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Guo-Ying Sun, Hui-Hui Yang, Xin-Xin Guan, Wen-Jing Zhong, Yong-Ping Liu, Ming-Yuan Du, Xiao-Qin Luo, Yong Zhou, Cha-Xiang Guan
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is one of the most abundant neuropeptides in the lungs with various biological characters. We have reported that VIP inhibited the expressions of TREM-1 and IL-17A, which are involved in the initiation and amplification of inflammation in acute lung injury (ALI). However, the overall effect of VIP on ALI remains unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic effect of VIP mediated by lentivirus (Lenti-VIP) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine ALI. We found that the expression of intrapulmonary VIP peaked at day7 after the intratracheal injection of Lenti-VIP...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Oyetunde Kazeem Ekeolu, Olamide Elizabeth Adebiyi
BACKGROUND: Hematological parameters are vital diagnostic tools for understanding health dynamics of humans and animals. Franquet's fruit bat (Epomops franqueti) is host to several parasites such as protozoa, bacteria, viruses and mites. Yet, studies exploring the values of its blood components with interest for research or food purposes are scarce. Thus, this study was carried out to investigate the hematological values of the adult E. franqueti. METHODS: Seventeen (nine female and eight male) apparently healthy adult E...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Ersan Arda, Ilkan Yuksel, Basri Cakiroglu, Esra Akdeniz, Nusret Cilesiz
Introduction We investigated the association of the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) with tumor size and Fuhrman grade in nonmetastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cases. Materials and methods Data of nonmetastatic RCC (T1-4N0M0) cases, operated between 2010 and 2016, were retrospectively reviewed and 103 patients were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups according to tumor diameter (Group 1 T < 4 cm, Group 2 T ≥ 4 cm) and into three groups according to Fuhrman grade. Twenty-eight patients with a tumor diameter of 4 cm or less in Group 1 and 75 patients with a tumor diameter greater than 4 cm in Group 2 were compared...
January 10, 2018: Curēus
N D B Ehelepola, A N Abayagunawardana, T N Sudusinghe
BACKGROUND: Hemolysis can occur in people with G6PD deficiency under oxidative stress. Acalypha indica is a tropical plant used as a medicinal plant as well as a vegetable. There are a few reported cases of Acalypha indica ingestion induced hemolysis in G6PD deficient people. All except one of them are from Sri Lanka. The information available at present (2017) about G6PD deficiency prevalence and variants of the G6PD gene among Sri Lankans is very sparse. There are no past reports on hemolytic crisis in a G6PD deficient person presenting mimicking leptospirosis...
March 14, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Cora L Singleton, Michelle L Sauther, Frank P Cuozzo, Ibrahim Antho Youssouf Jacky
The health of 44 wild ring-tailed lemurs ( Lemur catta) at the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve was assessed across three age classes: <5 yr (young), 5-9 yr (adult), and ≥10 yr (old). Hematology and biochemistry tests were performed manually (leukocyte count and differential, packed cell volume, total protein) and using a point-of-care analyzer (hematocrit, hemoglobin, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, sodium, potassium, chloride, ionized calcium, total carbon dioxide, anion gap), respectively. Urine specific gravity was measured via refractometry...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Vikas Shrivastava, Sohaib Ahmad, Garima Mittal, Vibha Gupta, Nadia Shirazi, Varun Kalra
Background: In this follow-up study, we aimed to establish the cut-off values of the volume, conductivity and scatter (VCS) parameters of leucocytes that significantly differ in dengue fever, malaria, scrub typhus and enteric fever, as described in our pilot study. Methods: A prospective observational case-control study was undertaken on patients with an established diagnosis of acute malaria (n=476), dengue fever (n=927), scrub typhus (n=425), bacterial sepsis (n=1598) or enteric fever (n=885) and the haematological and VCS data obtained by the Coulter LH 750 analyser were compared with controls...
March 2, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Mohammed A Almustafa, Alistair M Ewen, Angela H Deakin, Frederic Picard, Jon V Clarke, Fahd F Mahmood
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a debilitating complication of lower limb arthroplasty with significant morbidity and increased costs. Numerous risk factors are associated with SSI. METHODS: In an effort to identify novel risk factors for SSI, we undertook a retrospective cohort study of 1832 primary total hip arthroplasties and 2100 primary total knee arthroplasties performed in our high volume arthroplasty unit over a 2-year period. RESULTS: Two risk factors were identified for SSI following total hip arthroplasty: body mass index ≥30 and peri-operative blood transfusion...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Antonello Nicolini, Bruna Grecchi, Maura Ferrari-Bravo, Cornelius Barlascini
Purpose: Chest physiotherapy is an important tool in the treatment of COPD. Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) and high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) are techniques designed to create a global percussion of the lung which removes secretions and probably clears the peripheral bronchial tree. We tested the hypothesis that adding IPV or HFCWO to the best pharmacological therapy (PT) may provide additional clinical benefit over chest physiotherapy in patients with severe COPD...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Shujun Wang, Qingjun Pan, Chen Xu, Jun-Jia Li, Hao-Xuan Tang, Ting Zou, Kai-Peng Jing, Lin Ye, Hong-Luan Wu, Wei-Jing Liu, Hua-Feng Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Massive proteinuria, a significant sign of nephrotic syndrome (NS), has the potential to injure tubular epithelial cells (TECs). Furosemide is widely used for the treatment of edema, a common manifestation of NS. However, whether furosemide treatment affects massive proteinuria-induced TEC injury in patients with NS is unknown. METHODS: The effect of furosemide on TEC damage was investigated in vitro. In addition, a clinical study was conducted to study whether the short-term treatment of nephrotic edema with furosemide could exacerbate TEC injury...
2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Chang Xu, Erchao Li, Yantong Suo, Yujie Su, Minghui Lu, Qun Zhao, Jian G Qin, Liqiao Chen
Hyperosmotic stress can adversely affect fish immunity, but little is known about the histological and transcriptomic responses of immune organs in fish in a hyperosmotic environment. This study evaluated the effects of long-term hypersaline conditions (16‰) on the growth, histology and transcriptomics of the two main immune organs, the spleen and head kidney, in Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus relative to those reared in freshwater for eight weeks. No differences in weight gain and specific growth rate were found between fish reared under these two salinities...
February 24, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Megan A Evans, Hyun Ah Kim, Yeong Hann Ling, Sandy Uong, Antony Vinh, T Michael De Silva, Thiruma V Arumugam, Andrew N Clarkson, Graeme R Zosky, Grant R Drummond, Brad R S Broughton, Christopher G Sobey
Acute inflammation can exacerbate brain injury after ischemic stroke. Beyond its well-characterized role in calcium metabolism, it is becoming increasingly appreciated that the active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-VitD3 ), has potent immunomodulatory properties. Here, we aimed to determine whether 1,25-VitD3 supplementation could reduce subsequent brain injury and associated inflammation after ischemic stroke. Male C57Bl6 mice were randomly assigned to be administered either 1,25-VitD3 (100 ng/kg/day) or vehicle i...
February 23, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
Michelle Ma, Jamie L Redes, Caroline M Percopo, Kirk M Druey, Helene F Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Eosinophils in the nasal mucosa are an elemental feature of allergic rhinitis. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to explore eosinophilic inflammation and its impact on respiratory virus infection at the nasal mucosa. METHODS: Inflammation in the nasal mucosae of mice was evaluated in response to repetitive stimulation with strict intranasal volumes of a filtrate of Alternaria alternata. Mice were then challenged with influenza virus...
February 23, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mahmoud M Elgari, Omar F Khabour, Samaher M Alhag
Preeclampsia is a condition that might severely impact the health of mothers and their newborns. The aim of this investigation is to examine hematological parameters in mothers with preeclampsia and umbilical cord blood. Eighty preecalmptic mothers were recruited in the study. In addition, eighty normal pregnant mothers served as controls. Hematological parameters that include hemoglobin (Hb), red blood cell count (RBC), red cell distribution width (RDW), packed cell volume (PCV), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), white blood cell counts (WBC), platelet counts, mean platelet volume (MPV) and Platelet large cell ratio (PLCR) were examined...
February 23, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Shoko Noda-Narita, Keiichi Sumida, Akinari Sekine, Junichi Hoshino, Koki Mise, Tatsuya Suwabe, Noriko Hayami, Masayuki Yamanouchi, Toshiharu Ueno, Hiroki Mizuno, Masahiro Kawada, Rikako Hiramatsu, Eiko Hasegawa, Naoki Sawa, Kenmei Takaichi, Kenichi Ohashi, Takeshi Fujii, Yoshifumi Ubara
Thrombocytopenia, anasarca, fever, reticulin fibrosis, organomegaly (TAFRO) syndrome is a unique clinicopathologic subtype of multicentric Castleman's disease that has recently been identified in Japan. However, little is known about its renal histological changes and the optimal treatment for TAFRO syndrome. An 80-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital for evaluation of severe anasarca and weight gain (10 kg in a month). She had polyneuropathy, monoclonal plasma cell proliferative disorder with positive kappa M-protein, a sclerotic bone lesion, elevation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), skin changes, and extravascular volume overload, which fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, and monoclonal protein, skin changes) syndrome...
February 21, 2018: CEN Case Reports
A S Adenaike, S O Peters, M A Adeleke, A O Fafiolu, M I Takeet, C O N Ikeobi
Coccidiosis endemicity remains a major challenge in poultry production in the tropics and all over the world. In order to develop predictive tool for identification of chickens that are at risk of coccidiosis among Nigerian indigenous chickens, body weight gain (BWG) and hematological variables were determined for chickens infected with Eimeria tenella (female = 60, male = 63) and uninfected (female = 51, male = 45). The hematological variables analyzed include the following: packed cell volume (PCV, %), white blood cells (WBC, × 106 /μl), and red blood cells (RBC, × 106 /μl), as well as differential leucocyte percentages of neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and eosinophils...
February 20, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Camille Lassale, Alyscia Curtis, Itziar Abete, Yvonne T van der Schouw, W M Monique Verschuren, Yunxia Lu, H B As Bueno-de-Mesquita
All blood cells (white blood cells [WBC], red blood cells [RBC] and platelets) can play a role in atherosclerosis. Complete blood count (CBC) is widely available in clinical practice but utility as potential risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) is uncertain. Our aim was to assess the associations of pre-diagnostic CBC with incidence of CVD in 14,362 adults free of CVD and aged 47.8 (±11.7) years at baseline, followed-up for 11.4 years (992 incident cases). Cox proportional hazards regressions were used to estimate HRs and 95%CI...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
F Gumus, I Solak, M A Eryilmaz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the Neutrophil to Lymphocyte ratio (NLR), Platelet to Lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and Mean Platelet Volume to Platelet (MPV/Plt) ratio of smokers and non-smokers. METHODS: Two hundred smokers and two hundred non-smoking healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. Sociodemographic data and hematologic parameters of all patients were recorded. NLR, PLR and MPV/Plt ratios were calculated. RESULTS: The mean age of the case group was 35...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Yoshimitsu Shimomura, Masahiko Hara, Daisuke Katoh, Hisako Hashimoto, Takayuki Ishikawa
Primary graft failure can be a cause of early morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), as it leads to a high risk of severe infections and bleeding. Splenomegaly is associated with primary graft failure in patients of myelofibrosis, but the association between splenomegaly and outcomes after HSCT in patients with myeloid malignancies has not been previously evaluated. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of spleen volume on engraftment kinetics in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)...
February 17, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Sebastien Perbet, Daniel Bourdeaux, Alexandre Lenoire, Claire Biboulet, Bruno Pereira, Malha Sadoune, Benoit Plaud, Jean-Marie Launay, Jean-Etienne Bazin, Valerie Sautou, Alexandre Mebazaa, Pascal Houze, Jean-Michel Constantin, Matthieu Legrand
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane has anti-inflammatory proprieties and short lasting effects making it of interest for procedural sedation in critically ill patients. We evaluated the pharmacokinetics of sevoflurane and metabolites in severely ill burn patients and controls. The secondary objective was to assess potential kidney injury. METHODS: prospective interventional study in a burn and a surgical intensive care unit 24 mechanically ventilated critically ill patients (12 burns, 12 controls) were included,...
February 15, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Yan Li, Wei Wang, Zhe Lv, Yun Li, Yan Chen, Kewu Huang, Chris J Corrigan, Sun Ying
The epithelial cytokines IL-33, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), and IL-25 have been implicated in asthma pathogenesis because they promote Th2-type cytokine synthesis, but their expression is relatively poorly documented in "real-life" human asthma. Using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), we measured airway concentrations of these mediators and compared them with those of Th1- and Th2-type cytokines, airway infiltration of neutrophils and eosinophils, and lung function in a large group of asthmatic patients with a range of disease severity ( n = 70) and control subjects ( n = 30)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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