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  • Wang, Fang; Robson, T Matthew; Casal, Jorge J; Aphalo, Pedro J. (2020)
    The UV-A/blue photoreceptors phototropins and cryptochromes are both known to contribute to stomatal opening (∆gs) in blue light. However, their relative contributions to maintenance of gs in blue light through the whole photoperiod remains unknown. To elucidate this question, Arabidopsis phot1 phot2 and cry1 cry2 mutants (MTs) and their respective wild types (WTs) were irradiated with 200 μmol m-2 s-1 of blue-, green- or red-light (BL, GL or RL) throughout a 11-hour photoperiod. Stomatal conductance (gs) was higher under BL, than under RL or GL. Under RL, gs was not affected by either of the photoreceptor mutations, but under GL gs was slightly lower in cry1 cry2 than its WT. Under BL, the presence of phototropins was essential for rapid stomatal opening at the beginning of the photoperiod, while maximal stomatal opening beyond 3 h of irradiation required both phototropins and cryptochromes. Time courses of whole-plant net carbon assimilation rate (Anet) and the effective quantum yield of photosystem II photochemistry (ΦPSII) were consistent with an Anet-independent contribution of BL on gs both in phot1 phot2 and cry1 cry2 mutants. The changing roles of phototropins and cryptochromes through the day may allow more flexible coordination between gs and Anet.
  • Hietamaki, Johanna; Hero, Matti; Holopainen, Elina; Kansakoski, Johanna; Vaaralahti, Kirsi; Iivonen, Anna-Pauliina; Miettinen, Paivi J.; Raivio, Taneli (2017)
    Biallelic, partial loss-of-function mutations in GNRHR cause a wide spectrum of reproductive phenotypes from constitutional delay of growth and puberty to complete congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. We studied the frequency of GNRHR, FGFR1, TAC3, and TACR3 mutations in nine adolescent and young adult females with clinical cues consistent with partial gonadotropin deficiency (stalled puberty, unexplained secondary amenorrhea), and describe phenotypic features and molecular genetic findings of monozygotic twin brothers with stalled puberty. Two girls out of nine (22%, 95% CI 6-55%) carried biallelic mutations in GNRHR. The girl with compound heterozygous c. 317A>G p.(Gln106Arg) and c. 924_926delCTT p.(Phe309del) GNRHR mutations displayed incomplete puberty and clinical signs of hypoestrogenism. The patient carrying a homozygous c. 785G> A p.(Arg262Gln) mutation presented with signs of hypoestrogenism and unexplained secondary amenorrhea. None of the patients exhibited mutations in FGFR1, TAC3, or TACR3. The twin brothers, compound heterozygous for GNRHR mutations c. 317A> G p.(Gln106Arg) and c. 785G>A p.(Arg262Gln), presented with stalled puberty and were discordant for weight, and the heavier of them had lower testosterone levels. These results suggest that genetic testing of the GNRHR gene should be offered to adolescent females with low-normal gonadotropins and unexplained stalled puberty or menstrual dysfunction. In male patients with partial gonadotropin deficiency, excess adipose tissue may suppress hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.
  • Helin, T. A.; Zuurveld, M.; Manninen, M.; Meijers, J. C. M.; Lassila, R.; Brinkman, H. J. M. (2018)
    BACKGROUND: Uncontrollable bleeding is the leading cause of death in traumatically injured patients. The extent to which direct factor Xa inhibitors interfere with the applied resuscitation measures is presently unknown. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effect of the resuscitation fluid s saline, albumin, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and solvent/ detergent (S/D)-treated plasma, fibrinogen concentrate, prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC), and combinations thereof on the hemostatic profile of rivaroxaban-anticoagulated whole blood and plasma. We used rivaroxaban-spiked whole blood and plasma from healthy donors, as well as plasma from patients on rivaroxaban, and mimicked a resuscitation approach in a 50% plasma dilution setting. Thromboelastography, thrombin generation, and fibrin generation clot lysis test were assessed using tissue factor to initiate coagulation and tissue plasminogen activator to induce clot lysis. RESULTS: Rivaroxaban resulted in a hypocoagulant state that remained largely unaltered upon subsequent 50% dilution with S/D-treated plasma or FFP. Using SID treated plasma as a diluent, clot stability decreased due to its low (12-antiplasmin. Dilution with saline and albumin induced a profibrinolytic state and further deteriorated the impaired hemostatic potential of rivaroxabananticoagulated blood, even after PCC and fibrinogen support. Combined use of plasma (either FFP or S/D treated) and PCC, however, considerably improved both coagulation and clot stability. CONCLUSION: In the setting of rivaroxaban anticoagulation and major blood loss, transfusing plasma together with PCC may provide the most effective resuscitation approach with the notion that additional antifibrinolytic drug support (e.g., tranexamic acid) is likely required.
  • Hulmi, Juha J.; Penna, Fabio; Pöllänen, Noora; Nissinen, Tuuli A.; Hentila, Jaakko; Euro, Liliya; Lautaoja, Juulia H.; Ballarò, Riccardo; Soliymani, Rabah; Baumann, Marc; Ritvos, Olli; Pirinen, Eija; Lalowski, Maciej (2020)
    Objective Cancer cachexia and muscle loss are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In preclinical animal models, blocking activin receptor (ACVR) ligands has improved survival and prevented muscle wasting in cancer cachexia without an effect on tumour growth. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The present study aimed to identify cancer cachexia and soluble ACVR (sACVR) administration-evoked changes in muscle proteome. Methods Healthy and C26 tumour-bearing (TB) mice were treated with recombinant sACVR. The sACVR or PBS control were administered either prior to the tumour formation or by continued administration before and after tumour formation. Muscles were analysed by quantitative proteomics with further examination of mitochondria and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) metabolism. To complement the first prophylactic experiment, sACVR (or PBS) was injected as a treatment following tumour cell inoculation. Results Muscle proteomics in TB cachectic mice revealed downregulated signatures for mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) and increased acute phase response (APR). These were accompanied by muscle NAD+ deficiency, alterations in NAD+ biosynthesis including downregulation of nicotinamide riboside kinase 2 (Nrk2), and decreased muscle protein synthesis. The disturbances in NAD+ metabolism and protein synthesis were rescued upontreatment with sACVR. Across the whole proteome and APR in particular, Serpina3n represented the most upregulated protein and the strongest predictor of cachexia. However, the increase in Serpina3n expression associated with increased inflammation rather than decreased muscle mass and/or protein synthesis. Conclusions We present here an evidence implicating disturbed muscle mitochondrial OXPHOS proteome and NAD+ homeostasis in experimental cancer cachexia. Treatment of tumour-bearing mice with a blocker of activin receptor ligands restores depleted muscle NAD+ and Nrk2 as well as decreased muscle protein synthesis. These results point out putative new treatment therapies for cachexia. Our results also reveal that although acute phase protein Serpina3n may serve as a predictor of cachexia, it more likely reflects a condition of elevated inflammation.
  • Wilson, Duncan; Seiffge, David J.; Traenka, Christopher; Basir, Ghazala; Purrucker, Jan C.; Rizos, Timolaos; Sobowale, Oluwaseun A.; Sallinen, Hanne; Yeh, Shin-Joe; Wu, Teddy Y.; Ferrigno, Marc; Houben, Rik; Schreuder, Floris H. B. M.; Perry, Luke A.; Tanaka, Jun; Boulanger, Marion; Salman, Rustam Al-Shahi; Jaeger, Hans R.; Ambler, Gareth; Shakeshaft, Clare; Yakushiji, Yusuke; Choi, Philip M. C.; Staals, Julie; Cordonnier, Charlotte; Jeng, Jiann-Shing; Veltkamp, Roland; Dowlatshahi, Dar; Engelter, Stefan T.; Parry-Jones, Adrian R.; Meretoja, Atte; Werring, David J.; CROMIS-2 Collaborators (2017)
    Objective: In an international collaborative multicenter pooled analysis, we compared mortality, functional outcome, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) volume, and hematoma expansion (HE) between non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulation-related ICH (NOAC-ICH) and vitamin K antagonist-associated ICH (VKA-ICH). Methods: We compared all-cause mortality within 90 days for NOAC-ICH and VKA-ICH using a Cox proportional hazards model adjusted for age; sex; baseline Glasgow Coma Scale score, ICH location, and log volume; intraventricular hemorrhage volume; and intracranial surgery. We addressed heterogeneity using a shared frailty term. Good functional outcome was defined as discharge modified Rankin Scale score 33% or >6 mL from baseline within 72 hours. Results: We included 500 patients (97 NOAC-ICH and 403 VKA-ICH). Median baseline ICH volume was 14.4 mL (interquartile range [IQR] 3.6-38.4) for NOAC-ICH vs 10.6 mL (IQR 4.0-27.9) for VKA-ICH (p = 0.78). We did not find any difference between NOAC-ICH and VKA-ICH for all-cause mortality within 90 days (33% for NOAC-ICH vs 31% for VKA-ICH [p = 0.64]; adjusted Cox hazard ratio (for NOAC-ICH vs VKA-ICH) 0.93 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.52-1.64] [p = 0.79]), the rate of HE (NOAC-ICH n = 29/48 [40%] vs VKA-ICH n = 93/140 [34%] [p = 0.45]), or functional outcome at hospital discharge (NOAC-ICH vs VKA-ICH odds ratio 0.47; 95% CI 0.18-1.19 [p = 0.11]). Conclusions: In our international collaborative multicenter pooled analysis, baseline ICH volume, hematoma expansion, 90-day mortality, and functional outcome were similar following NOAC-ICH and VKA-ICH.
  • Arshad, Freeha; Ickx, Brigitte; van Beem, Rachel T.; Polak, Wojciech; Grune, Frank; Nevens, Frederik; Ilmakunnas, Minna; Koivusalo, Anna-Maria; Isoniemi, Helena; Strengers, Paul F. W.; Groen, Henk; Hendriks, Herman G. D.; Lisman, Ton; Pirenne, Jacques; Porte, Robert J. (2013)
    Background: In patients with cirrhosis, the synthesis of coagulation factors can fall short, reflected by a prolonged prothrombin time. Although anticoagulants factors are decreased as well, blood loss during orthotopic liver transplantation can still be excessive. Blood loss during orthotopic liver transplantation is currently managed by transfusion of red blood cell concentrates, platelet concentrates, fresh frozen plasma, and fibrinogen concentrate. Transfusion of these products may paradoxically result in an increased bleeding tendency due to aggravated portal hypertension. The hemostatic effect of these products may therefore be overshadowed by bleeding complications due to volume overload. In contrast to these transfusion products, prothrombin complex concentrate is a low-volume highly purified concentrate, containing the four vitamin K dependent coagulation factors. Previous studies have suggested that administration of prothrombin complex concentrate is an effective method to normalize a prolonged prothrombin time in patients with liver cirrhosis. We aim to investigate whether the pre-operative administration of prothrombin complex concentrate in patients undergoing liver transplantation for end-stage liver cirrhosis, is a safe and effective method to reduce perioperative blood loss and transfusion requirements. Methods/Design: This is a double blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled randomized trial. Cirrhotic patients with a prolonged INR (>= 1.5) undergoing liver transplantation will be randomized between placebo or prothrombin complex concentrate administration prior to surgery. Demographic, surgical and transfusion data will be recorded. The primary outcome of this study is RBC transfusion requirements. Discussion: Patients with advanced cirrhosis have reduced plasma levels of both pro- and anticoagulant coagulation proteins. Prothrombin complex concentrate is a low-volume plasma product that contains both procoagulant and anticoagulant proteins and transfusion will not affect the volume status prior to the surgical procedure. We hypothesize that administration of prothrombin complex concentrate will result in a reduction of perioperative blood loss and transfusion requirements. Theoretically, the administration of prothrombin complex concentrate may be associated with a higher risk of thromboembolic complications. Therefore, thromboembolic complications are an important secondary endpoint and the occurrence of this type of complication will be closely monitored during the study.
  • Forsblom, E.; Nurmi, A.-M.; Ruotsalainen, E.; Järvinen, A. (2016)
    The purpose of this study was to examine the prognostic impact of corticosteroids in hemodynamically stabile Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). There were 361 hemodynamically stabile methicillin-sensitive SAB patients with prospective follow-up and grouping according to time-point, dose and indication for corticosteroid therapy. To enable analyses without external interfering corticosteroid therapy all patients with corticosteroid therapy equivalent to prednisone > 10 mg/day for >= 1 month prior to positive blood culture results were excluded. Twenty-five percent (92) of patients received corticosteroid therapy of which 11 % (40) had therapy initiated within 1 week (early initiation) and 9 % (31) had therapy initiated 2-4 weeks after (delayed initiation) positive blood culture. Twenty-one patients (6 %) had corticosteroid initiated after 4 weeks and were not included in the analyses. A total of 55 % (51/92) received a weekly prednisone dose > 100 mg. Patients with early initiated corticosteroid therapy had higher mortality compared to patients treated without corticosteroid therapy at 28 days (20 % vs. 7 %) (OR, 3.11; 95% CI, 1.27-7.65; p <0.05) and at 90 days (30 % vs. 10 %) (OR, 4.01; 95% CI, 1.82-8.81; p <0.001). Considering all prognostic markers, early initiated corticosteroid therapy predicted 28-day (HR, 3.75; 95% CI, 1.60-8.79; p = 0.002) and 90-day (HR, 3.10; 95% CI, 1.50-6.39; p = 0.002) mortality in Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. When including only patients receiving early initiated corticosteroid therapy with prednisone >= 100 mg/week the negative prognostic impact on 28-day mortality was accentuated (HR 4.8, p = 0.001). Corticosteroid therapy initiation after 1 week of positive blood cultures had no independent prognostic impact. Early initiation of corticosteroid therapy may be associate to increased mortality in hemodynamically stabile SAB.