Identifications of Inflammatory and Fibrotic Biomarkers in Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) Patients
"Healthy volunteers to provide blood sample to compare with patients with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) and NAFLD"
Healthy Volunteers:
NASH, NAFLD, fatty liver disease, liver
Observational Study
50 Participants
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a disease that occurs due to injury to the bile ducts in your liver. This damages liver tissue and often leads to scarring of the liver called cirrhosis. It is considered an autoimmune disease, a disease in which your body’s own cells turn against itself. It is estimated that 5-40 people out of every 100,000 people in the US and Europe suffer from PBC. Current research suggests the disease is caused by a combination of environmental exposures and genes.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are common, often “silent” liver diseases. NASH resembles alcoholic liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol. The major feature in NAFLD/NASH is fat in the liver, along with inflammation and fibrosis. NASH can be severe and can lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (a type of liver cancer). 10 to 20 percent of Americans have NAFLD with NASH affecting 2 to 5 percent of Americans.

This study is being done to find out more about the difference in naturally occurring proteins in patients with PBC and NAFLD. Current research suggests that the body’s immune response, its natural response to fight infection and disease, may be involved in causing damage to the bile duct tissue. This research hopes to identify proteins that are related to PBC and NAFLD and if new treatments can be developed which affect these proteins.
This study requires

Questionnaire Fasting blood sample (Blood drawn after 10- hour overnight fast)

Who can participate

Healthy women 50 to 65 years old that have no history of liver disease and that are not currently taking immunosuppressive medication.

Please contact for more details

$20 prepaid Target card
Study duration and period
One visit, approximately 30 minutes: Fasting (10 hours overnight) blood draw Questionnaire
Recruitment period
From Feb. 2, 2015
UC Davis Gastroenterology/Hepatology Clinical Trials Unit
2000 Stockton Boulevard
Ticon I Building, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95817
Chung Heng Liu

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