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Silmara Montalvão, Priscila Soares Elídio, Sabrina da Silva Saraiva, Bruna de Moraes Mazetto, Marina Pereira Colella, Erich Vinícius de Paula, Simone Appenzeller, Joyce Annichino-Bizzacchi, Fernanda Andrade Orsi
INTRODUCTION: Antibodies directed against domain 1 of β2 glycoprotein 1 (aβ2GP1-Dm1) have been involved in the immunopathogenesis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). However, the clinical relevance of aβ2GP1-Dm1 in thrombotic APS has not yet been fully explored. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of aβ2GP1-Dm1 in a cohort of patients with thrombotic APS, and to evaluate whether testing for aβ2GP1-Dm1 could have a clinical impact upon the risk assessment of the disease...
October 4, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Xu Chu, Xiao-Ju Liu, Jing-Man Qiu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Juan Shu
Astragalus and Codonopsis pilosula are used for their immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects. Here, we investigated the effects of Astragalus polysaccharides (APS) and Codonopsis pilosula polysaccharides (CPP) on alveolar macrophage (AM) phagocytosis and inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with exposure to particulate matter with a mean aerodynamic diameter ≤2.5μm (PM2.5). A mouse model of COPD was established by cigarette smoke exposure. PM2.5 exposure was performed by inhalation of a PM2...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Shashidhara Marathe, Xianbo Shi, Michael J Wojcik, Albert T Macrander, Lahsen Assoufid
A procedure for a technique to measure the transverse coherence of synchrotron radiation X-ray sources using a single phase grating interferometer is reported. The measurements were demonstrated at the 1-BM bending magnet beamline of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). By using a 2-D checkerboard π/2 phase-shift grating, transverse coherence lengths were obtained along the vertical and horizontal directions as well as along the 45° and 135° directions to the horizontal direction...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Fatima El-Assaad, Steven A Krilis, Bill Giannakopoulos
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterised by a procoagulant state that predisposes to recurrent thrombosis and miscarriages. Two major discoveries have advanced our understanding of the underlying complex pathogenesis of the APS. The first was the discovery that beta-2 glycoprotein-1 (β2GPI) is the major auto antigen in APS. The second was the discovery in more recent years that β2GPI contains allosteric disulphide bonds susceptible to posttranslational modification that may be involved in the development of autoantibodies in APS...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Worawan B Limpitikul, Ivy E Dick, David Tester, Nicole J Boczek, Pattraranee Limphong, Wanjun Yang, Myoung Hyun Choi, Jennifer Babich, Deborah DiSilvestre, Ronald J Kanter, Gordon F Tomaselli, Michael J Ackerman, David Yue
RATIONALE: Calmodulinopathies comprise a new category of potentially life-threatening genetic arrhythmia syndromes capable of producing severe long QT syndrome (LQTS) with mutations involving either CALM1, CALM2, or CALM3 The underlying basis of this form of LQTS is a disruption of Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent inactivation (CDI) of L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs). OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into the mechanistic underpinnings of calmodulinopathies and devise new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of this form of LQTS...
October 20, 2016: Circulation Research
Xiaojing Wang, Fan Ping, Cuijuan Qi, Xinhua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 2 (APS-2), also known as Schmidt's syndrome, is an uncommon disorder characterized by the coexistence of Addison's disease with thyroid autoimmune disease and/or type 1 diabetes mellitus. Addison's disease as the obligatory component is potentially life-threatening. Unfortunately, the delayed diagnosis of Addison's disease is common owing to its rarity and the nonspecific clinical manifestation. METHODS: Here we reported a case of 38-year-old female patient who presented with 2 years' history of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and received levothyroxine replacement...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Erin L Abner, Pamela B Teaster, Marta S Mendiondo, Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Jennifer L Marcum, Tim N Crawford, Tenzin Wangmo
The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics of investigations of sexual abuse concerning vulnerable adults residing in facility settings that were associated with case substantiation. Data on 410 reports of sexual abuse were collected prospectively from Adult Protective Services (APS) and state licensure agency staff in New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin over a six-month period. Specifically, we examined differences between reports that were substantiated and those that were not by comparing characteristics of alleged victims, alleged perpetrators, and aspects of investigation using logistic regression...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Gary A Clawson, Thomas Abraham, Weihua Pan, Xiaomeng Tang, Samuel S Linton, Christopher O McGovern, Welley S Loc, Jill P Smith, Peter J Butler, Mark Kester, James H Adair, Gail L Matters
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs) constitutively express the G-protein-coupled cholecystokinin B receptor (CCKBR). In this study, we identified DNA aptamers (APs) that bind to the CCKBR and describe their characterization and targeting efficacy. Using dual SELEX selection against "exposed" CCKBR peptides and CCKBR-expressing PDAC cells, a pool of DNA APs was identified. Further downselection was based on predicted structures and properties, and we selected eight APs for initial characterizations. The APs bound specifically to the CCKBR, and we showed not only that they did not stimulate proliferation of PDAC cell lines but rather inhibited their proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Qiongying Wang, An Xie, Han Xu, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: Abnormal Ca handling is thought to be related with triggered activity and mitochondria participate in Ca homeostasis. We evaluated the contribution of Astragaloside IV (ASI) for mitochondrial ROS and Ca Flux to cardiac function by using DOCA-salt hypertensive mice. DESIGN AND METHOD: We used the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mouse model. The ventricular myocytes isolated from mice was utilized for action potentials (APs) recording, potassium and L-type Ca currents...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Y Zuo, R Willis, E Papalardo, M Petri, E N Harris, A Schleh, K DeCeulaer, M Smikle, L M Vilá, J D Reveille, G S Alarcón, E B Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: While essential for the classification of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), anticardiolipin (aCL) assays lack specificity and anti-β2glycoproteinI (anti-β2GPI) assays lack sensitivity in this regard. Our aim was to perform a comparative analysis of the APhL ELISA assay (IgG/IgM) and criteria antiphospholipid (aPL) immunoassays in identifying APS-related clinical manifestations in a large group of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum samples from 1178 patients from the Hopkins (n = 543), LUMINA (n = 588) and Jamaican SLE cohorts (n = 47) were examined for IgG/IgM positivity in aCL (in-house), anti-β2GPI (two commercial kits) and APhL (Louisville APL) ELISA assays...
October 16, 2016: Lupus
Jangsun Hwang, Mintai P Hwang, Moonhyun Choi, Youngmin Seo, Yeonho Jo, Jaewoo Son, Jinkee Hong, Jonghoon Choi
Heavy metal pollution has been a problem since the advent of modern transportation, which despite efforts to curb emissions, continues to play a critical role in environmental pollution. Copper ions (Cu(2+)), in particular, are one of the more prevalent metals that have widespread detrimental ramifications. From this perspective, a simple and inexpensive method of detecting Cu(2+) at the micromolar level would be highly desirable. In this study, we use porous silicon nanoparticles (NPs), obtained via anodic etching of Si wafers, as a basis for undecylenic acid (UDA)- or acrylic acid (AA)-mediated hydrosilylation...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mahua Chatterjee, Fernando Perez de Los Cobos Pallares, Alex Loebel, Michael Lukas, Veronica Egger
During odor sensing the activity of principal neurons of the mammalian olfactory bulb, the mitral and tufted cells (MTCs), occurs in repetitive bursts that are synchronized to respiration, reminiscent of hippocampal theta-gamma coupling. Axonless granule cells (GCs) mediate self- and lateral inhibitory interactions between the excitatory MTCs via reciprocal dendrodendritic synapses. We have explored long-term plasticity at this synapse by using a theta burst stimulation (TBS) protocol and variations thereof...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Quentin Boucherie, Gaëtan Gentile, Coralie Chalançon, Vincent Sciortino, Olivier Blin, Joëlle Micallef, Sylvie Bonin-Guillaume
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of long-term antipsychotic (AP) use in community-dwelling patients with dementia considering hospitalization periods as AP exposure or not. A retrospective study was carried out from 2009 to 2012 on a PACA-Alzheimer cohort (which included 31 963 patients in 2009 and 36 442 in 2012 from 5 million inhabitants). Three groups of patients were identified according to the longest exposure to APs without interruption: nonusers, short-term users (≤3 successive months without discontinuation), and long-term users...
October 12, 2016: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
Ivan Šterzl, Karolína Absolonová, Petr Matucha
Historically endocrinologists and psychiatrists are aware that disturbances in thyroid disease in beginning or even in clinically intensified states of thyrotoxicosis or hypothyroidism exhibit pathological mental manifestations, masking or potentiating the underlying disease. Immune system disorders cause thyroid organ-specific autoimmune process. This autoimmune thyroid disease binds with a number of disorders in both endocrine or non-endocrine organs. This appears in vascular, neurological, skin, connective tissue, gastrointestinal tract and mental pathology...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Zhixue Wang, Zijing Liu, Lijng Zhou, Tingting Long, Xing Zhou, Yixi Bao
OBJECTIVE: This study is to investigate the role of second messengers and TLR4/NF-κB signaling pathway in the immunomodulatory activities of Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) and Polysaccharopeptide (PSP) in macrophages. METHODS: RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were treated with APS, PSP, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or NiCl2. Power-spectral method was used to detect protein kinase C (PKC) and Griess reaction to detect nitric oxide (NO). ELISA was conducted to detect cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), diglycerides (DAG), inositol 1, 4, 5-triphosphate (IP3), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Tomoko Matsumoto, Keiji Nogami, Midori Shima
Patients with mild/moderate hemophilia (H)A, acquired HA (AHA) and lupus anticoagulants (LA), have prolonged aPTTs with low levels of factor (F)VIII activity, but the differentiation of these disorders is complex and time consuming. We established an approach to quickly differentiate these disorders using comprehensive coagulation tests. Patients' plasmas with mild/moderate HA, AHA, LA without anti-phospholipid syndrome [LA-APS(-)], and LA with APS [LA-APS(+)] were examined using clot waveform analysis (CWA) and thrombin generation test (TGT)...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Joachim Behar, Ambhighainath Ganesan, Jin Zhang, Yael Yaniv
Sinoatrial nodal cells (SANCs) generate spontaneous action potentials (APs) that control the cardiac rate. The brain modulates SANC automaticity, via the autonomic nervous system, by stimulating membrane receptors that activate (adrenergic) or inactivate (cholinergic) adenylyl cyclase (AC). However, these opposing afferents are not simply additive. We showed that activation of adrenergic signaling increases AC-cAMP/PKA signaling, which mediates the increase in the SANC AP firing rate (i.e., positive chronotropic modulation)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Xiaoqing Bu, Hao Peng, Chongke Zhong, Tan Xu, Tian Xu, Yanbo Peng, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Jinchao Wang, Zhong Ju, Qunwei Li, Deqin Geng, Yingxian Sun, Dongsheng Zhang, Jintao Zhang, Jing Chen, Yonghong Zhang, Jiang He
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Antiphosphatidylserine antibodies (aPS) have been associated with the risk of ischemic stroke. However, it remains unclear whether aPS will influence clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: A total of 3013 patients with acute ischemic stroke recruited from 26 hospitals across China from August 2009 to May 2013 were included in the study The primary outcome was a combination of death and major disability (modified Rankin Scale score ≥3) at 3 months after stroke...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Esther Kim, Tiffanie Do, Katie Peacock, Prisca T Takundwa
Patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are at increased risk of recurrent thromboembolic events due to the pathology of the disease. While prolonged anticoagulation is the treatment of choice for patients with thrombosis, much debate remains about the optimum intensity of anticoagulation. Anticoagulation with warfarin has been shown to decrease rates of thrombosis recurrence, but definitive evidence regarding targeted therapy to an INR of moderate (2.0 - 3.0) or high (3.1 - 4.0) intensity is lacking.
September 1, 2016: Curēus
TianHong Zhang, HuiRu Cui, YingYing Tang, LiHua Xu, HuiJun Li, YanYan Wei, XiaoHua Liu, Annabelle Chow, ChunBo Li, KaiDa Jiang, ZePing Xiao, JiJun Wang
Neurocognitive decline has been observed in patients with psychosis as well as attenuated psychosis syndrome (APS). We tested the hypothesis that APS increases dependence on neurocognition during the interpretation of others' mental states and that a combination index of Theory of Mind (ToM) and neurocognition improves the predictive accuracy of psychosis conversion. A sample of 83 APS individuals and 90 healthy controls (HC) were assessed by comprehensive cognitive tests. The cohort also completed a one-year follow-up...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
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