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Sun Y.,University of California at Davis | Sun Y.,Center for the Treatment and Research of Non Infectious Liver Diseases | Zhang W.,University of California at Davis | Evans J.F.,PharmAkea Therapeutics | And 7 more authors.
Autoimmunity Reviews | Year: 2016

Autotaxin (ATX) is a 125-kD type II ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase (ENPP2 or NPP2) originally discovered as an unknown “autocrine motility factor” in human melanoma cells. In addition to its pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase activities ATX has lysophospholipase D (lysoPLD) activity, catalyzing the conversion of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) into lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). ATX is the only ENPP family member with lysoPLD activity and it produces most of the LPA in circulation. In support of this, ATX heterozygous mice have 50% of normal LPA plasma levels. The ATX-LPA signaling axis plays an important role in both normal physiology and disease pathogenesis and recently has been linked to pruritus in chronic cholestatic liver diseases, including primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Several lines of evidence have suggested that a circulating puritogen is responsible, but the identification of the molecule has yet to be definitively identified. In contrast, plasma ATX activity is strongly associated with pruritus in PBC, suggesting a targetable molecule for treatment. We review herein the biochemistry of ATX and the rationale for its role in pruritus. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

Ai D.-L.,Beijing 302nd Hospital | Li B.-T.,Chinese Academy of Sciences | Peng X.-M.,Beijing 302nd Hospital | Zhang L.-Z.,Beijing 302nd Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Oncology Letters | Year: 2016

Percutaneous ethanol injection is an important localized treatment method for patients presenting with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Among the advantages of percutaneous ethanol injection are its minimal invasiveness, simplicity, low cost and low risk of complications. However, the increasing popularity of percutaneous ethanol injection has resulted in serious adverse effects attributed to individual variations. The present study describes the case of a patient who exhibited acquired amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenic purpura, caused by percutaneous ethanol injection treatment for HCC. This complication was promptly identified, and platelet transfusion and injection of recombinant human interleukin-11 resulted in a rapid recovery of the patient's platelet count. Attention should be given to this rare complication in patients administered percutaneous ethanol injection treatment for HCC. © Spandidos Publications 2015. All rights reserved.

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