• How Could Lamins Protect Against Steatohepatitis?

How Could Lamins Protect Against Steatohepatitis?

Lamin A/C acts maintains hepatocyte nuclear shape and protects male mice from steatohepatitis by regulating growth hormone signaling and reducing activity of STAT1, researchers report in the November issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. These observations show how variants in genes encoding lamins affect risk for steatohepatitis and liver fibrosis. Lamins are nuclear intermediate filament proteins that help form

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  • Does Asthma Increase Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?

Does Asthma Increase Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?

A population-based case–control study published in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology associates asthma with later development of Crohn’s disease (CD) and with ulcerative colitis (UC). Although the etiology of asthma and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are not well understood, they both involve complex interactions among genetic and environmental factors and the

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  • How Can We Study Genetic Heterogeneity Within Hepatocellular Carcinomas?

How Can We Study Genetic Heterogeneity Within Hepatocellular Carcinomas?

Researchers have developed a patient-derived cell line-based model to study how intratumor heterogeneity affects sensitivity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to different therapeutic agents, reported in the January issue of Gastroenterology. HCCs have a large amount of genetic heterogeneity within each tumor, making them difficult to treat. Multiple regions of tumors

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  • The Iceman’s Gut Microbes Cometh

The Iceman’s Gut Microbes Cometh

Analysis of microbes from the gut of the Iceman—a 5300-year-old Copper Age European glacial mummy—provides insights into not only his health status right before he was murdered, but migration patterns of humans and their microbiota. Helicobacter pylori, one of the most prevalent human pathogens, is globally dispersed but has a

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  • What Loci Determine Susceptibility to IBD in African Americans?

What Loci Determine Susceptibility to IBD in African Americans?

Although many of the same genetic variants determine susceptibility to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in Caucasians and African Americans, researchers report the identification of variants and loci not previously associated with IBD in African American populations. Analyses of these could provide insight into the pathogenesis of IBD, researchers state in

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Sensitizing Colorectal Tumors to Chemotherapy

Although colorectal tumors with microsatellite instability (MSI) are usually considered to have a poor response to 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy, researchers have identified a subset that actually respond well to chemotherapy. These tumors express a dominant-negative form of the chaperone HSP110, according to the February issue of Gastroenterology. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is

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