Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University
- Detection of microbial translocation in HIV and SIV infection using the Limulus amebocyte lysate assay is masked by serum and plasmaAshwin Balagopal
Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
PLoS ONE 7:e41258. 2012..However, related research has been impeded by inconsistent LPS test results...
- The transhepatic endotoxin gradient is present despite liver cirrhosis and is attenuated after transjugular portosystemic shunt (TIPS)Daniel Benten
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, Hamburg, Germany
BMC Gastroenterol 11:107. 2011..Translocation of gut-derived bacterial products such as endotoxin is a major problem in liver cirrhosis...
- Clostridium difficile: new therapeutic optionsAshwin Balagopal
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1830 East Monument Street, Room 439, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA
Curr Opin Pharmacol 7:455-8. 2007..difficile disease. For now, vancomycin or metronidazole combined with discontinuation of antibiotics, when feasible, and expert infection control remain the mainstays of C. difficile disease management...
- IL28B and the control of hepatitis C virus infectionAshwin Balagopal
Division of Infectious Diseases, Center for Viral Hepatitis, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Gastroenterology 139:1865-76. 2010..We review the genetic studies that uncovered the association between IL28B and HCV clearance, the biology of IFN-λ3, the clinical implications of the genetic association, and areas of future research...
- HIV, age, and the severity of hepatitis C virus-related liver disease: a cohort studyGregory D Kirk
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Ann Intern Med 158:658-66. 2013..Persons with HIV infection have been reported to develop age-related diseases at younger ages than those without HIV. Whether this finding is related to HIV infection or failure to control for other risk factors is unknown...
- Kupffer cells are depleted with HIV immunodeficiency and partially recovered with antiretroviral immune reconstitutionAshwin Balagopal
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
AIDS 23:2397-404. 2009..Although hepatic macrophages (Kupffer cells) clear most microbial translocation products and can be infected by HIV, their fate in HIV progression has not been carefully investigated...
- Laser captured hepatocytes show association of butyrylcholinesterase gene loss and fibrosis progression in hepatitis C-infected drug usersSupriya Munshaw
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA
Hepatology 56:544-54. 2012..CONCLUSION: Chronic HCV is associated with hepatocyte BCHE loss years before hepatic synthetic function is impaired. These results indicate that BCHE may be involved in the pathogenesis of HCV-related fibrosis among injection drug users...
- Liver stiffness is associated with monocyte activation in HIV-infected Ugandans without viral hepatitisAndrew D Redd
Laboratory of Immunoregulation, NIAID, NIH, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 29:1026-30. 2013..Liver stiffness in HIV-infected Ugandans is associated with increased sCD14 indicative of monocyte activation in the absence of viral hepatitis or microbial translocation, and suggests that HIV may be directly involved in liver disease...
- Human immunodeficiency virus-related microbial translocation and progression of hepatitis CAshwin Balagopal
Division of Infectious Diseases, Viral Hepatitis Center, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Gastroenterology 135:226-33. 2008..We hypothesized that HIV promotes liver disease by enhancing microbial translocation...