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Dos Santos R.G.,Institute Of Recerca | Dos Santos R.G.,Center Dinvestigacio Of Medicaments | Dos Santos R.G.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Valle M.,Center Dinvestigacio Of Medicaments | And 13 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology | Year: 2011

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychotropic plant tea combining the 5-HT 2A agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and monoamine oxidase-inhibiting β-carboline alkaloids that render DMT orally active. The tea, obtained from Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, has traditionally been used for religious, ritual, and medicinal purposes by the indigenous peoples of the region. More recently, the syncretistic religious use of ayahuasca has expanded to the United States and Europe. Here we conducted a double-blind randomized crossover clinical trial to investigate the physiological impact of ayahuasca in terms of autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immunomodulatory effects. An oral dose of encapsulated freeze-dried ayahuasca (1.0 mg DMT/kg body weight) was compared versus a placebo and versus a positive control (20 mg d-amphetamine) in a group of 10 healthy volunteers. Ayahuasca led to measurable DMT plasma levels and distinct subjective and neurophysiological effects that were absent after amphetamine. Both drugs increased pupillary diameter, with ayahuasca showing milder effects. Prolactin levels were significantly increased by ayahuasca but not by amphetamine, and cortisol was increased by both, with ayahuasca leading to the higher peak values. Ayahuasca and amphetamine induced similar time-dependent modifications in lymphocyte subpopulations. Percent CD4 and CD3 were decreased, whereas natural killer cells were increased. Maximum changes occurred around 2 hours, returning to baseline levels at 24 hours. In conclusion, ayahuasca displayed moderate sympathomimetic effects, significant neuroendocrine stimulation, and a time-dependent modulatory effect on cell-mediated immunity. Future studies on the health impact of long-term ayahuasca consumption should consider the assessment of immunological status in regular users. © 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Cuadros T.,Vall Dhebron Institute Of Research Vhir | Trilla E.,Servicio de Urologia | Vila M.R.,Vall Dhebron Institute Of Research Vhir | De Torres I.,Servicio de Anatomia Patologica | And 12 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer | Year: 2013

Aim of the study: To correlate hepatitis A virus cellular receptor (HAVCR)/kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) expression in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) tumours with patient outcome and study the consequences of HAVCR/KIM-1 ectodomain shedding. Methods: HAVCR/KIM-1 expression in ccRCC, oncocytomes, papillary carcinomas and unaffected tissue counterparts was evaluated. Minimal change disease and pre-clamping normal and ccRCC tissue biopsies were included. Tissue microarrays from 98 ccRCC tumours were analysed. Tumour registry data and patient outcome were retrospectivelly collected. Deletions in HAVCR/KIM-1 ectodomain and lentiviral infection of 786-O cells with HAVCR/KIM-1 mutated constructs to determine their subcellular distribution and invasive capacity were performed. Results: HAVCR/KIM-1 was expressed in ccRCC, papillary tumours and in tubule cells of adjacent and distal unaffected counterparts of ccRCC tumours. The latest was not related to ischemic or tumour-related paracrine effects since pre-clamping normal biopsies were positive for HAVCR/KIM-1 and unaffected counterparts of papillary tumours were negative. HAVCR/KIM-1 analyses in patients and the invasive capacity of HAVCR/KIM-1 shedding mutants in cell lines demonstrated that: (i) relative low HAVCR/KIM-1 membrane levels correlate with activated shedding in ccRCC patients and mutant cell lines; (ii) augmented shedding directly correlates with higher invasiveness and tumour malignancy. Concluding statements: Constitutive expression of HAVCR/KIM-1 in kidney might constitute a susceptibility trait for ccRCC tumour development. Enhanced HAVCR/KIM-1 ectodomain shedding promotes invasive phenotype in vitro and more aggressive tumours in vivo. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Lipinski M.J.,MedStar Research Institute | Baker N.C.,MedStar Research Institute | Escarcega R.O.,MedStar Research Institute | Torguson R.,MedStar Research Institute | And 25 more authors.
American Heart Journal | Year: 2014

Background Multiple studies have evaluated the diagnostic and prognostic performance of conventional troponin (cTn) and high-sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn). We performed a collaborative meta-analysis comparing cTn and hs-cTn for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and assessment of prognosis in patients with chest pain. Methods MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane CENTRAL, and EMBASE were searched for studies assessing both cTn and hscTn in patients with chest pain. Study authors were contacted and many provided previously unpublished data. Results From 17 included studies, there were 8,644 patients. Compared with baseline cTn, baseline hs-cTn had significantly greater sensitivity (0.884 vs 0.749, P b .001) and negative predictive value (NPV; 0.964 vs 0.935, P b .001), whereas specificity (0.816 vs 0.938, P b .001) and positive predictive value (0.558 vs 0.759, P b .001) were significantly reduced. Based on summary receiver operating characteristic curves, test performance for the diagnosis of AMI was not significantly different between baseline cTn and hs-cTn (0.90 [95% CI 0.85-0.95] vs 0.92 [95% CI 0.90-0.94]). In a subanalysis of 6 studies that alternatively defined AMI based on hs-cTn, cTn had lower sensitivity (0.666, P b .001) and NPV (0.906, P b .001). Elevation of baseline hs-cTn, but negative baseline cTn, was associated with increased risk of death or nonfatal myocardial infarction during follow-up (P b .001) compared with both negative. Conclusion High-sensitivity troponin has significantly greater early sensitivity and NPV for the diagnosis of AMI at the cost of specificity and positive predictive value, which may enable early rule in/out of AMI in patients with chest pain. Baseline hs-cTn elevation in the setting of negative cTn is also associated with increased nonfatal myocardial infarction or death during follow-up. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Urreizti R.,University of Barcelona | Moya-Garcia A.A.,University of Malaga | Pino-Angeles A.,University of Malaga | Cozar M.,University of Barcelona | And 15 more authors.
Clinical Genetics | Year: 2010

Urreizti R, Moya-García AA, Pino- Ángeles A, Cozar M, Langkilde A, Fanhoe U, Esteves C, Arribas J, Vilaseca MA, Pérez-Dueñas B, Pineda M, González V, Artuch R, Baldellou, A, Vilarinho L, Fowler B, Ribes A, Sánchez-Jiménez F, Grinberg D, Balcells S. Molecular characterization of five patients with homocystinuria due to severe MTHFR deficiency.Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a major role in folate metabolism. Disturbed function of the enzyme results in hyperhomocysteinemia and causes severe vascular and neurological disorders and developmental delay. Five patients suspected of having non-classical homocystinuria due to MTHFR deficiency were examined with respect to their symptoms, MTHFR enzyme activity and genotypes of the MTHFR gene. All patients presented symptoms of severe central nervous system disease. Two patients died, at the ages of 15 months and 14 years. One patient is currently 32 years old, and is being treated with betaine and folinic acid. The other two patients, with an early diagnosis and a severe course of the disease, are currently improving under treatment. MTHFR enzyme activity in the fibroblasts of four of the patients was practically undetectable. We found four novel mutations, three of which were missense changes c.664G> T (p.V218L), c.1316T> C (p.F435S) and c.1733T> G (p.V574G), and the fourth was the 1-bp deletion c.1780delC (p.L590CfsX72). We also found the previously reported nonsense mutation c.1420G> T (p.E470X). All the patients were homozygous. Molecular modelling of the double mutant allele (p.V218L; p.A222V) revealed that affinity for FAD was not affected in this mutant. For the p.E470X mutation, the evidence pointed to nonsense-mediated mRNA decay. In general, genotype-phenotype analysis predicts milder outcomes for patients with missense changes than for those in which mutations led to severe alterations of the MTHFR protein. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Source

Colom C.,Servei d Endocrinologia i Nutricio | Oriola J.,Hospital Clinic i Universitari | Martinez S.,Servei de Bioquimica Clinica | Blanco-Vaca F.,Servei de Bioquimica Clinica | And 4 more authors.
Hormones | Year: 2013

Always granting that de novo mutations are possible, family history and biological characteristics are nonetheless crucial for the diagnosis of monogenic diabetes. We report here the case of two patients with monogenic diabetes in which the initial family history misled the diagnostic work-up and did not support the diagnosis. Family history details changed substantially after the molecular diagnosis was established. Source

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