Publication date: Available online 25 March 2019Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAuthor(s): Cremilda Amaral Roso de Oliveira, Thiago dos Reis Araujo, Gésily de Souza Aguiar, Joel Alves da Silva Junior, Jean Franciesco Vettorazzi, Israelle Netto Freitas, Kênia Moreno de Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Boschero, Maria Lúcia Bonfleur, Júlia Rosauro Clarke, Helene Nara Henriques, Rosane Aparecida RibeiroAbstractOral contraception is the most commonly used interventional method in the world. However, several women employ the continuous use of these hormones to avoid pre- and menstruation discomforts. Some studies indicate that oral contraceptives are associated with disturbances in glycemia and the effects of the use of a continuous regime are poorly elucidated. Herein, we evaluated the effects of the continuous administration of a combined oral contraceptive (COC) composed by ethinyl estradiol (EE) and drospirenone (DRSP) on glucose homeostasis in female mice. Adult Swiss mice received 0.6 µg EE and 60 µg DRSP (COC group) or vehicle [control (CTL)] daily by gavage for 35 days. COC treatment had no effect on body weight or adiposity, but increased uterus weight and induced hepatomegaly. Importantly, COC females displayed normal glycemia and glucose tolerance, but hyperinsulinemia and lower plasma C-peptide/insulin ratio, indicating reduced insulin clearance. Furthermore, COC mice displayed reduced protei...
Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 27, 2020 — The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson &Johnson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for a new pediatric formulation of SIRTURO® (bedaquiline). SIRTURO® is now indicated for use as part of combination therapy in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients (5 years and older and weighing at least 15 kg) with pulmonary multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR‑TB). In the U.S., the medicine should be reserved for use when an effective treatment regimen cannot otherwise be provided. This indication received accelera...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news
It's the chicken. It's always been the chicken. Or the egg? The egg comes first. In constrictive pericarditis (CP), a condition in which chronic fibrous thickening of the pericardium impairs diastolic filling of the heart, tricuspid valve (TV) disease is often present and harbinger of underlying right heart dysfunction. The symptoms may progress to ascites and hepatomegaly and the eponym “Pick's disease” was attributed in 1896.1 The trouble with Pick's disease is that it remains relatively uncommon and it's true prevalence unknown.
Source: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: ADULT – Commentary Source Type: research
In conclusion, 1,2-unsaturated hepatotoxic PA induced cell cycle regulation processes associated with DNA damage response. Similar effects were observed for all hepatotoxic PA. Effects were observed in a dose range inducing no histopathological alterations and no increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, transcriptomics studies identified changes in expression of genes known to be involved in response to genotoxic compounds at PA doses relevant to humans under worst case exposure scenarios. PMID: 32419051 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Archives of Toxicology - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Arch Toxicol Source Type: research
We report a five-year-old male patient who presented a severe episode of acute liver failure (ALF). Exome sequencing identified compound heterozygous pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants in the NGLY1 gene: NM_018297.3:c.1891del, p.(Gln631Serfs*7) in exon 12 and NM_018297.3:c.531dup, p.(Asn178Glnfs*9) in exon 4. Serology for the most frequent viral hepatitis infections, autoimmune panel, and investigations for metabolic or toxic causes were also normal or negative. Hepatic disease resolved favorably after 46 days. Liver function tests and elastography remains normal after a 2-year follow-up. This is the first report of a r...
Source: European Journal of Medical Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Eur J Med Genet Source Type: research
We describe here, for the first time in the literature, injuries in the skeletal musculature due to Schistosoma mansoni nfection. PMID: 32401896 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz Source Type: research
Conclusions: Serious complications of portal hypertension developed in children requiring liver transplantation, while adults often had mild-to-moderate liver injuries upon onset. Adults with CHF varied a lot in clinical manifestations. Multiorgan involvement and unusual course are helpful to make a diagnosis. Timely histological assessment by liver biopsy and multidisciplinary cooperation are crucial for definitive diagnosis and early intervention. PMID: 32382272 [PubMed]
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Polycystic liver disease can cause severe symptomatic hepatomegaly. Combined partial hepatectomy and cyst fenestration can be performed to reduce liver volume and symptom burden. We aimed to assess change in symptom relief and quality of life 6 months after partial hepatectomy and cyst fenestration in polycystic liver disease patients.
Source: Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
A 69-year-old man with prostate cancer presented to the hospital with 2 weeks’ history of fever, abdominal distension, and fatigue. Laboratory findings showed signs of acute liver failure, and marked elevation of lactate dehydrogenase and tumor marker levels. Abdominal CT showed hepatomegaly with multiple hypodense lesions in both lobes, suggesting metastases. FDG PET/CT scan shows hypermetabolism unusually in the liver with significantly suppressed heart and brain activity, reminiscent of an FDG hepatic superscan. The hypermetabolic lesions confirmed with Tru-Cut needle biopsy of the liver as metastasis of prostate cancer.
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
Abstract Predominant health impacts from alcoholism are chronic neurologic deficits and hepatic dysfunction. Pueraria extract (PE) is a solution obtained from the dried root of Pueraria lobate and can reverse alcohol-induced hepatic damage. The present study aimed to elucidate the effects of PE on ethanol-induced injury in microglia and neurons. To confirm the reliability of the experimental approach, an in vivo demonstration of PE activity was used to verify its impact on hepatic damage in mice exposed to ethanol (ETOH). Subsequently, an in vitro assay was used to verify the effects of PE on ETOH-exposed microgli...
Source: Biomedicine and pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine and pharmacotherapie - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Biomed Pharmacother Source Type: research
This study aimed to explore the effect and mechanisms of SWQGT against NASH. A network pharmacology approach was used to predict the potential mechanisms of SWQGT against NASH. Then a rat model of NASH established by feeding the methionine and choline deficient (MCD) diet was used to verify the effect and mechanisms of SWQGT on NASH in vivo. SWQGT (1 g/kg/d and 3 g/kg/d) were given by intragastric administration. Body weight, liver weight, serum biochemical indicators, liver triglyceride and total cholesterol were all measured. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), Interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 levels in the livers...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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