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  • Corrigendum to “Expression and Clinical Significance of Cancer Stem Cell
           Markers CD24, CD44, and CD133 in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma and
           Chronic Pancreatitis”

    • PubDate: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Serum Autoantibodies against STIP1 as a Potential Biomarker in the
           Diagnosis of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    • Abstract: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality around the world. The identification of novel serum biomarkers is required for early detection of ESCC. This study was designed to elucidate whether autoantibodies against STIP1 could be a diagnostic biomarker in ESCC. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to detect serum levels of STIP1 autoantibodies in a training cohort (148 ESCC patients and 111 controls) and a validation cohort (60 ESCC patients and 40 controls). Mann–Whitney’s U test showed that ESCC patients in two cohorts have higher levels of autoantibodies against STIP1 when compared to controls (). According to receiver operating characteristic analysis, the sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve (AUC) of autoantibodies against STIP1 in ESCC were 41.9%, 90.1%, and 0.682 in the training cohort and 40.0%, 92.5%, and 0.710 in the validation cohort, respectively. Moreover, detection of autoantibodies against STIP1 could discriminate early-stage ESCC patients from controls, with sensitivity, specificity, and AUC of 35.7%, 90.1%, and 0.684 in the training cohort and 38.5%, 92.5%, and 0.756 in the validation cohort, respectively. Our findings indicated that autoantibodies against STIP1 might be a useful biomarker for early-stage ESCC detection.
      PubDate: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 02:27:55 +000
  • Early Right Ventricular Apical Pacing-Induced Gene Expression Alterations
           Are Associated with Deterioration of Left Ventricular Systolic Function

    • Abstract: The chronic high-dose right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing may have deleterious effects on left ventricular (LV) systolic function. We hypothesized that the expression changes of genes regulating cardiomyocyte energy metabolism and contractility were associated with deterioration of LV function in patients who underwent chronic RVA pacing. Sixty patients with complete atrioventricular block and preserved ejection fraction (EF) who underwent pacemaker implantation were randomly assigned to either RVA pacing () group or right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) pacing () group. The mRNA levels of OPA1 and SERCA2a were significantly lower in the RVA pacing group at 1 month’s follow-up (both ). Early changes in the expression of selected genes OPA1 and SERCA2a were associated with deterioration in global longitudinal strain (GLS) that became apparent months later ( and , resp.) The altered expressions of genes that regulate cardiomyocyte energy metabolism and contractility measured in the peripheral blood at one month following pacemaker implantation were associated with subsequent deterioration in LV dyssynchrony and function in patients with preserved LVEF, who underwent RVA pacing.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Relationship of the Content of Systemic and Endobronchial Soluble
           Molecules of CD25, CD38, CD8, and HLA-I-CD8 and Lung Function Parameters
           in COPD Patients

    • Abstract: The definition of new markers of local and systemic inflammation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the priority directions in the study of pathogenesis and diagnostic methods improvement for this disease. We investigated 91 patients with COPD and 21 healthy nonsmokers. The levels of soluble CD25, CD38, CD8, and HLA-I-CD8 molecules in the blood serum and exhaled breath condensate (EBC) in moderate-to-severe COPD patients during exacerbation and stable phase were studied. An unidirectional change in the content of sCD25, sCD38, and sCD8 molecules with increasing severity of COPD was detected. The correlations between the parameters of lung function and sCD8, sCD25, and sHLA-I-CD8 levels in the blood serum and EBC were discovered in patients with severe COPD. The findings suggest a pathogenetic role of the investigated soluble molecules of the COPD development and allow considering the content of sCD8, sCD25, and sHLA-I-CD8 molecules as additional novel systemic and endobronchial markers of the progression of chronic inflammation of this disease.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:07:00 +000
  • Soluble CD14 as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarker in Hematological
           Patients with Febrile Neutropenia

    • Abstract: Objective. Elevated levels of a cell surface glycoprotein, soluble cluster of differentiation 14 (sCD14), have been observed in patients with sepsis. Only scarce data are available on sCD14 in hematological patients with chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia. The study aim was to investigate sCD14 as an early biomarker in febrile neutropenia after intensive chemotherapy to detect a rapidly deteriorating clinical course early enough to avoid serious infectious complications. Patients and Methods. This prospective study included 87 adult hematological patients at the start of febrile neutropenia after intensive chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia or after autologous stem cell transplantation. The study endpoints were septic shock, severe sepsis, and positive blood culture findings. sCD14 was analyzed from day 0 to day 2, and its prognostic capacity was compared to that of C-reactive protein and procalcitonin. Results. Plasma level of sCD14 predicted the development of septic shock on day 1 () and day 2 but not the development of severe sepsis or blood culture positivity in hematological patients with chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia. Conclusions. Soluble CD14 did not predict an overall complicated course at the early stages of febrile neutropenia. However, it was helpful in predicting the progression of the clinical course of neutropenic fever to septic shock.
      PubDate: Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Expression and Clinical Significance of ILF2 in Gastric Cancer

    • Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate the expression levels and clinical significance of ILF2 in gastric cancer. The mRNA and protein expression levels of ILF2 were, respectively, examined by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot from 21 paired fresh frozen GC tissues and corresponding normal gastric tissues. In order to analyze the expression pattern of ILF2 in GC, 60 paired paraffin-embedded GC slides and corresponding normal gastric slides were detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay. The correlation between ILF2 protein expression levels and clinicopathological parameters, overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and clinical prognosis were analyzed by statistical methods. Significantly higher levels of ILF2 were detected in GC tissues compared with normal controls at both mRNA and protein level. High expression of ILF2 was tightly correlated with depth of invasion, lymph node metastasis, pathological stage, and histological differentiation. Log-rank test showed that high expression of ILF2 was positively associated with poor clinical prognosis. Multivariate analysis identified that ILF2 was an independent prognostic factor for OS and DFS. Our findings suggest that ILF2 may be a valuable biomarker and a novel potential prognosis predictor for GC patients.
      PubDate: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:38:50 +000
  • Phosphorylated mTOR Expression Profiles in Human Normal and Carcinoma

    • Abstract: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a key controller of cell growth and proliferation in normal tissues and solid tumors. In the present study, an immunohistochemical analysis of the expression pattern of phosphorylated mTOR (p-mTOR) was performed in human normal fetal and adult tissues and various carcinoma tissues. p-mTOR expression showed tissue and cell type specificity in normal and cancer tissues. In normal fetal and adult tissues, p-mTOR staining was observed in the intestinal crypt, intrahepatic bile ductule, pancreatic duct, distal nephron of the kidney, umbrella cell of urothelium, mesothelial cell, and choroid plexus. In cancer tissues, p-mTOR expression was higher in adenocarcinoma than in other types of cancers, in metastatic cancer than in primary cancer, and in the forefront of the infiltrating cancer cells. These results suggest that p-mTOR is implicated not only in cell proliferation but also in tubular morphogenesis in normal and cancer tissues. In addition, mTOR activation appears to be associated with cancer cell invasion and migration in solid tumors.
      PubDate: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:32:01 +000
  • JAK2/STAT3 Pathway Was Associated with the Protective Effects of IL-22 On
           Aortic Dissection with Acute Lung Injury

    • Abstract: Patients with aortic dissection (AD) may present acute lung injury (ALI) that may affect the prognosis. In this study, we aim to investigate the roles and mechanism of IL-22 in the pathogenesis of AD complicated with ALI. Six hundred and twenty-one AD patients were included, and the incidence of ALI and pulmonary CT findings were analyzed. Mouse ALI model was established through AngII, and then IL-22 injection and AG490 were given. The pathological changes, infiltration of inflammatory cells, and expression of STAT3 were determined. For the in vitro experiment, cultivated pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVECs) were treated by angiotensin II (AngII), followed by treating with IL-22 and/or AG490. The expression and migration of STAT3 was determined. Flow cytometry was carried out to evaluate the apoptosis. IL-22 contributed to the expression of STAT3 in lung tissues and attenuation of ALI. IL-22 obviously inhibited the apoptosis of PMVECs mediated by AngII and downregulated the expression and intranuclear transmission of STAT3. Such phenomenon was completely inhibited upon administration of AG490, an inhibitor of JAK2. Our data showed IL-22 contributed to the inhibition of PMVEC apoptosis mediated by AngII through activating the JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway, which may attenuate the ALI induced by AngII.
      PubDate: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • miR-202 Suppresses Cell Proliferation by Targeting FOXR2 in Endometrial

    • Abstract: Background. MicroRNA-202 (miR-202) has been reported to be aberrantly regulated in several cancers. The aim of this study is to explore the functional role of miR-202 in EAC tumor growth. Material and Methods. miR-202 expression was detected by qRT-PCR. TargetScan and luciferase reporter assay were used to elucidate the candidate target gene of miR-202. The FOXR2 protein level was assessed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Survival analysis was explored for FOXR2 expression in EAC patients. Results. miR-202 expression was significantly decreased in EAC tissues () compared with that in control tissues. And the downregulate miR-202 was significantly associated with poor prognosis (). Re-expression of miR-202 dramatically suppressed cell proliferation in vitro and tumor growth in vivo. FOXR2 was identified as a direct target of miR-202. In EAC tissues, FOXR2 was upregulated and the increased FOXR2 was significantly associated with poor prognosis. In miR-202-transfected cells, the FOXR2 expression was inversely changed. The analysis of FOXR2 protein expression and miR-202 transcription in EAC tissues showed negative correlation (). Conclusion. miR-202 may function as a tumor suppressor in EAC tumor growth by targeting FOXR2 oncogene, which may provide new insights into the molecular mechanism and new targets for treatment of EAC.
      PubDate: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Expression of Autophagy-Related Proteins in Hürthle Cell Neoplasm Is
           Different from That in Follicular Neoplasm

    • Abstract: Purpose. We aimed to evaluate expression of autophagy-related proteins in Hürthle cell neoplasm (HCN) and follicular neoplasm (FN) and assess the clinical implications. Methods. 265 FNs (112 follicular carcinomas and 153 follicular adenomas) and 108 HCNs (27 Hürthle cell carcinomas and 81 Hürthle cell adenomas) were made into a tissue microarray. Immunohistochemical staining and Western blot for autophagy-related proteins (beclin-1, light chain (LC) 3A, LC3B, p62, and BNIP3) were performed, and the results were statistically analyzed. Results. A higher expression rate of beclin-1, LC3B, p62, and BNIP3 was found in HCN than in FN (). The expression rate of beclin-1, LC3B, p62, and BNIP3 was the highest in HCCs followed by HCAs, FCs, and FAs in that order (). HCCs were positive for the largest number of autophagy-related proteins followed by HCAs, FCs, and FAs (), and most of the positive markers identified in HCCs were the high autophagy type (), defined by positive staining for three or more of the five autophagy-related proteins. Conclusion. The autophagy-related proteins, beclin-1, LC3A, LC3B, p62, and BNIP3, were more frequently expressed in HCNs than in FNs, and HCCs showed the highest expression rate.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Cytokine Signature in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Hemodialysis

    • Abstract: Hemodialysis is a modality of blood filtration in which accumulated toxins and water are removed from the body. This treatment is indicated for patients at the end stage of renal disease. Vascular access complications are responsible for 20–25% of all hospitalizations in dialyzed patients. The occurrence of thrombosis in the vascular access is a serious problem that may severely compromise or even make the hemodialysis impossible, which is vital for the patient. The aim of this study was to investigate inflammatory profile in patients undergoing hemodialysis as well as the association between these alterations and vascular access thrombosis. A total of 195 patients undergoing hemodialysis have been evaluated; of which, 149 patients had not experienced vascular access thrombosis (group I) and 46 patients had previously presented this complication (group II). Plasma levels of cytokines including interleukin (IL-) 2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, TNF-α, and IFN-γ were measured by cytometric bead array. Our results showed that patients with previous thrombotic events (group II) had higher levels of the IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, and IFN-γ when compared to those in group I. Furthermore, a different cytokine signature was detected in dialyzed patients according to previous occurrences or not of thrombotic events, suggesting that elevated levels of T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 cytokines might, at least in part, contribute to this complication.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • The Relationship between VEGFA and TGFB1 Polymorphisms and Target Lesion
           Revascularization after Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

    • Abstract: Background and Aim. The specific association between genetic variation and in-stent restenosis is still only partly understood. The aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between functional polymorphisms in the genes encoding vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A; rs699947) and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1; rs1800470) and target lesion revascularization (TLR) risk. Methods. A total of 676 patients (805 lesions) with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) who received elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with at least one bare-metal stent implantation were included. The primary study endpoint was TLR at a 4-year follow-up. Results. The TLR rate was higher in patients with the VEGFA A/A genotype (15.4%) than in patients with the VEGFA A/C (7.9%) and C/C (8.9%) genotypes (). The VEGFA A/A genotype, after adjustment for clinical and procedural covariates, remained significantly and independently associated with the TLR (hazard ratio—2.09 [95% confidence interval 1.32–3.33, ]). However, we found no association between TLR and the TGFB1 genotype. Conclusion. The VEGFA A/A genotype is significantly and independently associated with TLR risk in Polish SCAD patients who received elective PCI with bare-metal stent implantation.
      PubDate: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • New Markers of Inflammation and Tubular Damage in Children with Chronic
           Kidney Disease

    • Abstract: Introduction and Aims. Monocyte chemoattractant protein- (MCP-) 1, macrophage colony-stimulating factor (MCSF), and neopterin are connected with monocyte migration and transition into macrophages, leading to fibrosis and tubular damage in the course of CKD. The aim of the study was to analyze the applicability of urinary fractional excretion (FE) of MCP1, MCSF, and neopterin, as markers of inflammation and tubular damage, in children with CKD. Methods. The study group consisted of 61 children with CKD stages 1–5 and 23 age-matched controls. The serum and urine concentrations of MCP1, MCSF, and neopterin were assessed by ELISA and then the fractional excretion (FE) was calculated. Results. FE MCSF and neopterin values exceeded 1% already in controls. FE MCSF rose significantly since CKD stages 1-2, FE neopterin since CKD stages 3–5. FE MCP1 was below 1% in healthy controls and in CKD stages 1-2, then increased significantly in CKD stages 3–5. Conclusions. The FE MCP-1 values show that inflammation precedes the tubular dysfunction. FE MCSF and FE neopterin may be considered new markers of the renal parenchyma progressive damage. Fractional excretion may become a useful tool in the assessment of inflammation and tubular damage in children with CKD.
      PubDate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:36:45 +000
  • Association between Cullin-3 Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism rs17479770 and
           Essential Hypertension in the Male Chinese Han Population

    • Abstract: Background. Hypertension, including essential and secondary hypertension, is a multifactorial disease, affecting more than one billion people worldwide. Secondary hypertension can result from mutations of cullin-3 (CUL3); however, whether polymorphisms of CUL3 are associated with essential hypertension (EH) has not been reported. Here, we investigated the association between CUL3 SNPs rs17479770 and rs3738952 and EH in the Chinese Han population. Methods. This case-control study investigated 520 representatives, including 259 patients with EH and 261 normotensive controls matched for age, gender, BMI, TG, TC, and HbA1c for the distribution of functional rs17479770 and rs3738952 within the CUL3 gene by using PCR and RFLP. Results. Our results showed that there was no significant difference in allele and genotype distribution of rs3738952 and haplotype distribution of rs17479770 and rs3738952 between the EH group and normotensive group, whereas the rs17479770 TT genotype in male and the full data set were significantly associated with the decreased risk of EH (, ), and rs17479770 allele T in male was shown to have the correlation tendency of the decreased risk of EH (). Conclusion. Our data suggest that the CUL3 rs17479770 variant could be a protective factor in the pathogenesis of EH.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:25:13 +000
  • High Sensitivity Troponins Discriminate Different Morphologies of Coronary

    • Abstract: Background. This study evaluates the association between high sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI) and T (hsTnT) and the morphology of coronary artery plaques detected by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods. Patients undergoing CCTA were prospectively enrolled. CCTA was indicated by a low to intermediate pretest probability for CAD during routine clinical care. Within 24 hours of CCTA examination, peripheral blood samples were taken to measure hsTnI, hsTnT, and N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). Results. A total of 99 patients were enrolled with 43% without CAD, 9% with noncalcified plaques, 28% with calcified plaques, and 19% with mixed type plaque lesions. Both hsTnI and hsTnT levels were able to discriminate significantly between the groups, especially in the presence of mixed coronary plaques (AUC range: 0.741–0.752; ). In multivariate logistic regression models, hsTnT, but not hsTnI, was still significantly associated with mixed coronary plaque morphology (odds ratio = 8.968; 95% CI 1.999–40.241; ). Conclusions. Both hsTnI and hsTnT are able to discriminate between different coronary artery plaques morphologies, whereas hsTnT was significantly associated with mixed coronary plaques in patients with suspected CAD. This trial is registered with NCT03074253.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:11:31 +000
  • Differential Expression of Glycolysis-Related Proteins in Follicular
           Neoplasms versus Hürthle Cell Neoplasms: A Retrospective Analysis

    • Abstract: Purpose. Although currently classified as variants of follicular neoplasms (FNs), Hürthle cell neoplasms (HCNs) exhibit distinct biological characteristics. Hence, the metabolism of both neoplasms may also be different. The aims of this study were to investigate and compare the expression of glycolysis-related proteins in HCNs and FNs and to determine the clinical implications of such expression. Methods. Tissue microarrays were constructed with 265 samples of FNs (112 follicular carcinomas (FCs) and 153 follicular adenomas (FAs)) as well as 108 samples of HCNs (27 Hürthle cell carcinomas (HCCs) and 81 Hürthle cell adenomas (HCAs)). Immunohistochemical staining for the glycolysis-related molecules Glut-1, hexokinase II, CAIX, and MCT4 was performed. Results. The expression levels of Glut-1, hexokinase II, CAIX, and MCT4 were significantly higher in HCNs than in FNs (). Glut-1, hexokinase II, CAIX, and MCT4 expression levels were highest in HCC, followed by HCA, FC, and FA (all ). In HCC, hexokinase II positivity was associated with large tumor size (>4 cm) (), CAIX positivity with vascular invasion (), and MCT4 positivity with extrathyroidal extension (). Conclusion. The expression levels of the glycolysis-related proteins Glut-1, hexokinase II, CAIX, and MCT4 were higher in HCNs than in FNs and in HCCs than in HCAs.
      PubDate: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Laboratory and Genetic Biomarkers Associated with Cerebral Blood Flow
           Velocity in Hemoglobin SC Disease

    • Abstract: Reference values for cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) in hemoglobin SC disease (HbSC) have not been established. We aimed to investigate associations between laboratory and genetic biomarkers associated with CBFV in HbSC children. Sixty-eight HbSC children were included; CBFV was analyzed by transcranial Doppler, and the time-averaged maximum mean velocity (TAMMV) was estimated. Hematological, biochemical, immunological, and genetic analyses were performed. TAMMV was negatively correlated with red blood cell count (RBC) count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and direct bilirubin (DB), yet positively correlated with monocytes and ferritin. We found that children with TAMMV ≥ 128 cm/s had decreased red blood cell distribution width (RDW) and nitric oxide metabolite (NOx) concentration. Children with TAMMV ≥ 143.50 cm/s had decreased hemoglobin and hematocrit, as well as increased ferritin levels. Decreased hemoglobin, hematocrit, RDW, and NOx and increased ferritin were detected in children with TAMMV ≥ 125.75 cm/s. The CAR haplotype was associated with higher TAMMV. In association analyses, RBC, hemoglobin, hematocrit, RDW, monocyte, DB, NOx, and ferritin, as well as the CAR haplotype, were found to be associated with higher TAMMV in HbSC children. Multivariate analysis suggested that high TAMMV was independently associated with hematocrit, RDW, and NOx. Additional studies are warranted to validate the establishment of a cutoff value of 125.75 cm/s associated with elevated TAMMV in HbSC children.
      PubDate: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Noncoding Centromeric RNA Expression Impairs Chromosome Stability in Human
           and Murine Stem Cells

    • Abstract: We analyzed the effect of transcribed noncoding RNA centromeric satellites on chromosome segregation in normal human and murine stem and fibrosarcoma cells. The overexpression of different centromeric alphoid DNAs in all cell lines induced a marked increase in chromosome mis-segregation in anaphase. Overexpression of centromeric mouse minor satellite also increased chromosome instability in the murine stem but not in human cells. Analysis of chromosome segregation in vivo showed disturbances in the mitotic progression, which was frequently unresolved. Live cell imaging revealed that overexpression of centromeric satellites resulted in several different chromosomal morphological errors in the cell nuclei. Our findings correlated with other reports that several centromeric noncoding RNAs are detected in different carcinoma cells and their expression resulted in segregation errors. Our study furnishes further insights into a novel source of genomic instability in human and murine cells. It has recently been shown that noncoding centromeric RNAs are present in some form of cancer, and thus, overexpression of several types of centromeric noncoding RNAs may be useful as a specific maker for neoplastic cells.
      PubDate: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:22:37 +000
  • Plasma IL-37 Elevated in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure and Predicted
           Major Adverse Cardiac Events: A 1-Year Follow-Up Study

    • Abstract: A great number of basic and clinical studies have demonstrated that inflammatory cytokines play an important role in the development and progression of chronic heart failure (CHF). However, there is limited information about the role of novel cytokine interleukin-37 (IL-37) in heart failure. We measured plasma IL-37 levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 158 patients with chronic heart failure and 30 control subjects. Our results showed that plasma IL-37 levels were significantly elevated in patients with CHF compared with healthy controls (143.73 ± 26.83 pg/ml versus 45.2 ± 11.56 pg/ml, ). Furthermore, plasma IL-37 levels were positively correlated with hs-CRP, hs-TnT, and NT-proBNP and negatively correlated with left ventricular ejection function (LVEF). 11 patients died of cardiovascular cause, and 27 HF patients were rehospitalized for worsening HF within 12 months. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that plasma IL-37 is an independent predictor of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Furthermore, CHF patients with >99 pg/ml plasma IL-37 had significantly higher incidences of MACE within 12 months. Our data suggest that plasma IL-37 may play a role in the pathogenesis of CHF and may be a novel predictor of poor prognosis in HF patients.
      PubDate: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 02:51:53 +000
  • Zonulin: A Potential Marker of Intestine Injury in Newborns

    • Abstract: Introduction. Zonulin (ZO), a new diagnostic biomarker of intestinal permeability, was tested in newborns presenting symptoms of infection and/or inflammation of the gut or being at risk of intestinal pathology. Material and Methods. Serum ZO was assessed in 81 newborns diagnosed with sepsis, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), rotavirus infection, and gastroschisis, also in extremely low gestational age babies, and in controls (healthy newborns). ZO concentration was compared to C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) values, leucocyte and platelet count, basic demographic data, and the value of the Neonatal Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System (NTISS). Results. Median values of ZO were markedly higher in groups with rotavirus infection and gastroschisis (36.0 (1-3Q: 26.0–43.2) and 20.3 (1-3Q: 17.7–28.2) ng/ml, resp.) versus controls (3.5 (1-3Q: 2.7–4.8) ng/ml). Its concentration in the NEC group was twice as high as in controls but did not reach statistical significance. ZO levels were not related to NTISS, CRP, and PCT. Conclusions. Zonulin is a promising biomarker of intestinal condition, markedly elevated in rotavirus infections. Its role in defining the severity of necrotizing enterocolitis and the risk for perforation is not well described and needs further evaluation. An increase in zonulin may not be parallel to the release of inflammatory markers, and low CRP should not exclude an injury to neonatal intestine.
      PubDate: Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Circulating Th1, Th2, and Th17 Levels in Hypertensive Patients

    • Abstract: Background. Evidence from experimental studies showed that Th1, Th2, and Th17 play a pivotal role in hypertension and target organ damage. However, whether changes in the circulating Th1, Th2, and Th17 levels are associated with nondipper hypertension and carotid atherosclerotic plaque in hypertension has yet to be investigated. Methods. Th1, Th2, and Th17 levels were detected using a flow cytometric analysis, and their related cytokines were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 45 hypertensive patients and 15 normotensive subjects. Results. The frequencies of Th1 and Th17 in hypertensive patients, especially in nondipper patients and patients with carotid atherosclerotic plaque, were markedly higher than those in the control group; this was accompanied by higher IFN-γ and IL-17 levels. In contrast, the Th2 frequencies and IL-4 levels in hypertensive patients, especially in nondipper patients and patients with carotid atherosclerotic plaque, were significantly lower than those in the control group. Conclusions. The changes in Th1, Th2, and Th17 activity are associated with the onset of the nondipper type and carotid atherosclerotic plaque in hypertensive patients.
      PubDate: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:17:15 +000
  • Association of GCLM -588C/T and GCLC -129T/C Promoter Polymorphisms of
           Genes Coding the Subunits of Glutamate Cysteine Ligase with Ischemic Heart
           Disease Development in Kazakhstan Population

    • Abstract: Background. Glutamate cysteine ligase (GCL) is a rate-limiting enzyme in synthesis of glutathione. Evidence suggests that genetic variations in the promoter region of genes coding a catalytic subunit (GCLC -129T/C) and a modifier subunit (GCLM -588C/T) of GCL have a functional impact on their transcriptional activity and were associated with various disorders. Hence, we hypothesize whether these two polymorphic variants of GCLM and GCLC genes are associated with the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) development in the population of Kazakhstan. Methods. We evaluated 360 patients with IHD and 341 control subjects. Allele frequencies of studied promoters’ polymorphisms were detected by PCR-RFLP analysis. Multiple logistic regression analysis was applied to assess the risk for different genotypes obtained. Results. The presence of -588T allele in GCLM and -129T allele in GCLC gene genotypes was associated with an increased risk of IHD (GCLM -588T: , ; GCLC -129T: , ) for general ethnically mixed group. Analysis of each ethnical groups separately showed the higher risk tendency for Kazakhs as for GCLM -588T (; ) and as for GCLC -129T (, ). For Russians, statistically differences for two polymorphisms were not observed. Conclusion. The two promoter polymorphisms of GCLM (-588C/T) and GCLC (-128T/C) are associated with an increased risk of IHD in Kazakhstan population.
      PubDate: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 02:56:51 +000
  • Structure and Function of Enterocyte in Intrauterine Growth Retarded Pig

    • Abstract: The intestine of intrauterine growth retarded (IUGR) neonates showed different morphology compared to neonates born with normal body weight (NBW). The aim of the present study was to investigate the ultrastructure and proteomic profile of the gut epithelium in IUGR pig neonates with special attention to the digestive and absorptive function. Intestine tissue samples were investigated in 7-day-old IUGR and NBW littermate piglets using histometry, immunofluorescence, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and mass spectrometry analysis. IUGR piglets have shown reduced mucosa and muscularis thickness and an enhanced number of foetal type enterocytes (FTE). SEM studies have shown the lack of the characteristic large-size vacuole in IUGR’s enterocytes. Delayed removal of FTE in IUGR neonates was probably due to the inhibited apoptosis in the apical part of villi and increased apoptosis and reduced mitosis in the crypt region. In the expression of proteins in the intestinal mucosa such as hexokinase I, histones, and prelamin A/C, carbamoyl phosphate was reduced in IUGR neonates. Finally, IUGR intestines showed higher expression of HSPA9 and HSPA5 as apoptosis markers. The data indicate modifications of gut mucosa in IUGRs that may result in slower gut mucosa maturation and reduced utilisation of nutrient as compared to NBW pig neonates.
      PubDate: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • MicroRNA Expression in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Asbestosis: A
           Pilot Study

    • Abstract: Background. The identification of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers for asbestos-related diseases is relevant for early diagnosis and patient survival and may contribute to understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease development and progression. Aims. To identify a pattern of miRNAs as possible diagnostic biomarkers for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and asbestosis (ASB) and as prognostic biomarkers for MPM patients. Methods. miRNA-16, miRNA-17, miRNA-126, and miRNA-486 were quantified in plasma and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples to evaluate their diagnostic and prognostic roles compared to patients with other noncancerous pulmonary diseases (controls). Results. The expression of all the miRNAs was significantly lower in patients with MPM and ASB than that in controls. miRNA-16, miRNA-17, and miRNA-486 in plasma and tissue of MPM patients were significantly correlated. Furthermore, the expression of miRNA-16 in plasma and tissue, and miRNA-486 only in tissue, was positively related with cumulative survival in MPM patients. Conclusions. All the miRNA levels were decreased in patients with MPM or ASB, supporting the role of circulating miRNAs as a potential tool for diseases associated with exposure to asbestos fibers. miRNA-16 was directly related to MPM patient prognosis, suggesting its possible use as a prognostic marker in MPM patients.
      PubDate: Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:21:43 +000
  • FOXP3 Allelic Variants and Haplotype Structures Are Associated with
           Aggressive Breast Cancer Subtypes

    • Abstract: FOXP3 genetic polymorphisms have been associated with cancer development and prognosis. In this context, the present study aimed to evaluate the g.10403A>G (rs2232365) polymorphisms and g.8048A>C (rs3761548), in aggressive breast cancer (BC) subtypes, including, Luminal B HER2+ (LB), HER2-enriched (HER2+), and triple-negative (TN). Polymerase chain reaction followed by enzymatic restriction was performed to genotyping 117 BC samples and 300 controls. A significant association of AA genotype (g.10403A>G) in relation to BC susceptibility (OR = 1.93; 95% CI = 1.01–3.66; ) was observed. The GG (g.10403A>G) genotype was correlated with higher proliferation index (Ki-67) in HER2+ subtype (τ = 0.47; ) and advanced TNM staging in TN (τ = 0.23; ). A correlation of AA genotype (g.8048A>C) with higher Ki-67 (τ = −0.47; ) and lower histological grade (τ = 0.39; ) in HER2+ was also found. GA haplotype was correlated with lower histological grade (τ = −0.15; ) and higher Ki-67 (τ = 0.43; ) in HER2+ and advanced staging in TN (τ = 0.29; ). On the other hand, AC haplotype was correlated with lower Ki-67 (τ = −0.54; ) and staging (τ = −0.29; ) in HER2+ and TN respectively. Results showed that FOXP3 influence regarding clinical outcome depends greatly on the BC subtype and indicated this transcription factor as a promising marker in aggressive BC subtypes.
      PubDate: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:16:51 +000
  • Natriuretic Peptides as Biomarkers for Congestive States: The Cardiorenal

    • Abstract: Congestion represents the primary reason for hospitalization of patients with heart failure and is associated with adverse outcomes. Fluid overload has been shown to be inadequately addressed in a significant subset of these patients in part due to lack of robust, reliable, and readily available biomarkers for objective assessment and monitoring of therapy. Natriuretic peptides have long been used in this setting, often in conjunction with other assessment tools such as imaging studies. Patients presenting with concomitant cardiac and renal dysfunction represent a unique population with regard to congestion in that the interactions between the heart and the kidney can affect the utility and performance of biomarkers of fluid overload. Herein, we provide an overview of the currently available evidence on the utility of natriuretic peptides in these patients and discuss the clinical conundrum associated with their use in the setting of renal dysfunction. We highlight the potential divergence in the role of natriuretic peptides for assessment of volume status in a subset of patients with renal dysfunction who receive renal replacement therapy and call for future research to elucidate the utility of the biomarkers in this setting.
      PubDate: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Overexpression of miR-24 Is Involved in the Formation of Hypocoagulation
           State after Severe Trauma by Inhibiting the Synthesis of Coagulation
           Factor X

    • Abstract: Background. Dysregulation of microRNAs may contribute to the progression of trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC). We aimed to explore the biological function that miRNA-24-3p (miR-24) might have in coagulation factor deficiency after major trauma and TIC. Methods. 15 healthy volunteers and 36 severe trauma patients (Injury Severity Score ≥ 16 were enrolled. TIC was determined as the initial international normalized ratio>1.5. The miR-24 expression and concentrations of factor X (FX) and factor XII in plasma were measured. In vitro study was conducted on L02 cell line. Results. The plasma miR-24 expression was significantly elevated by 3.17-fold () in major trauma patients and reduced after 3 days (). The expression level was significantly higher in TIC than in non-TIC patients (). Multivariate analysis showed that the higher miR-24 expression was associated with TIC. The plasma concentration of FX in TIC patients was significantly lower than in the non-TIC ones () and controls (). A negative correlation was observed between miR-24 and FX. miR-24 transduction significantly reduced the FX level in the supernatant of L02 cells (). Conclusions. miR-24 was overexpressed in major trauma and TIC patients. The negative correlation of miR-24 with FX suggested the possibility that miR-24 might inhibit the synthesis of FX during TIC.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Association of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms in DC-SIGN with
           Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Susceptibility

    • Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore potential relationships of four single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the gene encoding dendritic cell-specific intercellular adhesion molecule 3-grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN) with risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The DC-SIGN SNPs rs7252229, rs4804803, rs2287886, and rs735240 were genotyped in 477 unrelated NPC patients and 561 cancer-free controls. At rs7252229, risk of NPC was significantly lower in individuals with GC (odds ratio [OR] 0.076, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.008–0.690), GG (OR 0.056, 95%CI 0.006–0.487), or GC + GG (OR 0.059, 95%CI 0.007–0.515) than in individuals with the CC genotype, after adjusting for age, gender, smoking history, and EBV-VCA-IgA status. At rs4804803, risk of NPC was significantly higher in individuals with the genotype GG than in those with the genotype AA (adjusted OR 9.038, 95%CI 1.708–47.822). At rs735240, risk of NPC did not change significantly with genotypes AG, GG, or AG + GG after adjusting for age, gender, and smoking history. However, when data were also adjusted for EBV-VCA-IgA status, three genotypes emerged as associated with significantly higher risk of NPC than the AA genotype: AG (OR 2.976, 95%CI 1.123–7.888), GG (OR 3.314, 95%CI 1.274–8.622), or GG + AG (OR 3.191, 95%CI 1.237–8.230). Our results suggest that DC-SIGN SNPs rs7252229, rs4804803, and rs735240 may influence NPC risk in the Chinese population. The mechanisms mediating this risk require a further study.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +000
  • Impact of Vaccination on Distribution of T Cell Subsets in
           Antiretroviral-Treated HIV-Infected Children

    • Abstract: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is generally prescribed to patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with vaccination introduced to prevent disease complications. However, little is known about the influence of immunization on T cell subsets’ distribution during the course of infection. This study aims to identify the impact of viral replication and immunization on naïve, effector, effector memory, and central memory T cell subpopulations in ART-treated HIV-infected children. Fifty patients were recruited and injected intramuscularly with influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine on the day of enrollment (day 0) and day 28. Blood samples were collected for pre- and postvaccination on days 0 and 56 for analyzing T cell phenotypes by flow cytometry. Phenotypes of all T cell subsets remained the same after vaccination, except for a reduction in effector CD8+ T cells. Moreover, T cell subsets from patients with controllable viral load showed similar patterns to those with virological failure. Absolute CD4 count was also found to have a positive relationship with naïve CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. In conclusion, vaccination and viral replication have a little effect on the distribution of T cell subpopulations. The CD4 count can be used for prediction of naïve T cell level in HIV-infected patients responding to ART.
      PubDate: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:55:24 +000
  • Peritransplant Soluble CD30 as a Risk Factor for Slow Kidney Allograft
           Function, Early Acute Rejection, Worse Long-Term Allograft Function, and
           Patients’ Survival

    • Abstract: Background. We aimed to determine whether serum soluble CD30 (sCD30) could identify recipients at high risk for unfavorable early and late kidney transplant outcomes. Methods. Serum sCD30 was measured on the day of kidney transplantation and on the 4th day posttransplant. We assessed the value of these measurements in predicting delayed graft function, slow graft function (SGF), acute rejection (AR), pyelonephritis, decline of allograft function after 6 months, and graft and patient survival during 5 years of follow-up in 45 recipients. Results. We found the association between low pretransplant serum levels of sCD30 and SGF. The absence of significant decrease of sCD30 on the 4th day posttransplant was characteristic for SGF, early AR (the 8th day–6 months), late AR (>6 months), and early pyelonephritis (the 8th day–2 months). Lower pretransplant and posttransplant sCD30 predicted worse allograft function at 6 months and 2 years, respectively. Higher pretransplant sCD30 was associated with higher frequency of early AR, and worse patients’ survival, but only in the recipients of deceased-donor graft. Pretransplant sCD30 also allowed to differentiate patients with early pyelonephritis and early AR. Conclusions. Peritransplant sCD30 is useful in identifying patients at risk for unfavorable early and late transplant outcomes.
      PubDate: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +000
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