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  • 1.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Wiitavaara, Birgitta
    University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences.
    Personalens hälsa och arbetsmiljö2016In: Prehospital akutsjukvård / [ed] Björn-Ove Suserud, Lars Lundberg, Stockholm: Liber, 2016, 2, 72-79 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Abtahi, Jahan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Tengvall, Pentti
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Aspenberg, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Orthopaedic Centre, Department of Orthopaedics Linköping.
    Bisphosphonate coating might improve fixation of dental implants in the maxilla: A pilot study2010In: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, ISSN 0901-5027, E-ISSN 1399-0020, Vol. 39, no 7, 673-677 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This pilot study evaluates the clinical stability of bisphosphonate-coated dental implants placed using a two-stage surgical procedure in five patients. Each patient received seven regular Branemark implants, one of which was coated with bisphosphonate in a fibrinogen matrix. The coated implant was inserted where the bone was expected to have the least favourable quality. The level of the marginal bone around each implant was measured by intraoral periapical radiographs and implant stability was recorded using resonance frequency measurements. Frequency values (ISQ) were obtained peroperatively before flap closure and after 6 months at abutment connection. At abutment connection the bisphosphonate-coated implants were removed en bloc in two patients for histological examination. An animal experiment had previously confirmed that gamma-sterilization did not reduce bioactivity of the bisphosphonate coating. In each patient, the bisphosphonate-coated implant showed the largest improvement in ISQ level of all implants. Their values at the start tended to be lower, and the absolute value at 6 months did not differ. No complications occurred with the coated implants. Histology showed no abnormalities. Improvement in ISQ values was an expected effect of the bisphosphonate coating, but could be due to the choice of insertion site. This finding warrants a randomized blinded study.

  • 3.
    Akner, G.
    et al.
    School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, 70185 Örebro, Sweden.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Personalized geriatric medicine2014In: European Geriatric Medicine, ISSN 1878-7649, Vol. 5, no 3, 145-146 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Andersson, Britta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences.
    Manipulation of potassium ion fluxes to induce apoptosis in lung cancer cells2007Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Apoptosis is a special form of cell death that if non-functional may lead to diseases such as cancer. A reduction of the intracellular potassium ion (K+) content is necessary for activating enzymes important for the execution of apoptosis. Pharmacological modulation of K+ fluxes to reduce intracellular K+ in cancer cells might therefore force the cells into apoptosis and decrease tumour cell mass.

    Human malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a form of cancer often caused by asbestos exposure. Although asbestos has been banned in the Western World, the incidence of MPM is expected to increase. Cisplatin is the first-line chemotherapy for MPM, but acquired resistance to the drug is a clinical problem.

    This thesis is mainly based on work with the human malignant pleural mesothelioma cell line (P31 wt) and a cisplatin-resistant sub-line (P31 res). The aim was to first characterize K+ fluxes in P31 wt and P31 res cells, and then manipulate them in order to reduce intracellular K+ and induce apoptosis with K+ manipulation alone or in combination with cisplatin.

    Characterization of K+ fluxes in P31 wt cells showed that: 1) ouabain, a digitalis-like drug, and specific blocker of the Na+, K+, ATPase pump, effectively inhibited K+ uptake, 2) bumetanide, a diuretic, and an inhibitor of the Na+, K+, 2Cl-¬-cotransporter, had a transient effect on K+ uptake, and 3) the antifungal drug amphotericin B stimulated K+ efflux.

    In order to determine intracellular K+ content, the potassium-binding fluorescent probe PBFI-AM was used in a 96-well plate assay. After a 3-h incubation with ouabain, with or without bumetanide, combined with amphotericin B, the intracellular K+ content was reduced in P31 wt cells but not in P31 res cells.

    Ouabain induced apoptosis in both P31 wt and P31 res cells. P31 res cells were sensitized to cisplatin by ouabain, since 10 mg/L cisplatin in combination with ouabain induced about the same percentage of apoptotic cells as 40 mg/L cisplatin. Apoptosis was executed via caspase-3 activation in both P31 wt and P31 res cells. Amphotericin B enhanced ouabain-induced apoptosis in P31 wt cells via caspase-9 activation, with increased caspase-3 activation and DNA fragmentation as consequences. Ouabain-induced apoptosis in P31 res cells was executed via increased expression of pro-apoptotic Bak. The combination of cisplatin with ouabain and amphotericin B was stressful to both P31 wt and P31 res cells, since SAPK/JNK a known factor in stress-induced apoptosis was activated.

    In conclusion, K+ flux manipulation with clinical used drugs can induce apoptosis per se and also enhance cisplatin-induced apoptosis in P31 wt and P31 res cells.

  • 5.
    Andersson, Eva
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    TaqMan® Sample-to-SNP Kit™: evaluation of kit for low-cost and fast preparing of DNA-samples before genotype analysis2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     

    Genotyping can be used to link genetic variation among individuals to certain diseases or conditions. Some known disorders and states that are dependent on single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) are lactose intolerance, venous thrombosis, hereditary hemochromatosis and the difference in sensibility among people to metabolise drugs.

    In this project a new kit, TaqManÒ Sample-to-SNP KitÔ for extraction of DNA and preparation of the extract for genotyping with real-time PCR and allelic discrimination, was evaluated. QIAamp® DNA Blood Biorobot® MDx Kit was used as the reference method.

    The purpose of the comparison was to find a method that makes DNA extraction from blood samples cheaper and faster, but with the same reliability as the reference procedure.

    The results of the evaluation showed a complete agreement of the genotype results between the methods tested, which means that the new method was as reliable as the reference method. The costs of reagents and material would be reduced with 52% if the new method is adopted, that alone would result in a cost reduction of 144 000SEK a year with a sample volume of 650 samples/month. The time for DNA extraction would also be reduced with the new procedure.

     

  • 6.
    Andersson, Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Adipose tissue as an active organ:  blood flow regulation and tissue-specific glucocorticoid metabolism2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Despite advances in the treatment of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. With the population getting older and more obese, the burden of cardiovascular disease may further increase. Premenopausal women are relatively protected against cardiovascular disease compared to men, but the reasons for this sex difference are partly unknown. Redistribution of body fat from peripheral to central depots may be a contributing factor. Central fat is associated with hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance. Two possible mediators of these metabolic disturbances are tissue-specific production of the stress hormone cortisol and adipose tissue blood flow (ATBF). The aim of this thesis was to determine the adipose tissue production of cortisol by the enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) and to investigate the regulation of ATBF.

    Materials and Methods: Cortisol release was estimated by labeled cortisol infusions and tissue-specific catheterizations of subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) in men. We investigated ATBF by 133Xe-washout and its relation to autonomic activity, endothelial function, adipose tissue distribution, and adipokines in different groups of women. We further investigated the effect of two diets and of weight loss on ATBF in women.

    Results: We demonstrated significant cortisol release from subcutaneous adipose tissue in humans. Splanchnic cortisol release was accounted for entirely by the liver. Cortisol release from VAT (to the portal vein) was not detected. ATBF decreased according to increasing weight and postmenopausal status, and the level of blood flow was associated with nitric oxide (NO) activity and autonomic activity. ATBF was also highly associated with leptin levels and both subcutaneous adipose tissue and VAT areas. After 6 months of diet and weight reduction, a significant difference in ATBF was observed between diet groups.

    Conclusions: Our data for the first time demonstrate the contributions of cortisol generated from subcutaneous adipose tissue, visceral tissues, and liver by 11β-HSD1. ATBF is linked to autonomic activity, NO activity, and the amount of adipose tissue (independent of fat depot). Postmenopausal overweight women exhibited a loss of ATBF flexibility, which may contribute to the metabolic dysfunction seen in this group. Weight loss in a diet program could not increase the ATBF, although there were ATBF differences between diet groups. The results will increase understanding of adipose tissue biology and contribute to the development of treatment strategies targeting obesity and obesity-related disorders.

  • 7.
    Andersson, Jonas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Karpe, Fredrik
    NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK.
    Sjöström, Lars-Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Riklund, Katrine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Olsson, Tommy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Association of adipose tissue blood flow with fat depot sizes and adipokines in women2012In: International Journal of Obesity, ISSN 0307-0565, E-ISSN 1476-5497, Vol. 36, no 6, 783-789 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To explore possible associations between adipose tissue (AT) blood flow (ATBF), AT depot sizes and adipocyte-derived hormones (adipokines) in women.

    Subjects: In all, 43 healthy women were divided into four groups: normal-weight (n=11) and obese (n=11) pre-menopausal women and normal-weight (n=10) and obese (n=11) post-menopausal women.

    Methods: Fasting levels of adipokines were obtained, and a single-slice computed tomography scan at the level of L4-L5 was used to estimate fat depot sizes. ATBF was assessed by xenon washout while in a fasting state and after oral glucose load. We also measured glucose, insulin and non-esterified fatty acids.

    Results: Total, subcutaneous and visceral AT areas strongly correlated with ATBF (all P<0.001). Circulating leptin levels strongly and inversely correlated with ATBF (P=0.001), but this association did not remain after adjustment for body mass index. Adiponectin was not associated with blood flow.

    Conclusion: ATBF is closely linked to subcutaneous and visceral AT size. Further analyses are needed to determine possible mediators of this association, including mechanistic studies to assess a putative role for leptin as a significant modulator of blood flow. International Journal of Obesity advance online publication, 26 July 2011; doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.152.

  • 8.
    Andersson, Jonas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Ryberg, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Sjöström, Lars-Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Wiklund, Urban
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF).
    Karpe, Fredrik
    NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK..
    Lindahl, Bernt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Olsson, Tommy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Long term effects of a diet intervention on adipose tissue blood flow, heart rate variability and endothelial function: a randomized controlled trialManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Andersson, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Asthma in school age: prevalence, incidence and remission in relation to environmental determinants. The Obstructive Lung Disease in Northern Sweden (OLIN) Studies, Thesis XI2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background In the past half-century, the prevalence of asthma among children and adolescents has risen and asthma has become an important public health challenge in Sweden as well as in many other countries, necessitating further studies on this complex disease and its risk factor pattern. The studies included in this thesis aimed to investigate the clinical expression of childhood asthma over time, to describe the determinants of new-onset and remission of asthma, and to evaluate possible environmental risk factors in northern Sweden.

    Methods As the result of a repeated questionnaire survey among primary school children aged 7-8 years in three municipalities in the north of Sweden, two pediatric cohorts were formed, one in 1996 (n=3430) and one in 2006 (n=2585). The cohort created in 1996 was followed annually until the age of 19 years. Skin prick testing was performed on children in both cohorts. Lung function and bronchial hyperreactivity testing were carried out in children with asthma in the first cohort. The study participation and retention rates were very high in both cohorts. Among children in the second cohort living in Luleå, the home addresses were assigned to coordinates in a geographical information system (GIS) to evaluate the impact on respiratory health of living near roads with much traffic, which was measured as the number of vehicles daily. We used a validated reported diagnosis of asthma and International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questions were incorporated into the questionnaire. A cross-sectional study of children of the same age ten years apart, longitudinal studies on asthma incidence and remission as well as a cross-sectional study on vehicle traffic were performed.

    Results While children aged 7-8 years in 2006 more often had a physician-diagnosed asthma compared to children of the same age in 1996 (7.4% vs 5.7%, p<0.001), they had less asthma symptoms, especially severe symptoms. In parallel, a more beneficial environment and a more intense treatment with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) were observed. The explanation for this change in clinical expression probably includes also an increased awareness and diagnosing of asthma. From age 12 years to age 19 years, the cumulative incidence of physician-diagnosed asthma was 7.2% and of current wheeze 22.0%. The risk of new-onset asthma in adolescence was increased among girls, sensitized and those with heredity for asthma. Smoking and home dampness increased the risk for incident wheeze. The risk for both incident asthma and wheeze was inversely related to number of siblings. Among children with current asthma at age 7-8 years, 21% were in remission, 38% had periodic asthma and 41% had persistent asthma at a follow-up at age 19 years. Subjects in remission and with periodic asthma had significantly less airway obstruction and showed less bronchial hyperreactivity compared to subjects with persistent asthma. The probability of asthma remission from childhood to early adulthood was significantly increased by absence of allergic sensitization, male gender and a low asthma severity scoring at age 7-8 years. Sensitization to furred animals was more important as a determinant of both incidence and remission than sensitization to pollen. Living close to roads with high traffic flows, especially with heavy vehicles, was associated with an increased risk for current wheeze. Stratified analyses showed that the effect of traffic on asthma and wheeze was restricted to non-sensitized subjects.

    Conclusion Asthma onset in adolescence was more common among girls and remission was more common among boys. Children sensitized to furred animals and children with a more severe asthma were risk groups for persistence of asthma. Environmental factors such as smoking and dampness were associated to onset of asthma symptoms during adolescence, and vehicle traffic was associated with asthma symptoms among children also in a small city with relatively low traffic flows. Preventive measures like smoking reduction programs, improvement of damp housing conditions and separation of areas where many children live from heavily trafficked roads could prove to be beneficial.

  • 10. Antonelli, Massimo
    et al.
    Bonten, Marc
    Cecconi, Maurizio
    Chastre, Jean
    Citerio, Giuseppe
    Conti, Giorgio
    Curtis, J Randall
    Hedenstierna, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Joannidis, Michael
    Macrae, Duncan
    Maggiore, Salvatore M
    Mancebo, Jordi
    Mebazaa, Alexandre
    Preiser, Jean-Charles
    Rocco, Patricia
    Timsit, Jean-François
    Wernerman, Jan
    Zhang, Haibo
    Year in review in Intensive Care Medicine 2012: I. Neurology and neurointensive care, epidemiology and nephrology, biomarkers and inflammation, nutrition, experimentals2013In: Intensive Care Medicine, ISSN 0342-4642, E-ISSN 1432-1238, Vol. 39, no 2, 232-246 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Arlinger, Stig
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oto-Rhiono-Laryngology and Head & Neck Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Lunner, Thomas
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Technical Audiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Lyxell, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Reconstruction Centre, Department of ENT - Head and Neck Surgery UHL.
    Pichora-Fuller, M Kathleen
    University of Toronto.
    The emergence of cognitive hearing science.2009In: Scandinavian journal of psychology, ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 50, no 5, 371-384 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cognitive Hearing Science or Auditory Cognitive Science is an emerging field of interdisciplinary research concerning the interactions between hearing and cognition. It follows a trend over the last half century for interdisciplinary fields to develop, beginning with Neuroscience, then Cognitive Science, then Cognitive Neuroscience, and then Cognitive Vision Science. A common theme is that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to understand complex human behaviors, to develop technologies incorporating knowledge of these behaviors, and to find solutions for individuals with impairments that undermine typical behaviors. Accordingly, researchers in traditional academic disciplines, such as Psychology, Physiology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Sociology benefit from collaborations with each other, and with researchers in Computer Science and Engineering working on the design of technologies, and with health professionals working with individuals who have impairments. The factors that triggered the emergence of Cognitive Hearing Science include the maturation of the component disciplines of Hearing Science and Cognitive Science, new opportunities to use complex digital signal-processing to design technologies suited to performance in challenging everyday environments, and increasing social imperatives to help people whose communication problems span hearing and cognition. Cognitive Hearing Science is illustrated in research on three general topics: (1) language processing in challenging listening conditions; (2) use of auditory communication technologies or the visual modality to boost performance; (3) changes in performance with development, aging, and rehabilitative training. Future directions for modeling and the translation of research into practice are suggested.

  • 12.
    Arvidsson, Sandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Cardiac function in hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis: an echocardiographic study2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) is a lethal disease in which misfolded transthyretin (TTR) proteins accumulate as insoluble aggregates in tissues throughout the body. A common mutation is the exchange of valine to methionine at place 30 (TTR V30M), a form endemically found in the northern parts of Sweden. The main treatment option for ATTR amyloidosis is liver transplantation as the procedure halts production of mutated transthyretin. The disease is associated with marked phenotypic diversity ranging from predominant cardiac complications to pure neuropathy. Two different types of fibril composition – one in which both fragmented and full-length TTR are present (type A) and one consisting of only full-length TTR (type B) have been suggested to account for some phenotypic differences. Cardiac amyloidosis is associated with increased myocardial thickness and the disease could easily be mistaken for other entities characterised by myocardial thickening, such as sarcomeric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The aims in this thesis were to investigate echocardiographic characteristics in Swedish ATTR amyloidosis patients, and to identify markers aiding in differentiating ATTR heart disease from HCM. Another objective was to examine the impact of fibril composition and sex on the phenotypic variation in amyloid heart disease.

    Methods: A total of 122 ATTR amyloidosis patients that had undergone thorough echocardiographic examinations were included in the studies. Analyses of ventricular geometry as well as assessment of systolic and diastolic function were performed, using both conventional echocardiographic methods and speckle tracking technique. ECG analysis was conducted in study I, allowing measurement of QRS voltage. In study I and study II ATTR patients were compared to patients with HCM. In addition, 30 healthy controls were added to study II.

    Results: When parameters from ECG and echocardiography were investigated, the results revealed that the combination of QRS voltage <30 mm (<3 mV) and an interventricular/posterior wall thickness quotient <1.6 could differentiate cardiac ATTR amyloidosis from HCM. Differences in degree of right ventricular involvement were also demonstrated between HCM and ATTR amyloidosis, where ATTR patients displayed a right ventricular apical sparing pattern whereas the inverse pattern was found in HCM. Analysis of fibril composition revealed increased LV wall thickness in type A patients compared to type B, but in addition type A women displayed both lower myocardial thickness and more preserved systolic function as compared to type A males. When cardiac geometry and function were evaluated pre and post liver transplantation in type A and B patients, significant deterioration was detected in type A but not in type B patients after liver transplantation.

    Conclusions: Increasing awareness of typical cardiac amyloidotic signs by echocardiography is important to reduce the risk of delayed diagnosis. Our classification model based on ECG and echocardiography could aid in differentiating ATTR amyloidosis from HCM. Furthermore, the apical sparing pattern found in the right ventricle may pose another clue for amyloid heart disease, although it requires to be studied further. Furthermore, we disclosed that type A fibrils, male sex and increasing age were important determinants of increased myocardial thickness. As type A fibril patients displayed rapid cardiac deterioration after liver transplantation other treatment options should probably be sought for this group of patients.

  • 13.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Jonsson, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. Linnaeus Univ, Linnaeus Ctr Biomat Chem, Kalmar, Sweden..
    Teramura, Yuji
    Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Tokyo, Japan..
    Gustafson, Elisabet
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Paediatric Surgery.
    Ekdahl, Kristina N.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Linnaeus Univ, Linnaeus Ctr Biomat Chem, Kalmar, Sweden..
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Conjugation of human recombinant CD39 to primary human hepatocytes protects against thromboinflammation2015In: Xenotransplantation, ISSN 0908-665X, E-ISSN 1399-3089, Vol. 22, S87-S87 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14. Aspelund, Aleksanteri
    et al.
    Tammela, Tuomas
    Antila, Salli
    Nurmi, Harri
    Leppanen, Veli-Matti
    Zarkada, Georgia
    Stanczuk, Lukas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Cancer and Vascular Biology.
    Francois, Mathias
    Mäkinen, Taija
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Cancer and Vascular Biology.
    Saharinen, Pipsa
    Immonen, Ilkka
    Alitalo, Kari
    The Schlemm's canal is a VEGF-C/VEGFR-3-responsive lymphatic-like vessel2014In: Journal of Clinical Investigation, ISSN 0021-9738, E-ISSN 1558-8238, Vol. 124, no 9, 3975-3986 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In glaucoma, aqueous outflow into the Schlemm's canal (SC) is obstructed. Despite striking structural and functional similarities with the lymphatic vascular, system, it is unknown whether the SC is a blood or lymphatic vessel. Here, we demonstrated the expression of lymphatic endothelial cell markers by the SC in murine and zebrafish models as well as in human eye tissue. The initial stages of SC development involved induction of the transcription factor PROX1 and the lymphangiogenic receptor tyrosine kinase VEGFR-3 in venous endothelial cells in postnatal mice. Using gene deletion and function-blocking antibodies in mice, we determined that the lymphangiogenic growth factor VEGF-C and its receptor, VEGFR-3, are essential for SC development. Delivery of VEGF-C into the adult eye resulted in sprouting, proliferation, and growth of SC endothelial cells, whereas VEGF-A obliterated the aqueous outflow system. Furthermore, a single injection of recombinant VEGF-C induced SC growth and was associated with trend toward a sustained decrease in intraocular pressure in adult mice. These results reveal the evolutionary conservation of the lymphatic-like phenotype of the SC, implicate VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 as critical regulators of SC lymphangiogenesis, and provide a basis for further studies on therapeutic manipulation of the SC with VEGF-C in glaucoma treatment.

  • 15.
    Babiker, Adil A.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Ronquist, Gunnar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nilsson Ekdahl, Kristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology.
    Prostasome Involvement in the Development and Growth of Prostate Cancer2010In: The Open Prostate Cancer Journal, ISSN 1876-8229, Vol. 3, 1-13 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prostasomes are extracellularly occurring submicron, membrane-surrounded organelles produced by the epithelial cells of the prostate and present in semen after secretion. Even dedifferentiated prostate cancer cells have preserved their ability to produce and export prostasomes to the extracellular space. The precise physiological role of prostasomes is not known, although some of their properties assign them to important physiological and patho-physiological functions that could be exploited in prostate cancer growth and development. In this review, some new properties of seminal and malignant cell line (DU145, PC-3 and LNCaP) prostasomes will be discussed.

    There are typical differences in the expressions and activities of prostasomal CD59, ATPase, protein kinases and tissue factor (TF) as well as in the transfer of prostasomal CD59 to CD59-deficient erythrocytes (rabbit and human PNH erythrocytes). CD59, protein kinases and TF exhibit characteristic patterns of overexpression by malignant cell prostasomes. A high ATPase activity is recognized on seminal prostasomes with minimal activity on malignant cell prostasomes resulting in more residual ATP available for phosphorylation reactions. Several proteins are phosphorylated by prostasomal protein kinases, namely, complement component C3, fibrinogen, vitronectin and E-cadherin. Furthermore, TF is identified as the main endogenous phosphorylation substrate on prostasomes. In addition, prothrombotic effects of prostasomes are demonstrated. DU145 and PC-3 cell-derived prostasomes exert a higher clotting effect on whole blood and plasma compared to LNCaP cell-derived and seminal prostasomes.

    In conclusion, malignant cell prostasomes show an increased ability to interact with the biological system in favor of prostate cancer cell promotion and survival. The roles played by prostasomes in this context may improve the understanding of the mechanisms that help the prostate cancer cells to avoid the complement attack (CD59 transfer and phosphorylation and inactivation of C3), to promote angiogenesis (TF) and to metastasize. It may also provide a better understanding of some of the complications usually seen in some terminal prostate cancer patients like thrombotic events and tendency to develop disseminated intravascular coagulation.

  • 16. Baskurt, Oguz
    et al.
    Boynard, Michel
    Cokelet, Giles
    Connes, Philippe
    Cooke, Brian M.
    Forconi, Sandro
    Liao, Fulong
    Hardeman, Max
    Jung, Friedrich
    Meiselman, Herbert
    Nash, Gerard
    Nemeth, Norbert
    Neu, Björn
    Sandhagen, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Shin, Sehyun
    Thurston, George
    Wautier, Jean Luc
    New guidelines for hemorheological laboratory techniques2009In: Clinical hemorheology and microcirculation, ISSN 1386-0291, Vol. 42, no 2, 75-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This document, supported by both the International Society for Clinical Hemorheology and the European Society for Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, proposes new guidelines for hemorheological methods used in experimental and clinical studies. It is based on a similar document entitled: "Guidelines for measurement of blood viscosity and erythrocyte deformability" published in 1986 by the Expert Panel on Blood Rheology of the International Committee for Standardization in Hematology. Recent methods techniques and instruments, as well as new approaches to interpretation of results, are added to these new guidelines; wide spread adoption should improve comparability between hemorheological laboratories and increase the reliability of rheological tests.

  • 17.
    Bergemalm, Daniel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Mutant superoxide dismutase-1-caused pathogenesis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease that affects people in their late mid-life, with fatal outcome usually within a few years. The progressive degeneration of neurons responsible for muscle movement (motor neurons) throughout the central nervous system (CNS) leads to muscle wasting and paralysis, and eventually affects respiratory function. Most cases have no familial background (sporadic) whereas about 10% of cases have relatives affected by the disease. A substantial number of familial cases are caused by mutations in the gene encoding superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1). Since the initial discovery of this relationship about 17 years ago, numerous workers have tried to identify the pathogenicity of mutant SOD1 but without any final agreement or consensus regarding mechanism. The experiments in this thesis have been aimed at finding common pathogenic mechanisms by analyzing transgenic mouse models expressing mutant SOD1s with widely different properties.

        Mitochondrial pathology and dysfunction have been reported in both ALS patients and murine models. We used density gradient ultracentrifugation for comparison of mitochondrial partitioning of SOD1 in our transgenic models. It was found that models with high levels of mutant protein, overloaded mitochondria with high levels of SOD1-protein whereas models with wild type-like levels of mutant protein did not. No significant association of the truncation mutant G127X with mitochondria was found. Thus, if mitochondrial dysfunction and pathology are fundamental for ALS pathogenesis this is unlikely to be caused by physical association of mutant SOD1 with mitochondria.

        Density gradient ultracentrifugation was used to study SOD1 inclusions in tissues from an ALS patient with a mutant SOD1 (G127X). We found large amounts in the ventral horns of the spinal cord but also in the liver and kidney, although at lower levels. This showed that such signs of the disease can also be found outside the CNS.

        This method was used further to characterize SOD1 inclusions with regard to the properties of mutant SOD1 and the presence of other proteins. The inclusions were found to be complex detergent-sensitive structures with mutant SOD1 reduced at disulfide C57-C146 being the major inclusion protein, constituting at least 50% of the protein content. Ten co-aggregating proteins were isolated, some of which were already known to be present in cellular inclusions. Of great interest was the presence of several proteins that normally reside in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which is in accordance with recent data suggesting that the unfolded protein response (UPR) has a role in ALS.

        To obtain unbiased information on the pathogenesis of mutant SOD1, we performed a total proteome study on spinal cords from ALS transgenic mice. By multivariate analysis of the 1,800 protein spots detected, 420 (23%) were found to significantly contribute to the difference between transgenic and control mice. From 53 proteins finally identified, we found pathways such as mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, and protein degradation to be affected by the disease. We also identified a previously uncharacterized covalent SOD1 dimer.

       In conclusion, the work described in this thesis suggests that mutant SOD1 affects the function of mitochondria, but not mainly through direct accumulation of SOD1 protein. It also suggests that SOD1 inclusions, present in both the CNS and peripheral tissues, mainly consist of SOD1 but they also trap proteins involved in the UPR. This might be deleterious as motor neurons, unable to renew themselves, are dependent on proper protein folding and degradation.

  • 18.
    Bergemalm, Daniel
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Forsberg, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Srivastava, Vaibhav
    Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet.
    Graffmo, Karin S.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Andersen, Peter M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Brännström, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Wingsle, Gunnar
    Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet.
    Marklund, Stefan L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Superoxide dismutase-1 and other proteins in inclusions from transgenic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis model miceManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through a cytotoxic mechanism of unknown nature. A hallmark in ALS patients and transgenic mouse models carrying human SOD1 (hSOD1) mutations are hSOD1-immunoreactive inclusions in spinal cord ventral horns. The hSOD1 inclusions may block essential cellular functions or cause toxicity through sequestering of other proteins. Inclusions from 4 different transgenic mouse models were examined after density gradient ultracentrifugation. The inclusions are complex structures with heterogeneous densities and are disrupted by detergents. The aggregated hSOD1 was mainly composed of subunits that lacked the native stabilizing intrasubunit disulfide bond. A proportion of subunits formed hSOD1 oligomers or was bound to other proteins through disulfide bonds. Dense inclusions could be isolated and the protein composition was analyzed using proteomic techniques. Mutant hSOD1 accounted for half of the protein. Ten other proteins were identified. Two were cytoplasmic chaperones, 4 were cytoskeletal proteins, and 4 were proteins that normally reside in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The presence of ER proteins in inclusions containing the primarily cytosolic hSOD1 further supports the notion that ER stress is involved in ALS.

  • 19.
    Berglund, Caroline
    et al.
    Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Maxillofacial Unit.
    Ekströmer, Karin
    Department of Radiology, Mälarsjukhuset Eskilstuna Hospital, Sweden.
    Abtahi, Jahan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Maxillofacial Unit.
    Primary Chronic Osteomyelitis of the Jaws in Children: An Update on Pathophysiology, Radiological Findings, Treatment Strategies, and Prospective Analysis of Two Cases2015In: Case Reports in Dentistry, ISSN 2090-6447, E-ISSN 2090-6455, Vol. 2015, no 152717Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. Primary chronic osteomyelitis (PCO) of the jaws in children is associated with pain, trismus, and swelling. In children, temporomandibular joint involvement is rare and few studies have been published due to the relatively low incidence. This paper presents two cases of mandibular PCO in children with the involvement of the collum mandibulae. In addition, a review of the literature regarding demographic data, histological, radiological, and laboratory findings, and treatment strategies of PCO was also performed. Material and Methods. Prospective analyses of two PCO cases. A PubMed search was used and the articles were sorted according to their corresponding key area of focus. Results. Review of the literature revealed twenty-four cases of PCO with two cases of mandibular condyle involvement. The mean age was 18 years; the male to female ratio was 1 : 3. Most of the patients were treated with anti-inflammatory drugs in combination with decortication. Clinical recurrence was seen in 7 cases. Conclusion. A combination of anti-inflammatory drugs and surgical intervention appears to be the first choice of treatment. However, surgical removal of necrotic tissue adjacent to collum mandibulae has its limitations in children. Further investigations are of utmost importance in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of this disease.

  • 20.
    Bergström, Ida
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lundberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Jönsson, Simon
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Sarndahl, Eva
    Örebro University, Sweden.
    Ernerudh, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    Jonasson, Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Annexin A1 in blood mononuclear cells from patients with coronary artery disease: Its association with inflammatory status and glucocorticoid sensitivity2017In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 12, no 3, e0174177Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Annexin A1 (AnxA1) is a key player in resolution of inflammation and a mediator of glucocorticoid actions. In atherosclerotic tissue, increased expression of AnxA1 has been associated with protective plaque-stabilizing effects. Here, we investigated the expression of AnxA1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Blood was collected from 57 patients with stable CAD (SCAD) and 41 healthy controls. We also included a minor group (n = 10) with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). AnxA1 mRNA was measured in PBMCs. Expression of AnxA1 protein (total and surface-bound) and glucocorticoid receptors (GR) were detected in PBMC subsets by flow cytometry. Also, salivary cortisol, interleukin(IL)-6 and IL-10 in plasma, and LPS-induced cytokine secretion from PBMCs, with or without dexamethasone, were assessed. AnxA1 mRNA was found to be slightly increased in PBMCs from SCAD patients compared with controls. However, protein expression of AnxA1 or GRs in PBMC subsets did not differ between SCAD patients and controls, despite SCAD patients showing a more proinflammatory cytokine profile ex vivo. Only surface expression of AnxA1 on monocytes correlated with dexamethasone-mediated suppression of cytokines. In ACS patients, a marked activation of AnxA1 was seen involving both gene expression and translocation of protein to cell surface probably reflecting a rapid glucocorticoid action modulating the acute inflammatory response in ACS. To conclude, surface expression of AnxA1 on monocytes may reflect the degree of glucocorticoid sensitivity. Speculatively, "normal" surface expression of AnxA1 indicates that anti-inflammatory capacity is impaired in SCAD patients.

  • 21.
    Biglarnia, Alireza
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Yamamoto, Shinji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation Surgery.
    Sedigh, Amir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Drachenberg, Cinthia
    Univ Maryland Hosp, Dept Pathol, Baltimore, MD 21201 USA..
    Wagner, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
    Sund, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases.
    Berglund, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    von Zur-Muehlen, Bengt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation Surgery.
    Larsson, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Impact of duodenal cuff inflammation on outcome after clinical pancreas transplantation - a survey of a comprehensive follow-up strategy including serial protocol biopsy of the duodenal cuff2015In: Xenotransplantation, ISSN 0908-665X, E-ISSN 1399-3089, Vol. 22, S15-S15 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 22. Bischoff, Stephan C
    et al.
    Singer, Pierre
    Koller, Michael
    Barazzoni, Rocco
    Cederholm, Tommy
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
    van Gossum, André
    Standard operating procedures for ESPEN guidelines and consensus papers2015In: Clinical Nutrition, ISSN 0261-5614, E-ISSN 1532-1983, Vol. 34, no 6, 1043-1051 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ESPEN Guideline standard operating procedures (SOP) is based on the methodology provided by the Association of Scientific Medical Societies of Germany (AWMF), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), and the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at the University of Oxford. The SOP is valid and obligatory for all future ESPEN-sponsored guideline projects aiming to generate high-quality guidelines on a regular basis. The SOP aims to facilitate the preparation of guideline projects, to streamline the consensus process, to ensure quality and transparency, and to facilitate the dissemination and publication of ESPEN guidelines. To achieve this goal, the ESPEN Guidelines Editorial board (GEB) has been established headed by two chairmen. The GEB will support and supervise the guideline processes and is responsible for the strategic planning of ESPEN guideline activities. Key elements of the SOP are the generation of well-built clinical questions according to the PICO system, a systemic literature search, a classification of the selected literature according to the SIGN evidence levels providing an evidence table, and a clear and straight-forward consensus procedure consisting of online voting's and a consensus conference. Only experts who meet the obligation to disclosure any potential conflict of interests and who are not employed by the Industry can participate in the guideline process. All recommendations will be graded according to the SIGN grading and novel outcome models besides biomedical endpoints. This approach will further extent the leadership of ESPEN in creating up-to-date and suitable for implementation guidelines and in sharing knowledge on malnutrition and clinical nutrition.

  • 23.
    Bjuhr, Mathias
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Berne, Christian
    Department of Medical Sciences.
    Larsson, Anders
    Department of Medical Sciences.
    External Quality Assessment of HbA1c for Point of Care Testing2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To evaluate the long term total imprecision of HbA1c testing within the county of Uppsala in relation to the Swedish analytical goal of coefficient of variation (CV) <3% for HbA1c and to study the cost of an external quality assurance program for point-of-care HbA1c The county uses Bayer DCA 2000™ for point-of care HbA1c testing currently having 23 of these instruments.

    Methods: Method imprecision was assessed by analysis of patient samples performed as split samples during a 3 year period (2002-2004) as part of the quality assurance program for point-of-care HbA1c testing. The samples were first analysed on a Bayer DCA 2000™ and the samples were then sent to the centralised laboratory for reanalysis with an HPLC system (Variant II™, Biorad). The testing was performed approximately 8 times per year with each instrument.

    Results: The median CV between the HPLC method and the point-of-care instruments for each unit was slightly higher than 3%.

    Conclusion: The DCA 2000™ systems have an acceptable imprecision and agreement with the central laboratory. The test results show acceptable agreements within the county regardless where the patient is tested. The cost of the external quality assurance program is calculated to be approximately SEK 1340 (Euro 150) per instrument.

  • 24.
    Blomberg, Hans
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Lundström, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Toss, Henrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Gedeborg, Rolf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Johansson, Jakob
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Agreement between ambulance nurses and physicians in assessing stroke patients2013In: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6314, E-ISSN 1600-0404, Vol. 129, no 1, 49-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: If an ambulance nurse could bypass the emergency department (ED) and bring suspected stroke patients directly to a CT scanner, time to thrombolysis could be shortened. This study evaluates the level of agreement between ambulance nurses and emergency physicians in assessing the need for a CT scan, and interventions and monitoring beforehand, in patients with suspected stroke and/or a lowered level of consciousness.

    Materials and Methods: From October 2008 to June 2009 we compared the ambulance nurses’ and ED physicians’ judgement of 200 patients with stroke symptoms . Both groups answered identical questions on patients’ need for a CT scan, and interventions and monitoring beforehand.  

    Results: There was a poor agreement between ambulance nurses and ED physicians in judging the need for a CT scan: κ = 0.22 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.06–0.37). The nurses’ ability to select the same patients as the physician for a CT scan had a sensitivity of 84% (95% CI: 77–89) and a specificity of 37% (95% CI: 23–53). Agreement concerning the need for interventions and monitoring was also low: κ = 0.32 (95% CI: 0.18–0.47). In 18% of cases, the nurses considered interventions before a CT scan unnecessary when the physicians’ deemed them necessary.

    Conclusions: Additional tools to support ambulance nurses decisions appear to be required before suspected stroke patients can be taken directly to a CT scanner.

     

     

  • 25.
    Borendal Wodlin, Ninnie
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nilsson, Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Linköping.
    Kjölhede, Preben
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Snabbspår har fördelar vid elektiv gynekologisk kirurgi.2014In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 111, no 25-26, 2-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fast-track is a multimodal strategy aimed at achieving an improved and accelerated postoperative recovery. The strategy combines unimodal evidence-based interventions concerning preoperative preparation, peroperative principles and postoperative care. There is substantial evidence for the benefits of following fast-track concepts in general elective surgery to enhance postoperative recovery. The main findings of this review are that there are benefits likewise within elective gynecological surgery, but studies of quality of life, patient satisfaction and health economics are needed. Studies of fast-track within non-elective surgery and gynaecological oncology surgery are lacking. Widespread information and education is needed to improve the rate of implementation of fast-track. Comprehensive involvement of the entire staff dealing with the patient in the perioperative period is crucial to ensure implementation and development of surgical care aiming for enhanced postoperative recovery.

  • 26.
    Borg, Mathias
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
    Study of the insulin-like peptide 3 in human platelets2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The insulin-like 3 peptide is autocrine/paracrine insulin-related hormone with a size of approximately 6kDa [1]. It mediates through a leucine richG-coupled receptor named LGR8. INSL3 is mainly expressed in human Leydig cells and is directly responsible for migration of the testis during the pre-natal period in maledevelopment. [2]

    INSL3 mRNA has recently been verified in human platelets whereas no mRNA has been detected for LGR8 (by Sanofi-Aventis GmbH in Frankfurt,Germany), indicating that INSL3 might be released through paracrine functions at sites of platelet adhesion and aggregation upon a vascular injury.Furthermore, has activated platelets been shown to translate essential proteins upon activation, in a term called “signal-dependent protein synthesis”.The B-Cell lymphoma-3 protein (BCL-3) is an example of such a protein [3], and there is a possibility that INSL3 might be also.

    In this thesis we wanted to detect the relaxin- like peptide 3 hormone (INSL3). (Its function, location and the timeframe of its release, when/if it issecreated in stimulated platelets).The source of platelet-derived INSL3 can be found with Western blotting and Enzyme immunoassay.

    Detection of the insulin-like 3 peptide in human platelets turned out to be a difficult challenge due to the small amount of INSL3 secretion uponplatelet activation; hence the total amount of INSL3 produced might be below detection limit.

  • 27.
    Bremer, Anders
    University of Borås, School of Health Science.
    Hjärtstopp utanför sjukhus2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Bremer, Anders
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Hjärtstopp utanför sjukhus2012In: Svenska Läkaresällskapet, Medicinska Riksstämman 2012. Symposium om nationella riktlinjer för HLR, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Bäckström, Denise
    et al.
    Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Norrköping.
    Steinvall, Ingrid
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Sjöberg, Folke
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Linköping. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Change in child mortality patterns after injuries in Sweden: a nationwide 14-year study.2016In: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, ISSN 1863-9933, E-ISSN 1863-9941Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: Sweden has one of the world's lowest child injury mortality rates, but injuries are still the leading cause of death among children. Child injury mortality in the country has been declining, but this decline seems to decrease recently. Our objective was therefore to further examine changes in the mortality of children's death from injury over time and to assess the contribution of various effects on mortality. The underlying hypothesis for this investigation is that the incidence of lethal injuries in children, still is decreasing and that this may be sex specific.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied all deaths from injury in Sweden under-18-year-olds during the 14 years 1999-2012. We identified those aged under 18 whose underlying cause of death was recorded as International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) diagnosis from V01 to X39 in the Swedish cause of death, where all dead citizens are registered.

    RESULTS: From the 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2012, 1213 children under the age of 18 died of injuries in Sweden. The incidence declined during this period (r = -0.606, p = 0.02) to 3.3 deaths/100,000 children-years (95 % CI 2.6-4.2). Death from unintentional injury was more common than that after intentional injury (p < 0.0001). There was a reduction in the incidence of unintentional injuries during the study period (r = -0.757, p = 0.03). The most common causes of death were injury to the brain (n = 337, 41 %), followed by drowning (n = 109, 13 %). The number of deaths after intentional injury increased (r = 0.585, p = 0.03) and at the end of the period was 1.5 deaths/100,000 children-years. The most common causes of death after intentional injuries were asphyxia (n = 177, 45 %), followed by injury to the brain (n = 76, 19 %).

    DISCUSSION: Mortality patterns in injured children in Sweden have changed from being dominated by unintentional injuries to a more equal distribution between unintentional and intentional injuries as well as between sexes and the overall rate has declined further. These findings are important as they might contribute to the preventive work that is being done to further reduce mortality in injured children.

  • 30.
    Cederholm, Tommy
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
    Bosaeus, Ingvar
    Brunner, Robert
    Ellegård, Lars
    Faxén Irving, Gerd
    Larsson, Jörgen
    Thorell, Anders
    Rothenberg, Elisabeth
    SBU-rapport "missar" övertygande evidensläge: Kosttillägg förlänger livet på undernärda äldre2014In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 111, no 51-52, 2299-2300 p., C7YMArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Tvärtemot slutsatserna i en ny SBU-rapport anser Tommy Cederholm och medförfattare att det finns övertygande ­evidens för att kosttillägg är gynnsamt för undernärda äldre. Ordination ska dock ske först efter utredning, ­göras patientsäkert, dokumenteras och utvärderas ­individuellt.

  • 31.
    Chabo, Ablahad
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. Mälardalen University, Department of Biology and Chemical Engineering.
    Treatment of a mantle cell lymphoma cell line with cannabinoids and cytostatics: - effects on DNA synthesis and ceramide metabolism2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive B-cell malignancy with bad prognosis, which predominates in males with advanced age. However, studies of the endocannabinoid system and how it affects tumour behaviour provides the basis for designing innovative therapeutic strategies that could open new opportunities for treatment of patient with MCL. It has earlier been shown that the cannabinoid receptor ligand (R)-(+)-methanandamide (R-MA) induce cell death in MCL by accumulation of ceramide. Ceramide has a pro-apoptotic effect on the cell but could be metabolized by the enzymes glucosylceramide synthase (GCS) and sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) to molecules with pro-proliferative effect. Therefore, treatments with R-MA on Jeko-1 MCL cell line were performed in this study to determine interference in the proliferative behaviour as well as in the gene expression of the enzymes GCS and SphK1. In addition, treatments with chemotherapeutic substances, such as doxorubicin or cytarabine (Ara-C), and combinations of R-MA and chemotherapeutic substance, were performed for the same reason. Results showed that the proliferation behaviour of Jeko cells remained unaffected when treated with R-MA, in contrast to the decreased proliferative effects shown when treated with cytostatics or combinations of R-MA and cytostatics. Furthermore, a tendency for up-regulation of GCS and SphK1 expression was recognized when cells were treated with cytostatics or combination of cytostatics and R-MA, in contrast to cells treated with R-MA alone. Although, R-MA alone had a tendency for a small down-regulation of GCS expression, it contributed to a potential elevation of GCS expression when combined with Ara-C or doxorubicin. It is believed that the effect from upregulated levels of the metabolizing enzymes GCS and SphK1 is balanced by, earlier observed, up-regulations of the ceramide synthesis enzymes.

  • 32. Cook, Jackie
    et al.
    Aydin-Schmidt, Berit
    Gonzalez, Iveth J.
    Bell, David
    Edlund, Elin
    Nassor, Majda H.
    Msellem, Mwinyi
    Ali, Abdullah
    Abass, Ali K.
    Mårtensson, Andreas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD).
    Bjorkman, Anders
    Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) for point-of-care detection of asymptomatic low-density malaria parasite carriers in Zanzibar2015In: Malaria Journal, ISSN 1475-2875, Vol. 14, 43- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Asymptomatic, low parasite density malaria infections are difficult to detect with currently available point-of-care diagnostics. This study piloted a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) kit for field-friendly, high-throughput detection of asymptomatic malaria infections during mass screening and treatment (MSAT) in Zanzibar, a malaria pre-elimination setting. Methods: Screening took place in three known hotspot areas prior to the short rains in November. Finger-prick blood was taken for screening by rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and LAMP and collected on filter paper for subsequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analyses. LAMP results were compared to RDT and to PCR using McNemar's test. Results: Approximately 1,000 people were screened. RDT detected ten infections (1.0% (95% CI 0.3-1.6)) whilst both LAMP and PCR detected 18 (1.8% (95% CI 0.9-2.6)) infections. However, PCR identified three infections that LAMP did not detect and vice versa. LAMP testing was easy to scale-up in field conditions requiring minimal training and equipment, with results ready one to three hours after screening. Conclusions: Despite lower than expected prevalence, LAMP detected a higher number of infections than the currently used diagnostic, RDT. LAMP is a field-friendly, sensitive diagnostic test that could be useful for MSAT malaria campaigns which require quick results to enable prompt treatment.

  • 33. Cruz-Jentoft, A J
    et al.
    Boirie, Y
    Cederholm, Tommy
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
    Re: Issues concerning sarcopenia in ageing adults2015In: Age and Ageing, ISSN 0002-0729, E-ISSN 1468-2834, Vol. 44, no 2, 343-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Dahlgren, Karl
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Urology and Andrology.
    Effects of hyperinsulinemia on plasma amyloid beta 42 in patients with type-2 diabetes2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 35.
    Dahlstedt, Sara
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Färdig, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Patientens upplevelse av akupunktur som behandling vid ångest2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Anxiety is a common disease that approximately 25% of Sweden's population suffers from at some point in their lives. The treatment methods are few and often imply a pathogenic approach to the patient, such as drug treatment. One of the nurse's area of responsibility is patient care, and according to the nurse's competence description he or she shall promote health and nursing with a salutogenic approach. Integrative medicine, as acupuncture, is aimed at promoting health and the salutogenic. Acupuncture is used today in psychiatry, but is not included in the nurse education, information about treatment and efficacy are expected to be given despite the lack of knowledge. Objective: The objective was that from a patient perspective describe the experience of acupuncture treatment for anxiety. Method: The literature study is based on six qualitative articles, taken from different databases. A manifest content analysis was done to obtain the data from the articles who responded to their purpose and which formed the result. Results: Three categories of patient experience were found, these were: relief, discomfort and hope and well being. The majority of patients experienced a strong anxiety relief and then responds to the purpose of this study. Other experience was that medicine needs were reduced and that the acupuncture treatment gave a sense of hope and increased well being. Some discomfort could appear in the patients. Despite the discomfort, all patients experienced the treatment as very positive. Conclusion: This study proves acupuncture effect on relieving anxiety and positive impact on nursing care. The authors' preconception has become probable. There are weaknesses in the study that concerns generalizability due to the lack of existing research as well as reliability in the authors' lack of experience to carry out a similar study. More research is needed on the subject.

  • 36.
    Dehmer, Susanne
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Validation of Abbott Diagnostics turbidimetric cystatin C assay and enzymatic creatinine assay using the Architect c8000 analyzer2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is an important tool in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease. Today creatinine is the most frequently used marker for kidney function though several studies indicate that cystatin C is a superior marker. The purpose of this study was to validate Abbott Diagnostics turbidimetric cystatin C assay and enzymatic creatinine assay.

    Methods: The validation was performed by studies of CV for the two methods and correlations between the two and other available methods for assessing GFR. The stability of cystatin C at room temperature was also evaluated.

    Results: Both methods showed good precision. The Abbott cystatin C assay generally gave lower values and thereby higher estimated GFRs than the correlated Gentian method. The Abbott enzymatic creatinine assay gave higher values than the correlated Jaffe method. Those results are generally unexpected, but in this study the cause is an automatically applied negative intercept used together with the Jaffe method. Cystatin C showed high stability when stored at room temperature.

    Conclusions: Estimated GFRs tend to differ depending on the choice of method for analyzing cystatin C or creatinine and this study gives an overview of the range of variation. The study also enlightens the need for an international calibrator for the cystatin C methods presented by different manufacturers.

  • 37. Dorfmeister, B
    et al.
    Zeng, W W
    Dichlberger, A
    Nilsson, Stefan K
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Physiological chemistry.
    Schaap, F G
    Hubacek, J A
    Merkel, M
    Cooper, J A
    Lookene, Aivar
    Putt, W
    Whittall, R
    Lee, P J
    Lins, L
    Delsaux, N
    Nierman, M
    Kuivenhoven, J A
    Kastelein, J J P
    Vrablik, M
    Olivecrona, Gunilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Physiological chemistry.
    Schneider, W J
    Heeren, J
    Humphries, S E
    Talmud, P J
    Effects of six APOA5 variants, identified in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia, on in vitro lipoprotein lipase activity and receptor binding2008In: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, ISSN 1079-5642, E-ISSN 1524-4636, Vol. 28, no 10, 1866-1871 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify rare APOA5 variants in 130 severe hypertriglyceridemic patients by sequencing, and to test their functionality, since no patient recall was possible.

    METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied the impact in vitro on LPL activity and receptor binding of 3 novel heterozygous variants, apoAV-E255G, -G271C, and -H321L, together with the previously reported -G185C, -Q139X, -Q148X, and a novel construct -Delta139 to 147. Using VLDL as a TG-source, compared to wild type, apoAV-G255, -L321 and -C185 showed reduced LPL activation (-25% [P=0.005], -36% [P<0.0001], and -23% [P=0.02]), respectively). ApoAV-C271, -X139, -X148, and Delta139 to 147 had little affect on LPL activity, but apoAV-X139, -X148, and -C271 showed no binding to LDL-family receptors, LR8 or LRP1. Although the G271C proband carried no LPL and APOC2 mutations, the H321L carrier was heterozygous for LPL P207L. The E255G carrier was homozygous for LPL W86G, yet only experienced severe hypertriglyceridemia when pregnant.

    CONCLUSIONS: The in vitro determined function of these apoAV variants only partly explains the high TG levels seen in carriers. Their occurrence in the homozygous state, coinheritance of LPL variants or common APOA5 TG-raising variant in trans, appears to be essential for their phenotypic expression.

  • 38.
    Edblom, Sara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    A Comparison of Two Immunoturbidimetric Assay Methods for Serum Amyloid A in Cats.2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The analysis of acute phase protein serum amyloid A (SAA) has recently been brought into clinical use in veterinary medicine. Some of the difficulties with incorporating the SAA method in clinical practice have been the expensive and rather large equipment required for the method. Due to these difficulties only larger clinics can afford to use the SAA analysis.

    The company Equinostic has recently developed a smaller instrument that costs one-tenth of a larger instrument. The instrument is named EVA1 and has so far only been used to analyze SAA in horses.

    The aim of this study was to investigate if the EVA1 instrument could be used to analyze SAA in cats. This study included 24 serum samples from cat, which were first analyzed twice on the EVA1 instrument and then sent to the Strömsholm Referral Animal Hospital in Sweden where they reanalyzed the samples using a validated reference method. Both instruments are based on an immunoturbidimetric assay.

    The correlation between the two instruments was good (r=0.97) but the EVA1 instrument showed constantly lower results than the reference method. The difference between the duplicates when analyzed on the EVA1 instrument was larger than expected.

    The conclusion is that EVA1 could be used to analyze SAA in cats. However, before it could be used clinically in veterinary practice an extended study is recommended.

  • 39.
    Edvardsson, Maria
    et al.
    Finspång, Sweden.
    Sund-Levander, Märtha
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ernerudh, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Theodorsson, Elvar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Grodzinsky, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in West Östergötland, Research & Development Unit in Local Health Care. Rättsmedicinalverket, Linköping, Sweden.
    Clinical use of conventional reference intervals in the frail elderly2015In: Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, ISSN 1356-1294, E-ISSN 1365-2753, Vol. 21, no 2, 229-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rationale, aims and objectives

    Reference intervals provided by the laboratory are commonly established by measuring samples from apparently healthy subjects in the ages 18–65 years, excluding elderly individuals with chronic diseases and medication. The aim of our study was to establish whether current reference intervals for immune parameters and chemical biomarkers are valid for older individuals including those with chronic diseases, so-called frail elderly.

    Methods

    Data from our cohort of 138 non-infected nursing home residents (NHR), mean age 86.8 years, range 80–98, were compared with raw data, as basis for the development of reference intervals, obtained from reference populations, like blood donors (IgA, IgG, IgM, C3 and C4) and from the Nordic Reference Interval Project (NORIP) (alanine aminotransferase, albumin, aspartate aminotransferase, creatinine, gamma-glutamyl transferase, lactate dehydrogenase, phosphate, sodium and urea). Immune parameters were measured by nephelometry and in NORIP the measurements were performed by means of different routine methods, in more than 100 laboratories.

    Results

    Only nine individuals (7%) of NHR were found to be free from chronic disease. C3, C4 (P < 0.001) and IgG levels (P < 0.05) were higher, while IgM levels (P < 0.001) were lower in NHR compared with reference blood donors. Levels of alanine aminotransferase, phosphate (P < 0.001), albumin (P < 0.05) and sodium (P < 0.01) were lower while creatinine and urea levels were higher (P < 0.001) in NHR compared with NORIP subjects.

    Conclusion

    Comparing laboratory results from elderly people with conventional reference intervals can be misleading or even dangerous, as normal conditions may appear pathological, or vice versa and thus lead to unnecessary or even harmful treatment.

  • 40. ElShafie, Amir Ibrahim
    et al.
    Elghazali, Gehad
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Cystatin C as a marker of immune complex-associated renal impairment in a sudanese population with visceral leishmaniasis2006In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, ISSN 0002-9637, Vol. 75, no 5, 864-868 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Renal function was studied in visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) by means of the specific marker cystatin C and related to circulating immune complexes and cytokine production. Forty patients with VL (23 with sub-acute disease and 17 with acute disease), 17 patients with PKDL, and 22 healthy controls were included. Cystatin C, but not creatinine, was significantly raised in VL (P = 0.004). The highest levels of cystatin C were found in those with acute disease (P < 0.0001). In VL, cystatin C levels were positively correlated to circulating immune complexes and production of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), but negatively correlated to aspartate aminotransferase and lactate dehydrogenase. We conclude that cystatin C is a superior marker of glomerular function in leishmaniasis and that immune complex deposition and GM-CSF are two functions that most likely are causally involved in the mechanisms leading to glomerular dysfunction in leishmaniasis.

  • 41.
    Emdin, Stefan O.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology. Department of Pathology, University of Lund, Malmö General Hospital, Sweden.
    Myxine insulin: amino-acid sequence, three dimensional structure, biosynthesis, release, physiological role, receptor binding affinity, and biological activity1981Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Atlantic hagfish, Myxlne. glutinosa,is the most primitive vertebrate extant, and it diverged from the main vertebrate evolutionary chain some 500 mi 11 ion years ago.

    The primary sequence of hagfish insulin shows that it contains the residues implemented for expression of activity and the residues stabi­lizing the insulin monomer and dimer, but not the hexamer. The primary sequence of hagfish preproinsulin, deduced from the mRNA-cDNA sequence shows little homology in sequence of the precursor parts of the molecule. However, the sequence contains the structural requirements for the tenta­tive functions, jL.z. vectorial discharge of the prohormone and a minimum over-all size of the precursor. The proinsulin converting enzyme(s) seems to have a specificity similar to that of all other vertebrates studied. The tertiary structure of hagfish insulin in the crystal is almost super­imposable on pig insulin's structure.

    The biological  activity of hagfish insulin is 5%   of that  of piginsulin and its receptor binding affinity   is 23% in isolated   rat fat  cells.Hagfish insulin was the first partial insulin antagonist on the rat fat cell insulin receptor. The change(s) in structure responsible for the reduction of acti­vity and binding are not known.

    Biosynthesis of hagfish insulin, In vXJyto, follows the pattern observed in higher vertebrates, although at a much slower rate. Unlike the situation in mammals, hagfish insulin biosynthesis is not stimulated by glucose.

    A radioimmunoassay for hagfish insulin was developed and the antiserum cross-reacted with       bovine insulin to only 0.01%. Theassay was used to study insulin release in vitro. Glucose  stimulates insulin release but, unlike the situation in higher vertebrates, amino acids do not.

    In vivo, hagfish insulin stimulated the incorporation of 14C-glucose and 14C-leucine into hagfish skeletal muscle glycogen and protein.

    The observed similari ties,between hagfish and higher vertebrates,with regards to insulin's structure, biosynthesis, release, receptor binding, and biological activity support the conclusion that, insulin and its processing and effector machineries were structurally and biologically well defined some 500 million years ago.

  • 42.
    Englund, Claire
    et al.
    Umeå University, Umeå University Library, Centre for teaching and learning (UPL).
    Gustafsson, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
    Gallego, Gisselle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology. School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame, Australia, New South Wales 2010, Australia.
    Pharmacy Students' Attitudes and Perceptions of "Virtual Worlds" as an Instructional Tool for Clinical Pharmacy Teaching2017In: Pharmacy, ISSN 2226-4787, Vol. 5, no 1, 5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objectives of this study were to explore pharmacy students’ perceptions and experiences of three-dimensional virtual worlds (3DVWs) as an instructional tool for clinical pharmacy teaching. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with Master of Science in Pharmacy students who had participated in communicative exercises in a 3DVW. Interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. More than half of the students were positive to using 3DVWs for educational purposes and see the advantages of having a setting where communication can be practiced in an authentic but ‘safe’ environment available online. However, many students also reported technical difficulties in using the 3DVW which impacted negatively on the learning experience. Perceived ease of use and usefulness of 3DVWs appears to play an important role for students. The students’ level of engagement relates to not only their computer skills, but also to the value they place on 3DVWs as an instructional tool.

  • 43.
    Eriksson, Per
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Rheumatology.
    Andersson, Carina
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    Cassel, Petra
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    Nyström, Sofia
    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 Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    Ernerudh, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    Letter: Increase in Th17-associated CCL20 and decrease in Th2-associated CCL22 plasma chemokines in active ANCA-associated vasculitis2015In: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0300-9742, E-ISSN 1502-7732, Vol. 44, no 1, 80-83 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 44.
    Fall, Katja
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Enheten för klinisk epidemiologi och biostatistik, Örebro Universitet, Örebro Universitetssjukhus, Örebro.
    Holmberg, Lars
    Regionalt cancercentrum, Uppsala-Örebro, Uppsala Universitet; King´s College, London, Storbrittanien.
    Sundström, Johan
    Institutionen för medicinska vetenskaper, Uppsala Clinical REsearch Center, Uppsala Universitet; Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala; George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australien.
    Bra prognosstudier kan ge bättre kliniska beslut [Good prognosis studies can provide better clinical decisions]: Validerade risk-/prognosfaktorer hjälper läkaren [Validated risk-/prognosis factors helps the physician].2013In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 110, no 6, 279-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Florvall, Gösta
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Basu, Samar
    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition Research.
    Helmersson, Johanna
    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition Research.
    Larsson, Anders
    Department of Medical Sciences.
    Microalbuminuria, blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors in elderly males2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objective - To correlate blood pressure and inflammatory markers with urine albumin analysed with a point-of-care testing (POCT) instrument, nephelometric determination of albumin and creatinine related urine albumin in elderly males.

    Methods and Results - The study population consisted of 103 diabetic and 603 nondiabetic males (age 77 years) in a cross-sectional study in central Sweden. We analyzed urine albumin with a HemoCue® Urine Albumin POCT instrument and a ProSpec® nephelometer and creatinine related urine albumin. There were strong correlation between both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and all three urine albumin methods (p<0.0001). There were also significant correlations between the different urine albumin measurements and SAA, hsCRP and IL-6.

    Conclusions - Hypertension has a strong impact on hyperfiltration in diabetic and nondiabetic elderly males.

  • 46.
    Fred, Rikard G.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Boddeti, Santosh Kumar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Lundberg, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Welsh, Nils
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Imatinib mesylate stimulates low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1-mediated ERK phosphorylation in insulin-producing cells2015In: Clinical Science, ISSN 0143-5221, E-ISSN 1470-8736, Vol. 128, no 1, 17-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) is an endocytic and multi-functional type I cell surface membrane protein, which is known to be phosphorylated by the activated platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR). The tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib, which inhibits PDGFR and c-Abl, and which has previously been reported to counteract beta-cell death and diabetes, has been suggested to reduce atherosclerosis by inhibiting PDGFR-induced LRP1 phosphorylation. The aim of the present study was to study LRP1 function in beta-cells and to what extent imatinib modulates LRP1 activity. LRP1 and c-Abl gene knockdown was performed by RNAi using rat INS-1 832/13 and human EndoC1-beta H1 cells. LRP1 was also antagonized by treatment with the antagonist low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein associated protein 1 (LRPAP1). We have used PDGF-BB, a PDGFR agonist, and apolipoprotein E (ApoE), an LRP1 agonist, to stimulate the activities of PDGFR and LRP1 respectively. Knockdown or inhibition of LRP1 resulted in increased hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)(-) or cytokine-induced cell death, and glucose-induced insulin release was lowered in LRP1-silenced cells. These results indicate that LRP1 function is necessary for beta-cell function and that LRP1 is adversely affected by challenges to beta-cell health. PDGF-BB, or the combination of PDGF-BB+ApoE, induced phosphorylation of extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (ERK), Akt and LRP1. LRP1 silencing blocked this event. Imatinib blocked phosphorylation of LRP1 by PDGFR activation but induced phosphorylation of ERK. LRP1 silencing blocked imatinib-induced phosphorylation of ERK. Sunitinib also blocked LRP1 phosphorylation in response to PDGF-BB and induced phosphorylation of ERK, but this latter event was not affected by LRP1 knockdown. siRNA-mediated knockdown of the imatinib target c-Abl resulted in an increased ERK phosphorylation at basal conditions, with no further increase in response to imatinib. Imatinib-induced cell survival of tunicamycin-treated cells was partially mediated by ERK activation. We have concluded that imatinib promotes LRP1-dependent ERK activation, possibly via inhibition of c-Abl, and that this could contribute to the pro-survival effects of imatinib on beta-cells.

  • 47.
    Gao, Feng
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yuan, Y.
    Nanjing University, 210093 China.
    Wang, K. F.
    Nanjing University, 210093 China.
    Chen, X. Y.
    Nanjing University, 210093 China.
    Chen, F.
    Nanjing University, 210093 China.
    Liu, J. -M.
    Nanjing University, 210093 China.
    Preparation and photoabsorption characterization of BiFeO3 nanowires2006In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 89, no 10, 102506- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Perovskite-type polycrystalline BiFeO3 (BFO) nanowires (similar to 50 nm in diameter and similar to 5 mu m in length) were synthesized using the anodized alumina template technique. An energy band gap of similar to 2.5 eV was determined from the UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectrum, and its photocatalytic ability to produce O-2 was revealed under UV irradiation. Weak ferromagnetism at room temperature and superparamagnetism at low temperature were observed for the BFO nanowires, different from the antiferromagnetic order in bulk BFO, reflecting the significant size effects on the magnetic ordering of BFO. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.

  • 48.
    Gellerstedt, Martin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Petersen, Per Hyltoft
    University of Bergen, NOKLUS, Norwegian Quality Improvement of Primary Care Laboratories, Division for General Practice.
    Partitioning reference values for several subpopulations using cluster analysis2007In: Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, Vol. 45, no 8, 1026-1032 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: A crucial question when developing reference intervals is whether different subpopulations need their own reference interval or if a single joint reference interval can be used. It is reasonable to use partitioned reference intervals in situations where a single interval results in considerable variation in sensitivity between subpopulations. The aim of partitioning is to harmonize the sensitivity of the reference intervals, i.e., to make the sensitivity similar for all patients, regardless of patient characteristics. Statistical criteria to identify when partitioning is adequate have been developed over the last two decades. These criteria are applicable when considering two subpopulations, but recently a procedure for considering several subpopulations has been developed. When several subpopulations are considered, there is a possibility that some subpopulations could form a group or cluster that could share a common reference interval. However, there is no formal systematic approach to indicate how to divide these subpopulations into clusters. The aim of this study was to suggest such a systematic approach for clustering. METHODS: A clustering technique was applied to data including several subpopulations. The technique is based on measuring the distance between separated reference limits and successively pooling subpopulations divided by short distances. A cluster is defined by a group of subpopulations that are close to each other and that differ from subpopulations in another cluster. A cluster recruits new subpopulations as long as the subpopulations can be pooled without violating a partitioning criterion. CONCLUSIONS: We have suggested a procedure for partitioning a number of Gaussian (or Gaussian-transformable) subpopulations into clusters. This is the only formalized procedure indicating how to analyze several subpopulations and identify a suitable number of groups and reference intervals. Using a computer program developed for partitioning issues, the approach was easy to adopt.

  • 49. Glimåker, Martin
    et al.
    Lindquist, Lars
    Sjölin, Jan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases.
    Lumbar puncture in adult bacterial meningitis: time to reconsider guidelines?2013In: BMJ. British Medical Journal, ISSN 0959-8146, E-ISSN 0959-535X, Vol. 346, f361Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Goto, Masafumi
    et al.
    Tohoku Univ, New Ind Creat Hatchery Ctr, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan.;Tohoku Univ, Div Adv Surg Sci & Technol, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Friberg, Andrew
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ståhle, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Imura, Takehiro
    Tohoku Univ, New Ind Creat Hatchery Ctr, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Yamagata, Youhei
    Tokyo Univ Agr & Technol, Dept Appl Biol Chem, Tokyo, Japan..
    Watanabe, Kimiko
    Tohoku Univ, New Ind Creat Hatchery Ctr, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Murayama, Kazutaka
    Tohoku Univ, Div Biomed Measurements & Diagnost, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Inagaki, Akiko
    Tohoku Univ, New Ind Creat Hatchery Ctr, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Igarashi, Yasuhiro
    Tohoku Univ, New Ind Creat Hatchery Ctr, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Satomi, Susumu
    Tohoku Univ, Div Adv Surg Sci & Technol, Sendai, Miyagi 980, Japan..
    Korsgren, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Proof of concept for the clinical application of animal component free recombinant collagenase for isolating pancreatic islets2015In: Xenotransplantation, ISSN 0908-665X, E-ISSN 1399-3089, Vol. 22, S50-S50 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
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