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Gösta Berlin, Honar Cherif, Folke Knutson, Jonas Mattsson, Ulla Axdorph Nygell
There are no randomized controlled trials proving the clinical benefit of granulocyte transfusions. However, clinical experience and a number of case studies suggest that granulocyte transfusions may be life-saving in certain situations. In our opinion granulocyte transfusions should be considered for patients with profound neutropenia and severe, life-threatening infection not responding to antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Since the clinical effect seems to be dose-dependent, the granulocyte concentrate should contain a large number of cells, which usually means that the donor should be mobilized with steroids and G-CSF...
March 20, 2018: Läkartidningen
Nathan Punwani, Noah Merin, Ann Mohrbacher, George Yaghmour, Allison Sano, Laleh Ramezani, Preet M Chaudhary, Giridharan Ramsingh
Microtransplantation (MST), a type of HLA-mismatched allogeneic cellular therapy, is a promising, cellular therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). MST transfuses granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized, HLA-mismatched donor peripheral blood stem cells into patients undergoing conventional chemotherapy. MST, using haploidentical donors, has been shown to yield clinical benefit without any permanent marrow engraftment in AML. Consequently, graft-versus-host disease concerns are rendered irrelevant with no need for immunosuppression...
2018: Leukemia Research Reports
Richard R Kew, Tahmineh Tabrizian, James A Vosswinkel, James E Davis, Randeep S Jawa
BACKGROUND: Severe acute muscle injury results in massive cell damage, causing the release of actin into extracellular fluids where it complexes with the vitamin D binding protein (DBP). We hypothesized that a systemic Vitamin D deficiency would result in a less pro-inflammatory phenotype. METHODS: C57BL/6 wild-type and DBP deficient (DBP-/-) mice received intramuscular injections of either 50% glycerol or phosphate-buffered saline into thigh muscles. Muscle injury was assessed by histology...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Polina Zjablovskaja, Petr Danek, Miroslava Kardosova, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda
Understanding of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology has important implications for regenerative medicine and the treatment of hematological pathologies. Despite the most relevant data that can be acquired using in vivo models or primary cultures, the low abundance of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells considerably restricts the pool of suitable techniques for their investigation. Therefore, the use of cell lines allows sufficient production of biological material for the performance of screenings or assays that require large cell numbers...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Karteek Kadimisetty, Jinzhao Song, Aoife M Doto, Young Hwang, Jing Peng, Michael G Mauk, Frederic D Bushman, Robert Gross, Joseph N Jarvis, Changchun Liu
Molecular diagnostics that involve nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) are crucial for prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. In this study, we developed a simple, inexpensive, disposable, fully 3D printed microfluidic reactor array that is capable of carrying out extraction, concentration and isothermal amplification of nucleic acids in variety of body fluids. The method allows rapid molecular diagnostic tests for infectious diseases at point of care. A simple leak-proof polymerization strategy was developed to integrate flow-through nucleic acid isolation membranes into microfluidic devices, yielding a multifunctional diagnostic platform...
March 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Dmitry Balashov, Alexandra Laberko, Anna Shcherbina, Pavel Trakhtman, Dmitrii Abramov, Elena Gutovskaya, Svetlana Kozlovskaya, Larisa Shelikhova, Galina Novichkova, Michael Maschan, Alexander Rumiantsev, Alexei Maschan
Our initial experience of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a matched unrelated donor (MUD; n=12) or a haploidentical related donor (n=6) with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients (n=18) showed a dramatic decrease in the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and transplant-related mortality, with an increased rate of overall survival (OS) of 88,9%. Unfortunately, the treatment was associated with mixed myeloid donor chimerism and secondary graft dysfunction (severe thrombocytopenia, n=2; graft rejection, n=5)...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Karin Kohlstedt, Caroline Trouvain, Timo Frömel, Thomas Mudersbach, Reinhard Henschler, Ingrid Fleming
In addition to being a peptidase, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) can be phosphorylated and involved in signal transduction. We evaluated the role of ACE in granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-induced hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) mobilization and detected a significant increase in mice-lacking ACE. Transplantation experiments revealed that the loss of ACE in the HPC microenvironment rather than in the HPCs increased mobilization. Indeed, although ACE was expressed by a small population of bone-marrow cells, it was more strongly expressed by endosteal bone...
March 17, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
H Lindman, M Andersson, J Ahlgren, E Balslev, A Sverrisdottir, S B Holmberg, N O Bengtsson, E H Jacobsen, A B Jensen, J Hansen, M K Tuxen, L Malmberg, K Villman, H Anderson, B Ejlertsen, J Bergh, C Blomqvist
STUDY AIM: Retrospective studies have demonstrated a worse outcome in breast cancer patients not developing leukopenia during adjuvant chemotherapy. The SBG 2000-1 is the first randomised trial designed to compare individually dosed chemotherapy without G-CSF support based on grade of toxicity to standard-dosed chemotherapy based on body surface area (BSA). METHODS: Patients with early breast cancer were included and received the first cycle of standard FEC (fluorouracil 600 mg/m2 , epirubicin 60 mg/m2 , cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m2 )...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Takuma Ohmichi, Masaki Kondo, Masahiro Itsukage, Hidetaka Koizumi, Shigenori Matsushima, Nagato Kuriyama, Kazunari Ishii, Etsuro Mori, Kei Yamada, Toshiki Mizuno, Takahiko Tokuda
OBJECTIVE The gold standard for the diagnosis of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is the CSF removal test. For elderly patients, however, a less invasive diagnostic method is required. On MRI, high-convexity tightness was reported to be an important finding for the diagnosis of iNPH. On SPECT, patients with iNPH often show hyperperfusion of the high-convexity area. The authors tested 2 hypotheses regarding the SPECT finding: 1) it is relative hyperperfusion reflecting the increased gray matter density of the convexity, and 2) it is useful for the diagnosis of iNPH...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Jeroen G V Habets, Roel H L Haeren, Suen A N Lie, Noel J C Bauer, Jim T A Dings
BACKGROUND: We present a case of orbital compartment syndrome (OCS) leading to monocular irreversible blindness following a pterional craniotomy for clipping of an anterior communicating artery (ACoA) aneurysm. OCS is an uncommon but vision-threatening entity requiring urgent decompression to reduce the risk of permanent visual loss. Iatrogenic orbital roof defects are a common finding following pterional craniotomies. However, complications related to these defects are rarely reported...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Charlotte E Teunissen, Markus Otto, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Sanna-Kaisa Herukka, Sylvain Lehmann, Piotr Lewczuk, Alberto Lleó, Armand Perret-Liaudet, Hayrettin Tumani, Martin R Turner, Marcel M Verbeek, Jens Wiltfang, Henrik Zetterberg, Lucilla Parnetti, Kaj Blennow
Body fluid biomarkers have great potential for different clinical purposes, including diagnosis, prognosis, patient stratification and treatment effect monitoring. This is exemplified by current use of several excellent biomarkers, such as the Alzheimer's disease cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, anti-neuromyelitis optica antibodies and blood neurofilament light. We still, however, have a strong need for additional biomarkers and several gaps in their development and implementation should be filled. Examples of such gaps are i) limited knowledge of the causes of neurological diseases, and thus hypotheses about the best biomarkers to detect subclinical stages of these diseases; ii) the limited success translating discoveries obtained by e...
March 15, 2018: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Cho-Rong Lee, Wongeun Lee, Steve K Cho, Sung-Gyoo Park
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) regulate T cell immunity, and this population is a new therapeutic target for immune regulation. A previous study showed that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is involved in controlling MDSC differentiation and immunoregulatory function in vivo. However, the direct effect of TGF-β on MDSCs with various cytokines has not previously been tested. Thus, we examined the effect of various cytokine combinations with TGF-β on MDSCs derived from bone marrow cells. The data show that different cytokine combinations affect the differentiation and immunosuppressive functions of MDSCs in different ways...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mona Noureldein, Roxana Mardare, Jack Pickard, Hoi Lun Shing, Michael Eisenhut
BACKGROUND: It has been estimated that paediatric meningitis without elevated CSF white cell count (pleocytosis) accounts for 0.5-12% of all cases of bacterial meningitis. CSF protein and glucose measurements are therefore essential in management but may be neglected in clinical practice. In order to improve recognition of bacterial meningitis in neonates and to enable adequate management and audit, we investigated whether a systemic inflammatory response in the absence of meningitis is associated with elevated CSF protein and reduced CSF glucose levels...
March 14, 2018: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
C G Bien
The paraneoplastic and autoimmune encephalitides are now well-established entities. Detection of neural autoantibodies enables specific diagnoses, provides information on the underlying disease pathophysiology, immunological treatability and the likelihood of a tumor being the underlying cause. This is true for the "high ranking" neural antibodies that have been established in the context of circumscribed clinical images and in consideration of large control groups, have been found in the same way by other laboratories and they respond to immunotherapy...
March 13, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
Coco de Koning, Julie-Anne Gabelich, Jurgen Langenhorst, Rick Admiraal, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Jan Boelens, Stefan Nierkens
Residual antithymocyte globulin (ATG; Thymoglobulin) exposure after allogeneic hematopoietic (stem) cell transplantation (HCT) delays CD4+ T-cell immune reconstitution (CD4+ IR), subsequently increasing morbidity and mortality. This effect seems particularly present after cord blood transplantation (CBT) compared to bone marrow transplantation (BMT). The reason for this is currently unknown. We investigated the effect of active-ATG exposure on CD4+ IR after BMT and CBT in 275 patients (CBT n = 155, BMT n = 120; median age, 7...
March 13, 2018: Blood Advances
Wouter I Schievink, M Marcel Maya, Zachary R Barnard, Franklin G Moser, Stacey Jean-Pierre, Alan D Waxman, Miriam Nuño
BACKGROUND: Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is a devastating early onset dementia. Symptoms of bvFTD may be caused by spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), a treatable disorder, but no comprehensive study of such patients has been reported. OBJECTIVE: To describe detailed characteristics of a large cohort of patients with SIH and symptoms of bvFTD. METHODS: We identified patients with SIH who met clinical criteria for bvFTD...
March 8, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Eunpi Cho, Qian Wu, Lena Rubinstein, Hannah Linden, Julie Gralow, Jennifer Specht, Vijayakrishna Gadi, Georgiana Ellis
Many studies have sought to optimize the dosing schedule of adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer. Here, we assessed the use of continuous metronomic weekly doxorubicin plus daily oral cyclophosphamide (AC) with continuous G-CSF growth factor support for 12 weeks followed by weekly nab-paclitaxel (nP) for 12 weeks. A nonrandomized phase II clinical trial was designed to assess (1) DFS at 2 years, (2) dose delivered, (3) use of nP in the adjuvant setting, and (4) toxicities. The dosing of A was 24 mg/m2 IV weekly and C was 60 mg/m2 oral daily (with scheduled filgrastim 5mcg/kg 6 days/week); nP, 100 mg/m2 IV weekly...
March 13, 2018: Breast Journal
R Poverini, R Lisi, F Lisi, V Berlinghieri, W Bielli, P Carfagna, A Costantino, D Iacomino, G Nicodemo
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor plays different crucial roles during embryo implantation and subsequent development. Here we aimed to evaluate the effects of embryo cell culture medium, with the inclusion of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor (GM-CSF), on embryo development and pregnancy rate. To this end, we took advantage of our retrospective observational study to correlate the outcomes from two different culture media. We included in this study 25 unselected patient from our IVF Center that underwent heterologous IVF cycle with crypreserved oocytes...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
M P Keane, M McGee, E G O'Riordan, A K Kelly, B Earley
The objectives of the study were to determine whether allometric equations are suitable for estimating the space requirements of finishing beef cattle housed on concrete slatted floors (CSF) and to examine the effect of fixed and dynamic space allowances on the performance and welfare of these cattle. Continental crossbred steers (n=120: mean initial live weight, 590 (SD 29.8) kg) were blocked by breed, weight and age and assigned to one of five space allowance treatments (three fixed and two dynamic) on CSF: i) 2...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
James Barger, Matthew Siow, Michael Kader, Katherine Phillips, Girish Fatterpekar, David Kleinberg, David Zagzag, Chandranath Sen, John G Golfinos, Richard Lebowitz, Dimitris G Placantonakis
Background: While effective for the repair of large skull base defects, the Hadad-Bassagasteguy nasoseptal flap increases operative time and can result in a several-week period of postoperative crusting during re-mucosalization of the denuded nasal septum. Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma resection is generally not associated with large dural defects and high-flow cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks requiring extensive reconstruction. Here, we present the posterior nasoseptal flap as a novel technique for closure of skull defects following endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
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