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Tracey Ann Cuin, Ingo Dreyer, Erwan Michard
Fast responses to an external threat depend on the rapid transmission of signals through a plant. Action potentials (APs) are proposed as such signals. Plant APs share similarities with their animal counterparts; they are proposed to depend on the activity of voltage-gated ion channels. Nonetheless, despite their demonstrated role in (a)biotic stress responses, the identities of the associated voltage-gated channels and transporters remain undefined in higher plants. By demonstrating the role of two potassium-selective channels in Arabidopsis thaliana in AP generation and shaping, we show that the plant AP does depend on similar Kv -like transport systems to those of the animal signal...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Shulan Zhang, Ziyan Wu, Wen Zhang, Jiuliang Zhao, Gary L Norman, Xiaofeng Zeng, Fengchun Zhang, Yongzhe Li
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence has highlighted the role of non-criteria antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) as important supplements to the current criteria aPLs for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). In this retrospective study, we evaluated the clinical relevance of antibodies to phosphatidylserine/prothrombin (aPS/PT) in Chinese patients with APS. METHODS: A total of 441 subjects were tested, including 101 patients with primary APS (PAPS), 140 patients with secondary APS (SAPS), 161 disease controls (DCs) and 39 healthy controls (HCs)...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Zbigniew Zdrojewski
Recognizing the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in patients with lupus (SLE) can be difficult and therefore underestimated. Detection of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) in each patient with SLE should be done as a rule. Introduction of the new classification criteria of this syndrome will certainly improve the recognition of APS in the future. The Sapporo APS classification criteria (1998) were replaced by the Sydney criteria in 2006. Based on the most recent criteria, classification with APS requires one clinical and one laboratory manifestation...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Ying-Liang Gong, Yu-Feng Li
We present a case of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) with autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA). Along with the classic findings of APSGN, the patient had a positive direct antiglobulin test and an anticardiolipin antibody without any typical clinical manifestations of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). This case raises questions of the relationship between Streptococcus and the development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in children. Our case highlights the possibility that the streptococcal infections in this patient might be responsible for her anemia, either in setting of underlying antiphospholipid antibodies, or in having triggered the development of pathogenic antibodies, which subsequently leads to the clinical evolution of hemolysis...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Sheylla M Felau, Lucas P Sales, Marina Y Solis, Ana Paula Hayashi, Hamilton Roschel, Ana Lúcia Sá-Pinto, Danieli Castro Oliveira De Andrade, Keyla Y Katayama, Maria Claudia Irigoyen, Fernanda Consolim-Colombo, Eloisa Bonfa, Bruno Gualano, Fabiana B Benatti
Endothelial cells are thought to play a central role in the pathogenesis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA) supplementation has been shown to improve endothelial function in a number of diseases; thus, it could be of high clinical relevance in APS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of n-3 PUFA supplementation on endothelial function (primary outcome) of patients with primary APS (PAPS). A 16-week randomized clinical trial was conducted with 22 adult women with PAPS...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xiaoniu Tang, Wei Hu, Yechao Lv, Wenqi Zhang, Tian Sun, Yuxin Jiang, Xiaodong Zhan, Shulin Zhou
BACKGROUND Polysaccharides from bivalves have multiple bioactivities in various aspects of biology. However, the role of a polysaccharide derived from Amusium pleuronectes on potential hepatoprotective effects remains unclear. MATERIAL AND METHODS A water-soluble polysaccharide was isolated from Amusium pleuronectes (APS-1) using ultrasound-assisted hot-water extraction. The molecular weight of APS-1 was approximately 11.7 kDa and was determined by calibration with dextran. APS-1 was analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and mainly consisted of a uniform glucose polymer...
March 18, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Ying Jiang, Michela Schiavon, Leonardo W Lima, Tripti, Rachel R Jones, Ali F El Mehdawi, Suzanne Royer, Zhaohai Zeng, Yuegao Hu, Elizabeth A H Pilon-Smits, Marinus Pilon
BACKGROUND: The plant Stanleya pinnata hyperaccumulates Se up to 0.5% of its dry weight in organic forms, whereas the closely related Stanleya elata does not hyperaccumulate Se. ATP sulfurylase (ATPS) can catalyze the formation of adenosine 5'-phosphoselenate (APSe) from ATP and selenate. We investigated the S. pinnata ATPS2 isoform (SpATPS2) to assess its possible role in Se hyperaccumulation. METHODS: ATPS expression and activity was compared in the two Stanleya species...
March 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Amaris Castanon, Grant Pierre, Rohan Willis, E Nigel Harris, Elizabeth Papalardo, Zurina Romay-Penabad, Alvaro Schleh, Praveen Jajoria, Monica Smikle, Karel DeCeulaer, Anne Tebo, Troy Jaskowski, Marta M Guerra, D Ware Branch, Jane E Salmon, Michelle Petri, Emilio B Gonzalez
Objectives: We evaluate the performance characteristics of antiphosphatidylserine (anti-PS), antiphosphatidylinositol (anti-PI), and antiphospholipid mixture (APhL) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) compared with anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI) in a large group of patients with antiphospholipid (aPL)-related diseases. Methods: Serum samples from 548 patients from the Hopkins and Jamaican systemic lupus erythematosus cohorts, the PROMISSE cohort, and the Antiphospholipid Standardization Laboratory were examined for immunoglobulin G (IgG)/immunoglobulin M (IgM) positivity in aCL, anti-β2GPI, anti-PS, anti-PI, and APhL ELISA assays...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Rebecca L Hagedorn, Melissa D Olfert
In order to investigate the impact of food insecurity on college students in a highly health disparate region we (1) assessed the prevalence of food insecurity among young adults at a large, rural university in Appalachia, and (2) investigated the relationship between food insecurity and behavioral characteristics including academic performance, coping strategies, and money expenditure. A cross-sectional design was used to capture a representative sample of young adults attending a large, central Appalachian university in Fall 2016...
March 16, 2018: Nutrients
Tatsuya Seki, Yasushige Shingu, Hiroshi Sugiki, Satoru Wakasa, Hiroki Katoh, Tomonori Ooka, Tsuyoshi Tachibana, Suguru Kubota, Yoshiro Matsui
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a complex autoimmune disease often related to systemic lupus erythematosus. Although adequate anticoagulation is important for APS patients during cardiopulmonary bypass, clotting tests can be potentially misleading due to antiphospholipid antibodies. We performed cardiac surgery safely in two APS patients under anticoagulation monitoring determined using preoperative heparin titration. We performed heparin titration for activated clotting time to determine the appropriate heparin concentration during cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Ilaria Cavazzana, Laura Andreoli, Maarteen Limper, Franco Franceschini, Angela Tincani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses on new clinical aspects of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in the last 5 years. RECENT FINDINGS: The pathogenesis of APS is related to endothelial activation by mechanisms other than autoantibody-mediated massive coagulation. These include Toll-like receptors, the m-TORC pathway, and neutrophil activation, inducing an uncontrolled inflammatory cascade. Given these new pathogenetic hypotheses, the treatment of APS could be directed towards a fine balance between anticoagulation and immunomodulation...
March 15, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Alexey E Lyashkov, Joachim Beahr, Edward G Lakatta, Yael Yaniv, Victor A Maltsev
Recent data suggest that cardiac pacemaker cell function is determined by numerous time-, voltage-, and Ca-dependent interactions of cell membrane electrogenic proteins (M-clock) and intracellular Ca cycling proteins (Ca-clock), forming a coupled-clock system. Many aspects of the coupled-clock system, however, remain underexplored. The key players of the system are Ca release channels (ryanodine receptors), generating local Ca releases (LCRs) from sarcoplasmic reticulum, electrogenic Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) current, and L-type Ca current (ICaL )...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Fei Xiao, Stanley Wang, Rina Barouch-Bentov, Gregory Neveu, Szuyuan Pu, Melanie Beer, Stanford Schor, Sathish Kumar, Vlad Nicolaescu, Brett D Lindenbach, Glenn Randall, Shirit Einav
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads via secreted cell-free particles or direct cell-to-cell transmission. Yet, virus-host determinants governing differential intracellular trafficking of cell-free- and cell-to-cell-transmitted virus remain unknown. The host adaptor proteins (APs) AP-1A, AP-1B, and AP-4 traffic in post-Golgi compartments, and the latter two are implicated in basolateral sorting. We reported that AP-1A mediates HCV trafficking during release, whereas the endocytic adaptor AP-2 mediates entry and assembly...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Onalenna Kereilwe, Kiran Pandey, Vitaliano Borromeo, Hiroya Kadokawa
Preantral and small antral follicles may secret anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) to control gonadotrophin secretion from ruminant gonadotrophs. The present study investigated whether the main receptor for AMH, AMH receptor type 2 (AMHR2), is expressed in gonadotrophs of postpubertal heifers to control gonadotrophin secretion. Expression of AMHR2 mRNA was detected in anterior pituitaries (APs) of postpubertal heifers using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. An anti-AMHR2 chicken antibody was developed against the extracellular region near the N-terminus of bovine AMHR2...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Jonaz Font, Mathilda Simeon, Christophe Simard, Stéphane Allouche, Anne-Flore Plane, Virginie Ferchaud, Marie Brionne, René Rouet, Marie Nowoczyn, Alain Manrique, Paolo Emilio Puddu, Paul Milliez, Joachim Alexandre
Whether oral anti-coagulants, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOACs) frequently prescribed to atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, do themselves have a pro- or anti-arrhythmic effect have never been addressed. Transmembrane action potentials were recorded in an acute rabbit model of superfused pulmonary veins (PVs) sleeves preparations using standard microelectrode technique. Fluindione 10 μmol/L (n = 6) increased the AP (action potential) duration (APD), induced a significantly Vmax depression (from 95±14 to 53±5 V/s, P < 0...
March 11, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
M E Rodríguez-Almaraz, I Herraiz, P I Gómez-Arriaga, P Vallejo, E Gonzalo-Gil, A Usategui, E A López-Jiménez, A Galindo, M Galindo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of the uterine artery mean pulsatility index (mPI-UtA) and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) for the prediction of placental dysfunction-related adverse outcomes (AO), namely pre-eclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and for differential diagnosis between PE and SLE flares. STUDY DESIGN: Observational prospective cohort study of 57 pregnant women with SLE or APS...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Chrisanna Dobrowolski, Doruk Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a systemic autoimmune disorder marked by thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). At the present time, treatment is primarily focused on anticoagulation. However, there is increasing awareness of the mechanisms involved in APS pathogenesis, which has led to the trial of novel therapies targeting those mechanisms. Following a brief review of the etiopathogenesis of and current management strategies in APS, this paper focuses on the evidence for these potential, targeted APS treatments, e...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Ami Schattner, Shilo Voichanski, Livnat Uliel
A healthy 38-year-old woman developed sudden unilateral vision loss due to retrobulbar optic neuritis in the wake of varicella-zoster virus infection. She had no further central nervous system (CNS) lesions. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies were found, consistent with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Later, serial MRIs showed dynamic short-segment and long-segment myelitis lesions, ANA titre increased and additional autoantibodies were found including anti-dsDNA, anti-chromatin/nucleosome and antiphospholipid antibodies...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Sana Zouari, Monia Kamel Ben Halima, Mariana Reyes-Prieto, Amparo Latorre, Rosario Gil
Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) can harbor two types of bacterial symbionts. In addition to the obligate endosymbiont Buchnera aphidicola Munson, Baumann and Kinsey 1991 (Enterobacteriales: Enterobacteriaceae), several facultative symbiotic bacteria, called secondary (S) symbionts, have been identified among many important pest aphid species. To determine interpopulational diversity of S-symbionts, we carried out a survey in a total of 18 populations of six aphid species collected from six localities in Tunisia, by performing a diagnostic polymerase chain reaction analysis of partial 16S-23S rRNA operon sequences...
February 28, 2018: Environmental Entomology
Øyvind Bruserud, Huma Siddiqui, Mihaela Cuida Marthinussen, Tsute Chen, Roland Jonsson, Bergithe Eikeland Oftedal, Ingar Olsen, Eystein Sverre Husebye, Anette Bøe Wolff
Background : Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type-1 (APS-1) is a rare, childhood onset disease caused by mutations in the Autoimmune Regulator gene. The phenotypic expression is highly variable and includes disease manifestations in the oral cavity, including mucocutaneous candidiasis. Increasing evidence suggests a potential role of the skin, oral and gut microbiotas in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity. To date, no information exists regarding the oral microbiota in APS-1. Objective : To assess the bacterial microbiota of whole saliva in APS-1 patients by using high throughput sequencing...
2018: Journal of Oral Microbiology
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