the number of species and their traits are represented by an asymmetric, two-type, continuous time Markov branching process. The model...

Asiatic acid from Potentilla chinensis alleviates non-alcoholic fatty liver by regulating endoplasmic reticulum stress and lipid metabolism.

Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) is induced by accumulation of misfolded proteins, playing a pivotal role during the processes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The present study was to investigate the effect of Asiatic acid from Potentilla chinensis (AAPC) on liver cell lipid metabolism, exploring the underlying mechanism of AAPC against NAFLD. In vivo, the animal NAFLD model was in...

Intraoperative Shear Wave Elastography vs. Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for the Characterization and Differentiation of Focal Liver Lesions to Optimize Liver Tumor Surgery.

 Assessment of intraoperative quantitative shear wave elastography (SWE) and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) for the characterization of focal liver lesions (FLLs) during liver surgery using postoperative histopathological results as the gold standard.

Investigation on diagnosing hepatic fibrosis with X-ray diffraction-enhanced imaging.

X-ray diffraction-enhanced imaging (DEI) method was used to image hepatic fibrous samples, and the texture measurements based on DEI images were calculated and analyzed for investigating the feasibility of diagnosing fibrosis quantitatively.

Protective effect of ultrasonication-processed ginseng berry extract on the D-galactosamine/lipopolysaccharide-induced liver injury model in rats.

Acute hepatic failure is a life-threatening critical condition associated with rapid deterioration of liver function and liver transplantation. Several studies have shown that ginseng Mayer has antidiabetic and hepatoprotective effects. However, the hepatoprotective effect of ginseng berry is still unveiled. In this study, we evaluated the hepatoprotective effects of ultrasonication-processed gin...

Causality Analysis and Cell Network Modeling of Spatial Calcium Signaling Patterns in Liver Lobules.

Dynamics as well as localization of Ca transients plays a vital role in liver function under homeostatic conditions, repair, and disease. In response to circulating hormonal stimuli, hepatocytes exhibit intracellular Ca responses that propagate through liver lobules in a wave-like fashion. Although intracellular processes that control cell autonomous Ca spiking behavior have been studied extensive...

Evaluation of Diagnostic Efficiency of Alpha-Fetoprotein in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Single-Center Experience.

AFP serum levels are considered as diagnostic and specific for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC).

Massive hepatic adenoma response to bland embolization: A case study.

Hepatic adenomas are rare, benign liver masses of rising incidence in the United States. We present a report of a 22-year-old asymptomatic female with a massive (14.2 × 11.4 cm), centrally located hepatic adenoma. The unique presentation of the adenoma in close proximity to the hepatic vasculature meant the patient was not a candidate for surgical resection. An arterial embolization was used ...

Efficacy of canagliflozin against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a prospective cohort study.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide and is characterized by insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis and often prediabetes or diabetes. Canagliflozin, a selective sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor, is a new oral anti-diabetic drug that reduces hyperglycaemia by promoting urinary glucose excretion. Glycosuria produced by canagliflozin is...

Efficacy and Safety of Indwelling Pleural Catheters in Management of Hepatic Hydrothorax: A Systematic Review of Literature.

Hepatic hydrothorax (HH) is an infrequent but debilitating and therapeutically challenging complication of advanced liver cirrhosis. As evidence suggests against chest tube placement in HH, many clinicians are reluctant to place indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) for non-malignant effusions like HH. We aim to study the efficacy and safety of IPCs as an alternative treatment option in our systema...

Arachidonic acid suppresses hepatic cell growth through ROS-mediated activation of transglutaminase.

We previously reported a profound augmentation in the hepatic levels of a pro-inflammatory precursor, arachidonic acid (AA), during liver tumorigenesis. Here, we report a critical role of the induced reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated cellular activation of a protein cross-linking enzyme, transglutaminase 2 (TG2), in liver injury by AA. In cultures of hepatic cells, AA dose-dependently suppres...

Lighting up alkaline phosphatase in drug-induced liver injury using a new chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer nanoprobe.

We present a new nanoprobe based on chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer for in vivo imaging of drug-induced alkaline phosphatase (ALP). This probe exhibits the perfect degrees of high sensitivity and specificity for real-time monitoring of ALP levels to directly evaluate drug-induced liver injury.

Development and validation of a prognostic model for kidney function 1 year after combined pancreas and kidney transplantation using pre-transplant donor and recipient variables.

The widening gap between demand and supply of organs for transplantation provides extraordinary challenges for ethical donor organ allocation rules. The transplant community is forced to define favorable recipient/donor combinations for simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation. The aim of this study is the development of a prognostic model for the prediction of kidney function 1 year after si...

Pilot studies evaluating the nongenotoxic rodent carcinogens phenobarbital and clofibrate in the rat Pig-a assay.

The Pig-a assay is an emerging and promising in vivo method to determine mutagenic potential of chemicals. Since its development in 2008, remarkable progress has been made in harmonizing and characterizing the test procedures, primarily using known mutagenic chemicals. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate specificity of the Pig-a assay using two nongenotoxic and well-characterized rode...

Risk markers for later cardiovascular diseases in liver-transplanted children and adolescents.

Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases is well described after adult liver transplantation, whereas the risk in the pediatric population still is discussed. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in pediatric liver transplant recipients and whether measurements of carotid intima media thickness and pulse wave velocity were increased compared to healthy con...

Oxidative stress on ischemia/reperfusion injury in mice with non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis or steatohepatitis.

To evaluate the oxidative stress, resulting from ischemia and hepatic reperfusion, in mice with non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis and steatohepatitis.

Rivastigmine prevents injury induced by ischemia and reperfusion in rat liver.

To evaluate whether pre-treatment with rivastigmine is able to attenuate the I/R induced lesions in rat liver.

Intravascular and intraparenchymatous hepatic segmentary sclerosis.

To evaluate the morphological effects of injected sclerosing agents into the liver.

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