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1. The liver as a target organ of retinoids.
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Retinoids have several biological functions including cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis. In liver, retinoids are known to be associated with regeneration, fibrosis and carcinogenesis. The facts that retinoid droplets in stellate cells are lost with progression of liver disease and that effectiveness of an acyclic retinoid on second primary liver cancer suggest the importance of liver as a target organ of retinoids. Our recent work has indicated that retinoids have antioxidant effects in association with regulation of fatty acid metabolism. In this review article, we discussed the ... Read More »
» Published in Hepatol Res. 2006 Dec;36(4):248-54. Epub 2006 Sep 22.

2. Long-term follow-up of patients with NAFLD and elevated liver enzymes.
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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of elevated liver enzymes in patients of developed countries. We determined the long-term clinical and histological courses of such patients. In a cohort study, 129 consecutively enrolled patients diagnosed with biopsy-proven NAFLD were reevaluated. Survival and causes of death were compared with a matched reference population. Living NAFLD patients were offered repeat liver biopsy and clinical and biochemical investigation. Mean follow-up (SD) was 13.7 (1.3) years. Mortality was not increased in patients with steatosis. ... Read More »
» Published in Hepatology. 2006 Oct;44(4):865-73. Comment in: Hepatology. 2006 Oct;44(4):802-5.

3. A metabolic link between S-adenosylhomocysteine and polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism in Alzheimer's disease.
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There is evidence that vascular risk factors contribute to the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Increased concentrations of circulating homocysteine are associated with vascular risk factors and Alzheimer's disease but the mechanisms involved are unclear. Homocysteine inhibits the hydrolysis of S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) which is a product inhibitor of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) dependent methyltransferase reactions. It has been shown previously that SAH inhibits phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEMT) in the liver. The activity of PEMT in the liver plays an important role in ... Read More »
» Published in Neurobiol Aging. 2006 Sep 21;

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