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Konstantinos Papoutsis, Alkistis Kapelouzou, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Nikolaos Patelis, Georgios Kouvelos, Dimitrios Schizas, Ioannis Karavokyros, Sotirios Georgopoulos
Serum relaxin 2 (RL2) is a pleiotropic hormone that acts on various organs and systems, particularly the cardiovascular system. Although RL2 seems to upregulate the synthesis of nitric monoxide (NO) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9, current literature on its role in atherosclerosis and aneurysm formation is scarce. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of serum RL2 in patients with an arterial aneurysm as well as in atherosclerotic patients, and correlate them with the severity of their related vascular disease...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Matthias A König, Bronek M Boszczyk
OBJECTIVE: 360 degrees in-situ fusion for high-grade spondylolisthesis showed satisfying clinical long-term results. Combining anterior with posterior surgery increases fusion rates. Anteriorly inserted transvertebral HMA screws could be an alternative to strut graft constructs or cages, avoiding donor site complications. In addition, complete posterior muscle detachment is avoided and the injury risk of neural structures is minimized. This study investigates the use of HMA screws in this context...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Yoko Motokawa, Michifumi Kokubo, Nobuo Kuwabara, Ken-Ichiro Tatematsu, Hideki Sezutsu, Hideyuki Takahashi, Koichi Sakakura, Kazuaki Chikamatsu, Shigeki Takeda
Recent clinical trials with the aim of developing tumor antigen (TA)-specific cancer vaccines against a number of malignancies have focused on the identification of TAs presented by tumor cells and recognized by T cells. In the present study, the TA melanoma antigen family A4 (MAGE-A4) protein was produced using a transgenic (TG) silkworm system. Using in vitro stimulation, it was subsequently determined whether MAGE-A4 protein induced MAGE-A4-specific T cells from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy donors...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Prasun Bhattacharya, Eeshita Samanta, Nowroz Afroza, Archana Naik, Rathindranath Biswas
INTRODUCTION: With the increased utilization of immunohematology (IH) analyzers in the transfusion medicine, type, and screen policy is the method of choice. Still, the importance of routine crossmatching could not be overruled. Here, we tried to understand the clinical conditions and safety of red cell transfusion and their outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was conducted by IH laboratory, Medical College Kolkata, Blood Bank from October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Ashutosh Singh, Rajendra Chaudhary, Hem C Pandey, Atul Sonker
BACKGROUND: Two new parameters low hemoglobin density (LHD) and microcytic anemia factor (Maf) have been used by Beckman-Coulter LH series analyzers as an easy screening tool for the early detection of iron deficiency. The main objective of this study was to assess if LHD and Maf could be used for assessment of iron status in blood donors and also to establish a cut-off for these two parameters at which a tentative iron deficiency could be reported conclusively. MATERIALS AND METHODS: LHD% and Maf could be calculated by knowing mean cell hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, Hb, and mean cellular volume and we used SPSS in calculating LHD and Maf from these parameters...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Raj Nath Makroo, Saroj Rajput, Soma Agarwal, Mohit Chowdhry, Bindu Prakash, Prashant Karna
BACKGROUND: Alloantibodies may be detected in blood donors who have either been transfused previously or female donors with previous obstetric events. These antibodies can occasionally cause severe transfusion reaction, if a large amount of plasma or whole blood is transfused, as in massive transfusions and pediatric patients. AIMS: The present study aims to assess the prevalence of red cell antibodies in healthy blood donors at a tertiary care hospital-based blood bank in India...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Ashish Jain, Dheeraj Khetan
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January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Helena Polena, Julie Creuzet, Maeva Dufies, Adama Sidibé, Abir Khalil-Mgharbel, Aude Salomon, Alban Deroux, Jean-Louis Quesada, Caroline Roelants, Odile Filhol, Claude Cochet, Ellen Blanc, Céline Ferlay-Segura, Delphine Borchiellini, Jean-Marc Ferrero, Bernard Escudier, Sylvie Négrier, Gilles Pages, Isabelle Vilgrain
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin is an endothelial cell-specific protein responsible for endothelium integrity. Its adhesive properties are regulated by post-translational processing, such as tyrosine phosphorylation at site Y685 in its cytoplasmic domain, and cleavage of its extracellular domain (sVE). In hormone-refractory metastatic breast cancer, we recently demonstrated that sVE levels correlate to poor survival. In the present study, we determine whether kidney cancer therapies had an effect on VE-cadherin structural modifications and their clinical interest to monitor patient outcome...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Seung-Ah Yahng, Sung-Soo Park, Young-Woo Jeon, Jae-Ho Yoon, Seung-Hwan Shin, Sung-Eun Lee, Byung-Sik Cho, Ki-Seong Eom, Yoo-Jin Kim, Seok Lee, Chang-Ki Min, Hee-Je Kim, Seok-Goo Cho, Dong-Wook Kim, Woo-Sung Min, Jong Wook Lee
Data regarding the optimal approach for second allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) after graft failure (GF) in acquired severe aplastic anemia (SAA) are still limited and heterogeneous. We examined 24 patients who underwent second HLA-matched sibling donor (MSD) peripheral blood HSCT for GF. The reconditioning regimen (TNI-750/ATG) consisted of a single dose of total nodal irradiation (TNI, 750 cGy) and antithymocyte globulin (ATG; Thymoglobulin® , 1.25 mg/kg/day for 3 days). All but one patient achieved successful engraftment of neutrophils (median 12 days, range 5-21) and platelets (median 15 days, range 9-316)...
March 21, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Tatiana A Karakasheva, George A Dominguez, Ayumi Hashimoto, Eric W Lin, Christopher Chiu, Kate Sasser, Jae W Lee, Gregory L Beatty, Dmitry I Gabrilovich, Anil K Rustgi
BACKGROUND: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a population of immature immune cells with several protumorigenic functions. CD38 is a transmembrane receptor-ectoenzyme expressed by MDSCs in murine models of esophageal cancer. We hypothesized that CD38 could be expressed on MDSCs in human colorectal cancer (CRC), which might allow for a new perspective on therapeutic targeting of human MDSCs with anti-CD38 monoclonal antibodies in this cancer. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 41 CRC patients and 8 healthy donors, followed by peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) separation...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Cyril Jacquot, Meghan Delaney
The US blood supply has never been safer. This level of safety depends on a multifaceted approach including blood donor screening, sensitive infectious disease testing, and good manufacturing practice. However, risks remain for transfusion-transmitted infections due to bacterial contamination of platelets and emerging diseases. Thus, ongoing improvements in screening and testing are required. Newer pathogen reduction technologies have shown promise in further ameliorating the safety of the blood supply.
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Alain Lescoat, Alice Ballerie, Yu Augagneur, Claudie Morzadec, Laurent Vernhet, Olivier Fardel, Patrick Jégo, Stéphane Jouneau, Valérie Lecureur
Macrophages play a central role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory and fibrotic lung diseases. However, alveolar macrophages (AM) are poorly available in humans to perform in vitro studies due to a limited access to broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL). In this study, to identify the best alternative in vitro model for human AM, we compared the phenotype of AM obtained from BAL of patients suffering from three lung diseases (lung cancers, sarcoidosis and Systemic Sclerosis (SSc)-associated interstitial lung disease) to human blood monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) differentiated with M-CSF or GM-CSF...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
H Hou, Y H Yao, J Lu, P F Xiao, X N Bian, H Liu, D X Hu, J Ling, J Li, Z Zhai, L J Kong, S Y Hu
Objective: To evaluate the efficiency and safety of low intensity conditional regimen for children with Fanconi anemia (FA) receiving allogenic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (allo-HSCT). Methods: Four patients diagnosed as Fanconi anemia were enrolled in this study. One patient received HLA-identical sibling donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, two patients underwent unrelated donor matched (UD) HSCT, and one patient received unrelated cord blood transplantation. The conditional regimen consisted of Busulfan with low dose of cyclophosphamide...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Jingjing Song, Da Ma, Xiangqi Liu, Yichen Chen, Juan Fang, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Sijia Zhao, Juan Xia, Bin Cheng, Zhi Wang
Thrombomodulin (TM, also known as CD141), which functions as an anticoagulant, is widely expressed on cell surface of a variety of cell types, including human blood cells as well as certain immune cells. To determine whether TM could be a potential marker for OSCC diagnosis as well as a molecular target for OSCC therapy, we examined the expression of TM in an oral cancer tissue microarray with 153 oral cancer tissues. Further, we also analyzed the expression of TM on DCs of 36 OSCC patients and 36 healthy donors...
March 18, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Muluken Yayeh, Shimelis Dagnachew, Meseret Tilahun, Achenef Melaku, Tadegegn Mitiku, Mohamed Yesuf, Zewdu Seyoum, Habtamu Kefyalew
The current study was undertaken from December 2015 to May 2016 with the aim of determining and comparing the pathogenicity and response to diminazene aceturate (DA) and isometamidium chloride (ISM) treatment in experimentally infected mice with trypanosome isolates from Jawi and Birsheleko areas of northwest Ethiopia. A total of 42 mice were used for the experiment. These mice were randomly assigned in to 7 groups of 6 mice per group. Three of the groups (Group 1, 4 and 5) were inoculated with trypanosome isolated from Jawi and three other groups (Group-2, 6 and 7) were inoculated with trypanosome isolated from Birsheleko and the remaining one group (Group 3) was negative control...
February 2018: Heliyon
Andoni Garitano-Trojaola, Edurne San José-Enériz, Teresa Ezponda, Juan Pablo Unfried, Arantxa Carrasco-León, Nerea Razquin, Marina Barriocanal, Amaia Vilas-Zornoza, Bruno Sangro, Victor Segura, Felipe Prósper, Puri Fortes, Xabier Agirre
Long Non-Coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are functional RNAs longer than 200 nucleotides in length. Several lncRNAs are involved in cell proliferation and are deregulated in several human tumors. Few lncRNAs have been described to play a role in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). In this study, we carried out a genome wide lncRNA expression profiling in ALL samples and peripheral blood samples obtained from healthy donors. We detected 43 lncRNAs that were aberrantly expressed in ALL. Interestingly, among them, linc-PINT showed a significant downregulation in T and B-ALL...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Martine J Kallemeijn, François G Kavelaars, Michèle Y van der Klift, Ingrid L M Wolvers-Tettero, Peter J M Valk, Jacques J M van Dongen, Anton W Langerak
Immunological aging remodels the immune system at several levels. This has been documented in particular for the T-cell receptor (TCR)αβ+ T-cell compartment, showing reduced naive T-cell outputs and an accumulation of terminally differentiated clonally expanding effector T-cells, leading to increased proneness to autoimmunity and cancer development at older age. Even though TCRαβ+ and TCRγδ+ T-cells follow similar paths of development involving V(D)J-recombination of TCR genes in the thymus, TCRγδ+ T-cells tend to be more subjected to peripheral rather than central selection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Anna Moniuszko-Malinowska, Paweł Penza, Piotr Czupryna, Olga Zajkowska, Sławomir Pancewicz, Renata Świerzbińska, Justyna Dunaj, Joanna Zajkowska
AIM: The aim of the study was to determine HMGB-1 concentration in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients suffering from tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and neuroborreliosis (NB). We focused on HMGB-1 measurement in CSF or sera in order to establish whether it could help to differentiate between NB and TBE. METHODS: 80 patients with meningitis and meningoencephalitis were enrolled in the study. Patients were divided into two groups: Group I - patients with NB (n=40) and Group II - patients with TBE (n=40)...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska, Michal Lipa, Iwona Szymusik, Dorota Bomba-Opon, Robert Brawura-Biskupski-Samaha, Szymon Kozlowski, Lisanne S A Tollenaar, Dick Oepkes, Miroslaw Wielgos, Enrico Lopriore
We present the first case of a monochorionic twin pregnancy in which sudden hematologic changes occurred as a complication of the amnioreduction procedure for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). At 33 weeks of gestation, 4 days after the amnioreduction, the recipient developed severe anemia while the donor developed severe polycythemia. Postnatal placental examination revealed several arteriovenous and venoarterial anastomoses, a pale placental mass of the recipient and a congested and plethoric placental mass of the donor...
March 20, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Gösta Berlin, Honar Cherif, Folke Knutson, Jonas Mattsson, Ulla Axdorph Nygell
There are no randomized controlled trials proving the clinical benefit of granulocyte transfusions. However, clinical experience and a number of case studies suggest that granulocyte transfusions may be life-saving in certain situations. In our opinion granulocyte transfusions should be considered for patients with profound neutropenia and severe, life-threatening infection not responding to antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Since the clinical effect seems to be dose-dependent, the granulocyte concentrate should contain a large number of cells, which usually means that the donor should be mobilized with steroids and G-CSF...
March 20, 2018: Läkartidningen
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