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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427074/enzymatic-vitreolysis-for-vitreomacular-traction-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#1
Stanislao Rizzo, Daniela Bacherini
Vitreomacular traction (VMT) is one of many possible factors involved in the etiology of diabetic macular edema (DME). Pharmacologic vitreoretinal separation is a potential alternative to vitrectomy for VMT in diabetic retinopathy. Small case series have been published on the use of enzymatic vitreolysis in tractional DME, and demonstrate that the enzymatic release of the posterior vitreous cortex is more likely following the injection of plasmin enzyme. Further prospective and randomized clinical trials are necessary to evaluate the clinical relevance of ocriplasmin for vitreomacular traction in diabetic retinopathy, and additional studies are needed to determine more accurately which patients might benefit most from this treatment and how often and at what concentration ocriplasmin should be administered...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424255/analysis-of-milk-from-mothers-who-delivered-prematurely-reveals-few-changes-in-proteases-and-protease-inhibitors-across-gestational-age-at-birth-and-infant-postnatal-age
#2
Veronique Demers-Mathieu, Søren Drud Nielsen, Mark A Underwood, Robyn Borghese, David C Dallas
Background: Peptidomics research has demonstrated that protease activity is higher in breast milk from preterm-delivering mothers than from term-delivering mothers. However, to our knowledge, the effect of the degree of prematurity and postnatal age on proteases and protease inhibitors in human milk remains unknown.Objective: We aimed to determine the change of proteases and protease inhibitors in milk from mothers who delivered prematurely across gestational age (GA) and postnatal age.Methods: Milk samples were collected from 18 mothers aged 26-40 y who delivered preterm infants and who lacked mastitis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418713/defence-factors-of-vaginal-lactobacilli
#3
S Kovachev
Accurate knowledge of the composition and ecology of the vaginal microbial environment in healthy women is necessary for understanding lactobacilli-dominated normal microbiota and the mechanisms by which it reduces disease risk. The vagina and its microbiota form a balanced ecosystem; any movement outside the normal range for this ecosystem of obligate and/or facultative microbes, termed dysbacteriosis, can lead to infection and disease. This review summarizes recent research on the vaginal ecosystem, the Lactobacillus species that dominate it, and the means by which they suppress the growth, development, and/or proliferation of pathogenic microbial species...
April 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417010/astrocytes-regulate-the-balance-between-plasminogen-activation-and-plasmin-clearance-via-cell-surface-actin
#4
Aurélien Briens, Isabelle Bardou, Héloïse Lebas, Lindsey A Miles, Robert J Parmer, Denis Vivien, Fabian Docagne
Plasminogen activation is involved in many processes within the central nervous system, including synaptic plasticity, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms that regulate plasminogen activation in the brain still remain unknown. Here we demonstrate that astrocytes participate in this regulation by two mechanisms. First, the astrocyte plasma membrane serves as a surface for plasminogen activation by tissue-type plasminogen activator. This activation triggers downstream plasmin-dependent processes with important impacts in brain health and disease, such as fibrinolysis and brain-derived neurotrophic factor conversion...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413832/statistical-analysis-plan-for-the-woman-etaplat-study-effect-of-tranexamic-acid-on-platelet-function-and-thrombin-generation
#5
Kastriot Dallaku, Haleema Shakur, Phil Edwards, Danielle Beaumont, Ian Roberts, Sumaya Huque, Maria Delius, Ulrich Mansmann
Background. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a potentially life-threatening complication for women, and the leading cause of maternal mortality. Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic used worldwide to treat uterine haemorrhage and to reduce blood loss in general surgery. TXA may have effects on thrombin generation, platelet function and coagulation factors as a result of its inhibition on the plasmin. Methods. WOMAN ETAPlaT is a sub-study of the World Maternal Antifibrinolitic trial (WOMAN trial). All adult women clinically diagnosed with PPH after a vaginal delivery or caesarean section, are eligible for inclusion in the study...
December 15, 2016: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405801/urine-exosomes-from-healthy-and-hypertensive-pregnancies-display-elevated-level-of-%C3%AE-subunit-and-cleaved-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-subunits-of-the-epithelial-sodium-channel-enac
#6
Maria R Nielsen, Britta Frederiksen-Møller, Rikke Zachar, Jan S Jørgensen, Mie R Hansen, Rikke Ydegaard, Per Svenningsen, Kristian Buhl, Boye L Jensen
Preeclampsia is characterized by hypertension, proteinuria, suppression of plasma renin-angiotensin-aldosterone, and impaired urine sodium excretion. Aberrantly filtered plasmin in urine may activate proteolytically the γ-subunit of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) and promote Na(+) reabsorption and urine K(+) loss. Plasma and urine was sampled from patients with preeclampsia, healthy pregnant controls and non-pregnant women, and from patients with nephrostomy catheters. Aldosterone concentration, urine plasminogen, and protein were determined...
April 12, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401063/scm-the-m-protein-of-streptococcus-canis-binds-immunoglobulin-g
#7
Simone Bergmann, Inga Eichhorn, Thomas P Kohler, Sven Hammerschmidt, Oliver Goldmann, Manfred Rohde, Marcus Fulde
The M protein of Streptococcus canis (SCM) is a virulence factor and serves as a surface-associated receptor with a particular affinity for mini-plasminogen, a cleavage product of the broad-spectrum serine protease plasmin. Here, we report that SCM has an additional high-affinity immunoglobulin G (IgG) binding activity. The ability of a particular S. canis isolate to bind to IgG significantly correlates with a scm-positive phenotype, suggesting a dominant role of SCM as an IgG receptor. Subsequent heterologous expression of SCM in non-IgG binding S...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382372/mechanism-of-plasmin-generation-by-s100a10
#8
Victoria A Miller, Patricia A Madureira, Ain Adilliah Kamaludin, Jeffrey Komar, Vandna Sharma, Girish Sahni, Craig Thelwell, Colin Longstaff, David M Waisman
Plasminogen (Pg) is cleaved to form plasmin by the action of specific plasminogen activators such as the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Although the interaction of tPA and Pg with the surface of the fibrin clot has been well characterised, their interaction with cell surface Pg receptors is poorly understood. S100A10 is a cell surface Pg receptor that plays a key role in cellular plasmin generation. In the present report, we have utilised domain-switched/deleted variants of tPA, truncated plasminogen variants and S100A10 site-directed mutant proteins to define the regions responsible for S100A10-dependent plasmin generation...
April 6, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381748/post-infectious-proliferative-glomerulonephritis-with-monoclonal-immunoglobulin-g-deposits-associated-with-complement-factor-h-mutation
#9
Eriko Takehara, Shintaro Mandai, Satomi Shikuma, Wataru Akita, Motoko Chiga, Takayasu Mori, Takashi Oda, Michio Kuwahara, Shinichi Uchida
A 55-year-old man developed rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome. A kidney biopsy specimen showed diffuse proliferative and crescentic glomerulonephritis with monoclonal IgG1κ, humps, and nephritis-associated plasmin receptor, indicating infection-associated proliferative glomerulonephritis with monoclonal immunoglobulin G deposits (PGNMID). Despite dialysis-dependent renal failure, symptomatic therapy resulted in spontaneous recovery of the renal function, mimicking post-infectious glomerulonephritis (PIGN)...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375203/the-serum-protein-levels-of-the-tpa-bdnf-pathway-are-implicated-in-depression-and-antidepressant-treatment
#10
H Jiang, S Chen, C Li, N Lu, Y Yue, Y Yin, Y Zhang, X Zhi, D Zhang, Y Yuan
Evidence demonstrates that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Precursor-BDNF (proBDNF) and mature BDNF (mBDNF) have opposing biological effects in neuroplasticity, and the tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA)/plasmin system is crucial in the cleavage processing of proBDNF to mBDNF. However, very little is known about the role of the tPA-BDNF pathway in MDD. We examined serum protein concentrations in the tPA-BDNF pathway, including tPA, BDNF, tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB), proBDNF and p75NTR, obtained from 35 drug-free depressed patients before and after 8 weeks of escitalopram (mean 12...
April 4, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358853/a-peptide-based-approach-to-evaluate-the-adaptability-of-influenza-a-virus-to-humans-based-on-its-hemagglutinin-proteolytic-cleavage-site
#11
Marco R Straus, Gary R Whittaker
Cleavage activation of the hemagglutinin (HA) protein by host proteases is a crucial step in the infection process of influenza A viruses (IAV). However, IAV exists in eighteen different HA subtypes in nature and their cleavage sites vary considerably. There is uncertainty regarding which specific proteases activate a given HA in the human respiratory tract. Understanding the relationship between different HA subtypes and human-specific proteases will be valuable in assessing the pandemic potential of circulating viruses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336948/plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-protects-mice-against-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-mediated-plasminogen-activation
#12
Kamlesh K Gupta, Deborah L Donahue, Mayra J Sandoval-Cooper, Francis J Castellino, Victoria A Ploplis
Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is known to protect mice against cardiac fibrosis. It has been speculated that PAI-1 may regulate cardiac fibrosis by inactivating urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and ultimately plasmin (Pm) generation. However, the in vivo role of PAI-1 in inactivating uPA and limiting the generation of Pm during cardiac fibrosis remains to be established. The objective of this study was to determine if the cardioprotective effect of PAI-1 is mediated through its ability to directly regulate urokinase -mediated activation of plasminogen (Pg)...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330184/potential-fibrinolytic-activity-of-an-endophytic-lasiodiplodia-pseudotheobromae-species
#13
Vineet Meshram, Sanjai Saxena
Cost-effective, fibrinolytic agents possessing least or no antigenic properties are much in demand for their prospective use as clot busters in thrombolytic therapy. The present communication explores the potential of 22 endophytic Botryosphaeria species isolated from stem of Aegle marmelos for their fibrinolytic potential. Only nine fungal isolates exhibited proteolytic activity out of which only four possessed plasminogen-independent fibrinolytic activity. The endophytic fungal isolate #1088 AMSTITYEL showed maximum in vitro proteolytic and fibrinolytic activity with a halo formation of 153...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325863/pharmacological-targeting-of-plasmin-prevents-lethality-in-a-murine-model-of-macrophage-activation-syndrome
#14
Hiroshi Shimazu, Shinya Munakata, Yoshihiko Tashiro, Yousef Salama, Douaa Dhahri, Salita Eiamboonsert, Yasunori Ota, Haruo Onoda, Yuko Tsuda, Yoshio Okada, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Beate Heissig, Koichi Hattori
Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threatening disorder characterized by a cytokine storm and multiorgan dysfunction due to excessive immune activation. Although abnormalities of coagulation and fibrinolysis are major components of MAS, the role of the fibrinolytic system and its key player, plasmin, in the development of MAS remains to be solved. We established a murine model of fulminant MAS by repeated injections of Toll-like receptor-9 (TLR-9) agonist and D-galactosamine (DG) in immunocompetent mice...
March 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323357/characterisation-of-clotting-factors-anticoagulant-protein-activities-and-viscoelastic-analysis-in-healthy-donkeys
#15
A Perez-Ecija, F J Mendoza
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated differences in commonly measured hemostatic parameters between donkeys and horses. Whether clotting factors, anticoagulant protein activities and thromboelastography parameters also differ between species is still unknown. OBJECTIVES: To characterize hemostatic parameters in healthy donkeys and compare them to those of horses. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Clotting Factors (V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII), and antithrombin III, Protein C and Protein S activities were measured in 80 healthy Andalusian and crossbred donkeys and 40 healthy Andalusian crossbred horses with assays based on human deficient plasmas...
March 21, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320709/plasmin-and-plasminogen-induce-macrophage-reprogramming-and-regulate-key-steps-of-inflammation-resolution-via-annexin-a1
#16
Michelle A Sugimoto, Ana Luíza C Ribeiro, Bruno R C Costa, Juliana P Vago, Kátia M Lima, Fernanda S Carneiro, Mylena Maira O Ortiz, Graziele Letícia N Lima, Aline A F Carmo, Renata M Rocha, Denise A Perez, Alessandra C Reis, Vanessa Pinho, Lindsey A Miles, Cristiana C Garcia, Mauro M Teixeira, Lirlândia P Sousa
Inflammation resolution is an active process that functions to restore tissue homeostasis. Participation of the plasminogen/plasmin (Plg/Pla) system in the productive phase of inflammation is well known, but its involvement in the resolution phase remains unclear. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the potential role of Plg/Pla in key events during the resolution of acute inflammation and its underlying mechanisms. Plg/Pla injection into the pleural cavity of BALB/c mice induced a time-dependent influx of mononuclear cells that were primarily macrophages of anti-inflammatory (M2 - F4/80(high) Gr1(-) CD11b(high)) and proresolving (Mres - F4/80(med) CD11b(low)) phenotypes, without changing the number of macrophages with a pro-inflammatory profile (M1 - F4/80(low) Gr1(+) CD11b(med))...
March 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317410/sex-hormone-binding-globulin-and-antithrombin-iii-activity-in-women-with-oral-ultra-low-dose-estradiol
#17
Sumika Matsui, Toshiyuki Yasui, Kana Kasai, Kaoru Keyama, Kanako Yoshida, Takeshi Kato, Hirokazu Uemura, Akira Kuwahara, Toshiya Matsuzaki, Minoru Irahara
Oral oestrogen increases the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and increases production of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in a dose-dependent manner. SHBG has been suggested to be involved in venous thromboembolism. We examined the effects of oral ultra-low-dose oestradiol on circulating levels of SHBG and coagulation parameters, and we compared the effects to those of transdermal oestradiol. Twenty women received oral oestradiol (500 μg) every day (oral ultra-low-dose group) and 20 women received a transdermal patch (50 μg) as a transdermal group...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304250/tranexamic-acid-and-supportive-measures-to-treat-wasting-marmoset-syndrome
#18
Takuro Yoshimoto, Kimie Niimi, Eiki Takahashi
Wasting marmoset syndrome (WMS) has high incidence and mortality rates and is one of the most important problems in captive common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) colonies. Despite several reports on WMS, little information is available regarding its reliable treatment. We previously reported that marmosets with WMS had high serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9). MMP9 is thought to be a key enzyme in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, the main disease state of WMS, and is activated by plasmin, a fibrinolytic factor...
December 1, 2016: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303518/potentially-life-threatening-coagulopathy-associated-with-simultaneous-reduction-in-coagulation-and-fibrinolytic-function-in-pediatric-acute-leukemia-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#19
Takashi Ishihara, Keiji Nogami, Tomoko Matsumoto, Akitaka Nomura, Yasufumi Takeshita, Satoshi Ochi, Midori Shima
The pathogenesis of sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is poorly understood, and limited information is available on global hemostatic function in HSCT. We assessed changes in coagulation and fibrinolysis using a simultaneous thrombin and plasmin generation assay (T/P-GA) during HSCT. Measurements of endogenous thrombin potential (T-EP) and plasmin peak height (P-Peak) using T/P-GA in six pediatric acute leukemia patients treated with HSCT were compared to normal plasma...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302935/factor-x-deficiency-with-heterozygous-mutations-of-novel-p-g435s-and-known-p-g244r-in-a-patient-presenting-with-severe-umbilical-hemorrhage
#20
Yoko Matsuo, Tatsuki Mizuochi, Miho Mitsuo, Shinichiro Nakagawa, Shuichi Ozono, Koichiro Ueda, Yoko Sogabe, Ritsuko Seki, Kenji Soejima, Takashi Okamura, Yushiro Yamashita
A 10-day-old male patient was referred to our hospital with severe umbilical bleeding. Prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) were prominently prolonged. Plasma coagulation factor X (FX) activity and antigen levels were 1% and 0.6%, respectively. A DNA sequence analysis of his leukocytes revealed a compound heterozygous state; known Gly244 to Arg (p.G244R) in exon 6 and a novel mutation of Gly 435 to Ser (p.G435S) in exon 8. A pedigree analysis showed that p.G244R originated from the paternal side, while p...
March 15, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
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