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Wataru Kikuchi, Motoi Nishimura, Takahisa Kuga, Sachio Tsuchida, Tatsuya Saito, Mamoru Satoh, Kenta Noda, Yoshio Kodera, Takeshi Tomonaga, Fumio Nomura
BACKGROUND: Fibrinogen alpha C chain 5.9 kDa fragment (FIC5.9) is a new serum biomarker for chronic hepatitis that was discovered by proteomics analysis. Previous studies have shown that FIC5.9 is derived from the C-terminal region of fibrinogen alpha chain and the serum levels of FIC5.9 decrease in chronic hepatitis. It also have been reported that FIC5.9 cannot be detected in the blood stream of the systemic circulation and it is released from fibrinogen during blood clotting in collecting tube...
2016: Clinical Proteomics
Manabu Sakurai, Koji Matsumoto, Masahiko Gosho, Akiko Sakata, Yoshihiko Hosokawa, Yuri Tenjimbayashi, Takashi Katoh, Ayumi Shikama, Haruna Komiya, Hiroo Michikami, Nobutaka Tasaka, Azusa Akiyama-Abe, Sari Nakao, Hiroyuki Ochi, Mamiko Onuki, Takeo Minaguchi, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Toyomi Satoh
OBJECTIVES: Our 2007 study of 32 patients with ovarian cancer reported the possible involvement of tissue factor (TF) in the development of venous thromboembolism (VTE) before treatment, especially in clear cell carcinoma (CCC). This follow-up study further investigated this possibility in a larger cohort. METHODS: We investigated the intensity of TF expression (ITFE) and other variables for associations with VTE using univariate and multivariate analyses in 128 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer initially treated between November 2004 and December 2010, none of whom had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Christian Wehner, Klara Janjić, Hermann Agis
Plasmin is a proteolytic enzyme that is crucial in fibrinolysis. In oral tissues, the plasminogen system plays an essential role in physiological and pathological processes, which in addition to fibrinolysis include degradation of extracellular matrix, inflammation, immune response, angiogenesis, tissue remodeling, cell migration, and wound healing. Oral tissues reveal a change in the plasminogen system during pathological processes such as periodontitis, peri-implantitis, or pulpitis, as well as in response to mechanical load...
October 5, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Yu Shrike Zhang, Farideh Davoudi, Philipp Walch, Amir Manbachi, Xuan Luo, Valeria Dell'Erba, Amir K Miri, Hassan Albadawi, Andrea Arneri, Xiaoyun Li, Xiaoying Wang, Mehmet Remzi Dokmeci, Ali Khademhosseini, Rahmi Oklu
Pathologic thrombosis kills more people than cancer and trauma combined; it is associated with significant disability and morbidity, and represents a major healthcare burden. Despite advancements in medical therapies and imaging, there is often incomplete resolution of the thrombus. The residual thrombus can undergo fibrotic changes over time through infiltration of fibroblasts from the surrounding tissues and eventually transform into a permanent clot often associated with post-thrombotic syndrome. In order to understand the importance of cellular interactions and the impact of potential therapeutics to treat thrombosis, an in vitro platform using human cells and blood components would be beneficial...
October 18, 2016: Lab on a Chip
M Cuccioloni, L Bonfili, M Mozzicafreddo, V Cecarini, S Scuri, M Cocchioni, M Nabissi, G Santoni, A M Eleuteri, M Angeletti
Mangiferin is a natural xanthone glycoside with therapeutic potential. Herein, its cytotoxic properties were explored in a human cell model of breast adenocarcinoma. The results supported the multi-target nature of mangiferin action, as the inhibition of three enzymatic systems, namely HMG-CoA reductase, the proteasome and plasmin, respectively in charge of regulating cholesterol homeostasis, protein turnover and cell adhesion, was documented for the first time. Globally, mangiferin was able to selectively block breast cancer cell growth by inducing apoptosis and by arresting cell proliferation through a combined action on cholesterol and proteasome pathways, as well as to inhibit plasmin-mediated mechanisms of cell migration...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Jacob Sakala, Nellisiwe Chizuni, Selestine Nzala
INTRODUCTION: Despite roll-out of cost-effective point-of-care tests, less than half antenatal attendees in rural western Zambia are screened for syphilis. This study formulated a clinical, risk-based assessment criteria and evaluated its usefulness as a non-biomedical alternative for identifying high-risk prenatal cases. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of antenatal clinic attendees in Kaoma, Luampa and Nkeyema districts to collect data on exposure to nine pre-selected syphilis risk factors...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
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
Wangsheng Wang, Chao Liu, Kang Sun
Rupture of fetal membranes (ROM) can initiate parturition at both term and preterm birth. Apoptosis of the amnion epithelium plays a key role in structural remodeling of the membranes preceding ROM. However, the causative factors for apoptosis remain unidentified. Toward the end of gestation, a feed-forward regeneration of cortisol via 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1) exists in the fetal membranes. Here we have examined whether cortisol accumulation is a causative factor for amnion cells apoptosis...
October 3, 2016: Endocrinology
Marc D de Smet, Jean Marie Stassen, Thijs C M Meenink, Tom Janssens, Valérie Vanheukelom, Gerrit J L Naus, Maarten J Beelen, Bart Jonckx
PURPOSE: Retinal vein occlusions (RVO) are a major cause of vision loss in people aged 50 years and older. Current therapeutic options limit the consequences of RVO but do not eliminate the cause. Cannulation of the involved vessel and removal of the clot may provide a more permanent solution with a less demanding follow-up. However, cannulation of smaller retinal veins remains challenging. This paper explores the use of ocriplasmin (recombinant plasmin without its kringles) to clear RVO, using a robotic micromanipulator...
September 28, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Dominik F Draxler, Maithili Sashindranath, Robert L Medcalf
Plasmin is the effector protease of the fibrinolytic system, well known for its involvement in fibrin degradation and clot removal. However, plasmin is also recognized as a potent modulator of immunological processes by directly interacting with various cell types including leukocytes (monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells) and cells of the vasculature (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells) as well as soluble factors of the immune system and components of the extracellular matrix. In fact, the removal of misfolded proteins and maintenance of tissue homeostasis seem to be major physiological functions of plasmin...
September 27, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Cheri L Lamb, Giovan N Cholico, Daniel E Perkins, Michael T Fewkes, Julia Thom Oxford, Trevor J Lujan, Erica E Morrill, Kristen A Mitchell
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a soluble, ligand-activated transcription factor that mediates the toxicity of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Increasing evidence implicates the AhR in regulating extracellular matrix (ECM) homeostasis. We recently reported that TCDD increased necroinflammation and myofibroblast activation during liver injury elicited by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). However, TCDD did not increase collagen deposition or exacerbate fibrosis in CCl4-treated mice, which raises the possibility that TCDD may enhance ECM turnover...
2016: BioMed Research International
Koji Sugioka, Hiroshi Mishima, Aya Kodama, Motoki Itahashi, Masahiko Fukuda, Yoshikazu Shimomura
Keratocytes, corneal resident cells in the corneal stroma, exist between collagen lamellae and maintain the corneal stromal structure. When the corneal stroma is damaged, keratocytes are transformed to myofibroblasts to aid corneal wound healing by phagocytizing debris. Keratocytes and extracellular collagen influence each other because keratocytes cultured in a 3D collagen gel undergo morphological changes and keratocytes produce metalloproteases that degrade extracellular collagen. IL-1 and plasminogen are critical mediators for collagen degradation...
November 2016: Cornea
Daiji Takeuchi, Kei Inai, Tokuko Shinohara, Toshio Nakanishi, In-Sam Park
BACKGROUND: Coagulation abnormality is associated with a high incidence of intracardiac thrombus (ICT) and systemic thromboembolism in Fontan patients. The biomarker for detecting ICT is currently unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated the underlying coagulation abnormality and useful biomarkers to screen for ICT in adult Fontan patients. We measured various biomarkers of blood coagulation, fibrinolysis, and platelet activity in 122 Fontan patients (Fontan group: median age [P25-P75]: 27 [20-34] years) and compared them to those in 50 patients with atrial septal defect (ASD group: 31 [24-40] years)...
September 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Xiaowu Wu, Michael A Dubick, Martin G Schwacha, Andrew P Cap, Daniel N Darlington
INTRODUCTION: Severe trauma, hemorrhage and resuscitation can lead to a trauma related acute lung injury that involves rapid infiltration of immune cells and platelets. This infiltration involves exymatic degradation of matrix proteins, including plasmin, and causes loss of barrier function. Since tranexamic acid (TXA) inhibits plasminogen/ plasmin binding to target substrates, it may attenuate loss of barrier function after severe trauma, hemorrhage and resuscitation. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to polytrauma (laparotomy, and trauma to intestines, liver, right leg skeletal muscle and right femur fracture), then bled 40% of their blood volume...
September 19, 2016: Shock
Xiaolan Liu, Narasimha-Kumar Kopparapu, Yao Li, Yongping Deng, Xiqun Zheng
A fibrinolytic enzyme was produced by the medicinal mushroom, Cordyceps militaris using submerged fermentation. The enzyme was purified from culture supernatant by hydrophobic interaction, ion exchange and gel filtration chromatographies. It was purified by 36 fold, with a specific activity of 1,467.4U/mg protein and the final yield was 5.8%. The molecular weight of the enzyme as determined by SDS-PAGE and gel filtration was 28kDa and 24.5kDa, respectively, and its isoelectric point (pI) was 9.0±0.2. It was found to be a glycoprotein with carbohydrate content of 1...
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
T J Foster
Staphylococcus aureus expresses two distinct but closely related multifunctional cell wall-anchored (CWA) proteins that bind to the host glycoprotein fibronectin. The fibronectin binding proteins FnBPA and FnBPB comprise two distinct domains. The C-terminal domain comprises a tandem array of repeats that bind to the N-terminal type I modules of fibronectin by the tandem β-zipper mechanism. This causes allosteric activation of a cryptic integrin binding domain, allowing fibronectin to act as a bridge between bacterial cells and the α5β1 integrin on host cells, triggering bacterial uptake by endocytosis...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Lotte Geys, Dries Bauters, Elien Roose, Claudia Tersteeg, Karen Vanhoorelbeke, Marc F Hoylaerts, Roger H Lijnen, Ilse Scroyen
ADAMTS13 cleaves ultralarge multimeric von Willebrand Factor (VWF), thereby preventing formation of platelet-rich microthrombi. ADAMTS13 is mainly produced by hepatic stellate cells, and numerous studies have suggested a functional role of ADAMTS13 in the pathogenesis of liver diseases. The aim of our study was to investigate a potential role of ADAMTS13 in formation of hepatic microthrombi and development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and furthermore to evaluate whether plasmin can compensate for the absence of ADAMTS13 in removal of thrombi...
September 8, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Xinliang Guan, Jiachen Li, Ming Gong, Feng Lan, Hongjia Zhang
Coagulopathy is still a frequent complication in the surgical treatment of acute aortic dissection. However, the physiopathology of surgically induced coagulopathy has never been systematically and comprehensively studied in patients with acute aortic dissection. The aim of the present study was to describe the perioperative hemostatic system in patients with acute aortic dissection.The 87 patients who underwent aortic arch surgery for acute Stanford type A aortic dissection from January 2013 to September 2015 were enrolled in this study...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ruben de Vries, Melanie Brandt, Åse Lundh, Kjell Holtenius, Kasper Hettinga, Monika Johansson
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of shortening the dry period of Swedish dairy cows on plasmin activity and casein composition in milk. Swedish Holstein and Swedish Red cows, 45 in total, were assigned to a dry period of either 4 or 8 wk. Milk samples were taken 10 and 5 wk prepartum, and 6 and 12 wk postpartum. Plasmin activity and plasminogen activity were measured with a spectrophotometric assay. Casein composition was measured by capillary zone electrophoresis. Prepartum plasminogen activity increased by 22% between 10 and 5 wk prepartum, whereas no change in plasmin activity was observed during the same period...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
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