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Hepatitis Research and Treatment

Sylvester Yao Lokpo, James Osei-Yeboah, Gameli Kwame Norgbe, Patrick Kwasi Owiafe, Felix Ayroe, Francis Abeku Ussher, Mavis Popuelle Dakorah, John Gameli Deku, Nana Yaw Barimah Manaphraim, Emmanuel Akomanin Asiamah, Tibemponi Ntoni, Prince Senyo Kwasi Nyamadi, Edward Yiadom Boakye, Roseline Avorkliyah
Background: Using prospective blood donors as a proxy, this study was aimed at estimating the burden and five-year (2012-2016) trend of viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV) infection among asymptomatic adult population in Ho. Materials and Methods: A retrospective analysis was done on secondary data extracted from the hospital archives comprising 4,180 prospective blood donors from January 2012 to December 2016. Demographic variables included age and sex, as well as place of residence...
2017: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Mohammed Biset Ayalew, Boressa Adugna Horsa
BACKGROUND: Even though health professionals (HPs) need special consideration for hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, this is not widely implemented in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of this study was to determine the vaccination status of health professionals against hepatitis B virus infection, to identify barriers to vaccination and to identify factors associated with vaccination status. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted from June 1 to 15, 2016...
2017: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Hideyuki Tamai, Yoshiyuki Ida, Naoki Shingaki, Ryo Shimizu, Kazuhiro Fukatsu, Masahiro Itonaga, Takeichi Yoshida, Yoshimasa Maeda, Kosaku Moribata, Takao Maekita, Mikitaka Iguchi, Jun Kato, Masayuki Kitano
Entecavir requires long-term administration. Pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) therapy leads to significant reduction of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag) levels. This study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of adding PEG-IFN- α -2a to entecavir toward cessation of entecavir. A total of 23 patients treated with entecavir underwent add-on PEG-IFN- α -2a therapy (90  μ g per week) for 48 weeks. Viral response (VR) was defined as more than 50% reduction of baseline hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag) level at 72 weeks from the start of therapy...
2017: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Marc Choisy, Sengdeuane Keomalaphet, Kinnaly Xaydalasouk, Fabrice Quet, Vatthanaphone Latthaphasavang, Yves Buisson
The Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) is still considered a highly endemic country for hepatitis B, mainly due to perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), despite efforts made since 2004 for universal immunization of newborns. The prevalence of HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) carriage in pregnant women is a relevant marker for the risk of mother-to-child HBV transmission. This study aimed to assess the changes in prevalence of HBV infection among pregnant women attending the Mahosot Prenatal Clinic (Vientiane Capital)...
2017: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Fuad A A Alssamei, Najla A Al-Sonboli, Fawzi A Alkumaim, Nader S Alsayaad, Mohammed S Al-Ahdal, Tarig B Higazi, Atif A Elagib
Background. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection poses a major health problem worldwide. approximately 1 million deaths annually due to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Objectives. This study was conducted to determine the coverage rate of HBV vaccine and assess the vaccine protective response among children under five years old in rural areas of Yemen. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted from January to December 2015 in four districts of countryside Yemen. The target population was children aged from 6 to 59 months...
2017: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Anirban Mandal, Krishna Kumar Ganta, Binay Chaubey
Hepatitis C virus is major cause of chronic liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Presently available direct-acting antiviral drugs have improved success rate; however, high cost limits their utilization, especially in developing countries like India. In the present study, we evaluated anti-HCV potential of several siRNAs targeted against the HCV RNA-dependent RNA polymerase NS5B and cellular factors, La autoantigen, PSMA7, and human VAMP-associated protein to intercept different steps of viral life cycle...
2016: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Fritz Klein, Ruth Neuhaus, Dennis Eurich, Jörg Hofmann, Sandra Bayraktar, Johann Pratschke, Marcus Bahra
Objective. The introduction of protease inhibitors telaprevir and boceprevir in 2011 had extended the antiviral treatment options especially in genotype 1 infected hepatitis C relapsers and nonresponders to interferon/ribavirin therapy. The aim of this study was to analyze the long-term treatment efficiency of telaprevir-based triple therapy for patients with hepatitis C reinfection after orthotopic liver transplantation. Patients and Methods. We included 12 patients with histologically confirmed graft fibrosis due to hepatitis C reinfection...
2016: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Alexsandro S Galdino, José C Santos, Marilen Q Souza, Yanna K M Nóbrega, Mary-Ann E Xavier, Maria S S Felipe, Sonia M Freitas, Fernando A G Torres
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has emerged as the major pathogen of liver diseases in recent years leading to worldwide blood-transmitted chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Accurate diagnosis for differentiation of hepatitis C from other viruses is thus of pivotal importance for proper treatment. In this work we developed a recombinant multiepitope protein (rMEHCV) for hepatitis C diagnostic purposes based on conserved and immunodominant epitopes from core, NS3, NS4A, NS4B, and NS5 regions of the virus polyprotein of genotypes 1a, 1b, and 3a, the most prevalent genotypes in South America (especially in Brazil)...
2016: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Tsegaye Yohanes, Zerihun Zerdo, Nega Chufamo
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a serious cause of liver disease affecting millions of people throughout the world. When HBV is acquired during pregnancy, prenatal transmission can occur to the fetus. Therefore, this study is aimed at estimating seroprevalence and associated factors of HBV infection among pregnant women attending Antenatal Clinic (ANC) of Arba Minch Hospital, Southern Ethiopia. A facility based cross-sectional study was conducted on 232 pregnant women visiting ANC from February to April, 2015. Data regarding sociodemographic and associated factors were gathered using questionnaire...
2016: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Theodoros Voulgaris, Vassilios A Sevastianos
Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, as a result of progression towards advanced natural course stages including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. On the other hand, the SVR following successful therapy is generally associated with resolution of liver disease in patients without cirrhosis. Patients with cirrhosis remain at risk of life-threatening complications despite the fact that hepatic fibrosis may regress and the risk of complications such as hepatic failure and portal hypertension is reduced...
2016: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Fatemeh Farshadpour, Reza Taherkhani, Manoochehr Makvandi
Background. Knowledge regarding prevalence of HEV in general population can be an indicator of the public health and hygiene. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of HEV among adults in South-West of Iran. Methods. Blood samples were taken from 510 participants, 206 (40.4%) males and 304 (59.6%) females from February to July 2014. Detection of anti-HEV IgG and IgM antibodies was carried out by ELISA test. Results. The overall anti-HEV IgG and IgM prevalence rates were 46.1% and 1.4%, respectively...
2015: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Olusegun Adekanle, Dennis A Ndububa, Samuel Anu Olowookere, Oluwasegun Ijarotimi, Kayode Thaddeus Ijadunola
Background. Studies had reported high rate of hepatitis B infection among hospital workers with low participation in vaccination programmes, especially those whose work exposes them to the risk of HBV infection. The study assessed knowledge of hepatitis B virus infection, risk perception, vaccination history, and challenges to control hepatitis among health workers. Methods. A descriptive cross-sectional study. Consenting health care workers completed a self-administered questionnaire that assessed respondents' general knowledge of HBV, vaccination history and HBsAg status, risk perception, and challenges to control hepatitis...
2015: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Sara Romani, Seyed Masoud Hosseini, Seyed Reza Mohebbi, Shabnam Kazemian, Shaghayegh Derakhshani, Mahsa Khanyaghma, Pedram Azimzadeh, Afsaneh Sharifian, Mohammad Reza Zali
Host genetic background is known as an important factor in patients' susceptibility to infectious diseases such as viral hepatitis. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of genetic polymorphisms of interleukin-16 (IL-16) cytokine on susceptibility of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients to develop chronic HBV infection. Genotyping was conducted using PCR followed by enzymatic digestion and RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis. We genotyped three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the Il-16 gene (rs11556218 T>G, rs4778889 T>C, and rs4072111 C>T) to test for relationship between variation at these loci and patients' susceptibility to chronic HBV infection...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Nazir Ibrahim, Amr Idris
Background. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a potentially life-threating infection and a well-recognized occupational hazard for health-care workers including medical students. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted at Syrian Private University (SPU), Faculty of Medicine, to assess the knowledge and awareness about hepatitis B, the status of hepatitis B vaccination, and the reasons for not getting vaccinated among the first- and the fifth-year medical students. Results. The present study demonstrates surprising results and raises issues about the high number of medical students that are not vaccinated or not sure about their vaccination status, which puts them at a higher risk of being infected in the future...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Jean-Marie Bamvita, Elise Roy, Geng Zang, Didier Jutras-Aswad, Andreea Adelina Artenie, Annie Levesque, Julie Bruneau
Objectives. To empirically determine a categorization of people who inject drug (PWIDs) recently infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), in order to identify profiles most likely associated with early HCV treatment uptake. Methods. The study population was composed of HIV-negative PWIDs with a documented recent HCV infection. Eligibility criteria included being 18 years old or over, and having injected drugs in the previous 6 months preceding the estimated date of HCV exposure. Participant classification was carried out using a TwoStep cluster analysis...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Hamid Ullah Wani, Saad Al Kaabi, Manik Sharma, Rajvir Singh, Anil John, Moutaz Derbala, Muneera J Al-Mohannadi
Background. Lamivudine is the most affordable drug used for chronic hepatitis B and has a high safety profile. With the daily dose of 100 mg there is progressive appearance of resistance to lamivudine therapy. In our study we used 150 mg of lamivudine daily as a standard dose which warrants further exploration for the efficacy of the drug. Aims of the Study. To assess the efficacy of lamivudine 150 mg daily on resistance in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Methods. This retrospective study consists of 53 patients with chronic hepatitis B treated with 150 mg of lamivudine daily...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Hideyuki Tamai, Ryo Shimizu, Naoki Shingaki, Yoshiyuki Mori, Shuya Maeshima, Junya Nuta, Yoshimasa Maeda, Kosaku Moribata, Yosuke Muraki, Hisanobu Deguchi, Izumi Inoue, Takao Maekita, Mikitaka Iguchi, Jun Kato, Masao Ichinose
The aim of the present study was to predict sustained virological response (SVR) to telaprevir with pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin using viral response within 2 weeks after therapy initiation. Thirty-six patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) and high viral load were treated by telaprevir-based triple therapy. SVR was achieved in 72% (26/36) of patients. Significant differences between the SVR group and non-SVR group were noted regarding response to prior PEG-IFN plus ribavirin, interleukin (IL)28B polymorphism, amino acid substitution at core 70, cirrhosis, hyaluronic acid level, and HCV-RNA reduction within 2 weeks...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Mostafa M Sira, Behairy E Behairy, Azza M Abd-Elaziz, Sameh A Abd Elnaby, Ehab E Eltahan
Liver fibrosis and viremia are determinant factors for the treatment policy and its outcome in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We aimed to investigate serum level of inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor heavy chain 4 (ITIH4) and its relation to liver fibrosis and viremia in children with chronic HCV. ITIH4 was measured by ELISA in 33 treatment-naive children with proved chronic HCV and compared according to different clinical, laboratory and histopathological parameters. Liver histopathological changes were assessed using Ishak score and compared with aspartate transaminase-to-platelet ratio (APRI) and FIB-4 indices as simple noninvasive markers of fibrosis...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Issoufou Tao, Tegwindé R Compaoré, Birama Diarra, Florencia Djigma, Theodora M Zohoncon, Maléki Assih, Djeneba Ouermi, Virginio Pietra, Simplice D Karou, Jacques Simpore
Objectives. In Burkina Faso, few studies reported the prevalence of HBV and HCV in the general population. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of hepatitis B and C viruses in the general population and to determine the most affected groups in relation to the risk factors associated with the infection. Method. A voluntary testing opened to anyone interested was held at Saint Camille Medical Centre in Ouagadougou. Rapid tests were carried out on 995 persons who voluntarily answered a range of questions before the venous blood sampling...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
Shrruti Grover, Archana Rastogi, Jyotsna Singh, Apurba Rajbongshi, Chhagan Bihari
Collagen vascular diseases (CVDs) like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren syndrome (SS), and scleroderma are immunologically mediated disorders that typically have multisystem involvement. Although clinically significant liver involvement is rare, liver enzyme abnormalities are common in these patients. The reported prevalence of hepatic involvement in SLE, histopathologic findings, and its significance is very variable in the existing literature. It is important to be familiar with the causes of hepatic involvement in SLE along with histomorphological features which aid in distinguishing hepatitis of SLE from other hepatic causes as they would alter the patient management and disease course...
2014: Hepatitis Research and Treatment
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