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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932354/longitudinal-impact-of-smoking-and-smoking-cessation-on-inflammatory-markers-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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Cecile C King, Megan E Piper, Adam D Gepner, Michael C Fiore, Timothy B Baker, James H Stein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longitudinal changes in 6 inflammatory markers that predict cardiovascular disease events among smokers making a quit attempt and to characterize their cross-sectional associations between smoking and smoking heaviness. APPROACH AND RESULTS: In a longitudinal cohort study of contemporary smokers (n=1652), we evaluated (1) independent associations of smoking heaviness markers (exhaled carbon monoxide, cigarettes/d, pack-years) with inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, D-dimer, fibrinogen, urinary F2 isoprostane:creatinine [F2:Cr] ratio, white blood cell [WBC] count, myeloperoxidase) and (2) the effects of smoking cessation and continued smoking on these inflammatory markers after 1 year, among the 888 smokers who made an aided quit attempt as part of a randomized comparative effectiveness trial or standard care...
December 8, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929199/platelets-as-a-novel-source-of-gremlin-1-implications-for-thromboinflammation
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Madhumita Chatterjee, Alexander Behrendt, Martina Schmid, Sandra Beck, Martina Schneider, Andreas Mack, Iris Müller, Tobias Geisler, Meinrad Gawaz
Platelets mediating haemostasis-thrombosis are central players in coronary artery disease (CAD). We characterised platelets as a novel source of Gremlin-1. Platelets express Gremlin-1 like inflammatory and endothelial cells. Gremlin-1 co-localised with P-selectin containing randomly distributed α-granules under resting state, which were peripheralised following platelet activation or adhesion over fibrinogen-coated surface. Gremlin-1 release upon activation with ADP, CRP, and TRAP was detected as enhanced surface expression; also in activated platelet supernatant as detected by Western Blot following CRP activation and by ELISA upon activation with ADP, CRP, PAR-1, and PAR4 agonist...
December 8, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925690/purification-and-characterization-of-a-platelet-aggregation-inhibitor-and-anticoagulant-cc-5_ntase-cd-73-like-from-cerastes-cerastes-venom
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Samah Saoud, Fatah Chérifi, Traki Benhassine, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
The present study is the first attempt to report the characterization of a nucleotidase from Cerastes cerastes venom. A 70 kDa 5'-nucleotidase (Cc-5'NTase) was purified to homogeneity. The amino acid sequence of Cc-5'NTase displayed high homology with many nucleotidases. Its activity was optimal at pH 7 with a specific hydrolytic activity toward mono-, di-, and triphosphate adenylated nucleotides. Cc-5'NTase preferentially hydrolyzed ADP and obeyed Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Among the metals and inhibitors tested, Ni(2+) and Mg(2+) completely potentiated enzyme activity, whereas EGTA, PMSF, iodoacetamide, vanillic acid, vanillyl mandelic acid, and 1,10-phenanthroline partially abolished its activity...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919366/ldl-apheresis-activates-the-complement-system-and-the-cytokine-network-whereas-pcsk9-inhibition-with-evolocumab-induces-no-inflammatory-response
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Knut Tore Lappegård, Terje Enebakk, Hilde Thunhaug, Judith Krey Ludviksen, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Anders Hovland
BACKGROUND: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis is an extracorporeal treatment modality used in high-risk coronary patients. It may, however, induce complement activation and downstream inflammation due to bio-incompatibility. OBJECTIVE: We explored changes in soluble inflammatory markers when changing from LDL apheresis to the novel PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab. METHODS: Three patients with familial hypercholesterolemia participated. Blood samples (EDTA plasma) for complement activation and markers of inflammation were obtained before (baseline) and after LDL apheresis week at 0 and before biweekly administration of evolocumab at weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916408/safety-tolerability-and-immunogenicity-of-a-4-antigen-staphylococcus-aureus-vaccine-sa4ag-results-from-a-first-in-human-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-1-2-study
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Robert W Frenck, C Buddy Creech, Eric A Sheldon, David J Seiden, Martin K Kankam, James Baber, Edward Zito, Robin Hubler, Joseph Eiden, Joseph M Severs, Shite Sebastian, Jasdeep Nanra, Kathrin U Jansen, William C Gruber, Annaliesa S Anderson, Douglas Girgenti
BACKGROUND: A prophylactic Staphylococcus aureus four-antigen vaccine (SA4Ag) is under development for prevention of invasive S. aureus disease. A preliminary S. aureus three-antigen vaccine (SA3Ag) was reformulated to include a novel manganese transporter protein (MntC or rP305A). This study describes the first-in-human dose-finding, safety, and immunogenicity results for SA4Ag. METHODS: In this double-blind, sponsor-unblind, placebo-controlled, phase 1/2 study, 454 healthy adults aged 18-64years were randomised to receive a single dose of one of three formulations of SA4Ag with escalating dose levels of rP305A or placebo...
December 1, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914119/fibrinogen-and-d-dimer-levels-elevate-in-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-high-pretreatment-fibrinogen-levels-predict-poor-outcomes
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Zhikun Liu, Haijun Guo, Feng Gao, Qiaonan Shan, Jie Li, Haiyang Xie, Lin Zhou, Xiao Xu, Shusen Zheng
AIM: Plasma fibrinogen and D-dimer have been reported to predict survival in several types of malignancies. The aim of this study is to investigate their predictive value in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed plasma fibrinogen and D-dimer levels from 252 subjects: control (n = 20), hepatitis (n = 20), cirrhosis (n = 20), and HCC (n = 192) subjects. The clinical involvement and prognostic value of fibrinogen and D-dimer was analyzed in HCC subjects...
December 3, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911412/reproducible-arterial-denudation-injury-by-infrarenal-abdominal-aortic-clamping-in-a-murine-model
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Aditya S Shirali, Austin I McDonald, Julia J Mack, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe
Percutaneous vascular interventions uniformly result in arterial denudation injuries that subsequently lead to thrombosis and restenosis. These complications can be attributed to impairments in re-endothelialization within the wound margins. Yet, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of re-endothelialization remain to be defined. While several animal models to study re-endothelialization after arterial denudation are available, few are performed in the mouse because of surgical limitations. This undermines the opportunity to exploit transgenic mouse lines and investigate the contribution of specific genes to the process of re-endothelialization...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903394/-correlation-between-epicardial-adipose-tissue-thickness-and-slow-flow-of-non-obstructive-coronary-artery
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Q Wu, B Yang
Objective: To investigate the correlation between epicardial adipose thickness and slow flow of non-obstructive coronary artery. Methods: Clinical data of patients with coronary angiography examination evidenced stenosis<50% in our department from May 2014 to May 2015 were retrospectively analyzed.According to the level of TIMI in angiography, patients were divided into slow blood flow group (TIMI Ⅰ-Ⅱ, n=16) and normal blood flow group (TIMI Ⅲ, n=127). All epicardial adipose thickness was determined by echocardiography and data of biochemical data (fibrinogen, whole blood viscosity at high shear rate, erythrocyte aggregation index, platelet count, and platelet aggregation rate) were also analyzed...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902939/factor-xiii-deficiency-enhances-thrombin-generation-due-to-impaired-fibrin-polymerization-an-effect-corrected-by-factor-xiii-replacement
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Hanna H Pitkänen, Annukka Jouppila, Marja Lemponen, Minna Ilmakunnas, Jouni Ahonen, Riitta Lassila
INTRODUCTION: Factor XIII (FXIII) cross-links fibrin, completing blood coagulation. Congenital FXIII deficiency is managed with plasma-derived FXIII (pdFXIII) or recombinant FXIII (rFXIII) concentrates. AIM: As the mechanisms protecting patients with low FXIII levels (<5IU/dL) from spontaneous bleeds remain unknown we assessed the interplay between thrombin generation (TG), fibrin formation and clot kinetics before and after FXIII administration in three patients with FXIII deficiency...
November 16, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902713/association-of-n-linked-glycoprotein-acetyls-and-colorectal-cancer-incidence-and-mortality
#10
Paulette D Chandler, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Deirdre K Tobias, Patrick R Lawler, Chungying Li, M Vinayaga Moorthy, Lu Wang, Daniel A Duprez, David R Jacobs, Robert J Glynn, James Otvos, Margery A Connelly, Wendy S Post, Paul M Ridker, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, I-Min Lee, Samia Mora
BACKGROUND: Acute phase proteins highlight the dynamic interaction between inflammation and oncogenesis. GlycA, a novel nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) inflammatory marker that identifies primarily circulating N-acetyl glycan groups attached to acute phase proteins, may be a future CRC risk biomarker. METHODS: We examined the association between GlycA and incident CRC and mortality in two prospective cohorts (N = 34,320); Discovery cohort: 27,495 participants from Women's Health Study (WHS); Replication cohort: 6,784 participants from Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894965/an-application-of-mass-spectrometry-for-quality-control-of-biologicals-highly-sensitive-profiling-of-plasma-residuals-in-human-plasma-derived-immunoglobulin
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Franck Limonier, Katleen Van Steendam, Geneviève Waeterloos, Koen Brusselmans, Myriam Sneyers, Dieter Deforce
: Thromboembolic events (TEE) associated to trace amounts of plasmatic activated coagulation factor XI (FXIa) in administrated immunoglobulin (Ig) have recently raised concerns and hence there is a need for highly sensitive profiling of residual plasma source proteins. This study aims to consider LC-ESI-QTOF data-dependent acquisition in combination with sample fractionation for this purpose. Sample fractionation proved mandatory to enable identification of plasma residuals. Two approaches were compared: Ig depletion with protein G - protein A affinity chromatography and low-abundant protein enrichment with a combinatorial peptide ligand library (ProteoMiner™, Bio-Rad)...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894747/reduction-of-coagulability-state-one-year-after-bariatric-surgery
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Jérémie Thereaux, Fanny Mingant, Charles Roche, Hubert Galinat, Francis Couturaud, Karine Lacut
BACKGROUND: Obese patients are in a hypercoagulable state relative to normal-weight patients. Low-grade inflammation may be a key factor for this condition. OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to compare the coagulability state of morbidly obese patients before and 1 year after bariatric surgery (BS) using the Thrombin Generation (TG) test, a validated method to assess coagulation in vitro. SETTING: University hospital. METHODS: All patients undergoing BS between September 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 were eligible for this prospective study (n = 42)...
October 1, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889946/combined-fibrinogen-and-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-as-a-prognostic-marker-of-advanced-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Takashi Kijima, Takaaki Arigami, Yasuto Uchikado, Yoshikazu Uenosono, Yoshiaki Kita, Tetsuhiro Owaki, Shinichiro Mori, Hiroshi Kurahara, Yuko Kijima, Hiroshi Okumura, Kousei Maemura, Sumiya Ishigami, Shoji Natsugoe
Patients with advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is received chemoradiotherapy or chemotherapy for clinical management. However, it is difficult to predict tumor response and prognosis using blood markers before starting treatments. The purpose of this study was to investigate the pre-treatment plasma fibrinogen and neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with advanced ESCC treated with chemoradiotherapy or chemotherapy, and to assess the clinical utility of a combined score using these blood markers, named as the F-NLR (fibrinogen and NLR) score, as a predictor of tumor response and prognosis...
November 27, 2016: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889551/endothelial-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-survivors
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Paola Giordano, Paola Muggeo, Maurizio Delvecchio, Santa Carbonara, Alberto Romano, Maria Altomare, Gabriella Ricci, Federica Valente, Annapaola Zito, Pietro Scicchitano, Luciano Cavallo, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Nicola Santoro, Maria Felicia Faienza
BACKGROUND: Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survivors have increased risk of obesity, metabolic alterations and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Vascular endothelial function has been studied in adult cancers. Limited data exist regarding CVD risk factors among childhood ALL survivors. We aimed to assess endothelial function, metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in young survivors of childhood ALL. METHODS: Auxological parameters, blood pressure, glucose, lipid profile, hemostatic markers (total adiponectin and high-molecular-weight subfraction, endothelin-1, von Willebrand factor antigen, thrombin-antithrombin complex, D-dimers, fibrinogen), high sensitive C-reactive protein and ultrasound parameters of endothelial function (flow-mediated dilation-FMD, common carotid intima-media thickness-C-IMT, and antero-posterior diameter of infra-renal abdominal aorta-APAO) were assessed in 52 ALL survivors and 34 sex and age-matched controls...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888711/preoperative-monocyte-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-peripheral-blood-predicts-stages-metastasis-and-histological-grades-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer
#15
Jiangdong Xiang, Lina Zhou, Xing Li, Wei Bao, Taizhong Chen, Xiaowei Xi, Yinyan He, Xiaoping Wan
PURPOSE: The monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio (MLR) has been shown to be associated with the prognosis of various solid tumors. This study sought to evaluate the important value of the MLR in ovarian cancer patients. METHODS: A total of 133 ovarian cancer patients and 43 normal controls were retrospectively reviewed. The patients' demographics were analyzed along with clinical and pathologic data. The counts of peripheral neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and platelets were collected and used to calculate the MLR, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR)...
November 23, 2016: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885904/the-effect-of-p2y12-inhibition-on-platelet-activation-assessed-with-aggregation-and-flow-cytometry-based-assays
#16
Tesse C Leunissen, Peter Paul Wisman, Thijs C van Holten, Philip G de Groot, Suzanne J Korporaal, Arnold C Koekman, Frans L Moll, Martin Teraa, Marianne C Verhaar, Gert Jan de Borst, Rolf T Urbanus, Mark Roest
Patients on P2Y12 inhibitors may still develop thrombosis or bleeding complications. Tailored antiplatelet therapy, based on platelet reactivity testing, might reduce these complications. Several tests have been used, but failed to show a benefit of tailored antiplatelet therapy. This could be due to the narrowness of current platelet reactivity tests, which are limited to analysis of platelet aggregation after stimulation of the adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-pathway. However, the response to ADP does not necessarily reflect the effect of P2Y12 inhibition on platelet function in vivo...
November 25, 2016: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882600/muscular-fitness-and-metabolic-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-adolescents-results-from-labmed-physical-activity-study
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C A Agostinis-Sobrinho, C Moreira, S Abreu, L Lopes, L B Sardinha, J Oliveira-Santos, A Oliveira, J Mota, R Santos
This study aimed to evaluate the associations between muscular fitness and inflammatory biomarkers and to investigate the relationship between muscular fitness and selected clustered inflammatory biomarkers in adolescents. This is a cross-sectional analysis with 529 adolescents (267 girls) aged 12-18 years. Handgrip strength and standing long jump tests assessed MF. Continuous scores of clustered inflammatory biomarkers (sum of Z-scores of C-reactive protein [CRP], C3, C4, fibrinogen, and leptin); metabolic risk factor (MRF) score (sum of Z-scores of SBP, triglycerides, ratio total cholesterol [TC]/HDL, HOMA-IR, and waist circumference [WC]) were computed...
November 23, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878822/wide-variations-in-blood-product-transfusion-practices-among-providers-who-care-for-patients-with-acute-leukemia-in-the-united-states
#18
Alexander B Pine, Eun-Ju Lee, Mikkael Sekeres, David P Steensma, Daniel Zelterman, Thomas Prebet, Amy DeZern, Rami Komrokji, Mark Litzow, Selina Luger, Richard Stone, Harry P Erba, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Alfred I Lee, Nikolai A Podoltsev, Lisa Barbarotta, Stephanie Kasberg, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Steven D Gore, Amer M Zeidan
BACKGROUND: Transfusion of blood products is a key component of the supportive management in patients with acute leukemia (AL). However high-quality trial evidence and clinical outcome data to support specific transfusion goals for blood products for patients with AL remain limited leading to diverse transfusion practices. The primary objective of this study was to determine the spectrum of transfusion patterns in a variety of care settings among providers who treat AL patients. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A 31-question survey queried providers caring for AL patients about the existence of institutional guidelines for transfusion of blood products, transfusion triggers for hemoglobin (Hb), platelets (PLTs), and fibrinogen in various settings including inpatient and outpatient and before procedures...
November 22, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867285/lower-platelet-reactivity-is-associated-with-presentation-of-unstable-coronary-artery-disease
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Tesse C Leunissen, Crystel M Gijsberts, Peter Paul Wisman, Albert Huisman, Maarten Ten Berg, Folkert W Asselbergs, Imo E Hoefer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Frans L Moll, Gert Jan de Borst, Mark Roest
In patients with acute coronary syndrome, high platelet reactivity (PR) is associated with an increased risk of secondary thrombotic events. However, in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), no association between high PR and outcome has been demonstrated. At present, the relation of PR and clinical symptoms is unknown. To examine the association of PR with clinical indication for diagnostic angiography (stable or unstable coronary artery disease [CAD]), taking into account the influence of P2Y12 inhibitors...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867087/a-quantitative-immunoassay-for-lung-cancer-biomarker-ciz1b-in-patient-plasma
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Dawn Coverley, Gillian Higgins, Daniel West, Oliver T Jackson, Adam Dowle, Aidan Haslam, Eve Ainscough, Rebecca Chalkley, John White
OBJECTIVES: Non-invasive tests for early detection of lung cancer are an important unmet clinical need. CIZ1b plasma biomarker can discriminate stage 1 lung cancer from within high-risk groups with clinically useful accuracy, with ROC AUCs in excess of 0.9 for two independent retrospective cohorts, and could therefore meet this need. Our aim was to characterise the native state of the biomarker and develop a quantitative immunoassay. DESIGN AND METHODS: Selective denaturation, preparative electrophoresis and mass spectrometry of human plasma were used to characterise the biomarker and interaction partners...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
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