Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
Tanriverdi T.,Istanbul University |
Kemerdere R.,Istanbul University |
Inal B.,Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory |
Yuksel O.,Istanbul University |
And 4 more authors.
Surgical Neurology International | Year: 2017
Background: Endocan has been shown to be a marker for several cancers and may show degree of malignancy. The aim of this study is to assess serum levels of endocan before and after surgery on low-grade gliomas (LGGs). Methods: Endocan was assayed by commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits in a total of 19 patients and 12 controls. Serial serum samples were obtained before and after surgery (1st day, 1st week, and 1st month of surgery). Control samples were collected from cord blood during cesarean section. The results were compared with control brain tissues. Results: Controls showed significantly lower serum endocan levels compared to before and after surgery (P < 0.05). There is a trend of increase in mean serum levels from before surgery and during the very early period after surgery (during first week); however, in the first month, mean serum levels became lower. Conclusion: Endocan, a vital molecule for angiogenesis, is highly expressed before and after surgery in LGGs, but long-term data is needed. Furthermore, future studies should include high-grade gliomas to discuss whether endocan is associated with recurrence and response to treatment. © 2017 Surgical Neurology International | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow.
Al Qarni A.A.,King Abdulaziz Hospital |
Joatar F.E.,King Abdulaziz Hospital |
Das N.,Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory |
Awad M.,Primary Health Center |
And 7 more authors.
Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2017
Background: Although the exact mechanism of insulin resistance (IR) has not yet been established, IR is the hallmark characteristic of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between plasma ghrelin levels and IR in Saudi subjects with T2DM. Methods: Patients with T2DM (n=107, cases) and non-diabetic apparently healthy subjects (n=101, controls) from Saudi Arabia were included in this study. The biochemical profiles and plasma insulin levels of all subjects were analyzed, and IR was estimated using the homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index. Active ghrelin levels in plasma were measured using the radioimmunoassay technique. Results: Only 46.7% (50 of 107) of the T2DM subjects had IR, including 26% (28 of 107) with severe IR (HOMA-IR ≥5), while 5.9% (six of 101) of the controls had moderate IR (3≤ HOMA-IR < 5). HOMA-IR values were not associated with age, disease duration, or gender. Importantly, T2DM itself and the co-occurrence of IR with T2DM were significantly associated with low plasma ghrelin levels. However, ghrelin levels were inversely correlated with the HOMA-IR index, body weight, and fasting plasma insulin levels, mainly in the control subjects, which was indicative of the breakdown of metabolic homeostasis in T2DM. Conclusion: The prevalence of IR was relatively low, and IR may be inversely associated with plasma ghrelin levels among Saudi patients with T2DM. © 2017 Korean Endocrine Society.
Komov D.V.,SRI of a clinical Oncology |
Kushlinsky N.E.,Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory |
Polycarpova S.B.,Moscow Medical Academy |
Ozhereliev A.S.,SRI of a clinical Oncology |
Gurevich L.E.,N.F. Vladimirsky MRSRCI
Sovremennye Tehnologii v Medicine | Year: 2010
The morphological, electronic and microscopic and immunohistochemical investigation data of 135 abdominal cavity and retroperitoneal space organ neuroendocrine tumors is presented. It is demonstrated, that a low degree of a tumor differentiation, an expressed discomplexation, a cellular and nuclear polymorphism and metastases in the regional lymph nodes are the more informative morphological factors of a disease flow unfavorable prognosis. A ratio of differentiated and non-differentiated cells in a tumor is a more informative ultrastructural sign in a prognosis. An immunohistochemical investigation is obligatory for the given type of tumors.
PubMed | Central University of Chile, Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory and Autonomous University of Chile
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical and experimental rheumatology | Year: 2015
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic disease which affects several organs and tissues, predominantly the synovial joints. Despite major advances, the aetiology of this disease is not completely understood. Although several biomarkers are routinely used in RA management and some of them can be detected even prior to the onset of the clinical disease, there is a high demand for novel biomarkers to further improve the early diagnosis of RA. The -omics techniques that have emerged and have been developed in recent years have allowed researchers to improve their knowledge of the aetiopathology of RA. At the same time, advances in screening technologies offer an excellent opportunity to find new biomarkers potentially useful for early diagnosis, stratification of patients, and even prediction of a better response to a specific therapy. This review describes what is known about the methodologies used in the discovery of novel biomarkers in RA, along with the findings of these methodologies, with specific attention to recent advances in the fields of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
Castro-Santos P.,Autonomous University of Chile |
Laborde C.M.,Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory |
Diaz-Pena R.,Autonomous University of Chile |
Diaz-Pena R.,Hospital Universitario Central Of Asturias
Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology | Year: 2015
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic disease which affects several organs and tissues, predominantly the synovial joints. Despite major advances, the aetiology of this disease is not completely understood. Although several biomarkers are routinely used in RA management and some of them can be detected even prior to the onset of the clinical disease, there is a high demand for novel biomarkers to further improve the early diagnosis of RA. The '-omics' techniques that have emerged and have been developed in recent years have allowed researchers to improve their knowledge of the aetiopathology of RA. At the same time, advances in screening technologies offer an excellent opportunity to find new biomarkers potentially useful for early diagnosis, stratification of patients, and even prediction of a better response to a specific therapy. This review describes what is known about the methodologies used in the discovery of novel biomarkers in RA, along with the findings of these methodologies, with specific attention to recent advances in the fields of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. © Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 2015.
Sharma P.,University of Aberdeen |
Boyers D.,University of Aberdeen |
Boachie C.,University of Aberdeen |
Stewart F.,University of Aberdeen |
And 5 more authors.
Health Technology Assessment | Year: 2012
Background: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant genetic condition causing a high risk of coronary heart disease. The prevalence of this disease is about 1 in 500 in the UK, affecting about 120,000 people across the whole of the UK. Current guidelines recommend DNA testing, however, these guidelines are poorly implemented, therefore 102,000 or 85% of this group remain undiagnosed. Objectives: To assess the diagnostic accuracy, effect on patient outcomes and costeffectiveness of Elucigene FH20 and LIPOchip for the diagnosis of FH. Data sources: Electronic databases including MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, EMBASE, BIOSIS, Science Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science and Cochrane Controlled Trials Register were searched until January 2011. Review methods: A systematic review of the literature on diagnostic accuracy was carried out according to standard methods. An economic model was constructed to assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative diagnostic strategies for the confirmation of clinically diagnosed FH in index cases and for the identification and subsequent testing of first-, second- and possibly third-degree biological relatives of the index case. Twelve strategies were evaluated linking diagnostic accuracy to treatment outcomes and hence qualityadjusted life-years (QALYs). Deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were undertaken to investigate model and parameter uncertainty. Results: Fifteen studies were included for diagnostic accuracy; three reported Elucigene FH20, five reported LIPOchip, four reported low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) tests and three reported an age- and gender-specific LDL-C test against a reference standard of comprehensive genetic analysis (CGA). Sensitivity ranged from 44% to 52% for Elucigene FH20 and from 33.3% to 94.5% for various versions of LIPOchip in detecting FH-causing mutations in patients with a clinical diagnosis of FH. For LIPOchip version 10 (designed to detect 189 UK specific mutations), sensitivity would be 78.5% (based on single-centre data - Progenika, personal communication). For all other Elucigene FH20 or LIPOchip studies (apart from one LIPOchip study), specificity could not be calculated as no false-positive results could be derived from the given data. The LDL-C test was generally reported to be highly sensitive but with low specificity. For age- and gender-specific LDL-C cut-offs for cascade testing, sensitivity ranged from 68% to 96%. One UK-based study reported sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 93%. For the cost-effectiveness review, only one study reporting cost-effectiveness of any one of the comparators for this assessment was identified. Pre-screen strategies such as Elucigene FH20 followed by CGA were not cost-effective and were dominated by the single more comprehensive tests (e.g. CGA). Of the non-dominated strategies, Elucigene FH20, LIPOchip platform (Spain) and CGA were all cost-effective with associated incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) relative to LDL-C of dominance (test is less costly and more effective), £871 and £1030 per QALY gained respectively. CGA generates the greatest QALY gain and, although other tests have lower ICERs relative to LDL-C, this is at the expense of QALY loss compared with the CGA test. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis shows that CGA is associated with an almost 100% probability of cost-effectiveness at the conventional value of willingness to pay of £20,000 per QALY gain. Limitations: There was much uncertainty regarding the diagnostic accuracy of the included tests, with wide variation in sensitivity across reported studies. A lack of published information for the most recent version of LIPOchip created additional uncertainty, especially in relation to the chip's ability to detect copy number changes. For the economic modelling, we aimed to choose the best studies for the base-case sensitivity of the tests; however, a number of informed choices based on clinical expert opinion had to be made in the absence of published studies for a number of other parameters in the modelling. This adds some uncertainty to our results, although it is unlikely that these would be sufficient in magnitude to alter our main results and conclusions. Conclusions: As targeted tests designed to detect a limited number of genetic mutations, Elucigene FH20 and LIPOchip cannot detect all cases of FH, in contrast with CGA. CGA is therefore the most effective test in terms of sensitivity and QALY gain, and is also highly cost-effective with an associated ICER of £1030 per QALY gain relative to current practice (LDL-C). Other tests such as Elucigene FH20 and LIPOchip are also cost-effective; however, because of inferior sensitivity compared with CGA, these tests offer cost savings but at the expense of large QALY losses compared with CGA. Further prospective multicentred studies are required to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of new and emerging tests for FH with the LDL-C test in patients with a clinical diagnosis based on the Simon Broome criteria. Such studies should verify both test-positive and -negative results against a reference standard of CGA and should include a full economic evaluation. Funding: The National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme. © Queen's Printer and Controller of HMSO 2012.