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Walaa S Khater, Noha N Salah-Eldeen, Mohamed S Khater, Asghraf N Saleh
This study investigated the diagnostic value of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) and serum lactate in elderly patients with sepsis and evaluated their capacity to predict mortality and their correlation to Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score. The study included 80 participants, divided into two groups: 40 cases (mean age, 68.9 ± 5.9) admitted to the intensive care unit and 40 healthy controls (mean age, 67.1 ± 6.2). Elderly patients with sepsis had significantly higher levels of serum suPAR and lactic acid compared to healthy controls...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
Emiliano Tognoli, Matte Leoni, Daniele Morelli, Elisa Sottotetti, Antonia Martinetti, Stefano Signoroni, Carlotta Galeone, Gianfranco Gallino
Unrestrained activation of the proteolytic systems in anastomotic tissue during repair has been implicated in the pathogenesis of anastomotic leakage. We hypothesized that this mechanism may promote an up-regulation of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator system and a spillover of Soluble Urokinase-type Plasminogen Activator Receptor (suPAR) into blood. In this retrospective analysis patients with anastomotic leakage were compared to a group of matched uncomplicated patients. Anastomotic leakage complicated patients had significantly higher suPAR (p=0...
October 19, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Yolanda M Fortenberry, Stephanie M Brandal, Gilles Carpentier, Malvi Hemani, Arvind P Pathak
Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is elevated in various cancers, where it has been shown to effect cell migration and invasion and angiogenesis. While, PAI-1 is a secreted protein, its intercellular levels are increased in cancer cells. Consequently, intracellular PAI-1 could contribute to cancer progression. While various small molecule inhibitors of PAI-1 are currently being investigated, none specifically target intracellular PAI-1. A class of inhibitors, termed aptamers, has been used effectively in several clinical applications...
2016: PloS One
Markus Niemelä, Päivikki Kangastupa, Onni Niemelä, Risto Bloigu, Tatu Juvonen
BACKGROUND: Strenuous physical activity activates the participant's immune responses; however, few studies exist, observing exercise-induced simultaneous changes in mediators of inflammation. METHODS: We examined individual responses in soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), a marker of immune activation, soluble endocytic receptor for haptoglobin-hemoglobin complexes (CD163), a marker of monocyte-macrophage activation, C-reactive protein (CRP), and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines from blood samples drawn at baseline, at 3- and 48-h post-races from recreational runners who successfully completed the marathon (199 ± 8 min, n = 4) or half-marathon (132 ± 4 min, n = 4) run...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Carlos Henrique Tomich de Paula da Silva, Carlton Anthony Taft
The knowledge of the bioactive conformation for an active hit is relevant because of the easier interpretation and the general quality of the recognition models of protein and ligand. With the aim of investigating potential bioactive conformations without previous structural knowledge of the molecular target, we present herewith a 'protocol' that could be used which includes generation of low-energy conformations, calculations of tridimensional descriptors and investigation of structural similarity via principal component analysis...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Li-Hong Shou, Dan Cao, Xiao-Hui Dong, Qiu Fang, Bao-Lian Xu, Ju-Ping Fei
<strong>Objective</strong> To determine the mRNA and protein levels of urokinase plasminogen activator receptors (uPAR) in bone marrow fluid and bone marrow tissue from multiple myeloma (MM) patients and assess association of uPAR level with prognosis of MM. <strong>Methods</strong> uPAR levels in bone marrow fluid of 22 MM patients at the stable and progressive stages and 18 iron deficiency anemia patients with normal bone marrow (control) were examined by ELISA. Furthermore, uPAR expression in bone marrow tissue was investigated by RT-PCR and Western blot, respectively...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Dongzhi Yang, Gregory W Severin, Casey A Dougherty, Rachel Lombardi, Daiqin Chen, Marcian E Van Dort, Todd E Barnhart, Brian D Ross, Andrew P Mazar, Hao Hong
Mounting evidence suggests that the urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) and its receptor (uPAR) play a central role in tumor progression. The goal of this study was to develop an 89Zr-labeled, antibody-based positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for quantitative imaging of the uPA/uPAR system. An anti-uPA monoclonal antibody (ATN-291) was conjugated with a deferoxamine (Df) derivative and subsequently labeled with 89Zr. Flow cytometry, microscopy studies, and competitive binding assays were conducted to validate the binding specificity of Df-ATN-291 against uPA...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Mei-Chi Chang, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Po-Shuan Lin, Yu-An Huang, Chiu-Po Chan, Yi-Ling Tsai, Shen-Yang Lee, Po-Yuan Jeng, Han-Yueh Kuo, Sin-Yuet Yeung, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) plays an important role in the pulpal repair and dentinogenesis. Plasminogen activation (PA) system regulates extracellular matrix turnover. In this study, we investigated the effects of TGF-β1 on PA system of dental pulp cells and its signaling pathways. Dental pulp cells were treated with different concentrations of TGF-β1. MTT assay, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), western blotting and enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) were used to detect the effect of TGF-β1 on cell viability, mRNA and protein expression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), uPA receptor (uPAR), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) as well as their secretion...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Zuzanna Drebert, Mark MacAskill, Dahlia Doughty-Shenton, Karolien De Bosscher, Marc Bracke, Patrick W F Hadoke, Ilse M Beck
Angiogenesis is important in cancer progression and can be influenced by tumor-associated myofibroblasts. We addressed the hypothesis that glucocorticoids indirectly affect angiogenesis by altering the release of pro-angiogenic factors from colon cancer-derived myofibroblasts. Our study shows that glucocorticoids reduced prostanoids, urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and angiopoietin-like protein-2 (ANGPTL2) levels, but increased angiogenin (ANG) in supernatant from human CT5.3hTERT colon cancer-derived myofibroblasts...
October 4, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Elisa Adele Colombo, Luigina Spaccini, Ludovica Volpi, Gloria Negri, Davide Cittaro, Dejan Lazarevic, Salvatore Zirpoli, Andrea Farolfi, Cristina Gervasini, Maria Vittoria Cubellis, Lidia Larizza
BACKGROUND: Integrin α3 (ITGA3) gene mutations are associated with Interstitial Lung disease, Nephrotic syndrome and Epidermolysis bullosa (ILNEB syndrome). To date only six patients are reported: all carried homozygous ITGA3 mutations and presented a dramatically severe phenotype leading to death before age 2 years, from multi-organ failure due to interstitial lung disease and congenital nephrotic syndrome. The involvement of skin and cutaneous adnexa was variable with sparse hair and nail dysplasia combined or not to skin lesions ranging from skin fragility to epidermolysis bullosa-like blistering...
October 7, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
L A Miles, N Baik, S Lighvani, S Khaldoyanidi, N M Varki, H Bai, B M Mueller, R J Parmer
BACKGROUND: Plg-RKT is a novel integral membrane plasminogen receptor that binds plasminogen via a C-terminal lysine exposed on the cell surface and promotes plasminogen activation on the cell surface by both tissue plasminogen activator and urokinase plasminogen activator. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of Plg-RKT in vivo we generated Plg-RKT(-/-) mice using a homologous recombination technique. METHODS: We characterized the effect of Plg-RKT deletion on reproduction, viability, health, and spontaneous thrombosis and inflammation...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Hao Wang, Ting Yang, Diandian Li, Yanqiu Wu, Xue Zhang, Caishuang Pang, Junlong Zhang, Binwu Ying, Tao Wang, Fuqiang Wen
BACKGROUND: Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) participate in inflammation and tissue remolding in various diseases, but their roles in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not yet clear. This study aimed to investigate if PAI-1 and suPAR were involved in systemic inflammation and small airway obstruction (SAO) in COPD. METHODS: Demographic and clinical characteristics, spirometry examination, and blood samples were obtained from 84 COPD patients and 51 healthy volunteers...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Yogender Pal Khasa
Cardiovascular disorders are on the rise worldwide due to alcohol abuse, obesity, hypertension, raised blood lipids, diabetes and age-related risks. The use of classical antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies combined with surgical intervention helped to clear blood clots during the inceptive years. However, the discovery of streptokinase and urokinase ushered the way of using these enzymes as thrombolytic agents to degrade the fibrin network with an issue of systemic hemorrhage. The development of second generation plasminogen activators like anistreplase and tissue plasminogen activator partially controlled this problem...
October 3, 2016: Bioengineered
Joanne L Mitchell, Ausra S Lionikiene, Georgi Georgiev, Anja Klemmer, Chelsea Brain, Paul Y Kim, Nicola J Mutch
Activated factor XII (FXIIa) has plasminogen activator capacity but its relative contribution to fibrinolysis is considered marginal compared to urokinase and tissue plasminogen activator. Polyphosphate (polyP) is released from activated platelets and mediates FXII activation. Here we investigate the contribution of polyP to the plasminogen activator function of αFXIIa. We show that both polyP70, of the chain length found in platelets (60-100-mer) and platelet-derived polyP, significantly augment the plasminogen activation capacity of αFXIIa...
September 30, 2016: Blood
Ming Chang, Yu-Hao Lin, Jacque Lynn Gabayno, Qian Li, Xiaojun Liu
In this study, the control of magnetic fields to manipulate surface-functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles by urokinase coating is investigated for thrombolysis in a microfluidic channel. The urokinase-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles are characterized using particle size distribution, zeta potential measurement and spectroscopic data. Thrombolytic ratio tests reveal that the efficiency for thrombus cleaning is significantly improved when using magnetically-controlled urokinase-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles than pure urokinase solution...
September 30, 2016: Bioengineered
Pavan B Narayanaswamy, Sergey Tkachuk, Hermann Haller, Inna Dumler, Yulia Kiyan
Mechanisms of DNA damage and repair signaling are not completely understood that hinder the efficiency of cancer therapy. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (PLAUR) is highly expressed in most solid cancers and serves as a marker of poor prognosis. We show that PLAUR actively promotes DNA repair in cancer cells. On the contrary, downregulation of PLAUR expression results in delayed DNA repair. We found PLAUR to be essential for activation of Checkpoint kinase 1 (CHK1); maintenance of cell cycle arrest after DNA damage in a TP53-dependent manner; expression, nuclear import and recruitment to DNA-damage foci of RAD51 recombinase, the principal protein involved in the homologous recombination repair pathway...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
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
Barna Vasarhelyi, Gergely Toldi, Attila Balog
The assessment of the general inflammatory condition of patients with autoimmune connective tissue disorders (ACTD) is a major challenge. The use of traditional inflammatory markers including CRP-levels and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is limited by several preanalytical factors and their low specificities. Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is one of the novel candidate markers that is increasingly used in immune mediated disorders. In our studies we compared suPAR levels of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and ankylosing spondylitis with those of healthy controls...
April 2016: EJIFCC
Linda Fredriksson, Daniel A Lawrence, Robert L Medcalf
The plasminogen activation (PA) system is best known for its role in fibrinolysis. However, it has also been shown to regulate many nonfibrinolytic functions in the central nervous system (CNS). In particular, tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is reported to have pleiotropic activities in the CNS, regulating events such as neuronal plasticity, excitotoxicity, and cerebrovascular barrier integrity, whereas urokinase-type plasminogen activator is mainly associated with tissue remodeling and cell migration...
September 27, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
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