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Arthritis Res Ther ; 21(1): 217, 2019 Oct 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31655622


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel group, trial was to assess the effect of ambrisentan on mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mildly elevated pulmonary hypertension (PH). METHODS: Thirty-eight SSc patients with mildly elevated mPAP at rest between 21 and 24 mmHg and/or > 30 mmHg during low-dose exercise were randomly assigned to treatment with either ambrisentan 5-10 mg/day or placebo. Right heart catheterization and further clinical parameters were assessed at baseline and after 6 months. The primary endpoint was the difference of mPAP change at rest between groups. RESULTS: After 6 months, the two groups did not differ in the primary endpoint (ambrisentan mPAP - 1 ± 6.4 mmHg vs. placebo - 0.73 ± 3.59 mmHg at rest, p = 0.884). However, three patients from the placebo group but none of the ambrisentan group progressed to SSc-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Furthermore, ambrisentan treatment showed significant improvements in the secondary endpoints cardiac index (CI) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) at rest (CI 0.36 ± 0.66 l/min/m2 vs. - 0.31 ± 0.71 l/min/m2, p = 0.010; PVR - 0.70 ± 0.78 WU vs. 0.01 ± 0.71 WU, p = 0.012) and during exercise (CI 0.7 ± 0.81 l/min/m2 vs. - 0.45 ± 1.36 l/min/m2, p = 0.015; PVR - 0.84 ± 0.48 WU vs. - 0.0032 ± 0.34 WU, p < 0.0001). CONCLUSION: This is the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study testing the effect of ambrisentan in patients with mildly elevated mPAP and/or exercise PH. The primary endpoint change in mPAP did only tendentially improve in the ambrisentan group, but the significant improvement of other hemodynamic parameters points to a possible benefit of ambrisentan and will be helpful to design future trials. TRIAL REGISTRATION:, unique identifier NCT: NCT02290613 , registered 14th of November 2014.

Onco Targets Ther ; 12: 5311-5322, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31371979


Purpose: MicroRNA-936 (miR-936) was previously reported to be dysregulated and involved in the development of non-small cell lung cancer and glioma. However, the functional roles of miR-936 in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remain unclear. In this study, we aimed to evaluate miR-936 expression in EOC and investigate its regulatory role in EOC cell behavior. Methods: The expression of miR-936 in EOC was measured by RT-qPCR. Cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and invasion in vitro, as well as tumor growth in vivo, were determined by CCK-8, flow cytometry, migration and invasion assays, and xenograft models in nude mice, respectively. Bioinformatics analysis, luciferase reporter assays, RT-qPCR, and Western blot analysis were performed to investigate the relationship between miR-936 and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2). Results: miR-936 expression was significantly downregulated in EOC tissues and cell lines. Low miR-936 expression was found to be correlated with the tumor size, FIGO stage, and lymphatic metastasis in EOC patients. Functional experiments indicated that ectopic miR-936 expression suppressed EOC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion; promoted cell apoptosis; and decreased tumor growth in vivo. In addition, the FGF2 gene was verified to be a direct target of miR-936 in EOC cells. FGF2 expression levels were upregulated in EOC tissues and were inversely correlated with miR-936 expression. Furthermore, effects of FGF2 silencing were similar to those of miR-936 overexpression in EOC cells. Recovered FGF2 expression rescued the miR-936-induced inhibitory effects in EOC cells. Notably, miR-936 was able to deactivate the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in EOC cells by regulating FGF2 both in vitro and in vivo. Conclusion: Altogether, our findings provided initial evidence that miR-936 inhibits the aggressiveness of EOC cells in vitro and in vivo, at least partially, by targeting FGF2-mediated suppression of the PI3K/Akt pathway. Therefore, the miR-936/FGF2/PI3K/Akt pathway is a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of EOC patients.

Nanoscale ; 10(31): 14938-14946, 2018 Aug 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30046774


The electrical behaviors under mechanical deformation of an aligned single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film nanocomposite have been systematically investigated in this work. Electrical signals along the CNT axis (‖) and perpendicular to the CNT axis (⊥) follow a specific pattern, which enables the mechanical motion to be determined by vector analysis of such signals. The unique electrical behaviors of the sandwiched nanocomposites originate from the anisotropic characteristics of the CNT films. By combining in situ mechanical investigation with a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, the shearing effect between SWCNTs is found to play a key role in stress-transfer along the ‖ direction, resulting in arc-shape cracks, while the peeling effect is dominant along the ⊥ direction, leading to unifom SWCNT bar bridging at cracks. The fabricated CNT based sandwiched nanocomposite is believed to have great potential in building flexible all-direction sensors.

Eur Respir J ; 50(2)2017 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28775047


The 2015 European pulmonary hypertension (PH) guidelines propose a risk stratification strategy for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Low-, intermediate- and high-risk strata are defined by estimated 1-year mortality risks of <5%, 5-10% and >10%, respectively. This risk assessment strategy awaits validation.We analysed data from patients with newly diagnosed PAH enrolled into COMPERA (Comparative, Prospective Registry of Newly Initiated Therapies for Pulmonary Hypertension), a European-based PH registry. An abbreviated version of the risk assessment strategy proposed by the European PH guidelines was applied, using the following variables: World Health Organization functional class, 6-min walking distance, brain natriuretic peptide or its N-terminal fragment, right atrial pressure, cardiac index and mixed venous oxygen saturation.Data from 1588 patients were analysed. Mortality rates were significantly different between the three risk strata (p<0.001 for all comparisons). In the entire patient population, the observed mortality rates 1 year after diagnosis were 2.8% in the low-risk cohort (n=196), 9.9% in the intermediate-risk cohort (n=1116) and 21.2% in the high-risk cohort (n=276). In addition, the risk assessment strategy proved valid at follow-up and in major PAH subgroups.An abbreviated version of the risk assessment strategy proposed by the current European PH guidelines provides accurate mortality estimates in patients with PAH.

Hipertensão Pulmonar/mortalidade , Medição de Risco , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Europa (Continente)/epidemiologia , Feminino , Hemodinâmica , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Peptídeo Natriurético Encefálico/sangue , Guias de Prática Clínica como Assunto , Estudos Prospectivos , Sistema de Registros , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Teste de Caminhada
Clin Sci (Lond) ; 131(8): 689-698, 2017 Apr 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28188237


Heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH) is an autosomal dominantly inherited disease caused by mutations in the bone morphogenic protein receptor 2 (BMPR2) gene and/or genes of its signalling pathway in approximately 85% of patients. We clinically and genetically analysed an HPAH family without mutations in previously described pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) genes. Clinical assessment included electrocardiogram, lung function, blood gas analysis, chest X-ray, laboratory testing, echocardiography and right heart catheterization in case of suspected disease. Genetic diagnostics were performed using a PAH-specific gene panel including all known 12 PAH genes and 20 further candidate genes by next-generation sequencing (NGS). HPAH was invasively confirmed in two sisters and their father who died aged 32 years. No signs of HPAH were detected in five first-degree family members. Both sisters were lung transplanted and remained stable during a follow-up of >20 years. We detected a novel missense mutation in the Krüppel-like factor 2 (KLF2) likely leading to a disruption of gene function. The same KLF2 mutation has been described as a recurrent somatic mutation in B-cell lymphoma. Neither the healthy family members carried the mutation nor >120000 controls. These findings point to KLF2 as a new PAH gene. Further studies are needed to assess frequency and implication of KLF2 mutations in PAH patients.

Hipertensão Pulmonar Primária Familiar/genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Fatores de Transcrição Kruppel-Like/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Feminino , Seguimentos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Humanos , Fatores de Transcrição Kruppel-Like/fisiologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Linhagem , Transdução de Sinais/genética
Chin Med J (Engl) ; 126(17): 3344-7, 2013.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24033962


BACKGROUND: Cervical keratinocytes are recovered at a low numbers and frequently associated with contaminating human fibroblasts which rapidly overgrow the epithelial cells in culture with medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). However, it is difficult to initiate keratinocyte cultures with serum-free keratinocyte growth medium alone because cell attachment can be poor. Therefore, the culture of these cells is extremely difficult. In this study, we described a modified culture medium and coated culture plastics for growing normal human cervical epithelial cells in vitro. METHODS: Normal cervical epithelial tissue pieces were obtained and digested with type I collagenase to dissociate the cells and a single cell suspension produced. The cells were cultured on plastic tissue culture substrate alone or substrate coated with collagen type I from rat tail, with modified keratinocyte serum-free medium (K-SFM) supplemented with 5% FBS. After attachment, the medium were replaced with K-SFM without FBS. The expression of basal keratins of the ectocervical epithelium, K5, K14 and K19 were assayed by immunofluorescence with monoclonal antibodies to identify the cell purity. RESULTS: Our results indicate that cells attached to the culture plastic more quickly in K-SFM supplemented with 5% FBS than in K-SFM alone, as well as to tissue culture plastic coated with collagen type I than plastic alone. The modified medium composed of K-SFM and 5% FBS combined with a specific tissue culture plastic coated with collagen type I from rat tail was the best method for culture of normal cervical epithelial cells. K5, K14 and K19 were assayed and keratinocyte purity was nearly 100%. CONCLUSION: A novel, simple and effective method can be used to rapidly obtain highly purified keratinocytes from normal human cervical epithelium.

Técnicas de Cultura de Células/métodos , Colo do Útero/citologia , Queratinócitos/citologia , Células Epiteliais/citologia , Feminino , Humanos