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Cyrill Wehling, Oliver Amon, Martin Bommer, Bernd Hoppe, Karim Kentouche, Gesa Schalk, Rolf Weimer, Michael Wiesener, Bernd Hohenstein, Burkhard Tönshoff, Rainer Büscher, Henry Fehrenbach, Ömer-Necmi Gök, Michael Kirschfink
Various complement-mediated renal disorders are currently treated with the complement inhibitor eculizumab. By blocking the cleavage of C5 this monoclonal antibody prevents cell damage caused by complement-mediated inflammation. We included 23 patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS, n=12), C3 glomerulopathies (C3G, n=9) and acute antibody-mediated renal graft rejection (AMR, n=2), treated with eculizumab in 12 hospitals in Germany. We explored the course of complement activation biomarkers and the benefit of therapeutic drug monitoring of eculizumab...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Lubka T Roumenina, Julie Rayes, Marie Frimat, Veronique Fremeaux-Bacchi
Endothelium is strategically located at the interface between blood and interstitial tissues, placing thus endothelial cell as a key player in vascular homeostasis. Endothelial cells are in a dynamic equilibrium with their environment and constitute concomitantly a source, a barrier, and a target of defensive mediators. This review will discuss the recent advances in our understanding of the complex crosstalk between the endothelium, the complement system and the hemostasis in health and in disease. The first part will provide a general introduction on endothelial cells heterogeneity and on the physiologic role of the complement and hemostatic systems...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Alexander G Raufi, Shruti Scott, Omar Darwish, Kevin Harley, Kanwarpal Kahlon, Sheetal Desai, Yuxin Lu, Minh-Ha Tran
Among the spectrum of disease manifestations associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis is particularly concerning due to the potential for renal failure. This autoimmune attack may not, however, be limited to the kidney and is increasingly being recognized as a trigger for atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS). Atypical HUS falls under the spectrum of the thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) - a group of disorders characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and end organ damage...
September 28, 2016: Hematology Reports
Margit Juhász, Megan Rogge, Mary Chen, Annette Czernik, Soo Jung Kim, Lauren Geller
This is a case report of a 16-year-old girl recently diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who presented with multiple blisters on the face, hands, arms, legs, trunk, and vaginal and oral mucosa. Skin biopsy was consistent with bullous SLE (BSLE). Dapsone is often the first-line treatment option for BSLE, but the patient's history of anemia and leukopenia and long-term immunosuppression requirement for her systemic symptoms raised concerns about dapsone and bone marrow toxicity, especially hemolytic anemia and agranulocytosis...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
Ching-Yu Lee, Yen-Yao Li, Tsan-Wen Huang, Tsung-Yu Huang, Wei-Hsiu Hsu, Yao-Hung Tsai, Jou-Chen Huang, Kuo-Chin Huang
PURPOSE: No reports have been published on synchronous multifocal necrotizing fasciitis (SMNF), a multifocal presence of necrotizing fasciitis in different extremities. We evaluated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of SMNF. METHODS: Eighteen patients (14 men, 4 women; mean age: 59 years) diagnosed with SMNF of the extremities between January 2004 to December 2012 were enrolled and evaluated. RESULTS: Vibrio species were the most commonly (78%; n = 14) isolated; others were two cases (11%) of Aeromonas spp...
October 24, 2016: Infection
Mohammad Abu-Hishmeh, Alamgir Sattar, Fnu Zarlasht, Mohamed Ramadan, Aisha Abdel-Rahman, Shante Hinson, Caroline Hwang
BACKGROUND Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is one of the thrombotic microangiopathic (TMA) syndromes, caused by severely reduced activity of the vWF-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that affects various organs in the body, including the hematopoietic system. SLE can present with TMA, and differentiating between SLE and TTP in those cases can be very challenging, particularly in patients with no prior history of SLE. Furthermore, an association between these 2 diseases has been described in the literature, with most of the TTP cases occurring after the diagnosis of SLE...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Xiao-Yu Hu, Yu-Fei Yao, Bo-Miao Cui, Jun Lv, Xin Shen, Biao Ren, Ming-Yun Li, Qiang Guo, Rui-Jie Huang, Yan Li
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the whole microbial structure in a case of rampant caries to provide evidence for its prevention and treatment. METHODS: Clinical samples including blood, supragingival plaque, plaque in the caries cavity, saliva, and mucosal swabs were collected with the patient's consent. The blood sample was sent for routine immune test, and the others samples were stained using Gram method and cultured for identifying colonies and 16S rRNA sequencing. DNA was extracted from the samples and tested for the main cariogenic bacterium (Streptococcus mutans) with qPCR, and the whole microbial structure was analyzed using DGGE...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Guillermo J Pons-Estel, Laura Andreoli, Francesco Scanzi, Ricard Cervera, Angela Tincani
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the occurrence of venous and/or arterial thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity in the presence of pathogenic autoantibodies known as antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence or absence of SLE might modify the clinical or serological expression of APS. Apart from the classical manifestations, APS patients with associated SLE more frequently display a clinical profile with arthralgias, arthritis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, livedo reticularis, epilepsy, glomerular thrombosis, and myocardial infarction...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
J Flemmig, D Schlorke, F-W Kühne, J Arnhold
Excessive release of hemoglobin from red blood cells markedly disturbs the health status of patients due to cytotoxic effects of free hemoglobin and heme. The latter component is able to initiate novel hemolytic events in unperturbed red blood cells. We modelled this process by incubation of ferric protoporphyrin IX with freshly isolated red blood cells from healthy volunteers. The heme-induced hemolysis was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by the chlorite-based drug WF10, whereby the hemolysis degree was totally abolished at a molar ratio of 1: 2 between chlorite and heme...
October 24, 2016: Free Radical Research
Aleksandra Bocian, Małgorzata Urbanik, Konrad Hus, Andrzej Łyskowski, Vladimír Petrilla, Zuzana Andrejčáková, Monika Petrillová, Jaroslav Legath
Snake venom is a rich source of peptides and proteins with a wide range of actions. Many of the venom components are currently being tested for their usefulness in the treatment of many diseases ranging from neurological and cardiovascular to cancer. It is also important to constantly search for new proteins and peptides with properties not yet described. The venom of Vipera berus berus has hemolytic, proteolytic and cytotoxic properties, but its exact composition and the factors responsible for these properties are not known...
October 19, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Qinglei Zhang, Xiaolong Lu, Qingzhao Zhang, Lei Zhang, Suoding Li, Shaobin Liu
In this study, Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS) with compound addtive. The compound additive was made with polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and Poly ethylene glycol (PEG). The results showed that the modified PVDF membrane had better separation performance than virgin PVDF membrane. The UF flux of modified PVDF membrane can reach 684 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and lysozyme (LZM) passage is 72.6% while virgin PVDF membrane is 313 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and 53...
October 19, 2016: Membranes
R M Medrano-Juarez, D Sotello, M A Orellana-Barrios, L D'Cuhna, J D Payne, K Nugent
We present a case of acute hemolytic anemia, renal failure, and Clostridium perfringens bacteremia in a patient with acute myelogenous leukemia. The high fatality of C. perfringens bacteremia requires that clinicians recognize and rapidly treat patients at risk for this infection. Although other hemolytic processes are in the differential diagnosis of these events, the presence of high fever, chills, and rapidly positive blood cultures may help narrow the diagnosis. Most cases of C. perfringens bacteremia have a concomitant coinfection, which makes broad spectrum empiric therapy essential...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Dawei Xu, Qian Ran, Yang Xiang, Jiang Linhai, Britannia M Smith, Fadi Bou-Abdallah, Reidar Lund, Zhongjun Li, He Dong
A significant challenge associated with systemic delivery of cationic antimicrobial peptides and polymers lies in their limited hemocompatibility toward vast numbers of circulating red blood cells (RBCs). Supramolecular assembly of cationic peptides and polymers can be an effective strategy to develop an array of antimicrobial nanomaterials with tunable material structures, stability and thus optimized bioactivity to overcome some of the existing challenges associated with conventional antimicrobials. In this work, we will demonstrate the supramolecular design of self-assembling antimicrobial nanofibers (SAANs) which have tunable supramolecular nanostructures, stability, internal molecular packing and surface chemistry through self-assembly of de novo designed cationic peptides and peptide-PEG conjuguates...
2016: RSC Advances
Travis E Wright, K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin, John K Crane
BACKGROUND: Many studies have noted an increase in the number of recognized cases of invasive infections due to Propionibacterium acnes, especially after shoulder replacement surgery. The increase in the number of recognized cases of P. acnes, a nonspore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, appears due to both an increase in the number of shoulder operations being performed and more specimens being sent for anaerobic cultures. Nevertheless, the optimal surgical and antibiotic management of P...
2016: Infectious Diseases
Michael V Gavalas, Alexander Breskin, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Andrew Eisenberger, Francesco Castagna, Ryan T Demmer, Margaret Flannery, A Reshad Garan, Koji Takeda, Hiroo Takayama, Yoshifumi Naka, Veli K Topkara, Paolo C Colombo
BACKGROUND: Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is the standard measure for detection of hemolysis and thus surveillance for device thrombosis in patients on continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) support. Significant hemolysis has been defined as LDH ≥600 IU/L. However, LDH testing requires phlebotomy, precluding frequent home monitoring. Simple dipstick urinalysis (UA) for urine hemoglobin (U-Hb) overcomes this limitation. This study correlated U-Hb and LDH levels and evaluated the performance of UA for detection of significant hemolysis in patients with CF-LVADs...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Péter Farkas, Dorottya Csuka, Bálint Mikes, György Sinkovits, Marienn Réti, Endre Németh, Kristóf Rácz, Krisztina Madách, Mihály Gergely, Judit Demeter, Zoltán Prohászka
BACKGROUND: The secondary forms of hemolytic uremic syndrome/thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (secondary TMA) emerge as complications of coexisting diseases. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that secondary TMA could be characterized by the presence of relative ADAMTS13 deficiency and complement activation, and this relationship may have a prognostic value for outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-three patients with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) and coexisting disease (such as malignancies, sepsis, heart surgery with extracorporeal circulation, solid organ transplantation, systemic autoimmune disorders), 41 patient controls, and 34 healthy controls were enrolled in our case-control study with 30days follow-up...
October 18, 2016: Immunobiology
Mirjam Duijvestijn, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Nancy Schuurman, Wim Schijf, Jaap A Wagenaar, Herman Egberink
Laboratory confirmation of the causative agent(s) of diarrhoea in puppies may allow for appropriate treatment. The presence of potential pathogens however, does not prove a causal relationship with diarrhoea. The aim of this study was to identify specific enteropathogens in ≤12 month old puppies with and without acute diarrhoea and to assess their associations with clinical signs, putative risk factors and pathogen co-occurrence. Faecal samples from puppies with (n=113) and without (n=56) acute diarrhoea were collected and screened for Canine Parvovirus (CPV), Canine Coronavirus (CCoV), Salmonella spp...
November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Minghui Yan, Yunhao Hu, Jun Bao, Ya Xiao, Yue Zhang, Lingxiao Yang, Junwei Wang, Wenlong Zhang
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November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
I O Acuña-Gutiérrez, J C Escobedo-Bocardo, J M Almanza-Robles, D A Cortés-Hernández, M M G Saldívar-Ramírez, P J Reséndiz-Hernández, A Zugasti-Cruz
The effect of LiCl additions on the in vitro bioactivity, hemolysis, cytotoxicity, compressive strength and setting time of calcium aluminate cements was studied. Calcium aluminate clinker (AC) was obtained via solid state reaction from reagent grade chemicals of CaCO3 and Al2O3. Calcium aluminate cements (CAC) were prepared by mixing the clinker with water or aqueous LiCl solutions (0.01, 0.0125 or 0.015M (M)) using a w/c ratio of 0.4. After 21days of immersion in a simulated body fluid (SBF) at physiological conditions of temperature and pH, a Ca-P rich layer, identified as hydroxyapatite (HA), was formed on the cement without LiCl and on the cement prepared with 0...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
A Didier, R Dietrich, E Märtlbauer
The non-hemolytic enterotoxin complex (Nhe) is supposed to be the main virulence factor of B. cereus causing a diarrheal outcome of food poisoning. This tripartite toxin consists of the single components NheA, -B and -C all of them being necessary for maximum toxicity. In the past, research activities aiming to elucidate the mode-of-action of Nhe were mostly focused on the B- and C-component. In this study the generation of novel monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and their thorough characterization enabled the determination of key features for NheA...
2016: PloS One
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