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Effect of Fufang Biejia Ruangan Tablet on lowering biochemical and virological parameters of hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B:…

Posted by on 29 May 2019 | Tagged as: Hepatitis B Alternative Medicine

Related Articles Effect of Fufang Biejia Ruangan Tablet on lowering biochemical and virological parameters of hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and cohort studies. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Apr;98(17):e15297 Authors: Huang C, Shen D, Sun S, Huang Y, Xin Y, Luo H, Chen Y, Zhou Z, Liu F, Chen X Abstract BACKGROUND: Liver cirrhosis is one of the end-stage chronic liver diseases. Individuals with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) are at an increased risk of developing liver cirrhosis. Practice guidelines underline that Nucleos(t)ide analogs (NAs) should be the first-line treatment for hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related cirrhosis. However, prolonged use of NAs may lead to drug resistance and kidney impair and does not reverse the fibrosis of liver. Fufang Biejia Ruangan Tablet (RGT), as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been proved to be effective in the treatment of liver fibrosis. Hence, we will perform meta-analysis in order to evaluate the efficacy and safety of RGT in the treatment of hepatic fibrosis in patients with CHB. METHODS: To search for relative literatures up to February 2019 by computer from the following databases: PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Science and Technology Periodicals Database, Chinese BioMedical Database and Wanfang Data. Included criteria are randomized controlled trials and cohort studies of hepatic fibrosis in patients with CHB treated by RGT. The primary outcome measures include biochemical and virological parameters. We will use Stata 13.0 software for data synthesis, sensitivity analysis, meta regression, subgroup analysis, and risk of bias assessment. The reporting bias will be assessed by a funnel plot and the funnel plot symmetries will be evaluated by Begg and Egger tests. We will use the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation system to assess the quality of evidence. RESULTS: This systematic review will provide a synthesis of RGT for hepatic fibrosis in patients with CHB from various evaluation aspects including biochemical and virological parameters, HBV DNA levels HBeAg status and seroconversion, adverse events incidence. CONCLUSION: The systematic review will provide evidence to assess the efficacy and safety of RGT in the treatment of hepatic fibrosis in patients with CHB. PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER: ROSPERO CRD 42018095122. PMID: 31027094 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Effect of Fufang Biejia Ruangan Tablet on lowering biochemical and virological parameters of hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B:…

Characterization of novel splice variants of zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP).

Posted by on 24 May 2019 | Tagged as: Hepatitis B Alternative Medicine

Related Articles Characterization of novel splice variants of zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP). J Virol. 2019 May 22;: Authors: Li MMH, Aguilar EG, Michailidis E, Pabon J, Park P, Wu X, de Jong YP, Schneider WM, Molina H, Rice CM, MacDonald MR Abstract Given the unprecedented scale of the recent Ebola and Zika viral epidemics, it is crucial to understand the biology of host factors with broad antiviral action in order to develop novel therapeutic approaches. Here, we look into one such factor; zinc-finger antiviral protein (ZAP) inhibits a variety of RNA and DNA viruses. Alternative splicing results in two isoforms that differ at their C-termini; ZAPL (long), encodes a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-like domain that is missing in ZAPS (short). Previously it has been shown that ZAPL is more antiviral than ZAPS while the latter is more induced by interferon (IFN). In this study, we discovered and confirmed the expression of two additional splice variants of human ZAP – ZAPXL (extra-long) and ZAPM (medium). We also found two haplotypes of human ZAP. Since ZAPL and ZAPS have differential activities, we hypothesize that all four ZAP isoforms have evolved to mediate distinct antiviral and/or cellular functions. By taking a gene knockout and reconstitution approach, we have characterized the antiviral, translational inhibition, and IFN activation activities of individual ZAP isoforms. Our work demonstrates that ZAPL and ZAPXL are more active against alphaviruses and hepatitis B virus (HBV) than ZAPS and ZAPM and elucidates the effects of splice variants on the action of a broad spectrum antiviral factor.IMPORTANCEZAP is an IFN-induced host factor that can inhibit a wide range of viruses and there is great interest in fully characterizing its antiviral mechanism. This is the first study that defines the antiviral capacity of individual ZAP isoforms in the absence of endogenous ZAP expression and hence crosstalk with other isoforms. Our data demonstrate that ZAP is expressed as four different forms – ZAPS, ZAPM, ZAPL and ZAPXL. The longer ZAP isoforms better inhibit alphaviruses and HBV while all isofoms equally inhibit Ebola virus transcription and replication. In addition, there is no difference in the ability of ZAP isoforms to enhance the induction of type I IFN expression. Our results show that the full spectrum of ZAP activities can change depending on the virus target and the relative levels of basal expression and induction by IFN or infection. PMID: 31118263 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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Characterization of novel splice variants of zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP).

Hepatitis B core-related antigen (HBcrAg): an alternative to HBV DNA to assess treatment eligibility in Africa.

Posted by on 19 May 2019 | Tagged as: Hepatitis B Alternative Medicine

Related Articles Hepatitis B core-related antigen (HBcrAg): an alternative to HBV DNA to assess treatment eligibility in Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 May 17;: Authors: Shimakawa Y, Ndow G, Njie R, Njai HF, Takahashi K, Akbar SMF, Cohen D, Nayagam S, Jeng A, Ceesay A, Sanneh B, Baldeh I, Imaizumi M, Moriyama K, Aoyagi K, D’Alessandro U, Mishiro S, Chemin I, Mendy M, Thursz MR, Lemoine M Abstract BACKGROUND: To eliminate hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, it is essential to scale up testing and treatment. However, conventional tools to assess treatment eligibility, particularly nucleic acid testing (NAT) to quantify HBV DNA, are hardly available and affordable in resource-limited countries. We therefore assessed the performance of novel immunoassay, hepatitis B core-related antigen (HBcrAg), as an inexpensive (US$ <10-15/assay) alternative to NAT to diagnose clinically important HBV DNA thresholds (≥2,000; ≥20,000; and ≥200,000 IU/ml), and select patients for antiviral therapy in Africa. METHODS: Using well-characterized cohort of treatment-naïve patients with chronic HBV infection in The Gambia, we evaluated the accuracy of serum HBcrAg to diagnose HBV DNA levels, and to indicate treatment eligibility determined by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, based on the reference tests (HBV DNA, HBV e antigen (HBeAg), alanine transaminase (ALT), liver histopathology and/or FibroScan). RESULTS: A total of 284 treatment-naïve patients were included in the analysis. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC), sensitivity and specificity of serum HBcrAg were: 0.88 (95% CI: 0.82-0.93), 83.3% and 83.9% to diagnose HBV DNA ≥2,000 IU/ml; and 0.94 (0.88-0.99), 91.4% and 93.2% for ≥200,000 IU/ml. A simplified treatment algorithm using HBcrAg without HBV DNA showed high AUROC (0.91 (95% CI: 0.88-0.95)) with a sensitivity of 96.6% and specificity of 85.8%. CONCLUSIONS: HBcrAg might be an accurate alternative to HBV DNA quantification as a simple and inexpensive tool to identify HBV-infected patients in need of antiviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries. PMID: 31102406 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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[Study and opinion on toxicity of aristolochic acid].

Posted by on 07 May 2019 | Tagged as: Hepatitis B Alternative Medicine

Related Articles [Study and opinion on toxicity of aristolochic acid]. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2017 Nov;42(21):4049-4053 Authors: Gao Y, Xiao XH, Zhu XX, Liang AH, Zhang BL Abstract On October 18th, 2017, a research article named “Aristolochic acids and their derivatives are widely implicated in liver cancers in Taiwan and throughout Asia” was published on Science Translational Medicine. This article pointed out that herbs containing aristolochic acids could cause liver cancer by inducing the specific “aristolochic acids mutational signature”. The public was also suggested to avoid the intake of herbs containing aristolochic acids. Since 2000, CFDA has gradually abolished the medicinal standards for herbs containing aristolochic acids such as caulis aristolochiae manshuriensis, aristolochia heterophylla and radix aristolochiae. Related drugs have been strengthened supervision since then. Chinese Pharmacopoeia has also removed the records of a series of related herbs. State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine held a conference on the “toxicity” of aristolochic acids as soon as the article was published. After a discussion of the studies on the toxicity of aristolochic acids, experts attending the meeting discovered several problems, including the unclearness of exposure history, tumor-producing dose and latent period, the absence of some key factors such as hepatitis B, the small sample size, miscellaneous factors, incomplete evidence chains, the missing of analyses between data with huge differences, the insufficiency of fundamental research arguments, etc. In order to understand the toxicity of aristolochic acids and the carcinogenic risks, as well as guide clinical safe medication, the experts suggested that:①Complete the systematical evaluation of aristolochic acids carcinogenicity as soon as possible. Scientifically elucidate the relationship between aristolochic acids and the genesis of liver cancer. ②Establish medication risk warnings of aristolochic acids and strengthen the supervision. ③Make an in-depth study of the toxicity of traditional Chinese medicine. Find out the adverse effects of all traditional Chinese medicine step by step. PMID: 29271138 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Chinese herbal medicine reduces acute hepatitis exacerbation in patients with hepatitis B virus infection: A case-control study in Taiwan.

Posted by on 03 May 2019 | Tagged as: Hepatitis B Alternative Medicine

Related Articles Chinese herbal medicine reduces acute hepatitis exacerbation in patients with hepatitis B virus infection: A case-control study in Taiwan. Complement Ther Med. 2019 Feb;42:248-254 Authors: Chen WL, Lin CH, Huang CC, Tsai CI Abstract OBJECTIVES: Little information is available about the impact of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) treatment on acute exacerbation of hepatitis. This study aimed to assess the risk of acute exacerbation of hepatitis and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma in HBV patients with and without CHM use. DESIGN AND SETTING: This population-based case-control study used data from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database from 2000 to 2013. Newly diagnosed HBV patients had acute exacerbation of hepatitis and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma as the case group, while another patients had no acute exacerbation of hepatitis and cirrhosis and hepatoma as the control group. To correct the differences in sociodemographic factors and Western medication use between the two groups, propensity score matching was used at a 1:1 ratio, and resulted in a comparison of 1306 and 805 patients per group, respectively. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Occurrence of acute exacerbation of hepatitis and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma. RESULTS: Overall rate of acute exacerbation of hepatitis and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma was 7.9% and 4.8%, respectively. Patients receiving CHM had a significantly lower risk of acute exacerbation of hepatitis (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] =0.20, 95% confidence interval [95%CI]: 0.13-0.31) and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma (aOR = 0.29, 95%CI: 0.18-0.49) than those not receiving CHM after adjusting for relevant covariates. However, no dose-dependent relationship was exhibited for either incidence of acute exacerbation of hepatitis and cirrhosis and hepatoma. CONCLUSION: These findings highlight that the use of CHM was associated with a significantly reduced risk of acute exacerbation of hepatitis and subsequent cirrhosis and hepatoma in patients with HBV. Future research could further explore the benefit of CHM therapies for treatment of acute hepatitis exacerbation. PMID: 30670249 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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