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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815569/glucose-dependent-leukocyte-activation-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Natasja Koks, Marijke A de Vries, Erwin Birnie, Arash Alipour, Manuel Castro Cabezas
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte activation is an obligatory factor in the development of atherosclerosis. The postprandial situation has been associated to increased leukocyte activation in several disorders, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and familial combined hyperlipidemia. Our study aim was to evaluate the effect of post-OGTT hyperglycemia on leukocyte activation in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who met the diagnostic criteria for heterozygous FH and healthy volunteers were asked to undergo an oral glucose tolerance test...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815568/gliptin-therapy-reduces-hepatic-and-myocardial-fat-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-gliptins-and-cardiometabolic-risk
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Lana Kosi-Trebotic, Jürgen Harreiter, Marek Chmelik, Anita Thomas, Ivica Just-Kukurova, Siegfried Trattnig, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer
AIMS: Increased hepatic and cardiac fat are common in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and associated with greater risk of liver fibrosis and cardiovascular (CV) events. Sex-specific differences of Dipeptidyl peptidase-four (DPP-4) inhibitor effects on hepatic (HCL) and myocardial fat content (MYCL) have not been evaluated yet. METHODS: 41 T2DM patients received a gliptin add-on therapy when not reaching HbA1c goals under metformin monotherapy. They underwent cardiac and liver magnetic resonance tomography and spectroscopy before and 6 months after therapy initiation...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804899/coronary-artery-disease-and-risk-of-adverse-cardiac-events-and-stroke
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Kevin Kris Warnakula Olesen, Morten Madsen, Gregory Lip, Gro Egholm, Troels Thim, Lisette Okkels Jensen, Bent Raungaard, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Hans Erik, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Michael Maeng
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at increased risk of ischemic stroke. Previous myocardial infarction is an important part of risk assessment for ischemic stroke. However, there is a lack of information regarding the association between the severity and extent of coronary artery disease and long-term risk of ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort study of coronary angiographies performed in Western Denmark from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2012...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796366/adrenomedullin-and-galanin-responses-to-orthostasis-in-older-persons
#4
James Broadbent, Johannes Reichmuth, Irhad Trozic, Markus Kneihsl, Andreas Rössler, David A Green, Joel Rodriguez, Helmut Hinghofer-Szalkay, Franz Fazekas, Nandu Goswami
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine responses to orthostasis may be critical in the maintenance of mean arterial pressure in healthy individuals. A greater reduction in orthostatic tolerance with age may relate to modulation of hormonal responses such as adrenomedullin and galanin. Thus, we investigated 1) whether adrenomedullin and galanin concentrations increase during orthostatic challenge in older subjects, 2) whether adrenomedullin and galanin concentrations are higher in older females compared with older males when seated and during orthostatic challenge, and 3) whether postural changes in plasma concentrations of galanin are correlated with levels of adrenomedullin in either older females or males...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796316/effects-of-tocilizumab-on-neutrophil-function-and-kinetics
#5
Laurence S C Lok, Neda Farahi, Jatinder K Juss, Chrystalla Loutsios, Chandra K Solanki, A Michael Peters, Francis Donaldson, Benjamin Porter-Brown, Edwin R Chilvers
BACKGROUND: Decreases in circulating neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes, PMNs) have been reported in patients treated with the anti-interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) antibody tocilizumab (TCZ); the mechanism for this is unclear. We hypothesize that TCZ reduces circulating neutrophils by affecting margination and / or bone marrow trafficking without affecting neutrophil function or apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 18 healthy subjects were randomized to single intravenous dose of TCZ 8 mg/kg (n = 12) or placebo (n = 6) on day 0...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796313/lean-body-mass-and-creatine-kinase-is-associated-with-reduced-inflammation-in-obesity
#6
Svein I Bekkelund, Rolf Jorde
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is associated with inflammation, but the role of lean mass and creatine kinase (CK) on the inflammatory process is less known. We investigated the associations between lean mass, CK and fat mass upon inflammatory parameters in an overweight and obese adult population. METHODS: Body composition measured with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), CK and supplementary clinical parameters were measured in 454 overweight and obese individuals...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796299/complement-c3-and-fatty-liver-disease-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Francesco Ursini, Emilio Russo, Daniele Mauro, Ludovico Abenavoli, Giorgio Ammerata, Alfonso Serrao, Rosa Daniela Grembiale, Giovambattista De Sarro, Ignazio Olivieri, Salvatore D'Angelo
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggested a potential role of complement fraction C3 as a biomarker of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the general population. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of C3 for prediction of NAFLD in RA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For the present study, consecutive RA patients were recruited. NAFLD was diagnosed according to predefined ultrasonographic (US) criteria. For comparison, the hepatic steatosis index (HSI) was calculated...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796293/il7ra-polymorphisms-are-not-associated-with-aids-progression
#8
Luz María Medrano, José Luis Jiménez, María A Jiménez-Sousa, Amanda Fernández-Rodíguez, Mónica Gutiérrez-Rivas, José María Bellón, José Ramón Blanco, Alexy Inciarte, Mª Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Salvador Resino
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to determine whether α-chain of the IL-7 Receptor (IL7RA) polymorphisms (rs10491434, rs6897932, and rs987106) are associated with the clinical pattern of AIDS progression in ART-naïve HIV-infected patients. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study in 673 HIV-infected patients who were classified into three groups according to the clinical pattern of AIDS progression (188 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs), 334 moderate progressors (MPs), and 151 rapid progressors (RPs))...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796281/changes-in-protein-serum-levels-during-stem-cell-transplantation
#9
Elisabetta Metafuni, Sabrina Giammarco, Daniela Giovanna De Ritis, Monica Rossi, Francesco Corrente, Nicola Piccirillo, Andrea Paolo Bacigalupo, Simona Sica, Patrizia Chiusolo
BACKGROUND: GvHD is one of the major complication after stem cell transplantation affecting transplant-related mortality. Throughout the last years, many serum proteins were been proposed as possible biomarkers for GvHD. AIMS: We studied the trend of five of the most studied serum proteins to evaluate if a correlation exists between proteins concentration and post-HSCT outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured serum concentration of REG3α, ST2, BAFF, CXCL9 and elafin in a cohort of 77 patients submitted to HSCT in our department...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796277/talking-the-talk-but-not-walking-the-walk-rt-qpcr-as-a-paradigm-for-the-lack-of-reproducibility-in-molecular-research
#10
REVIEW
Stephen Bustin, Tania Nolan
Poorly executed and inadequately reported molecular measurement methods are amongst the causes underlying the lack of reproducibility of much biomedical research. Although several high impact factor journals have acknowledged their past failure to scrutinise adequately the technical soundness of manuscripts, there is a perplexing reluctance to implement basic corrective measures. The reverse transcription real time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) is probably the most straightforward measurement technique available for RNA quantification and is widely used in research, diagnostic, forensic and biotechnology applications...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795765/vitamin-d-predictors-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
#11
Flora Bacopoulou, Evangelia Kolias, Vasiliki Efthymiou, Constantine N Antonopoulos, Evangelia Charmandari
BACKGROUND: The aim of this meta-analysis was to examine differences and predictors of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with non-PCOS controls matched for body mass index. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three databases were searched (2003-2015) to retrieve studies that evaluated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in PCOS women and controls. Meta-regression analysis was performed with anthropometric and metabolic/endocrine parameters as covariates...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783210/monocyte-count-at-onset-predicts-post-stroke-outcomes-during-a-90-day-follow-up
#12
Luca Liberale, Fabrizio Montecucco, Aldo Bonaventura, Ilaria Casetta, Silva Seraceni, Alessandro Trentini, Marina Padroni, Franco Dallegri, Enrico Fainardi, Federico Carbone
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) triggers both systemic and neurovascular inflammation, influencing post-stroke recovery. In smokers with AIS inflammation might be further upregulated, increasing ischemia/reperfusion injury. Here, the predictive value of leukocyte and adhesion molecules levels on post-stroke outcomes was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 89 patients with AIS (n=30 smokers and n=59 non-smokers) were recruited and evaluated 1, 7 and 90 days after the onset to assess stroke severity by the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score as well as clinical recovery at 90 day by the modified Rankin Scale (mRS)...
August 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783209/impact-of-pre-operative-cardiology-consultation-prior-to-intermediate-risk-surgical-procedures
#13
Volkan Dogan, Murat Biteker, Eda Özlek, Bülent Özlek, Özcan Başaran, Birdal Yıldırım, Kadir Kayataş, Oğuzhan Çelik, Marwa Mouline Doğan
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing noncardiac, nonvascular surgery (NCNVS) are at risk of perioperative cardiovascular events. However, benefits of cardiology consultation (CC) in patients with known or suspected cardiac disease undergoing intermediate-risk NCNVS is unknown. METHODS: The study group included 700 consecutive patients referred for CC before intermediate-risk NCNVS in a tertiary-care teaching hospital. The control group included 1200 age-matched and sex-matched consecutive patients proceeded to the intermediate-risk surgery without preoperative CC during the same period...
August 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771706/predictive-factors-for-successful-renal-denervation-should-we-use-them-in-clinical-trials
#14
REVIEW
Nicolas Barber-Chamoux, Murray D Esler
Renal denervation is facing various challenges to its initial claimed value in hypertension treatment. Major concerns are the choice of the patients and the technical efficacy of the renal denervation. Different factors have been described as predicting the capacity of renal denervation to decrease blood pressure. These factors are related to the patients, the procedure and the tools to confirm successful neural ablation. Their use in future trials should help to improve renal denervation trials understanding and outcomes...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771692/predialysis-chronic-kidney-disease-correlates-with-increased-risk-of-pyogenic-liver-abscess-a-population-based-cohort-study
#15
Shih-Wei Lai, Cheng-Li Lin, Kuan-Fu Liao
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: The incidence of pyogenic liver abscess in Taiwan appears to be much higher than that in western countries. However, little is known about the incidence of pyogenic liver abscess among patients with predialysis chronic kidney disease. The objective of this study was to assess the association between predialysis chronic kidney disease and the risk of pyogenic liver abscess in Taiwan. METHODS: This population-based, retrospective, cohort study was conducted to analyze the database of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746976/glucose-targeted-therapy-for-subjects-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-primum-non-nocere
#16
EDITORIAL
Davide Maggi, Caterina Bordone, Lucia Briatore, Valeria Cheli, Luigi Fontana, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Fabrizio Montecucco, Gianfranco Adami, Renzo Cordera
Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) is a complex disease that is not limited to hyperglycemia. Anti-diabetic treatments aimed at preventing late onset complications and avoiding both hypo- and hyperglycemic events. Unfortunately, recently discovered anti-diabetic drugs only modestly impacted on disease clinical outcome. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722189/adam10-modulates-calcitriol-regulated-rage-in-cardiomyocytes
#17
Ting-Wei Lee, Yu-Hsun Kao, Ting-I Lee, Yi-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) signalling plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Calcitriol modulates cardiac RAGE expression. This study explored the mechanisms underlying the effect of calcitriol on RAGE and soluble RAGE (sRAGE) expression in cardiomyocytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Western blot, ELISA, fluorometric assay and PCR analyses were used to evaluate the RAGE, sRAGE, endogenous secretory RAGE (esRAGE), Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and a disintegrin and metalloprotease 10 (ADAM10) expression and enzyme activity in HL-1 atrial myocytes without and with calcitriol (10 and 100 nM), nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) inhibitor (50 μg/mL), or ADAM10 inhibitor (5 μM) incubation for 48 h...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722106/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-exercise-role-in-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
Bente Klarlund Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Persistent inflammation is involved in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). AIMS: The aim of this review was to provide the reader with an update of the mechanisms whereby exercise-induced cytokines may impact cardiometabolic diseases. RESULTS: Evidence exists that interleukin (IL)-1β is involved in pancreatic β-cell damage, whereas TNF-α is a key molecule in peripheral insulin resistance...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722105/hepatic-cxcl16-is-increased-in-gallstone-accompanied-with-liver-injury
#19
Saisai Zhang, Wei Zhang, Lihua Shi, Anqi Xie, Yihui Shao, Yanna Ye, Xuebo Pan, Zhuofeng Lin, Xiaokun Li, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between circulating Soluble C-X-C chemokine ligand 16 (CXCL16) levels and clinical characteristics of gallstone. METHODS: 93 subjects including 53 subjects with gallstone, 25 subjects with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and 40 control subjects were recruited. All gallstone subjects underwent ultrasounds to confirm the gallstone patients. Serum CXCL16 levels and other clinical and biochemical parameters in all subjects were obtained based on standard clinical examination methods...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707728/association-of-adenylate-cyclase-associated-protein-1-with-coronary-artery-disease
#20
J Munjas, M Sopić, V Spasojević-Kalimanovksa, D Kalimanovska-Oštrić, K Anđelković, Z Jelić-Ivanović
INTRODUCTION: Adenylate cyclase-associated protein 1 (CAP1) is a recently identified receptor for human resistin. Since resistin has been related to CAD development and progression and CAP1 has never been evaluated in CAD, the aim of this study was to determine its peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) mRNA in CAD patients, and resistin plasma concentration, PBMCs resistin and CD36 mRNA,considering resistin's ability to stimulate CD36 expression in vitro METHODS: This case-controlled study included 27 healthy subjects (CG) and 66 patients requiring coronary angiography...
July 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
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