• REVIEW: How Does Barrett’s Esophagus Develop?

REVIEW: How Does Barrett’s Esophagus Develop?

Mechanisms of Barrett’s esophagus (BE) pathogenesis are discussed in a review article by Jianwen Que et al in the August issue of Gastroenterology, including cell transdifferentiation and transcommitment. The authors discuss potential cells of origin for Barrett’s metaplasia, and the possibility that there could be more than 1 type of BE

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  • Combined Genetic and Clinical Data Do Not Improve Determination of Risk for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Combined Genetic and Clinical Data Do Not Improve Determination of Risk for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Addition of genetic information to clinical factors does not increase identification of individuals at risk for esophageal adenocarcinoma, researchers report in the January 2019 issue of Gastroenterology. New screening and risk evaluation methods are needed to improve early detection of esophageal adenocarcinoma, because most patients receive a diagnosis at a late

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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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  • 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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  • Can Microbial Dysbiosis Cause Colonic Inflammation?

Can Microbial Dysbiosis Cause Colonic Inflammation?

Dysbiosis contributes to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) by altering colonic expression of genes that regulate inflammation and the immune response, researchers report in the July issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. An altered intestinal microbiota composition has been associated with IBD. However, it is not

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  • What can we do with Gastrointestinal Organoids?

What can we do with Gastrointestinal Organoids?

Researchers review the latest discoveries from studies of tissue-derived and pluripotent stem cell–derived intestinal, gastric, esophageal, liver, and pancreatic organoids in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Studies of organoids have provided valuable information about GI development, tissue homeostasis, and disease and might be used to develop personalized medicines. In vitro organoid cultures are

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  • What Causes Different Types of Fatty Liver Disease?

What Causes Different Types of Fatty Liver Disease?

Hepatic steatosis and steatohepatitis are increasing in prevalence, and can progress to histologically identical, more severe liver disease. They are associated with 3 main factors: alcohol, obesity or metabolic syndrome, and exposure to toxins. Researchers review the similarities, differences, and pathogenic mechanisms of alcohol-associated steatohepatitis (ASH), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and toxicant-associated fatty liver

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  • How to Get Rid of H pylori Infection—And do we Need to?

How to Get Rid of H pylori Infection—And do we Need to?

Helicobacter pylori infection increases risk of gastric cancer, by inducing inflammation and genetic instability in the gastric mucosa. However, it is not clear how best to clear the infection, or even whether H pylori can provide some health benefits. In a Review article in the April issue of Gastroenterology, David Y. Graham discusses the mechanisms H pylori–induced carcinogenesis and

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Are Mitochondria Involved in Ulcerative Colitis?

Changes in mitochondrial DNA that increase levels of ATP in the intestinal mucosa protect mice from colitis, according to the November issue of Gastroenterology. Strategies to increase mitochondrial ATP production by intestinal epithelial cells might therefore be developed to treat patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). Characteristics of UC include reduced levels

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Can a microRNA Control Inflammation in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis?

Loss of a non-coding RNA that regulates inflammation could contribute to development of ulcerative colitis (UC) in children, according to the October issue of Gastroenterology. UC and Crohn’s disease are chronic inflammatory bowel diseases that affect adults and children. These diseases are complex, and caused by combinations of genetic and

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