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      Blood pyrrole-protein adducts as a diagnostic and prognostic index in pyrrolizidine alkaloid-hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome

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          The diagnosis of hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (HSOS) induced by pyrrolizidine alkaloids is mainly based on clinical investigation. There is currently no prognostic index. This study evaluated the quantitative measurement of blood pyrrole-protein adducts (PPAs) as a diagnostic and prognostic index for pyrrolizidine alkaloid-induced HSOS.


          Suspected drug-induced liver injury patients were prospectively recruited. Blood PPAs were quantitatively measured using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Patients’ age, sex, biochemistry test results, and a detailed drug history were recorded. The patients were divided into two groups, ie, those with HSOS induced by pyrrolizidine alkaloid-containing drugs and those with liver injury induced by drugs without pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The relationship between herb administration, clinical outcomes, blood sampling time, and blood PPA concentration in pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS patients was analyzed using multiple linear regression analysis.


          Forty patients met the entry criteria, among whom 23 had pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS and 17 had liver injury caused by drugs without pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Among the 23 patients with pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS, ten recovered, four developed chronic disease, eight died, and one underwent liver transplantation within 6 months after onset. Blood PPAs were detectable in 24 of 40 patients with concentrations from 0.05 to 74.4 nM. Sensitivity and specificity of the test for diagnosis of pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS were 100% (23/23) and 94.1% (23/24), respectively. The positive predictive value was 95.8% and the negative predictive value was 100%, whereas the positive likelihood ratio was 23.81. The level of blood PPAs in the severe group (died or received liver transplantation) was significantly higher than that in the recovery/chronicity group ( P=0.004).


          Blood PPAs measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry are highly sensitive and specific for pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS. The blood PPA concentration is related to the severity and clinical outcome of pyrrolizidine alkaloid-associated HSOS.

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              Pyrrolizidine alkaloid-containing plants are widely distributed in the world and are probably the most common poisonous plants affecting livestock, wildlife, and humans. Because of their abundance and potent toxicities, the mechanisms by which pyrrolizidine alkaloids induce genotoxicities, particularly carcinogenicity, were extensively studied for several decades but not exclusively elucidated until recently. To date, the pyrrolizidine alkaloid-induced genotoxicities were revealed to be elicited by the hepatic metabolism of these naturally occurring toxins. In this review, we present updated information on the metabolism, metabolizing enzymes, and the mechanisms by which pyrrolizidine alkaloids exert genotoxicity and tumorigenicity.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                25 August 2015
                : 9
                : 4861-4868
                [1 ]Department of Gastroenterology, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]School of Biomedical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
                [3 ]Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
                [4 ]Joint Research Laboratory for Promoting Globalization of Traditional Chinese Medicines, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
                [5 ]Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
                [6 ]Center of Evidence-Based Medicine Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
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                Correspondence: Jiyao Wang, Department of Gastroenterology, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Fenglin Road 180, Shanghai 200032, People’s Republic of China, Tel +86 21 6404 1990, Fax +86 21 6443 2583, Email wang.jiyao@ 123456zs-hospital.sh.cn
                Ge Lin, School of Biomedical Sciences, Lo Kwee Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT Hong Kong, Tel +852 3943 6824, Fax +852 2603 5139, Email linge@ 123456cuhk.edu.hk

                These authors contributed equally to this work and share first authorship

                © 2015 Gao et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

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