• Developing a New Combination Treatment for HBV Infection

Developing a New Combination Treatment for HBV Infection

NVR3–778, a capsid assembly modulator, reduces serum levels of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA and HBV RNA in mice with humanized livers and stable HBV infection, researchers report in the February issue of Gastroenterology. The combination of NVR3–778 and interferon prevented viral replication and HBV RNA particle production to a greater extent than

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  • What Happens in the Intestine in Patients With Wilson Disease?

What Happens in the Intestine in Patients With Wilson Disease?

ATP7B regulates vesicular storage of copper and buffers its levels in enterocytes to maintain a range necessary for formation of lipid-transporting vesicles, researchers report in the January issue of Gastroenterology. The authors show that a misbalance of copper and lipid in the intestine could account for gastrointestinal manifestations of Wilson

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  • Intestinal Microbes as Carcinogens

Intestinal Microbes as Carcinogens

Fecal microbiota from patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) have carcinogenic properties, researchers report in the December issue of Gastroenterology. Feeding mice stool from patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) increased numbers of polyps, levels of intestinal dysplasia and proliferation, and markers of inflammation in colon, compared with stool from individuals without CRC, the scientists found.

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  • 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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  • 3-D Imaging of T-cell Localization in Inflamed Colon Tissues

3-D Imaging of T-cell Localization in Inflamed Colon Tissues

Light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) provides accurate 3-dimensional images of inflammed intestine of mice with colitis, researchers show in a Gastroenterology in Motion article and video in the October issue of Gastroenterology. The authors demonstrate use of the technology to analyze migration of human T cells in colons of mice with colitis. Improved techniques are

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  • Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Bacterial encroachment—shrinking of the bug-free zone adjacent to the colonic epithelium—is a feature of metabolic syndrome, researchers report in the September issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings could explain the relationship between diabetes and inflammation. Mucoid structures that coat the epithelium keep the intestinal microbiota at

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  • Bioinformatic Search Identifies Tapeworm Drug for Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Bioinformatic Search Identifies Tapeworm Drug for Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

In a bioinformatic search for agents that alter the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-specific gene expression pattern, researchers identified the anthelmintic drug niclosamide as a potential anti-tumor agent, described in the June issue of Gastroenterology. Niclosamide and its ethanolamine salt (NEN), with greater bioavailability, slowed growth of genetically induced liver tumors and

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  • What Causes Wheat Sensitivity in People Without Celiac Disease?

What Causes Wheat Sensitivity in People Without Celiac Disease?

Gluten-containing cereals have high concentrations of amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs), which activate innate immunity via the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), researchers report in the April issue of Gastroenterology. These ATIs are resistant to proteases and heat, and increase intestinal inflammation by activating intestinal and mesenteric lymph node myeloid cells. Wheat is

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  • A New Pathway for Transmitting HBV DNA?

A New Pathway for Transmitting HBV DNA?

Extracellular vesicles carry HBV DNA as cargo that can be transmitted to other hepatocytes, researchers report in the March issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Their findings identify an antibody-neutralization–resistant route of HBV infection. Approximately 350 million people are chronically infected by HBV worldwide, and some of these

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  • How Does Cigarette Smoking Lead to Chronic Pancreatitis?

How Does Cigarette Smoking Lead to Chronic Pancreatitis?

Aryl hydrocarbons in cigarette smoke activate an immune response that promotes pancreatic fibrosis and contributes to pancreatitis, researchers report in the December issue of Gastroenterology. The authors show that constituents of tobacco smoke activate signaling via the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) to induce T-cell production of interleukin 22 (IL22), activating

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