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Z L Zhu, P Wang, J B You, Q Yue, P F Wang, X L Wang, C N Zhang, G H Zhang
Acute myocardial ischemia is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death. The diagnosis of early myocardial ischemia is a hot point in forensic medicine, which is also an early and important part for a prevention against myocardial infarction. This paper conducts a comprehensive discussion of the structure, function, clinical value and forensic medicine application prospect of ischemia modified albumin (IMA) and heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP), aiming to determine whether the two proteins can be used as biochemical detection indicators of early myocardial ischemia for the diagnosis of sudden cardiac death in forensic medicine...
August 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
Sohsaku Yamanouchi, Takahisa Kimata, Jiro Kino, Tetsuya Kitao, Chikushi Suruda, Shoji Tsuji, Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Yoshiaki Hirayama, Akihiko Saito, Kazunari Kaneko
BackgroundFebrile urinary tract infection (fUTI) in children may cause renal scarring. This study aimed to investigate the usefulness of urinary biomarkers for diagnosing renal scarring after fUTI.MethodsThirty-seven children (median age: 1.36 years, range: 0.52-12.17 years, 25 boys) with a history of fUTI, who underwent renal scintigraphy for 4 months or longer after the last episode of fUTI, were analyzed. A spot urine sample was obtained on the day of renal scintigraphy to measure levels of total protein, N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase (NAG), β2-microglobulin (BMG), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), liver-type fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP), and C-megalin (full-length megalin)...
December 6, 2017: Pediatric Research
A Ademuyiwa, F Alakaloko, O Elebute, C Bode, I Udenze
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Serum Intestinal Fatty-Acid Binding Protein (I-FABP) is a useful marker of bowel necrosis in pediatric intussusception. The aim of this study is to determine the sensitivity of this marker and correlate it with length of necrosed small bowel. METHODS: A single-centre prospective study of 50 children presenting to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, in whom a diagnosis of intussusception was made over 1 year was completed. Additionally, 25 age- and sex-matched controls (day case surgery) were recruited...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Anas Kh Al-Saffar, Carl Hampus Meijer, Venkata Ram Gannavarapu, Gustav Hall, Yichen Li, Hetzel O Diaz Tartera, Mikael Lördal, Tryggve Ljung, Per M Hellström, Dominic-Luc Webb
Intestinal fatty acid binding protein (I-FABP) indicates barrier integrity. AIMS: determine if I-FABP is elevated in active Crohn's disease (CD) and if I-FABP parallels anti-TNFα antibody (infliximab) induced lowering of TNFα and Harvey-Bradshaw Index (HBI) as potential indicator of mucosal healing. I-FABP distribution along human gut was determined. Serum from 10 CD patients collected during first three consecutive infliximab treatments with matched pretreatment and follow-up samples one week after each treatment and corresponding HBI data were analyzed...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Donghao Li, Jimin Zheng, Yiting Hu, Hongtao Hou, Shurong Hao, Na Liu, Yuzhen Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of berberine (BBR) on intestinal barrier function in nonalcoholic fat liver disease (NAFLD) in rats. Materials and Methods: Rats were divided into three groups: normal diet group (control group [CON group]), high-fat diet feeding group (HFD group), and HFD with BBR group. After 8 weeks of HFD feeding, rats in the BBR group were given BBR intragastrically at a dose of 150 mg/kg daily for 4 weeks. The same volume of normal saline was given to the CON and HFD groups...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Kobra Mokhtarian, Ahmad Reza Meamar, Majid Khoshmirsafa, Elham Razmjou, Leila Masoori, Majid Khanmohammadi, Lame Akhlaghi, Reza Falak
Laboratory diagnosis of sheep fasciolosis is commonly performed by coprological examinations; however, this method may lead to false negative results during the acute phase of the infection. Furthermore, the poor sensitivity of coprological methods is considered to be a paradox in the chronic phase of the infection. In this study, we compared the immunoreactivity of native and recombinant forms of Fasciola hepatica excretory/secretory antigens and determined their capabilities for the development of F. hepatica-specific immunoassays...
December 4, 2017: Parasitology Research
Míriam Perez-Cruz, Fàtima Crispi, María Teresa Fernández, Johanna Alexandra Parra, Anna Valls, María Dolores Gomez Roig, Eduard Gratacós
OBJECTIVE: To assess cardiovascular function and damage in term small-for-gestational-age (SGA) and intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) fetuses by echocardiography and biomarkers in cord blood. METHODS: This was a cohort study including 60 normal fetuses and 47 term small fetuses subclassified as small for gestational age (SGA) with estimated fetal weight (EFW) between the 3rd and 9th centiles and normal fetoplacental Doppler (n = 14) or intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR, n = 33) if EFW <3rd centile or EFW <10th centile together with cerebroplacental ratio <5th and/or mean uterine artery pulsatility index >95th centile...
November 30, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Dana L Sharma, Hari Vishal Lakhani, Rebecca L Klug, Brian Snoad, Rawan El-Hamdani, Joseph I Shapiro, Komal Sodhi
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a disease characterized by a steatosis of the liver that may progress to more serious pathological conditions including: nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis, and cirrhosis. As the prevalence of NAFLD has increased worldwide in recent years, pathophysiology and risk factors associated with disease progression of NAFLD are at the focus of many studies. NAFLD is related to and shares common serum biomarkers with cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), obesity, and metabolic syndrome (MetS)...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
Haiqun Lin, Rebecca Scherzer, Heather Thiessen Philbrook, Steven G Coca, Francis Perry Wilson, Amit X Garg, Michael G Shlipak, Chirag R Parikh
AIM: To investigate early postoperative biomarkers for risk discrimination of advanced acute kidney injury (AKI). MATERIALS & METHODS: Postoperative plasma biomarkers including NGAL, h-FABP, CK-MB, hsTNT, NT-proBNP, IL-6, IL-10 and VEGF were analyzed using group-based method among 426 patients with AKI after cardiac surgery. RESULTS: Six patient groups with distinct biomarker patterns were identified. Individual biomarker displayed significant difference across the groups...
November 27, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
Kyle J Thompson, R Garland Austin, Shayan S Nazari, Keith S Gersin, David A Iannitti, Iain H McKillop
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Risk factors for developing HCC include viral hepatitis, alcohol, and obesity. Fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) bind long-chain free fatty acids (FFAs) and are expressed in a tissue-specific pattern; FABP1 being the predominant hepatic form, and FABP4 the predominant adipocyte form. The aims of this study were to investigate the expression and function of FABPs1-9 in human and animal models of obesity-related HCC...
November 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Krzysztof Drygalski, Klaudia Berk, Tomasz Charytoniuk, Nicoletta Iłowska, Bartłomiej Łukaszuk, Adrian Chabowski, Karolina Konstantynowicz-Nowicka
Background: NAFLD as a result of inappropriate diet and obesity, may progress to sever conditions such as: type 2 diabetes mellitus or steatohepatitis, and has recently become a prevalent topic of numerous investigations. Due to its dangerous aftermaths, finding new substances, such as polyphenols and their derivatives, which might reduce liver steatosis is the main target of research into NAFLD treatment. Hence, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect(s) of enterolactone (ENL), a metabolite of secoisolariciresinol (SECO), on lipid metabolism together with changes in the expression of fatty acid transporters in fatty liver...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
Yuki Honda, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoichiro Otaki, Harutoshi Tamura, Satoshi Nishiyama, Hiroki Takahashi, Takanori Arimoto, Tetsuro Shishido, Takuya Miyamoto, Yoko Shibata, Tsuneo Konta, Ryo Kawasaki, Makoto Daimon, Yoshiyuki Ueno, Takeo Kato, Takamasa Kayama, Isao Kubota
BACKGROUND: Anemia has been shown to worsen cardiovascular diseases. However, it is unclear whether there is a gender difference in the impact of anemia on subclinical myocardial damage and cardiovascular mortality in the general population. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in a community based on annual health checks. Serum heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) levels, which is a marker for myocardial damage, and blood counts were measured at baseline in subjects without previous cardiovascular diseases (n=3111)...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Ananda B Venkatachalam, Quenton Fontenot, Allyse Farrara, Jonathan M Wright
With the advent of high-throughput DNA sequencing technology, the genomic sequence of many disparate species has led to the relatively new discipline of genomics, the study of genome structure, function and evolution. Much work has been focused on the role of whole genome duplications (WGD) in the architecture of extant vertebrate genomes, particularly those of teleost fishes which underwent a WGD early in the teleost radiation >230 million years ago (mya). Our past work has focused on the fate of duplicated copies of a multigene family coding for the intracellular lipid-binding protein (iLBP) genes in the teleost fishes...
October 13, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
Keiichi Hishikari, Hiroyuki Hikita, Shun Nakamura, Shun Nakagama, Masahumi Mizusawa, Tasuku Yamamoto, Junichi Doi, Yosuke Hayashi, Yuya Utsugi, Makoto Araki, Yuta Sudo, Shigeki Kimura, Atsushi Takahashi, Takashi Ashikaga, Mitsuaki Isobe
Background: There are no biological markers to predict the onset of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Liver-type fatty acid-binding protein (L-FABP) levels are markedly upregulated in the proximal tubules after renal ischemia. We investigated whether urinary L-FABP is a suitable marker to predict AKI in ADHF patients. Methods: We examined 281 consecutive patients with ADHF. Serum creatinine (Cr) and L-FABP levels were measured at admission and 24 and 48 h after admission...
October 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
Patricia Va Den Berg, Gillian Burrows, Philip Lewis, Simon Carley, Richard Body
OBJECTIVES: The Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) decision aid can 'rules in' and 'rule out' acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by combining a patient's symptoms with the results of a single blood test taken at the time of arrival in the Emergency Department (ED). The original model (MACS) included two biomarkers: high sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and heart-type fatty acid binding protein (h-FABP). A refined model without h-FABP was found to have comparable sensitivity but greater specificity...
September 23, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jan Józefczuk, Ewa Konopka, Joanna Beata Bierła, Ilona Trojanowska, Agnieszka Sowińska, Rafał Czarnecki, Lucjan Sobol, Paweł Józefczuk, Weronika Surdy, Bożena Cukrowska
There is evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) display an increased immune reactivity against gluten, which is supposed to be the effect of intestinal barrier abnormalities. The aim of study was to evaluate the relation of antibody induced by gluten to zonulin and intestinal fatty acid binding proteins (I-FABP), that is, serological markers of an impaired gut barrier. The study included 77 patients with ASDs. Zonulin, I-FABP, celiac-specific antibodies, anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA), and antibodies against neural transglutaminase 6 (TG6) of immunoglobulin (Ig) A and IgG classes were detected in sera...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
M Connolly, M Kinnin, D Mc Eneaney, I Menown, M J Kurth, J Lamont, N Morgan, M Harbinson
Background: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a risk factor for contrast induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). Contrast angiography in CKD patients is a common procedure. Creatinine is a delayed marker of CI-AKI and delays diagnosis which results in significant morbidity and mortality. Aim: Early diagnosis of CI-AKI requires validated novel biomarkers. Design: A prospective observation study of 301 consecutive CKD patients undergoing coronary angiography was performed...
October 23, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Didem Onk, Fatih Ozcelik, Ufuk Kuyrukluyıldız, Murat Gunay, Alper Onk, Tulin Akarsu Ayazoglu, Abdulkadir Coban, Aysin Alagol
BACKGROUND: Preconditioning is one of the most powerful mechanisms preventing the myocardial ischemic damage that occurs during coronary artery bypass grafting. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the effects of different propofol and/or desflurane administration protocols in terms of the prevention of ischaemia-reperfusion damage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ninety patients, aged > 18 years, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) category III, scheduled to undergo primary elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), were included in the study...
August 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Xiaohua Yang, Patricia Glazebrook, Geraldine C Ranasinghe, Maricela Haghiac, Virtu Calabuig-Navarro, Judi Minium, Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn
OBJECTIVE: Fetal fatty acid (FA) delivery is ultimately controlled by placental transport. Focus has been the maternal-placental interface, but regulation at the feto-placental interface is unknown. METHODS: Placental macrovascular endothelial cells (EC) (n = 4/group) and trophoblasts (TB) (n = 5/group) were isolated from lean (pregravid BMI < 25 kg/m(2)) and obese (body mass index (BMI) > 30) women. Fatty acid transporters FAT/CD36, FABPpm, FATP4, FABP 3, 4 and 5, PLIN2 and PPARα, δ, γ expression, was measured in EC and TB...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Zachary McKenna, Quint Berkemeier, Ashley Naylor, Austin Kleint, Felipe Gorini, Jason Ng, Jong-Kyung Kim, Sean Sullivan, Trevor Gillum
PURPOSE: To quantify the impact of a 14-day bovine colostrum (BC) supplementation on intestinal cell damage following exercise in a hot and humid environment. METHODS: Ten male participants (20 ± 2 years, VO2max 55.80 ± 3.79 mL kg(-1) min(-1), 11.81 ± 2.71% body fat) ran for 46 ± 7.75 min at 95% of ventiliatory threshold in 40 °C and 50% RH following a 14-day double-blinded supplementation with either BC or placebo (Plac). Core temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, and rating of perceived exertion were recorded every 5 min during exercise...
December 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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