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Pavel Osmancik, Anna Louckova
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) belongs to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. AIM: The aim of the review is to evaluate available literature on biomarkers of apoptosis, extracellular matrix remodelling, and recently established markers of inflammation in patients with HF. METHODS: Using the search words "Fas, "TRAIL", "apoptosis", "heart failure", "galectin-2, "ST-2", "metaloproteinase", "TGF- β1", "prognosis", "coronary artery diseases", and "dilated cardiomyopathy", a search was carried out...
October 17, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Maryam Barma, Faisel Khan, Rosemary J G Price, Peter T Donnan, C Martina Messow, Ian Ford, Alex McConnachie, Allan D Struthers, Marion E T McMurdo, Miles D Witham
BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) may be a biomarker of disease, protective response and/or prognosis, in older people with hypertension. AIMS: To correlate baseline GDF-15 levels with physical and vascular health data in this population. METHODS: Baseline blood samples were analysed using a GDF-15 ELISA assay kit. Correlations with baseline and 12-month outcome data, including measures of physical and vascular function, were performed...
October 12, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Eaum Seok Lee, Seok Hyun Kim, Hyun Jin Kim, Kyung Hee Kim, Byung Seok Lee, Bon Jeong Ku
Background/Aims: Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) belongs to the transforming growth factor-β superfamily. GDF-15 is emerging as a biomarker for several diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical performances of GDF-15 for the prediction of liver fibrosis and severity in chronic liver disease. Methods: The serum GDF-15 levels were examined via enzyme immunoassay in 145 patients with chronic liver disease and 101 healthy individuals. The patients with chronic liver disease consisted of 54 patients with chronic hepatitis, 44 patients with compensated liver cirrhosis, and 47 patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis...
October 13, 2016: Gut and Liver
Matthias Heringlake, Efstratios I Charitos, Kira Erber, Astrid Ellen Berggreen, Hermann Heinze, Hauke Paarmann
BACKGROUND: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging humoral marker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Cardiac-surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI), an important complication in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, is associated with poor prognosis. The present secondary analysis of an observational cohort study aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 in predicting CSA-AKI compared with the Cleveland-Clinic Acute Renal Failure (CC-ARF) score and a logistic regression model including variables associated with renal dysfunction...
October 8, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Benjamin Weide, Tina Schäfer, Alexander Martens, Anastasia Kuzkina, Laura Uder, Seema Noor, Claus Garbe, Patrick N Harter, Michel Mittelbronn, Jörg Wischhusen
Biomarkers are strongly needed for diagnostic surveillance of metastatic melanoma patients. Based on its known association with tumor metastasis and its ability to induce cancer cachexia we investigated serum levels of growth and differentiation factor 15 (sGDF-15) as marker for overall survival (OS). sGDF-15 was retrospectively measured by ELISA in 761 samples obtained at distinct time points during routine clinical care of stage III/IV melanoma patients. In the entire cohort sGDF-15 ≥1.5ng/mL was strongly associated with reduced OS after assessment...
July 22, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Biying Huang, Per Svensson, Johan Ärnlöv, Johan Sundström, Lars Lind, Erik Ingelsson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular diseases account for the largest fraction of smoking-induced deaths. Studies of smoking in relation to cardiovascular-related protein markers can provide novel insights into the biological effects of smoking. We investigated the associations between cigarette smoking and 80 protein markers known to be related to cardiovascular diseases in two community-based cohorts, the Prospective Study of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS, n = 969, 50% women, all aged 70 years) and the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM, n = 717, all men aged 77 years)...
September 15, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Osman Tanrıkulu, Mustafa Akif Sarıyıldız, İbrahim Batmaz, Levent Yazmalar, Nihat Polat, İbrahim Kaplan, Remzi Çevik
OBJECTIVES: Growth differentiation factor (GDF)-15 was originally identified as a factor secreted by activated macrophages, and plays an important role in cell growth and differentiation. GDF-15 plays an important role in cell growth, signal transduction, and apoptosis regulation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the serum GDF-15 levels and their relationship with disease-related characteristics in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six patients diagnosed with RA and 36 demographically matched healthy control subjects participated in this study...
July 30, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Mehmet Muhittin Yalcin, Alev Eroglu Altinova, Mujde Akturk, Ozlem Gulbahar, Emre Arslan, Damla Ors Sendogan, Ilhan Yetkin, Fusun Balos Toruner
Aims. Growth Differentiation Factor-15 (GDF-15) has been suggested as one of the regulators of hepcidin, an important regulatory peptide for iron deposition. Current data is conflicting about the relationship between hepcidin and disorders of glucose metabolism. We aimed to investigate serum hepcidin and GDF-15 concentrations and their associations with each other, in nonanemic subjects with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) in comparison with the nonanemic subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT). Methods...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Lars Lind, Johan Sundström, Markus Stenemo, Emil Hagström, Johan Ärnlöv
BACKGROUND: Apart from several established clinical risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), a number of biomarkers have also been identified as potential risk factors for AF. None of these have so far been adopted in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To use a novel custom-made proteomics chip to discover new prognostic biomarkers for AF risk. METHODS: In two independent community-based cohorts (Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study (978 participants without AF, mean age 70...
September 8, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Laura Kiscsatári, Márta Sárközy, Bence Kővári, Zoltán Varga, Kamilla Gömöri, Nikolett Morvay, István Leprán, Hargita Hegyesi, Gabriella Fábián, Bálint Cserni, Gábor Cserni, Tamás Csont, Zsuzsanna Kahán
BACKGROUND/AIM: Radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD) is a concern during radiotherapy. For its comprehensive study, an in vivo selective heart irradiation model was developed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were irradiated with 50 Gy and functional imaging, biochemical (circulating growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and morphological (picrosirius red staining of the heart) objectives were tested. RESULTS: Signs and symptoms of RIHD occurred >12 weeks after irradiation with tachypnea, systolic and diastolic dysfunction, cardiac hypertrophy and body development retardation...
September 2016: In Vivo
Emma Svennberg, Bertil Lindahl, Lars Berglund, Kai M Eggers, Per Venge, Björn Zethelius, Mårten Rosenqvist, Lars Lind, Ziad Hijazi
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers may be of value to identify individuals at risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Using a multimarker approach, this study investigated if the biomarkers; NT-proBNP, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn), growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), cystatin C and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) are independent predictors for incident AF. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 883 individuals in the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM) and 978 individuals in the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Henning Jansen, Wolfgang Koenig, Andrea Jaensch, Ute Mons, Lutz P Breitling, Hubert Scharnagl, Tatjana Stojakovic, Heribert Schunkert, Hermann Brenner, Dietrich Rothenbacher
BACKGROUND: Galectin-3 has emerged as a potential useful novel biomarker for heart failure and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, it remains unclear whether galectin-3 is associated with recurrent cardiovascular events during long-term follow-up of patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD) after adjustment for multiple established and novel risk factors. METHODS: We measured galectin-3 at baseline in a cohort consisting of 1035 CHD patients and followed them for 13 years to assess a combined CVD end point...
October 2016: Clinical Chemistry
Yuek Ling Chai, Saima Hilal, Jenny P C Chong, Yan Xia Ng, Oi Wah Liew, Xin Xu, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, A Mark Richards, Mitchell K P Lai, Christopher P Chen
Vascular pathology plays an important role in the development of cognitive decline and dementia. In this context, growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has been suggested to be a biomarker due to its regulatory roles in inflammatory and trophic responses during tissue injury. However, limited data exist on the associations of GDF-15 with either cerebrovascular disease (CeVD) burden or the spectrum of cognitive impairment. Therefore, we aimed to study peripheral levels of GDF-15 incognitive impairment no dementia (CIND) or Alzheimer disease (AD) subjects assessed for CeVD using a case-control cohort design, with cases recruited from memory clinics and controls from memory clinics and the community...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xiaojian Wang, Ling Zhu, Yan Wu, Kai Sun, Ming Su, Liping Yu, Jingzhou Chen, Weiju Li, Jing Yang, Zuyi Yuan, Rutai Hui
Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) is a relatively new biomarker that predicts adverse stroke outcomes. However, the association of GDF-15 with first-ever stroke in hypertensive patients has not yet been evaluated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical implications of plasma GDF-15 on the development of first-ever stroke in patients with hypertension.In total, 254 patients with hypertension without a history of stroke were included from March 2010 to August 2010 and followed up until June 2013...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nektaria Papadopoulou-Marketou, George P Chrousos, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein
Diabetic nephropathy constitutes a devastating complication in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and its diagnosis is traditionally based on microalbuminuria. The aim of this review is to update through the medical literature the suggested early natural course of diabetic nephropathy, the theories behind the pathways of its pathogenesis, and its diagnosis. Poor glycemic control, dyslipidemia, smoking, advanced glycation end products, and environmental and genetic clues play an important role in the development of diabetic nephropathy...
July 25, 2016: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
M Resl, M Clodi, G Vila, A Luger, S Neuhold, R Wurm, C Adlbrecht, G Strunk, M Fritzer-Szekeres, R Prager, R Pacher, M Hülsmann
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that biomarkers representing different pathophysiological pathways of atherosclerosis namely growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and high-sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT) could enhance cardiovascular risk prediction in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: This is a prospective study in 746 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, who were followed up for 60 months. The primary endpoint was defined as unplanned hospitalisation for cardiovascular disease or death...
July 25, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Xiaocong Zeng, Lang Li, Hong Wen, Qi Bi
AIMS: Measurement of the biomarker growth-differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) in patients with heart failure may help in risk stratification. We assessed the relationship between GDF-15 and mortality in patients with heart failure by conducting a meta-analysis. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS, and Cochrane Library databases were searched for studies that reported data on the baseline GDF-15 levels and all-cause or cardiovascular mortality. Pooled hazard ratios for mortality were calculated and presented with 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
July 22, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Dong-Dong Liu, Jun-Mei Lu, Qian-Ru Zhao, Changlong Hu, Yan-Ai Mei
Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has been implicated in ischemic brain injury and synapse development, but its involvement in modulating neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission remain poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of GDF-15 on non-evoked miniature excitatory post-synaptic currents (mEPSCs) and neurotransmitter release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in mice. Incubation of mPFC slices with GDF-15 for 60 min significantly increased the frequency of mEPSCs without effect on their amplitude...
2016: Scientific Reports
Martha W den Hollander, Nico-Derk L Westerink, Sjoukje Lubberts, Alfons H H Bongaerts, Rienhart F E Wolf, Renska Altena, Janine Nuver, Sjoukje F Oosting, Elisabeth G E de Vries, Anna M E Walenkamp, Coby Meijer, Jourik A Gietema
BACKGROUND: In metastatic testicular cancer patients treated with bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin (BEP) chemotherapy, bleomycin-induced pneumonitis is a well-known and potentially fatal side effect. We sought to determine the prevalence of lesions as signs of bleomycin-induced pulmonary changes on restaging computed tomography (CT) scans after treatment and to ascertain whether fibrosis markers were predictive of these changes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective nonrandomized cohort study included metastatic testicular cancer patients, 18-50 years of age, treated with BEP chemotherapy...
August 2016: Oncologist
Zhize Yuan, Haiqing Li, Quan Qi, Wenhui Gong, Cheng Qian, Rong Dong, Yi Zang, Jia Li, Mi Zhou, Junfeng Cai, Zhe Wang, Anqing Chen, Xiaofeng Ye, Qiang Zhao
Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has recently emerged as a risk predictor in patients with cardiovascular diseases. We therefore aimed to investigate the role of GDF-15 in the occurrence of cardiac injury during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). 55 consecutive patients with coronary artery diseases were recruited in this prospective, observational study. All patients were operated for OPCAB surgery. Serial blood samples were collected preoperatively, 12 hours and 36 hours after surgery...
2016: Scientific Reports
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