Factor XIII (FXIII), a thrombin-activated plasma transglutaminase zymogen, is involved in cancer development and progression through a triggered coagulation pathway. The aim of this study was to examine whether FXIII activity levels differed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients according to histological types and TNM stage when compared with healthy subjects.
Materials and Methods
Twenty-eight NSCLC patients and 28 normal controls who had been individually age-, gender-, body mass index-, smoking status-, and smoking amount-matched were enrolled: 13 adenocarcinomas, 11 squamous cell carcinomas, and four undifferentiated NSCLCs; four stage I, two stage II, 12 stage III, and 10 stage IV NSCLCs. FXIII activity was measured using fluorescence-based protein arrays.
The median FXIII activity level of the NSCLC group [24.2 Loewy U/mL, interquartile range (IQR) 14.9-40.4 Loewy U/mL] was significantly higher than that of the healthy group (17.5 Loewy U/mL, IQR 12.6-26.4 Loewy U/mL) (p=0.01). There were no differences in FXIII activity between adenocarcinoma (median 18.6 Loewy U/mL) and squamous cell carcinoma (median 28.7 Loewy U/mL). NSCLC stage significantly influenced FXIII activity (p=0.02). The FXIII activity of patients with stage III NSCLC (median 27.3 Loewy U/mL, IQR 19.3-40.5 Loewy U/mL) was significantly higher than those of patients with stage I or II (median 14.0 Loewy U/mL, IQR 13.1-23.1 Loewy U/mL, p=0.04). FXIII activity was negatively correlated with aPTT in NSCLC patients (r=-0.38, p=0.04).
Patients with advanced-stage NSCLC exhibited higher coagulation FXIII activity than healthy controls and early-stage NSCLC patients.
Factor XIII; histological type; neoplasm staging; non-small-cell lung carcinoma
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonists are well established for their effectiveness in improving clinical outcomes in acute coronary syndrome patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Acute profound thrombocytopenia is a rare complication of abciximab. We present a case which was managed successfully for the rare complication of acute profound thrombocytopenia after using abciximab and an intra-aortic balloon pump for the treatment of a no-reflow phenomenon and consecutive cardiogenic shock during primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
Thrombocytopenia; Abciximab; No-reflow phenomenon
Chemotherapy combined with radiation therapy is the standard treatment for limited stage small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC). Although numerous studies indicate that the overall duration of chemoradiotherapy is the most relevant predictor of outcome, the optimal chemotherapy and radiation schedule for LS-SCLC remains controversial. Therefore we analyzed the time from the start of any treatment until the end of radiotherapy (SER) in patients with LS-SCLC.
We retrospectively analyzed 29 patients diagnosed histologically with LS-SCLC and divided them into two groups: a short SER group (< 60 days) and a long SER (> 60 days) group. Patients were treated with irinotecan-based chemotherapy and thoracic radiotherapy.
Sixteen patients were in the short SER group and 13 patients were in the long SER group. Short SER significantly prolonged survival rate (p = 0.03) compared with that of long SER. However, no significant differences in side effects were observed.
Short SER should be considered to improve the outcome of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for LS-SCLC.
Small cell lung carcinoma; Limited-stage; Chemoradiotherapy; Start of any treatment until the end of radiotherapy
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) are rare neoplasms, which most commonly metastasize to the liver. However, intrathoracic metastases from pNETs are encountered infrequently. This report describes a case of nonfunctioning pNET with multiple cardiac metastases. A 56-year-old male presented with a palpable abdominal mass that showed progressive enlargement. Findings on computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed two relatively well-marginated inhomogeneous low-attenuation masses, one in the head of the pancreas and the other in the tail. Multiple enhancing masses in the left pericardium with myocardial involvement were observed on chest CT and transthoracic echocardiography. Needle biopsies were performed on the mass in the tail of the pancreas and the left ventricular apical pericardium; histologic examination by hematoxylin and eosin morphology and immunohistochemical staining showed pNET in both. This is the first report of pNET with multiple cardiac metastases to previously undescribed metastatic sites.
Heart neoplasms; Neoplasm metastasis; Neuroendocrine tumors; Pancreas
Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is an abnormal communication between an epicardial coronary artery and a cardiac chamber, major vessel or other vascular structures. This report presents a rare case of CAF in which a dilated left main trunk and proximal circumflex coronary artery are connected to a dilated coronary sinus. There were also two other fistulae and persistent left superior vena cava. The coronary fistula was managed conservatively.
Coronary vessel anomalies; Arteriovenous fistula; Coronary sinus
Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is one of important anti-oxidative molecules to overcome the oxidative stress. The aim of the present study is to investigate the clinical relationship between serum concentration of Trx-1 on the pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (prePCI) and myocardial damage amount in the patients with acute myocardial infarction with the culprit lesion in only the left anterior descending artery on coronary angiography (n = 100). Initial value of creatine kinase (CK) was 368.3 ± 531.4 U/L, and MB isoenzyme of CK (CK-MB) level was 22.92 ± 33.8 ng/mL, and cardiac specific troponin T (cTnT) level was 0.61 ± 1.6 ng/mL. Positive correlations were observed between prePCI Trx-1 level and initial CK (P = 0.005, r = 0.281), and cTnT (P < 0.001, r = 0.453), peak CK (P = 0.001, r = 0.316) in all patients, but the statistical relation was observed only in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients (P = 0.008, r = 0.329 for initial CK, P = 0.001, r = 0.498 for initial cTnT, P = 0.005, r = 0.349 for peak CK), not in Non-STEMI patients. Conclusively, we consider prePCI serum Trx-1 as a predictor for myocardial damage amount in patients with STEMI.
Myocardial Infarction; Thioredoxins; Biochemical Markers; Oxidative Stress
Tuberculous destroyed lung (TDL) is diagnosed by a clear past history of tuberculosis with findings of parenchymal destruction verified by chest X-ray. Despite the resultant deterioration of lung function and quality of lives seen in TDL patients, the exact mechanism or characteristics of pulmonary function worsening have not been clearly studied. We investigated the feature of respiratory impairment of TDL patients, and studied whether extent of destroyed lung measured with chest CT has any correlation with routine lung function. To evaluate the degree of destruction, the Goddard classification scoring system was modified into a novel scoring system (destroyed lung score, (DLS)) with a score from 0 to 4. Twenty-five subjects were enrolled. TDL predominantly manifested as an obstructive pattern (64%, 16/25). Median value of DLS of the entire lung was 2.6 (1.7–3.9). Absolute values of FEV1 and FVC were both negatively associated with DLS (r = −0.78, P = 0.001, and r = −0.61, P = 0.021). Percentage of predicted value of FEV1 and FVC were also negatively associated with DLS (r = −0.62, P = 0.019, and r = −0.76, P = 0.002). Our study shows that lung function of TDL patients were notably correlated with the extent of destroyed lung measured with chest CT scan.
The central access device is commonly used as a route of chemotherapuetic agents in patients with malignant diseases for its convenient and safety for insertion. This report describes a case of 66-year-old man with colon cancer who suffered a rare complication in which a chemoport embolized into the inferior vena cava and it was successfully retrieved by a percutaneous approach using a goose neck snare.
Catheters; Complications; Device removal
Aortic aneurysm is one several well-known cardiovascular complications in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPCKD). Commonly affected site of aortic aneurysm and its related dissection in ADPCKD is abdominal aorta. Long standing hypertension, haemodialysis, old age are closely related with discovering of aortic aneurysm and dissection in ADPCKD. However, thoracic aortic aneurysms and its related severe aortic regurgitations (ARs) are rare in younger patients suffering from ADPCKD, especially ones who have normal renal function. Here, we report a case involving a 27-year-old Asian male patient with severe AR due to an ascending aneurysm of the thoracic aorta associated with ADPCKD. The patient had normal renal function without Marfan's habitus. The AR and thoracic aortic aneurysm were corrected surgically.
Aortic regurgitation; Aortic aneurysm, thoracic; Polycystic kidney, autosomal dominant
Background and Objectives
The redox system is an important anti-oxidative system composed of thioredoxin, thioredoxin reductase, and peroxiredoxin (PRx). The fine details of PRx expression and its protective effects in various cells in cardiovascular tissue under oxidative stress created by hydrogen peroxide have not been fully elucidated.
Subjects and Methods
Oxidative stress was induced by adding hydrogen peroxide at 0.25 mM for 2 hours to rat neonatal cardiomyocytes (rCMCs), rat vascular smooth muscle cells (rVSMCs), and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry and the expression patterns of the six PRx isoforms were evaluated by western blotting in the three cell lines after hydrogen peroxide stimulation. Apoptosis and the cell survival signal pathway were evaluated by PRx1 gene delivery using lentiviral vector in hydrogen peroxide stimulated rCMCs versus green fluorescence protein gene delivery.
Hydrogen peroxide induced 25% apoptosis in rCMCs. Furthermore, the PRx1 and 5 isoforms were found to be overexpressed in hydrogen peroxide treated rCMCs, and PRx1 overexpression by gene delivery was found to reduce hydrogen peroxide induced rCMCs apoptosis significantly. In addition, this effect was found to originate from cell survival pathway modification.
Hydrogen peroxide induced significant oxidative stress in rCMCs, rVSMCs, and HUVECs, and PRx1 overexpression using a lentiviral vector system significantly reduced hydrogen peroxide induced rCMCs apoptosis by upregulation of cell survival signals and downregulation of apoptotic signals. These findings suggest that PRx1 could be used as a treatment strategy for myocardial salvage in conditions of oxidative stress.
Peroxiredoxins; Myocytes, cardiac; Oxidative stress; Apoptosis
A retrograde approach through the collateral channels was recently proposed as one of the most promising current techniques for percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusion in coronary arteries (CTO). This report describes the case of a 68-year-old man in whom CTO was successfully crossed with a wire by the retrograde approach using septal collateral, but the patient suffered from a complication with septal myocardial infarction demonstrated by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Coronary occlusion; Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty; Complications; Myocardial infarction
We have examined the role of NF-κB regulated genes in airway epithelium in mediating tobacco smoke induced airway inflammation in studies of CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ mice in which NF-κB signaling through IκB-kinase-β (IKK-β) is selectively ablated in epithelial cells in the airway. CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ mice exposed to tobacco smoke for seven days had a significant decrease in the number of BAL cells (total cells, neutrophils, macrophages) as well as significantly reduced numbers of peribronchial cells (F4/80+ and myeloperoxidase+) compared to tobacco exposed WT mice. In addition to the reduction in peribronchial cells, CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ mice exposed to tobacco smoke had a significant decrease in the number of macrophages and neutrophils in the alveolar space suggesting that inactivation of NF-kB in the airway epithelium influenced the number of neutrophils and macrophages recruited to the alveolus. Levels of the NF-κB regulated chemokines KC and MCP-1 were significantly reduced in lungs of tobacco smoke exposed CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ mice compared to tobacco exposed WT mice. In contrast, there was no significant difference in levels of NF-κB regulated MIP-1α between CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ and WT mice. Lung sections of tobacco smoke exposed CC10-Cretg/IkkβΔ/Δ mice immunostained with KC or MCP-1 antibodies demonstrated reduced expression of these chemokines in the airway epithelium, but not in alveolar epithelium. Overall, these studies demonstrate an important role for NF-κB regulated genes in airway epithelium in contributing to acute tobacco smoke induced airway inflammation not only in the peribronchial space but also in the alveolar space.
Chemokines; macrophage; neutrophil
Sparganosis is caused by a larval tapeworm of the genus Spirometra, which commonly invades subcutaneous tissue, but less frequently invades muscle, intestines, spinal cord, and the peritoneopleural cavity. The authors managed a female patient who presented with a recurrent pericardiopleural effusion and peripheral eosinophilia. The anti-sparganum-specific IgG serum level was significantly higher than normal control levels. In this patient, sparganosis was caused by the ingestion of raw frogs in an effort to control her thyroid disease. The recurrent pericardiopleural effusion and peripheral eosinophilia were controlled by 3 consecutive doses of praziquantel (75 mg/kg/day). The patient is doing well 4 years after presentation. Sparganosis should be considered a rare, but possible cause of recurrent pericardial effusion and peripheral eosinophilia. Immunoserologic testing using enzyme linked immunosorbent assays can be helpful in diagnosing human sparganosis, especially in cases without a subcutaneous lump or mass. Praziquantel is an alternative treatment for sparganosis in surgically-unresectable cases.
Sparganosis; Pericardial effusion; Praziquantel
Background and Objectives
The thioredoxin (TRx) system is a ubiquitous thiol oxidoreductase pathway that regulates cellular reduction/oxidation status. Although endothelial cell (EC) hypoxic damage is one of the important pathophysiologic mechanisms of ischemic heart disease, its relationship to the temporal expression pattern of the TRx system has not yet been elucidated well. The work presented here was performed to define the expression pattern of the TRx system and its correlation with cellular apoptosis in EC lines in hypoxic stress. These results should provide basic clues for applying aspects of the TRx system as a therapeutic molecule in cardiovascular diseases.
Subjects and Methods
Hypoxia was induced with 1% O2, generated in a BBL GasPak Pouch (Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) in human endothelial progenitor cells (hEPC) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). Apoptosis of these cells was confirmed by Annexin-V: Phycoerythrin flow cytometry. Expression patterns of TRx; TRx reductase; TRx interacting protein; and survival signals, such as Bcl-2 and Bax, in ECs under hypoxia were checked.
Apoptosis was evident after hypoxia in the two cell types. Higher TRx expression was observed at 12 hours after hypoxia in hEPCs and 12, 36, 72 hours of hypoxia in HUVECs. The expression patterns of the TRx system components showed correlation with EC apoptosis and cell survival markers.
Hypoxia induced significant apoptosis and its related active changes of the TRx system were evident in human EC lines. If the cellular impact of TRx expression pattern in various cardiovascular tissues under hypoxia or oxidative stress was studied meticulously, the TRx system could be applied as a new therapeutic target in cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease or atherosclerosis.
Thioredoxins; Apoptosis; Endothelial cells; Cell hypoxia
Siglec-F is a sialic acid-binding Ig superfamily receptor that is highly expressed on eosinophils. We have investigated whether administration of an anti-Siglec-F Ab to OVA-challenged wild-type mice would reduce levels of eosinophilic inflammation and levels of airway remodeling. Mice sensitized to OVA and challenged repetitively with OVA for 1 mo who were administered an anti-Siglec-F Ab had significantly reduced levels of peribronchial eosinophilic inflammation and significantly reduced levels of subepithelial fibrosis as assessed by either trichrome staining or lung collagen levels. The anti-Siglec-F Ab reduced the number of bone marrow, blood, and tissue eosinophils, suggesting that the anti-Siglec-F Ab was reducing the production of eosinophils. Administration of a F(ab′)2 fragment of an anti-Siglec-F Ab also significantly reduced levels of eosinophilic inflammation in the lung and blood. FACS analysis demonstrated increased numbers of apoptotic cells (annexin V+/CCR3+ bronchoalveolar lavage and bone marrow cells) in anti-Siglec-F Ab-treated mice challenged with OVA. The anti-Siglec-F Ab significantly reduced the number of peribronchial major basic protein+/TGF-β+ cells, suggesting that reduced levels of eosinophil-derived TGF-β in anti-Siglec-F Ab-treated mice contributed to reduced levels of peribronchial fibrosis. Administration of the anti-Siglec-F Ab modestly reduced levels of periodic acid-Schiff-positive mucus cells and the thickness of the smooth muscle layer. Overall, these studies suggest that administration of an anti-Siglec-F Ab can significantly reduce levels of allergen-induced eosinophilic airway inflammation and features of airway remodeling, in particular subepithelial fibrosis, by reducing the production of eosinophils and increasing the number of apoptotic eosinophils in lung and bone marrow.
Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a nonspecific, chronic and stenotic panarteritis which usually involves the aorta and its major branches. Corticosteroid and immunosuppressants are recommended to manage the acute inflammatory phase, but their long term benefits are uncertain. Blood pressure (BP) control during the chronic phase of TA is essential to preserve renal function, which is associated with the patient's long-term prognosis and survival. Revascularization in organ damaging arterial stenosis with percutaneous angioplasty (PTA)/stenting or bypass surgery have been accepted as established treatment options in chronic complicated phase of TA. We present a case of a 31-year-old female patient with a two-day history of sudden onset oliguria and generalized edema whose acute oliguric renal failure was successfully reversed following PTA and stenting in a solitary functioning kidney with critical renal artery stenosis (RAS) caused by TA.
Angioplasty; Acute renal failure; Renal artery stenosis; Takayasu arteritis
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) participates in inflammation by cellular necrosis and the nuclear factor-kappa-B (NF-κB)-dependent transcription. The purpose of this study was to examine the roles of PARP in ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) in normal mice lung.
Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into four groups: sham tracheostomized (sham), lung-protective ventilation (LPV), VILI, and VILI with PARP inhibitor PJ34 pretreatment (PJ34+VILI) groups. Mechanical ventilation (MV) settings were peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) 15 cm H2O + positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) 3 cm H2O + 90 breaths per minute for the LPV group and PIP 40 cm H2O + PEEP 0 cm H2O + 90 breaths per minute for the VILI and PJ34+VILI groups. After 2 hours of MV, acute lung injury (ALI) score, wet-to-dry (W/D) weight ratio, PARP activity, and dynamic compliance (CD) were recorded. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, and nitrite/nitrate (NOX) in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and NF-κB DNA-binding activity in tissue homogenates were measured.
The VILI group showed higher ALI score, W/D weight ratio, MPO activity, NOX, and concentrations of TNF-α and IL-6 along with lower CD than the sham and LPV groups (P < 0.05). In the PJ34+VILI group, PJ34 pretreatment improved all histopathologic ALI, inflammatory profiles, and pulmonary dynamics (P < 0.05). NF-κB activity was increased in the VILI group as compared with the sham and LPV groups (P < 0.05) and was decreased in the PJ34+VILI group as compared with the VILI group (P = 0.009). Changes in all parameters were closely correlated with the PARP activity (P < 0.05).
Overactivation of PARP plays an important role in the inflammatory and transcriptional pathogenesis of VILI, and PARP inhibition has potentially beneficial effects on the prevention and treatment of VILI.
Although pulmonary artery aneurysms are a rare vascular anomaly, they are seen in a wide variety of conditions, such as congenital heart disease, infection, trauma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic medial necrosis and generalized vasculitis. To our knowledge, mycotic aneurysms caused by pulmonary actinomycosis have not been reported in the radiologic literature. Herein, a case of pulmonary actinomycosis complicated by mycotic aneurysm is presented. On CT scans, this case showed focal aneurysmal dilatation of a peripheral pulmonary artery within necrotizing pneumonia of the right lower lobe, which was successfully treated with transcatheter embolization using wire coils.
Lung, Infection; Aneurysm, Mycotic; Aneurysm, Pulmonary; Pulmonary arteries, Abnormalities
Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis (PLE) is a rare syndrome characterized by memory impairment, affective and behavioral disturbances and seizures. Among many different neoplasms known to cause PLE, small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is the most frequently reported. The pathogenesis is not fully understood but is believed to be autoimmune-related. We experienced a patient with typical clinical features of PLE. A 67-year-old man presented with seizure and disorientation. Brain magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated high signal intensity in the bilateral amygdala and hippocampus in flair and T2-weighted images suggestive of limbic encephalitis. Cerebrospinal fluid tapping revealed no evidence of malignant cells or infection. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography showed a lung mass with pleural effusion and a consequent biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of PLE associated with SCLC. The patient was subsequently treated with chemotherapy and neurologic symptoms gradually improved.
Limbic Encephalitis; Paraneoplastic Syndromes; Lung Neoplasms