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Clinical and Experimental Medicine

A Romaszko-Wojtowicz, A Buciński, A Doboszyńska
According to available literature, active tobacco smoking enhances the risks of recurrence and development of new primary malignancies. Smoking also shortens the survival period for patients with a diagnosed neoplastic disease. Medical records of 1622 patients hospitalized at the Center for Pulmonary Diseases from January 2013 till March 2017 were retrospectively analyzed, out of which 741 cases with a diagnosis of at least one primary cancer were selected, including 111 patients with multiple primary malignancies...
March 17, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Mohamad Hafizi Abu Bakar, Nany Hairunisa, Hasniza Zaman Huri
Altered mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the most common denominator to numerous metabolic diseases. The present study sought to investigate the correlation between mtDNA content in lymphocytes and associated clinical risk factors for impaired fasting glucose (IFG). We included 23 healthy control and 42 IFG participants in this cross-sectional study. The measurements of mtDNA content in lymphocytes and pro-inflammatory markers derived from both normal and diseased individuals were quantified. Spearman partial correlation and multivariate statistical analyses were employed to evaluate the association between mtDNA content and other metabolic covariates in IFG...
March 17, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Vineeta Shobha, Saba Fathima, Ravi Prakash
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis is one of the forms of idiopathic systemic vasculitis. There is very scanty data available on GPA in Asian and Indian population. We studied data of 60 patients from southern India, diagnosed with GPA to describe the physical characteristics, the treatment, and outcome. Patients who fulfilled any two of the four criteria proposed by the American College of Rheumatology, and those with clinical features of GPA with ANCA positivity and histopathological confirmation, were included in the study...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Vito Longo, Roberto Tamma, Oronzo Brunetti, Salvatore Pisconti, Antonella Argentiero, Nicola Silvestris, Domenico Ribatti
Mast cells are recognized as critical components of the tumor stromal microenvironment in several solid and hematological malignancies, promoting angiogenesis and tumor growth. A correlation between mast cells infiltration, angiogenesis and tumor progression has been reported for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma as well. Mast cells contribute to the aggressiveness of the pancreatic ductal carcinoma enhancing the expression of several pro-angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor-2, platelet-derived growth factor and angiopoietin-1 as well as stimulating the pancreatic cancer cells proliferation by IL-13 and tryptase...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Emilia Łukawska, Magdalena Polcyn-Adamczak, Zofia I Niemir
The complement system (CS) has recently been recognized as a bridge between innate and adaptive immunity that constitutes a very complex mechanism controlling the clearance of pathogens, cellular debris, and immune complexes. Out of three known pathways of complement activation, the alternative pathway (AP) plays a critical role in host defense by amplifying the complement response, independently of initiation pathway and continuously maintaining low-level activity in a process called 'thick-over.' A key molecule of the CS is C3, in which the AP is constantly activated...
February 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Chen Qian, Shan Wu, Hongmei Chen, Xiaofen Zhang, Rongrong Jing, Lei Shen, Xudong Wang, Shaoqing Ju, Chunping Jia, Hui Cong
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) exist in the peripheral blood and have an important role in the disease development, tumor metastasis and clinical surveillance, especially in the process of metastasis. However, the technology of detecting CTCs still had a large challenge since they were rare in the peripheral blood. Here, we developed a size-based microfluidic chip, which contained array and filter channel array that could enrich CTCs from blood samples more quickly and conveniently. Combined with clinical specimen, we analyzed CTCs in 200 lung cancer patients by this microfluidic chip...
February 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Christoforos Haritos, Kleita Michaelidou, Konstantinos Mavridis, Ioannis Missitzis, Alexandros Ardavanis, John Griniatsos, Andreas Scorilas
Novel molecular markers that address the heterogeneity of breast cancer (BC) and provide meaningful prognostic information for BC patients are needed. Kallikrein-related peptidase 6 (KLK6) is aberrantly expressed and functionally implicated in BC and, like other members of the KLK family, may prove a useful molecular tool for clinical management. Our objective was to assess, for the first time, the clinical relevance of KLK6 mRNA expression in BC. Total RNA was isolated from 165 breast tumors, as well as 100 adjacent non-cancerous tumor specimens...
February 12, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Oliver Königsbrügge, Günter Weigel, Peter Quehenberger, Ingrid Pabinger, Cihan Ay
The effect of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) on turbidimetric measurements of plasma clot formation and susceptibility to fibrinolysis may facilitate a comparison between different classes of anticoagulants in plasma samples. We obtained 424 citrate plasma samples from 226 atrial fibrillation patients on anticoagulation and 24 samples without anticoagulation serving as controls. As comparators, we measured the international normalized ratio (INR) for phenprocoumon samples (N = 166), anti-Xa for low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) samples (N = 42), and DOAC levels with mass spectrometry (dabigatran N = 40, rivaroxaban N = 110, apixaban N = 42)...
February 7, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Beata Sarecka-Hujar, Ilona Kopyta, Michal Skrzypek
An elevated level of homocysteine is a risk factor for vascular diseases, brain atrophy and several other disorders. The 1298A>C polymorphism (rs1801131) leads to mildly decreased MTHFR activity. Previously, it was observed that the MTHFR 1298A>C polymorphism in combined analysis with the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism increases homocysteine levels. However, conflicting results on its relation to ischaemic stroke in children can be found. We conducted a meta-analysis to analyse possible connections between the MTHFR 1298A>C polymorphism and ischaemic stroke in paediatric patients...
February 2, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Zhun Wang, Shuanghe Peng, Hui Xie, Linpei Guo, Qiliang Cai, Zhiqun Shang, Ning Jiang, Yuanjie Niu
The prognostic significance of PD-L1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) had been investigated in previous studies; however, the results remain controversial. The primary aim of this meta-analysis was to investigate the prognostic and clinicopathological significance of the PD-L1 expression in patients with RCC. Relevant literature was identified form PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane library, which compared the prognostic significance between PD-L1 expression and RCC. Hazard ratios (HRs) for survival outcomes and odds ratios (ORs) for clinical parameters associated with PD-L1 were extracted from eligible studies...
January 23, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Qiang Li, Liang Chen, Yu Zhou
Noninvasive fibrosis tests have been used widely for evaluation of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). We aimed to investigate the influence of antiviral treatment on FibroScan, APRI, and FIB-4 in CHB patients with significant liver histological changes (SLHC) defined as inflammatory grade ≥ A2 and/or fibrosis stage ≥ F2. A total of 104 CHB patients with SLHC at the baseline were included. FibroScan, APRI, and FIB-4 values were compared before and after 3-year entecavir (ETV) treatment...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Ilaria Puxeddu, Riccardo Capecchi, Federico Pratesi, Silvana Cianchetti, Antonio Tavoni, Paola Migliorini
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a rare fibro-inflammatory condition that can affect almost any organ, characterized by tumefactive lesions and often by eosinophilia and elevated serum IgG4 concentrations. The aim of the study is to analyze in IgG4-RD patients the serum levels of a group of cytokines and growth factors potentially involved in the regulation of fibrotic processes. In the sera of 12 patients affected by IgG4-RD and of 15 normal healthy subjects (NHS), pro-fibrogenic mediators (TGF-β1 and periostin) and pro- (VEGF and angiogenin-1) and anti- (endostatin and thrombospondin-1) angiogenic mediators were measured by sandwich enzyme immunoassay...
December 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Rosanna Dammacco
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease of undefined etiology and with remarkably heterogeneous clinical features. Virtually any organ system can be affected, including the eye. SLE-related eye involvement can be diagnosed in approximately one-third of the patients and is usually indicative of disease activity. An early diagnosis and the adoption of suitable therapeutic measures are necessary to prevent sight-threatening consequences, especially in patients with juvenile SLE. Periocular lesions, such as eyelid involvement and orbital inflammation, are relatively rare and, in case of orbital masses, may require a biopsy control...
December 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Antonia Cianciulli, Chiara Porro, Rosa Calvello, Teresa Trotta, Maria Antonietta Panaro
Apoptosis is essential for maintaining tissue homoeostasis in multi-cellular organisms, also occurring as a defence mechanism against a number of infectious agents, such as parasites. Among intracellular protozoan parasites reported to interfere with the apoptotic machinery of the host cell, Leishmania (L.) sp. have been described, although the various species might activate different pathways in their host cells. Since until now it is not yet well clarified the signalling pathway involved in the apoptosis modulation by L...
December 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Aleksandra Klisic, Gordana Kocic, Nebojsa Kavaric, Milovan Jovanovic, Verica Stanisic, Ana Ninic
Xanthine oxidase (XO) is an important enzyme responsible for conversion of purine bases to uric acid and represents the major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in circulation. Since pathophysiological mechanism of the relationship between XO activity and urinary albumin excretion (UAE) rate is not well elucidated, we aimed to investigate this association in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2). In addition, we wanted to examine whether uric acid itself plays an independent role in albuminuria onset and progression, or it is only mediated through XO activity...
December 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Arezoo Rasti, Zahra Madjd, Maryam Abolhasani, Mitra Mehrazma, Leila Janani, Leili Saeednejad Zanjani, Mojgan Asgari
Twist1 is a key transcription factor, which confers tumor cells with cancer stem cell (CSC)-like characteristics and enhances epithelial-mesenchymal transition in pathological conditions including tumor malignancy and metastasis. This study aimed to evaluate the expression patterns and clinical significance of Twist1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The cytoplasmic and nuclear expression of Twist1 were examined in 252 well-defined renal tumor tissues, including 173 (68.7%) clear cell renal cell carcinomas (ccRCC), 45 (17...
December 4, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Li-Yuan Wang, Yu-Chen Fan, Jing Zhao, Xiang-Fen Ji, Kai Wang
T helper (Th) 17 cells have a critical role in the pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and basic leucine zipper transcription factor, ATF-like (BATF) is a newly identified transcriptional factor regulating the differentiation of Th17 cells. However, its precise role in patients with chronic hepatitis B remains unclear. Sixty chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, twenty-two acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure (ACHBLF) patients and seventeen healthy controls were included in our study...
November 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Lei Zhang, Jianling Tao, Yubing Wen, Li Li, Xueyi Wu, Xuewang Li, Xuemei Li
To better clarify the clinical features and therapeutic strategy of CMV infection in lupus nephritis patients, we retrospectively surveyed a total of 40 lupus nephritis patients, who had been hospitalized and underwent renal biopsy and diagnosed as having CMV infection during their hospitalization at our institution within the last 10 years. The percentage of CMV infections in the entire hospitalized lupus nephritis population was 5.3% (40/755). The principal clinical features of the 40 CMV-infected patients were hematological disorders (n = 25), fever (n = 21), liver dysfunction (n = 19), and respiratory symptoms (n = 12)...
November 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Christian Schoergenhofer, Nina Buchtele, Michael Schwameis, Johann Bartko, Bernd Jilma, Petra Jilma-Stohlawetz
Thromboelastometry is increasingly used in the clinical and scientific setting. The use of frozen plasma samples may be useful in overcoming certain limitations such as local and timely availability. Whole blood (WB) samples of 20 healthy volunteers were obtained, and plasma was generated. NATEM (n = 20), EXTEM (n = 20) and INTEM (n = 8) analyses were performed in WB, fresh plasma and frozen and thawed plasma. Dabigatran (500, 1000 ng/ml), rivaroxaban (100, 200 ng/ml) or alteplase (333 ng/ml) were added ex vivo to WB, and thromboelastometry was performed in WB and in frozen and thawed plasma samples...
November 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Patrizia Leone, Valli De Re, Angelo Vacca, Franco Dammacco, Vito Racanelli
Accumulating evidence indicates that the success of cancer therapy depends not only on a combination of adequate procedures (surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) that aim to eliminate all tumor cells, but also on the functional state of the host immune system. HLA and KIR molecules, in particular, are critical to the interactions between tumor cells and both innate and adaptive immune cells such as NK cells and T cells. Different KIR-HLA gene combinations as well as different HLA expression levels on tumor cells associate with variable tumor prognosis and response to treatment...
November 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
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