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Ye Tian, Han Deng, Lei Han, Sijun Hu and Xingshun Qi

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Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) leads to the development of liver fibrosis in most of the cases. However, the mechanism of BCS-related liver fibrosis is unclear, and it may be largely different from that induced by chronic viral hepatitis. Hepatic stellate cell (HSC) and its specific marker CD248/endosialin are known to play an important regulatory role in the development of liver fibrosis. Additionally, hypoxia microenvironment and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) are involved in the regulation of CD248/endosialin. Therefore, we hypothesize that hypoxia microenvironment which develops due to BCS can regulate the expression of CD248/endosialin in HSC via HIF signaling pathway, which then affects the function of HSC and development of liver fibrosis. To confirm the hypothesis, two major investigations are necessary: (1) in the BCS animal model and clinical studies, the relationship between the severity of liver fibrosis and the expression of HIF and CD248/endosialin in HSC will be explored; and (2) in the in vitro cell system, the effect of hypoxic microenvironment, HIF-1α or HIF-2α, on the expression of CD248/endosialin in HSC will be explored. It will be important to elucidate whether HIF signaling pathway regulates the expression of CD248/endosialin, thereby inducing the development of BCS-related liver fibrosis.

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Tingxue Song, Zhe Jia, Xiaozhong Guo, Haitao Zhao, Wenchun Bao, Dan Han, Xinmiao Zhou and Xingshun Qi

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Xingshun Qi, Hongyu Li, Xiaodong Shao, Zhendong Liang, Xia Zhang, Ji Feng, Hao Lin and Xiaozhong Guo

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Varices manifest as a major etiology of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with chronic liver diseases, such as liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. By contrast, non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding is rare. Pharmacological treatment differs between patients with variceal and non-variceal bleeding. Vasoconstrictors are recommended for the treatment of variceal bleeding, rather than non-variceal bleeding. In contrast, pump proton inhibitors are recommended for the treatment of non-variceal bleeding, rather than variceal bleeding. Herein, we present a case with liver cirrhosis and acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding who had a high risk of rebleeding (i.e., Child–Pugh class C, hepatocellular carcinoma, portal vein thrombosis, low albumin, and high international normalized ratio and D-dimer). As the source of bleeding was obscure, only terlipressin without pump proton inhibitors was initially administered. Acute bleeding episode was effectively controlled. After that, an elective endoscopic examination confirmed that the source of bleeding was attributed to peptic ulcer, rather than varices. Based on this preliminary case report, we further discussed the potential role of vasoconstrictors in a patient with cirrhosis with acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Xiangbo Xu, Zhaohui Bai, Qingchun Zhao, Hongyu Li, Qiang Shi, Jiao Deng, Jingqiao Zhang, Xiaozhong Guo and Xingshun Qi

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Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a potentially lethal syndrome, which is characterized by an acute deterioration of liver function in patients with chronic liver diseases. The present paper reported that an alcoholic cirrhotic patient with ACLF developed septic shock, hydrothorax, ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, acute kidney injury, and acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding at the same hospitalization and was successfully rescued by pharmacotherapy alone without any invasive intervention.