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  • Niklasson, B, et al. (författare)
  • Prenatal viral exposure followed by adult stress produces glucose intolerance in a mouse model.
  • 2006
  • Ingår i: Diabetologia. - : Springer. - 1432-0428 .- 0012-186X. ; 49:9, s. 2192-2199
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: It has been suggested that the uterine environment may influence metabolic disease occurring later in adult life, and that adult stress may promote disease outcome. Using a mouse model, we tested whether in utero exposure to Ljungan virus (LV) followed by adult exposure to stress produces diabetes. The influence of the timing of viral exposure over the course of pregnancy was also tested. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pregnant CD-1 mice were exposed i.p. to LV on pregnancy days 4, 8, 12 or 17. Adult male mice from these pregnancies were stressed by being kept in shared cages. Stress only, LV exposure in utero only, and no-stress/no virus exposure groups were also followed. Outcome variables included bodyweight, epididymal fat weight, baseline glucose, glucose tolerance tests (60 and 120 min) and serum insulin. RESULTS: We demonstrated that male mice developed a type 2-like diabetes, including obesity, as adults if infected during pregnancy with LV. Diabetes at the age of 11 w
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  • Hinkula, Jorma, et al. (författare)
  • Immunization with DNA Plasmids Coding for Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Capsid and Envelope Proteins and/or Virus-Like Particles Induces Protection and Survival in Challenged Mice
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Journal of Virology. - : AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY. - 0022-538X .- 1098-5514. ; 91:10
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a bunyavirus causing severe hemorrhagic fever disease in humans, with high mortality rates. The requirement of a high-containment laboratory and the lack of an animal model hampered the study of the immune response and protection of vaccine candidates. Using the recently developed interferon alpha receptor knockout (IFNAR(- / -)) mouse model, which replicates human disease, we investigated the immunogenicity and protection of two novel CCHFV vaccine candidates: a DNA vaccine encoding a ubiquitin-linked version of CCHFV Gc, Gn, and N and one using transcriptionally competent virus-like particles (tc-VLPs). In contrast to most studies that focus on neutralizing antibodies, we measured both humoral and cellular immune responses. We demonstrated a clear and 100% efficient preventive immunity against lethal CCHFV challenge with the DNA vaccine. Interestingly, there was no correlation with the neutralizing antibody titers alone, which were higher in the tc-VLP-vaccinated mice. However, the animals with a lower neutralizing titer, but a dominant cell-mediated Th1 response and a balanced Th2 response, resisted the CCHFV challenge. Moreover, we found that in challenged mice with a Th1 response (immunized by DNA/DNA and boosted by tc-VLPs), the immune response changed to Th2 at day 9 postchallenge. In addition, we were able to identify new linear B-cell epitope regions that are highly conserved between CCHFV strains. Altogether, our results suggest that a predominantly Th1-type immune response provides the most efficient protective immunity against CCHFV challenge. However, we cannot exclude the importance of the neutralizing antibodies as the surviving immunized mice exhibited substantial amounts of them. IMPORTANCE Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is responsible for hemorrhagic diseases in humans, with a high mortality rate. There is no FDAapproved vaccine, and there are still gaps in our knowledge of the immune responses to infection. The recently developed mouse models mimic human CCHF disease and are useful to study the immunogenicity and the protection by vaccine candidates. Our study shows that mice vaccinated with a specific DNA vaccine were fully protected. Importantly, we show that neutralizing antibodies are not sufficient for protection against CCHFV challenge but that an extra Th1-specific cellular response is required. Moreover, we describe the identification of five conserved B-cell epitopes, of which only one was previously known, that could be of great importance for the development of diagnostics tools and the improvement of vaccine candidates.
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  • Winblad, Bengt, et al. (författare)
  • Donepezil in patients with severe Alzheimer's disease : double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study
  • 2006
  • Ingår i: The Lancet. - New York : Elsevier. - 0140-6736 .- 1474-547X. ; 367:9516, s. 1057-1065
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background The cholinesterase inhibitor donepezil is used to treat mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Its efficacy in severe dementia has not been assessed and is controversial. Our aim was to ascertain the effectiveness of donepezil in patients with severe Alzheimer's disease, by focusing primarily on cognition and activities of daily living.Methods We did a 6-month, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study in 248 patients with severe Alzheimer's disease (mini mental state examination score 1-10) who were living in assisted care nursing homes ran by trained staff in Sweden. We assigned patients oral donepezil (5 mg per day for 30 days then up to 10 mg per day thereafter, n=128) or matched placebo (n=120). Our primary endpoints were change from baseline to month 6 in the severe impairment battery (SIB) and modified Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study activities of daily living inventory for severe Alzheimer's disease (ADCS-ADL-severe). We analysed outcomes for patients with data at baseline and at one or more other timepoints (modified intent-to-treat population) with last observation carried forward used to replace missing data.Findings 95 patients assigned donepezil and 99 patients assigned placebo completed the study. Patients treated with donepezil improved more in SIB scores and declined less in ADCS-ADL-severe scores at 6 months after initiation of treatment compared with baseline than did controls (least squares [LS] mean difference, 5.7,95% Cl 1.5-9.8; p=0.008, and 1.7, 0.2-3.2; p=0.03, respectively). The incidence of adverse events was comparable between groups (donepezil 82% [n=105] vs placebo 76% [n=91]), with most being transient and mild or moderate in severity. More patients discontinued treatment because of adverse events in the donepezil group (n=20) than in the placebo group (n=8).Interpretation Donepezil improves cognition and preserves function in individuals with severe Alzheimer's disease who live in nursing homes.
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  • Baker, Tim, et al. (författare)
  • Single Deranged Physiologic Parameters Are Associated With Mortality in a Low-Income Country
  • 2015
  • Ingår i: Critical Care Medicine. - 0090-3493 .- 1530-0293. ; 43:10, s. 2171-2179
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Objective: To investigate whether deranged physiologic parameters at admission to an ICU in Tanzania are associated with in-hospital mortality and compare single deranged physiologic parameters to a more complex scoring system. Design: Prospective, observational cohort study of patient notes and admission records. Data were collected on vital signs at admission to the ICU, patient characteristics, and outcomes. Cutoffs for deranged physiologic parameters were defined a priori and their association with in-hospital mortality was analyzed using multivariable logistic regression. Setting: ICU at Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Patients: All adults admitted to the ICU in a 15-month period. Measurements and Main Results: Two hundred sixty-nine patients were included: 54% female, median age 35 years. In-hospital mortality was 50%. At admission, 69% of patients had one or more deranged physiologic parameter. Sixty-four percent of the patients with a deranged physiologic parameter died in hospital compared with 18% without (p < 0.001). The presence of a deranged physiologic parameter was associated with mortality (adjusted odds ratio, 4.64; 95% CI, 1.95-11.09). Mortality increased with increasing number of deranged physiologic parameters (odds ratio per deranged physiologic parameter, 2.24 [1.53-3.26]). Every individual deranged physiologic parameter was associated with mortality with unadjusted odds ratios between 1.92 and 16.16. A National Early Warning Score of greater than or equal to 7 had an association with mortality (odds ratio, 2.51 [1.23-5.14]). Conclusion: Single deranged physiologic parameters at admission are associated with mortality in a critically ill population in a low-income country. As a measure of illness severity, single deranged physiologic parameters are as useful as a compound scoring system in this setting and could be termed danger signs. Danger signs may be suitable for the basis of routines to identify and treat critically ill patients.
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  • Edvinsson, Jacob C.A., et al. (författare)
  • C-fibers may modulate adjacent Aδ-fibers through axon-axon CGRP signaling at nodes of Ranvier in the trigeminal system
  • Ingår i: The journal of headache and pain. - : Springer. - 1129-2369. ; 20:1
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) towards CGRP or the CGRP receptor show good prophylactic antimigraine efficacy. However, their site of action is still elusive. Due to lack of passage of mAbs across the blood-brain barrier the trigeminal system has been suggested a possible site of action because it lacks blood-brain barrier and hence is available to circulating molecules. The trigeminal ganglion (TG) harbors two types of neurons; half of which store CGRP and the rest that express CGRP receptor elements (CLR/RAMP1). METHODS: With specific immunohistochemistry methods, we demonstrated the localization of CGRP, CLR, RAMP1, and their locations related to expression of the paranodal marker contactin-associated protein 1 (CASPR). Furthermore, we studied functional CGRP release separately from the neuron soma and the part with only nerve fibers of the trigeminal ganglion, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS: Antibodies towards CGRP and CLR/RAMP1 bind to two different populations of neurons in the TG and are found in the C- and the myelinated Aδ-fibers, respectively, within the dura mater and in trigeminal ganglion (TG). CASPR staining revealed paranodal areas of the different myelinated fibers inhabiting the TG and dura mater. Double immunostaining with CASPR and RAMP1 or the functional CGRP receptor antibody (AA58) revealed co-localization of the two peptides in the paranodal region which suggests the presence of the CGRP-receptor. Double immunostaining with CGRP and CASPR revealed that thin C-fibers have CGRP-positive boutons which often localize in close proximity to the nodal areas of the CGRP-receptor positive Aδ-fibers. These boutons are pearl-like synaptic structures, and we show CGRP release from fibers dissociated from their neuronal bodies. In addition, we found that adjacent to the CGRP receptor localization in the node of Ranvier there was PKA immunoreactivity (kinase stimulated by cAMP), providing structural possibility to modify conduction activity within the Aδ-fibers. CONCLUSION: We observed a close relationship between the CGRP containing C-fibers and the Aδ-fibers containing the CGRP-receptor elements, suggesting a point of axon-axon interaction for the released CGRP and a site of action for gepants and the novel mAbs to alleviate migraine.
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  • Hvarfner, Anna, et al. (författare)
  • Vital Signs Directed Therapy for the Critically Ill : Improved Adherence to the Treatment Protocol Two Years after Implementation in an Intensive Care Unit in Tanzania
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Emergency Medicine International. - : HINDAWI LTD. - 2090-2840 .- 2090-2859. ; 2020
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Treating deranged vital signs is a mainstay of critical care throughout the world. In an ICU in a university hospital in Tanzania, the implementation of the Vital Signs Directed Therapy Protocol in 2014 led to an increase in acute treatments for deranged vital signs. The mortality rate for hypotensive patients decreased from 92% to 69%. In this study, the aim was to investigate the sustainability of the implementation two years later. An observational, patient-record-based study was conducted in the ICU in August 2016. Data on deranged vital signs and acute treatments were extracted from the patients' charts. Adherence to the protocol, defined as an acute treatment in the same or subsequent hour following a deranged vital sign, was calculated and compared with before and immediately after implementation. Two-hundred and eighty-nine deranged vital signs were included. Adherence was 29.8% two years after implementation, compared with 16.6% (p<0.001) immediately after implementation and 2.9% (p<0.001) before implementation. Consequently, the implementation of the Vital Signs Directed Therapy Protocol appears to have led to a sustainable increase in the treatment of deranged vital signs. The protocol may have potential to improve patient safety in other settings where critically ill patients are managed.
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  • Ryazhkin, A. V., et al. (författare)
  • Local atomic structure of Fe-Ni/V multilayer nanostructures : EXAFS spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation data
  • 2008
  • Ingår i: Journal of Structural Chemistry. - 0022-4766 .- 1573-8779. ; 49:1, s. S129-S137
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Fe, Ni, and V K EXAFS spectroscopic experiments were carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Center (ESRF) in the fluorescent mode on the 26 angstrom line with the use of the [(Fe82Ni18)(5)/V-6](25) and [(Fe82Ni18)(10)/V-6](25) samples of multilayer nanoheterostructures prepared by magnetron spraying (at Uppsala University). The partial interatomic distances were determined by the regularization technique. The existing distortions of the bee lattice in (Fe82N18)/V multilayer nanostructures depend strongly on the thickness of the ferromagnetic layers of the permalloy and also affect vanadium layers.
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