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Red blood cells and pathology

Madhavi G Patel, Kilambi Pundarikakshudu
In India, Vatari Guggulu has been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The current study was undertaken to evaluate anti-arthritic activity of alcoholic extract of Vatari Guggulu in rats. Arthritis was induced by administration of formaldehyde (2%v/v) or Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) into the sub-plantar surface of left hind paw of the animals. The extract was administered to the rats by oral gavages in different doses. Joint swelling was measured in formaldehyde induced arthritis...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Tijana R Djukic, Swapna Karthik, Igor Saveljic, Valentin Djonov, Nenad Filipovic
Due to the important biological role of red blood cells (RBCs) in vertebrates, the analysis of reshaping and dynamics of RBCs motion is a critical issue in physiology and biomechanics. In this paper the behavior of RBCs within the immature capillary plexus during embryonic development of zebrafish has been analyzed. Relying on the fact that zebrafish embryos are small and optically transparent, it is possible to image the blood flow. In this way the anatomy of blood vessels is monitored along with the circulation throughout their development...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Oksana N Khokhlova, Elena A Tukhovskaya, Irina N Kravchenko, Elena S Sadovnikova, Irina A Pakhomova, Elena A Kalabina, Alexander V Lobanov, Elvira R Shaykhutdinova, Alina M Ismailova, Arkady N Murashev
INTRODUCTION: It is important that the method of anesthesia of mice does not considerably alter the animal's physiological and metabolic status before terminal blood sampling taken in order to analyze clinical pathology parameters. METHODS: Hematology, hemostasis, and clinical chemistry parameters were compared in male and female BALB/c mice exposed to either tiletamine-zolazepam-xylazine (TZX) anesthesia or euthanasia in carbon dioxide (CO2) chamber to reveal an alternative method of anesthesia vs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
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
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
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
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
G Maulucci, O Cohen, B Daniel, A Sansone, P I Petropoulou, S Filou, A Spyridonidis, G Pani, M De Spirito, C Chatgilialoglu, C Ferreri, K E Kypreos, S Sasson
Metabolic homeostasis of fatty acids is complex and well-regulated in all organisms. The biosynthesis of saturated fatty acids (SFA) in mammals provides substrates for β-oxidation and ATP production. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are products of desaturases that introduce a methylene group in cis geometry in SFA. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-6 and n-3 PUFA) are products of elongation and desaturation of the essential linoleic acid and α-linolenic acid, respectively. The liver processes dietary fatty acids and exports them in lipoproteins for distribution and storage in peripheral tissues...
September 5, 2016: Free Radical Research
Derya Guliz Mert, Hatice Terzi
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of bipolar disorder (BD) remains a mystery. In this context, interest in the role of the immune and inflammatory systems in BD has been increasing. We aimed to compare the routine hemogram values of BD patients with those of the participants in the healthy control group, to assess the inflammation levels of the two groups. Mean platelet volume (MPV) can be obtained as routine hemogram parameters and may aid in the detection of systemic inflammation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study was conducted with BD (manic episode) inpatients (n=132) and healthy controls (n=135)...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Rachita K Sumbria, Mher Mahoney Grigoryan, Vitaly Vasilevko, Tatiana B Krasieva, Miriam Scadeng, Alexandra K Dvornikova, Annlia Paganini-Hill, Ronald Kim, David H Cribbs, Mark J Fisher
BACKGROUND: Cerebral microhemorrhages (CMH) are tiny deposits of blood degradation products in the brain and are pathological substrates of cerebral microbleeds. The existing CMH animal models are β-amyloid-, hypoxic brain injury-, or hypertension-induced. Recent evidence shows that CMH develop independently of hypoxic brain injury, hypertension, or amyloid deposition and CMH are associated with normal aging, sepsis, and neurodegenerative conditions. One common factor among the above pathologies is inflammation, and recent clinical studies show a link between systemic inflammation and CMH...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Dustin L Higashi, Nicolas Biais, Deborah L Donahue, Jeffrey A Mayfield, Charles R Tessier, Kevin Rodriguez, Brandon L Ashfeld, Jeffrey Luchetti, Victoria A Ploplis, Francis J Castellino, Shaun W Lee
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus (GAS), is a human bacterial pathogen that can manifest as a range of diseases from pharyngitis and impetigo to severe outcomes such as necrotizing fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome. GAS disease remains a global health burden with cases estimated at over 700 million annually and over half a million deaths due to severe infections(1). For over 100 years, a clinical hallmark of diagnosis has been the appearance of complete (beta) haemolysis when grown in the presence of blood...
2016: Nature Microbiology
Y Berda-Haddad, C Faure, M Boubaya, M Arpin, S Cointe, D Frankel, R Lacroix, F Dignat-George
INTRODUCTION: In daily practice in haematology laboratories, spurious increased MCHC induces an analytical alarm and needs prompt corrective action to ensure delivery of the right results to the clinicians. The aim of this study was to establish a 'decision tree' using the new parameters red blood cells (RBC-O) and haemoglobin (HGB-O) from the Sysmex XN-10 RET obtained by flow cytometry to deliver appropriate results. METHODS: From 128 unknown patients with MCHC > 365 g/L, all erythrocyte parameters including reticulocyte parameters were measured and analysed in parallel with blood smears, chemistry index and osmolarity...
August 27, 2016: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Elena Lazarova, Béatrice Gulbis, Brigitte van Oirschot, Richard van Wijk
BACKGROUND: Osmotic gradient ektacytometry is part of the laboratory diagnosis process of hereditary spherocytosis (HS) and other red blood cell (RBC) membrane disorders. We here present the experience of two independent institutions with a next-generation ektacytometer, the LoRRca MaxSis analyzer, in HS diagnostic settings. METHODS: Inter- and intra-assay variability and sample stability were analyzed. Samples from patients with HS (n=40), probable HS (n=21), auto-immune hemolytic anemia (n=7), and other pathologies (n=37) were studied...
August 25, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Wendy E Brown, Jerry C Hu, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
Juvenile and fetal, primary, fully differentiated cells are widely considered to be ideal cell types for tissue engineering applications. However, their use in tissue engineering may be hindered through contamination by undesirable cell types. These include blood-associated cells as well as unwanted resident cell types found both in healthy and pathologic donor tissues. Ammonium-chloride-potassium (ACK) lysing buffer is used to lyse red blood cells (RBCs) during the isolation of stem cell populations, but has not been explored for the purification of fully differentiated cells...
September 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
C M C Frank, P G J Nikkels, J C Harteman, I C van Haastert, M J N L Benders, C Koopman-Esseboom, L S de Vries, F Groenendaal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between placental pathology, pattern of brain injury and neurodevelopmental outcome in term infants with perinatal asphyxia receiving therapeutic hypothermia. STUDY DESIGN: Studies were performed in 76 infants. Death or survival with impairments at 18 to 24 months was used as a composite adverse outcome. Multivariable analysis was performed. RESULTS: Among the 75 infants analyzed, the predominant pattern of brain injury was: no injury (n=27), a white matter/watershed pattern (n=14), basal-ganglia-thalamic injury (n=13) or near-total brain injury (n=21)...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Elizabeth A Traxler, Yu Yao, Yong-Dong Wang, Kaitly J Woodard, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Jim R Hughes, Ross C Hardison, Gerd A Blobel, Chunliang Li, Mitchell J Weiss
Disorders resulting from mutations in the hemoglobin subunit beta gene (HBB; which encodes β-globin), mainly sickle cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia, become symptomatic postnatally as fetal γ-globin expression from two paralogous genes, hemoglobin subunit gamma 1 (HBG1) and HBG2, decreases and adult β-globin expression increases, thereby shifting red blood cell (RBC) hemoglobin from the fetal (referred to as HbF or α2γ2) to adult (referred to as HbA or α2β2) form. These disorders are alleviated when postnatal expression of fetal γ-globin is maintained...
September 2016: Nature Medicine
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