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  • Cedervall, Jessica, et al. (författare)
  • HRG regulates tumor progression, epithelial to mesenchymal transition and metastasis via platelet-induced signaling in the pre-tumorigenic microenvironment
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: Angiogenesis. - : Springer Science and Business Media LLC. - 0969-6970 .- 1573-7209. ; 16:4, s. 889-902
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Mice lacking histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) display an accelerated angiogenic switch and larger tumors-a phenotype caused by enhanced platelet activation in the HRG-deficient mice. Here we show that platelets induce molecular changes in the pre-tumorigenic environment in HRG-deficient mice, promoting cell survival, angiogenesis and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and that these effects involved signaling via TBK1, Akt2 and PDGFR beta. These early events subsequently translate into an enhanced rate of spontaneous metastasis to distant organs in mice lacking HRG. Later in tumor development characteristic features of pathological angiogenesis, such as decreased perfusion and pericyte coverage, are more pronounced in HRG-deficient mice. At this stage, platelets are essential to support the larger tumor volumes formed in mice lacking HRG by keeping their tumor vasculature sufficiently functional. We conclude that HRG-deficiency promotes tumor progression via enhanced platelet activity and that platelets play a dual role in this process. During early stages of transformation, activated platelets promote tumor cell survival, the angiogenic switch and invasiveness. In the more progressed tumor, platelets support the enhanced pathological angiogenesis and hence increased tumor growth seen in the absence of HRG. Altogether, our findings strengthen the notion of HRG as a potent tumor suppressor, with capacity to attenuate the angiogenic switch, tumor growth, EMT and subsequent metastatic spread, by regulating platelet activity.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • D-dimer and risk of thromboembolic and bleeding events in patients with atrial fibrillation : observations from the ARISTOTLE trial
  • 2014
  • Ingår i: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. - : Elsevier BV. - 1538-7933 .- 1538-7836. ; 12:9, s. 1401-1412
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BackgroundD-dimer is related to adverse outcomes in arterial and venous thromboembolic diseases. ObjectivesTo evaluate the predictive value of D-dimer level for stroke, other cardiovascular events, and bleeds, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with oral anticoagulation with apixaban or warfarin; and to evaluate the relationship between the D-dimer levels at baseline and the treatment effect of apixaban vs. warfarin. MethodsIn the ARISTOTLE trial, 18201 patients with AF were randomized to apixaban or warfarin. D-dimer was analyzed in 14878 patients at randomization. The cohort was separated into two groups; not receiving vitaminK antagonist (VKA) treatment and receiving VKA treatment at randomization. ResultsHigher D-dimer levels were associated with increased frequencies of stroke or systemic embolism (hazard ratio [HR][Q4 vs. Q1]1.72, 95% confidence interval [CI]1.14-2.59, P=0.003), death (HR[Q4 vs. Q1]4.04, 95%CI3.06-5.33) and major bleeding (HR[Q4 vs. Q1]2.47, 95%CI1.77-3.45, P<0.0001) in the no-VKA group. Similar results were obtained in the on-VKA group. Adding D-dimer level to the CHADS(2) score improved the C-index from 0.646 to 0.655 for stroke or systemic embolism, and from 0.598 to 0.662 for death, in the no-VKA group. D-dimer level improved the HAS-BLED score for prediction of major bleeds, with an increase in the C-index from 0.610 to 0.641. There were no significant interactions between efficacy and safety of study treatment and D-dimer level. ConclusionIn anticoagulated patients with AF, the level of D-dimer is related to the risk of stroke, death, and bleeding, and adds to the predictive value of clinical risk scores. The benefits of apixaban were consistent, regardless of the baseline D-dimer level.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • Early decrease in coagulation activity after myocardial infarction is associated with lower risk of new ischemic events : Observations from the ESTEEM trial
  • 2007
  • Ingår i: European Heart Journal. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 0195-668X .- 1522-9645. ; 28:6, s. 692-698
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • AIM: Patients with a recent myocardial infarction have an increased risk of recurrent ischaemic events. In the ESTEEM trial, the oral direct thrombin inhibitor ximelagatran reduced the risk of new ischaemic events when compared with placebo in aspirin treated post myocardial infarction patients. Ximelagatran persistently reduced markers of coagulation activity, i.e. prothrombin fragment 1 + 2 (F1 + 2) and D-dimer levels. The aim of this substudy was to evaluate the levels of these markers and activated thromboplastin time (APTT) in relation to new ischaemic events or bleeding. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the substudy, 518 out of 1883 patients were included and within 14 days after a myocardial infarction randomized to ximelagatran or placebo for 6 months. The clinical endpoints death, myocardial infarction, severe recurrent ischaemia, ischaemic stroke, and bleeding were evaluated. The levels of F1 + 2, D-dimer, and APTT were analysed at randomization and in serial samples during the study. Ximelagatran treatment appeared to have a larger treatment effect in patients with F1 + 2 and D-dimer levels above the median at randomization with a reduction of ischaemic events from 18 to 9% (P = 0.03) for F1 + 2 and from 20 to 9% for D-dimer (P = 0.009). A reduction of D-dimer levels was found in 60% of the patients 1 week after randomization and these patients had less ischaemic events when compared with patients with unchanged or increased levels (P = 0.03) regardless of treatment. F1 + 2 and D-dimer levels were unrelated to bleeding risk. In the ximelagatran group, increased APTT was not related to ischaemic events but associated with a raised risk of bleeding. CONCLUSION: A reduction of initially high coagulation activity, as measured by the D-dimer level, in patients with recent myocardial infarction identifies patients with a decreased risk of new ischaemic events, regardless whether the reduction occurs spontaneously or is induced by pharmacological means. Patients with higher initial coagulation activity seemed to benefit most from long-term treatment with ximelagatran.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • Effect of apixaban compared with warfarin on coagulation markers in atrial fibrillation.
  • 2019
  • Ingår i: Heart. - : BMJ. - 1355-6037 .- 1468-201X. ; 105:3, s. 235-242
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • OBJECTIVES: Compare the effect of apixaban and warfarin on coagulation and primary haemostasis biomarkers in atrial fibrillation (AF).METHODS: The biomarker substudy from the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation trial included 4850 patients with AF randomised to treatment with apixaban or warfarin. Sixty per cent of patients used vitamin K antagonist (VKA) within 7 days before randomisation. Prothrombin fragment 1+2 (F1+2), D-dimer, soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and von Willebrand factor (vWF) antigen were analysed at randomisation and after 2 months of study treatment.RESULTS: In patients not on VKA treatment at randomisation, F1+2 and D-dimer levels were decreased by 25% and 23%, respectively, with apixaban, and by 59% and 38%, respectively, with warfarin (p<0.0001 for treatment differences for both). In patients on VKA at randomisation, F1+2 and D-dimer levels increased by 41% and 10%, respectively, with apixaban and decreased by 37% and 11%, respectively, with warfarin (p<0.0001 for treatment differences for both). sCD40L levels were slightly increased at 2 months, regardless of VKA or randomised treatment. Apixaban and warfarin also both reduced vWF antigen regardless of VKA treatment. The efficacy (stroke) and safety (bleeding) of apixaban compared with warfarin was similar irrespectively of biomarker levels at 2 months.CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with apixaban compared with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with AF was associated with less reduction in thrombin generation and fibrin turnover. This effect of apixaban could contribute to the clinical results where apixaban was superior to warfarin both in stroke prevention and in reducing bleeding risk.TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT00412984.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • Evaluation of microparticles in whole blood by multicolour flow cytometry assay
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation. - : Informa UK Limited. - 0036-5513 .- 1502-7686. ; 73:3, s. 229-239
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • ObjectiveTo develop and evaluate a multicolour flow cytometry method for analysis of microparticles (MPs) in fresh whole blood without any centrifugation steps or freezing/thawing procedure. Materials and methodsFlow cytometry was performed using a FC500 MPL cytometer. The compensation in the protocol was performed based on the platelet population. Polystyrene microspheres 0.50–1.27 μm were used for size position, and the MP gate was set as particles 0.5–1.0 μm. Whole blood was incubated with annexin V and antibodies to tissue factor (TF), platelets (CD41 and CD62P), monocyte (CD14) and endothelial cells (CD144). For comparison, MPs from platelet free supernatant was used. The TF activity was evaluated by Calibrated Automated Thrombogram. ResultsAnnexin V was used to distinguish true events from background noise. For standardization, each analysis included 10,000 events in the gate of platelets. There were 622(462–1001) MPannV+/10,000 platelets and of these, 66 (49–82)/10,000 platelets expressed TF. After correction for the individual platelet counts, the amount of circulating MPannV+ was 17.1 (12.1–24.9) × 109/L in whole blood, and of these, 10% (6–12%) expressed TF. The majority of the MPs expressed CD41, and 5.6% (2.2–6.9%) of these co-expressed TF. The amount of CD41 + MPannV+ tended to correlate to the TF activity in whole blood. There was no correlation between the MPannV+ in whole blood and MPs derived from platelet free supernatant. Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and stable coronary artery disease had increased concentrations of CD41 + MPannV+ in whole blood.ConclusionThis multicolour flow cytometry assay in whole blood mimics the in vivo situation by avoiding several procedure steps interfering with the MP count. By standardized quantification of MPs a reference interval of MPs can be created.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • Long-term treatment with ximelagatran, an oral direct thrombin inhibitor, persistently reduces the coagulation activity after a myocardial infarction
  • 2005
  • Ingår i: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. - : Elsevier BV. - 1538-7933 .- 1538-7836. ; 3:10, s. 2245-53
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: In the ESTEEM study, patients with a recent myocardial infarction were treated with aspirin and randomized to one of four doses (24-60 mg b.i.d) of the oral direct thrombin inhibitor ximelagatran or placebo for 6 months. Ximelagatran and aspirin reduced the risk of recurrent ischemic events compared with aspirin alone. In the present substudy we evaluated the different doses of ximelagatran on pharmacokinetics as measured by plasma concentration of the active compound melagatran and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and pharmacodynamics as related by markers for coagulation activity, prothrombin fragment 1 + 2 (F1 + 2) and D-dimer. METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma samples from 518 patients were collected before, during and after the treatment period. There was a linear dose-concentration relation at peak and trough and a linear relation between concentration and APTT (P < 0.001). F1 + 2 and D-dimer were decreased by 25% and 52% at 1 week (P < 0.001) in the ximelagatran groups compared with the placebo group and the reductions were maintained during the 6 months treatment. There were no differences detected in F1 + 2 or D-dimer levels between the different ximelagatran dosages. There was no correlation between the melagatran concentration and the change in F1 + 2 and D-dimer levels. After cessation of ximelagatran F1 + 2 and D-dimer levels returned to the initial levels. CONCLUSION: The dose of ximelagatran and APTT are linearly related to the plasma concentration of melagatran. Ximelagatran induces a sustained and stable reduction of thrombin generation and fibrin turnover without any relation to dose above 24 mg b.i.d. These properties indicate that long-term treatment with a low dose of ximelagatran may provide valuable depression of coagulation activity in aspirin treated post myocardial infarction patients.
  • Christersson, Christina, et al. (författare)
  • Microparticles during long-term follow-up after acute myocardial infarction : Association to atherosclerotic burden and risk of cardiovascular events
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Thrombosis and Haemostasis. - : SCHATTAUER GMBH-VERLAG MEDIZIN NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN. - 0340-6245 .- 2567-689X. ; 117:8, s. 1571-1581
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Microparticles (MPs) are formed from platelets (PMPs), endothelial cells (EMPs) and monocytes (MMPs), and in acute myocardial infarction (MI), there is an increase of MPs in the culprit artery. In this study MPs were evaluated in whole blood in 105 patients with MI at five time-points during a two-year follow-up (FU). Patients with non-ST elevated MI had higher concentrations of CD41+MPs compared to ST elevated MI patients (p=0.024). The concentrations of PMPs in whole blood increased during the time period (p<0.001), but no significant change over time was found for EMPs and MMPs. CD62P+MP counts were higher in MI patients with diabetes (p=0.020), and patients with hypertension had increased levels of CD14+MPs (p=0.004). The amount of CD62P+TF+MPs increased significantly during FU (p<0.001). Patients with atherosclerosis in three arterial beds, i.e. coronary, carotid and peripheral arteries, had lower concentrations of CD62P+TF+MPs (p=0.035) and CD144+TF+MPs (p=0.004) compared to patients with atherosclerosis in one or two arterial beds. Higher concentrations of CD62P+MPs early after MI were associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events during FU, hazard ratio 3.32 (95 %C11.20-9.31). Only small variations in PMP, EMP and MMP concentrations were found during long-term FU after MI and their levels seem to reflect the underlying cardiovascular disease rather than the acute MI. PMPs expressing P-selectin might be a promising biomarker for predicting future cardiovascular events, but further studies are needed to confirm these results.
  • Christersson, Christina, 1966- (författare)
  • Regulation of Tissue Factor and Coagulation Activity : Translation Studies with Focus on Platelet-Monocyte Aggregates and Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • 2008
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt/konstnärligt)abstract
    • Myocardial infarction (MI) is often caused by a disruption of an atherosclerotic plaque with activation of coagulation, platelets and inflammation. The aims were; to investigate whether the oral direct thrombin inhibitor, ximelagatran affected markers for coagulation, platelet and inflammation in a patient cohort with recent MI and if the coagulation markers could identify patients with increased risk of new ischemic events; to evaluate some of the mechanisms involved in formation of platelet-monocyte aggregates (PMAs). In a biomarker substudy patients with recent MI were randomized to 24-60 mg of ximelagatran or placebo for six months. There was a persistent dose-independent reduction of coagulation markers (F1+2, D-dimer) by ximelagatran treatment. 60 % reduced their D-dimer levels after one week and that group had less ischemic events during treatment. There was an early increase of the platelet activation marker and ximelagatran in higher doses attenuated these increased levels. Both in vivo and in vitro the direct thrombin inhibitor diminished procoagulant activity and tissue factor (TF) presenting microparticles. In contrast, the inflammatory markers increased after six months of ximelagatran treatment. The PMA-levels were elevated for long-term after MI. In vitro thrombin inhibition diminished formation of PMAs. Formation of PMAs in stimulated whole blood was P-selectin dependent and induced TF expression through phosphorylation of the Src-family member Lyn in monocytes. Addition of an oral direct thrombin inhibitor reduces coagulation and platelet activation markers for long-term after a MI together with reduced procoagulant activity which may contribute to the clinical benefit of the drug. Early reduction of D-dimer levels seems to be suitable to identify patients with reduced risk of new ischemic events independent of antithrombotic treatment. Circulating PMAs persist after a MI connecting coagulation to inflammation. Within these aggregates P-selectin induces TF, the main initiator of coagulation, partly through phosphorylation of Lyn.
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