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Andrea Corsello, Luigi Di Filippo, Sara Massironi, Federica Sileo, Anna Dolcetta Capuzzo, Marco Gemma, Claudia Carlucci, Claudio Cusini, Barbara Colombo, Alice Dallatomasina, Giulia Maria Franchi, Angelo Corti, Marco Federico Manzoni
BACKGROUND: Chromogranin A (CgA) is a plasma biomarker widely used in the follow-up of patients with neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs). However, its accuracy as a tumor biomarker is relatively low because plasma CgA can increase also in patients with other diseases or in subjects treated with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of widely-used drugs. METHODS: In the attempt to identify a more reliable biomarker for NENs, we investigated, by ELISA, the circulating levels of full-length CgA (CgA1-439) and of various CgA-derived fragments in 17 patients with ileal or pancreatic NENs, 10 healthy controls, and 21 healthy volunteers before and after treatment with PPIs...
2018: PloS One
Sergio Calderon-Salais, Prisiliana Velazquez-Bernardino, Victor E Balderas-Hernandez, Ana P Barba de la Rosa, Antonio De Leon-Rodriguez
Vasostatin 30 (Vs30) is an active fragment derived from the N-terminal region (135-164 aa) of human calreticulin and has the ability to inhibit angiogenesis. In this work, the expression of Vs30 was performed using a protease-deficient strain of the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. The vs30 gene was optimized for P. pastoris preferential codon usage and inserted into constitutive expression vector pGAPZαA. In addition, a plasmid with four copies of the expression cassette was obtained and transformed into P...
April 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
T Srithunyarat, R Hagman, O V Höglund, M Stridsberg, J Hanson, A S Lagerstedt, A Pettersson
The neuroendocrine glycoprotein chromogranin A is a useful biomarker for stress in humans. Chromogranin A epitopes catestatin and vasostatin can be measured in dogs using radioimmunoassays. The objective of this study was to evaluate catestatin and vasostatin as canine stress biomarkers in a clinical setting. Blood and saliva were collected from 33 healthy dogs that were familiar with sampling procedures and the animal hospital environment (control group) and 30 healthy dogs that were unacquainted (stress group)...
April 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Francis Schneider, Céline Marban, Gharib Ajob, Sophie Helle, Max Guillot, Anne Launoy, Quentin Maestraggi, Francesco Scavello, Olivier Rohr, Marie-Hélène Metz-Boutigue
In previously healthy persons suffering from acute illnesses, nosocomial infections are frequent. Their prevalence suggests the existence of as yet unknown conditions that may promote care-related infection. This study assessed whether 1) the measurement of plasma chromogranin A, a stress-related protein involved in innate defence, is related to nosocomial infection risk and 2) whether any chromogranin-A-derived fragment included in vasostatin-I displays immunosuppressive activities related to AP-1 or NF-kappa B down regulation...
October 18, 2017: Shock
Karen B Helle, Marie-Helene Metz-Boutigue, Maria Carmela Cerra, Tommaso Angelone
The discovery in 1953 of the chromaffin granules as co-storage of catecholamines and ATP was soon followed by identification of a range of uniquely acidic proteins making up the isotonic vesicular storage complex within elements of the diffuse sympathoadrenal system. In the mid-1960s, the enzymatically inactive, major core protein, chromogranin A was shown to be exocytotically discharged from the stimulated adrenal gland in parallel with the co-stored catecholamines and ATP. A prohormone concept was introduced when one of the main storage proteins collectively named granins was identified as the insulin release inhibitory polypeptide pancreastatin...
January 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Josef Troger, Markus Theurl, Rudolf Kirchmair, Teresa Pasqua, Bruno Tota, Tommaso Angelone, Maria C Cerra, Yvonne Nowosielski, Raphaela Mätzler, Jasmin Troger, Jaur R Gayen, Vance Trudeau, Angelo Corti, Karen B Helle
The granin family comprises altogether 7 different proteins originating from the diffuse neuroendocrine system and elements of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The family is dominated by three uniquely acidic members, namely chromogranin A (CgA), chromogranin B (CgB) and secretogranin II (SgII). Since the late 1980s it has become evident that these proteins are proteolytically processed, intragranularly and/or extracellularly into a range of biologically active peptides; a number of them with regulatory properties of physiological and/or pathophysiological significance...
July 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
Thanikul Srithunyarat, Ragnvi Hagman, Odd V Höglund, Mats Stridsberg, Ulf Olsson, Jeanette Hanson, Chalermkwan Nonthakotr, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt, Ann Pettersson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic bone fractures cause moderate to severe pain, which needs to be minimized for optimal recovery and animal welfare, illustrating the need for reliable objective pain biomarkers for use in a clinical setting. The objectives of this study were to investigate catestatin (CST) and vasostatin (VS) concentrations as two new potential biomarkers, and cortisol concentrations, scores of the short form of the Glasgow composite measure pain scale (CMPS-SF), and visual analog scale (VAS) in dogs suffering from traumatic bone fractures before and after morphine administration in comparison with healthy dogs...
March 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Sushil K Mahata
Chromogranin A (CgA) is a prohormone and granulogenic factor in endocrine and neuroendocrine tissues, as well as in neurons, and has a regulated secretory pathway. The intracellular functions of CgA include the initiation and regulation of dense-core granule biogenesis and sequestration of hormones in neuroendocrine cells. This protein is co-stored and co-released with secreted hormones. The extracellular functions of CgA include the generation of bioactive peptides, such as pancreastatin (PST), vasostatin, WE14, catestatin (CST), and serpinin...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Joshua Wollam, Sumana Mahata, Matthew Riopel, Angelina Hernandez-Carretero, Angshuman Biswas, Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Nai-Wen Chi, Lee E Eiden, Nitish R Mahapatra, Angelo Corti, Nicholas J G Webster, Sushil K Mahata
Chromogranin A (CgA) is a prohormone and a granulogenic factor that regulates secretory pathways in neuroendocrine tissues. In β-cells of the endocrine pancreas, CgA is a major cargo in insulin secretory vesicles. The impact of CgA deficiency on the formation and exocytosis of insulin vesicles is yet to be investigated. In addition, no literature exists on the impact of CgA on mitochondrial function in β-cells. Using three different antibodies, we demonstrate that CgA is processed to vasostatin- and catestatin-containing fragments in pancreatic islet cells...
June 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
Tiziana Bachetti, Alberto Ferrari Bardile, Teresa Lucia Aloi, Barbara Colombo, Emma Assi, Giuseppina Savino, Andrea Vercelli, Roberto Colombo, Angelo Corti
BACKGROUND: Chromogranin A (CgA), a circulating protein released by the neuroendocrine system, can regulate vascular physiology and angiogenesis. Full-length CgA (CgA1-439) and its fragment CgA1-76 (called vasostatin-1, VS-1) preserve the physiological integrity of the endothelial barrier function and are antiangiogenic, whereas CgA1-373 is proangiogenic. We investigated whether these polypeptides are altered in patients with various degrees of carotid artery atherosclerosis. METHODS: We studied 81 patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis, asymptomatic for cerebrovascular diseases...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Thanikul Srithunyarat, Ragnvi Hagman, Odd V Höglund, Ulf Olsson, Mats Stridsberg, Supranee Jitpean, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt, Ann Pettersson
BACKGROUND: The neuroendocrine glycoprotein chromogranin A is a useful biomarker in humans for neuroendocrine tumors and stress. Chromogranin A can be measured in both blood and saliva. The objective of this study was to investigate concentrations of and correlation between the chromogranin A epitopes catestatin and vasostatin in healthy dogs accustomed to the sample collection procedures. Blood and saliva samples were collected from 10 research Beagle dogs twice daily for 5 consecutive days, and from 33 privately-owned blood donor dogs in association with 50 different blood donation occasions...
January 3, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Weixin Xiong, Xiaoqun Wang, Daopeng Dai, Bao Zhang, Lin Lu, Rong Tao
We showed previously that reduced level of vasostatin-2 (VS-2) correlates to the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. In this study, we aimed to figure out the role of chromogranin A (CGA) derived VS-2 in the development of atherosclerosis and monocyte/macrophage recruitment. Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/- ) mice fed a high-fat diet exhibited attenuated lesion size by 65 % and 41 % in En face and aortic root Oil red O staining, MOMA-2 positive area by 64 %, respectively, in VS-2 treatment group compared with PBS group...
January 26, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Dandan Wang, Yingguang Shan, Yan Huang, Yanhong Tang, Yuting Chen, Ran Li, Jing Yang, Congxin Huang
PURPOSE: Chronically elevated catecholamine levels activate cardiac β-adrenergic receptors, which play a vital role in the pathogenesis of heart failure. Evidence suggests that vasostatin-1 (VS-1) exerts anti-adrenergic effects on isolated and perfused hearts in vitro. Whether VS-1 ameliorates hypertrophy/remodeling by inducing the chronic activation of β-adrenergic receptors is unknown. The present study aims to test the efficacy of using VS-1 to treat the advanced hypertrophy/remodeling that result from chronic β-adrenergic receptor activation and to determine the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie this response...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Enrico Tombetti, Barbara Colombo, Maria Chiara Di Chio, Silvia Sartorelli, Maurizio Papa, Annalaura Salerno, Enrica Paola Bozzolo, Elisabetta Tombolini, Giulia Benedetti, Claudia Godi, Chiara Lanzani, Patrizia Rovere-Querini, Alessandro Del Maschio, Alessandro Ambrosi, Francesco De Cobelli, Maria Grazia Sabbadini, Elena Baldissera, Angelo Corti, Angelo A Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Chromogranin-A (CgA) is a secretory protein processed into peptides that regulate angiogenesis and vascular cells activation, migration and proliferation. These processes may influence arterial inflammation and remodelling in Takayasu arteritis (TA). METHODS: Plasma levels of full-length CgA (CgA439), CgA fragments lacking the C-terminal region (CgA-FRs) and the N-terminal fragment, CgA1-76 (vasostatin-1, VS-1) were analysed in 42 patients with TA and 20 healthy age-matched controls...
August 17, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Thanikul Srithunyarat, Odd V Höglund, Ragnvi Hagman, Ulf Olsson, Mats Stridsberg, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt, Ann Pettersson
BACKGROUND: The stress reaction induced by surgery and associated pain may be detrimental for patient recovery and should be minimized. The neuropeptide chromogranin A (CGA) has shown promise as a sensitive biomarker for stress in humans. Little is known about CGA and its derived peptides, catestatin (CST) and vasostatin (VS), in dogs undergoing surgery. The objectives of this study were to investigate and compare concentrations of CGA epitopes CST and VS, cortisol, body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, scores of the short form of the Glasgow composite measure pain scale (CMPS-SF) and visual analog scales (VAS) for stress and pain behavior in dogs before and after ovariohysterectomy...
August 2, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Wen Qi Pan, Yu Hu He, Qian Su, Jie Yang, Yue Hua Fang, Feng Hua Ding, Xiao Xiang Yan, Zhu Hui Liu, Xiao Qun Wang, Ke Yang, Rui Yan Zhang, Wei Feng Shen, Feng Ru Zhang, Lin Lu
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether serum vasostatin-2 level is related to chronic heart failure (CHF) in patients with previous myocardial infarction (MI) and MACE in 3-year follow-up. The biological effect of vasostatin-2 on ischemic HF was evaluated in animal experiments. METHODS: After exclusion of the subjects not eligible, this study included 450 patients with CHF and previous MI, and 149 healthy controls. Serum vasostatin-2 level was analyzed. CHF patients were followed up for three years and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were recorded, defined as reinfarction, target-vessel revascularization, cardiovascular death and refractory HF requiring hospitalizations...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Mimma Bianco, Anna Gasparri, Luca Generoso, Emma Assi, Barbara Colombo, Lydia Scarfò, Maria T S Bertilaccio, Cristina Scielzo, Pamela Ranghetti, Eleonora Dondossola, Maurilio Ponzoni, Federico Caligaris-Cappio, Paolo Ghia, Angelo Corti
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by the accumulation of leukemic B cells in peripheral blood, bone marrow (BM) and lymphoid tissues, and by their recirculation between these compartments. We observed that circulating chromogranin A (CgA) and its N-terminal fragment (called vasostatin-1, CgA1-76), two neuroendocrine secretory polypeptides that enhance the endothelial barrier function, are present in variable amounts in the blood of CLL patients. Studies in animal models showed that daily administration of full-length human CgA1-439 (0...
July 5, 2016: Oncotarget
E Nikoopour, O Krougly, E Lee-Chan, S M Haeryfar, B Singh
Chromogranin A (ChgA) is an antigenic target of pathogenic CD4(+) T cells in a non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Vasostatin-1 is a naturally processed fragment of ChgA. We have now identified a novel H2-K(d) -restricted epitope of vasostatin-1, ChgA 36-44, which elicits CD8(+) T cell responses in NOD mice. By using ChgA 36-44/K(d) tetramers we have determined the frequency of vasostatin-1-specific CD8(+) T cells in pancreatic islets and draining lymph nodes of NOD mice. We also demonstrate that vasostatin-1-specific CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells constitute a significant fraction of islet-infiltrating T cells in diabetic NOD mice...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Jianghong Hou, Xiaolin Xue, Junnong Li
Recently, the serum expression level of vasostatin-2 was found to be reduced and is being studied as an important indicator to assess the presence and severity of coronary artery disease; the functional properties of vasostatin-2 and its relationship with the development of atherosclerosis remains unclear. In this study, we attempted to detect the expression of vasostatin-2 and its impact on human vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot were used to assess the expression level of vasostatin-2 in VSMCs between those from atherosclerosis and disease-free donors; we found that vasostatin-2 was significantly down-regulated in atherosclerosis patient tissues and cell lines...
January 22, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Roberto Teggi, Barbara Colombo, Matteo Trimarchi, Mimma Bianco, Angelo Manfredi, Mario Bussi, Angelo Corti
OBJECTIVES: Meniere's disease (MD) is an inner ear disorder characterized by episodic vertigo, ear fullness, and hearing loss; usually vertigo attacks cluster in specific period. We studied in MD patients the circulating levels of chromogranin A (CgA) and vasostatin-1 (VS-1), secreted by the neuroendocrine system and involved in the regulation of the endothelial barrier function. METHODS: Serum levels were assessed in 37 MD patients and 36 controls. The ratio between VS-1 and CgA was calculated...
2015: Disease Markers
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