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    IL2-inducible T-cell Kinase is Required for HBV-induced Type T Interferon Expression and Antiviral Response
    Mengxin Lin, Ruyi Guo, Dawu Zeng, Jiangfu Liu, Minghui Zheng, Zhijun Su
    Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, Published online February 7, 2023. doi:10.14218/JCTH.2022.00299
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    Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and is seen as a serious global health problem. HBV infection induces the expression of [...] Read more.
    Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and is seen as a serious global health problem. HBV infection induces the expression of type I interferon (IFN), including IFN-α and IFN-β, which have anti-HBV activities, and have been used for HBV treatment. IL2-inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) is a tyrosine kinase, which regulates T-cell differentiation and activation, while its precise effects on type I IFN production during HBV infection remain unknown. We monitored the ITK expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from healthy donors and patients with acute and chronic HBV infection. We used ITK inhibitor ibrutinib to treat hepatocytes and evaluated the type I IFN expression after HBV infection. We also administrated ibrutinib to mice and evaluated its effect on HBV infection in vivo. We generated ITK, suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) knockout and ITK/SOCS1 double knockout cells using CRISPR, and monitored the HBV-induced type I IFN production. ITK and type I IFN were upregulated in patients with acute HBV infection. Inhibition of ITK by ibrutinib suppressed HBV-induced expression of type I IFN mRNA in mice. ITK knockout cells had decreased IRF3 activation but promoted the expression of SOCS1. ITK negatively regulated SOSC1 expression. The down regulation of type I IFN in ITK knockout cells after HBV stimulation was abolished in the absence of SOCS1. ITK regulated HBV-induced expression of type I IFN mRNA by modulating SOCS1. Full article
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    Application of Aptamer-based Biosensors in Early Diagnosis of Gastric Cancer: A Promising Method for Early Detection
    Rayan Rajabi, Fatemeh Afrashteh, Fatemeh Maddah
    Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine, Published online February 6, 2023. doi:10.14218/ERHM.2022.00125
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    Personalized medicine is a relatively new approach that addresses differences between patients based on unique features such as genetic make-up, environment, and physiology. Aptamers [...] Read more.
    Personalized medicine is a relatively new approach that addresses differences between patients based on unique features such as genetic make-up, environment, and physiology. Aptamers are synthetic sequences of single-stranded DNA or RNA with a particular three-dimensional conformation that binds to a target. Aptamer-based biosensors are promising tools to detect disease markers, especially in cancer. Gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide and has very high prevalence in Asia. Currently, there is a lack of effective screening tools for the early detection of gastric cancer. Thus, identifying new methods to detect markers of gastric cancer is crucial. In this study, the role of aptamer-based biomarkers in early diagnosis of gastric cancer is reviewed. Full article
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    TDF Promotes Glycolysis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction to Accelerate Lactate Accumulation by Downregulating PGC1α in Mice
    Yuxuan Luo, Zhiwei Chen, Zhao Li, Aoran Luo, Yi Zeng, Min Chen, Mingli Peng, Hong Ren, Peng Hu
    Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, Published online February 3, 2023. doi:10.14218/JCTH.2022.00082
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    Targeting the Wnt Signaling Pathway in Liver Fibrosis for Drug Options: An Update
    Kristina Duspara, Kristina Bojanic, Josipa Ivanusic Pejic, Lucija Kuna, Tea Omanovic Kolaric, Vjera Nincevic, Robert Smolic, Aleksandar Vcev, Marija Glasnovic, Ines Bilic Curcic, Martina Smolic
    Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, Published online September 13, 2021. doi:10.14218/JCTH.2021.00065
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    Liver fibrosis is a life-threatening disease, with challenging morbidity and mortality for healthcare systems worldwide. It imparts an enormous economic burden to societies, making [...] Read more.
    Liver fibrosis is a life-threatening disease, with challenging morbidity and mortality for healthcare systems worldwide. It imparts an enormous economic burden to societies, making continuous research and informational updates about its pathogenesis and treatment crucial. This review′s focus is on the current knowledge about the Wnt signaling pathway, serving as an important pathway in liver fibrosis development and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Two types of Wnt pathways are distinguished, namely the ß-catenin-dependent canonical and non-canonical Ca2+ or planar cell polarity (PCP)-dependent pathway. The dynamic balance of physiologically healthy liver and hepatocytes is disturbed by repeated liver injuries. Activation of the ß-catenin Wnt pathway prevents the regeneration of hepatocytes by the replacement of extracellular matrix (ECM), leading to the appearance of scar tissue and the formation of regenerated nodular hepatocytes, lacking the original function of healthy hepatocytes. Therefore, liver function is reduced due to the severely advanced disease. Selective inhibition of ß-catenin inhibits inflammatory processes (since chemokines and pro-inflammatory cytokines are produced during Wnt activation), reduces growth of activated HSCs and reduces collagen synthesis and angiogenesis, thereby reducing the progression of liver fibrosis in vivo. While the canonical Wnt pathway is usually inactive in a physiologically healthy liver, it shows activity during cell regeneration or renewal and in certain pathophysiological conditions, such as liver diseases and cancer. Targeted blocking of some of the basic components of the Wnt pathway is a therapeutic approach. These include the frizzled transmembrane receptor (Fz) receptors using the secreted frizzled-related protein family (sFRP), Fz-coreceptors low-density LRP 5/6 through dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK1) or niclosamide, glycogen kinase-3 beta (GSK-3β) using SB-216763, cyclic-AMP response element-binding protein (CBP) using PRI-724 and ICG-001, the lymphoid enhancer binding factor (LEF)/T cell-specific transcription factor (TCF) system as well as Wnt inhibitory factor 1 (WIF1) and miR-17-5p using pinostilbene hydrate (PSH). Significant progress has been made in inhibiting Wnt and thus stopping the progression of liver fibrosis by diminishing key components for its action. Comprehending the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in liver fibrosis may lead to discovery of novel targets in liver fibrosis therapeutic strategies’ development. Full article
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    Prognostic Nomogram for Patients with Hepatitis E Virus-related Acute Liver Failure: A Multicenter Study in China
    Jian Wu, Cuifen Shi, Xinyu Sheng, Yanping Xu, Jinrong Zhang, Xinguo Zhao, Jiong Yu, Xinhui Shi, Gongqi Li, Hongcui Cao, Lanjuan Li
    Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, Published online May 6, 2021. doi:10.14218/JCTH.2020.00117
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    Timely and effective assessment scoring systems for predicting the mortality of patients with hepatitis E virus-related acute liver failure (HEV-ALF) are urgently needed. The present [...] Read more.
    Timely and effective assessment scoring systems for predicting the mortality of patients with hepatitis E virus-related acute liver failure (HEV-ALF) are urgently needed. The present study aimed to establish an effective nomogram for predicting the mortality of HEV-ALF patients. The nomogram was based on a cross-sectional set of 404 HEV-ALF patients who were identified and enrolled from a cohort of 650 patients with liver failure. To compare the performance with that of the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scoring and CLIF-Consortium-acute-on-chronic liver failure score (CLIF-C-ACLFs) models, we assessed the predictive accuracy of the nomogram using the concordance index (C-index), and its discriminative ability using time-dependent receiver operating characteristics (td-ROC) analysis, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of the development set carried out to predict mortality revealed that γ-glutamyl transpeptidase, albumin, total bilirubin, urea nitrogen, creatinine, international normalized ratio, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio were independent factors, all of which were incorporated into the new nomogram to predict the mortality of HEV-ALF patients. The area under the curve of this nomogram for mortality prediction was 0.671 (95% confidence interval: 0.602–0.740), which was higher than that of the MELD and CLIF-C-ACLFs models. Moreover, the td-ROC and decision curves analysis showed that both discriminative ability and threshold probabilities of the nomogram were superior to those of the MELD and CLIF-C-ACLFs models. A similar trend was observed in the validation set. The novel nomogram is an accurate and efficient mortality prediction method for HEV-ALF patients. Full article
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    Underlying Causes of Death among Adults in the United States, 2013–2017
    Xin Hu, Yong Lin, Gangjian Qin, Lanjing Zhang
    Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine, Published online December 1, 2020. doi:10.14218/ERHM.2020.00065
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    Overall mortality among U.S. adults has been stable in past years; however, racial disparity influenced 10 leading causes of death or age-specific mortality in Blacks or African Americans. [...] Read more.
    Overall mortality among U.S. adults has been stable in past years; however, racial disparity influenced 10 leading causes of death or age-specific mortality in Blacks or African Americans. Unfortunately, the trends in sex- and race-adjusted age-standardized cause-specific mortality are poorly understood. We here aimed to identify the underlying causes of death (UCD) with sex- and race-adjusted, and age-standardized mortality that has changed in recent years. We extracted the data of UCD from the Multiple Cause of Death database of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Multivariable log-linear regression models were used to estimate trends in sex- and race-adjusted, and age-standardized mortality of UCD during 2013–2017. A total of 31,029,133 deaths were identified. Among the list of 113 UCDs compiled by the CDC, there were 29 UCDs exhibiting an upward trend, 33 UCDs exhibiting a downward trend and 56 UCDs with no significant trends. The 2 UCDs with the largest annual percent change were both nutrition related (annual percent change [APC] = 17.73, 95% CI [15.13–20.33] for malnutrition, and APC = 17.49, 95% CI [14.94–20.04] for Nutritional deficiencies), followed by accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances. The 4 UCDs with the largest decreasing APC were viral hepatitis (APC = −11.71), chronic and unspecified bronchitis (APC = −8.26), emphysema (APC = −7.11) and human immunodeficiency virus disease (APC = −7.10). This study thus reports UCDs with changing mortality in recent years after sex- and race-adjustments and age-standardizations. More effort and resources should focus on understanding, preventing and controling the mortality linked to these UCDs. Continuous monitoring of mortality trends is recommended. Full article
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