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Rev Environ Contam Toxicol ; 249: 133-152, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30879139

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Mercury (Hg) is an environmental contaminant that has been reported in many wildlife species worldwide. The organic form of Hg bioaccumulates in higher trophic levels, and thus, long-lived predators are at risk for higher Hg exposure. Although ecological risk assessments for contaminants such as Hg include pertinent receptor species, snakes are rarely considered, despite their high trophic status and potential to accumulate high levels of Hg. Our current knowledge of these reptiles suggests that snakes may be useful novel biomarkers to monitor contaminated environments. The few available studies show that snakes can bioaccumulate significant amounts of Hg. However, little is known about the role of snakes in Hg transport in the environment or the individual-level effects of Hg exposure in this group of reptiles. This is a major concern, as snakes often serve as important prey for a variety of taxa within ecosystems (including humans). In this review, we compiled and analyzed the results of over 30 studies to discuss the impact of Hg on snakes, specifically sources of exposure, bioaccumulation, health consequences, and specific scientific knowledge gaps regarding these moderate to high trophic predators.


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Monitoramento Ambiental , Mercúrio/metabolismo , Serpentes/metabolismo , Poluentes Químicos da Água/metabolismo , Animais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Ecossistema , Humanos
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(38): e17108, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31567947

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Although some studies found that an increased monocyte count is a predictive, short-term marker of unfavorable outcomes for patients with acute heart failure (HF), others have reported that monocytosis predicts prolonged survival.The current follow-up study aimed to identify different monocyte count patterns and their prognostic association with HF outcomes.Baseline blood samples for complete blood counts, differential counts, renal function tests, and lipid profiles of 303 chronic HF patients (average NYHA classification 2.8) were prospectively obtained to evaluate whether there is an association between monocyte count and clinical outcomes.Mean follow-up was 11.3 years (range 1 month to 16 years) and 111 (36.6%) patients died during follow-up. Mean monocyte count was 10.6 ±â€Š5.5 and mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was 36%. Patients with low monocyte counts (≤6%) had significantly lower survival rates than did those with monocyte counts 6.1% to 14%, or >14% (14.3% vs 70.2% vs. 88%, P < .001). Poorest survival was predicted for patients with NYHA class 3 to 4 and monocyte counts ≤6. Regression analysis showed that monocyte levels, NYHA class, and LVEF values were predictors of mortality, in decreasing importance.The total monocyte count was found to be an important prognostic factor that was inversely associated with predicted long-term mortality among patients with chronic HF. A low total monocyte count was strongly correlated with NYHA class and B-type natriuretic peptide levels, but no correlation was found with LVEF and oxidized low-density lipoproteins. It emerged as an independent risk factor for mortality in patients with chronic HF.


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Insuficiência Cardíaca/mortalidade , Monócitos/citologia , Idoso , Biomarcadores/sangue , Doença Crônica , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Insuficiência Cardíaca/sangue , Humanos , Israel , Contagem de Leucócitos , Masculino , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Análise de Sobrevida
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(38): e17208, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31567972

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn disease (CD) are the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because these subtypes of IBD are characterized by periods of activity and remission, an understanding of the modulation of biochemical markers with the clinical features of IBD or its treatment, may be useful for determining the correct treatment protocol.This study aimed to evaluate the serum levels of 27 protein biomarkers to determine their association with IBD, correlation with clinical findings of disease, and modulation according to the pharmacologic therapy.A case-control study was carried out in Zacatecas, Mexico. The 27 protein profiles of serum from 53 participants (23 UC, 11 CD, and 19 controls) were evaluated using the Pro Human Cytokine 27-Plex immunoassay (Bio-Rad).Considering the controls as a reference, the group with IBD endoscopic activity showed higher serum levels of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), and platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) (P < .05). Interferon-induced protein 10 (IP-10) was associated with extraintestinal symptoms of disease (P = .041). Both PDGF-BB and interleukin 6 (IL-6) showed the strongest correlations with clinical features of IBD. Levels of IL-6, IL-7, and monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 were higher with 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) + Azathioprine therapy than controls (P < .05). Combined therapy with 5-ASA + Adalimumab led to the strongest changes in marker modulation: IL-4, IL-5, IL-15, and PDGF-BB, were upregulated (P < .05).Elevated serum levels of G-CSF, IL-1Ra, and PDGF-BB were associated with IBD endoscopic activity, and of IP-10 with extraintestinal manifestations of IBD. Combined therapy of 5-ASA + Adalimumab produced significant upregulation of IL-4, IL-5, IL-15, and PDGF-BB. This information may be useful for deciding on the course of pharmacologic therapy for patients with IBD and for generating new therapy alternatives to improve the outcome of patients with IBD.


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Quimiocinas/sangue , Citocinas/sangue , Doenças Inflamatórias Intestinais/sangue , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/sangue , Adalimumab/uso terapêutico , Adulto , Idoso , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Azatioprina/uso terapêutico , Becaplermina/sangue , Biomarcadores/sangue , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Quimiocina CXCL10/sangue , Feminino , Fator Estimulador de Colônias de Granulócitos/sangue , Humanos , Doenças Inflamatórias Intestinais/tratamento farmacológico , Interleucina-6/sangue , Masculino , Mesalamina/uso terapêutico , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Receptores de Interleucina-1/sangue
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J Assoc Physicians India ; 67(10): 54-56, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31571453

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Background: Attention has increasingly turned towards the role of factors, such as inflammation in the development of atherosclerosis and CHD. C-reactive protein (CRP) has emerged as one of the most important novel inflammatory marker. Subsequent risk modification and treatment strategies of CHD keeping on pointer towards inflammation may be the appropriate approach. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the association of CHD with CRP, a sensitive marker of inflammation. Material and Methods: This is a case control study amongst 300 subjects (150 cases and 150 controls), conducted in the Department of Cardiology at Sri Aurobindo Medical College and P.G Institute, Indore, M.P. Subjects with definite diagnosis of CHD established by coronary angiography (CAG) was taken as cases, subjects matched with age, gender with no conventional risk factor and past history of CHD from the relatives and accompanying persons were enlisted as controls. Results: Estimation of CRP reveals ≥0.6 mg/dl in 88(58.7%) subjects out of 150, compared to 26 (17.3%) control subjects out of 150 which is statistically significant (p value<0.0001) (OR=6.7). Conclusion: CRP as a noble marker of inflammation was significantly higher in subjects of CHD and thus supported adequately the hypothesis of an activation of inflammatory cascade for coronary atheromatous plaque formation and causation of CHD.


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Proteína C-Reativa/metabolismo , Doença das Coronárias/metabolismo , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Humanos , Inflamação/metabolismo , Fatores de Risco
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(39): e16982, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31574797

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To investigate factors predicting the onset of major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCEs) after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) for patients with non-ST-segment elevation infarction (NSTEMI) and single concomitant chronic total occlusion (CTO). Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) both play essential role in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular homoeostasis. However, current knowledge of its predictive prognostic value is limited.422 patients with NSTEMI and CTO (59.7 ±â€Š12.4 years, 74.2% men) who underwent successful pPCI were enrolled and followed for 2 years. Multivariate cox regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis were performed to determine the factors predicting MACCEs.140 patients (33.2%) experienced MACCEs in the follow-up period. Multivariate cox regression analysis found when we process the model with NGAL at admission, low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF, HR = 0.963, 95% CI 0.940 to 0.987, P = .003) and fasting blood glucose (HR = 1.078, 95% CI 1.002 to 1.159, P = .044), but not NGAL at admission, were independent predictors of 2 years MACCEs. While HbA1C (HR = 1.119, 95% CI 1.014 to 1.234, P = .025), LVEF (HR = 0.963, 95% CI 0.939 to 0.987, P = .003), estimated glomerular filtration rate (HR = 1.020, 95% CI 1.006 to 1.035, P = .006) and NGAL value 7 day (HR = 1.020, 95% CI 1.006 to 1.035, P = .006) showed their predictive value in another model. ROC analysis indicated NGAL 7 day (AUC = 0.680, P = .0054 and AUC = 0.622, P = .0005) and LVEF (AUC = 0.691, P = .0298 and AUC = 0.605, P = .0021) could predict both in-hospital and 2 years MACCEs, while higher NGAL at admission could only predict poorer in-hospital prognosis (AUC = 0.665, P = .0103). Further analysis showed the prognostic value of NGAL was particularly remarkable among those HbA1C<6.5%.Patients with NSTEMI and single concomitant CTO receiving pPCI with higher NGAL on 7 days during hospitalization are more likely to suffer 2 years MACCEs, particularly in those with lower HbA1C.


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Oclusão Coronária/sangue , Oclusão Coronária/cirurgia , Hemoglobina A Glicada/metabolismo , Lipocalina-2/sangue , Infarto do Miocárdio sem Supradesnível do Segmento ST/sangue , Infarto do Miocárdio sem Supradesnível do Segmento ST/cirurgia , Intervenção Coronária Percutânea , Idoso , Biomarcadores/sangue , Glicemia/metabolismo , Oclusão Coronária/complicações , Oclusão Coronária/fisiopatologia , Morte Súbita Cardíaca/etiologia , Feminino , Taxa de Filtração Glomerular , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Revascularização Miocárdica , Infarto do Miocárdio sem Supradesnível do Segmento ST/complicações , Infarto do Miocárdio sem Supradesnível do Segmento ST/fisiopatologia , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Choque Cardiogênico/etiologia , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/etiologia , Volume Sistólico
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Braz J Med Biol Res ; 52(10): e8845, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31576907

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Regucalcin is a soluble protein that is principally expressed in hepatocytes. Studies of regucalcin have mainly been conducted in animals due to a lack of commercially available kits. We aimed to develop an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to quantify serum regucalcin in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related disease. High-titer monoclonal antibodies and a polyclonal antibody to regucalcin were produced, a double-antibody sandwich ELISA method was established, and serum regucalcin was determined in 47 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, 91 HBV-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF) patients, and 33 healthy controls. The ELISA demonstrated an appropriate linear range, and high levels of reproducibility, sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and stability. The median serum regucalcin concentrations in HBV-ACLF and CHB patients were 5.46 and 3.76 ng/mL, respectively (P<0.01), which were much higher than in healthy controls (1.72 ng/mL, both P<0.01). For the differentiation of CHB patients and healthy controls, the area under curve (AUC) was 0.86 with a cut-off of 2.42 ng/mL, 85.7% sensitivity, and 78.8% specificity. In contrast, the AUC of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) was lower (AUC=0.80, P=0.01). To differentiate ACLF from CHB, the AUC was 0.72 with a cut-off of 4.26 ng/mL, 77.0% sensitivity, and 61.2% specificity while the AUC of ALT was 0.41 (P=0.07). Thus, we have developed an ELISA that is suitable for measuring serum regucalcin and have shown that serum regucalcin increased with the severity of liver injury due to HBV-related diseases, such that it appears to be more useful than ALT as a marker of liver injury.


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Proteínas de Ligação ao Cálcio/sangue , Hepatite B Crônica/sangue , Insuficiência Renal/sangue , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Biomarcadores/sangue , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática/métodos , Feminino , Hepatite B Crônica/virologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Insuficiência Renal/virologia , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Adulto Jovem
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Cancer Discov ; 9(10): 1340-1342, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31575562

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Effective options are limited for patients with small-cell lung cancer who develop progressive disease during or after etoposide plus platinum-based therapy. In this issue of Cancer Discovery, Farago and colleagues highlight the data for temozolomide plus olaparib in this patient population and demonstrate the potential to accelerate biomarker discovery through co-clinical trials utilizing patient-derived xenografts.See related article by Farago et al., p. 1372.


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Neoplasias Pulmonares , Inibidores de Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases , Animais , Biomarcadores , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Xenoenxertos , Humanos , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia , Ftalazinas , Piperazinas , Temozolomida , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1164: 47-61, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31576539

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Stem cell antigen-1 (Sca-1) is the first identified member of mouse Ly6 gene family. We discovered that Sca-1 disrupts TGFß signaling and enhances mammary tumorigenesis in a DMBA-induced mammary tumor model. Sca-1 gene is lost during evolution in humans. Human Ly6 genes Ly6D, LyE, LyH, and LyK on human chromosome 8q24.3 genes are syntenic to the mouse chromosome 15 where Sca-1 is located. We found that Ly6D, E, H, and K are upregulated in human cancer compared to normal tissue and that the increased expression of these genes are associated with poor prognosis of multiple types of human cancer. Several other groups have indicated increased expression of Ly6 genes in human cancer. Here we described the relevance of expression of human Ly6D, LyE, LyH, and LyK in functioning of normal tissues and tumor progression.


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Antígenos Ly , Biomarcadores , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Neoplasias , Animais , Antígenos Ly/genética , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Transformação Celular Neoplásica , Humanos , Neoplasias/diagnóstico , Neoplasias/genética , Prognóstico
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(39): e17298, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31574854

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Recently, studies have shown significant association between the rs2000999 polymorphism in the haptoglobin-encoding gene (HP) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and total cholesterol (TC) levels, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. However, the association of rs2000999 with serum lipids in Latin American diabetic populations is still uncharacterized. Here, we analyzed the association of rs2000999 with TC, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and LDL-C levels in 546 Mexican adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and in 654 controls without T2D. In this observational case-control study we included adults from 4 centers of the Mexican Social Security Institute in Mexico City recruited from 2012 to 2015. TC, HDL-C, LDL-C, triglycerides (TG), and glucose levels were measured by an enzymatic colorimetric method. The variant rs2000999 was genotyped using TaqMan real time polymerase chain reaction. The percentage of Native-American ancestry showed a negative association with the rs2000999 A allele. In contrast, the rs2000999 A allele had a strong positive association with European ancestry, and to a lesser extent, with African ancestry. Linear regression was used to estimate the association between the variant rs2000999 and lipid concentrations, using different genetic models. Under codominant and recessive models, rs2000999 was significantly associated with TC and LDL-C levels in the T2D group and in controls without T2D. In addition, the group with T2D showed a significant association between the variant and HDL-C levels. In summary, the rs2000999 A allele in Mexican population is positively associated with the percentage of European and negatively associated with Native American ancestry. Carriers of the A allele have increased levels of TC and LDL-C, independently of T2D diagnosis, and also increased concentrations of HDL-C in the T2D sample.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares , HDL-Colesterol/sangue , LDL-Colesterol/sangue , Colesterol/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2 , Haptoglobinas , Adulto , Biomarcadores/análise , Doenças Cardiovasculares/epidemiologia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/genética , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/diagnóstico , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/epidemiologia , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/genética , Feminino , Haptoglobinas/análise , Haptoglobinas/genética , Humanos , Masculino , México/epidemiologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Fatores de Risco
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(39): e17300, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31574855

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We investigated associations between inflammatory marker levels and hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related compensated liver cirrhosis risk in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection in China. We used a case-control design and data from the records of 110 Chinese patients with CHC and cirrhosis for the study; 458 CHC patients who did not have a diagnosis of cirrhosis were matched to the case group by age and sex characteristics. We also investigated fatty liver disease risk factors. The group of patients with CHC infection and cirrhosis had lower platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) values (60.63 [44.09, 89.31]) compared with the control group patients (80.24 [57.85, 111.08]). The results indicated that the group of patients with cirrhosis had higher 4-factor fibrosis index and aspartate aminotransferase (AST)-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) values compared with the group of patients with CHC-only (1.66 [0.98, 2.60] vs 0.71 [0.45, 1.17], respectively; P < .001 and 2.12 [0.97, 4.25] vs 0.99 [0.51, 2.01], respectively; P < .001). Compared with the control group, the AST/alanine aminotransferase ratio (AAR) values in the group of patients with cirrhosis were significantly higher (P < .001). Logistic regression analysis that included model adjustment for demographic characteristics and other factors that could affect cirrhosis risk revealed that greater 1/PLR values were associated with an increased odds of having cirrhosis (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.991 [0.985-0.996]); APRI and AAR values were also independent predictors of the presence of compensated cirrhosis. We found that compared with the patients with CHC-only, the triglyceride, cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the patients with both CHC and fatty liver disease were significantly higher. The multivariate analysis of the risk of fatty liver development in patients with CHC infection found that cholesterol level was a statistically significant risk factor (AOR [95% CI] 1.380 [1.089-1.750], P = .008). Increased 1/PLR, APRI, and AAR values were associated with increased risks for development of cirrhosis in this population of Chinese patients with CHC infection. Higher cholesterol levels increased the risk of development of fatty liver disease in patients with CHC.


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Alanina Transaminase/sangue , Aspartato Aminotransferases/sangue , Hepatite C Crônica , Cirrose Hepática , Biomarcadores/sangue , Estudos de Casos e Controles , China/epidemiologia , Fígado Gorduroso/sangue , Fígado Gorduroso/diagnóstico , Fígado Gorduroso/epidemiologia , Feminino , Hepacivirus/isolamento & purificação , Hepatite C Crônica/sangue , Hepatite C Crônica/complicações , Hepatite C Crônica/epidemiologia , Humanos , Lipoproteínas/sangue , Cirrose Hepática/sangue , Cirrose Hepática/diagnóstico , Cirrose Hepática/epidemiologia , Cirrose Hepática/etiologia , Contagem de Linfócitos/métodos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Contagem de Plaquetas/métodos , Fatores de Risco
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(39): e17354, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31574878

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INTRODUCTION: The incidence, mortality, and treatment costs of sepsis are high and, thus, present a major challenge for critical care medicine. Our previous studies suggest that intestinal metabolite granisetron has a potential therapeutic effect on sepsis. Granisetron is a clinically widely used antiemetic, which is safe, inexpensive, and reliable. However, its value in the treatment of sepsis remains unclear. This study aims to explore the efficacy and safety of granisetron in the treatment of sepsis. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A single-center, single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial will be conducted on 154 patients with sepsis. Patients who meet sepsis 3.0 diagnostic criteria, aged ≥18 and ≤80 years, with PCT ≥ 2 ng/mL will be recruited. Patients will be randomized to receive intravenous granisetron 3 mg every 8 hours (n = 77) or an equal volume of normal saline (n = 77) for a treatment period of 4 days or to ICU discharge. The primary outcome is 28-day all-cause mortality. Secondary outcome measures include requirements for organ function support, changes of organ function, changes in infection biomarkers, changes in inflammatory and immune biomarkers, and the proportion of new organ failure. Adverse events and serious adverse events also will be observed closely. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The study was approved by the Clinical Ethics Committee of Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University (2018-ZZJHZX-009). The trial results will be disseminated at national and international conferences and through peer-reviewed journal. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT03924518.URL: www.clinicaltrials.gov. PROTOCOL DATE: 1 May 2019. version 2.1.


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Granisetron/administração & dosagem , Sepse/tratamento farmacológico , Antagonistas da Serotonina/administração & dosagem , Choque Séptico/tratamento farmacológico , Administração Intravenosa , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores/análise , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Sepse/mortalidade , Choque Séptico/mortalidade , Método Simples-Cego , Resultado do Tratamento , Adulto Jovem
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Wiad Lek ; 72(9 cz 1): 1607-1610, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31586971

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OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The probability of development of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is estimated to be above 90% among patients with chronic back pain, presence of HLA B27 antigen and positive family history of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriasis, reactive arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or uveitis. The nonradiographic axSpA and ankylosing spondylitis diseases' activity has a comparable impact on the patients' quality of life and from the practical point of view the approach to treatment of each of them is the same. The aim: The attempt to identify the reasons of diagnostic delays of AS among patients hospitalized in the Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases Department in Lublin and to suggest the ways of improving the accuracy of diagnostic track among other healthcare providers than rheumatologists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Material and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of the records of 82 patients' with the established diagnosis of AS, hospitalized in the Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases Department in Lublin in 2000-2019, and of 45 years of age and older. RESULTS: Results: From among 82 patients (28 women and 54 men) the diagnosis of AS after 45 years of age was established in 25 patients (10 women and 15 men) - group t, and in the other 57 patients (group n) the diagnosis was established before 45 years of age. On average the age at the time of diagnosis in the whole group (t+n) was 40,7±10,2 (18-76) years, the age at the beginning of inflammatory back pain (age of axial symptoms) was 30,9±8,5 (13-51) years and the diagnostic delay (period between first axial symptoms and diagnosis establishment) was 9,75±9,5 (0-46) years. We did not find any statistically significant associations between sex and age at the moment of diagnosis, age of the beginning of axial symptoms and the time of diagnostic delay. There was no significant difference of incidence of enthesitis, uveitis, arthritis, prevalence of family history of spondyloarthritis and CRP level between group t and n. Antigen HLA B27 was more frequently present in group t. CONCLUSION: Conclusions: Instead of the recognition progress and worldwide popularization of knowledge about axSpA, the diagnostic delays in this field are still estimated to last many years, the patients are looking for other specialists' help, and they can be not knowledgeable of the inflammatory back pain criteria. Currently, HLA B27 antigen and C-reactive protein are the two most commonly used biomarkers for diagnostic and disease activity monitoring purposes of axSpA and magnetic resonance is the only "imaging biomarker". The presence of extra-axial symptoms does not improve the diagnostic sensitivity.


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Diagnóstico Tardio , Espondilartrite/diagnóstico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Biomarcadores/análise , Proteína C-Reativa/análise , Feminino , Antígeno HLA-B27/análise , Humanos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Qualidade de Vida , Estudos Retrospectivos , Adulto Jovem
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1164: 141-150, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31576546

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Patients presenting with prostate cancers undergo clinical staging evaluations to determine the extent of disease to guide therapeutic recommendations. Management options may include watchful waiting, surgery, or radiation therapy. Thus, initial risk stratification of prostate cancer patients is important for achieving optimal therapeutic results or cancer cure and preservation of quality of life. Predictive biomarkers for risks of complications or late effects of treatment are needed to inform clinical decisions for treatment selection. Here, we analyzed pre-treatment plasma metabolites in a cohort of prostate cancer patients (N = 99) treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) at Medstar-Georgetown University Hospital in a longitudinal, quality-of-life study to determine if individuals experiencing radiation toxicities can be identified by a molecular profile in plasma prior to treatment. We used a multiple reaction mass spectrometry-based molecular phenotyping of clinically annotated plasma samples in a retrospective outcome analysis to identify candidate biomarker panels correlating with adverse clinical outcomes following radiation therapy. We describe the discovery of candidate biomarkers, based on small molecule metabolite panels, showing high correlations (AUCs ≥ 95%) with radiation toxicities, suitable for validation studies in an expanded cohort of patients.


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Biomarcadores , Neoplasias da Próstata , Lesões por Radiação , Radiocirurgia , Biomarcadores/sangue , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Neoplasias da Próstata/radioterapia , Qualidade de Vida , Lesões por Radiação/sangue , Radiocirurgia/efeitos adversos , Estudos Retrospectivos
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Adv Clin Chem ; 92: 141-199, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31472753

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In the clinical setting, a blood sample is typically the starting point for biomarker search and discovery. Mass spectrometry (MS) is a highly sensitive and informative method for characterizing a very wide range of metabolites and proteins and is therefore a potentially powerful tool for biomarker discovery. However, the physicochemical characteristics of blood coupled with very large ranges of protein and metabolite concentrations present a significant technical obstacle for resolving and quantifying putative biomarkers by MS. Blood fractionation procedures are being developed to reduce the proteome/metabolome complexity and concentration ranges, allowing a greater diversity of analytes, including those at very low concentrations, to be quantified. In this chapter, several strategies for enriching and/or isolating specific blood components are summarized, including methods for the analysis of low and high molecular weight compounds, usually neglected in this type of assays, extracellular vesicles, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). For each method, relevant practical information is presented for effective implementation.


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Biomarcadores/sangue , Proteínas Sanguíneas/análise , Biomarcadores/análise , Humanos
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1200: 91-162, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31471796

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To reverse the trend of declining wildlife populations globally, individuals must be provided with conditions that allow them to not just survive, but to thrive. It is no longer only the remit of captive breeding programs to ensure animal well-being; in situ conservation efforts also must consider how environmental and anthropogenic pressures impact wild populations, and how to mitigate them-especially with regards to reproduction and survival. Stress and welfare are complex concepts that necessitate an understanding of how stressors affect animals on both individual and population levels. There are species differences in how factors impact well-being, related in part to natural history, which also are shaped by individual perceptions and coping abilities. A multitude of stress-related responses then have the potential to disrupt fertility on many levels, and ultimately fitness. A major limitation to advancing welfare science is the lack of definitive tests to verify welfare status; i.e., is the animal happy or not? While analyses of circulating or excreted glucocorticoids have for decades been the primary method of assessing stress, today we recognize the need for more objective indicators that incorporate multiple physiological systems, including behavior, to assess both negative and positive welfare states. In this chapter, we discuss the potential for stress to disrupt, and sometimes facilitate reproduction, including the key role that glucocorticoids play. We then discuss a number of physiological biomarkers, which in addition to glucocorticoids, have the potential to assess well-being and the role of stress on reproduction. Finally, we discuss allostatic load, a method by which multiple physiological markers are used to inform on morbidity and mortality risk in humans, which if applied to wildlife, could be a powerful tool for conservation.


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Alostase , Animais Selvagens , Glucocorticoides/fisiologia , Reprodução , Estresse Fisiológico , Animais , Biomarcadores , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais
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Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi ; 21(9): 868-875, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31506144

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OBJECTIVE: To study the significance of plasma neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) and its markers in the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children. METHODS: A total of 160 children with CAP were enrolled as the CAP group, and 50 healthy children were enrolled the control group. According to disease severity, the CAP group was further divided into a mild CAP subgroup with 137 children and a severe CAP subgroup with 23 children. According to the pathogen, the CAP group was further divided into a bacterial pneumonia subgroup with 78 children, a Mycoplasma pneumonia subgroup with 35 children, and a viral pneumonia subgroup with 47 children. The levels of plasma NET and its markers [antibacterial peptide (LL-37), extracellular free DNA (cfDNA), and deoxyribonuclease I (DNase I)] were measured. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to analyze the value of each index in diagnosing CAP and assessing its severity. RESULTS: Compared with the control group, the CAP group had significant increases in the levels of NET, LL-37, and cfDNA and a significant reduction in the activity of DNase I (P<0.05). Compared with the mild CAP subgroup, the severe CAP subgroup had significantly higher levels of NET, LL-37 and cfDNA and a significantly lower activity of DNase I (P<0.05). There were no significant differences in the levels of NET, LL-37, and cfDNA and the activity of DNase I among the bacterial pneumonia, Mycoplasma pneumonia, and viral pneumonia subgroups (P>0.05). In the CAP group, plasma NET levels were positively correlated with white blood cell count (WBC), percentage of neutrophils, and serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin and tumor necrosis factor-α (r=0.166, 0.168, 0.275, 0.181 and 0.173 respectively, P<0.05); LL-37 and cfDNA levels were positively correlated with WBC (r=0.186 and 0.338 respectively, P<0.05) and CRP levels (r=0.309 and 0.274 respectively, P<0.05); the activity of DNase I was negatively correlated with CRP levels (r=-0.482, P<0.05). The ROC curve analysis showed that NET, LL-37, cfDNA, and DNase I had an area under the ROC curve (AUC) of 0.844, 0.648, 0.727, and 0.913 respectively in the diagnosis of CAP, with optimal cut-off values of 182.89, 46.26 ng/mL, 233.13 ng/mL, and 0.39 U/mL respectively, sensitivities of 88.12%, 35.63%, 54.37%, and 91.25% respectively, and specificities of 74.00%, 92.00%, 86.00%, and 76.00% respectively. In the assessment of the severity of CAP, NET, LL-37, cfDNA, and DNase I had an AUC of 0.873, 0.924, 0.820, and 0.778 respectively, with optimal cut-off values of 257.7, 49.11 ng/mL, 252.54 ng/mL, and 0.29 U/mL respectively, sensitivities of 83.21%, 86.96%, 78.26%, and 95.65% respectively, and specificities of 78.26%, 83.94%, 76.64%, and 56.93% respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Plasma NET and its related markers have a certain value in diagnosing CAP and assessing its severity in children.


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Infecções Comunitárias Adquiridas , Armadilhas Extracelulares , Pneumonia , Biomarcadores , Proteína C-Reativa , Criança , Infecções Comunitárias Adquiridas/diagnóstico , Diagnóstico Precoce , Humanos , Curva ROC
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