Ahmed I Abdelaziz

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA measurement has been facilitated by the introduction of real-time PCR-based assays with low limits of detection and broad dynamic ranges for quantification. In the present study, the performance of two second-version prototypes of the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV Quantitative Test (CAP/CTM v2) with decreased sample input(More)
microRNAs aberrant behavior in heptocellular carcinoma (HCC) plays a major role in HCC pathogenesis. miR-615-5p expression has never been evaluated in HCC. We showed that miR-615-5p was preferentially expressed in HCC, cirrhotic liver tissues and HCC cell lines, but undetected in normal livers. Forced miR-615-5p expression in HCC cell lines led to(More)
Sex has been reported to influence the rates of viral clearance in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. However, little is known regarding the influence of sex on the host genetic response to HCV, which is mediated by the expression of interferon (IFN)-stimulated genes (ISGs) after the activation of janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator(More)
MicroRNAs regulate the expression of many genes and subsequently control various cellular processes, such as the immune response to viral infections mediated by type I interferon (IFN). In this study, the expression pattern of two interferon-related microRNAs, miR-146a and miR-155, was examined in healthy and HCV-genotype-4-infected peripheral blood(More)
This study aimed at investigating the effect of progesterone on interferon signaling pathways in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). PBMCs were isolated from peripheral blood of 38 treatment-naïve HCV-infected patients, pooled, and stimulated with progesterone in the presence and absence of its(More)
Most patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congenital heart diseases express the atrial essential myosin light chains (ALC-1) in their ventricles, partially replacing the ventricular essential light chains (VLC-1). This VLC-1/ALC-1 isoform shift is correlated with an increase in cross-bridge cycling kinetics as measured using skinned fibers from the(More)
Most patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congenital heart diseases express the atrial essential myosin light chains (ALC-1) in their ventricles, replacing the ventricular essential light chains (VLC-1). VLC-1/ALC-1 isoform shift is correlated with increases in cardiac contractile parameters of a transgenic rat model overexpressing hALC-1 in the(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is characterized by a narrow host range and high interindividual variability in the clinical course of infection. Both of these traits are thought to be largely due to genetic variation between species and between individual hosts. The tight junction component occludin (OCLN) is essential for HCV entry into host cells, and the(More)
OBJECTIVES Natural killer cells are immune safeguards against HCV infection. PU.1 is a pivotal transcription factor in the development of NK cells. This study aimed at studying the regulatory effect of miRNAs on both development and function of NK cells isolated from HCV patients. METHODS NK cells were isolated from 17 chronic HCV patients and 12 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepatitis C virus (HCV) uses several host factors to infect and replicate in human hepatocytes. Cyclophilin A (CypA) is required for viral replication, and CypA inhibitors are in development. We investigated the effects of nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the region of peptidyl-prolyl isomerase A (PPIA) that encodes(More)