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Gut ; 2021 Jan 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33431576


OBJECTIVE: Hepatitis B virus-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF) pathophysiology remains unclear. This study aims to characterise the molecular basis of HBV-ACLF using transcriptomics. METHODS: Four hundred subjects with HBV-ACLF, acute-on-chronic hepatic dysfunction (ACHD), liver cirrhosis (LC) or chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and normal controls (NC) from a prospective multicentre cohort were studied, and 65 subjects (ACLF, 20; ACHD, 10; LC, 10; CHB, 10; NC, 15) among them underwent mRNA sequencing using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). RESULTS: The functional synergy analysis focusing on seven bioprocesses related to the PBMC response and the top 500 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) showed that viral processes were associated with all disease stages. Immune dysregulation, as the most prominent change and disorder triggered by HBV exacerbation, drove CHB or LC to ACHD and ACLF. Metabolic disruption was significant in ACHD and severe in ACLF. The analysis of 62 overlapping DEGs further linked the HBV-based immune-metabolism disorder to ACLF progression. The signatures of interferon-related, neutrophil-related and monocyte-related pathways related to the innate immune response were significantly upregulated. Signatures linked to the adaptive immune response were downregulated. Disruptions of lipid and fatty acid metabolism were observed during ACLF development. External validation of four DEGs underlying the aforementioned molecular mechanism in patients and experimental rats confirmed their specificity and potential as biomarkers for HBV-ACLF pathogenesis. CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights immune-metabolism disorder triggered by HBV exacerbation as a potential mechanism of HBV-ACLF and may indicate a novel diagnostic and treatment target to reduce HBV-ACLF-related mortality.

Int Immunopharmacol ; : 107120, 2020 Oct 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33162345


OBJECTIVE: To explore the application value of artificial liver support system in the clinical treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with cytokine storm. METHODS: Six cases of severe or critically severe COVID-19 patients treated in The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University from January 22 to February 4, 2020 were recruited, and all of them received artificial liver support treatment. Statistical analysis was carried out on the change of cytokines (TNF-α, IL-10, IL-6, IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4), inflammation-related indicators (white blood cell, neutrophil, lymphocyte, C-reactive protein and procalcitonin), immune-related indicators (B lymphocyte percentage, natural killer cell percentage, CD3+CD4+CD8 T cell percentage), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in the 6 patients before and after treatment, and the proportions of patients with abnormal indicators were analyzed as well. In addition, computed tomography (CT) was used to observe the absorption of pulmonary lesions before and after the artificial liver support treatment. RESULTS: The levels of cytokines (IL-6 and IL-10) were effectively reduced in the 6 patients after treatment with the artificial liver support system. Meanwhile, the proportions of patients with abnormal TNF-α, IL-10, IL-6 and IFN-γ were all decreased (p < 0.05). The levels of inflammation-related indicators including white blood cell, C-reactive protein and procalcitonin, and the proportions of patients with these abnormal indicators were both significantly reduced (p < 0.05). The level of neutrophil was not effectively reduced before and after the treatment, but the proportion was significantly reduced (p < 0.05). However, the abnormality of lymphocyte in the patients was not improved. There was no significant difference in immune-related indicators, AST and ALT before and after the treatment (p > 0.05). CT imaging showed that the artificial liver support treatment contributed to absorption of pulmonary lesions. CONCLUSIONS: The artificial liver support system had a great clinical effect in the treatment of cytokine storm and inflammation in COVID-19 patients, and it could promote the absorption of infected lesions.

Biomed Res Int ; 2020: 6313480, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32733947


Objective: An artificial liver support system (ALSS) is an effective therapy for patients with severe liver injury. A vasovagal reaction (VVR) is a common complication in various treatment settings but has not been reported previously in ALSS. Methods: This study retrospectively evaluated patients who suffered an ALSS-related VRR between January 2018 and June 2019. We collected data from VVR episodes including onset time, duration, changes in heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP), and drug treatment. Results: Among 637 patients who underwent ALSS treatment, 18 were included in the study. The incidence of VVR was approximately 2.82%. These patients were characterized by a rapid decrease in BP or HR with associated symptoms such as chest distress, nausea, and vomiting. The majority of patients (78%) suffered a VVR during their first ALSS treatment. Sixteen patients (89%) had associated symptoms after treatment began. Sixteen patients (89%) received human albumin or Ringer's solution. Atropine was used in 11 patients (61%). The symptoms were relieved within 20 min in 15 patients and over 20 min in 3 patients. Conclusions: A VVR is a rare complication in patients with severe liver injury undergoing ALSS treatment. Low BP and HR are the main characteristics of a VVR.

Hepatol Res ; 50(6): 656-670, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32134538


AIM: The artificial liver support system (ALSS) is recognized as a bridge to liver transplantation in hepatitis B virus-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF) patients. However, patient survival remains unknown. We aim to assess the effects of ALSS on survival in HBV-ACLF patients. METHODS: The clinical data of HBV-ACLF patients receiving standard medical treatment (SMT) plus ALSS (ALSS group, n = 507) or only SMT (SMT group, n = 417) were collected for survival assessment. The main end-points were cumulative survival rates at days 21, 28, and 90. Four different rigorous analyses were carried out to reduce bias and confounding. RESULTS: In the entire cohort, the cumulative survival rates at days 21, 28, and 90 were significantly higher in patients who underwent ALSS treatment (73.3% vs. 59.6%, 69.2% vs. 56.6%, 56.5% vs. 49.1%, respectively, P < 0.01) than in those who underwent SMT only. In the 276-pair case-control matched cohort, a significantly higher survival rate was also observed in the ALSS group than in the SMT group on days 21, 28, and 90 (72.5% vs. 60.3%, 68.3% vs. 57.4%, 55.9% vs. 48.5%, respectively, P < 0.05), especially in patients with ACLF-1 and -2. By a multivariable-adjusted analysis, ALSS treatment was associated with a significantly lower risk of mortality, especially for ACLF-2 at days 21, 28, and 90. These findings were also confirmed through propensity score matching and inverse probability treatment weighting analysis. CONCLUSIONS: ALSS treatment can improve short-term survival and is associated with a significantly lower risk of short-term mortality in patients with HBV-ACLF, especially ACLF-2.

Sci Rep ; 10(1): 1528, 2020 01 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32001731


Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the main causative viral agent for liver diseases in China. In liver injury, exosomes may impede the interaction with chromatin in the target cell and transmit inflammatory, apoptosis, or regeneration signals through RNAs. Therefore, we attempted to determine the potential functions of exosomal RNAs using bioinformatics technology. We performed RNA sequencing analysis in exosomes derived from clinical specimens of healthy control (HC) individuals and patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and acute-on-chronic liver failure caused by HBV (HBV-ACLF). This analysis resulted in the identification of different types and proportions of RNAs in exosomes from the HC individuals and patients. Exosomes from the CHB and HBV-ACLF patients showed distinct upregulation and downregulation patterns of differentially expressed genes compared with those from the HC subjects. Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopaedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis further confirmed different patterns of biological functions and signalling pathways in CHB and HBV-ACLF. Then we chose two upregulated RNAs both in CHB and HBV-ACLF for further qPCR validation. It confirmed the significantly different expression levels in CHB and HBV-ACLF compared with HC. Our findings indicate selective packaging of the RNA cargo into exosomes under different HBV attacks; these may represent potential targets for the diagnosis and treatment of HBV-caused liver injury.

Insuficiência Hepática Crônica Agudizada/genética , Exossomos/genética , Hepatite Crônica/genética , Insuficiência Hepática Crônica Agudizada/sangue , Insuficiência Hepática Crônica Agudizada/diagnóstico , Adulto , Estudos de Casos e Controles , China , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Testes Diagnósticos de Rotina/métodos , Feminino , Hepatite B/sangue , Hepatite B/genética , Hepatite B/metabolismo , Vírus da Hepatite B/patogenicidade , Hepatite B Crônica/virologia , Hepatite Crônica/sangue , Hepatite Crônica/diagnóstico , Humanos , Fígado/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Transcriptoma/genética
Front Immunol ; 11: 586073, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33424838


Since the December 2019 outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, the infection has spread locally and globally resulting in a pandemic. As the numbers of confirmed diagnoses and deaths continue to rise, COVID-19 has become the focus of international public health. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and there is no effective treatment yet. New treatment strategies are urgently needed to improve the treatment success rate of severe and critically ill patients. Increasing evidence has shown that a cytokine storm plays an important role in the progression of COVID-19. The artificial-liver blood-purification system (ALS) is expected to improve the outcome of the cytokine storm. In the present study, the levels of cytokines were detected in 12 COVID-19 patients pre- and post-ALS with promising results. The present study shows promising evidence that ALS can block the cytokine storm, rapidly remove the inflammatory mediators, and hopefully, suppress the progression of the disease, thereby providing a new strategy for the clinical treatment of COVID-19.

/terapia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/terapia , Citocinas/sangue , Hemoperfusão , Fígado/metabolismo , Troca Plasmática , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/etiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade