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51.
  • Eskelund, Christian W., et al. (författare)
  • 15-year follow-up of the Second Nordic Mantle Cell Lymphoma trial (MCL2) : Prolonged remissions without survival plateau
  • 2016
  • Ingår i: British Journal of Haematology. - Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. - 0007-1048. ; 175:3, s. 410-418
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • In recent decades, the prognosis of Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) has been significantly improved by intensified first-line regimens containing cytarabine, rituximab and consolidation with high-dose-therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. One such strategy is the Nordic MCL2 regimen, developed by the Nordic Lymphoma Group. We here present the 15-year updated results of the Nordic MCL2 study after a median follow-up of 11·4 years: For all patients on an intent-to-treat basis, the median overall and progression-free survival was 12·7 and 8·5 years, respectively. The MCL International Prognostic Index (MIPI), biological MIPI, including Ki67 expression (MIPI-B) and the MIPI-B including mIR-18b expression (MIPI-B-miR), in particular, significantly divided patients into distinct risk groups. Despite very long response durations of the low and intermediate risk groups, we observed a continuous pattern of relapse and the survival curves never reached a plateau. In conclusion, despite half of the patients being still alive and 40% in first remission after more than 12 years, we still see an excess disease-related mortality, even among patients experiencing long remissions. Even though we consider the Nordic regimen as a very good choice of regimen, we recommend inclusion in prospective studies to explore the benefit of novel agents in the frontline treatment of MCL.
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52.
  • Funkquist, Anders, et al. (författare)
  • Low CSF/serum ratio of free T4 is associated with decreased quality of life in mild hypothyroidism - A pilot study.
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Journal of clinical & translational endocrinology. - 2214-6237. ; 19
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background & Objective: Patients with mild hypothyroidism often are depressed and have impaired quality of life despite serum free-T4 and T3 within reference values. Therefore, we investigated whether their symptoms were dependent on the concentrations of free -T4 and T3 in the circulation and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Methods: Twenty-five newly diagnosed, untreated hypothyroid subjects and as many age- and sex-matched healthy controls were investigated. Blood and CSF sampling was performed in the morning after an overnight fast. Quality of life (QoL) was assessed by a Likert scale. In the hypothyroid subjects, the MADRS rating scale was also used to evaluate symptoms of depression. Furthermore, the results obtained by the questionnaires were related to serum and CSF levels of free- T4 and T3 as well as the ratios between them in CSF and in serum. Results: Self-reported health was considerably lower in hypothyroid subjects. MADRS was considerably higher than the normal range for healthy individuals. Low CSF/serum free-T4 ratio was correlated with an increased depressed state according to MADRS (p < 0.01), and in addition, CSF/serum free-T4 ratio correlated positively with the self-reported general health Likert scale (p < 0.05). Concentrations of TSH, or free-T3 in serum or CSF, were not associated with an increased depressed state or self-reported general health. Conclusions: Low CSF/serum ratio of free-T4 was correlated with impaired general health and mood, in contrast to serum measurements not showing any correlations. These findings might partly explain why some patients with hypothyroidism suffer from mental symptoms, despite adequate serum levels of free-T4. However, the findings need to be confirmed in further and larger studies.
53.
  • Hasni, Muhammad Sharif, et al. (författare)
  • Estrogen receptor beta 1 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma growth and as a prognostic biomarker
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Leukemia and Lymphoma. - 1042-8194 .- 1029-2403. ; 58:2, s. 418-427
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) shows a higher incidence in males versus females. Epidemiological studies have shown that female gender is a favorable prognostic factor, which may be explained by estrogens. Here we show that when grafting human DLBCL cells to immunocompromised mice, tumor growth in males is faster. When treating mice grafted with either germinal center or activated B-cell like DLBCL cells with the selective estrogen receptor beta (ER beta) agonist diarylpropionitrile, tumor growth was significantly inhibited. Furthermore, nuclear ER beta 1 expression analysis in primary DLBCL's by immunohistochemistry revealed expression in 89% of the cases. Nuclear ERb1 expression was in a univariate and multivariate analysis, an independent prognostic factor for adverse progression-free survival in Rituximab-chemotherapy treated DLBCL (p = 0.02 and p = 0.04, respectively). These results suggest that estrogen signaling through ERb1 is an interesting future therapeutic target for treatment of DLBCL, and that ERb1 expression can be used as a prognostic marker.
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54.
  • Hjelmevoll, Stig Ove, et al. (författare)
  • Appropriate Time for Test-of-Cure when Diagnosing Gonorrhoea with a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test
  • 2012
  • Ingår i: Acta Dermato-Venereologica. - Uppsala : Acta Dermato-Venereologica. - 0001-5555. ; 92:3, s. 316-319
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Culture is commonly regarded as the gold standard for diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. However, nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) have rapidly replaced culture for diagnostics in many settings. The aim of the present study was to investigate the appropriate time for test-of-cure (TOC) when NAATs are used for diagnosis of gonorrhoea. In total, 30 patients (28 men and 2 women) provided urethral, cervical, rectal or pharyngeal specimens for TOC. All included patients, except one who did not return for second TOC before day 19, tested negative within 2 weeks after treatment with cefixime 400 mg x 1. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing showed that 68% of the culture-positive strains were resistant to ciprofloxacin. Thus, the recommended empirical treatment with ciprofloxacin in Norway should be changed immediately. TOC can be performed 2 weeks after treatment when NAATs are used for diagnosis of gonorrhoea.
55.
  • Hoffner, S., et al. (författare)
  • Proficiency of drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis against pyrazinamide: : the Swedish experience
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. - International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. - 1027-3719. ; 17:11, s. 1486-1490
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a key drug in the treatment of tuberculosis (TB), including multidrug-resistant TB. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis against PZA is not included in the World Health Organizations yearly proficiency testing. There is an increasing need to establish quality control of PZA DST. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of PZA DST and to introduce a quality assurance system for the test in Sweden. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMETHOD: Panels with PZA-susceptible and -resistant isolates were used in three rounds of proficiency testing in all five Swedish clinical TB laboratories and our reference laboratory. All laboratories used the MGIT 960 system. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were determined and the pncA gene was sequenced to further characterise the 52 panel strains. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanRESULTS: Good agreement was seen between the phenotypic PZA DST and pncA sequence data, and MIC determination confirmed high levels of resistance. However, in contrast to other drugs, for which correct proficiency test results were observed, specificity problems occurred for PZA DST in some laboratories. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanCONCLUSIONS: In Sweden, using panel testing, differences were seen in the proficiency of TB laboratories in correctly identifying PZA susceptibility. Improved results were noted in the third round; PZA has therefore been included in yearly proficiency testing.
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56.
  • Husby, Simon, et al. (författare)
  • miR-18b overexpression identifies mantle cell lymphoma patients with poor outcome and improves the MIPI-B prognosticator
  • 2015
  • Ingår i: Blood. - 0006-4971 .- 1528-0020. ; 125:17, s. 2669-2677
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Recent studies show that mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) express aberrant microRNA (miRNA) profiles; however, the clinical effect of miRNA expression has not previously been examined and validated in large prospective homogenously treated cohorts. We performed genome-wide miRNA microarray profiling of 74 diagnostic MCL samples from the Nordic MCL2trial (screening cohort). Prognosticmi RNAs were validated in diagnostic MCL samples from 94 patients of the independent Nordic MCL3 trial (validation cohort). Three miRNAs (miR-18b, miR-92a, and miR-378d) were significantly differentially expressed in patients who died of MCL in both cohorts. MiR-18b was superior to miR-92a and miR-378d in predicting high risk. Thus, we generated a new biological MCL International Prognostic Index (MIPI-B)-miR prognosticator, combining expression levels of miR-18b with MIPI-B data. Compared to the MIPI-B, this prognosticator improved identification of high-risk patients with regard to cause-specific, overall, and progression free survival. Transfection of 2 MCL cell lines with miR-18b decreased their proliferation rate without inducing apoptosis, suggesting that miR-18b may render MCL cells resistant to chemotherapy by decelerating cell proliferation. We conclude that overexpression of miR-18b identifies patients with poor prognosis in 2 large prospective MCL cohorts and adds prognostic information to the MIPI-B. MiR-18b may reduce the proliferation rate of MCL cells as a mechanism of chemoresistance.
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57.
  • Håkansson, Irene, 1976-, et al. (författare)
  • Complement activation in cerebrospinal fluid in clinically isolated syndrome and early stages of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Journal of Neuroimmunology. - Elsevier. - 0165-5728 .- 1872-8421. ; 340
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • To assess if markers of complement activation are associated with disease activity, C1q, C3, C3a and sC5b-9 levels in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) were determined in 41 patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) or remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), in a prospective longitudinal four-year cohort study. C1q in CSF (CSF-C1q) was significantly higher in patients than in controls. Baseline CSF-C1q and CSF-C3a correlated with several neuroinflammatory markers and neurofilament light chain levels. Baseline CSF-C3a correlated with the number of T2 lesions at baseline and new T2 lesions during follow-up. Baseline CSF-C3a was also significantly higher in patients with (n = 21) than in patients without (n = 20) signs of disease activity according to the NEDA-3 concept during one year of follow-up (p ≀ .01) Study results support that complement activation is involved in MS pathophysiology and that CSF-C3a carries prognostic information.
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58.
  • Johansson, Hanna K, et al. (författare)
  • Metagenomic sequencing of "HPV-negative" condylomas detects novel putative HPV types.
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: Virology. - Elsevier. - 1096-0341. ; 440:1, s. 1-7
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Condylomas are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), but may in rare cases be "negative for HPV" by PCR. Metagenomic sequencing can be used for an unbiased assessment of the presence of virus. Ten swab sample pools, each containing four cases of "HPV-negative" condylomas, were subjected to metagenomic sequencing. One pool contained Molluscum contagiosum. Five pools contained HPV, of which three pools contained novel putative HPV-types. The 12 samples in these three pools were sequenced individually. Six of these contained HPV and two contained Molluscum contagiosum. Altogether, 1337 HPV-related reads were detected, representing 23 novel putative Gammapapillomaviruses, 10 established HPV types (genital HPV types 6, 57, 58 and 66, Betapapillomavirus types 5, 105, 124, and Gammapapillomavirus types 50, 130, 150) and two described HPV sequences (KC7 and FA69). Complete genomes of Gammapillomavirus FA69 and SE87 were compiled. Metagenomic sequencing reveals that seemingly "HPV-negative" condylomas contain known and previously unknown HPV types.
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59.
  • Kimby, Eva, et al. (författare)
  • Two courses of four weekly infusions of rituximab with or without interferon-α2a : final results from a randomized phase III study in symptomatic indolent B-cell lymphomas
  • 2015
  • Ingår i: Leukemia and Lymphoma. - 1042-8194 .- 1029-2403. ; 56:9, s. 2598-2607
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Patients with advanced CD20 + indolent lymphoma, requiring therapy, were randomized to rituximab (four weekly infusions of 375 mg/m(2)) or to rituximab combined with 5 weeks of interferon-α2a (IFN-α2a) (3-4.5 MIU daily) as priming. Responding patients were eligible for a second cycle with the same allocated treatment. In total, 156 patients were randomized to rituximab and 157 to rituximab + IFN-α2a. In the intention-to treat (ITT) population, 244 patients (78%) responded to cycle 1. After a second cycle the complete remission/complete remission unconfirmed (CR/CRu) rate was 41% with the combination versus 24% with monotherapy (p = 0.005). The median time to treatment failure (primary endpoint) in ITT patients was 28 vs. 21.5 months, respectively (p = 0.302). After a long median follow-up (61 months), 33% (42% of patients responding to cycle 1) were still failure-free with an overall survival rate of 88% and with no difference between the treatment groups. The trial was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01609010.
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60.
  • Kinch, Amelie, et al. (författare)
  • Association between HLA-A1 and -A2 types and Epstein-Barr virus status of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder
  • 2016
  • Ingår i: Leukemia and Lymphoma. - 1042-8194 .- 1029-2403. ; 57:10, s. 2351-2358
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The susceptibility to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) may be affected by the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. We investigated HLA-A and HLA-B allele frequencies, focusing on HLA-A1 and -A2, in a population-based case series of EBV + (n = 60) and EBV- (n = 44) PTLD after solid organ transplantation. The proportion of EBV + PTLD was highest in HLA-A1 homozygotes (100%), lower in carriers of HLA-A1/AX (79%), HLA-A1/A2 (55%), HLA-A2/AX (54%), and lowest in HLA-A2 homozygotes (37%). HLA-A1 type was overrepresented (22% versus 7%, p = 0.05) and HLA-A2 type underrepresented (57% versus 80%, p = 0.01) in patients with EBV + compared with EBV - PTLD. EBV + PTLD in HLA-A1 carriers developed almost exclusively in already EBV-seropositive individuals. EBV status of PTLD was not related to any other HLA-A or HLA-B type. Our findings suggest that HLA-A1 carriers may have an increased risk of EBV + PTLD due to a decreased ability to control the latent EBV infection.
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