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Red cell pathology

Sahishna Phaniraj, Zhe Gao, Digamber Rane, Blake R Peterson
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of eukaryotic cells plays critical roles in the processing of secreted and transmembrane proteins. Defects in these functions are associated with a wide range of pathologies. To image this organelle, cells are often treated with fluorescent ER-Tracker dyes. Although these compounds are selective, existing red fluorescent probes of the ER are costly glibenclamide derivatives that inhibit ER-associated sulphonylurea receptors. To provide simpler and more cost-effective red fluorescent probes of the ER, we synthesized amino analogues of the fluorophore resorufin...
December 2016: Dyes and Pigments: An International Journal
Daniel W Abbott, Kenneth D Friedman, Matthew S Karafin
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a microangiopathic hemolytic anemia that requires emergent treatment with plasma exchange and is one of the most important conditions for which apheresis service professionals are consulted. Careful interpretation of initial laboratory values and the peripheral blood smear is a critical first step to determining the need for plasma exchange because other conditions can show deceptively similar red cell morphology, and ADAMTS13 levels are often not rapidly available...
September 28, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Markus Seeger, Angelos Karlas, Dominik Soliman, Jaroslav Pelisek, Vasilis Ntziachristos
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a main cause of stroke. Understanding atherosclerosis biology is critical in the development of targeted prevention and treatment strategies. Consequently, there is demand for advanced tools investigating atheroma pathology. We consider hybrid optoacoustic and multiphoton microscopy for the integrated and complementary interrogation of plaque tissue constituents and their mutual interactions. Herein, we visualize human carotid plaque using a hybrid multimodal imaging system that combines optical resolution optoacoustic (photoacoustic) microscopy, second and third harmonic generation microscopy, and two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy...
September 2016: Photoacoustics
Zhibin Wang, Xiao-Guang Luo, Chao Gao
In the clinic, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) largely depends on clinicians' experience. When the diagnosis is made, approximately 80% of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra (SN) have been lost. Additionally, it is rather challenging to differentiate PD from atypical parkinsonian disorders (APD). Clinially-available 3T conventional MRI contributes little to solve these problems. The pathologic alterations of parkinsonism show abnormal brain iron deposition, and therefore susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to iron concentration, has been applied to find iron-related lesions for the diagnosis and differentiation of PD in recent decades...
2016: Translational Neurodegeneration
Ran Ao, Ying Wang, Jing Tong, Bai-Fang Wang
BACKGROUND MicroRNA-9 (miR-9) was detected in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients to understand the role of miR-9 in NAFLD development. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between February 2014 and February 2015, 105 cases of NAFLD were recruited and confirmed by liver biopsy pathology, including patients with mild NAFLD (n=58) and moderate-severe NAFLD (n=47); nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (n=53) and non-NASH (n=52); and 50 healthy participants were regarded as the healthy control group. MiR-9 expression was measured by qRT-PCR...
October 19, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Jacob I Ayers, Benjamin McMahon, Sabrina Gill, Herman L Lelie, Susan Fromholt, Hilda Brown, Joan Selverstone Valentine, Julian P Whitelegge, David R Borchelt
A common property of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), harboring mutations associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a high propensity to misfold and form abnormal aggregates. The aggregation of mutant SOD1 has been demonstrated in vitro, with purified proteins, in mouse models, in human tissues, and in cultured cell models. In vitro translation studies have determined that SOD1 with ALS mutations is slower to mature, and thus perhaps vulnerable to off-pathway folding that could generate aggregates...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Alison K Thomson, Eilidh Somers, Rachael A Powis, Hannah K Shorrock, Kelley Murphy, Kathryn J Swoboda, Thomas H Gillingwater, Simon H Parson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), traditionally described as a predominantly childhood form of motor neurone disease, is the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. Although motor neurones are undoubtedly the primary affected cell type, the severe infantile form of SMA (Type I SMA) is now widely recognised to represent a multisystem disorder where a variety of organs and systems in the body are also affected. Here, we report that the spleen is disproportionately small in the 'Taiwanese' murine model of severe SMA (Smn(-/-) ;SMN2(tg/0) ), correlated to low levels of cell proliferation and increased cell death...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Fuat H Saner, Carmen Kirchner
BACKGROUND: Patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) are assumed to be at high risk of bleeding when undergoing any kind of invasive intervention (any kind of operation, including transplantation or minimally invasive interventions). Both bleeding and thrombosis are associated with a poor outcome. METHODS: A selective literature research was conducted with the following key words: 'cirrhosis', 'coagulation', 'bleeding', 'INR' (international normalized ratio), 'aPTT' (activated partial thromboplastin time), and 'thrombocytopenia'...
August 2016: Visc Med
Naoki Matsumoto, Hitoshi Fukuda, Akira Handa, Toshinari Kawasaki, Yoshitaka Kurosaki, Masaki Chin, Sen Yamagata
The mechanism of thrombus formation in Trousseau syndrome remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate specific pathological findings of the thrombi in Trousseau syndrome. The authors report on 2 cases of thrombi in Trousseau syndrome from large cerebral vessels removed by endovascular therapy and compared with thrombi in atherosclerosis or cardiac embolism. The first patient, a 67-year-old man, was transferred to our hospital for sudden onset consciousness disturbance and tetraparesis. He had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Eli Muchtar, Daniele Derudas, Michelle Mauermann, Teerin Liewluck, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji K Kumar, David Dingli, Martha Q Lacy, Francis K Buadi, Suzanne R Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, Nelson Leung, Rajshekhar Chakraborty, Wilson Gonsalves, Stephen Russell, John A Lust, Yi Lin, Ronald S Go, Steven Zeldenrust, Robert A Kyle, S Vincent Rajkumar, Morie A Gertz
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the natural history of immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis-associated myopathy and to provide guidelines for recognition. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients with systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis and biopsy-confirmed muscle amyloid deposition diagnosed between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 2015, were included in this study. RESULTS: Common presenting symptoms were muscle weakness in 49 patients (96%), dysphagia in 23 (45%), myalgia in 17 (33%), macroglossia in 17 (33%), jaw claudication in 13 (25%), and hoarseness in 9 (18%)...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
María Librada Porriño-Bustamante, José Aneiros-Fernández, Juan Antonio Retámero, María Antonia Fernández-Pugnaire
Hobnail hemangioma, also known as targetoid hemosiderotic hemangioma, is an uncommon vascular proliferation that clinically presents as a small solitary red to purple papule or macule, located on the limbs or trunk. Multiple lesions and atypical locations have been described. Histopathologically, it exhibits a biphasic pattern, with dilated vessels in the superficial dermis and angulated vessels in the deeper dermis, with endothelial cells that show a hobnail appearance. There is controversy about the histogenetic origin of hobnail hemangioma, although recent studies support that it is a lymphatic malformation...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Patrick Adu, David Larbi Simpong, Godfred Takyi, Richard K D Ephraim
Background. Blood transfusion is a therapeutic procedure usually undertaken in patients with severe anaemia. In Ghana, severe anaemia is mostly due to malaria caused by severe Plasmodium falciparum infection, road traffic accidents, and haemoglobinopathy-induced acute haemolysis. Method. This cross-sectional study evaluated coinheritance of sickle cell haemoglobin variant and G6PD enzymopathy among individuals that donated blood at the Holy Trinity Hospital, Berekum, in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana. Demographic data and other pertinent information were captured using questionnaire...
2016: Advances in Hematology
Amanda L Richards, Linda M Kapp, Xiaohong Wang, Heather L Howie, Krystalyn E Hudson
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) occurs when pathogenic autoantibodies against red blood cell (RBC) antigens are generated. While the basic disease pathology of AIHA is well studied, the underlying mechanism(s) behind the failure in tolerance to RBC autoantigens are poorly understood. Thus, to investigate the tolerance mechanisms required for the establishment and maintenance of tolerance to RBC antigens, we developed a novel murine model. With this model, we evaluated the role of regulatory T cells (Tregs) in tolerance to RBC-specific antigens...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Eva Szunyogova, Haiyan Zhou, Gillian K Maxwell, Rachael A Powis, Muntoni Francesco, Thomas H Gillingwater, Simon H Parson
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutation or deletion of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. Decreased levels of, cell-ubiquitous, SMN protein is associated with a range of systemic pathologies reported in severe patients. Despite high levels of SMN protein in normal liver, there is no comprehensive study of liver pathology in SMA. We describe failed liver development in response to reduced SMN levels, in a mouse model of severe SMA. The SMA liver is dark red, small and has: iron deposition; immature sinusoids congested with blood; persistent erythropoietic elements and increased immature red blood cells; increased and persistent megakaryocytes which release high levels of platelets found as clot-like accumulations in the heart...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
O G Davies, L M Grover, M P Lewis, Y Liu
Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a debilitating condition defined by the rapid formation of bone in soft tissues. What makes HO fascinating is firstly the rate at which bone is deposited, and secondly the fact that this bone is structurally and compositionally similar to that of a healthy adult. If the mechanisms governing HO are understood, they have the potential to be exploited for the development of potent osteoinductive therapies. With this aim, we utilised a tissue engineered skeletal muscle model to better understand the role of inflammation on this debilitating phenomenon...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Müberra Akdoğan, Yasemin Ustundag-Budak, Kagan Huysal
BACKGROUND: Atherogenic dyslipidemia is particularly common in people with type 2 diabetes (DM2). Platelets from patients with DM2 have increased reactivity and baseline activation. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the relationship between atherogenic index and hematologic inflammatory markers and to evaluate the relationship between these parameters and associated variables in diabetic retinopathy (DR) patients. METHODS: The medical records of all patients admitted to the eye clinic between January and December 2014 were evaluated systematically...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
Cong Li, Xiao-Dan Guo, Min Lei, Jia-Yi Wu, Jia-Zhen Jin, Xiao-Fan Shi, Zhi-Yuan Zhu, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Li-Hong Hu, Tie-Qiao Wen, Xu Shen
AIM: Considering the complicated pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), multi-targets have become a focus in the discovery of drugs for treatment of this disease. In the current work, we established a multi-target strategy for discovering active reagents capable of suppressing both Aβ level and Tau hyperphosphorylation from natural products, and found that the ethanol extract of Thamnolia vermicularis (THA) was able to improve learning ability in APP/PS1 transgenic mice by inhibiting both Aβ levels and Tau hyperphosphorylation...
October 3, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Ngonidzashe B Madungwe, Netanel F Zilberstein, Yansheng Feng, Jean C Bopassa
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation has been implicated in many pathologies including ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. This led to multiple studies on antioxidant therapies to treat cardiovascular diseases but paradoxically, results have so far been mixed as ROS production can be beneficial as a signaling mechanism and in cardiac protection via preconditioning interventions. We investigated whether the differential impact of increased ROS in injury as well as in protection could be explained by their site of production on the mitochondrial electron transport chain...
2016: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, Rui Ji, Agata Jurczyk, Ken-Edwin Aryee, Shunyan Mo, Terry Fletcher, Scott A Shaffer, Dale L Greiner, Rita Bortell, Ronald Gregg, Alan Cheng, Leah J Hennings, Ann R Rittenhouse
Knockout technology has proven useful for delineating functional roles of specific genes. Here we describe and provide an explanation for striking pathology that occurs in a subset of genetically engineered mice expressing a rat CaVβ2a transgene under control of the cardiac α-myosin heavy chain promoter. Lesions were limited to mice homozygous for transgene and independent of native Cacnb2 genomic copy number. Gross findings included an atrophied pancreas, decreased adipose tissue, thickened, orange intestines, and enlarged liver, spleen and abdominal lymph nodes...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
B van Ravenzwaay, S Sperber, O Lemke, E Fabian, F Faulhammer, H Kamp, W Mellert, V Strauss, A Strigun, E Peter, M Spitzer, T Walk
New technologies, such as metabolomics, can address chemical grouping and read across from a biological perspective. In a virtual case study, we selected MCPP as target substance and MCPA and 2,4-DP as source substances with the goal to waive a 90-day study with MCPP. In order to develop a convincing case to show how biological data can substantiate read across, we used metabolomics on blood samples from the 28-day studies to show the qualitative and quantitative similarity of the substances. The 28-day metabolome evaluation of source substances and the target substance indicate liver and kidneys as target organs...
September 13, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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