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  • 1.
    Abdsaleh, Shahin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Radiology.
    Wärnberg, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
    Azavedo, E
    Lindgren, P G
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Radiology.
    Amini, Rose-Marie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Comparison of core needle biopsy and surgical specimens in malignant breast lesions regarding histological features and hormone receptor expression2008In: Histopathology, ISSN 0309-0167, E-ISSN 1365-2559, Vol. 52, no 6, 773-775 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2. Aho, Leena
    et al.
    Jolkkonen, Jukka
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Kuopio University, Finland.
    Beta-amyloid aggregation in human brains with cerebrovascular lesions.2006In: Stroke, ISSN 0039-2499, E-ISSN 1524-4628, Vol. 37, no 12, 2940-5 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The present study assessed beta-amyloid (Abeta) protein aggregates in postmortem human brains in subjects who had experienced stroke to examine the proposed association between ischemic stress and the accumulation of Abeta reported in rodents.

    METHODS: A sample of 484 postmortem brains from nondemented subjects, lacking isocortical neurodegenerative pathology with verified cerebrovascular lesions, and 57 age-matched controls were assessed with respect to Abeta, Abeta40, and Abeta42 aggregates in the cortex and thalamus by immunohistochemical techniques.

    RESULTS: The load of Abeta aggregates did not display a significant association with cerebrovascular lesions. The load of Abeta, Abeta40, and Abeta42 aggregates increased with age, and there was a tendency toward higher odds ratios for Abeta aggregates, though not statistically significant, in subjects with acute cerebrovascular lesions. In the oldest subjects with cerebrovascular lesions and with both thalamic and cortical Abeta aggregates, the load of thalamic Abeta42 was significantly higher than the load of Abeta40.

    CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that cerebrovascular disease does not influence the load of Abeta, whereas a shift of aggregation from the Abeta40 to the Abeta42 residue is noted in the thalamus but only in aged subjects. It is impossible, however, to state whether this result is attributable to increased Abeta production, its insufficient elimination, or other susceptibility factors.

  • 3. Aho, Leena
    et al.
    Parkkinen, Laura
    Pirttila, Tuula
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Systematic appraisal using immunohistochemistry of brain pathology in aged and demented subjects.2008In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, ISSN 1420-8008, E-ISSN 1421-9824, Vol. 25, no 5, 423-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND/AIMS: Abnormal processing of hyperphosphorylated tau (HPtau), amyloid-beta (Abeta) and alpha-synuclein (alphaS) proteins is considered as causative with regard to the clinical symptoms in age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

    METHODS: In this retrospective, postmortem study applying immunohistochemical methodology, we assessed Alzheimer's-disease (AD)-related HPtau and Abeta pathology in 178 subjects with alphaS pathology.

    RESULTS: These pathologies were frequently seen concomitantly, i.e. HPtau in 83% and Abeta in 62% of the alphaS-positive cases. Furthermore, the striatum was frequently involved, particularly in subjects with cognitive impairment (65%). The predictive value of widespread HPtau pathology, i.e. stages V-VI, with respect to cognitive impairment was high, since all 18 subjects presenting with this stage were demented. In contrast, the predictive value of widespread alphaS pathology, i.e. stages 5-6 according to Braak's Parkinson disease staging, was debatable. Fifty-three percent of the subjects with widespread alphaS pathology and no or mild AD-related HPtau pathology were cognitively unimpaired. It is noteworthy that striatal Abeta pathology was more often seen in demented subjects independently of HPtau and/or alphaS status.

    CONCLUSION: The causative pathology in subjects with clinically diagnosed dementia with Lewy bodies needs to be clarified in future studies.

  • 4. Aho, Leena
    et al.
    Pikkarainen, Maria
    Hiltunen, Mikko
    Leinonen, Ville
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Immunohistochemical Visualization of Amyloid-β Protein Precursor and Amyloid-β in Extra- and Intracellular Compartments in the Human Brain2010In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, ISSN 1387-2877, Vol. 20, no 4, 1015-1028 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Amyloid-beta (Abeta) peptide, a cleavage product of the amyloid-beta protein precursor (AbetaPP), has been reported to be detected in the intracellular compartment. Most studies reporting the presence of intracellular Abeta are based on the use of immunohistochemistry. In this study, the presence of AbetaPP and Abeta was assessed by applying immunohistochemistry in postmortem human brain tissue samples obtained from 10 neurologically intact subjects, the youngest being 2 years of age, one aged with mild cognitive impairment, 14 neurologically diseased, and in one brain biopsy sample obtained from a subject with normal pressure hydrocephalus. Intracellular immunoreactivity was detected in all ages independent of the disease state or existence of extracellular Abeta aggregates with all antibodies directed to AbetaPP, with three Abeta antibodies (4G8, 6E10, and 82E1), clones that are unable to distinguish Abeta from AbetaPP. These results suggest that it is AbetaPP rather than Abeta that is detected intracellularly when using the antibodies listed above. Furthermore, the staining results varied when different pretreatment strategies were applied. Interestingly intracellular Abeta was detected with antibodies directed to the C-terminus of Abeta (neoepitope) in subjects with Alzheimer's disease. The lack of intracellular immunoreactivity in unimpaired subjects, when using antibodies against neoepitopes, may be due to a lack or a low level of the protein that is thus undetectable at light microscopic level by immunohistochemistry method. The staining results and conclusions depended strongly on the chosen antibody and the pretreatment strategy and thus multiple antibodies must be used when assessing the intracellular accumulation of Abeta.

  • 5.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 42 Neuropatologisk undersökning (neuropatologinen tutkimus2010In: In Muistisairaudet (Minnestörningar) / [ed] Erkinjuntti T, Rinne J, Soininen H, Duodecim , 2010, 1, 438-446 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Cerebral amyloid angiopathy, hemorrhages and superficial siderosis.2008In: Stroke, ISSN 0039-2499, E-ISSN 1524-4628, Vol. 39, no 10, 2699-700 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Alzheimer's disease-related lesions2013In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, ISSN 1387-2877, Vol. 33, no Suppl 1, S173-S179 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The invitation to contribute to "Alzheimer's Disease: Advances for a New Century" gave me an opportunity to briefly summarize my personal opinions about how the field of neuropathology has evolved. The goal is to briefly exemplify the changes that have influenced the way we conduct our diagnostic work as well as the way we interpret our results. From an era of histological stains, we have moved to visualization of altered proteins in predicted brain regions; we have also realized that in many aged subjects, not one but a plethora of co-pathologies are seen, and finally, we have become aware that the degenerative process is initiated much earlier than we ever suspected.

  • 8.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 23.42  Alzheimerin tauti  (Alzheimer’s sjukdom)2012In: In Patologia (Patologi) / [ed] Mäkinen M, Carpen O, Kosma VM, Lehto VP, Paavonen T, Stenbäck F, Duodecim , 2012, 1, 1029-1031 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 41 Neuropatologisk undersökning (neuropatologinen tutkimus)2015In: In Muistisairaudet (Minnestörningar) / [ed] Erkinjuntti T, Rinne J, Soininen H, Duodecim , 2015, 2, 426-434 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 23.40 Rapeuttavat aivosairaudet (Degenerativa hjärnsjukdomar)2012In: In Patologia (Patologi) / [ed] Mäkinen M, Carpen O, Kosma VM, Lehto VP, Paavonen T, Stenbäck F, Duodecim , 2012, 1, 1023-1028 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 23.46  Frontotemporaaliset lobaariset degeneraatiot (Frontoremporal degeneration)2012In: In Patologia (Patologi) / [ed] Mäkinen M, Carpen O, Kosma VM, Lehto VP, Paavonen T, Stenbäck F, Duodecim , 2012, 1, 1032-1033 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Kapittel 23.44 Parkinsonin tauti ja lewynkappaledementia (Parkinsons sjukdom)2012In: In Patologia (Patologi) / [ed] Mäkinen M, Carpen O, Kosma VM, Lehto VP, Paavonen T, Stenbäck F, Duodecim , 2012, 1, 1031-1032 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    et al.
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Arzberger, Thomas
    Al-Sarraj, Safa
    Bodi, Istvan
    Bogdanovic, Nenad
    Braak, Heiko
    Bugiani, Orso
    Del-Tredici, Kelly
    Ferrer, Isidro
    Gelpi, Ellen
    Giaccone, Giorgio
    Graeber, Manuel B
    Ince, Paul
    Kamphorst, Wouter
    King, Andrew
    Korkolopoulou, Penelope
    Kovács, Gábor G
    Larionov, Sergey
    Meyronet, David
    Monoranu, Camelia
    Parchi, Piero
    Patsouris, Efstratios
    Roggendorf, Wolfgang
    Seilhean, Danielle
    Tagliavini, Fabrizio
    Stadelmann, Christine
    Streichenberger, Nathalie
    Thal, Dietmar R
    Wharton, Stephen B
    Kretzschmar, Hans
    Staging of neurofibrillary pathology in Alzheimer's disease: a study of the BrainNet Europe Consortium.2008In: Brain Pathology, ISSN 1015-6305, E-ISSN 1750-3639, Vol. 18, no 4, 484-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It has been recognized that molecular classifications will form the basis for neuropathological diagnostic work in the future. Consequently, in order to reach a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the presence of hyperphosphorylated tau (HP-tau) and beta-amyloid protein in brain tissue must be unequivocal. In addition, the stepwise progression of pathology needs to be assessed. This paper deals exclusively with the regional assessment of AD-related HP-tau pathology. The objective was to provide straightforward instructions to aid in the assessment of AD-related immunohistochemically (IHC) detected HP-tau pathology and to test the concordance of assessments made by 25 independent evaluators. The assessment of progression in 7-microm-thick sections was based on assessment of IHC labeled HP-tau immunoreactive neuropil threads (NTs). Our results indicate that good agreement can be reached when the lesions are substantial, i.e., the lesions have reached isocortical structures (stage V-VI absolute agreement 91%), whereas when only mild subtle lesions were present the agreement was poorer (I-II absolute agreement 50%). Thus, in a research setting when the extent of lesions is mild, it is strongly recommended that the assessment of lesions should be carried out by at least two independent observers.

  • 14.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Parkkinen, Laura
    Staged pathology in Parkinson's disease2014In: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, ISSN 1353-8020, E-ISSN 1873-5126, Vol. 20, no Suppl. 1, S57-S61 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There has been a tremendous development since a regional progression of pathology in subjects with Lewy bodies (LB) was initially proposed 30 years ago. The entity of dementia with Lewy bodies has been acknowledged, the main protein constituent of LBs--aggregated α-synuclein (αS)--has been identified and a stepwise progression of the pathology has been reported. Implementation of the staging strategies published provides a common ground for handling a case with a suspected α-synucleinopathy. It is always important to state the staging strategy implemented while assessing a case, as the strategy applied might influence both the reported stage of LB pathology and, ultimately, the final diagnosis of the patient.

  • 15.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    et al.
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Parkkinen, Laura
    Al-Sarraj, Safa
    Arzberger, Thomas
    Bell, Jeanne
    Bodi, Istvan
    Bogdanovic, Nenad
    Budka, Herbert
    Ferrer, Isidro
    Gelpi, Ellen
    Gentleman, Stephen
    Giaccone, Giorgio
    Kamphorst, Wouter
    King, Andrew
    Korkolopoulou, Penelope
    Kovács, Gábor G
    Larionov, Sergey
    Meyronet, David
    Monoranu, Camelia
    Morris, Jodie
    Parchi, Piero
    Patsouris, Efstratios
    Roggendorf, Wolfgang
    Seilhean, Danielle
    Streichenberger, Nathalie
    Thal, Dietmar R
    Kretzschmar, Hans
    Assessment of alpha-synuclein pathology: a study of the BrainNet Europe Consortium.2008In: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, ISSN 0022-3069, E-ISSN 1554-6578, Vol. 67, no 2, 125-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To determine the reliability of assessment of alpha-synuclein-immunoreactive (alphaS-IR) structures by neuropathologists, 28 evaluators from 17 centers of BrainNet Europe examined current methods and reproducibility of alphaS-IR evaluation using a tissue microarray (TMA) technique. Tissue microarray blocks were constructed of samples from the participating centers that contained alphaS-IR structures. Slides from these blocks were stained in each center and assessed for neuronal perikaryal inclusions, neurites, and glial cytoplasmic inclusions. The study was performed in 2 phases. First, the TMA slides were stained with the antibody of the center's choice. In this phase, 59% of the sections were of good or acceptable quality, and 4 of 9 antibodies used performed consistently. Differences in interpretation and categorization of alphaS-IR structures, however, led to differing results between the laboratories. Prior to the second phase, the neuropathologists participated in a training session on the evaluation of alphaS-IR structures. Based on the results of the first phase, selected antibodies using designated antigen retrieval methods were then applied to TMA slides in the second phase. When the designated methods of both staining and evaluation were applied, all 26 subsequently stained TMA sections evaluated were of good/acceptable quality, and a high level of concordance in the assessment of the presence or absence of specific alphaS-IR structures was achieved. A semiquantitative assessment of alphaS-IR neuronal perikaryal inclusions yielded agreements ranging from 49% to 82%, with best concordance in cortical core samples. These results suggest that rigorous methodology and dichotomized assessment (i.e. determining the presence or absence of alphaS-IR) should be applied, and that semiquantitative assessment can be recommended only for the cortical samples. Moreover, the study demonstrates that there are limitations in the scoring of alphaS-IR structures.

  • 16.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Pikkarainen, M
    Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.
    Parkkinen, L
    Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.
    Synucleinopathies2015In: Neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases: A practical guide / [ed] Gabor G Kovacs, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 149-175 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Definition, structure and biochemical background Similar to other “proteinopathies,” the process that links α-synuclein (αS) protein to disease pathogenesis originated from the discovery that a single point mutation in the αS gene (i.e. SNCA) can cause autosomal-dominant Parkinson’s disease (PD) [1]. This was followed by the breakthrough finding that the actual transcribed protein was a major fibrillar component of pathological hallmarks known as Lewy bodies (LBs), Lewy neurites (LNs) and glial cytoplasmic inclusions characterizing a heterogeneous group of diseases, now collectively referred to as “synucleinopathies,” i.e. PD, PD with dementia (PDD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) [2, 3]. Currently, there are five missense mutations (pA53T, p.A30P, p.E46K, p.H50Q and p.G51D) [1, 4–8] and multiplication mutations (SNCA duplication and triplication) [9–11] that are genetically linked to clinical parkinsonism (Table 9.1). This genetic and pathological linkage establishes αS as an important player in the development of these disorders.

  • 17.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    et al.
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Pikkarainen, Maria
    Arzberger, Thomas
    Thal, Dietmar R
    Al-Sarraj, Safa
    Bell, Jeanne
    Bodi, Istvan
    Budka, Herbert
    Capetillo-Zarate, Estibaliz
    Ferrer, Isidro
    Gelpi, Ellen
    Gentleman, Stephen
    Giaccone, Giorgio
    Kavantzas, Nikolaos
    King, Andrew
    Korkolopoulou, Penelope
    Kovács, Gábor G
    Meyronet, David
    Monoranu, Camelia
    Parchi, Piero
    Patsouris, Efstratios
    Roggendorf, Wolfgang
    Stadelmann, Christine
    Streichenberger, Nathalie
    Tagliavini, Fabricio
    Kretzschmar, Hans
    Inter-laboratory comparison of neuropathological assessments of beta-amyloid protein: a study of the BrainNet Europe consortium.2008In: Acta Neuropathologica, ISSN 0001-6322, E-ISSN 1432-0533, Vol. 115, no 5, 533-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Amyloid-beta-protein (Abeta) is generally assessed by neuropathologists in diagnostics. This BrainNet Europe ( http://www.brainnet-europe.org/ ) (15 centres and 26 participants) study was carried out to investigate the reliability of such an assessment. In the first part of this trial, tissue microarray sections were stained with the antibody of each centre's choice. Reflecting the reality, seven antibodies and a plethora of pretreatment strategies were used. Ninety-two percent of the stainings were of good/acceptable quality and the estimation of presence of Abeta aggregates yielded good results. However, a poor agreement was reached particularly regarding quantitative (density) and qualitative (diffuse/cored plaques) results. During a joint meeting, the clone 4G8 was determined to label best the fleecy/diffuse plaques, and thus, this clone and the formic acid pretreatment technique were selected for the second part of this study. Subsequently, all stained sections were of good/acceptable quality and again a high level of concordance of the dichotomized (presence/absence) assessment of plaques and CAA was achieved. However, even when only one antibody was used, the type of Abeta-aggregates (diffuse/cored), type of vessel and Vonsattel grade, were not reliably assigned. Furthermore, the quantification of lesions was far from reliable. In line with the first trial, the agreement while assessing density (some, moderate and many) was unimpressive. In conclusion, we can confirm the utility of immunohistochemical detection of Abeta-protein in diagnostics and research. It is noteworthy that to reach reproducible results a dichotomized assessment of Abeta-immunoreactivity rather than quantification and assignment of various types of lesions should be applied, particularly when comparing results obtained by different neuropathologists.

  • 18. Alamdari, Nima
    et al.
    Toraldo, Gianluca
    Aversa, Zaira
    Smith, Ira J
    Castillero, Estibaliz
    Renaud, Guillaume
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Qaisar, Rizwan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Larsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Jasuja, Ravi
    Hasselgren, Per-Olof
    Loss of muscle strength during sepsis is in part regulated by glucocorticoids and is associated with reduced muscle fiber stiffness2012In: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, ISSN 0363-6119, E-ISSN 1522-1490, Vol. 303, no 10, R1090-R1099 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sepsis is associated with impaired muscle function but the role of glucocorticoids in sepsis-induced muscle weakness is not known. We tested the role of glucocorticoids in sepsis-induced muscle weakness by treating septic rats with the glucocorticoid receptor antagonist RU38486. In addition, normal rats were treated with dexamethasone to further examine the role of glucocorticoids in the regulation of muscle strength. Sepsis was induced in rats by cecal ligation and puncture and muscle force generation (peak twitch and tetanic tension) was determined in lower extremity muscles. In other experiments, absolute and specific force as well as stiffness (reflecting the function of actomyosin cross-bridges) were determined in isolated skinned muscle fibers from control and septic rats. Sepsis and treatment with dexamethasone resulted in reduced maximal twitch and tetanic force in intact isolated extensor digitorum longus muscles. The absolute and specific maximal force in isolated muscle fibers was reduced during sepsis together with decreased fiber stiffness. These effects of sepsis were blunted (but not abolished) by RU38486. The results suggest that muscle weakness during sepsis is at least in part regulated by glucocorticoids and reflects loss of contractility at the cellular (individual muscle fiber) level. In addition, the results suggest that reduced function of the cross-bridges between actin and myosin (documented as reduced muscle fiber stiffness) may be involved in sepsis-induced muscle weakness. An increased understanding of mechanisms involved in loss of muscle strength will be important for the development of new treatment strategies in patients with this debilitating consequence of sepsis.

  • 19. Alfstad, K Å
    et al.
    Lossius, M I
    Røste, G K
    Mowinckel, P
    Scheie, D
    Casar Borota, Olivera
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology. Dept. of Laboratory medicine/Pathology, Umeå University, Umeå Sweden.
    Larsson, P G
    Nakken, K O
    Acute postoperative seizures after epilepsy surgery: a long-term outcome predictor?2011In: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6314, E-ISSN 1600-0404, Vol. 123, no 1, 48-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: The prognostic value of acute postoperative seizures (APS) after epilepsy surgery is much debated. This study evaluated APS, defined as seizures in the first week post-surgery, as a predictor of long-term seizure outcome, and investigated the utility of other potential outcome predictors.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 48 patients with temporal and extra-temporal epilepsy surgery were studied. Forty patients had lesional surgery. All had at least 2 year postoperative follow-up.

    RESULTS: At 2 year follow-up, 25 patients (53%) were seizure free. Univariate analysis showed that APS (P = 0.048), using ≥ six AEDs prior to surgery (P = 0.03), pathological postoperative EEG (P = 0.043) and female gender (P = 0.012) were associated with seizure recurrence.

    CONCLUSIONS: Univariate analysis indicate that APS, a high number of AEDs used prior to surgery, and pathological postoperative EEG are possible predictors of seizure recurrence after epilepsy surgery. Only gender retained significance in the multivariate analysis.

  • 20. Allander, Susanne Vilhelmsdotter
    et al.
    Larsson, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Marké, Lars-Åke
    Svensson, Maria K
    Björn, Wihlén
    Elinder, Carl-Gustaf
    Kreatinin fortfarande den vanligaste njurfunktionsanalysen: Undersökning av praxis i Sverige2012In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 109, no 19, 960-962 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Markers of renal function (glomerular filtration rate; GFR) are frequently used. In most cases GFR is estimated based on plasma creatinine, but cystatin C, creatinine clearance (with urine collection), iohexol clearance and 51Cr-EDTA clearance are also used. A questionnaire was sent to representatives for clinical chemistry laboratories in Sweden to collect information regarding the use of these markers during the years 2006 2009. The aim was to compare the use in different parts of Sweden and how it has changed over time. The overall use of markers of renal function, including creatinine, continues to increase on a national level, with the exception for endogenous creatinine clearance and 51Cr-EDTA clearance. Creatinine, the most frequently used marker, continues to grow in numbers. 5,6 million creatinine analyses and about two hundred thousand cystatin C analyses were performed during year 2009. There were considerable variations between counties in the use of the studied markers.

  • 21. Amirian, E Susan
    et al.
    Armstrong, Georgina N
    Zhou, Renke
    Lau, Ching C
    Claus, Elizabeth B
    Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill S
    Il'yasova, Dora
    Schildkraut, Joellen
    Ali-Osman, Francis
    Sadetzki, Siegal
    Johansen, Christoffer
    Houlston, Richard S
    Jenkins, Robert B
    Lachance, Daniel
    Olson, Sara H
    Bernstein, Jonine L
    Merrell, Ryan T
    Wrensch, Margaret R
    Davis, Faith G
    Lai, Rose
    Shete, Sanjay
    Amos, Christopher I
    Scheurer, Michael E
    Aldape, Kenneth
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Brännström, Thomas
    Broholm, Helle
    Collins, Peter
    Giannini, Caterina
    Rosenblum, Marc
    Tihan, Tarik
    Melin, Beatrice S
    Bondy, Melissa L
    The Glioma International Case-Control Study: A Report From the Genetic Epidemiology of Glioma International Consortium2016In: American Journal of Epidemiology, ISSN 0002-9262, E-ISSN 1476-6256, Vol. 183, no 2, 85-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Decades of research have established only a few etiological factors for glioma, which is a rare and highly fatal brain cancer. Common methodological challenges among glioma studies include small sample sizes, heterogeneity of tumor subtypes, and retrospective exposure assessment. Here, we briefly describe the Glioma International Case-Control (GICC) Study (recruitment, 2010-2013), a study being conducted by the Genetic Epidemiology of Glioma International Consortium that integrates data from multiple data collection sites, uses a common protocol and questionnaire, and includes biospecimen collection. To our knowledge, the GICC Study is the largest glioma study to date that includes collection of blood samples, which will allow for genetic analysis and interrogation of gene-environment interactions.

  • 22.
    Andelin, M.
    et al.
    Department of Medicine, NU Hospital Group, Uddevalla, Sweden..
    Kropff, J.
    Department of Endocrinology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands..
    Matuleviciene, V.
    Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Joseph, J.I.
    Department of Anaesthesiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA..
    Attvall, S.
    Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Theodorsson, Elvar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Hirsch, I.B.
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
    Imberg, H.
    Statistiska Konsultgruppen, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Dahlqvist, S.
    Department of Medicine, NU Hospital Group, Uddevalla, Sweden.
    Klonoff, D.
    Diabetes Research Institute, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, San Mateo, CA, USA..
    Haraldsson, B.
    Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    DeVries, J.H.
    Department of Endocrinology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands..
    Lind, M.
    Department of Medicine, NU Hospital Group, Uddevalla, Sweden Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden lind.marcus@telia.com..
    Assessing the Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Calibrated With Capillary Values Using Capillary or Venous Glucose Levels as a Reference.2016In: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, ISSN 1932-2968, E-ISSN 1932-2968, Vol. 10, no 4, 876-884 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Using the standard venous reference for the evaluation of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems could possibly negatively affect measured CGM accuracy since CGM are generally calibrated with capillary glucose and venous and capillary glucose concentrations differ. We therefore aimed to quantify the effect of using capillary versus venous glucose reference samples on estimated accuracy in capillary calibrated CGM.less thanbr /greater thanMethods: We evaluated 41 individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) using the Dexcom G4 CGM system over 6 days. Patients calibrated their CGM devices with capillary glucose by means of the HemoCue system. During 2 visits, capillary and venous samples were simultaneously measured by HemoCue and compared to concomitantly obtained CGM readings. The mean absolute relative difference (MARD) was calculated using capillary and venous reference samples.less thanbr /greater thanResults: Venous glucose values were 0.83 mmol/L (15.0 mg/dl) lower than capillary values over all glycemic ranges, P less than .0001. Below 4 mmol/l (72 mg/dl), the difference was 1.25 mmol/l (22.5 mg/dl), P = .0001, at 4-10 mmol/l (72-180 mg/dl), 0.67 mmol/l (12.0 mg/dl), P less than .0001 and above 10 mmol/l (180 mg/dl), 0.95 mmol/l (17.1 mg/dl), P less than .0001. MARD was 11.7% using capillary values as reference compared to 13.7% using venous samples, P = .037. Below 4 mmol/l (72 mg/dl) MARD was 16.6% and 31.8%, P = .048, at 4-10 mmol/l (72-180 mg/dl) 12.1% and 12.6%, P = .32, above 10 mmol/l (180 mg/dl) 8.7% and 9.2%, P = .82.less thanbr /greater thanConclusion: Using capillary glucose concentrations as reference to evaluate the accuracy of CGM calibrated with capillary samples is associated with a lower MARD than using venous glucose as the reference. Capillary glucose concentrations were significantly higher than venous in all glycemic ranges.less thanbr /greater than (© 2016 Diabetes Technology Society.)

  • 23.
    Andersson, Charlotta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Significance of Wilms’ tumor gene 1 as a biomarker in acute leukemia and solid tumors2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Wilms’ tumor gene 1 (WT1) is a zinc finger transcriptional regulator with crucial functions in embryonic development. Originally WT1 was described as a tumor suppressor gene, but later studies have shown oncogenic properties of WT1 in a variety of tumors. Because of its dual functions in tumorigenesis, WT1 has been described as a chameleon gene. In this thesis, the significance of WT1 as a biomarker was investigated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), ovarian carcinoma (OC) and childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL).

    Previous studies have suggested that expression of WT1 is a potential marker for detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) in AML. We aimed to define expression of WT1 as an MRD marker in AML. In adult AML patients, we found that a reduction of WT1 expression in bone marrow (≥ 1-log) detected less than 1 month after diagnosis was associated with an improved overall survival (OS) and freedom from relapse (FFR). In peripheral blood, a reduction of WT1 expression (≥ 2-log) detected between 1 and 6 months after treatment initiation was associated with an improved OS and FFR.

    WT1 harbor pathogenic genetic variants in a considerable proportion of AML and T-lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but mutations have not been reported in BCP-ALL. We aimed to evaluate the clinical impact of WT1 mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in BCP-ALL. Pathogenic mutations in the WT1 gene were rarely seen in childhood BCP-ALL. However, five WT1 SNPs were identified. In survival analyses, WT1 SNP rs1799925 was found to be associated with worse OS, indicating that WT1 SNP rs1799925 may be a useful marker for clinical outcome in childhood BCP-ALL. We also explored whether WT1 mutations and SNPs in ccRCC could be used as biomarkers for risk and treatment stratification. We therefore examined whether SNPs or mutations in WT1 were associated with WT1 expression and clinical outcome. Sequencing analysis revealed that none of the previously reported WT1 mutations were found in ccRCC; however, we identified six different WT1 SNPs. Our data suggest that pathogenic WT1 mutations are not involved in ccRCC, and the prognostic significance of WT1 SNPs in ccRCC is considerably weak. However, a favorable OS and disease-specific survival were found in the few cases harboring the homozygous minor allele.

    OC has a poor prognosis, and early effective screening markers are lacking. Serous OCs are known to express the WT1 protein. Overexpressed oncogenic proteins can be considered potential candidate antigens for cancer vaccines and T-cell therapy. It was therefore of great interest to investigate whether anti-WT1 IgG antibody (Ab) measurements in plasma could serve as biomarkers of anti-OC response. We found limited prognostic impact, but the results indicated that anti-WT1 IgG Ab measurements in plasma and WT1 staining in tissue specimens could be potential biomarkers for patient outcome in the high-risk subtypes of OCs.

    In conclusion, the results of this thesis indicate that WT1 gene expression can provide information about MRD of patients with AML, and WT1 SNP rs1799925 may be used as a biomarker for predicting clinical outcome in childhood BCP-ALL. In ccRCC, the prognostic significance of WT1 SNPs is weak and limited to the subgroup of patients that are homozygous for the minor allele. In OCs anti-WT1 IgG Ab measurement in plasma and WT1 staining in tissue specimens could possibly be used as biomarkers for predicting patient outcome in the high-risk subtypes of OCs.

  • 24.
    Andersson, Patiyan
    et al.
    Division of Cell Biology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Kolaric, Aleksandra
    Department of Pathology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Windahl, Torgny
    Department of Urology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Kirrander, Peter
    Department of Urology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Division of Cell Biology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Mats G
    Department of Pathology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    PIK3CA, HRAS and KRAS gene mutations in human penile cancer2008In: Journal of Urology, ISSN 0022-5347, E-ISSN 1527-3792, Vol. 179, no 5, 2030-2034 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The knowledge of somatic mutations that arise in penile cancer is limited. We examined the dysregulation of components in the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and Ras pathways.

    Materials and Methods: Using single stranded conformational analysis and direct sequencing we performed mutational analysis of the PIK3CA, PTEN, HRAS, KRAS, NRAS and BRAF genes in 28 penile tumors.

    Results: We identified somatic missense mutations in 11 of the 28 penile cancer samples (39%). In the PIK3CA gene 8 mutations (29%) were identified that were E542K or E545K. In the HRAS gene a G12S and a Q61L mutation were found (7%). The KRAS gene contained 1 mutation (3%), that is a G12S change. PIK3CA mutations were found in all grades and stages, whereas HRAS and KRAS mutations were found in larger and more advanced tumors. The mutations were mutually exclusive, suggesting that dysregulation of either pathway is sufficient for the development and progression of penile carcinoma.

    Conclusions: The high frequency of mutations in the PIK3CA, HRAS and KRAS genes leads us to believe that dysregulation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase or Ras pathway is significant for the development and progression of penile carcinoma.

  • 25. Asa, S L
    et al.
    Casar-Borota, Olivera
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Chanson, P
    Delgrange, E
    Earls, P
    Ezzat, S
    Grossman, A
    Ikeda, H
    Inoshita, N
    Karavitaki, N
    Korbonits, M
    Laws, E R
    Lopes, M B
    Maartens, N
    McCutcheon, I E
    Mete, O
    Nishioka, H
    Raverot, G
    Roncaroli, F
    Saeger, W
    Syro, L V
    Vasiljevic, A
    Villa, C
    Wierinckx, A
    Trouillas, J
    From pituitary adenoma to pituitary neuroendocrine tumor (PitNET): an International Pituitary Pathology Club proposal.2017In: Endocrine-Related Cancer, ISSN 1351-0088, E-ISSN 1479-6821, Vol. 24, no 4, C5-C8 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The classification of neoplasms of adenohypophysial cells is misleading because of the simplistic distinction between adenoma and carcinoma, based solely on metastatic spread and the poor reproducibility and predictive value of the definition of atypical adenomas based on the detection of mitoses or expression of Ki-67 or p53. In addition, the current classification of neoplasms of the anterior pituitary does not accurately reflect the clinical spectrum of behavior. Invasion and regrowth of proliferative lesions and persistence of hormone hypersecretion cause significant morbidity and mortality. We propose a new terminology, pituitary neuroendocrine tumor (PitNET), which is consistent with that used for other neuroendocrine neoplasms and which recognizes the highly variable impact of these tumors on patients.

  • 26.
    Asfaw Idosa, Berhane
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Medicine.
    Sahdo, Berolla
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Medicine.
    Balcha, Ermias
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Medicine.
    Kelly, Anne
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Medicine.
    Söderquist, Bo
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Orebro University Hospital. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Microbiology.
    Särndahl, Eva
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Medicine.
    C10X polymorphism in the CARD8 gene is associated with bacteraemia2014In: Immunity, inflammation and disease, E-ISSN 2050-4527, Vol. 2, no 1, 13-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The NLRP3 inflammasome is an intracellular multi-protein complex that triggers caspase-1 mediated maturation of interleukin-1β (IL-1β); one of the most potent mediators of inflammation and a major cytokine produced during severe infections, like sepsis. However, the excessive cytokine levels seem to stage for tissue injury and organ failure, and high levels of IL-1β correlates with severity and mortality of sepsis. Instead, recent data suggest caspase-1 to function as a guardian against severe infections. CARD8 has been implied to regulate the synthesis of IL-1β via interaction to caspase-1. In recent years, polymorphism of CARD8 (C10X) per se or in combination with NLRP3 (Q705K) has been implicated with increased risk of inflammation. The aim was to investigate the correlation of these polymorphisms with severe blood stream infection. Human DNA was extracted from blood culture bottles that were found to be positive for microbial growth (i.e. patients with bacteraemia). Polymorphisms Q705K in the NLRP3 gene and C10X in the CARD8 gene were genotyped using TaqMan genotyping assay. The results were compared to healthy controls and to samples from patients with negative cultures. The polymorphism C10X was significantly over-represented among patients with bacteraemia as compared to healthy controls, whereas patients with negative blood culture were not associated with a higher prevalence. No association was observed with polymorphism Q705K of NLRP3 in either group of patients. Patients carrying polymorphism C10X in the CARD8 gene are at increased risk of developing bacteraemia and severe inflammation.

  • 27.
    Axelson, Hans W
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Melberg, Atle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Ronquist, Gunnar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Askmark, Håkan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Microdialysis and electromyography of experimental muscle fatigue in healthy volunteers and patients with mitochondrial myopathy2002In: Muscle and Nerve, ISSN 0148-639X, E-ISSN 1097-4598, Vol. 26, no 4, 520-526 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Consecutive 60-min microdialysis samples were taken from the tibial anterior muscle in 11 healthy subjects and 4 patients with mitochondrial myopathy before (2-3 samples) and after (3-4 samples, 2 controls and 1 patient excluded) sustained isometric foot dorsiflexions. Before exercise, mean concentrations of lactate, pyruvate, hypoxanthine, urate, aspartate, and glutamate did not significantly differ between controls and patients. After exercise, the controls showed significantly increased concentrations of lactate, pyruvate, and urate, decreased hypoxanthine, and no change in aspartate and glutamate. Similar findings were observed in the patients. Plasma lactate was unchanged. Exercise-induced increase in integrated electromyogram amplitude and rated subjective fatigue were correlated to increased post-exercise lactate concentrations, with no obvious difference between the groups. Microdialysis of skeletal muscle allows the detection and monitoring of biochemical changes in the interstitial space. With the exercise protocol used, however, it was not possible to demonstrate any biochemical difference between healthy controls and patients with mitochondrial myopathy.

  • 28.
    Axelson, Hans W
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Öberg, Gunnar
    Askmark, Håkan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Successful repeated treatment with high dose cyclophosphamide and autologous blood stem cell transplantation in CIDP2009In: BMJ case reports, ISSN 1757-790XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is characterised by the occurrence of symmetrical weakness and sensory impairment in arms and legs. The course is relapsing or chronic and progressing. CIDP is considered to be an autoimmune disease, which is supported by the beneficial response to immunomodulating therapies in most patients. We report on a patient with CIDP who has been in remission for more than 3 years after treatment with high dose cyclophosphamide and autologous blood stem cell transplantation in CIDP on two occasions.

  • 29.
    Barranco, Isabel
    et al.
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Tvarijonaviciute, Asta
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Perez-Patino, Cristina
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Vicente Carrillo, Alejandro
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Parrilla, Inmaculada
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Ceron, Jose J.
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Martinez, Emilio A.
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Rodriguez-Martinez, Heriberto
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Roca, Jordi
    University of Murcia, Spain.
    Glutathione Peroxidase 5 Is Expressed by the Entire Pig Male Genital Tract and Once in the Seminal Plasma Contributes to Sperm Survival and In Vivo Fertility2016In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 9, e0162958Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Glutathione peroxidase-5 (GPX5) is an H2O2-scavenging enzyme identified in boar seminal plasma (SP). This study attempted to clarify its origin and role on sperm survival and fertility after artificial insemination (AI). GPX5 was expressed (Western blot and immunocytochemistry using a rabbit primary polyclonal antibody) in testes, epididymis and accessory sex glands (6 boars). SP-GPX5 concentration differed among boars (11 boars, P amp;lt; 0.001), among ejaculates within boar (44 ejaculates, P amp;lt; 0.001) and among portions within ejaculate (15 ejaculates). The first 10 mL of the spermrich fraction (SRF, sperm-peak portion) had a significantly lower concentration (8.87 +/- 0.78 ng/mL) than the rest of the SRF and the post-SRF (11.66 +/- 0.79 and 12.37 +/- 0.79 ng/mL, respectively, P amp;lt; 0.005). Spermmotility of liquid-stored semen AI-doses (n = 44, at 15-17 degrees C during 72h) declined faster in AI-doses with low concentrations of SP-GPX5 compared to those with high-levels. Boars (n = 11) with high SP-GPX5 showed higher farrowing rates and litter sizes than those with low SP-GPX5 (a total of 5,275 inseminated sows). In sum, GPX5 is widely expressed in the boar genital tract and its variable presence in SP shows a positive relationship with sperm quality and fertility outcomes of liquid-stored semen AI-doses.

  • 30. Bell, Jeanne E
    et al.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Al-Sarraj, Safa
    Arzberger, Thomas
    Bogdanovic, Nenad
    Budka, Herbert
    Dexter, David T
    Falkai, Peter
    Ferrer, Isidro
    Gelpi, Elena
    Gentleman, Steven M
    Giaccone, Giorgio
    Huitinga, Inge
    Ironside, James W
    Klioueva, Natasja
    Kovacs, Gabor G
    Meyronet, David
    Palkovits, Miklos
    Parchi, Piero
    Patsouris, Efstatios
    Reynolds, Richard
    Riederer, Peter
    Roggendorf, Wolfgang
    Seilhean, Danielle
    Schmitt, Andrea
    Schmitz, Peer
    Streichenberger, Nathalie
    Schwalber, Ameli
    Kretzschmar, Hans
    Management of a twenty-first century brain bank: experience in the BrainNet Europe consortium.2008In: Acta Neuropathologica, ISSN 0001-6322, E-ISSN 1432-0533, Vol. 115, no 5, 497-507 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Collections of human postmortem brains gathered in brain banks have underpinned many significant developments in the understanding of central nervous system (CNS) disorders and continue to support current research. Unfortunately, the worldwide decline in postmortem examinations has had an adverse effect on research tissue procurement, particularly from control cases (non-diseased brains). Recruitment to brain donor programmes partially addresses this problem and has been successful for dementing and neurodegenerative conditions. However, the collection of brains from control subjects, particularly from younger individuals, and from CNS disorders of sudden onset, remains a problem. Brain banks need to adopt additional strategies to circumvent such shortages. The establishment of brain bank networks allows data on, and access to, control cases and unusual CNS disorders to be shared, providing a larger resource for potential users. For the brain banks themselves, inclusion in a network fosters the sharing of protocols and development of best practice and quality control. One aspect of this collective experience concerns brain bank management, excellence in which is a prerequisite not only for gaining the trust of potential donors and of society in general, but also for ensuring equitable distribution to researchers of high quality tissue samples. This review addresses the legal, ethical and governance issues, tissue quality, and health and safety aspects of brain bank management and data management in a network, as well as the needs of users, brain bank staffing, donor programs, funding issues and public relations. Recent developments in research methodology present new opportunities for researchers who use brain tissue samples, but will require brain banks to adopt more complex protocols for tissue collection, preparation and storage, with inevitable cost implications for the future.

  • 31. Bender, Nicole
    et al.
    Herrmann, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Bacteriology.
    Andersen, Berit
    Hocking, Jane S
    van Bergen, Jan
    Morgan, Jane
    van den Broek, Ingrid Vf
    Zwahlen, Marcel
    Low, Nicola
    Chlamydia infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility: cross-national study2011In: Sexually Transmitted Infections, ISSN 1368-4973, E-ISSN 1472-3263, Vol. 87, no 7, 601-608 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives To describe, using routine data in selected countries, chlamydia control activities and rates of chlamydia infection, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy and infertility and to compare trends in chlamydia positivity with rates of PID and ectopic pregnancy. Methods Cross-national comparison including national data from Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. Routine data sources about chlamydia diagnosis and testing and International Classification of Disease-10 coded diagnoses of PID, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women aged 15-39 years from 1999 to 2008 were described. Trends over time and relevant associations were examined using Poisson regression. Results Opportunistic chlamydia testing was recommended in all countries except Switzerland, but target groups differed. Rates of chlamydia testing were highest in New Zealand. Chlamydia positivity was similar in all countries with available data (Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden) and increased over time. Increasing chlamydia positivity rates were associated with decreasing PID rates in Denmark and Sweden and with decreasing ectopic pregnancy rates in Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden. Ectopic pregnancy rates appeared to increase over time in 15-19-year-olds in several countries. Trends in infertility diagnoses were very variable. Conclusions The intensity of recommendations about chlamydia control varied between countries but was not consistently related to levels of chlamydia diagnosis or testing. Relationships between levels of chlamydia infection and complication rates between or within countries over time were not straightforward. Development and validation of indicators of chlamydia-related morbidity that can be compared across countries and over time should be pursued.

  • 32. Benyamin, Beben
    et al.
    Maihofer, Adam X
    Schork, Andrew J
    Hamilton, Bruce A
    Rao, Fangwen
    Schmid-Schönbein, Geert W
    Zhang, Kuixing
    Mahata, Manjula
    Stridsberg, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemical endocrinology.
    Schork, Nicholas J
    Biswas, Nilima
    Hook, Vivian Y
    Wei, Zhiyun
    Montgomery, Grant W
    Martin, Nicholas G
    Nievergelt, Caroline M
    Whitfield, John B
    O'Connor, Daniel T
    Identification of novel loci affecting circulating chromogranins and related peptides.2016In: Human Molecular Genetics, ISSN 0964-6906, E-ISSN 1460-2083, ddw380Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chromogranins are pro-hormone secretory proteins released from neuroendocrine cells, with effects on control of blood pressure. We conducted a genome-wide association study for plasma catestatin, the catecholamine release inhibitory peptide derived from chromogranin A (CHGA), and other CHGA- or chromogranin B (CHGB)-related peptides, in 545 US and 1252 Australian subjects. This identified loci on chromosomes 4q35 and 5q34 affecting catestatin concentration (P = 3.40 × 10(-30) for rs4253311 and 1.85 × 10(-19) for rs2731672, respectively). Genes in these regions include the proteolytic enzymes kallikrein (KLKB1) and Factor XII (F12). In chromaffin cells, CHGA and KLKB1 proteins co-localized in catecholamine storage granules. In vitro, kallikrein cleaved recombinant human CHGA to catestatin, verified by mass spectrometry. The peptide identified from this digestion (CHGA360-373) selectively inhibited nicotinic cholinergic stimulated catecholamine release from chromaffin cells. A proteolytic cascade involving kallikrein and Factor XII cleaves chromogranins to active compounds both in vivo and in vitro.

  • 33.
    Berggren Söderlund, Maria
    et al.
    Klinisk kemi, labmedicin Skåne.
    Nilsson-Ehle, Herman
    Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset Göteborg.
    Hultdin, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Jonsson, Magnus
    Klinisk kemi, labmedicin Skåne.
    Vitaminer och spårämnen2012In: Laurells klinisk kemi i praktisk medicin / [ed] Nilsson Ehle P, Berggren Söderlund M, Theodorsson E, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2012, 9, 655-673 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Björk, Anne
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Peterson, C G B
    Pharmacia & Upjohn Diagnostics, Uppsala, Sweden .
    Measurements of ECP in serum and the impact of plasma coagulation2000In: Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0105-4538, E-ISSN 1398-9995, Vol. 55, no 5, 442-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Serum measurement of ECP (eosinophil cationic protein) is used as an indication of eosinophil activation in diseases such as asthma. The levels are dependent on sample handling, since a certain amount of ECP is released during storage. The mechanisms that induce this in vitro release are not known, but are supposed to be related to the coagulation process. The aim of this study was to investigate this further. ECP was measured in EDTA plasma and serum at 22 and 37°C from healthy individuals and patients with asthma and allergy. The serum levels of ECP increased with temperature. Recalcification of citrated plasma in the presence of granulocytes with increasing concentrations of Ca2+ showed a dissociation between the levels of ECP and the occurrence of coagulation. Further experiments indicated that plasma coagulation is not of any importance for the degranulation of eosinophils, nor did the addition of platelets or mononuclear cells affect the ECP levels. Incubations of granulocytes with fresh or frozen plasma and Ca2+suggested the existence of a freezing labile factor in plasma, necessary for the degranulation of healthy eosinophils, but not for allergic/asthmatic eosinophils. Further experiments with pure eosinophils indicated the existence of factors in serum and plasma which facilitate ECP secretion of an active, temperature-dependent nature. We conclude that the raised ECP levels in serum, as compared to EDTA plasma, are unrelated to the coagulation process, but are due to the continuous secretion ex vivo of ECP from active eosinophils. This process is time and temperature dependent and may be facilitated by eosinophil-activating components in the extracellular environment.

  • 35.
    Boman, Jens
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
    Gaydos, Charlotte
    Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Juto, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
    Wadell, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
    Quinn, Thomas C
    Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Failure to detect Chlamydia trachomatis in cell culture by using a monoclonal antibody directed against the major outer membrane protein1997In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, ISSN 0095-1137, E-ISSN 1098-660X, Vol. 35, no 10, 2679-2680 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two commercially available monoclonal antibodies for cell culture confirmation of Chlamydia trachomatis were compared in two prospective studies and one large retrospective study. In total, more than 33,000 genital specimens were cultured in parallel and stained with both antibodies, one of which was directed against the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) and one uf which was directed against the lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We found the anti-LPS-based assay to be more sensitive and as specific as the anti-MOMP-based assay for C. trachomatis cell culture confirmation of genital specimens.

  • 36.
    Botling, Johan
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Edlund, Karolina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Lohr, Miriam
    Hellwig, Birte
    Holmberg, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
    Lambe, Mats
    Berglund, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
    Ekman, Simon
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Bergqvist, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Pontén, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    König, André
    Fernandes, Oswaldo
    Karlsson, Mats
    Helenius, Gisela
    Karlsson, Christina
    Rahnenführer, Jörg
    Hengstler, Jan G
    Micke, Patrick
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Biomarker discovery in non-small cell lung cancer: integrating gene expression profiling, meta-analysis and tissue microarray validation2013In: Clinical Cancer Research, ISSN 1078-0432, E-ISSN 1557-3265, Vol. 19, no 1, 194-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    Global gene expression profiling has been widely used in lung cancer research to identify clinically relevant molecular subtypes as well as to predict prognosis and therapy response. So far, the value of these multi-gene signatures in clinical practice is unclear and the biological importance of individual genes is difficult to assess as the published signatures virtually do not overlap

    Methods:

    Here we describe a novel single institute cohort, including 196 non-small lung cancers (NSCLC) with clinical information and long-term follow-up. Gene expression array data was used as a training set to screen for single genes with prognostic impact. The top 450 probe sets identified using a univariate Cox regression model (significance level p<0.01) were tested in a meta-analysis including five publicly available independent lung cancer cohorts (n=860).

    RESULTS:

    The meta-analysis revealed 14 genes that were significantly associated with survival (p<0.001) with a false discovery rate <1%. The prognostic impact of one of these genes, the cell adhesion molecule 1 (CADM1), was confirmed by use of immunohistochemistry on tissue microarrays from two independent NSCLC cohorts, altogether including 617 NSCLC samples. Low CADM1 protein expression was significantly associated with shorter survival, with particular influence in the adenocarcinoma patient subgroup.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Using a novel NSCLC cohort together with a meta-analysis validation approach, we have identified a set of single genes with independent prognostic impact. One of these genes, CADM1, was further established as an immunohistochemical marker with a potential application in clinical diagnostics.

  • 37. Bruzelius, Maria
    et al.
    Iglesias, Maria Jesus
    Hong, Mun-Gwan
    Sanchez-Rivera, Laura
    Gyorgy, Beata
    Carlos Souto, Juan
    Frånberg, Mattias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Numerical Analysis and Computer Science (NADA). Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Fredolini, Claudia
    Strawbridge, Rona J.
    Holmström, Margareta
    Hamsten, Anders
    Uhlén, Mathias
    Silveira, Angela
    Manuel Soria, Jose
    Smadja, David M.
    Butler, Lynn M.
    Schwenk, Jochen M.
    Morange, Pierre-Emmanuel
    Tregouet, David-Alexandre
    Odeberg, Jacob
    PDGFB, a new candidate plasma biomarker for venous thromboembolism: results from the VEREMA affinity proteomics study2016In: Blood, ISSN 0006-4971, E-ISSN 1528-0020, Vol. 128, no 23, E59-E66 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is a clear clinical need for high-specificity plasma biomarkers for predicting risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), but thus far, such markers have remained elusive. Utilizing affinity reagents from the Human Protein Atlas project and multiplexed immuoassays, we extensively analyzed plasma samples from 2 individual studies to identify candidate protein markers associated with VTE risk. We screened plasma samples from 88 VTE cases and 85 matched controls, collected as part of the Swedish Venous Thromboembolism Biomarker Study, using suspension bead arrays composed of 755 antibodies targeting 408 candidate proteins. We identified significant associations between VTE occurrence and plasma levels of human immunodeficiency virus type I enhancer binding protein 1 (HIVEP1), von Willebrand factor (VWF), glutathione peroxidase 3 (GPX3), and platelet-derived growth factor beta (PDGFB). For replication, we profiled plasma samples of 580 cases and 589 controls from the French FARIVE study. These results confirmed the association of VWF and PDGFB with VTE after correction for multiple testing, whereas only weak trends were observed for HIVEP1 and GPX3. Although plasma levels of VWF and PDGFB correlated modestly (rho similar to 0.30) with each other, they were independently associated with VTE risk in a joint model in FARIVE (VWF P < .001; PDGFB P = .002). PDGF. was verified as the target of the capture antibody by immunocapture mass spectrometry and sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. In conclusion, we demonstrate that high-throughput affinity plasma proteomic profiling is a valuable research strategy to identify potential candidate biomarkers for thrombosis-related disorders, and our study suggests a novel association of PDGFB plasma levels with VTE.

  • 38. Brännström, André
    et al.
    Yu, Ji-Guo
    Jonsson, Per
    Åkerfeldt, Torbjörn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemical endocrinology.
    Stridsberg, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemical endocrinology.
    Svensson, Michael
    Vitamin D in relation to bone health and muscle function in young female soccer players.2017In: European Journal of Sport Science, ISSN 1746-1391, E-ISSN 1536-7290, Vol. 17, no 2, 249-256 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present work investigated serum vitamin D (25(OH)D) status in relation to bone and muscle qualities and functions in 19 female soccer players (13-16 years) resident at northern latitude with very low sun exposure (∼32-36 h/month) during winter season (late January to early March). Serum 25(OH)D, parathyroid hormone and bone turnover markers osteocalcin (OC) and beta carboxy-terminal collagen cross-links (β-Ctx), as well as body composition and muscle performance were examined. Hormones were tested using routine laboratory methods. Fat mass, lean mass, and bone mineral density in whole body, as well as femur and lumbar spine were evaluated with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Muscle performance was assessed through isokinetic knee extension and flexion, countermovement jump, and sprint running. 25(OH)D was low (50.5 ±   12.8 nmol l(-1)), whereas the values of bone turnover markers were markedly high (OC: 59.4 ±   18.6 µg l(-1); β-Ctx: 1075 ±   408 ng l(-1)). All bone and muscle measurements were normal or above normal. 25(OH)D was not significantly correlated with most of the parameters of bone and muscle quality or function, except the knee extension time to peak torque (r   =   -0.50, p =   .03). In conclusion, the level of vitamin D is markedly low in adolescent female soccer players during the winter in Sweden. However, vitamin D levels did not significantly correlate with measures of bone and muscle except a moderate correlation in time to peak torque in the knee extensors. The practical implication of low vitamin D levels in young growing female athletes remains unclear.

  • 39. Buerger, Katharina
    et al.
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Kuopio Finland .
    Ewers, Michael
    Pirttilä, Tuula
    Zinkowski, Raymond
    Hampel, Harald
    No correlation between CSF tau protein phosphorylated at threonine 181 with neocortical neurofibrillary pathology in Alzheimer's disease.2007In: Brain, ISSN 0006-8950, E-ISSN 1460-2156, Vol. 130, no Pt 10, e82- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40. Buerger, Katharina
    et al.
    Ewers, Michael
    Pirttilä, Tuula
    Zinkowski, Raymond
    Alafuzoff, Irina
    Kuopio University, Finland.
    Teipel, Stefan J
    DeBernardis, John
    Kerkman, Daniel
    McCulloch, Cheryl
    Soininen, Hilkka
    Hampel, Harald
    CSF phosphorylated tau protein correlates with neocortical neurofibrillary pathology in Alzheimer's disease.2006In: Brain, ISSN 0006-8950, E-ISSN 1460-2156, Vol. 129, no Pt 11, 3035-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hyperphosphorylated tau protein (P-tau) in CSF is a core biomarker candidate of Alzheimer's disease. Hyperphosphorylation of tau is thought to lead to neurofibrillary changes, a neuropathological hallmark of this type of dementia. Currently, the question is unresolved whether CSF levels of P-tau reflect neurofibrillary changes within the brain of a patient with the illness. Twenty-six patients were included with intra-vitam CSF as well as post-mortem neuropathological data. In the CSF, P-tau phosphorylated at threonine 231 (P-tau231P) was analysed. Post-mortem, scores of neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and neuritic plaques (NP) were assessed in frontal, temporal, parietal and hippocampal cortical areas. In the same cortical regions, load of hyperphosphorylated tau protein (HP-tau load) was determined. Concentrations of P-tau231P were measured in frontal cortex homogenates. We found significant correlations between CSF P-tau231P concentrations and scores of NFTs and HP-tau load in all neocortical regions studied. The score of NPs was correlated with CSF P-tau231P only within the frontal cortex. There was a correlation between P-tau231P in CSF and brain homogenates. These findings indicate that CSF P-tau231P may serve as an in vivo surrogate biomarker of neurofibrillary pathology in Alzheimer's disease.

  • 41.
    Cahill, Nicola
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Bergh, A-C
    Kanduri, M
    Göransson-Kultima, H
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Mansouri, Larry
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Ryan, F
    Smedby, K E
    Juliusson, G
    Sundström, Christer
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Rosén, A
    Rosenquist, Richard
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    450K-array analysis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells reveals global DNA methylation to be relatively stable over time and similar in resting and proliferative compartments.2013In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 27, no 1, 150-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the microenvironment influences gene expression patterns; however, knowledge is limited regarding the extent to which methylation changes with time and exposure to specific microenvironments. Using high-resolution 450K arrays, we provide the most comprehensive DNA methylation study of CLL to date, analyzing paired diagnostic/follow-up samples from IGHV-mutated/untreated and IGHV-unmutated/treated patients (n=36) and patient-matched peripheral blood and lymph node samples (n=20). On an unprecedented scale, we revealed 2239 differentially methylated CpG sites between IGHV-mutated and unmutated patients, with the majority of sites positioned outside annotated CpG islands. Intriguingly, CLL prognostic genes (for example, CLLU1, LPL, ZAP70 and NOTCH1), epigenetic regulator (for example, HDAC9, HDAC4 and DNMT3B), B-cell signaling (for example, IBTK) and numerous TGF-β and NF-κB/TNF pathway genes were alternatively methylated between subgroups. Contrary, DNA methylation over time was deemed rather stable with few recurrent changes noted within subgroups. Although a larger number of non-recurrent changes were identified among IGHV-unmutated relative to mutated cases over time, these equated to a low global change. Similarly, few changes were identified between compartment cases. Altogether, we reveal CLL subgroups to display unique methylation profiles and unveil methylation as relatively stable over time and similar within different CLL compartments, implying aberrant methylation as an early leukemogenic event.

  • 42.
    Cajander, Sara
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Infectious Diseases, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Bäckman, Anders
    Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Clinical Research Centre, .
    Tina, Elisabet
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Orebro University Hospital. Clinical Research Centre.
    Strålin, Kristoffer
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden; Department of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Söderquist, Bo
    Örebro University, School of Medicine, Örebro University, Sweden. Orebro University Hospital. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Microbiology.
    Källman, Jan
    Orebro University Hospital. Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Department of Infectious Diseases.
    Preliminary results in quantitation of HLA-DRA by real-time PCR: a promising approach to identify immunosuppression in sepsis2013In: Critical Care, ISSN 1364-8535, E-ISSN 1466-609X, Vol. 17, no 5, R223Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Reduced monocyte human leukocyte antigen (mHLA)-DR surface expression in the late phase of sepsis is postulated as a general biomarker of sepsis-induced immunosuppression and an independent predictor of nosocomial infections. However, traditional monitoring of mHLA-DR by flow cytometry has disadvantages due to specific laboratory requirements. An mRNA-based HLA-DR monitoring by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) would improve the clinical usage and facilitate conduction of large multicenter studies. In this study, we evaluated an mRNA-based HLA-DR monitoring by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) as an alternative method to traditional flow cytometry.

    Methods: Fifty-nine patients with sepsis and blood culture growing pathogenic bacteria were studied. Blood samples were collected at day 1 or 2 after admission, for measurement of mHLA-DR by flow cytometry and mRNA expression of HLA-DRA and class II transactivator (CIITA) by qRT-PCR. Blood samples from blood donors were used as controls (n = 30).

    Results: A significant reduced expression of mHLA-DR, HLA-DRA, and CIITA was seen in septic patients compared with controls. HLA-DRA mRNA level in whole blood was highly correlated with surface expression of mHLA-DR.

    Conclusions: Patients with sepsis display a diminished expression of HLA-DR at the monocyte surface as well as in the gene expression at the mRNA level. The mRNA expression level of HLA-DRA monitored by qRT-PCR correlates highly with surface expression of HLA-DR and appears to be a possible future biomarker for evaluation of immunosuppression in sepsis.

  • 43.
    Carlsson, Martin
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. County Hospital Kalmar.
    Nilsson, Ingela
    County Hospital Kalmar.
    Brudin, Lars
    County Hospital Kalmar ; Linköping University Hospital.
    Von, Siv-Ping
    County Hospital Kalmar.
    Wanby, Pär
    County Hospital Kalmar.
    Erythrocyte fatty acid composition does not influence levels of free, bioavailable, and total 25-hydroxy vitamin D2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, ISSN 0036-5513, E-ISSN 1502-7686, Vol. 77, no 1, 45-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In vitro, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (FAs) may decrease the binding affinity of vitamin D metabolites for vitamin D-binding protein, which in turn may influence their bioavailability. FAs incorporated as phospholipids in erythrocyte (ery-) cell membranes reflect dietary intake. The purpose of this study was to investigate ery-FA composition in relation to markers for vitamin D. In healthy females (age 22.6 +/- 2.0 years) total 25(OH)D was measured by LC-MS/MS (n=78), free 25(OH)D with ELISA (n=64 of 78), and bioavailable 25(OH)D was calculated. Analysis of ery-FA composition was by gas chromatography (n=56 of 78). A strong correlation between total 25(OH)D and free 25(OH)D was seen (r=.66, p<.001), and between total-25(OH)D and bioavailable 25(OH)D (r=.68, p<.001). No correlations between 25(OH)D fractions and specific fatty acids were found, and in particular, no associations with mono- and poly-unsaturated FA compositions. All 25(OH)D fractions were correlated with leptin (total 25(OH)D (r=-.33, p<.003); bioavailable 25(OH)D (r=-.47, p<.001); free 25(OH)D (r=-.44, p<.001). Associations were found between PTH and total 25(OH)D (r=-.35, p=.002) and weaker between bioavailable 25(OH)D (r=-.35, p=.040) and free 25(OH)D (r=-.28, p=.079). All fractions of 25(OH)D appear to correlate in a similar way to PTH, BMI and body fat (leptin). No association was found between ery-FA composition and free/bioavailable 25(OH)D. It is unlikely that FAs are a strong uncoupling factor of DBP-bound 25(OH)D.

  • 44.
    Casar Borota, Olivera
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Fougner, Stine Lyngvi
    Bollerslev, Jens
    Nesland, Jahn Marthin
    KIT protein expression and mutational status of KIT gene in pituitary adenomas2012In: Virchows Archiv, ISSN 0945-6317, E-ISSN 1432-2307, Vol. 460, no 2, 171-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    KIT protein expression and mutational status of KIT gene in different types of tumours have been intensively studied since Imatinib Mesylate, KIT/PDGFRA tyrosine kinase inhibitor became available. However, only one immunohistochemical study on KIT expression in pituitary adenomas has been published. There are currently no reports on mutational status of KIT gene in pituitary adenomas. We have immunohistochemically investigated KIT expression in 252 pituitary adenomas and found cytoplasmic reactivity in 52.4% and membranous reactivity in 8.3% of all adenomas. There was statistically significant difference in KIT expression between clinically non-functioning, growth hormone- and adrenocorticotroph hormone-producing adenomas. The group with membranous expression was dominated by somatotropinomas and clinically non-functioning adenomas. KIT expression in a subset of adenomas was also confirmed by western blot analysis of 48 adenomas. Immunohistochemical KIT expression was correlated with basic clinical data and in a cohort of acromegalic patients with additional data (somatostatin receptor type 2A expression, response to somatostatin analogue treatment and mutational status of gsp oncogene). Exons 9, 11, 13 and 17 of KIT gene were searched for mutations in the tumours with membranous KIT expression and in a minority of tumours with cytoplasmic KIT expression using denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and in suspected cases sequencing of one or more exons. No mutations in the examined exons were found. Our results may suggest a role of KIT in the pathogenesis of a subset of pituitary adenomas and point out the need for further research to find out if KIT-reactive adenomas could be sensitive to Imatinib Mesylate.

  • 45.
    Casar-Borota, Olivera
    et al.
    Olivera Casar-Borotas publikationer.
    Scheithauer, B W
    Fougner, S Lyngvi
    Hald, J K
    Ramm-Pettersen, J
    Bollerslev, J
    Spindle cell oncocytoma of the adenohypophysis: report of a case with marked cellular atypia and recurrence despite adjuvant treatment.2009In: Clinical Neuropathology, ISSN 0722-5091, Vol. 28, no 2, 91-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Spindle cell oncocytoma (SCO) of the adenohypophysis is a recently defined pituitary tumor mimicking a non-functioning macroadenoma and composed of mitochondrion rich tumor cells, positive for S-100, vimentin, epithelial membrane antigen and galectin-3 but lacking cytokeratins, pituitary hormones, and neuroendocrine markers. Derivation from pituitary folliculostellate cells (FSCs) has been suggested based upon immunohistochemical and ultrastructural characteristics shared by SCO and FSCs. 10 cases of SCO have been reported to date; of these, 8 underwent a benign clinical course and 2 recurred. We report a case of SCO with typical histologic and immunohistochemical features in addition to marked cellular pleomorphism and nuclear atypia. It showed slow regrowth over a 30-month period of follow-up despite combined surgical and radiotherapy. Despite the benign course of most reported cases, additional experience with longer follow-up are needed to assess clinical, histopathologic, and proliferative indices and their relevance to optimal therapy for this rare pituitary tumor.

  • 46. Caudle, Kelly E
    et al.
    Klein, Teri E
    Hoffman, James M
    Muller, Daniel J
    Whirl-Carrillo, Michelle
    Gong, Li
    McDonagh, Ellen M
    Sangkuhl, Katrin
    Thorn, Caroline F
    Schwab, Matthias
    Agundez, Jose A G
    Freimuth, Robert R
    Huser, Vojtech
    Lee, Ming Ta Michael
    Iwuchukwu, Otito F
    Crews, Kristine R
    Scott, Stuart A
    Wadelius, Mia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical pharmacogenomics and osteoporosis.
    Swen, Jesse J
    Tyndale, Rachel F
    Stein, C Michael
    Roden, Dan
    Relling, Mary V
    Williams, Marc S
    Johnson, Samuel G
    Incorporation of Pharmacogenomics into Routine Clinical Practice: the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guideline Development Process2014In: Current drug metabolism, ISSN 1389-2002, E-ISSN 1875-5453, Current drug metabolism, Vol. 15, no 2, 209-217 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) publishes genotype-based drug guidelines to help clinicians understand how available genetic test results could be used to optimize drug therapy. CPIC has focused initially on well-known examples of pharmacogenomic associations that have been implemented in selected clinical settings, publishing nine to date. Each CPIC guideline adheres to a standardized format and includes a standard system for grading levels of evidence linking genotypes to phenotypes and assigning a level of strength to each prescribing recommendation. CPIC guidelines contain the necessary information to help clinicians translate patient-specific diplotypes for each gene into clinical phenotypes or drug dosing groups. This paper reviews the development process of the CPIC guidelines and compares this process to the Institute of Medicine's Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines.

  • 47. Chroni, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Rostedt Punga, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Neurophysiological characteristics of MuSK antibody positive Myasthenia Gravis mice: Focal denervation and hypersensitivity to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors2012In: Journal of the Neurological Sciences, ISSN 0022-510X, E-ISSN 1878-5883, Vol. 316, no 1-2, 150-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Myasthenia Gravis (MG) patients with antibodies against the muscle specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK+) typically present with focal fatigue and atrophy of the facial and bulbar muscles, along with unbeneficial reactions upon administration of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs). This study addresses the neurophysiological characteristics in facial versus limb muscles, before and after intraperitoneal injection of AChEIs, in mice immunized with MuSK. We performed in-vivo neurophysiological examinations in the masseter and gastrocnemius muscles of mice with MuSK+experimental autoimmune MG (EAMG) and in healthy control mice before and after administration of AChEIs. Abnormal spontaneous activity (fibrillations) was observed in the masseter muscle of MuSK+mice. Furthermore, 94% of MuSK-immunized mice displayed so called extra discharges (EDs) upon administration of a therapeutic AChEI dose, in contrast to 22% of the control mice, indicating neuromuscular hyperactivity. These findings support functional denervation in the masseter muscle and neuromuscular hypersensitivity already at a standard dose of AChEIs in MuSK+EAMG.

  • 48.
    Chroni, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Univ Patras, Sch Med, Dept Neurol, Patras 26504, Rion, Greece.
    Tendero, Isabel Serrano
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology. Autonomous Univ Barcelona, Dept Clin Neurophysiol, Vall dHebron Univ Hosp, Barcelona, Spain.
    Punga, Anna Rostedt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Stålberg, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Clinical Neurophysiology.
    Usefulness of assessing repeater F-waves in routine studies2012In: Muscle and Nerve, ISSN 0148-639X, E-ISSN 1097-4598, Vol. 45, no 4, 477-485 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: Repeater F-waves are sometimes seen in routine studies.

    METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical significance of repeater F-waves in median, ulnar, and fibular nerve recordings in 50 healthy subjects and groups of 50 patients each with diabetic polyneuropathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar mononeuropathy, and L5 root lesion. The number of identical F-waves and their repetitions in samples of 20 stimuli were estimated.

    RESULTS: Repeater F-waves occurred significantly more frequently in all nerves and patient groups than in healthy individuals. Their persistence was negatively correlated with that of non-repeater F-waves.

    CONCLUSIONS: Based on the presented material and recording condition it appears that repeater F-waves differentiate between health and disease but not between different types of pathology of motor neurons or their axons. Even in routinely recorded samples of 20 traces, the index of repeater all F-waves could be used as a sign of nerve pathology.

  • 49.
    Claesson, Kjersti
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lindahl, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Faxälv, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Counting the platelets: a robust and sensitive quantification method for thrombus formation2016In: Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISSN 0340-6245, Vol. 115, no 6, 1178-1190 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flow chambers are common tools used for studying thrombus formation in vitro. However, the use of such devices is not standardised and there is a large diversity among the flow chamber systems currently used, and also in the methods used for quantifying the thrombus development. It was the study objective to evaluate a new method for analysis and quantification of platelet thrombus formation that can facilitate comparison of results between research groups. Whole blood was drawn over a collagen patch in commercial Ibid or in-house constructed PDMS flow chambers. Five percent of the platelets were fluorescently labelled and z-stack time-lapse images were captured during thrombus formation. Images were processed in a Python script in which the number of platelets and their respective x-, y- and z-positions were obtained. For comparison with existing methods the platelets were also labelled and quantified using fluorescence intensity and thrombus volume estimations by confocal microscopy. The presented method was found less sensitive to microscope and image adjustments and provides more details on thrombus development dynamics than the methods for measuring fluorescence intensity and thrombus volume estimation. The platelet count method produced comparable results with commercial and PDMS flow chambers, and could also obtain information regarding the stability of each detected platelet in the thrombus. In conclusion, quantification of thrombus formation by platelet count is a sensitive and robust method that enables measurement of platelet accumulation and platelet stability in an absolute scale that could be used for comparisons between research groups.

  • 50.
    Coppieters, Ken T.
    et al.
    La Jolla Inst Allergy & Immunol, Type Diabet Ctr 1, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA.
    Wiberg, Anna
    La Jolla Inst Allergy & Immunol, Type Diabet Ctr 1, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA.
    Amirian, Natalie
    La Jolla Inst Allergy & Immunol, Type Diabet Ctr 1, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA.
    Kay, Thomas W.
    St Vincents Inst, Dept Immunol & Diabet, Melbourne, Vic 3065, Australia.
    von Herrath, Matthias G.
    La Jolla Inst Allergy & Immunol, Type Diabet Ctr 1, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA.
    Persistent glucose transporter expression on pancreatic beta cells from longstanding type 1 diabetic individuals2011In: Diabetes/Metabolism Research Reviews, ISSN 1520-7552, E-ISSN 1520-7560, Vol. 27, no 8, 746-754 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Recent reports have established the notion that many patients with longstanding type 1 diabetes (T1D) possess a remnant population of insulin-producing beta cells. It remains questionable, however, whether these surviving cells can physiologically sense and respond to glucose stimuli.

    METHODS: Frozen pancreatic sections from non-diabetic donors (n=8), type 2 diabetic patients (n=4), islet autoantibody-positive non-diabetic patients (n=3), type 1 diabetic patients (n=10) and one case of gestational diabetes were obtained via the network for Pancreatic Organ Donors. All longstanding T1D samples were selected based on the detection of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas by immunohistochemistry. RNA was isolated from all sections followed by cDNA preparation and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction for insulin, glucose transporter 1 (GLUT1), GLUT2 and GLUT3. Finally, immunofluorescent staining was performed on consecutive sections for all four of these markers and a comparison was made between the expression of GLUT2 in humans versus NOD mice.

    RESULTS: In contrast to islets from the most widely used T1D model, the NOD mouse, human islets predominantly express GLUT1 and, to a much lesser extent, GLUT3 on their surface instead of GLUT2. Relative expression levels of these receptors do not significantly change in the context of the various (pre-)diabetic conditions studied. Moreover, in both species preservation of GLUT expression was observed even under conditions of substantial leucocyte infiltration or decades of T1D duration.

    CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that despite being subjected to multiple years of physiological stress, the remaining beta-cell population in longstanding T1D patients retains a capacity to sense glucose via its GLUTs.

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