WorldWideScience

Sample records for alpha-fetoprotein afp stem

  1. AFP (alpha fetoprotein): who are you in gastrology?

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Wenhui; Liu, Yong; Shou, Dawei; Sun, Qiming; Shi, Jianguang; Chen, Li; Liang, Tingbo; Gong, Weihua

    2015-02-01

    AFP-producing (hepatoid differentiation) gastric cancer (GC) initially reported in 1970 plays an important role in the field of gastrology, which should be distinguished from other solid-type GCs owing to their different biological behavior. This review article aims to summarize the literature related to the role of AFP in gastric cancer and to unveil the underlying mechanism by which AFP-production impacts prognosis of GC patients. The prima facie evidence demonstrated that AFP-producing GC is more aggressive and characterized by a high incidence of venous invasion, lymphatic invasion, and metachronous and synchronous liver metastasis compared with AFP-non producing GC. Furthermore, distant metastasis was frequently observed, leading to a poorer overall prognosis. The underlying molecular mechanism is still obscure and optimal regimen remains undefined well. Nevertheless, our present study advances the knowledge of AFP-producing GC in the field of gastrology. AFP-positivity should be highlighted and an a priori enhancive intervention is needed to improve prognosis in future clinical practice. Personalized medication is strongly suggested.

  2. Hereditary Persistence of Alpha-Fetoprotein Is Associated with the -119G>A Polymorphism in AFP Gene.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Deshpande, Neha; Chavan, Radhika; Bale, Govardhan; Avanthi, Urmila Steffie; Aslam, Mohsin; Ramchandani, Mohan; Reddy, D Nageshwar; Ravikanth, V V

    2017-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a glycoprotein that is produced by the liver and yolk sac during fetal development. Its levels are usually raised in malignant conditions. Hereditary persistence of AFP (HPAFP) is a rare benign condition with elevated levels of AFP. It is inherited in a dominant mode with complete penetrance and is usually not associated with any clinical disability. We report two individuals with elevated levels of AFP harboring the -119G>A polymorphism in the AFP gene. A genetic screening to rule out variants in the AFP gene is advised in cases with unexplained persistent AFP levels to avoid inappropriate treatment and surgical options.

  3. Hereditary Persistence of Alpha-Fetoprotein Is Associated with the −119G>A Polymorphism in AFP Gene

    Science.gov (United States)

    Deshpande, Neha; Chavan, Radhika; Bale, Govardhan; Avanthi, Urmila Steffie; Aslam, Mohsin; Ramchandani, Mohan; Reddy, D. Nageshwar

    2017-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a glycoprotein that is produced by the liver and yolk sac during fetal development. Its levels are usually raised in malignant conditions. Hereditary persistence of AFP (HPAFP) is a rare benign condition with elevated levels of AFP. It is inherited in a dominant mode with complete penetrance and is usually not associated with any clinical disability. We report two individuals with elevated levels of AFP harboring the −119G>A polymorphism in the AFP gene. A genetic screening to rule out variants in the AFP gene is advised in cases with unexplained persistent AFP levels to avoid inappropriate treatment and surgical options. PMID:28286798

  4. The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) third domain: a search for AFP interaction sites of cell cycle proteins.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mizejewski, G J

    2016-09-01

    The carboxy-terminal third domain of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-3D) is known to harbor binding and/or interaction sites for hydrophobic ligands, receptors, and binding proteins. Such reports have established that AFP-3D consists of amino acid (AA) sequence stretches on the AFP polypeptide that engages in protein-to-protein interactions with various ligands and receptors. Using a computer software program specifically designed for such interactions, the present report identified AA sequence fragments on AFP-3D that could potentially interact with a variety of cell cycle proteins. The cell cycle proteins identified were (1) cyclins, (2) cyclin-dependent kinases, (3) cell cycle-associated proteins (inhibitors, checkpoints, initiators), and (4) ubiquitin ligases. Following detection of the AFP-3D to cell cycle protein interaction sites, the computer-derived AFP localization AA sequences were compared and aligned with previously reported hydrophobic ligand and receptor interaction sites on AFP-3D. A literature survey of the association of cell cycle proteins with AFP showed both positive relationships and correlations. Previous reports of experimental AFP-derived peptides effects on various cell cycle proteins served to confirm and verify the present computer cell cycle protein identifications. Cell cycle protein interactions with AFP-CD peptides have been reported in cultured MCF-7 breast cancer cells subjected to mRNA microarray analysis. After 7 days in culture with MCF-7 cells, the AFP-derived peptides were shown to downregulate cyclin E, SKP2, checkpoint suppressors, cyclin-dependent kinases, and ubiquitin ligases that modulate cyclin E/CdK2 transition from the G1 to the S-phase of the cell cycle. Thus, the experimental data on AFP-CD interaction with cell cycle proteins were consistent with the "in silico" findings.

  5. Diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein-L3 and Golgi protein 73 in hepatocellular carcinomas with low AFP levels.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Wan-Ju; Guo, Bao-Li; Han, Yu-Gang; Shi, Lei; Ma, Wan-Shan

    2014-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate the clinical values of serum alpha-fetoprotein-L3 (AFP-L3) and Golgi protein 73 (GP73) in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). From January 2011 to December 2013, 50 low-AFP HCC patients confirmed by the color Doppler flow imaging (CDFI) and pathological examinations were collected. Forty-five patients with chronic liver diseases were also selected, including 29 liver cirrhosis patients, 15 chronic hepatitis B patients, and one severe hepatitis patient. Furthermore, 100 health volunteers with no evidence of benign or malignant liver diseases were included. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was applied to the GP73 quantitative assay. Serum AFP concentrations were determined using immunoassays utilizing enhanced chemiluminescence. Diagnostic accuracy of GP73 and AFP-L3 assays for low-AFP HCC was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Statistical analyses were conducted with the GraphPad Prism 5.0 software. Low-AFP HCC patients (35/50) exhibited higher positive rates of AFP-L3 than non-HCC patients (5/45) and healthy controls (2/100) (both P AFP HCC patients (40/50) compared to those of non-HCC patients (3/45) and healthy controls (1/100) (both P AFP-L3 and GP73 were observed between non-HCC patients and healthy controls (both P > 0.05). ROC curves showed that the area under the curve (AUC) of AFP-L3 for the diagnosis of low-AFP HCC was 0.6994 (sensitivity [Sen] = 70.0 %, specificity [Spe] = 95.2 %, accuracy = 88.7 %), while the AUC of GP73 was 0.8411 (Sen = 80.0 %, Spe = 97.2 %, accuracy = 92.8 %). Compared with single detection, the combination of AFP-L3 and GP73 levels for the diagnosis of low-AFP HCC showed higher Sen (94.0 %), Spe (93.1 %), and better accuracy (93.3 %). Our findings provide empirical evidence that the combination of AFP-L3 and GP73 is a good diagnostic strategy for low-AFP HCC.

  6. Alpha-Fetoprotein Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to a Standardized Analysis of Dynamic AFP to Improve Screening Based Detection.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bird, Thomas G; Dimitropoulou, Polyxeni; Turner, Rebecca M; Jenks, Sara J; Cusack, Pearce; Hey, Shiying; Blunsum, Andrew; Kelly, Sarah; Sturgeon, Catharine; Hayes, Peter C; Bird, Sheila M

    2016-01-01

    Detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through screening can improve outcomes. However, HCC surveillance remains costly, cumbersome and suboptimal. We tested whether and how serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) should be used in HCC surveillance. Record linkage, dedicated pathways for management and AFP data-storage identified i) consecutive highly characterised cases of HCC diagnosed in 2009-14 and ii) a cohort of ongoing HCC-free patients undergoing regular HCC surveillance from 2009. These two well-defined Scottish patient cohorts enabled us to test the utility of AFP surveillance. Of 304 cases of HCC diagnosed over 6 years, 42% (129) were identified by a dedicated HCC surveillance programme. Of these 129, 47% (61) had a detectable lesion first identified by screening ultrasound (US) but 38% (49) were prompted by elevated AFP. Despite pre-HCC diagnosis AFP >20kU/L being associated with poor outcome, 'AFP-detected' tumours were offered potentially curative management as frequently as 'US-detected' HCCs; and had comparable survival. Linearity of serial log10-transformed AFPs in HCC cases and in the screening 'HCC-free' cohort (n = 1509) provided indicators of high-risk AFP behaviour in HCC cases. An algorithm was devised in static mode, then tested dynamically. A case/control series in hepatitis C related disease demonstrated highly significant detection (pAFP in HCC surveillance. We show proof-of-principle that an automated and further refine-able algorithmic interpretation of AFP can identify patients at higher risk of HCC. This approach could provide a cost-effective, user-friendly and much needed addition to US surveillance.

  7. Alpha fetoprotein is more than a hepatocellular cancer biomarker: from spontaneous immune response in cancer patients to the development of an AFP-based cancer vaccine.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bei, R; Mizejewski, G J

    2011-10-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer worldwide, with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Due to its overexpression in the majority of HCCs, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) represents one of the most useful markers for hepatocarcinomas and for monitoring patients' response to therapy. Although it was earlier reported that AFP has immunosuppressive properties, it has been recently demonstrated that AFP induces spontaneous T and B cells responses in HCC patients. The characterization of AFP-immunogenic epitopes gives the opportunity to design AFP-based cancer vaccines for human HCC. The activity of AFP-based vaccines has been investigated in HCC mouse models in order to develop novel strategies to treat patients with HCC. This review will discuss the rationale for using the AFP-based vaccination strategy and recent results corroborating the usefulness of AFP vaccines as a potential tool for cancer therapy.

  8. Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels are normal in Fanconi anemia: Can it be a lack of postnatal inhibition of AFP gene resulting in the elevation?

    Science.gov (United States)

    Aslan, Deniz; Karabacak, Recep Onur; Aslan, Oner Deniz

    2017-04-01

    We investigated the feasibility of using serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels as a screening test for prenatal diagnosis of Fanconi anemia (FA). Serial measurements in maternal serum were recorded. Parents, both heterozygous for FA, had declined prenatal molecular testing. The infant was born with no somatic abnormalities, and FA was confirmed by postnatal molecular analysis. Maternal serum AFP levels during each trimester of pregnancy were normal indicating that these levels cannot be used as a screening test in prenatal diagnosis. Three-year follow-up after birth showed constantly elevated serum levels in the patient from the start, suggesting a lack of postnatal inhibition on AFP gene.

  9. Review of the Third Domain Receptor Binding Fragment of Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP): Plausible Binding of AFP to Lysophospholipid Receptor Targets.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mizejewski, G J

    2016-01-31

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a 69 kD fetal- and tumor-associated single-chain glycoprotein belonging to the albuminoid gene family. AFP functions as a carrier/transport molecule as well as a growth regulator and has been utilized as a clinical biomarker for both fetal defects and cancer growth. Lysophospholipids (LPLs) are plasma membrane-derived bioactive lipid signaling mediators composed of a small molecular weight single acyl carbon chain (palmitic, oleic acid) attached to a polar headgroup; they range in molecular mass from 250-750 daltons. The LPLs consist of either sphingosine-1-phosphate or lysophosphatidic acid, and mostly their choline, ethanolamine, serine or inositol derivatives. They are present only in vertebrates. These bioactive paracrine lipid mediators are ubiquitously distributed in tissues and are released from many different cell types (platelets, macrophages, monocytes, etc.) involved in developmental, physiological, and pathological processes. The LPLs bind to four different classes of G-protein coupled receptors described herein which transduce a multiple of cell effects encompassing activities such as morphogenesis, neural development, angiogenesis, and carcinogenesis. The identification of potential binding sites of LPL receptors on the AFP third domain receptor binding fragment were derived by computer modeling analysis. It is conceivable, but not proven, that AFP might bind not only to the LPL receptors, but also to LPLs themselves since AFP binds medium and long chain fatty acids. It is proposed that some of the activities ascribed to AFP in the past might be due in part to the presence of bound LPLs and/or their receptors.

  10. Alpha fetoprotein

    Science.gov (United States)

    Fetal alpha globulin; AFP ... Greater than normal levels of AFP may be due to: Cancer in testes , ovaries, biliary (liver secretion) tract, stomach, or pancreas Cirrhosis of the liver Liver cancer ...

  11. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) modulates the effect of serum albumin on brain development by restraining the neurotrophic effect of oleic acid.

    Science.gov (United States)

    García-García, Alejandro G; Polo-Hernández, Erica; Tabernero, Arantxa; Medina, José M

    2015-10-22

    We have previously shown that serum albumin controls perinatal rat brain development through the regulation of oleic acid synthesis by astrocytes. In fact, oleic acid synthesized and released by astrocytes promoted neurite growth, neuron migration and the arrangement of prospective synapses. In this work we show that alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is also present in the brain during embryonic development, its concentrations peaking at E15.5 and at E19.5. However, after E19.5 AFP concentrations plummeted concurrently with a sharp increase in serum albumin concentrations. At E15.5, AFP is present in caudal regions of the brain, particularly in brain areas undergoing differentiation during this period, such as the thalamic reticular nucleus of the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the amygdala and the hippocampus. Albumin was not detected in the brain at E15.5 but stained brain cells substantially on day E19.5, showing a very similar distribution to that of AFP under the same circumstances. The concentrations of free oleic acid in the brain were inversely correlated with those of AFP, suggesting that the signals elicited by AFP and oleic acid can be inversely associated. GAP-43, a marker of axonal growth that is highly expressed by the presence of oleic acid, was not co-localized with AFP except in the marginal zone and areas delimiting the subplate. AFP prevented the increase in GAP-43 expression caused by the presence of oleic acid in neurons in primary culture in vitro and in organotypic cultures of embryonic rat brain ex vivo, suggesting that AFP may modulate the effect of serum albumin on brain development.

  12. The diagnostic value of combined detection of alpha-fetoprotein, AFP, lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein(AFP-L3) and alpha L fucosidase (AFU) level for the patients with primary liver cancer in early stage%联合检测血清AFP、AFP异质体和AFU对早期肝癌诊断价值的研究

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王杰; 赵业民; 陈增银; 史光军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the diagnostic value of combined detection of serum alpha-fetoprotein ( AFP), lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein( AFP-L3 ) and alpha L fucosidase ( AFU ) level for the patients with primary liver cancer in early stage. Methods The serum level of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU were detected in 56 patients with primary liver cancer (PLC), 158 patients with benign liver disease, 40 patients with other malignant tumor without PLC and 40 healthy persons.Results The positive rate of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU in the group of PLC were signiifcantly higher than that of in the group of benign liver diseases and in the group of other malignant tumor without PLC ( P<0.01 ). Combined detection have a complementary function for the diagnosis of patients PLC in early stage and the sensitivity rate was 94.60%. The sensitivity in the group of combined detection is higher than that of in the group of single detection ( P<0.05 ). Conclusion The sensitivity rate of single detection for AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU for the diagnosis of PLC in the early stage is similar and combined detection could signiifcantly improve the sensitivity rate for the diagnosis of PLC in the early stage and decrease the misdiagnosis rate. The combined detection of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU can be used as a newly routine detection method for the high population of the patients with PLC in the early stage especially.%目的:探讨血清甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoproteinAFP)、扁豆凝集素亲和型甲胎蛋白异质体(lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein, AFP-L3)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(alpha L fucosidase, AFU)水平联合检测对原发性肝癌(primary liver cancer, PLC)的诊断价值。方法对56例PLC、158例良性肝病患者、40例非PLC恶性肿瘤患者以及40例健康查体者进行AFP、AFP-L3和AFU进行联合检测。结果 PLC组的AFP、AFP-L3、AFU的阳性率明显高于良性肝病和非PLC恶性肿瘤组( P<0.01),PLC患者血清AFP、AFP-L3、AFU三者之间无相关性,联

  13. Hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas producing protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Matsueda, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yasuo; Notohara, Kenji

    2006-10-01

    We describe a rare case of hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas with production of protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). The patient was a 49-year-old woman admitted because of high serum levels of PIVKA-II (1.63 AU/ml) and AFP (623 ng/ml) and abnormal ultrasonographic findings of the pancreas, found incidentally at medical checkup. Both ultrasonography and computed tomography showed swelling of the pancreas with small areas of low density, but no hepatic lesions. The serum levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 were not increased. A PIVKA-II and AFP-producing pancreatic cancer was strongly suspected, and total pancreatectomy was performed. Pathological examination showed that the tumor cells were arranged in trabecular and solid patterns with bile production, and were immunohistochemically positive for PIVKA-II and AFP, resembling hepatocellular carcinoma cells. The tumor was diagnosed as hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas, and the patient has survived 48 months after initial diagnosis. It is important that hepatoid carcinoma be considered as a possible malignant tumor of the pancreas, and simultaneous measurement of the serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II will enable earlier diagnosis. This is the first report describing hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas producing PIVKA-II.

  14. Hereditary persistence of alpha-fetoprotein: a rare cause for unexplained alpha-fetoprotein elevations in pregnancy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rood, Kara; Stiller, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Markedly elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) levels were found in a 26 year old healthy, nulliparous Polish woman during pregnancy. No fetal abnormalities were identified on targeted ultrasound and amniocentesis revealed normal amniotic fluid alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) values. Maternal ultrasound screening for liver and ovarian germ cell malignancies were also negative. The mother delivered a live, healthy female at term and a repeat maternal serum AFP postpartum remained markedly elevated, suggestive of hereditary persistence of alpha-fetoprotein.

  15. AFP、APF-L3、GP73、AFP-mRNA联合检测在肝细胞癌诊断中的应用价值%The application value of combined detection for serum alpha-fetoprotein, alpha-fetoprotein-L3, Golgi protein 73 and AFP-mRNA in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李永勤; 陈浩; 耿坤静; 杜博勋; 裘银久

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application value of combined detection for alpha fetoprotein (AFP), alpha-fetoprotein-L3 ( AFP-L3 ) , Golgi protein 73 ( GP73 ) and AFP-mRNA in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC). Methods Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA) was used to detect the serum levels of GP73 in 73 cases of HCC,41 cases of liver cirrhosis,36 cases of chronic hepatitis B and 25 healthy subjects. AFP was detected by chemiluminescent immunoassay, and AFP-L3 was determined by adsorption centrifuging. AFP-mRNA was tested by fluorescent quantitative RT-PCR. Results There were significant differences in the levels of AFP, AFP-L3, GP73, AFP-mRNA between HCC group and cirrhosis group, normal control group ( P <0.01). The areas evaluated according to ROC curves were 0.691 ( AFP) ,0.859 ( APF-L3), 0.816 (GP73),0.762 (AFP-mRNA) respectively in HCC group,and the sensitivities were 54. 79% ,76. 71% , 80.82% ,53. 42%, respectively, and specificities were 79. 41% ,95. 10% ,82. 35% ,99. 02% , respectively. The areas under ROC curves for the four tumor-related markers were 0.958 by combined detection. The sensitivity of combined detection was significantly increased, which reached 95. 8% , and its specificity was 95. 0% in the diagnosis of HCC. Conclusion The combination detection for AFP, AFP-L3 ,GP73 and AFP-mRNA can obviously enhance the sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of HCC,which is superior to individual detection of AFP, AFP-L3.GP73 or AFP-mRNA.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体( AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白(GP73)及AFP-mR-NA联合检测在HCC诊断中的价值.方法 收集175例血清、其中肝细胞癌患者73例(HCC组)、肝硬化患者41例(肝硬化组)、慢乙肝患者36例(慢性肝炎组)、正常人25例(正常人组),采用酶联免疫法检测GP73,用化学发光法检测AFP,用亲和吸附离心法检测AFP-L3,采用荧光定量逆转录聚合酶链反应(RTPCR)法检测患者AFP

  16. Application of Latex particles in detecting alpha- fetoprotein (AFP)%乳胶粒子法检测甲胎蛋白的应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陈浩全; 曾嫚妮

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the application value of Latex method in detection of alpha - fetoprotein ( AFP). Methods:Repetitive determination tests within and between batches were done on serum specimens, then the determination results were compared and analyzed by Latex method and electrochemiluminescence assay. Results; The results had no significant difference between Latex method and electrochemiluminescence assay, the recoveries were 95.5% for Latex method and 96.7% for electrochemiluminescence assay. Conclusion; Though electrochemiluminescence assay had high sensitivity and precision, it was not suitable for the wide use due to its high cost in instrument and reagent. Latex method had good correlation with electrochemiluminescence assay, which can be applied widely for its rapidness, stable results and low cost.%目的:评价Latex法检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)的临床应用价值.方法:对血清标本做批内批间重复性测定试验及Latex法与电化学发光法进行对比测定.结果:Latex法与电化学发光法检测AFP结果无显著差异,Latex法与电化学发光法平均回收率分别为95.5%和96.7%.结论:电化学发光法灵敏度、精密度高,但其仪器、试剂价格高,不适于全面推广;Latex法与电化学发光法检测AFP结果无显著差异,相关性好,快速、结果稳定,试剂便宜在全自动生化仪上检测,可广泛应用.

  17. Clinical evaluation of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) levels in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma following interventional radiology.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Minakuchi, K; Murata, K; Kaminoh, T; Takada, K; Takashima, S; Nakamura, K; Onoyama, Y

    1993-01-01

    Fourteen patients with unrespectable HCC were treated with various interventional radiology (IVR) procedures. The initial therapeutic response was determined using computed tomography (CT) findings, and determinations of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by Vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) levels. When CT studies of the initial response to IVR were compared with changes in the serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels, the AFP level was found to correlate more closely than the PIVKA-II levels. The PIVKA-II level correlated more closely than the AFP level in cases with poor response to IVR. Both of these tumor markers should be measured in combination with the diagnostic imagings for follow-up studies of IVR.

  18. Clinical significance of human alpha-fetoprotein

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yachnin, S.

    1978-01-01

    Deviations from the normal of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) concentrations in fetal serum, amniotic fluid, maternal serum and adult human serum can be explained by understanding the normal physiology and the pathophysiology of AFP synthesis and metabolism. AFP is the prototype of oncofetal markers. Emphasis is given to the usefulness of elevated serum AFP levels in the diagnosis and management of primary hepatomas and tumors of germ cell origin. The ability to detect neural tube defects early in gestation by monitoring maternal serum and amniotic fluid AFP concentrations is discussed.

  19. Alpha-fetoprotein, stem cells and cancer: how study of the production of alpha-fetoprotein during chemical hepatocarcinogenesis led to reaffirmation of the stem cell theory of cancer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sell, Stewart

    2008-01-01

    Identification of the cells in the liver that produce alpha-fetoprotein during development, in response to liver injury and during the early stages of chemical hepatocarcinogenesis led to the conclusion that maturation arrest of liver-determined tissue stem cells was the cellular process that gives rise to hepatocellular carcinomas. When the cellular changes in these processes were compared to that of the formation of teratocarcinomas, the hypothesis arose that all cancers arise from maturation arrest of tissue-determined stem cells. This was essentially a reinterpretation of the embryonal rest theory of cancer whereby tissue stem cells take the role of embryonal rests. A corollary of the stem cell theory of the origin of cancer is that cancers contain the same functional cell populations as normal tissues: stem cells, transit-amplifying cells and mature cells. Cancer stem cells retain the essential feature of normal stem cells: the ability to self-renew. Growth of cancers is due to continued proliferation of cancer transit-amplifying cells that do not differentiate to mature cells (maturation arrest). On the other hand, cancer stem cells generally divide very rarely and contribute little to tumor growth. However, the presence of cancer stem cells in tumors is believed to be responsible for the properties of immortalization, transplantability and resistance to therapy characteristic of cancers. Current therapies for cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, antiangiogenesis and differentiation therapy) are directed against the cancer transit-amplifying cells. When these therapies are discontinued, the cancer reforms from the cancer stem cells. Therapy directed toward interruption of the cell signaling pathways that maintain cancer stem cells could lead to new modalities to the prevention of regrowth of the cancer.

  20. Hereditary persistence of alpha-fetoprotein (HPAFP) : review of the literature

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Houwert, A. C.; Giltay, J. C.; Lentjes, E. G. W. M.; Lock, M. T. W. T.

    2010-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) serum levels are raised in several clinical conditions, ranging from non-pathological conditions to malignancies. Hereditary persistence of alpha-fetoprotein (HPAFP) is a rare benign disorder with elevated AFP levels. HPAFP is described as a benign autosomal dominantly inheri

  1. Diagnostic Value of Des-gamma Carboxyprothrombin(DCP), Lectin-bound AFP(AFP-L3) and Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Expression in Primary Hepatocellular Carcinoma%DCP、AFP-L3和AFP在原发性肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    付水; 齐娟飞; 朱海燕; 祁志荣; 陈红艳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the alone and joint diagnostic value of des-gamma carboxyprothrombin (DCP) , lectin-bound AFP(AFP-13) and alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) in primary hepatocellular carcinoma, and provide a novel method for diagnosis for PHC and screening for high risk population. Methods The levels of serum DCP,AFP-L3 and AFP were measured in 53 patients with hepa-tocellular carcinoma, 51 cases of cirrhosis, 60 cases of chronic hepatitis, 52 normal healthy subjects established as control group, and analyse the result statistically. Results The levels of serum DCP,AFP-L3 and AFP were significantly higher in the hepatocellular carcinoma than those in other groups. The diagnostic sensitivities of DCP,AFP-I3 and AFP to hepatocellular carcinoma were 77.36% , 69.81% and 60.38% respectively, the specificity were 89.57% , 88.34% and 77.91% , individually. The joint detection could improve sensitivity up to 94.34%. Conclusion DCP was a high sensitivity and specificity marker for diagnosis of PHC. The combined assay of serum tumor markers possess more value in the diagnosis of PHC, especially in AFP negative patients.%目的:探讨血清中脱γ一羧基凝血酶原(DCP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)对原发性肝细胞癌(PHC)单独和联合诊断的意义,为PHC诊治提供一种新方法,以及对高危人群作筛选.方法:采集 53 例PHC、51 例肝硬化、60 例慢性肝炎和 52 例健康对照者的血清分别检测 DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP,并对其统计分析.结果:PHC患者的 DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP 均显著高于肝硬化、慢性肝炎和健康对照者,DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP在PHC组中的灵敏度分别为 77.36 %、69.8 1% 和60.38 %,特异性分别为89.57 %、88.34 % 和 77.91 %.三者联检时,其诊断的敏感度可提高至 94.34 %.结论:DCP 对PHC诊断具有较好的敏感度和特异性,联检DCP、AFP-L3和AFP可有效提高PHC尤其是AFP阴性PHC的诊断效率,对PHC的早期诊治具有一定指导意义.

  2. AFP-L3在肝细胞癌诊断中的临床价值%Diagnostic role of alpha-fetoprotein variants in hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    韩鹏; 褚瑞海; 张彩彩; 郭欣

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨血清中AFP-L3含量对肝细胞癌诊断的临床意义.方法 利用微量离心柱法分离得到AFP-L3,采用化学发光法分别检测总AFP与AFP-L3含量,进而计算AFP-L3与总AFP的比值.结果 肝细胞癌患者血清中AFP及AFP-L3的水平均显著高于其他各组,而不同AFP浓度的肝细胞癌患者组AFP-L3的阳性率无明显差异.结论 AFP-L3作为肿瘤标志物对肝细胞癌的早期诊断及良、恶性肝病的鉴别有一定的临床价值.

  3. ORIGIN OF RAISED MATERNAL SERUM ALPHA-FETOPROTEIN LEVELS IN 2ND-TRIMESTER OLIGOHYDRAMNIOS

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    LOS, FJ; BEEKHUIS, [No Value; MARRINK, J; HAGENAARS, AM; REUSS, A; SACHS, ES; JAHODA, MGJ; WLADIMIROFF, JW

    1992-01-01

    Concanavalin A (Con A) subtyping of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) revealed higher concentrations of AFP non-reactive with Con A in sera of 12 pregnant women with second-trimester oligohydramnios and raised total serum AFP levels than in sera of 42 pregnant women with raised total serum AFP levels and a no

  4. A resected case of metachronous liver metastasis from lung cancer producing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Oshiro, Yukio; Takada, Yasutsugu; Enomoto, Tsuyoshi; Fukao, Katashi; Ishikawa, Shigemi; Iijima, Tatsuo

    2004-01-01

    A resected case of huge liver metastasis of hepatoid adenocarcinoma of the lung is described. A 77-year-old man who presented a solitary huge liver tumor was admitted to our hospital. He had undergone right lower lobectomy of the lung for lung cancer one year before. The view of imaging studies was not a typical one of hepatocellular carcinoma. Serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II were 334,500ng/mL and 3,890mAU/mL, respectively, and the proportion of AFP L3 was 97.9%. It was thought that they were strongly diagnostic for hepatocellular carcinoma. Extended right lobectomy of the liver was performed. Microscopically, it was poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma and diagnosed as liver metastasis from the formerly resected lung cancer. The tumor was composed of cells with both sheet-like growth and tubule formation. The neoplastic cells, in the sheet-like growth resembled hepatocellular carcinoma cells. By immunohistochemical staining with anti-AFP and anti-PIVKA-II antibodies, cancer cells of both the primary and metastatic lesions were positive. The patient eventually died of multiple liver and bone metastasis 6 months after the operation.

  5. ALPHA-FETOPROTEIN IN FETAL SERUM, AMNIOTIC-FLUID, AND MATERNAL SERUM

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    VANLITH, JMM; BEEKHUIS, [No Value; VANLOON, AJ; MANTINGH, A; DEWOLF, BTHM; BREED, ASPM

    1991-01-01

    In order to gain more insight into the association between alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and fetal chromosomal disorders, especially Down's syndrome, we measured AFP in fetal serum, amniotic fluid, and maternal serum at cordocentesis. We compared the concentration and gradient of AFP in these three compar

  6. Evaluation of a second trimester triple marker screening test for fetal status using alpha-fetoprotein (aFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and unconjugated estriol (uE{sub 3})

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Mi, Seong Young; Kim, Jong Ho; Choi, Seung Hun [Chung Ang Gil Hospital, Inchon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    Our purpose was to assess the utility of maternal serum triple-marker screening test using alpha-fetoprotein (aFP), human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and unconjugated Estriol (uE{sub 3}) for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. 1,767 venous blood samples (4ml) between 15 and 20 week's gestation for maternal serum screening from January to October 1996, were tested with Kodak Amerix-M triple marker radioimmunoassay kits. Risk analysis was achieved with interpretive software such as Alpha (LMS, Kodak Clinical Diagnostics). Marker levels are transformed into multiples of median (MOM), which represent an interpretation of (weight regressed) patient marker levels relative to regressed median levels for stated gestation. By multivariate anaysis, the three MOM values are combined to generate a liklihood ratio. Calculation of a patient, risk is the product of liklihood ratio and age-related risk. Risk assessment is weight for maternal age. The median values of aFP, hCG and uE{sub 3} were well correlated with gestational age, respectively (r=0.94, p=0.003; r=-0.97, p=0.029; r=0.99, p<0.001, respectively). The median value of hCG were correlated withmateral age (r=0.13, p=0.04) but those of aFP and eU{sub 3} weren't (r=-0.17, p=0.22; r=0.36, p=0.09, respectively). The values of aFP, CG and uE{sub 3} between pregnancy younger than 35 years-old (n=87) and older than that (n=1640) were 51.67{+-}27.44, vs 54.65{+-}126.36, 46.45{+-}30.08 vs 51.33{+-}38.50 and 8.01{+-}11.01 vs 6.68{+-}7.23, respectively but all of them failed to show significant differences. A second-trimester risk for trisomy 21 > or = 1:270 was considered screen positive. Patients were screen positive for trisomy 21 if aFP < or 0.7 multiples of median (MOM), hCG> or 2.1 MOM and E{sub 3} < or 0.7 MOM. Patients were screen positive for neural tube defect if aFP >2.5 MOM. The initial screen-positive rate for both Down' syndrome and neural tube defect were 1.46% (26/1767); 0.73% (13/1767) with each other

  7. The Value of Combined Serum Alpha-fetoprotein Heteroplasmon-L3 Concentration and AFP-L3/Alpha-fetoprotein Ratio Detection in the Early Diagnosis of Primary Liver Cancer%联合检测血清甲胎蛋白异质体浓度与甲胎蛋白异质体百分含量在原发性肝癌诊断中的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    黄彩云; 韩素桂; 贾红莲

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the value of combined serum alpha-fetoprotein inform (AFP-L3) and AFP-L3/AFP as biomarkers in the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods A total of 137 patients from the People's Hospital of Tangshan of Hebei Union University were included in our study.They were treated in hospital from March to November 201 1.All the patients were at the age of 28 to 77 years old,and 98 of them were men,and 39 were women.According to the pathological diagnosis,patients were divided into two groups.HCC group had 92 patients,and benign liver disease group had 45 patients including 37 with liver cirrhosis and 8 with chronic hepatitis.ELISA method was used to test the serum AFP-L3 level.At the same time,microcentrifugal column method was adopted to separate AFP-L3 from the patients' serum,and electrochemical luminescence method was used to detect the separated AFP-L3 and total AFP levels.Then,we calculated the ratio of AFP-L3/AFP.We also calculated the statistical indexes of AFP-L3 level and AFP-L3/AFP ratio in the diagnosis of HCC,such as sensitivity,specificity and Youden index.The above indexes of combined AFP-L3 level and AFP-L3/AFP ratio were also detected to evaluated its diagnostic value.Results HCC group AFP-L3 level (109.04 ± 62.51) ng/mL was significantly higher than that of the benign liver disease group [(25.96 ± 49.43) ng/mL; t=8.28,P < 0.001].HCC group serum AFP-L3/AFP ratio (17.35% ± 14.48%) was significantly higher than that of the benign liver disease group (5.62% ± 6.38%,t=6.545,P < 0.000 1).With serum AFP-L3 level > 38.0 ng/mL as a critical value of primary liver cancer diagnosis,the sensitivity was 83.69%,and the specificity was 88.88%.For AFP-L3/AFP ratio > 10% as a critical value in primary liver cancer diagnosis,the sensitivity was 83.69%,and the specificity was 95.55%.When serum AFP-L3 level > 38.0 ng/mL and AFP-L3/AFP ratio > 7.5% were combined in primary liver cancer diagnosis

  8. Anxiety in women with low maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening results.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Abuelo, D N; Hopmann, M R; Barsel-Bowers, G; Goldstein, A

    1991-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to measure anxiety in pregnant women who had low maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) screening test levels, received genetic counselling and chose to undergo amniocentesis for fetal chromosome analysis. Their anxiety levels were compared with the levels in women undergoing amniocentesis because of advanced maternal age. The results indicate a higher level of anxiety in women with low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels.

  9. Combined serum hepatoma-speciifc alpha-fetoprotein and circulating alpha-fetoprotein-mRNA in diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Wei Wu; Deng-Fu Yao; Yong-Mei Yuan; Ji-Wei Fan; Xiu-Feng Lu; Xiao-Hua Li; Li-Wei Qiu; Lei Zong; Xin-Hua Wu

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant tumors worldwide, its prognosis is poor, and early detection is of utmost importance. Although alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a useful marker for detecting and monitoring HCC development, the false-negative or false-positive rates with AFP alone may be as high as 30%-40%for patients with small HCCs. To enhance the speciifcity and accuracy of AFP measurements for HCC, we analyzed AFP expression states in livers, detected the hepatoma-speciifc AFP (HS-AFP) fraction and AFP-mRNA from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and explored their clinical implications for HCC diagnosis. METHODS:AFP expression and hepatocyte distributions in liver specimens were investigated by an immunohistoche-mical assay. Total RNAs were extracted from circulating blood, synthesized to cDNA through random primers and reverse transcriptase, and fragments of the AFP gene were ampliifed by a nested-PCR assay. The HS-AFP fraction was separated by lectin-afifnity chromatography and its level was detected by radioimmunoassay. RESULTS: The incidence of AFP was 73.3% in HCC tissues and its expression in HCCs with moderate or low differentiation was signiifcantly stronger than that of HCCs with high differentiation (P CONCLUSIONS: Different AFP expression is present in different parts of HCC tissues. HS-AFP and AFP-mRNA fragments improve sensitivity and speciifcity, and both are useful markers to diagnose HCC or monitor metastasis and relapse.

  10. DETECTION OF FETOMATERNAL HEMORRHAGE ASSOCIATED WITH CORDOCENTESIS USING SERUM ALPHA-FETOPROTEIN AND THE KLEIHAUER TECHNIQUE

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    VANSELM, M; KANHAI, HHH; VANLOON, AJ

    1995-01-01

    Fetomaternal haemorrhage (FMH) was studied after 46 cordocenteses. alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) concentration and Kleihauer staining of maternal blood, taken both before and after the procedure, revealed increases in AFP values of more than 40 per cent in 30 per cent of the patients examined; fetal haemo

  11. Sensitive Assay of Human Alpha-fetoprotein by Time-resolved Fluorescence

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2001-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) produced mainly in the yolk sac and the liver is the major protein in the fetal circulation during early postnatal life. AFP measurements are used in the diagnosis and monitoring AFP producing tumors in the liver, germ cells and the gastrointestinal. In addition, AFP marked increases are found in fetal illness, such as neural tube defects. In this study, a sensitive

  12. CONCANAVALIN-A VARIANTS OF ALPHA-FETOPROTEIN IN FIRST TRIMESTER FETUSES WITH TRISOMY-21 AND WITH NORMAL KARYOTYPES

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    LOS, FJ; JANSE, HC; BRANDENBURG, H; DEVRIJ, RW; DEBRUIJN, HWA

    1995-01-01

    Total alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) concentrations and proportions of AFP non-reactive with the lectin concanavalin A (Con A) were studied in extracellular fluid of 22 first-trimester fetuses. Total AFP concentrations were significantly lower in fetuses with Down's syndrome than in those with Mendelian-in

  13. Preoperative Alpha-Fetoprotein Slope is Predictive of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence after Liver Transplantation

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Kathy Han

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LT offers a possible cure for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC and cirrhosis. However, tumour progression while on the waiting list and tumour recurrence after LT are common. The prognostic significance of various pre- and postoperative variables were investigated in regard to tumour recurrence, with an emphasis on the slope of preoperative serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP levels.

  14. Alpha-fetoprotein-producing primary lung carcinoma: A case report

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Tokusashi Yoshihiko

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-producing lung adenocarcinoma is a rare type of lung cancer, with its characteristics not yet fully clarified. We recently encountered a case of this type of lung cancer. The patient was a 69-year-old man who consulted an internist with the chief complaint of epigastric pain. Chest X-ray and CT revealed a lobulated mass measuring 70 mm in diameter in the right lower lung field and a metastasis in the right hilar lymph nodes. Of the tumor markers, the serum AFP was elevated (4620 ng/ml, and the serum carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 were also slightly elevated. Transbronchial lung biopsy revealed the diagnosis of lung cancer. Under thoracoscopic assistance, right lower lobectomy + mediastinal lymph node dissection was carried out. Immunostaining showed the tumor cells to be AFP-positive. The tumor was thus diagnosed as an AFP-producing lung adenocarcinoma. The patient followed an uneventful clinical course after the surgery, with serum AFP decreasing to the normal range by about 2 weeks after the surgery. As of this writing, no sign of tumor recurrence has been noted. This case is presented here with a review of the literature.

  15. AFP — EDRN Public Portal

    Science.gov (United States)

    AFP is a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during fetal life. Alpha-fetoprotein expression in adults is often associated with hepatoma or teratoma. However, hereditary persistance of alpha-fetoprotein may also be found in individuals with no obvious pathology. The protein is thought to be the fetal counterpart of serum albumin, and the alpha-fetoprotein and albumin genes are present in tandem in the same transcriptional orientation on chromosome 4. Alpha-fetoprotein is found in monomeric as well as dimeric and trimeric forms, and binds copper, nickel, fatty acids and bilirubin.

  16. Alpha-fetoprotein is a predictor of outcome in acetaminophen-induced liver injury

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Schmidt, Lars E; Dalhoff, Kim

    2005-01-01

    An increase in alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) following hepatic necrosis is considered indicative of hepatic regeneration. This study evaluated the prognostic value of serial AFP measurements in patients with severe acetaminophen-induced liver injury. Prospectively, serial measurements of AFP were...... performed in 239 patients with acetaminophen intoxication and a peak alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level above 1000 U/L. AFP was measured using an enzyme-linked immunoassay (EIA) with a detection limit below 0.4 microg/L. The optimum threshold of AFP to discriminate nonsurvivors was identified. An increase...... in AFP above 4 microg/L occurred in 158 (79%) of 201 survivors compared with 11 of 33 nonsurvivors (33%; P AFP occurred a mean of 1.0 days (range, -2 to +6 days) after peak ALT in survivors compared with 4.1 days (range, +2 to +7 days) in nonsurvivors (P

  17. Serum alpha fetoprotein surge after the initiation of chemotherapy for non-seminomatous testicular cancer has an adverse prognostic significance

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    de Wit, R; Collette, L; Sylvester, R; de Mulder, PHM; Sleijfer, DT; Huinink, WWT; Kaye, SB; van Oosterom, AT; Boven, E; Stoter, G

    1998-01-01

    It has been recognized that the tumour markers alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) may show a transient elevation after the initiation of chemotherapy in non-seminomatous testicular cancer. We investigated the prognostic importance of these so-called marker surges in a co

  18. Specific Genetic Immunotherapy Induced by Recombinant Vaccine Alpha-Fetoprotein-Heat Shock Protein 70 Complex

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Xiaoping; Lin, Huanping; Wang, Qiaoxia

    Purposes: To construct a recombinant vaccine alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-heat shock protein (HSP70) complex, and study its ability to induce specific CTL response and its protective effect against AFP-producing tumor. Material/Methods: A recombinant vaccine was constructed by conjugating mouse alpha-fetoprotein to heat shock protein 70. By way of intracutaneous injection, mice were primed and boosted with recombinant vaccine mAFP/HSP70, whereas single mAFP or HSP70 injection as controls. The ELISPOT and ELISA were used to measure the frequency of cells producing the cytokine IFN-γ in splenocytes and the level of anti-AFP antibody of serum from immunized mice respectively. In vivo tumor challenge were carried out to assess the immune effect of the recombinant vaccine. Results: By recombinant mAFP/HSP70 vaccine immunization, the results of ELISPOT and ELISA showed that the number of splenic cells producing IFN-γ and the level of anti-AFP antibody of serum were significantly higher in mAFP/HSP70 group than those in mAFP and HSP70 groups (108.50±11.70 IFN-γ spots/106 cells vs 41.60±10.40 IFN-γ spots/106 cells, 7.32±3.14 IFN-γ spots/106 cells, Precombinant mAFP/HSP70 vaccine could generate effective antitumor immunity on AFP-producing tumor. The recombined mAFP/HSP70 vaccine may be suitable for serving as an immunotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma.

  19. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Maternal Serum alpha-Fetoprotein Levels During Pregnancy

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Abdallah, Morsi; Grove, Jakob; Hougaard, David M

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Numerous studies have been trying to disentangle the complex pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In our study, we explored the potential role of maternal serum (MS) alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the prediction and the pathophysiology of ASD. Methods: A total of 112 patients...... with ASD and 243 control subjects were included in a case-control study, using a historic birth cohort maintained at Statens Serum Institute. Measurements of MS-AFP were obtained from a multicentre screening program, whereas clinical data were obtained from nationwide registers. Association between MS-AFP...... and ASD status was analyzed using logistic regression models and nonparametric tests. Results: Crude, but not adjusted, estimates showed that MS-AFP levels were slightly, but significantly, higher in mothers of children with ASD, compared with their control subject counterparts. People with ASD had...

  20. Alpha-fetoprotein expression is a potential prognostic marker in hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Dénes G(o)r(o)g; János Reg(o)ly-Mérei; Sándor Paku; László Kopper; Péter Nagy

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To characterize the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) positive and negative hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) samples.METHODS: Thirty-seven paraffin-embedded human HCC samples were analyzed by immunohistochemistry for the following antigens: AFP, β-catenin, p53, CD44, MSH-2,MLH-1, and HNF-4. The tumors were divided into two groups based on the AFP expression. The immunophenotypic data and important clinical parameters were studied between the two groups.RESULTS: Twenty-one of the thirty-seven examined HCCs were AFP positive. Seven with nuclear p53 staining were AFP positive, while seven tumors with nuclear β-catenin staining were AFP negative. CD44 staining and high histological tumor grade were more frequent among the AFP-positive HCCs. The other immunophenotypical and dinical parameters did not show statistically significant difference in their distribution between the AFP positive and negative samples.CONCLUSION: AFP expression in HCC correlates with unfavorable prognostic factors, while nuclear β-catenin positivity is more common among the AFP-negative liver tumors. This observation supports the microarray data onin vivo human tumors.

  1. Clinical Value of Hepatoma-Specific Alpha-Fetoprotein in the Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Runzhou Ni; Mingbing Xiao; Fei Jin; Cuihua Lu; Jiefei Huang; Xianyong Meng

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the clinical value of hepatoma-specific alpha-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS A method of vertical slab polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with discontinuous buffer system was developed to separate AFP subtypes. After separation, the AFP subtypes were transferred to nitrocellulose and reacted first with rabbit anti-human AFP and then with goat anti-rabbit IgG-HRP. Finally, AFP subtypes were visualized by reacting with 3,3'-diaminobenzidine tetrahydrochloride. A HS-AFP band was determined in 82 cases with HCC and 95 cases with benign liver diseases.The correlations between the positive rates of HS-AFP and serum AFP concentration, tumor size as well as portal vein metastasis were analyzed.RESULTS Serum AFP in the cases with various liver diseases was separated into one to several bands. The fastest band on electrophoresis (FAFP) was found in all patients, while the band at the cathodal site (HSAFP) was detected predominantly in HCC but rarely in benign liver diseases. The positive rate of HS-AFP in HCC was 74.4%, which was significantly higher than that in benign liver diseases (9.1%, 7.3% and 10.0% in liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and acute hepatitis respectively). HSAFP was detected in 3 out of 9 HCC cases with AFP<50 μg/L , but in none of 22 cases of benign liver diseases with the same AFP concentration. HS-AFP correlated with serum AFP concentration and tumor size to some extent, but not with portal vein metastasis.CONCLUSION HS-AFP increases the sensitivity of diagnosing HCC in patients with negative AFP, and is useful in distinguishing high AFP due to HCC from that caused by benign liver diseases.

  2. Alpha-fetoprotein-L3 and Golgi protein 73 may serve as candidate biomarkers for diagnosing alpha-fetoprotein-negative hepatocellular carcinoma

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Zhang ZG

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Zhiguo Zhang,1 Yanying Zhang,2 Yeying Wang,1 Lingling Xu,3 Wanju Xu3 1Department of Clinical Laboratory, Zhangqiu Maternity and Child Care Hospital, Zhangqiu, 2Department of Clinical Laboratory, Zaozhuang City Wangkai Infection Hospital, Zaozhuang, 3Department of Clinical Laboratory, Qianfoshan Hospital, Jinan, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Currently, there is no reliable biomarker for use in diagnosing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-negative hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. Such a biomarker would aid in making an early diagnosis of AFP-negative HCC, ensuring the timely initiation of treatment. This study examined AFP-L3 and Golgi protein 73 (GP73 as candidate biomarkers for AFP-negative HCC. The affinity adsorption method and enzyme-linked immunoassays were separately used to determine serum levels of AFP-L3 and GP73 in 50 patients with AFP-negative HCC, 30 non-HCC patients, and 50 healthy subjects. Fifty percent of patients with AFP-negative HCC tested positive for AFP-L3, while 3.33% of non-HCC patients and 2.00% of healthy subjects were AFP-L3 positive. Patients with AFP-negative HCC had significantly higher serum levels of AFP-L3 compared to non-HCC patients and healthy individuals; however, there was no significant difference in the AFP-L3 levels of non-HCC patients and healthy subjects. Sixty-six percent of patients with AFP-negative HCC tested positive for GP73, while 10% of non-HCC patients and 0% of healthy subjects were GP73-positive. Patients with AFP-negative HCC had significantly higher serum levels of GP73 compared to non-HCC patients and healthy subjects, but there was no significant difference between the GP73 levels of non-HCC patients and healthy individuals. Moreover, 20 patients with AFP-negative HCC were both AFP-L3- and GP73-positive, while no non-HCC patients or healthy subjects tested positive for both markers. Either AFP-L3 or GP73 may be used as a biomarker for diagnosing AFP-negative HCC, while their combined use

  3. User acceptability of an alpha-fetoprotein screening programme

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Jørgensen, Finn Stener

    1995-01-01

    and duration of anxiety, influence on daily life and whether the woman wanted the alpha-fetoprotein test again in a new pregnancy. Three thousand, three hundred and thirty-one questionnaires were analyzed. The participation rate was 81.2%. For 219 women (6.6%), the first alpha-fetoprotein test was abnormal...... (high or low) and the tests were later found to be false positives. There was a strong association between anxiety experienced in conjunction with the alpha-fetoprotein screening programme and the alpha-fetoprotein test result. Two percent of the women with a normal test result reported severe anxiety......The objective of the study was to determine user acceptability among women who were classified as false positives or test negatives in an alpha-fetoprotein screening programme. The study was performed as a questionnaire study over a one-year period from October 1, 1988 to September 30, 1989...

  4. Application value of joint detection of alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) variant and AFP in early diagnosis of primary hepato-cellular carcinoma%甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白联合检测的临床价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王国芳; 徐美珍; 张欢妍; 唐国建

    2015-01-01

    目的:开展甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白联合检测,以早期发现和诊断肝细胞癌( HCC),鉴别良恶性肝脏肿瘤。方法检测肝细胞癌( HCC)30例,慢性肝病78例患者血清中AFP-L3和AFP的含量,血清 AFP-L3分离检测采用亲和微量离心纯化柱法,血清中获取的AFP-L3,AFP采用微粒子化学发光免疫法检测,计算AFP-L3占AFP的比率即AFP-L3%。结果30例HCC患者AFP的值为8.8~1524.1 ng/ml,其中AFP-L3%的阳性率为80%,而78例慢性肝病患者中AFP的值为3.2~580.1 ng/ml,AFP-L3%的阳性率为14.1%。 HCC组AFP异质体的阳性率与慢性肝病组有显著差异(P﹤0.01)。结论联合检测甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白对HCC,慢性肝炎和肝硬化的患者鉴别诊断,有着重要的临床价值。%Objective To early detect and diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC) and to identify benign and malignant tumors of liver with joint detection of AFP variant and AFP .Methods AFP-L3 and AFP content in serum of 30 cases of HCC and 78 cases of chronic liver disease were detected .Affinity micro centrifugal purification column was used to separate and de-termine serum AFP-13.Level of AFP-L3 and AFP extracted from the serum was detected by a chemiluminescence immunoassay method using microparticle .The ratio between AFP-L3 and AFP was calculated as AFP-L3%.Results In the 30 patients of HCC,the level of AFP fluctuated between 8.8 ng/ml and 1524.1 ng/ml,among which the positive rate of AFP-L3 was 80%. Whereas in the 78 patients of chronic liver disease ,the level of AFP fluctuated between 3.2 ng/ml and 580.1 ng/ml,among which the positive rate of AFP-L3 was 14.1%.Conclusion The positive rate of AFP variant in HCC group and chronic liver disease group shows significant difference (P﹤0.01).Joint detection of AFP variant and AFP is very important in differential diagnosis of patients with HCC ,chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis .Therefore

  5. Diagnostic value of alpha fetoprotein (AFP),α-L-fucosidase(AFU) and carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199)combined detection in early stage orimary hepatocellular carcinoma (PHC)%AFP、AFU、CA199联合检测对早期原发性肝癌的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    邓爱红; 彭燕华; 周少雄; 沈永坚; 肖海萍; 何彩云; 林经良

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨肿瘤标志物甲胎蛋白(AFP)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、糖类抗原199(CA199)对早期原发性肝癌(primary carcinoma of the liver,PHC)联合检测的诊断价值。方法:选取2013年1月到2014年5月佛山市第二人民医院肝科门诊初诊患者,通过病史、症状和查体拟诊为疑似PHC患者,再采用诊断金标准将疑似患者(研究对象)确诊分为PHC(48例)和非PHC(76例),所有研究对象均检测血清AFP、AFU和CA199,检测AFP和CA199采用化学发光法,检测AFU采用全自动生化仪器法,采用循证检验医学的方法统计各诊断价值性能指标。结果:PHC组患者AFP、AFU和CA199水平较非PHC组非常显著升高(P<0.01)。单一指标AFP、AFU和CA199检测PHC的诊断灵敏度分别为74.3%、51.4%、51.4%。单一指标AFP、AFU和CA199检测PHC的诊断特异性分别为82.4%、94.1%、94.1%。3指标并联灵敏度最高,为86.4%,其漏检率为13.6%。3指标串联和AFU/CA199串联特异性最高,约为96.5%,其误诊率为3.5%。结论:3指标并联是最佳PHC筛查联合指标,AFU和CA199串联是最佳PHC确诊联合指标。%Objective:To investigate the diagnostic value of the alpha fetoprotein (AFP), α-L- fucosidase(AFU), carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199) and their combinations in Early Stage Primary Hepatocellular Carcinoma (PHC). Methods:Selected the Hepatological outpatients at their first visit to the second people’s hospital of Foshan from January,2013 to May,2014.Suspicious PHC patients were diagnosed by medical history, symptoms and physical check,and suspicious PHC patients were classified into PHC patients(n=48) and non-PHC patients(n=76) following the diagnosed gold criteria.The concentration of AFP and CA199 was determined by Chemiluminescence method.The concentration of AFU were determined by full automatic biochemical instrument.The assessed parameters of diagnostic value were measured using the evidence-based laboratory

  6. The intracellular mechanism of alpha-fetoprotein promoting the proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2002-01-01

    AIM The existence and properties of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) receptor on the surface of NIH 3T3 cells and the effects of AFP on cellular signal transduction pathway were investigated. METHODS The effect of AFP on the proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells was measured by incorporation of 3H-TdR. Receptor-binding assay of 125I-AFP was performed to detect the properties of AFP receptor in NIH 3T3 cells. The influences of AFP on the [cAMP]i and the activities of protein kinase A (PKA) were determined. Western blot was used to detect the change of K-ras P21 protein expression. RESULTS The proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells treated with 0-80 mg/L of AFP was significantly enhanced. The Scatchard analysis indicated that there were two classes of binding sites with KD of 2.722×10-9M (Bmax=12810 sites per cell) and 8.931× 10-SM (Bmax=l19700 sites per cell) respectively. In the presence of AFP (20 mg/L), the content of cAMP and activities of PKA were significantly elevated . The level of K-ras P21 protein was upregulated by AFP at the concentration of 20 mg/L. The monoclonal antibody against AFP could reverse the effects of AFP on the cAMP content, PKA activity and the expression of K-ras p21 gene. CONCLUSION The effect of AFP on the cell proliferation was achieved by binding its receptor to trigger the signal transduction pathway of cAMP-PKA and alter the expression of K- ras p21 gene.

  7. Serum alpha-fetoprotein response can predict prognosis in hepatocellular carcinoma patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation therapy

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kao, W.-Y. [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Chiou, Y.-Y., E-mail: yychiou@vghtpe.gov.tw [Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Hung, H.-H. [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Su, C.-W., E-mail: cwsu2@vghtpe.gov.tw [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chou, Y.-H. [Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Wu, J.-C. [Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Medical Research and Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Huo, T.-I. [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Institute of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Huang, Y.-H. [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China); Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Wu, W.-C. [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (China)

    2012-05-15

    Aims: To evaluate the clinical inference of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) response in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients undergoing percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Materials and methods: Three hundred and thirteen previously untreated HCC patients were enrolled in the study. The optimal AFP response was defined as >20% decrease from baseline after 1 month of RFA for those with a baseline AFP level of {>=}100 ng/ml. The impact of AFP response on prognosis was analysed and prognostic factors were assessed. Results: After a median follow-up of 26.7 {+-} 19.1 months, 49 patients died and 264 patients were alive. The cumulative 5 year survival rates were 75.3 and 57.4% in patients with an initial AFP of <100 ng/ml and {>=}100 ng/ml, respectively (p = 0.003). In the 58 patients with a baseline AFP of {>=}100 ng/ml and initial completed tumour necrosis after RFA, the cumulative 5 year survival rates were 62.4 and 25.7% in optimal and non-optimal AFP responders, respectively (p = 0.001). By multivariate analysis, the prothrombin time international normalized ratio >1.1 (p = 0.009), non-optimal AFP response (p = 0.023), and creatinine >1.5 mg/dl (p = 0.021) were independent risk factors predictive of poor overall survival. Besides, the cumulative 5 year recurrence rates were 83.4 and 100% in optimal and non-optimal AFP responders, respectively (p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis demonstrated platelet count {<=}10{sup 5}/mm{sup 3} (p = 0.048), tumour size >2 cm (p = 0.027), and non-optimal AFP response (p < 0.001) were independent risk factors associated with tumour recurrence after RFA. Conclusions: Serum AFP response may be a useful marker for predicting prognosis in HCC patients undergoing RFA.

  8. Alpha-fetoprotein before and after pegylated interferon therapy for predicting hepatocellular carcinoma development

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Yasuto; Takeuchi; Fusao; Ikeda; Toshiya; Osawa; Yasuyuki; Araki; Kouichi; Takaguchi; Youichi; Morimoto; Noriaki; Hashimoto; Kousaku; Sakaguchi; Tatsuro; Sakata; Masaharu; Ando; Yasuhiro; Makino; Shuji; Matsumura; Hiroki; Takayama; Hiroyuki; Seki; Shintarou; Nanba; Yuki; Moritou; Tetsuya; Yasunaka; Hideki; Ohnishi; Akinobu; Takaki; Kazuhiro; Nouso; Yoshiaki; Iwasaki; Kazuhide; Yamamoto

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate factors that accurately predict hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) development after antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis C(CHC) patients. METHODS: CHC patients who received pegylated interferon and ribavirin were enrolled in this cohort study that investigated the ability of alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) to predict HCC development after interferon(IFN) therapy. RESULTS: Of 1255 patients enrolled, 665 developed sustained virological response(SVR) during mean follow-up period of 5.4 years. HCC was occurred in 89 patients, and 20 SVR patients were included. Proportional hazard models showed that HCC occurred in SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L before therapy and in non-SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L before and 1 year after therapy besides older age, and low platelet counts. SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L before therapy and no decrease in AFP to < 5 ng/m L 1 year after therapy had significantly higher HCC incidence than non-SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L before therapy and decreased AFP(P = 0.043). AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L before therapy was significantly associated with low platelet counts and high values of alanine aminotransferase(ALT) in stepwise logistic regression analysis. After age, gender, platelet count, and ALT was matched by propensity score, significantly lower HCC incidence was shown in SVR patients showing AFP < 5 ng/m L before therapy than in those showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/m L.CONCLUSION: The criteria of AFP < 5 ng/m L before and 1 year after IFN therapy is a benefical predictor for HCC development in CHC patients.

  9. Serial Changes in Alpha-Fetoprotein Levels During Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis C

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Altug Senol

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP has been widely used as a diagnostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma. Some patients with hepatitis C show high AFP values, but no evidence of hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study is to assess the influence of antiviral treatment on the serum AFP in patients with chronic hepatitis C without hepatocellular carcinoma. Material and Method: Thirty seven chronic hepatitis C patients (20 females and 17 males were included in the study. All patients were given a combined treatment of pegylated or conventional interferon (IFN and ribavirin. Serum AFP was measured at baseline and on months 3-6-12 of the therapy. Results: Compared to the pretreatment levels of ALT (88,59 ± 57,22 IU, those at 3, 6 and 12 months were statistically lower (p0,05, to 4,34 ± 4,64 (p>0,05 and to 2,63 ± 2,17 (p10 ng/ml. In these patients, mean serum AFP levels were decreased from pretreatment level of 15,09 ± 5,92 ng/ml to 11,39±3,30, to 6,97±2,53 (p

  10. Fabrication of protein microarrays for alpha fetoprotein detection by using a rapid photo-immobilization process

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Sirasa Yodmongkol

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, protein microarrays based on sandwich immunoassays are generated to quantify the amount of alpha fetoprotein (AFP in blood serum. For chip generation a mixture of capture antibody and a photoactive copolymer consisting of N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAA, methacryloyloxy benzophenone (MaBP, and Na-4-styrenesulfonate (SSNa was spotted onto unmodified polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA substrates. Subsequently to printing of the microarray, the polymer and protein were photochemically cross-linked and the forming, biofunctionalized hydrogels simultaneously bound to the chip surface by short UV- irradiation. The obtained biochip was incubated with AFP antigen, followed by biotinylated AFP antibody and streptavidin-Cy5 and the fluorescence signal read-out. The developed microarray biochip covers the range of AFP in serum samples such as maternal serum in the range of 5 and 100 ng/ml. The chip production process is based on a fast and simple immobilization process, which can be applied to conventional plastic surfaces. Therefore, this protein microarray production process is a promising method to fabricate biochips for AFP screening processes.

  11. Alpha-fetoprotein is dynamically expressed in rat pancreas during development.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Lijie; Guo, Jing; Yuan, Li; Cheng, Mei; Cao, Lihua; Shi, Hui; Tong, Hui; Wang, Ning; De, Wei

    2007-10-01

    To identify proteins involved in pancreatic development, we used a differential proteomics approach by comparing pancreatic extracts from four biologically significant stages of development: embryonic day (E) 15.5, E18.5, postnatal (P) days 0 and adult. By two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-E) and MALDI-TOF MS (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry) following database searching and protein annotation, 15 proteins were identified as being differently expressed in the pancreas between the four phases. The expression pattern and the localization of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), one of significant changed proteins observed, were further determined. Four isoforms of AFP (72 kDa, 60 kDa, 48 kDa and 37 kDa) were found by Western blotting in the pancreas tested, most of them showed a stronger signal in E18.5 followed by a steady decrease and only a 60-kDa isoform was detected in the adult pancreas. Immunolocalization for AFP revealed that a positive reactivity was detectable at E15.5 pancreas, became stronger in the cytoplasm of mesenchyme cells at E18.5, and declined after birth to a nearly undetectable level in adults. The dynamic expression of AFP in rat pancreas from different stages indicates that AFP might be involved in some aspects of pancreatic development.

  12. 甲胎蛋白异质体3及其比值对原发性肝癌和肝硬化的鉴别诊断价值研究%Value of Serum Alpha-fetoprotein Invariant AFP-L3 Assay in the Differential Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    何建伟; 曹薇薇; 李静; 何建国; 程江

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of serum alphafetoprotein variant ( AFP - L3 ) assay in the differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC ) and cirrhostic diseases. Methods AFP - L3 was separated from sera of AFP -positive patients ( 45 HCC patients and 60 cirrhotic patients ) by micro - spin columns coupled with lens culinaris agglutinin ( LCA ). AFP was detected using electrochemiluminescence analysis to determine the amount of AFP - L3 and AFP - L3% ( the ratio of AFP - L3 to total AFP ). Results The AFP - L3% in HCC patients was significantly higher than that in patients with cirrhosis diseases ( F - 57. 433 , P = 0. 000 ). The area under curve of Receiver Operating Characteristic of AFP - 13 % was the highest ( 0. 916 ). The sensitivity and specificity of AFP - L3 for HCC patients was 92. 5 % and 84. 6 % respectively, with AFP -13% ≥15% being the optimal diagnostic threshold. Conclusion AFP - L3 ( % ) is more sensitive than the amounts of AFP and AFP - L3 in the diagnosis of HCC, and shows certain value in the differential diagnosis of HCC and cirrhosis diseases.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体3(AFP-L3)及其比值对原发性肝癌(HCC)和肝硬化的鉴别诊断价值及诊断界值.方法 应用AFP-L3快速分离微量离心柱分离40例HCC患者和65例肝硬化患者的AFP-L3,电化学发光免疫分析夹心法检测血清AFP水平,计算AFP-L3比值,即AFP-L3绝对值占血清AFP总量的百分比.结果 HCC患者AFP-L3比值大于肝硬化患者,差异有统计学意义(F=57.433,P=0.000);AFP -L3比值诊断HCC的受试者工作特征曲线(ROC曲线)下面积最大,为0.916;AFP-L3比值≥15%时诊断HCC的敏感度和特异度之和最大,为177.1%.结论 AFP-L3比值对HCC的诊断效能优于AFP和AFP-L3,对肝硬化和HCC的鉴别诊断具有重要临床意义.

  13. Antihepatoma effect of alpha-fetoprotein antisense phosphorothioate oligodeoxyribonucleotides in vitro and in mice

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xing Wang Wang; Jin Hui Yuan; Ru Gang Zhang; Li Xia Guo; Yong Xie; Hong Xie

    2001-01-01

    AIM To evaluate antihepatoma effect ofantisense phosphorothioate oligodeo-xyribonucleotides (S-ODNs) targeted to alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) genes in vitro and in nudemice.METHODS AFP gene expression was examinedby immunocytochemical method or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Effect of S-ODNson SMMC-7721 human hepatoma cell growth invitro was determined using microculturetetrazolium assay. In vivo antitumor activitiesof S-ODNs were monitored by measuring tumorweight differences in treated and control micebearing SMMC-7721 xenografts. Induction of cellapoptosis was evaluated by fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS) analysis.RESULTS Antisense S-ODN treatment led toreduced AFP gene expression. Specificantisense S-ODNs, but not control S-ODNs,inhibited the growth of heaptoma cells in vitro.In vivo. only antisense S-ODNs exhibitedobvious antitumor activities. FACS analysisrevealed that the growth inhibition by antisenseS. ODNs was associated with their cell apoptosisinduction.CONCLUSION Antisense S-ODNs targeted toAFP genes inhibit the growth of human hepatomacells and solid hepatoma, which is related totheir cell apoptosis induction.

  14. Effect of serum alpha-fetoprotein and uric acid levels on pregnancy outcome in late pregnancy women with hypertensive disorder

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xian-Feng Tan; Yu-Xiu Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effects of serum alpha-fetoprotein and uric acid levels on pregnancy outcome in late pregnancy women with hypertensive disorder.Methods: One hundred and twenty-six cases of hypertensive disorder complicating pregnancy were rolled into the observation group, and 80 healthy pregnant women were rolled into the as control group. The relationship between serum alpha-fetoprotein and uric acid levels and adverse pregnancy outcomes were compared between the two groups.Results: Compared with the control group, the serum levels of AFP and serum uric acid were significantly higher in the observation group, and the differences were statistically significant (P<0.01). In the observation group, with the increase of blood pressure, the serum AFP and uric acid levels were increased, which in the moderate sub-group and severe sub-group were significantly higher than those in mild sub-group, and the severe sub-group was significantly higher than that in the moderate sub-group (allP<0.05). The rate of preterm birth, premature rupture rate, placental abruption rate, fetal distress rate and cesarean section rate in the pregnant women with abnormal serum AFP and uric acid level were significantly higher than that of the normal serum AFP and uric acid group (P<0.05).Conclusions:The serum AFP and uric acid levels in the late pregnancy women with hypertensive disorder are significantly higher than those of the normal pregnant women, and are elevated remarkably as the blood pressure rising. When the serum AFP and uric acid levels are abnormal, the adverse outcomes of pregnancy and cesarean section rate increase significantly. Monitoring of serum AFP and uric acid levels is of importance.

  15. Gold nanoparticles and polyethylene glycols functionalized conducting polyaniline nanowires for ultrasensitive and low fouling immunosensing of alpha-fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hui, Ni; Sun, Xiaotian; Song, Zhiling; Niu, Shuyan; Luo, Xiliang

    2016-12-15

    An ultrasensitive biosensor for alpha-fetoprotein was developed based on electrochemically synthesized polyaniline (PANI) nanowires, which were functionalized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polyethylene glycols (PEG). The prepared PEG/AuNPs/PANI composite, combining the electrical conductivity of the AuNPs/PANI with the robust antifouling ability of PEG, offered an ideal substrate for the development of low fouling electrochemical biosensors. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a well-known hepatocellular carcinoma biomarker, was used as a model analyte, and its antibody was immobilized on the PEG/AuNPs/PANI for the construction of the AFP immunosensor. Using the redox current of PANI as the sensing signal, in addition to the good biocompatibility of PEG/AuNPs and the anti-biofouling property of PEG, the developed immunosensor showed improved biosensing performances, such as wide linear range and ultralow detection limit (0.007pgmL(-1)). More importantly, it is label-free, reagentless and low fouling, making it capable of assaying AFP in real serum samples without suffering from significant interference or biofouling.

  16. Haematogenous abdominal wall metastasis of differentiated, alpha-fetoprotein-negative hepatocellular carcinoma after previous antiandrogen therapy within a site of lipoma manifestation since childhood

    OpenAIRE

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Cases with subcutaneous metastasis of differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma to the abdominal wall without prior seeding as a consequence of local interventions with a negative or normal alpha-fetoprotein level in the serum are extremely rare. Case report This is the first report of a case with AFP-negative, differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma metastasis to the abdominal wall within a pre-existing subcutaneous lipoma since childhood after antiandrogen therapy with leu...

  17. The alpha-fetoprotein knock-out mouse model suggests that parental behavior is sexually differentiated under the influence of prenatal estradiol.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Keller, Matthieu; Pawluski, Jodi L; Brock, Olivier; Douhard, Quentin; Bakker, Julie

    2010-04-01

    In rodent species, sexual differentiation of the brain for many reproductive processes depends largely on estradiol. This was recently confirmed again by using the alpha-fetoprotein knockout (AFP-KO) mouse model, which lacks the protective actions of alpha-fetoprotein against maternal estradiol and as a result represents a good model to determine the contribution of prenatal estradiol to the sexual differentiation of the brain and behavior. Female AFP-KO mice were defeminized and masculinized with regard to their neuroendocrine responses as well as sexual behavior. Since parental behavior is also strongly sexually differentiated in mice, we used the AFP-KO mouse model here to ask whether parental responses are differentiated prenatally under the influence of estradiol. It was found that AFP-KO females showed longer latencies to retrieve pups to the nest and also exhibited lower levels of crouching over the pups in the nest in comparison to WT females. In fact, they resembled males (WT and AFP-KO). Other measures of maternal behavior, for example the incidence of infanticide, tended to be higher in AFP-KO females than in WT females but this increase failed to reach statistical significance. The deficits observed in parental behavior of AFP-KO females could not be explained by any changes in olfactory function, novelty recognition or anxiety. Thus our results suggest that prenatal estradiol defeminizes the parental brain in mice.

  18. A Portable Immunosensor with Differential Pressure Gauges Readout for Alpha Fetoprotein Detection

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Qingping; Li, Rongjie; Shao, Kang; Lin, Yue; Yang, Weiqiang; Guo, Longhua; Qiu, Bin; Lin, Zhenyu; Chen, Guonan

    2017-01-01

    A portable, affordable and simple detector is requested in a “Point-of-Care-Testing” (POCT) system. In this study, we exploited the potentialities of Differential Pressure Gauge (DPG) to the orientation of POCT technology. Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) was chosen as a model analyte that could specifically recognized by its antigen, and a tiny outfits equipped with a DPG was employed as the signal readout. Pt/SiO2 nanospheres were synthesized and modified with the detection antibody. In the presence of target, a sandwich of immunocomplex specifically formed and the Pt/SiO2 had been modified on the capture antibody. Which then can be dissolved to release plenty of Pt and the suspensions were transferred into a closed vial filled with appropriated amount of hydrogen peroxide. Subsequently, hydrogen peroxide was decomposed to produce oxygen, resulting in the enhancement of pressure in the closed vial and which can be detected by DPG easily. Under the optimized conditions, the read out signal from DPG had a direct relationship with AFP concentrations in the range of 10~200 ng/mL, and the detection limit was as low as 3.4 ng/mL. The proposed portable sensor had been successfully applied to detect AFP in serum samples with satisfactory results. This strategy holds a great promising in biological analysis as its convenient operations, reliable results and flexible apparatus. PMID:28338068

  19. Photonic crystal fiber-based immunosensor for high-performance detection of alpha fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Xiaoxia; Song, Xingda; Dong, Zhiyong; Meng, Xiaoting; Chen, Yiping; Yang, Li

    2017-05-15

    We have developed a sensitive photonic crystal fiber (PCF)-based immunosensor for detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). The unique PCF possesses a morphology characterized by numerous pore structures and a large surface area-to-volume ratio, which can be used as an immune-reaction carrier to improve the sensitivity and reaction speed of AFP detection. The PCF-based immunosensor possesses a low limit of detection of 0.1ng/mL, which is five times lower than that of the capillary-based sensor and 35 times lower than that of the traditional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The wide linear dynamic range of 0.1-150ng/mL makes the developed immunosensor suitable for clinical practice. The proposed method was successfully applied to AFP detection in a clinical serum sample with acceptable precision. It is indicated that the present PCF-based immunosensor could be used as an attractive analytical platform for sensitive and specific detection of cancer biomarkers.

  20. Feasibility studies for assaying alpha-fetoprotein using antibody-activated magnetic nanoparticles

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Huang KW

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Kai-Wen Huang1, Shieh-Yueh Yang2,3, Yu-Wei Hong3, Jen-Jie Chieh3, Che-Chuan Yang3, Herng-Er Horng3, Chau-Chung Wu4, Chin-Yih Hong5, Hong-Chang Yang61Department of Surgery and Hepatitis Research Center, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 2MagQu Co, Ltd, Sindian Dist, New Taipei City, 3Institute of Electro-optical Science and Technology, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, 4Departments of Internal Medicine and Primary Care Medicine, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 5Graduate Institute of Bio-medical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, 6Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, TaiwanAbstract: Some previous reports have already shown the characterizations of immunomagnetic reduction (IMR. The assay technology involves the utilities of biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles to label target biomolecules. However, the detection threshold and interference tests for IMR have not been investigated in detail. In this study, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP was used as a target biomolecule. The signals for AFP solutions of various concentrations, or with interfering materials, were detected via IMR. These samples were also used for characterizing the detection threshold and interference with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. The results of assaying AFP level with IMR and ELISA were compared. The detection threshold for assaying AFP with IMR was found to be 3 ng/mL, which is 15 times lower than that of ELISA, and definitely suppresses false negative. For the interfering materials noted commonly in serum such as hemoglobin, bilirubin, triglyceride, and vascular endothelial growth factor, there was no detectable interfering effect when assaying AFP with IMR. Several serum samples from normal people and liver-tumor-bearing patients were used for the detections of AFP concentration via IMR. These results reveal the feasibilities of assaying AFP in blood

  1. Alpha-Fetoprotein and Novel Tumor Biomarkers as Predictors of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence after Surgery: A Brilliant Star Raises Again

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Quirino Lai

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, des-γ-carboxy prothrombin (DCP, and lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3 have been developed with the intent to detect hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC and for the surveillance of at-risk patients. However, at present, none of these tests can be recommended to survey cirrhotic patients at risk for HCC development because of their suboptimal ability for routine clinical practice in HCC diagnosis. Starting from these considerations, these markers have been therefore routinely and successfully used as predictors of survival and HCC recurrence in patients treated with curative intent. All these markers have been largely used as predictors in patients treated with hepatic resection or locoregional therapies, mainly in Eastern countries. In recent studies, AFP has been proposed as predictor of recurrence after liver transplantation and as selector of patients in the waiting list. Use of AFP modification during the waiting list for LT is still under investigation, potentially representing a very interesting tool for patient selection. The development of a new predictive model combining radiological and biological features based on biological markers is strongly required. New genetic markers are continuously discovered, but they are not already fully available in the clinical practice.

  2. Expression of alpha-fetoprotein messenger RNA in BEL-7404 human hepatoma cells and effect of L-4-oxalysine on the expression

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    1998-01-01

    AIM To investigate alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) mRNA expression in BEL-7404 human hepatoma cells and the effect of L-4-oxalysine (OXL) on the expression.METHODS BEl-7404 human hepatoma cells were maintained in RPMI 1640 media. Human AFP cDNA probe was labelled with digoxigenin-11-dUTP by the random primer labelling method. The expression of AFP mRNA in Bel-7404 cells was determined by an in situ hybridization technique with digoxigenin-labelled human AFP cDNA probe. The positive intensities of AFP mRNA in cells were analyzed by microspectrophotometer and expressed as absorbance at 470nm. For the experiment with OXL, cells were incubated with various concentrations of the agent for 72h.RESULTS Essentially all the hepatoma cells contained AFP mRNA in the cytoplasm, although in various amounts. The specificity of the hybridization reaction was confirmed by control experiments in which the use of RNase-treated BEL-7404 cells, non-AFP-producing cells (HL-60 human leukemia cells) or a nonspecific cDNA probe resulted in negative hybridization. When the cells were treated with OXL (25, 50mg/L), the content of AFP mRNA in the cytoplasm was decreased with the inhibition percentages of 34.3% and 70.1%, respectively (P<0.05).CONCLUSION AFP mRNA was expressed in BEL-7404 human hepatoma cells and OXL suppressed AFP mRNA expression in the cells.

  3. Telomerase inhibition decreases alpha-fetoprotein expression and secretion by hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines: in vitro and in vivo study.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Roula Tahtouh

    Full Text Available Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP is a diagnostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. A direct relationship between poor prognosis and the concentration of serum AFP has been observed. Telomerase, an enzyme that stabilizes the telomere length, is expressed by 90% of HCC. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of telomerase inhibition on AFP secretion and the involvement of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. Proliferation and viability tests were performed using tetrazolium salt. Apoptosis was determined through the Annexin V assay using flow cytometry. The concentrations of AFP were measured using ELISA kits. The AFP mRNA expression was evaluated using RT-PCR, and cell migration was evaluated using a Boyden chamber assay. The in vivo effect of costunolide on AFP production was tested in NSG mice. Telomerase inhibition by costunolide and BIBR 1532 at 5 and 10 μM decreased AFP mRNA expression and protein secretion by HepG2/C3A cells. The same pattern was obtained with cells treated with hTERT siRNA. This treatment exhibited no apoptotic effect. The AFP mRNA expression and protein secretion by PLC/PRF/5 was decreased after treatment with BIBR1532 at 10 μM. In contrast, no effect was obtained for PLC/PRF/5 cells treated with costunolide at 5 or 10 μM. Inhibition of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway decreased the AFP concentration. In contrast, the MAPK/ERK pathway appeared to not be involved in HepG2/C3A cells, whereas ERK inhibition decreased the AFP concentration in PLC/PRF/5 cells. Modulation of the AFP concentration was also obtained after the inhibition or activation of PKC. Costunolide (30 mg/kg significantly decreased the AFP serum concentration of NSG mice bearing HepG2/C3A cells. Both the inhibition of telomerase and the inhibition of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway decreased the AFP production of HepG2/C3A and PLC/PRF/5 cells, suggesting a relationship between telomerase and AFP expression through the PI3K

  4. A highly sensitive biosensor for tumor maker alpha fetoprotein based on poly(ethylene glycol) doped conducting polymer PEDOT.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cui, Min; Song, Zhiling; Wu, Yumin; Guo, Bing; Fan, Xiaojian; Luo, Xiliang

    2016-05-15

    Biocompatible polymers, such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), are of great significance in the development of bio-interfaces and biosensors, as they possess excellent biocompatibility and are easy for modification. A novel highly biocompatible polymer composite was synthesized herein through electrochemical polymerization of the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and a PEG derivative, 4-arm PEG terminated with thiol groups. The electrodeposited conducting polymer composite of PEG doped PEDOT (PEDOT/PEG) exhibited flake-like nanostructure, large surface area and outstanding stability. In order to further immobilize antibodies, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were introduced to the PEDOT/PEG composite surface through their unique interaction with the thiol groups. AuNPs modified PEDOT/PEG provided a desirable support for the immobilization of various biomolecules such as antibodies for alpha fetoprotein (AFP), a vital tumor biomarker for liver cancer. The fabricated AFP biosensor demonstrated favorable selectivity, high sensitivity, and ultralow detection limit. Furthermore, owing to the presence of PEG polymers that are highly hydrophilic, such AuNPs/PEDOT/PEG based AFP biosensor also exhibited good anti-fouling ability, and it was capable of assaying target AFP in 10% (V/V) human serum samples, indicating highly feasible potential for clinical diagnosis.

  5. Nanosilver-penetrated polyion graphene complex membrane for mediator-free amperometric immunoassay of alpha-fetoprotein using nanosilver-coated silica nanoparticles

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Tang Juan [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection Technology for Food Safety, Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108 (China); Tang Dianping, E-mail: dianping.tang@fzu.edu.c [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection Technology for Food Safety, Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108 (China); Su Biling; Li Qunfang; Qiu Bin [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection Technology for Food Safety, Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108 (China); Chen Guonan, E-mail: gnchen@fzu.edu.c [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection Technology for Food Safety, Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108 (China)

    2011-04-15

    Research highlights: {yields} We fabricate a polyion graphene complex membrane-based immunosensing platform for sensitive electrochemical immunoassay of alpha-fetoprotein. {yields} Nanosilver-coated silica nanocomposites as bionanolabels. {yields} Graphene nanosheets, single-stranded DNA and silver nanoparticles as matrices. {yields} Direct electron transfer without electron mediator. {yields} Analysis of real samples and method comparison. - Abstract: A facile and sensitive mediator-free electrochemical immunosensor for detection of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was designed by using nanosilver-coated silica nanoparticles (Ag-SiO{sub 2}) as bionanolabels. To construct such an electrochemical immunosensor, silver ions/single-stranded DNA/graphene nanosheets were initially immobilized on a gold electrode in turn, then silver ions were in situ reduced to silver nanoparticles with the aid of NaBH{sub 4}, and anti-AFP antibodies conjugated to silver nanoparticles were used. In the presence of AFP analyte, the sandwiched immunocomplex was formed on the electrode surface by using horseradish peroxidase-anti-AFP conjugate-labeled Ag-SiO{sub 2} (HRP-anti-AFP-Ag-SiO{sub 2}) as secondary antibodies. Compared with pure silver nanoparticles, Ag-SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites could provide a large room for the immobilization of HRP-anti-AFP, and improve the electrochemical responses of the immunosensor. Meanwhile, the presence of highly conductive graphene nanosheets and silver nanoparticles provided a good pathway for electron transfer. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited good electrochemical responses toward AFP ranging from 0.3 to 200 ng/mL with a detection limit (LOD) of 0.05 ng/mL (at 3{sigma}) in pH 6.0 PBS-H{sub 2}O{sub 2} system. Intra- and inter-assay displayed good precisions with coefficient of variation below 9.5%. In addition, the method was evaluated with 23 clinical serum samples, receiving good correlation with results from commercially available

  6. Significance of Combineddetecting Serum α-L-fucosidase (AFU), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) andγ-glutamyl peptidase (GGT) for Earlydiagnosis ofhepatocellular Carcinoma (PHC)%AFP、AFU、GGT联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    安哲; 李伟; 屈梦

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨血清α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)和γ-谷氨酰转肽酶(GGT)联合检测对提高原发性肝癌(PHC)阳性检出率的意义.方法 对50例原发性肝癌患者、30例肝硬化(LC)患者及30例健康人以AFP的检测为主体,配合GGT、AFU进行检测,优化组合,分析联检的结果.结果 AFP、AFU、GGT三项指标对PHC的阳性检出率分别为74%,82%,70%,AFP+AFU+GGT检测总阳性率达到98.85%,PHC组AFU、AFP与LC组和正常对照组均差异有显著性(P<0.05),LC组AFU、AFP、GGT与正常对照组比较差异有显著性(P<0.05).结论 应用AFU、AFP、GGT联合检测与AFP单项检测相比,PHC的诊断率明显提高.

  7. Engineering of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain with multiple chromosome-integrated genes of human alpha-fetoprotein and its high-yield secretory production, purification, structural and functional characterization.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Dudich, Elena; Dudich, Igor; Semenkova, Lidia; Benevolensky, Sergey; Morozkina, Elena; Marchenko, Aleksey; Zatcepin, Sergey; Dudich, Dmitry; Soboleva, Galina; Khromikh, Luidmila; Roslovtceva, Olga; Tatulov, Eduard

    2012-07-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a biological drug candidate of high medicinal potential in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer, and regenerative medicine. Large-scale production of recombinant human alpha-fetoprotein (rhAFP) is desirable for structural and functional studies and applied research. In this study we cloned and expressed in the secreted form wild-type glycosylated human rhAFP and non-glycosylated mutant rhAFP(0) (N233S) in the yeast strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae with multiple chromosome-integrated synthetic human AFP genes. RhAFP and rhAFP(0) were successfully produced and purified from the culture liquids active naturally folded proteins. Elimination of the glycosylation by mutation reduced rhAFP(0) secretion about threefold as compared to the wild-type protein showing critical role of the N-linked glycan for heterologous protein folding and secretion. Structural similarity of rhAFP and rhAFP(0) with natural embryonic eAFP was confirmed by circular dichroism technique. Functional tests demonstrated similar type of tumor suppressive and immunosuppressive activity for both recombinant species rhAFP and rhAFP(0) as compared to natural eAFP. It was documented that both types of biological activities attributed to rhAFP and rhAFP(0) are due to the fast induction of apoptosis in tumor cells and mitogen-activated lymphocytes. Despite the fact that rhAFP and rhAFP(0) demonstrated slightly less effective tumor suppressive activity as compared to eAFP but rhAFP(0) had produced statistically notable increase in its ability to induce inhibition of in vitro lymphocyte proliferation as compared to the glycosylated rhAFP and eAFP. We conclude that N-linked glycosylation of rhAFP is required for efficient folding and secretion. However the presence of N-linked sugar moiety was shown to be unimportant for tumor suppressive activity but was critically important for its immunoregulative activity which demonstrates that different molecular mechanisms are involved

  8. Characterization of alpha-fetoprotein levels in three dolphin species: development of sensitive immunoassays for analysis of the pregnancy-associated variations.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Morita, Yuka; Hiramatsu, Naoshi; Fujita, Toshiaki; Amano, Haruna; Katsumata, Etsuko; Arai, Kazutoshi; Iwasaki, Toshihide; Todo, Takashi; Hara, Akihiko

    2013-01-01

    A single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) assay and a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) were initially developed for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) of the striped dolphin. Utilizing these developed assays, we investigated pregnancy-associated changes in the levels of AFP in the sera of fetuses and pregnant females of three dolphin species; samples were either collected from captive individuals or obtained as fishery by-products. The concentrations of AFP in the fetal serum ranged from 419.0 to 2026.3 μg/ml in the striped dolphin, 12.6 to 1218.7 μg/ml (for an AFP equivalent; eqAFP) in the common bottlenose dolphin and 770.6 to 3129.1 μg eqAFP/ml in the Risso's dolphin. AFP levels decreased with increased fetal size in fetuses over 20 cm in length. The concentrations of AFP in sera of pregnant females ranged from 7.18 to 8068.7 ng/ml in the striped dolphin, 6.6 to 1241.1 ng eqAFP/ml in the common bottlenose dolphin and 3.4 to 2868.7 ng eqAFP/ml in the Risso's dolphin. The levels in most pregnant females were equal to or lower than those found in males and nonpregnant individuals, although a few pregnant females exhibited extremely high levels (in the range of hundreds to thousands of nanograms per milliliter). Such high levels of AFP were not observed during pseudopregnancy. To our knowledge, this is the first report on basal profiles for serum AFP levels in small odontocetes. The profiles indicated that AFP may play a significant role during embryonic development, although maternal levels do not appear to be a diagnostic biomarker for monitoring pregnancy.

  9. Female mice deficient in alpha-fetoprotein show female-typical neural responses to conspecific-derived pheromones.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Olivier Brock

    Full Text Available The neural mechanisms controlling sexual behavior are sexually differentiated by the perinatal actions of sex steroid hormones. We recently observed using female mice deficient in alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-KO and which lack the protective actions of AFP against maternal estradiol, that exposure to prenatal estradiol completely defeminized the potential to show lordosis behavior in adulthood. Furthermore, AFP-KO females failed to show any male-directed mate preferences following treatment with estradiol and progesterone, indicating a reduced sexual motivation to seek out the male. In the present study, we asked whether neural responses to male- and female-derived odors are also affected in AFP-KO female mice. Therefore, we compared patterns of Fos, the protein product of the immediate early gene, c-fos, commonly used as a marker of neuronal activation, between wild-type (WT and AFP-KO female mice following exposure to male or estrous female urine. We also tested WT males to confirm the previously observed sex differences in neural responses to male urinary odors. Interestingly, AFP-KO females showed normal, female-like Fos responses, i.e. exposure to urinary odors from male but not estrous female mice induced equivalent levels of Fos protein in the accessory olfactory pathways (e.g. the medial part of the preoptic nucleus, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the amygdala, and the lateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus as well as in the main olfactory pathways (e.g. the piriform cortex and the anterior cortical amygdaloid nucleus, as WT females. By contrast, WT males did not show any significant induction of Fos protein in these brain areas upon exposure to either male or estrous female urinary odors. These results thus suggest that prenatal estradiol is not involved in the sexual differentiation of neural Fos responses to male-derived odors.

  10. AFP-L3 — EDRN Public Portal

    Science.gov (United States)

    AFP-L3, also known as lectin-bound AFP, is an isoform of AFP, a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during fetal life. Alpha-fetoprotein expression in adults is often associated with hepatoma or teratoma. The L3 isoform is specific to malignant tumors and its detected presence may serve to identify patients who could benefit from monitoring for the development of HCC in high risk populations (i.e. chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis).

  11. Ultrasensitive Label-free Electrochemical Immunosensor based on Multifunctionalized Graphene Nanocomposites for the Detection of Alpha Fetoprotein

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Yaoguang; Zhang, Yong; Wu, Dan; Ma, Hongmin; Pang, Xuehui; Fan, Dawei; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2017-01-01

    In this work, a novel label-free electrochemical immunosensor was developed for the quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Multifunctionalized graphene nanocomposites (TB-Au-Fe3O4-rGO) were applied to modify the electrode to achieve the amplification of electrochemical signal. TB-Au-Fe3O4-rGO includes the advantages of graphene, ferroferric oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs), gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) and toluidine blue (TB). As a kind of redox probe, TB can produce the electrochemical signal. Graphene owns large specific surface area, high electrical conductivity and good adsorption property to load a large number of TB. Fe3O4 NPs have good electrocatalytic performance towards the redox of TB. Au NPs have good biocompatibility to capture the antibodies. Due to the good electrochemical performance of TB-Au-Fe3O4-rGO, the effective and sensitive detection of AFP was achieved by the designed electrochemical immunosensor. Under optimal conditions, the designed immunosensor exhibited a wide linear range from 1.0 × 10−5 ng/mL to 10.0 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 2.7 fg/mL for AFP. It also displayed good electrochemical performance including good reproducibility, selectivity and stability, which would provide potential applications in the clinical diagnosis of other tumor markers. PMID:28186128

  12. Des-gamma carboxy prothrombin (PIVKA-II) and alpha-fetoprotein producing gastric cancer with multiple liver metastases.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Takahashi, Yoshihisa; Inoue, Tohru

    2003-04-01

    We describe the case of an 87-year-old woman who presented to Tokyo Kousei Nenkin Hospital because of appetite loss and general fatigue. Multiple liver masses and Borrmann type 2 gastric tumor were detected. A clinical diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma and gastric cancer was made based on the patient's high levels of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP; 490 200 ng/mL) and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II, 2284 mAU/mL). The patient's general condition worsened gradually and she died 42 days after admission. Autopsy revealed that the predominant histological structure of the gastric tumor was trabecular or sheet-like, although a tubular structure was also found. Venous invasion was prominent. Immunohistochemically, the tumor tissue was positive for AFP and a few tumor cells were positive for PIVKA-II. The histological appearance and immunohistochemical features of the hepatic tumors resembled that of the gastric tumor. This case was pathologically diagnosed as AFP- and PIVKA-II-producing gastric carcinoma with multiple liver metastases. When tumors are found in the stomach and liver and serum PIVKA-II level is abnormally high, the possibility of PIVKA-II-producing gastric cancer with liver metastasis should be considered, especially when hepatitis virus markers are negative and liver cirrhosis is not present.

  13. Serum Adiponectin, Vitamin D, and Alpha-Fetoprotein in Children with Chronic Hepatitis C: Can They Predict Treatment Response?

    Science.gov (United States)

    Khedr, Mohamed Ahmed; Sira, Ahmad Mohamed; Saber, Magdy Anwar; Raia, Gamal Yousef

    2015-01-01

    Background & Aims. The currently available treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in children is costly and with much toxicity. So, predicting the likelihood of response before starting therapy is important. Methods. Serum adiponectin, vitamin D, and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) were measured before starting pegylated-interferon/ribavirin therapy for 50 children with CHC. Another 21 healthy children were recruited as controls. Results. Serum adiponectin, vitamin D, and AFP were higher in the CHC group than healthy controls (p < 0.0001, p = 0.071, and p = 0.87, resp.). In univariate analysis, serum adiponectin was significantly higher in responders than nonresponders (p < 0.0001) and at a cutoff value ≥8.04 ng/mL it can predict treatment response by 77.8% sensitivity and 92.9% specificity, while both AFP and viremia were significantly lower in responders than nonresponders, p < 0.0001 and p = 0.0003, respectively, and at cutoff values ≤3.265 ng/mL and ≤235,384 IU/mL, respectively, they can predict treatment response with a sensitivity of 83.3% for both and specificity of 85.7% and 78.6%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, adiponectin was found to be the only independent predictor of treatment response (p = 0.044). Conclusions. The pretreatment serum level of adiponectin can predict the likelihood of treatment response, thus avoiding toxicities for those unlikely to respond to therapy.

  14. Serum Adiponectin, Vitamin D, and Alpha-Fetoprotein in Children with Chronic Hepatitis C: Can They Predict Treatment Response?

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Mohamed Ahmed Khedr

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background & Aims. The currently available treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC in children is costly and with much toxicity. So, predicting the likelihood of response before starting therapy is important. Methods. Serum adiponectin, vitamin D, and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP were measured before starting pegylated-interferon/ribavirin therapy for 50 children with CHC. Another 21 healthy children were recruited as controls. Results. Serum adiponectin, vitamin D, and AFP were higher in the CHC group than healthy controls (p<0.0001, p=0.071, and p=0.87, resp.. In univariate analysis, serum adiponectin was significantly higher in responders than nonresponders (p<0.0001 and at a cutoff value ≥8.04 ng/mL it can predict treatment response by 77.8% sensitivity and 92.9% specificity, while both AFP and viremia were significantly lower in responders than nonresponders, p<0.0001 and p=0.0003, respectively, and at cutoff values ≤3.265 ng/mL and ≤235,384 IU/mL, respectively, they can predict treatment response with a sensitivity of 83.3% for both and specificity of 85.7% and 78.6%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, adiponectin was found to be the only independent predictor of treatment response (p=0.044. Conclusions. The pretreatment serum level of adiponectin can predict the likelihood of treatment response, thus avoiding toxicities for those unlikely to respond to therapy.

  15. Propensity Score Matching Analysis of Changes in Alpha-Fetoprotein Levels after Combined Radiotherapy and Transarterial Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombus.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yuri Jeong

    Full Text Available To investigate the value of changes in alpha-fetoprotein (AFP levels for the prediction of radiologic response and survival outcomes in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC patients with portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT who received combined treatment of 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE.A database of 154 HCC patients with PVTT and elevated AFP levels (>20 ng/mL treated with 3D-CRT and TACE as an initial treatment between August 2002 and August 2008 was retrospectively reviewed. AFP levels were determined 1 month after radiotherapy, and AFP response was defined as an AFP level reduction of >20% from the initial level. Radiologic response, overall survival (OS, and progression-free survival (PFS rates were compared between AFP responders and non-responders. Propensity-score based matching analysis was performed to minimize the effect of potential confounding bias.The median follow-up period was 11.1 months (range, 3.1-82.7 months. In the propensity-score matching cohort (92 pairs, a best radiologic response of CR or PR occurred in more AFP responders than AFP non-responders (41.3% vs. 10.9%, p < 0.001. OS and PFS were also longer in AFP responders than in non-responders (median OS 13.2 months vs. 5.6 months, p < 0.001; median PFS 8.7 months vs. 3.5 months, p < 0.001.AFP response is a significant predictive factor for radiologic response. Furthermore, AFP response is significant for OS and PFS outcomes. AFP evaluation after combined radiotherapy and TACE appears to be a useful predictor of clinical outcomes in HCC patients with PVTT.

  16. Amperometric immunosensor for {alpha}-fetoprotein antigen in human serum based on co-immobilizing dinuclear copper complex and gold nanoparticle doped chitosan film

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Gan Ning; Meng Linghua; Wang Feng [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation science, Faculty of Material Science and Chemical Engineering of Ninbo University, Ningbo, 315211 (China)], E-mail: ganning@nbu.edu.cn

    2009-09-01

    A sensitive amperometric immunosensor for {alpha}-fetoprotein (AFP), a tumor marker for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), was constructed, The immunosensor is prepared by co-immobilizing [Cu{sub 2}(phen){sub 2}Cl{sub 2}] ({mu}-Cl){sub 2} (CuL), nano-Au/Chitosan(Chit) composite, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and AFP antibody(anti-AFP) on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Firstly, CuL was irreversibly absorb on GCE electrode through {pi}-{pi} stacking interaction; then nano-Au/Chit composite was immobilized onto the electrode because of its excellent membrane-forming ability, finally HRP and anti-AFP was adsorbed onto the surface of the gold nanoparticles to construct GCE | CuL/nanoAu-chit/HRP/anti-AFP immunosensor. The preparation procedure of the electrode was characterized by electrochemical and spectroscopy method. The results showed that this immunosensor exhibited an excellent electrocatalytic response to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) without the aid of an electron mediator, offers a high-sensitivity (1710 nA {center_dot} ng{sup -1} {center_dot} ml{sup -1}) for the detection of AFP and has good correlation for detection of AFP in the range of 0.2 to 120.0 ng/ml with a detection limit of 0.05 ng/ml. The biosensor showed high selectivity as well as good stability and reproductivity.

  17. Dendritic cells pulsed with alpha-fetoprotein and mutant P53 fused gene induce bi-targeted cytotoxic T lymphocyte response against hepatic carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Jun; Jia, Jun; Zhang, Hongmei; Zhang, Liwang; Ma, Bo; Jiang, Hanfang; Di, Lijun; Song, Guohong; Yu, Jing

    2008-07-01

    Dendritic cell (DC)-based immunotherapy is rapidly emerging as a promising treatment in cancer therapy. We had previously shown that DC pulsed with either defined mRNA of tumor antigen (Ag) such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), or total RNA of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) could elicit Ag-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response. Therefore, we suggested a novel DC-based therapeutic method, in which DCs derived from CD34(+) cells enriched peripheral blood mononuclear cells were pulsed with liposome-coated AFP and mutant P53 (mtP53) fused gene pEGFP-C3/AFP-mtP53 to induce bi-targeted specific CTL responses against HCC. Three different genotype HCC cell lines, HepG2 (human histocompatibility leukocyte antigens (HLA) A2 positive, AFP expressing positive, P53 expressing negative), SMMC7721 (HLA A2 positive, neither AFP nor P53 expressing positive), and HMCC97 (HLA A2 positive, both AFP and P53 expressing positive) were selected as targets for CTL responses. An important finding was that DCs pulsed with the liposome-coated fused gene could evoke more intensive bi-targeted Ag-specific CTL responses against HMCC97 than DCs pulsed with either AFP or P53 single gene (P gene of different Ags might induce more extensive multitargeted antitumor immunity.

  18. Rapid and sensitive lateral flow immunoassay method for determining alpha fetoprotein in serum using europium (III) chelate microparticles-based lateral flow test strips.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liang, Rong-Liang; Xu, Xu-Ping; Liu, Tian-Cai; Zhou, Jian-Wei; Wang, Xian-Guo; Ren, Zhi-Qi; Hao, Fen; Wu, Ying-Song

    2015-09-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a primary marker for many diseases including various cancers, is important in clinical tumor diagnosis and antenatal screening. Most immunoassays provide high sensitivity and accuracy for determining AFP, but they are expensive, often complex, time-consuming procedures. A simple and rapid point-of-care system that integrates Eu (III) chelate microparticles with lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) has been developed to determine AFP in serum with an assay time of 15 min. The approach is based on a sandwich immunoassay performed on lateral flow test strips. A fluorescence strip reader was used to measure the fluorescence peak heights of the test line (HT) and the control line (HC); the HT/HC ratio was used for quantitation. The Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based LFIA assay exhibited a wide linear range (1.0-1000 IU mL(-1)) for AFP with a low limit of detection (0.1 IU mL(-1)) based on 5ul of serum. Satisfactory specificity and accuracy were demonstrated and the intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) for AFP were both chelate microparticles-based LFIA system provided a rapid, sensitive and reliable method for determining AFP in serum, indicating that it would be suitable for development in point-of-care testing.

  19. Clinical Utility of Alpha Fetoprotein and HCCR-1, Alone or in Combination, in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis, Liver Cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Peng Jirun

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP is the most widely used tumor marker in detecting patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. However, it has been indicated that HCCR-1 (human cervical cancer oncogene 1 might be supplementary to AFP in the detection. We conducted a prospective study in 120 normal and 524 liver disease patients to evaluate the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers (AFP and HCCR-1 in the diagnosis of HCC through the cohort study in Korea and China. We also performed immunohistochemical studies using 25 normal subjects (N, 32 liver cirrhosis (LC and 116 HCC tissues. The sensitivities of AFP (20 ng/mL and HCCR-1 (10 ng/mL in HCC were 55.8% (164/294 and 44.2% (130/294, respectively. When AFP was combined with HCCR-1, sensitivities increased to 4.2% (N, 12.7% (chronic hepatitis; CH, 50.0% (LC, and 77.2% (HCC, respectively. Although there was no significant difference in the diagnostic rate for HCC between AFP and HCCR-1, many cases for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. Moreover, the combined use of AFP and HCCR-1 improved the diagnostic rate to 70.8% in small HCC (< 2 cm and 81.6% in large HCC (≥ 2 cm, respectively. AFP and HCCR-1 are independent markers. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  20. Prolonged Survival in a Case of Chemotherapy-Sensitive Gastric Cancer That Produced Alpha-Fetoprotein and Protein Induced by Vitamin K Antagonist-II

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Naotaka Ogasawara

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The number of reported cases of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-producing gastric cancer has gradually increased, with a reported prevalence of 1.3-1.5% of all gastric cancer cases. However, reports of gastric cancer accompanied by elevated serum levels of both AFP and protein induced by vitamin K antagonist-II (PIVKA-II are rare. The prognosis of AFP- and PIVKA-II-producing gastric cancer has been reported to be very poor because the tumor cells were considered to have a high malignant potential and the cancer progressed rapidly. We described a case of gastric cancer producing AFP and PIVKA-II in which chemotherapy was effective and resulted in prolonged survival, and these two tumor markers were useful for monitoring the treatment response. Routine health screening using upper abdominal ultrasonography revealed hepatic tumors in an apparently healthy 65-year-old man. Whole-body computed tomography (CT revealed multiple hepatic tumors, and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD revealed a Bormann type 3 tumor in the lower stomach. A biopsy specimen confirmed that the tumor was immunohistochemically positive for AFP, PIVKA-II, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. After chemotherapy, the gastric tumor appeared as a small elevated lesion on EGD, and CT revealed a remarkable reduction in the size of the metastatic liver tumors. The patient is still alive, 35 months after the initial chemotherapy.

  1. Haematogenous abdominal wall metastasis of differentiated, alpha-fetoprotein-negative hepatocellular carcinoma after previous antiandrogen therapy within a site of lipoma manifestation since childhood

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Zachau L

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cases with subcutaneous metastasis of differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma to the abdominal wall without prior seeding as a consequence of local interventions with a negative or normal alpha-fetoprotein level in the serum are extremely rare. Case report This is the first report of a case with AFP-negative, differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma metastasis to the abdominal wall within a pre-existing subcutaneous lipoma since childhood after antiandrogen therapy with leuprorelin and buserelin acetate for prostate cancer without seeding. Methods Clinical features including histology, immunohistochemistry, clinical course and surgical approach are presented. Results Histological examination revealed a hepatocellular carcinoma with a trabecular and pseudoglandular growth pattern with moderately atypical hepatocytes with multifocal bile formation within a lipoma. The postoperative course of abdominal wall reconstruction with a monocryl-prolene mesh and a local flap after potentially curative resection was uncomplicated. Discussion and conclusion It may be that previous antiandrogen treatment for prostate carcinoma contributed to the fact that our patient developed alpha-fetoprotein-negative and androgen receptor-negative subcutaneous abdominal wall metastasis within a pre-existing lipoma since childhood.

  2. Diagnostic Performance of Alpha-Fetoprotein, Protein Induced by Vitamin K Absence, Osteopontin, Dickkopf-1 and Its Combinations for Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Eun Sun Jang

    Full Text Available Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP is the most widely used serum biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, despite its limitations. As complementary biomarkers, protein induced by vitamin K absence (PIVKA-II, osteopontin (OPN, and Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1 have been proposed. This study aimed to perform a head-to-head comparison of the diagnostic performance of AFP, PIVKA-II, OPN and DKK-1 as single or in combination to seek the best biomarker or panel, and to investigate the clinical factors affecting their performance.Using 401 stored plasma samples obtained from 208 HCC patients and 193 liver cirrhosis control patients, plasma AFP, PIVKA-II, OPN and DKK-1 levels were measured by ELISA, and receiver operating characteristic curve analyses were performed for each biomarker and for every combination of two to four markers.Of the four biomarkers, AFP showed the highest area under the curve (0.786. The sensitivity and specificity for each single biomarker was 62% and 90.2% (AFP>20 ng/mL, 51.0% and 91.2% (PIVKA-II>10 ng/mL, 46.2% and 80.3% (OPN>100 ng/mL, and 50.0% and 80.8% (DKK-1>500 pg/mL, respectively. Among the combinations of two biomarkers, AFP>20 ng/mL or DKK-1>500 pg/mL showed the best diagnostic performance (sensitivity 78.4%, specificity 72.5%. Triple or quadruple combination did not improve the diagnostic performance further. The patient's age, etiology and tumor invasiveness of HCC affected the performance of each marker.AFP was the most useful single biomarker for HCC diagnosis, and the combined measurement of AFP and DKK-1 could maximize the diagnostic yield. Clinical decision should be based on the consideration of various factors affecting the diagnostic performance of each biomarker. Efforts to seek novel HCC biomarkers should be continued.

  3. In vivo screening of hepatocellular carcinoma using AC susceptibility of anti-alpha fetoprotein-activated magnetic nanoparticles.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jen-Jie Chieh

    Full Text Available With antibody-mediated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs applied in cancer examinations, patients must pay at least twice for MNP reagents in immunomagnetic reduction (IMR of in vitro screening and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of in vivo tests. This is because the high maintenance costs and complex analysis of MRI have limited the possibility of in vivo screening. Therefore, this study proposes novel methods for in vivo screening of tumors by examining the AC susceptibility of bound MNPs using scanning superconducting-quantum-interference-device (SQUID biosusceptometry (SSB, thereby demonstrating high portability and improved economy. The favorable agreement between in vivo tests using SSB and MRI demonstrated the feasibility of in vivo screening using SSB for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC targeted by anti-alpha fetoprotein (AFP-mediated MNPs. The magnetic labeling was also proved by in vitro tests using SSB and biopsy assays. Therefore, patients receiving bioprobe-mediated MNPs only once can undergo in vivo screening using SSB in the future.

  4. A fluorescent molecularly-imprinted polymer gate with temperature and pH as inputs for detection of alpha-fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Karfa, Paramita; Roy, Ekta; Patra, Santanu; Kumar, Deepak; Madhuri, Rashmi; Sharma, Prashant K

    2016-04-15

    In this work, we have reported a new approach on the use of stimuli-responsive molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for trace level sensing of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which is a well know cancer biomarker. The stimuli-responsive MIP is composed of three components, a thermo-responsive monomer, a pH responsive component (tyrosine derivative) and a highly fluorescent vinyl silane modified carbon dot. The synthesized AFP-imprinted polymer possesses excellent selectivity towards their template molecule and dual-stimuli responsive behavior. Along with this, the imprinted polymer was also explored as 'OR' logic gate with two stimuli (pH and temperature) as inputs. However, the non-imprinted polymers did not have such 'OR' gate property, which confirms the role of template binding. The imprinted polymer was also used for estimation of AFP in the concentration range of 3.96-80.0 ng mL(-1), with limit of detection (LOD) 0.42 ng mL(-1). The role of proposed sensor was successfully exploited for analysis of AFP in real human blood plasma, serum and urine sample.

  5. A novel anti-alpha-fetoprotein single-chain variable fragment displays anti-tumor effects in HepG2 cells as a single agent or in combination with paclitaxel.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ji, Xiaonan; Shen, Yanli; Sun, Hao; Gao, Xiangdong

    2016-08-01

    Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high rate of tumor recurrence and metastasis, resulting in shortened survival time. The function of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) as a regulatory factor in the growth of HCC cells has been well defined. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of a novel AFP-specific single-chain variable fragment that blocked AFP and inhibited HCC cell growth. The results indicated that the anti-AFP single-chain variable fragment (scFv) induced growth inhibition of AFP-expressing HCC cell lines in vitro through induction of G1 cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. The mechanism of apoptosis probably involved with blocking AFP internalization and regulation of the PTEN/PI3K/Akt signaling network. Moreover, the anti-AFP-scFv also effectively sensitized the HepG2 cells to paclitaxel (PTX) at a lower concentration. The combination effect of PTX and anti-AFP-scFv displayed a synergistic effect on HepG2 cells both in vitro and in vivo. Our results demonstrated that targeting AFP by specific antibodies has potential immunotherapeutic efficacy in human HCC.

  6. Higher Ratio of Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Could Predict Outcomes in Patients with Hepatitis B Virus-Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Normal Alanine Aminotransferase.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Young-Il Kim

    Full Text Available The role of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP levels in the surveillance and diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the value of serially measured serum AFP levels in HCC progression or recurrence after initial treatment.A total of 722 consecutive patients newly diagnosed with HCC and treated at the National Cancer Center, Korea, between January 2004 and December 2009 were enrolled. The AFP ratios between 4-8 weeks post-treatment and those at the time of HCC progression or recurrence were obtained. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to correlate the post-treatment AFP ratios with the presence of HCC progression or recurrence.The etiology of HCC was related to chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV infection in 562 patients (77.8%, chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV infection in 74 (10.2%, and non-viral cause in 86 (11.9%. There was a significant decrease in serum AFP levels from the baseline to 4 to 8 weeks after treatment (median AFP, 319.6 ng/mL vs. 49.6 ng/mL; p 1.0 was an independently associated with HCC progression or recurrence. Among the different causes of HCC analyzed, this association was significant only for HCC related to chronic hepatitis B (p< 0.001 and non-viral causes (p<0.05, and limited only to patients who had normal alanine aminotransferase (ALT levels.Serial measurements of serum AFP ratios could be helpful in detecting progression or recurrence in treated patients with HBV-HCC and normal ALT.

  7. Magnetic immunoassay coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for simultaneous quantification of alpha-fetoprotein and carcinoembryonic antigen in human serum

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Zhang, Xing; Chen, Beibei; He, Man; Zhang, Yiwen; Xiao, Guangyang; Hu, Bin, E-mail: binhu@whu.edu.cn

    2015-04-01

    The absolute quantification of glycoproteins in complex biological samples is a challenge and of great significance. Herein, 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid functionalized magnetic beads were prepared to selectively capture glycoproteins, while antibody conjugated gold and silver nanoparticles were synthesized as element tags to label two different glycoproteins. Based on that, a new approach of magnetic immunoassay-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was established for simultaneous quantitative analysis of glycoproteins. Taking biomarkers of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as two model glycoproteins, experimental parameters involved in the immunoassay procedure were carefully optimized and analytical performance of the proposed method was evaluated. The limits of detection (LODs) for AFP and CEA were 0.086 μg L{sup −1} and 0.054 μg L{sup −1} with the relative standard deviations (RSDs, n = 7, c = 5 μg L{sup −1}) of 6.5% and 6.2% for AFP and CEA, respectively. Linear range for both AFP and CEA was 0.2–50 μg L{sup −1}. To validate the applicability of the proposed method, human serum samples were analyzed, and the obtained results were in good agreement with that obtained by the clinical chemiluminescence immunoassay. The developed method exhibited good selectivity and sensitivity for the simultaneous determination of AFP and CEA, and extended the applicability of metal nanoparticle tags based on ICP-MS methodology in multiple glycoprotein quantifications. - Highlights: • 4-Mercaptophenylboronic acid functionalized magnetic beads were prepared and characterized. • ICP-MS based magnetic immunoassay approach was developed for quantification of glycoproteins. • AFP and CEA were quantified simultaneously with Au and Ag NPs as element tags. • The developed method exhibited good selectivity and sensitivity for target glycoproteins.

  8. Expression of AFP and Rev-Erb A/Rev-Erb B and N-CoR in fetal rat liver, liver injury and liver regeneration

    OpenAIRE

    Meier, Volker; Tron, Kyrylo; Batusic, Danko; Elmaouhoub, Abderrahim; Ramadori, Giuliano

    2006-01-01

    Background Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) expression can resume in the adult liver under pathophysiological conditions. Orphan nuclear receptors were supposed to regulate AFP gene expression, in vitro. We were interested to study the expression of AFP and orphan nuclear receptors, in vivo. Results The expression of AFP gene and orphan nuclear receptors in the liver was examined in different rat models: (a) fetal liver (b) liver regeneration [partial hepatectomy (PH) with and without 2-acetyl-aminofl...

  9. Facile fabrication of a silicon nanowire sensor by two size reduction steps for detection of alpha-fetoprotein biomarker of liver cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    Binh Pham, Van; ThanhTung Pham, Xuan; Nhat Khoa Phan, Thanh; Thanh Tuyen Le, Thi; Chien Dang, Mau

    2015-12-01

    We present a facile technique that only uses conventional micro-techniques and two size-reduction steps to fabricate wafer-scale silicon nanowire (SiNW) with widths of 200 nm. Initially, conventional lithography was used to pattern SiNW with 2 μm width. Then the nanowire width was decreased to 200 nm by two size-reduction steps with isotropic wet etching. The fabricated SiNW was further investigated when used with nanowire field-effect sensors. The electrical characteristics of the fabricated SiNW devices were characterized and pH sensitivity was investigated. Then a simple and effective surface modification process was carried out to modify SiNW for subsequent binding of a desired receptor. The complete SiNW-based biosensor was then used to detect alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), one of the medically approved biomarkers for liver cancer diagnosis. Electrical measurements showed that the developed SiNW biosensor could detect AFP with concentrations of about 100 ng mL-1. This concentration is lower than the necessary AFP concentration for liver cancer diagnosis.

  10. Facile fabrication of an ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor for the quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein using multifunctional mesoporous silica as platform and label for signal amplification.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Yulan; Li, Xiaojian; Cao, Wei; Li, Yueyun; Li, He; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2014-11-01

    A novel and ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor was designed for the quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) using multifunctional mesoporous silica (MCM-41) as platform and label for signal amplification. MCM-41 has high specific surface area, high pore volume, large density of surface silanol groups (SiOH) and good biocompatibility. MCM-41 functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) and toluidine blue (TB) could enhance electrochemical signals. Moreover, primary antibodies (Ab1) and secondary antibodies (Ab2) could be effectively immobilized onto the multifunctional MCM-41 by the interaction between Au NPs and amino groups (-NH2) on antibodies. Using multifunctional MCM-41 as a platform and label could greatly simplify the fabrication process and result in a high sensitivity of the designed immunosensor. Under optimal conditions, the designed immunosensor exhibited a wide liner range from 10(-4) ng/mL to 10(3) ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.05 pg/mL for AFP. The designed immunosensor showed acceptable selectivity, reproducibility and stability, which could provide potential applications in clinical monitoring of AFP.

  11. Diagnostic sensitivity of serum carcinoembryonic antigen, carbohydrate antigen 19-9, alpha-fetoprotein, and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin in esophageal carcinoma (receiver operating characteristic curve analysis

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Bhawna Bagaria

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Esophageal carcinomas are very lethal disease relatively unresponsive to therapy. The continued development of new and more effective chemotherapeutic agents and regimens offers hope that in the future, this carcinoma may be amenable to either more effective palliative treatment or possibly increased cure. We, therefore, aimed to evaluate the marker with best diagnostic sensitivity in esophageal carcinoma. Materials and Methods: Serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG levels were assessed in healthy subjects (n = 50 and patients (n = 50 initially diagnosed of esophageal carcinoma by endoscopic examination and biopsy before receiving any therapy. The data were analyzed using SPSS software version 10.0 (SPSS Inc. USA and MedCalc to estimate mean ± standard deviation, the significance of the observed differences (P value, for calculating sensitivity and for plotting receiver operating characteristic curves. Results: Sensitivity of CEA, CA19-9, AFP, and β-HCG detected in esophagus cancer was 38%, 18%, 10%, and 26% respectively. Conclusion: From the above studied markers, CEA has the highest sensitivity followed by β-HCG, CA19-9 and AFP. Although the sensitivity of tumor markers in esophagus cancer is low, they may be useful additional parameter in the prediction of neoplasms involved at the early stage of tumor growth.

  12. Highly sensitive electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of alpha fetoprotein based on PdNi nanoparticles and N-doped graphene nanoribbons.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Na; Ma, Hongmin; Cao, Wei; Wu, Dan; Yan, Tao; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2015-12-15

    An ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor was designed for the quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). The β-cyclodextrins functionalized graphene sheets (CD-GS) were used as the sensing matrix for immobilizing adamantine-1-carboxylic acid functionalized primary anti-AFP (ADA-Ab1) and enhanced the electron transfer. PdNi alloy nanoparticles decorated N-doped graphene nanoribbons (PdNi/N-GNRs) were used as labels of secondary anti-AFP (Ab2), and PdNi alloy nanoparticles (PdNi NPs) exhibited high catalytic performance towards the reduction of H2O2. Meanwhile, with good dispersion, large specific surface area and good catalytic performance, N-doped graphene nanoribbons (N-GNRs) significantly amplified the electrochemical signal. Under the optimal conditions, the electrochemical immunosensor exhibited a wide linear range of 0.0001-16 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.03 pg/mL. Additionally, the proposed immunosensor showed high specificity, good reproducibility and long-term stability, which have promising application in bioassay analysis.

  13. Well-differentiated gall bladder hepatoid carcinoma producing alpha-fetoprotein: a case report

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Kao Ching-Yun

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Gall bladder carcinoma is rare, and metastatic gall bladder carcinoma from hepatocellular carcinoma has been reported in only a few patients. Case presentation We present a 73-year-old man with a history of hepatitis B virus-related liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. He received transcatheter arterial chemoembolization, and was diagnosed to have an alpha-fetoprotein producing gall bladder tumor with intraluminal growth. Open cholecystectomy was performed. Pathologic examination of the lesion revealed a well-differentiated hepatoid carcinoma. The lesion was thought most likely to be a metastatic lesion from previous hepatocellular carcinoma. His alpha-fetoprotein level dropped to normal levels five months after the surgery. Conclusion This unusual intraluminal growing tumor proved to be a well-differentiated hepatoid carcinoma, most likely a metastatic lesion from previous hepatocellular carcinoma. This case reminds clinicians that in looking for likely hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence, when no detectable hepatic lesion can account for an elevated alpha-fetoprotein level, the gall bladder should be included in the search for the site of metastasis.

  14. Utility-based criteria for selecting patients with hepatocellular carcinoma for liver transplantation: A multicenter cohort study using the alpha-fetoprotein model as a survival predictor.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Vitale, Alessandro; Farinati, Fabio; Burra, Patrizia; Trevisani, Franco; Giannini, Edoardo G; Ciccarese, Francesca; Piscaglia, Fabio; Rapaccini, Gian Lodovico; Di Marco, Mariella; Caturelli, Eugenio; Zoli, Marco; Borzio, Franco; Cabibbo, Giuseppe; Felder, Martina; Sacco, Rodolfo; Morisco, Filomena; Missale, Gabriele; Foschi, Francesco Giuseppe; Gasbarrini, Antonio; Svegliati Baroni, Gianluca; Virdone, Roberto; Chiaramonte, Maria; Spolverato, Gaya; Cillo, Umberto

    2015-10-01

    The lifetime utility of liver transplantation (LT) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still controversial. The aim of this study was to ascertain when LT is cost-effective for HCC patients, with a view to proposing new transplant selection criteria. The study involved a real cohort of potentially transplantable Italian HCC patients (n = 2419 selected from the Italian Liver Cancer group database) who received nontransplant therapies. A non-LT survival analysis was conducted, the direct costs of therapies were calculated, and a Markov model was used to compute the cost utility of LT over non-LT therapies in Italian and US cost scenarios. Post-LT survival was calculated using the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) model on the basis of AFP values and radiological size and number of nodules. The primary endpoint was the net health benefit (NHB), defined as LT survival benefit in quality-adjusted life years minus incremental costs (US $)/willingness to pay. The calculated median cost of non-LT therapies per patient was US $53,042 in Italy and US $62,827 in the United States. On Monte Carlo simulation, the NHB of LT was always positive for AFP model values ≤ 3 and always negative for values > 7 in both countries. A multivariate model showed that nontumor variables (patient's age, Child-Turcotte-Pugh [CTP] class, and alternative therapies) had the potential to shift the AFP model threshold of LT cost-ineffectiveness from 3 to 7. LT proved always cost-effective for HCC patients with AFP model values ≤ 3, whereas the cost-ineffectiveness threshold ranged between 3 and 7 using nontumor variables.

  15. Mechanism of Cancer Growth Suppression of Alpha-Fetoprotein Derived Growth Inhibitory Peptides (GIP): Comparison of GIP-34 versus GIP-8 (AFPep). Updates and Prospects

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Mizejewski, Gerald J. [Division of Translational Medicine, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201 (United States)

    2011-06-20

    The Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) derived Growth Inhibitory Peptide (GIP) is a 34-amino acid segment of the full-length human AFP molecule that inhibits tumor growth and metastasis. The GIP-34 and its carboxy-terminal 8-mer segment, termed GIP-8, were found to be effective as anti-cancer therapeutic peptides against nine different human cancer types. Following the uptake of GIP-34 and GIP-8 into the cell cytoplasm, each follows slightly different signal transduction cascades en route to inhibitory pathways of tumor cell growth and proliferation. The parallel mechanisms of action of GIP-34 versus GIP-8 are demonstrated to involve interference of signaling transduction cascades that ultimately result in: (1) cell cycle S-phase/G2-phase arrest; (2) prevention of cyclin inhibitor degradation; (3) protection of p53 from inactivation by phosphorylation; and (4) blockage of K{sup +} ion channels opened by estradiol and epidermal growth factor (EGF). The overall mechanisms of action of both peptides are discussed in light of their differing modes of cell attachment and uptake fortified by RNA microarray analysis and electrophysiologic measurements of cell membrane conductance and resistance. As a chemotherapeutic adjunct, the GIPs could potentially aid in alleviating the negative side effects of: (1) tamoxifen resistance, uterine hyperplasia/cancer, and blood clotting; (2) Herceptin antibody resistance and cardiac (arrest) arrhythmias; and (3) doxorubicin's bystander cell toxicity.

  16. Mechanism of Cancer Growth Suppression of Alpha-Fetoprotein Derived Growth Inhibitory Peptides (GIP: Comparison of GIP-34 versus GIP-8 (AFPep. Updates and Prospects

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Gerald J. Mizejewski

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP derived Growth Inhibitory Peptide (GIP is a 34-amino acid segment of the full-length human AFP molecule that inhibits tumor growth and metastasis. The GIP-34 and its carboxy-terminal 8-mer segment, termed GIP-8, were found to be effective as anti-cancer therapeutic peptides against nine different human cancer types. Following the uptake of GIP-34 and GIP-8 into the cell cytoplasm, each follows slightly different signal transduction cascades en route to inhibitory pathways of tumor cell growth and proliferation. The parallel mechanisms of action of GIP-34 versus GIP-8 are demonstrated to involve interference of signaling transduction cascades that ultimately result in: (1 cell cycle S-phase/G2-phase arrest; (2 prevention of cyclin inhibitor degradation; (3 protection of p53 from inactivation by phosphorylation; and (4 blockage of K+ ion channels opened by estradiol and epidermal growth factor (EGF. The overall mechanisms of action of both peptides are discussed in light of their differing modes of cell attachment and uptake fortified by RNA microarray analysis and electrophysiologic measurements of cell membrane conductance and resistance. As a chemotherapeutic adjunct, the GIPs could potentially aid in alleviating the negative side effects of: (1 tamoxifen resistance, uterine hyperplasia/cancer, and blood clotting; (2 Herceptin antibody resistance and cardiac (arrest arrhythmias; and (3 doxorubicin’s bystander cell toxicity.

  17. A novel electrochemical immunosensor using β-cyclodextrins functionalized silver supported adamantine-modified glucose oxidase as labels for ultrasensitive detection of alpha-fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gao, Jian; Ma, Hongmin; Lv, Xiaohui; Yan, Tao; Li, Na; Cao, Wei; Wei, Qin

    2015-09-17

    In this work, a novel sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on host-guest interaction was fabricated for the detection of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Due to the large specific surface area of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and the unique supramolecular recognition ability of β-cyclodextrins, ferrocenecarboxylic acid (Fc) was incorporated into this sensor platform by host-guest interaction to generate an electrochemical signal. And β-cyclodextrins functionalized silver supported adamantine-modified glucose oxidase (GOD-CD-Ag), was used as a label to improve the analytical performance of the immunosensor by the dual amplification strategy. The obtained GOD-CD-Ag conjugates could convert glucose into gluconic acid with the formation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). And then silver nanoparticles could in situ catalyze the reduction of the generated H2O2, dramatically improving the oxidation reaction of Fc. The developed immunosensor shows a wide linear calibration range from 0.001 to 5.0 ng/mL with a low detection limit (0.2 pg/mL) for the detection of AFP. The method, with ideal reproducibility and selectivity, has a wide application prospect in clinical research.

  18. Alpha-fetoprotein, identified as a novel marker for the antioxidant effect of placental extract, exhibits synergistic antioxidant activity in the presence of estradiol.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Hye Yeon Choi

    Full Text Available Placenta, as a reservoir of nutrients, has been widely used in medical and cosmetic materials. Here, we focused on the antioxidant properties of placental extract and attempted to isolate and identify the main antioxidant factors. Porcine placental extracts were prepared through homogenization or acid hydrolysis, and their antioxidant activity was investigated in the human keratinocyte HaCaT cell line. Treatment with homogenized placental extract (H-PE increased the cell viability of H2O2-treated HaCaT cells more than two-fold. H-PE treatment suppressed H2O2-induced apoptotic and necrotic cell death and decreased intracellular ROS levels in H2O2-treated HaCaT cells. The antioxidant factors in H-PE were found to be thermo-unstable and were thus expected to include proteins. The candidate antioxidant proteins were fractionated with cation-exchange, anion-exchange, and size-exclusion chromatography, and the antioxidant properties of the chromatographic fractions were investigated. We obtained specific antioxidant fractions that suppressed ROS generation and ROS-induced DNA strand breaks. From silver staining and MALDI-TOF analyses, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP precursor was identified as a main marker for the antioxidant effect of H-PE. Purified AFP or ectopically expressed AFP exhibited synergistic antioxidant activity in the presence of estradiol. Taken together, our data suggest that AFP, a serum glycoprotein produced at high levels during fetal development, is a novel marker protein for the antioxidant effect of the placenta that exhibits synergistic antioxidant activity in the presence of estradiol.

  19. [Study of the content of alpha-fetoprotein and serum albumin in the vitreous body of the eye of human embryos].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Panova, I G; Tatikolov, A S

    2011-01-01

    The content of serum albumin and alpha-fetoprotein in the vitreous body of the eyes of human embryos from the 16th through the 24th week was investigated. It was detected that albumin and alpha-fetoprotein in the vitreous body of human eyes are presented in equal molar concentrations in the 16th week. There is 1.5-fold increased concentration of alpha-fetoprotein in comparison to albumin during the 17th week. Seventeen weeks later, there was a reduction in the concentration of both proteins. It was reported that cyanine dye, used for detection of albumin, does not interact with alpha-fetoprotein.

  20. Dosage of alpha-fetoprotein for radioimmunoassay in maternal blood. Its obstetrical application

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Pandolfo, J.; Jaumandreu, C.A. (Clinica Ginecotocologica ' ' A' ' (Uruguay)); Aguirre de Garcia, B.; Robles, A.M.; Touya, E. (Centro de Medicina Nuclear y Centro de Nefrologia (Uruguay))

    1981-08-01

    Leigthon, Gordon and col. showed that the determination of serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein was useful as a method for the detection of fetal malformations of the neural tube. Due to its important clinical significance, the study of this simple test in women in different stages of pregnancy has been started. A total of 34 patients from the obstetrical external service were studied, with pregnancy stages between 10 and 40 weeks. Having established the incidence and implications of false positive and principally of false negative results, it has been concluded that this technique should be imposed as routine in the evolutive control of pregnancy.

  1. Rapid and sensitive lateral flow immunoassay method for determining alpha fetoprotein in serum using europium (III) chelate microparticles-based lateral flow test strips

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Liang, Rong-Liang; Xu, Xu-Ping; Liu, Tian-Cai; Zhou, Jian-Wei; Wang, Xian-Guo; Ren, Zhi-Qi [Institute of Antibody Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong (China); Hao, Fen [DaAn Gene Co. Ltd. of Sun Yat-sen University, 19 Xiangshan Road, Guangzhou 510515 (China); Wu, Ying-Song, E-mail: wg@smu.edu.cn [Institute of Antibody Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong (China)

    2015-09-03

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a primary marker for many diseases including various cancers, is important in clinical tumor diagnosis and antenatal screening. Most immunoassays provide high sensitivity and accuracy for determining AFP, but they are expensive, often complex, time-consuming procedures. A simple and rapid point-of-care system that integrates Eu (III) chelate microparticles with lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) has been developed to determine AFP in serum with an assay time of 15 min. The approach is based on a sandwich immunoassay performed on lateral flow test strips. A fluorescence strip reader was used to measure the fluorescence peak heights of the test line (H{sub T}) and the control line (H{sub C}); the H{sub T}/H{sub C} ratio was used for quantitation. The Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based LFIA assay exhibited a wide linear range (1.0–1000 IU mL{sup −1}) for AFP with a low limit of detection (0.1 IU mL{sup −1}) based on 5ul of serum. Satisfactory specificity and accuracy were demonstrated and the intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) for AFP were both <10%. Furthermore, in the analysis of human serum samples, excellent correlation (n = 284, r = 0.9860, p < 0.0001) was obtained between the proposed method and a commercially available CLIA kit. Results indicated that the Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based LFIA system provided a rapid, sensitive and reliable method for determining AFP in serum, indicating that it would be suitable for development in point-of-care testing. - Highlights: • Europium (III) chelate microparticles was used as a label for LIFA. • Quantitative detection by using H{sub T}/H{sub C} ratio was achieved. • LIFA for simple and rapid AFP detection in human serum. • The sensitivity and linearity was more excellent compared with QD-based ICTS. • This method could be developed for rapid point-of-care screening.

  2. Clinical application of alpha-fetoprotein variant to screening benign and mlaignant liver dis-eases%甲胎蛋白异质体在鉴别良恶性肝病中的临床应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陶绍能; 周建国; 程光华; 戴云海; 张新路; 阮昊

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨小扁豆凝集素结合型甲胎蛋白异质体( AFP-L3)在良恶性肝病鉴别诊断中的临床价值。方法:应用装有耦联了小扁豆凝集素( LCA)的微量离心柱分离131例肝病患者的AFP-L3,用化学发光免疫检测血清AFP和AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3占AFP总量的百分比( AFP-L3%)。结果:与肝硬化( LC)和慢性肝炎( CH)组相比,肝癌( HCC)组中患者血清AFP、AFP-L3与AFP-L3%均升高,经Kruskal-Wallis 秩和检验有统计学意义(χ2=31.457,41.983,413.77;P=0.000,0.000,0.000)。AFP、AFP-L3和AFP-L3%相应ROC曲线下面积(AUC)分别为0.628、0.718和0.795,其差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。以AFP-L3%≥6.90%判断为阳性,AFP-L3%诊断肝细胞癌敏感性和特异性分别为66.7%和82.4%。结论:AFP-L3对肝细胞癌诊断准确度明显高于AFP,微量离心柱法检测AFP-L3在良恶性肝脏病变鉴别诊断中具有重要临床价值。%Objective:To verify the clinical value of applying the isoform of alpha -fetoprotein variant(AFP-L3) to screening benign and malignant liver diseases.Methods:AFP-L3 was isolated 131 patients with liver disease using the micro-spin column coupled with lens culinaris agglutinin ( LCA) .Chemi-luminescent immunoassay was performed to determine the content of serum AFP and AFP-L3,and AFP-L3% was calculated.Results:The serum levels of AFP and AFP-L3 as well as AFP-L3% were significantly higher in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and chronic hepatitis (CH),and Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of the variance showed statistical difference (χ2 =31.457,41.983,41.377;P=0.000,respectively).The area under the ROC curve (AUC) of AFP,AFP-L3 and AFP-L3 % was 0.628,0.718 and 0.795,respectively,and the differ-ences were significant (P<0.05).Sensitivity and specificity by AFP-L3 %(≥6.90% cut-off value) for diagnosis of HCC were66 .7

  3. Maternal and fetal mechanisms of B cell regulation during pregnancy: human Chorionic Gonadotropin stimulates B cells to produce IL-10 while alpha-fetoprotein drives them into apoptosis

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Franziska Fettke

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Maternal immune tolerance towards the fetus is an essential requisite for pregnancy. While T cell functions are well documented, little is known about the participation of B cells. We have previously suggested that IL-10 producing B cells are involved in pregnancy tolerance in mice and humans. By employing murine and human systems, we report now that fetal trophoblasts positively regulate the generation of IL-10 producing B cells. We next studied the participation of hormones produced by the placenta as well as the fetal protein alpha-fetoprotein (AFP in B cell modulation. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG, but not progesterone, estrogen or a combination of both, was able to promote changes in B cell phenotype and boost their IL-10 production, which was abolished after blocking hCG. The hCG-induced B cell phenotype was not associated with augmented galactosylation, sialylation or fucosylation of IgG subclasses in their Fc. In vitro, hCG induced the synthesis of asymmetrically glycosylated antibodies in their Fab region. Interestingly, AFP had dual effects depending on the concentration. At concentrations corresponding to maternal serum levels, it did not modify the phenotype or IL-10 secretion of B cells. At fetal concentrations, however, AFP was able to drive B cells into apoptosis, which may indicate a protective mechanism to avoid maternal B cells to reach the fetus.Our data suggests that the fetus secrete factors that promote a pregnancy-friendly B cell phenotype, unraveling interesting aspects of B cell function and modulation by pregnancy hormones and fetal proteins.

  4. [The clinical significance of PIVKA-II determination in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: a comparative study with alpha-fetoprotein].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sakon, M; Monden, M; Goto, M; Kanai, T; Umeshita, K; Endo, W; Mori, T

    1990-05-01

    The changes in the plasma level of PIVKA-II (Protein Induced by Vitamin K Absence or Antagonist-II) following the treatment or progress of the disease was studied in 60 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. The positivity rate determined by the changes in PIVKA-II was 58.4 percent (35/60 cases) and was about the same as those reported so far, all of which were obtained by a single determination of PIVKA-II. Plasma PIVKA-II was elevated in 61.9 percent (13/21 cases) of alpha-fetoprotein negative patients and it was almost identical with the overall positivity rate. In parallel with serum alpha-fetoprotein, the plasma level of PIVKA-II was decreased after the surgery or transcatheter arterial embolization and was increased when the recurrence or progress of the disease was observed. Furthermore, the nonspecific elevation of PIVKA-II due to the associated liver cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis was infrequent compared with that of alpha-fetoprotein. In 18 cases positive with both PIVKA-II and alpha-fetoprotein, a close correlation (R = 0.91) was observed between the changes of these markers during the progress or treatment of the disease. Thus, it was suggested that determination of PIVKA-II in blood might be useful not only in the diagnosis but in monitoring the progress or the effectiveness of treatments in hepatocellular carcinoma.

  5. Heat shock protein 70 chaperoned alpha-fetoprotein in human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line BEL-7402

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiao-Ping Wang; Qiao-Xia Wang; Hai-Yan Li; Rui-Fen Chen

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the interaction between heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and α-fetoprotein (AFP) in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell line BEL7402.METHODS: The expression and localization of HSP70 and AFP in human HCC cell line BEL-7402 were determined by immunocytochemistry and indirect immunofluorescence cytochemical staining. The interaction between HSP70 and AFP in HCC cells was analyzed by immunoprecipitation and Western blot.RESULTS: Immunocytochemical staining detection showed that HCC cell BEL-7402 expressed a high level of HSP70 and AFP synchronously. Both were stained in cell plasma.AFP existed in the immunoprecipitate of anti-HSP70 mAb,while there was HSP70 in the immunoprecipitate of antiAFP mAb.CONCLUSION: HSP70 chaperones AFP in human HCCcell BEL-7402. The interaction between HSP70 and AFP in human HCC cell can be a new route to study the pathogenesis and immunotherapy of HCC.

  6. The Evolution of the Use of Serum Alpha-fetoprotein in Clinical Liver Cancer Surveillance

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kelly, Sarah-Louise; Bird, Thomas G

    2017-01-01

    Liver cancer is the 6th most common cancer and 2nd leading cause of cancer-related mortality. In order to improve patient survival early tumor detection is required and this necessitates accurate screening of at risk individuals. In this article we concisely review the methodologies employed for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) surveillance and how their use has evolved over the last three decades. We focus attention to serum biomarkers, particularly alpha-fetoprotein. We propose that by using an increasingly sophisticated approach to assess dynamic rates of change in biomarkers tailored to individual patients that screening accuracy may be improved. Additional improvements may also be possible by the incorporation of patient clinical data into such personalised screening assessments. These possibilities may hold the promise of improving cancer detection and early curative therapy for the increasing worldwide population at risk of HCC development.

  7. Cytological alteration of cultured rat liver cells by 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene with special reference to chromosome changes, changes of growth patterns at a colony level and alpha-fetoprotein production.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Tokiwa,Takayoshi

    1980-06-01

    Full Text Available A near diploid clone derived from a rat liver cell line was continuously treated with various concentrations of 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (3'-Me-DAB in culture. By treatment with 2.8 micrograms/ml, cells with 41 chromosomes formed a mode and which then shifted to 39. The chromosome numbers of cells treated with 5.4 micrograms/ml were widely distributed at early stages, but later the mode shifted to hypotetraploid region. Untreated control cells were confirmed as near diploid. Increased plating efficiency by 3'-Me-DAB as well as the appearance of large sized colonies was obtained. The production of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP by the cells was slightly enhanced by treatment with 3'-Me-DAB. The cells treated with and without 3'-Me-DAB did not produce any tumor in rats 6 months after their intraperitoneal injection.

  8. The Comparative Study on Ultrastructure and Immunohistochemistry in AFP Negative and Positive Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郑美蓉; 阮幼冰; 杨木兰; 官阳; 武忠弼

    2004-01-01

    To comparatively investigate ultrastructural characteristics and expressions of AFP(alpha-fetoprotein) and Tn (Thomsen-Friedenreich-related antigen) protein in AFP negative (AFP-)and AFP positive (AFP+) primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Fourty-three cases of AFP- and AFP+ hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues and five cases of normal liver tissues were divided into three groups: control group (normal liver tissue, n=5); AFP+ HCC group (the serum AFP level was higher than 10 ng/ml, n = 22); AFP- HCC group (the serum AFP level was lower than 10 ng/ml, n=21). The ultrastructural morphology was studied by transmission electron microscopy, the expressions of AFP and Tn protein were detected by immunohistochemistry and cell image analysis. 1. The immunohistochemical study showed that (1) the expression intensity and positive rate of Tn protein in AFP- HCC group were markedly higher than that in AFP+ HCC group (P<0.01); (2) The expression intensity of AFP in AFP- HCC group was lower than that in AFP+ HCC group (P<0.01 ). 2. The transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that some AFP- HCC cells linked closely with each other, others dispersed loosely just as cultured cells, the remarkable morphologic features in AFP- HCC cells were simple organelles, But they were abundant in the free polyribosomes. In AFP+ HCC group, all the HCC cells linked closely together and were rich organelles in their cytoplasm, especially the rough endoplasmic reticula. In addition, mitochondria and Golgi complex were obviously observed. (1) The AFP and Tn protein had discrepancy distribution in AFP- and AFP+ HCC tissues, Tn protein may be one of the early diagnostic indicators in AFP- HCC; (2) The synthetic locations of the AFP and Tn protein were different in hepatocarcinoma cells by ultrastructural observation.

  9. Prokaryotic Expression of Alpha Fetoprotein and Optimization of Renaturation%甲胎蛋白的原核表达及复性优化

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    才蕾; 矫丽媛; 王继华; 唐时幸

    2015-01-01

    构建甲胎蛋白的原核表达载体pET32a-AFP,对包涵体形式表达的甲胎蛋白进行复性优化。将构建的重组质粒pET32a-AFP转化入E.coli,IPTG诱导表达后,经亲和层析纯化获得AFP包涵体,通过对复性过程、pH、添加剂等的研究摸索,获得最佳复性条件。当采用添加0.5 mol/L L-精氨酸的一步法透析复性方法,且透析液pH值为8.5,重组人AFP包涵体蛋白起始浓度为1.0 mg/mL时,复性效率最高。该复性方法获得蛋白质具有较高的回收率且操作简便。%Plasmid pET32a-AFP was constructed to express recombinant human alpha fetoprotein, which was in the form of inclusion body, and the protein was obtained after renaturing optimization. The recombinant plasmid pET32a-AFP was transformed inE.coli, after induced by IPTG and purified by affinity column, the inclusion body was renatured under different conditions, including renature method, pH and addictives. The results showed that it had the highest renature efficiency when 1.0 mg/ml AFP was processed under one-step dialysis renature method and the pH is 8.5, with 0.5 mol/L L-Arg. This renature process made the recombinant AFP protein having the highest efficiency and easy to manipulate.

  10. 血清甲胎蛋白在肿瘤鉴别诊断中的意义%Significance of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein in differential diagnosis of tumor

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    邢建军; 苗阳

    2014-01-01

    To state significance of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) in the differential diagnosis of tumor. Clinical application had proved that the AFP was the best diagnostic method secondary to pathological examination for hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC), which was one of the best early diagnostic methods. For young men, the former mediastinal mass with increasing AFP and/or HCG levels can be diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, generally do not need regular biopsy confirmed. The value of testicular cancer AFP detection is that the combination of clinical symptoms and other diagnostic procedures help to diagnose non seminoma testicular cancer. AFP is an open neural tube defects and markers for down syndrome.%主要阐述血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)在肿瘤诊断中的鉴别意义。说明AFP对肝细胞癌的临床诊断价值为各种诊断方法中专一性仅次于病理检查的诊断方法,为目前最好的早期诊断方法之一。对年轻男性,前纵隔肿块伴AFP或/和HCG水平升高者,可诊断为纵隔非精原细胞瘤。睾丸癌AFP检测的价值在于患者的临床症状和其他的诊断程序相结合时,诊断非精原细胞瘤睾丸癌。AFP是开放性神经管缺陷及唐氏综合征的标记物。

  11. Usefulness of AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II, and their combinations in diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Park, Sang Joon; Jang, Jae Young; Jeong, Soung Won; Cho, Young Kyu; Lee, Sae Hwan; Kim, Sang Gyune; Cha, Sang-Woo; Kim, Young Seok; Cho, Young Deok; Kim, Hong Soo; Kim, Boo Sung; Park, Suyeon; Bang, Hae In

    2017-03-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Lens culinaris-agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3), and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) are widely used as tumor markers for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study compared the diagnostic values of AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II individually and in combination to find the best biomarker or biomarker panel.Seventy-nine patients with newly diagnosed HCC and 77 non-HCC control patients with liver cirrhosis were enrolled. AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II were measured in the same serum samples using microchip capillary electrophoresis and a liquid-phase binding assay on an automatic analyzer. Receiver-operating characteristic curve analyses were also applied to all combinations of the markers.When the 3 biomarkers were analyzed individually, AFP showed the largest area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve (AUC) (0.751). For combinations of the biomarkers, the AUC was highest (0.765) for "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL." The combination of "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL and AFP-L3 > 10%" had worse sensitivity and lower AUC (P = 0.001). The highest AUC of a single biomarker was highest for AFP and of a combination was "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL," with this also being the case when the cut-off value of AFP and AFP-L3 was changed.Alpha-fetoprotein showed the best diagnostic performance as a single biomarker for HCC. The diagnostic value of AFP was improved by combining it with PIVKA-II, but adding AFP-L3 did not contribute to the ability to distinguish between HCC and non-HCC liver cirrhosis. These findings were not altered when the cut-off value of AFP and AFP-L3 was changed.

  12. Sublingual vein parameters, AFP, AFP-L3, and GP73 in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhao, J; Guo, L-Y; Yang, J-M; Jia, J-W

    2015-06-26

    This study evaluated the diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), AFP heterogeneity 3 (AFP-L3), Golgi protein 73 (GP73), and sublingual vein parameters in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Levels of serum AFP, AFP-L3, GP73, and sublingual vein scores were measured in 34 patients with chronic hepatitis, 65 patients with post-hepatitis B cirrhosis, 71 patients with HCC, and 6 healthy controls. Logistic regression analysis was used to explore potential correlations. Sublingual vein grades in patients with HCC were higher than those in the other three groups; sublingual vein scores were also different between groups; combined diagnosis using AFP, GP73, and sublingual vein grade was superior to the individual parameters alone or when only two were used in different combinations. Thus, sublingual vein grade can be considered as an independent risk factor for diagnosis of HCC. Furthermore, combined detection with AFP, GP73, and sublingual vein grade is simple, inexpensive, and effective. It may therefore be suitable for screening high-risk populations for early diagnosis of HCC.

  13. Antitumor immunity induced by DNA vaccine encoding alpha-fetoprotein/heat shock protein 70

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiao-Ping Wang; Guo-Zhen Liu; Ai-Li Song; Hai-Yan Li; Yu Liu

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To construct a DNA vaccine encoding human alphafetoprotein (hAFP)/heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), and to study its ability to induce specific CTL response and its protective effect against AFP-expressing tumor.METHODS: A DNA vaccine was constructed by combining hAFP gene with HSP70 gene. SP2/0 cells were stably transfected with pBBS212-hAFP and pBBS212-hAFP/HSP70eukaryotic expression vectors. Mice were primed and boosted with DNA vaccine hAFP/HSP70 by intramuscular injection, whereas plasmid with hAFP or HSP70 was used as controls. ELISPOT and ELISA were used to detect IFN-γ-producing splenocytes and the level of serum anti-AFP antibody from immunized mice respectively. In vivo tumor challenge was measured to assess the immune effect of the DNA vaccine.RESULTS: By DNA vaccine immunization, the results of ELISPOT and ELISA showed that the number of IFN-γ-producing splenocytes and the level of serum anti-AFP antibody were significantly higher in rhAFP/HSP70 group than in hAFP and empty plasmid groups (95.50±10.90IFN-γ spots/106 cells vs 23.60±11.80 IFN-γ spots/106 cells,7.17±4.24 IFN-γ spots/106 cells, P<0.01; 126.50±8.22 μg/mL vs 51.72±3.40 μg/mL, 5.83±3.79 μg/mL, P<0.01). The tumor volume in rhAFP/HSP70 group was significantly smaller than that in pBBS212-hAFP and empty plasmid groups (37.41±7.34 mm3 vs381.13±15.48 mm3, 817.51±16.25 mm3,P<0.01).CONCLUSION: Sequential immunization with a recombinant DNA vaccine encoding AFP and heat shock protein70 could generate effective AFP-specific T cell responses and induce definite antitumor effects on AFP-producing tumors, which may be suitable for some clinical testing as a vaccine for HCC.

  14. Molecular Analysis of AFP and HSA Interactions with PTEN Protein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Mingyue; Lin, Bo; Zhou, Peng; Li, Mengsen

    2015-01-01

    Human cytoplasmic alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) has been classified as a member of the albuminoid gene family. The protein sequence of AFP has significant homology to that of human serum albumin (HSA), but its biological characteristics are vastly different from HSA. The AFP functions as a regulator in the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) pathway, but HSA plays a key role as a transport protein. To probe their molecular mechanisms, we have applied colocalization, coimmunoprecipitation (co-IP), and molecular docking approaches to analyze the differences between AFP and HSA. The data from colocalization and co-IP displayed a strong interaction between AFP and PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog), demonstrating that AFP did bind to PTEN, but HSA did not. The molecular docking study further showed that the AFP domains I and III could contact with PTEN. In silicon substitutions of AFP binding site residues at position 490M/K and 105L/R corresponding to residues K490 and R105 in HSA resulted in steric clashes with PTEN residues R150 and K46, respectively. These steric clashes may explain the reason why HSA cannot bind to PTEN. Ultimately, the experimental results and the molecular modeling data from the interactions of AFP and HSA with PTEN will help us to identify targets for designing drugs and vaccines against human hepatocellular carcinoma.

  15. Diagnosis value of alpha-fetoprotein heterogeneity in primary hepatic carcinoma%甲胎蛋白异质体在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陈俊; 王利健; 骆剑明; 吴荣辉; 楼跃民; 朱笑频

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白异质体在肝脏良恶性疾病诊断中的意义.方法:采用微量离心柱法对240例肝病患者(原发性肝癌70例,肝癌术后10例,肝硬化63例,慢性肝炎97例),采用化学发光法检测AFP及AFP-L3水平,计算AFP-L3和AFP比例.结果:原发性肝癌组患者血清中的AFP,AFP-L3%阳性率显著高于肝癌术后组,肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组.AFP-L3%的灵敏度为86.96%,特异性为88.30%,Youden指数为0.75.AFP的灵敏度为75.68%,特异性为85.54%,Youden指数为0.61.从Youden指数可以知道AFP-L3%是比AFP更好的诊断肝癌的指标.原发性肝癌组患者血清中的AFP、AFP-L3%含量显著高于肝癌术后组、肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组(F值分别为74.45、54.85,P值均<0.01).诊断为原发性肝癌病人中,当AFP> 400 ng/ml时,AFP-L3%的阳性率为95.23%.AFP-L3%与AFP水平无相关性.结论:AFP-L3%对于肝癌的诊断有较高的灵敏性和特异性;是比AFP更好的诊断指标;可以作为诊断肝癌的独立指标.%Objective: To explore the significance of alpha - fetoprotein heterogeneity (AFP - L3) in differential diagnosis of malignant liver disease. Methods: Serum samples were collected from 240 patients, 70 cases with hep-atocellular carcinoma, 10 cases with postoperative liver cancer, 63 cases with cirrhosis, 97 cases with chronic hepatitis. AFP - L3 was isolated by microspincolumn with lens culinaris agglutinin. The levels of AFP and AFP - L3 were detected by chemiluminescence method. Results: The ratios of AFP and AFP - 13% in hepatocellular carcinoma group were significantly higher those in hepatectomy group, liver cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis group (χ2 values were 87. 30, 142.22, P <0. 01 ). For AFP - L3% , sensitivity was 86. 96% , specificity was 88. 30% , and the Youden index was 0. 75, while for AFP, sensitivity was 75. 68% , specificity was 85. 54% , Youden index was 0. 61. From the Youden index, it can be seen the AFP - L3

  16. [Alpha fetoprotein and neonatal jaundice. Contribution to the study of a physiopathologic mechanism].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tourne, C E; Brettes, J P; Guez, G; Ritter, J; Gandar, R

    1977-01-01

    The increase in the maternal plasma A.F.P. level is due to an hypoxia of the foetus. The prospective study of 851 single pregnancies shows that there is a significant rise in the A.F.P. levels during the last days of the pregnancy if the babies are going to exhibit a so-called physiological jaundice at birth: the decrease of the A.F.P. levels in these cases is four times slower than in normal cases. The prospective study of another group of 404 pregnancies gave the same results for the A.F.P. level of the blood of the umbilical cord. Statistical analysis showed that the pathological conditions capable of increasing the A.F.P. levels are related to neo-natal jaundice. The neo-natal jaundice may be due to a factor of foetal hypoxia capable of inducing an over stimulation of the foetal erythropoiesis. The results of this mechanism would be a quantitative disequilibrium between an increased hemolysis and a reduced bilirubine fixation capacity during the neo-natal period.

  17. [Serum concentrations of prolactin, growth hormone, and alpha-fetoprotein under long-term administration of an oral contraceptive containing cyproterone acetate (author's transl)].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bellmann, O; Bröschen-Zywietz, C; Fichte, K

    1978-07-01

    Serum prolactin, growth hormone, and alpha-fetoprotein were determined in women taking a new oral contraceptive, consisting of 2 mg cyproterone acetate and 50 microgram of ethinylestradiol. Because these women were suffering from acne vulgaris they were taking this contraceptive containing a gestagen with antiandrogenic activity. Prolatin and growth hormone were determined because both may favour the development and the growth of mammary tumors and because their secretion may be stimulated by estrogenic compounds. Alpha-fetoprotein is a marker of hepatocellular carcinoma, which may be associated with long-term use of oral contraceptives. During one year of treatment with cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol there was a continuous rise of serum concentrations of prolactin. However, this rise did not exceed the normal range. In contrast, serum concentrations of growth hormone did not change significantly. Serum alpha-fetoprotein levels remained below the detection limit of the method.

  18. Pregnant women's attitudes for accepting or declining a serum-alpha-fetoprotein test.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sandén, M L; Bjurulf, P

    1988-01-01

    This study analyzes attitudes which influence women in their decisions to accept or decline a serum-Alpha-FetoProtein (se-AFP) test. The survey covers all women who have visited antenatal clinics offering the se-AFP test in a given area during a specified period. All in all, the pregnant women answered four questionnaires: three before and one after delivery. 19% of the women declined the se-AFP test. During pregnancy, the women who did not take the se-AFP test said that the reason was anxiety about the results of the test. Many of the women who took the test said that they wanted assurance that the child was healthy. This entails obvious ethical problems when the test is positive. The test-routine does not have a major influence in the decision-making process. A change in routines to shorten the waiting time, and a different cut-off line might influence some of the declining women to accept the test.

  19. A simple method for purification of rat alpha-fetoprotein by affi-gel blue chromatography and disc electrophoresis

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Miyazaki,Masahiro

    1981-12-01

    Full Text Available Alpha-getoprotein (AFP was purified from fetal rat serum by a combined technique of affinity chromatography with Affi-Gel Blue and disc electrophoresis followed by extraction of AFP from the gel. The purified AFP was immunologically identical with the original AFP in fetal rat serum.

  20. A simple method for purification of rat alpha-fetoprotein by affi-gel blue chromatography and disc electrophoresis

    OpenAIRE

    Miyazaki, Masahiro; Matsuura,Kazuhiko; Wahid, Syarifuddin; Izumi, Masaki; Taketa, Kazuhisa; Sato,Jiro

    1981-01-01

    Alpha-getoprotein (AFP) was purified from fetal rat serum by a combined technique of affinity chromatography with Affi-Gel Blue and disc electrophoresis followed by extraction of AFP from the gel. The purified AFP was immunologically identical with the original AFP in fetal rat serum.

  1. Engineered cytotoxic T lymphocytes with AFP-specific TCR gene for adoptive immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Longhao; Guo, Hao; Jiang, Ruoyu; Lu, Li; Liu, Tong; He, Xianghui

    2016-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and could serve as a tumor-associated antigen (TAA) and potential target for adoptive immunotherapy. However, low frequency and severe functional impairment of AFP-specific T cells in vivo hamper adoptive infusion. TAA-specific T cell receptor (TCR) gene transfer could be an efficient and reliable alternation to generate AFP-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). Autologous dendritic cells (DC) pulsed with AFP158-166 peptides were used to stimulate AFP-specific CTLs. TCR α/β chain genes of AFP-specific CTLs were cloned and linked by 2A peptide to form full-length TCR coding sequence synthesized into a lentiviral vector. Nonspecific activated T cells were engineered by lentivirus infection. Transgenetic CTLs were evaluated for transfection efficiency, expression of AFP158-166-specific TCR, interferon (IFN)-γ secretion, and specific cytotoxicity toward AFP+ HCC cells in vitro and in vivo. Flow cytometry revealed the AFP158-166-MHC-Pentamer positive transgenetic CTLs was 9.86 %. The number of IFN-γ secretion T cells and the specific cytotoxicity toward HpeG2 in vitro and in tumor-bearing NOD/SCID mice were significantly raised in transgenetic CTLs than that of AFP158-166-specific CTLs obtained by peptide-pulsed DCs or control group. TCR gene transfer is a promising strategy to generate AFP158-166-specific CTLs for the treatment of HCC.

  2. Relapse surveillance in AFP-positive hepatoblastoma: re-evaluating the role of imaging

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rojas, Yesenia; Vasudevan, Sanjeev A.; Nuchtern, Jed G. [Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Surgery Division, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Guillerman, R.P. [Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Zhang, Wei [Texas Children' s Hospital, Surgical Outcomes Center, Houston, TX (United States); Thompson, Patrick A. [Baylor College of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Division, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children' s Cancer Center, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); University of North Carolina, Hematology-Oncology Division, Department of Pediatrics, North Carolina Children' s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Children with hepatoblastoma routinely undergo repetitive surveillance imaging, with CT scans for several years after therapy, increasing the risk of radiation-induced cancer. The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of surveillance CT scans compared to serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels for the detection of hepatoblastoma relapse. This was a retrospective study of all children diagnosed with AFP-positive hepatoblastoma from 2001 to 2011 at a single institution. Twenty-six children with hepatoblastoma were identified, with a mean age at diagnosis of 2 years 4 months (range 3 months to 11 years). Mean AFP level at diagnosis was 132,732 ng/ml (range 172.8-572,613 ng/ml). Five of the 26 children had hepatoblastoma relapse. A total of 105 imaging exams were performed following completion of therapy; 88 (84%) CT, 8 (8%) MRI, 5 (5%) US and 4 (4%) FDG PET/CT exams. A total of 288 alpha-fetoprotein levels were drawn, with a mean of 11 per child. The AFP level was elevated in all recurrences and no relapses were detected by imaging before AFP elevation. Two false-positive AFP levels and 15 false-positive imaging exams were detected. AFP elevation was found to be significantly more specific than PET/CT and CT imaging at detecting relapse. We recommend using serial serum AFP levels as the preferred method of surveillance in children with AFP-positive hepatoblastoma, reserving imaging for the early postoperative period, for children at high risk of relapse, and for determination of the anatomical site of clinically suspected recurrence. Given the small size of this preliminary study, validation in a larger patient population is warranted. (orig.)

  3. The in Vitro Assessment of Biochemical Factors in Hepatocyte like Cells Derived from Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    A KHoramroodi

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Umbilical cord blood (UCB is a source of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC and progenitor cells that can reconstitute the hematopoietic system in patients with malignant and nonmalignant disorders. Mesenchymal stem cell-derived from umbilical cord blood (UCB have been differentiated to some kind of cells, such as osteobblast, adipoblast and chondroblast in Vitro. This study examined the differentiation of Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB derived stem cells to functional hepatocytes. Materials & Methods: The present study was an experimental study which was carried out in the Payam-e-Noor University of Tehran in cooperation with Hamedan University of Medical Sciences in 2008. Umbilical cord blood (UCB was obtained from Fatemieh hospital (Hamadan, Iran. Stem cells were isolated from the cord blood by combining density gradient centrifugation with plastic adherence. When the isolated cells reached 80% confluence, they differentiated to hepatocyte like cells. The medium which was used was consists of DMEM and 10% Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS supplemented with 20 ng/mL Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF, 10 ng/mL basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF and 20 ng/mL Oncostatin M (OSM.The medium was changed every 3 days and stored for Albumin (ALB, Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP, Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP, and urea assay. Finally PAS stain was done to study Glycogen storage in the differentiated cell. Results: Measurement of biochemical factors in different days showed that concentration of albumin (ALB, alpha fetoprotein (AFP, alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and Urea gradually increased. Also, PAS staining showed the storage of glycogen in these cells. Conclusion: Stem cell-derived from human umbilical cord blood (HUCB is a new source of cell types for cell transplantation therapy of hepatic diseases and under certain conditions these cells can differentiate into liver cells.

  4. Gastric Composite Tumor of Alpha Fetoprotein-Producing Carcinoma/Hepatoid Adenocarcinoma and Endocrine Carcinoma with Reference to Cellular Phenotypes

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Akira Suzuki

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Alpha-fetoprotein-producing carcinoma (AFPC/hepatoid adenocarcinoma (HAC and neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC are uncommon in the stomach. Composite tumors consisting of these carcinomas and their histologic phenotypes are not well known. Between 2002 and 2007, to estimate the prevalence of composite tumors consisting of tubular adenocarcinoma, AFPC/HAC and NEC, we reviewed specimens obtained from 294 consecutive patients treated surgically for gastric cancer. We examined histological phenotype of tumors of AFPC or NEC containing the composite tumor by evaluating immunohistochemical expressions of MUC2, MUC5AC, MUC6, CDX2, and SOX2. Immunohistochemically, AFPC/HAC dominantly showed the intestinal or mixed phenotype, and NEC frequently showed the gastric phenotype. In the composite tumor, the tubular and hepatoid components showed the gastric phenotype, and the neuroendocrine component showed the mixed type. The unique composite tumor predominantly showed the gastric phenotype, and the hepatoid and neuroendocrine components were considered to be differentiated from the tubular component.

  5. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency resulting in a hitherto unseen presentation of hepatocellular carcinoma: Polycythemia but with normal alpha fetoprotein

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    David Ryan Owen; Ramachandran Sivakumar; Eui-Sik Suh; Murugiah Seevaratnam

    2006-01-01

    Polycythemia is a known paraneopastic manifestation of hepatoma, but only in the presence of alpha-fetopro (AFP). We present a case of polycythemia in the absence of AFP, and suggest concurrent alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency as the cause for breaking this rule. We also suggest a reason for the apparent constant conjunction between polycythemia and AFP in hepatoma.

  6. CRB2 mutations produce a phenotype resembling congenital nephrosis, Finnish type, with cerebral ventriculomegaly and raised alpha-fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Slavotinek, Anne; Kaylor, Julie; Pierce, Heather; Cahr, Michelle; DeWard, Stephanie J; Schneidman-Duhovny, Dina; Alsadah, Adnan; Salem, Fadi; Schmajuk, Gabriela; Mehta, Lakshmi

    2015-01-01

    We report five fetuses and a child from three families who shared a phenotype comprising cerebral ventriculomegaly and echogenic kidneys with histopathological findings of congenital nephrosis. The presenting features were greatly elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) or amniotic fluid alpha-fetoprotein (AFAFP) levels or abnormalities visualized on ultrasound scan during the second trimester of pregnancy. Exome sequencing revealed deleterious sequence variants in Crumbs, Drosophila, Homolog of, 2 (CRB2) consistent with autosomal-recessive inheritance. Two fetuses with cerebral ventriculomegaly and renal microcysts were compound heterozygotes for p.Asn800Lys and p.Trp759Ter, one fetus with renal microcysts was a compound heterozygote for p.Glu643Ala and p.Asn800Lys, and one child with cerebral ventriculomegaly, periventricular heterotopias, echogenic kidneys, and renal failure was homozygous for p.Arg633Trp in CRB2. Examination of the kidneys in one fetus showed tubular cysts at the corticomedullary junction and diffuse effacement of the epithelial foot processes and microvillous transformation of the renal podocytes, findings that were similar to those reported in congenital nephrotic syndrome, Finnish type, that is caused by mutations in nephrin (NPHS1). Loss of function for crb2b and nphs1 in Danio rerio were previously shown to result in loss of the slit diaphragms of the podocytes, leading to the hypothesis that nephrosis develops from an inability to develop a functional glomerular barrier. We conclude that the phenotype associated with CRB2 mutations is pleiotropic and that the condition is an important consideration in the evaluation of high MSAFP/AFAFP where a renal cause is suspected.

  7. Artificial antigen-presenting cells expressing AFP(158-166) peptide and interleukin-15 activate AFP-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Longhao; Guo, Hao; Jiang, Ruoyu; Lu, Li; Liu, Tong; Zhang, Zhixiang; He, Xianghui

    2016-04-05

    Professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) are potent generators of tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) for adoptive immunotherapy; however, generation of APCs is cumbersome, expensive, and subject to the tumor microenvironment. Artificial APCs (aAPCs) have been developed as a cost-effective alternative to APCs. We developed a cellular aAPC that efficiently generated alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-specific CTLs. We genetically modified the human B cell lymphoma cell line BJAB with a lentiviral vector to establish an aAPC called BA15. The expression of AFP(158-166)-HLA-A*02:01 complex, CD80, CD86, and interleukin (IL)-15 in BA15 cells was assessed. The efficiency of BA15 at generating AFP-specific CTLs and the specific cytotoxicity of CTLs against AFP+ cells were also determined. BA15 cells expressed high levels of AFP(158-166) peptide, HLA-A2, CD80, CD86, and IL-15. BA15 cells also exhibited higher efficiency in generating AFP-specific CTLs than did dendritic cells. These CTLs had greater cytotoxicity against AFP+ hepatocellular carcinoma cells than did CTLs obtained from dendritic cells in vitro and in vivo. Our novel aAPC system could provide a robust platform for the generation of functional AFP-specific CTLs for adoptive immunotherapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  8. Prognostic value of the content of lentil lectin-rcactive alpha-fetoprotein-L3 in early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma%甲胎蛋白异质体3含量对早期肝癌的预后价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    冯凯; 马宽生; 高峻; 刘念洲; 王曙光

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体3(lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein-L3,AFP-L3)的含量对早期肝癌的预后价值.方法 97例早期肝癌患者根据术前AFP和AFP-13的含量分为:(1)AFP阳性、AFP-L3阴性组(29例):AFP>20 μg/L & AFP-13<15%;(2)AFP-L3、AFP均低含量组(16例):15%≤AFP-L3≤50% & 20 μg/L≤AFP≤200 μg/L;(3)AFP-L3、AFP均高含量组(13例):AFP-L3>50% & AFP>200 μg/L;(4)AFP-L3高含量、AFP低含量组(24例):AFP-13>50%& 20 μg/L≤AFP≤200 μg/L;(5)AFP-L3低含量、AFP高含量组(15例):15%≤AFP-L3≤50% & AFP>200 μg/L.对各组患者的肿瘤分化程度、术后1、2、3年生存率和无瘤生存率进行分析.结果 AFP-13阴性患者的肿瘤分化程度、术后3年生存率和无瘤牛存率明显优于AFP-L3阳性患者(χ2=21.051,10.043,4.450,6.977,25.566,P<0.05).AFP-L3高含量组患者的肿瘤分化程度、术后1、2、3年生存率和无瘤生存率明显低于低含量组(χ2=7.938,3.488,9.085,P<0.05).结论 AFP-L3含量的增高提示肿瘤恶性程度高,预后不良,尤其是AFP水平低时.手术前后检测AFP-L3含量对于患者预后的评价具有指导意义.%Objective To explore the prognostic value of the content of lentil lectin-reactive alphafetoprotein-L3(AFP-L3)in early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC).Methods According to the content of alpha.fetoprotein(AFP)and AFP-L3 before the treatment,97 patients with early-stage HCC were divided into group A(AFP>20 μg/L & AFP-L3<15%,n=29),group B(15%≤AFP-13≤50% & 20 μg/L≤AFP≤200 μg/L,n=16),group C(AFP-13>50%& AFP>200 μg/L,n=13),group D(AFP-L3>50% & 20 μg/L≤AFP≤200 μg/L,n=24)and group E(15%≤AFP-L3≤50%& AFP>200 μg/L,n=15).The degree of tumor differentiation,the 1-,2-,3-year survival rates and tumor-free survival rates of the patients were analyzed.Results The degree of tumor differentiation.3-year survival rate and tumor-free survival rate of patients in group A were significantly higher than

  9. Risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma may impair the performance of biomarkers: a comparison of AFP, DCP, and AFP-L3.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Volk, Michael L; Hernandez, Jose C; Su, Grace L; Lok, Anna S; Marrero, Jorge A

    2007-01-01

    Current surveillance strategies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are applied uniformly in patients with cirrhosis, regardless of their cancer risk. The aim of this study was to compare the performance characteristics of the biomarkers alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), des-gamma carboxyprothrombin (DCP), and lectin-bound AFP (AFP-L3) in the diagnosis of HCC, and to determine the effect of risk factors for HCC on test performance. Eighty-four patients with HCC and 169 patients with cirrhosis were enrolled and their serum analyzed for total AFP, AFP-L3 and DCP. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves were constructed to determine the performance characteristics. DCP was significantly better than total AFP or AFP-L3 in differentiating HCC from cirrhosis, with a sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 93%. When subjects were divided into two groups by their risk for HCC, all 3 markers had a lower sensitivity and area under the ROC curve in the high-risk group compared to the low-risk group. In conclusion, DCP has the best performance characteristics of all 3 serum markers for the diagnosis of HCC. Serum biomarkers may be less sensitive and specific in the highest risk patients.

  10. The Association between Second-Trimester Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein in 14-22 Weeks and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Razieh Dehghani–Firouzabadi

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim of this study is to determine the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome by maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP level. We followed 295 pregnant women from MSAFP screening in the 14th to 22th week of gestation until the end of pregnancy and information on pregnancy outcome have been recorded in questionnaires. Of 295 pregnant women, 270 had term labor and 25 had preterm labor. The frequencies of pregnancy outcomes were as following: 3 (1.01% stillbirths, 25(8.47% preterm labor, and 10 (3.4% preterm rupture of membranous (PROM, 15 (5.1% pre-eclampsia, 23 (7.8% oligohydramnious, and 1 (0.33% miscarriage. The mean of preterm labor was significantly associated with the higher level of MSAFP (P =0.021. The mean was 55.1 ng/cc in preterm labor and 41.1 ng/cc in term labor. Also, second trimester MSAFP levels were higher in women with pre-eclampsia (P

  11. An Ultrasensitive Electrochemical Immunosensor for Alpha-Fetoprotein Using an Envision Complex-Antibody Copolymer as a Sensitive Label

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Lei Zheng

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel strategy is presented for sensitive detection of alfa-fetoprotein (AFP, using a horseradish peroxidase (HRP-functionalized Envision antibody complex (EVC as the label. The Envision-AFP signal antibody copolymer (EVC-AFP Ab2 was composed of a dextran amine skeleton anchoring more than 100 molecules of HRP and 15 molecules of secondary antibody, and acted as a signal tag in the immunosensor. The sensor was constructed using the following steps: First, gold electrode (GE was modified with nano-gold (AuNPs by electro-deposition in HAuCl4 solution. The high affinity of the AuNPs surface facilitates direct formation of a self-assembled thiolated protein G layer. Next, the coated GE was incubated in a solution of AFP capture antibody (AFP Ab1; these antibodies attach to the thiolated protein G layer through their non-antigenic regions, leaving the antigen binding sites for binding of target analyte. Following a sandwich immunoreaction, an EVC-AFP Ab2-AFP-AFP Ab1 immunocomplex was formed on the electrode surface, allowing large amounts of HRP on the complex to produce an amplified electrocatalytic current of hydroquinone (HQ in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2. Highly amplified detection was achieved, with a detection limit of 2 pg/mL and a linear range of 0.005–0.2 ng/mL for AFP in 10 μL undiluted serum; this is near or below the normal levels of most cancer biomarker proteins in human serum. Measurements of AFP in the serum of cancer patients correlated strongly with standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. These easily fabricated EVC-modified immunosensors show excellent promise for future fabrication of bioelectronic arrays. By varying the target biomolecules, this technique may be easily extended for use with other immunoassays, and thus represents a versatile design route.

  12. 三种肿瘤标志物联合检测在原发性肝细胞癌中的应用价值%Value of combined detection of α-L-fucosidase,sialie acid and alpha-fetoprotein for diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王娟; 刘寓; 李莲

    2011-01-01

    Aim To detect the serum concentrations of Alpha-fetoprotein(AFP),α-L-fucosidase(AFU)and sialic acid (SA)for diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.Methods The levels of AFP,AFU and SA in 47 confirmed primary hepatocellular carninoma cases,45 cirrhosis cases and 42 healthy controls were determined with chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay.Results The diagnostic rate could enhanced by 97.87% through combined detection of the levels of AFP, AFU and SA.Conclusion The positive rate of diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma can obviously enhanced by joint detection of AFP, AFU and SA, and it is suitable for clinical application.%目的 探讨联合检测患者血清中的甲胎蛋白(AFP)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)以及唾液酸(SA)时原发性肝细胞癌(PHC)诊断的应用价值.方法 采用化学发光酶免疫法、速率法和分光光度法,分别检测原发性肝细胞癌患者、肝硬化和健康对照者的AFP、AFU和SA等三种肿瘤标志物的血清含量,并进行统计学分析.结果 AFP、AFU、SA 三者联合检测、可以将诊断率提高到97.87%.结论 三种肿瘤标志物AFP、α-L-AFU、SA多指标联合检测可显著提高原发性肝细胞癌(PHC)诊断阳性率,适宜于临床实验室推广应用.

  13. 血清甲胎蛋白、a-L-岩藻糖苷酶、al-抗胰蛋白酶在原发性肝癌诊断中的应用%The application of serum alpha fetoprotein,a-L-fucosidase and alphao-antitrypsin detection in diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    权翠侠; 王庆国; 滕晓梅

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(alpha fetoprotein,AFP)、a-L-岩藻糖苷酶(a-L-fucosidase,AFU)、al-抗胰蛋白酶(alphao-antitrypsin,AAT)在原发性肝癌(PHC)患者诊断中的应用价值.方法 选择126例原发性肝癌患者、397例良性肝病患者以及206名健康对照者,应用化学发光法测定AFP,新型CNPF(2-氯-4-硝基苯-a-L-岩藻吡喃糖苷)连续监测法测定AFU,速率散射比浊法测定AAT.结果 原发性肝癌组AFP、AFU、APT与良性肝痛组及健康对照组差异有显著性(P<0.01),单独检测对PHC诊断的阳性率分别为73.8%、85.7%、84.1%,三者联合检测可将PHC诊断阳性率提高到96%.结论 血清AFU、AAT、与AFP互为补充,联合检测可提高对PHC的诊断率.

  14. Peri-Transplant Change in AFP Level: a Useful Predictor of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence Following Liver Transplantation.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yoo, Tae; Lee, Kwang-Woong; Yi, Nam-Joon; Choi, Young Rok; Kim, Hyeyoung; Suh, Suk-Won; Jeong, Jae Hong; Lee, Jeong-Moo; Suh, Kyung-Suk

    2016-07-01

    Pretransplant alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a useful tumor marker predicting recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Little is known, however, about the relationship between changes in AFP concentration and prognosis. This study investigated the clinical significance of change in peri-transplant AFP level as a predictor of HCC recurrence. Data from 125 HCC patients with elevated pretransplant AFP level who underwent liver transplantation (LT) between February 2000 and December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with AFP normalization within 1 month after LT were classified into the rapid normalization group (n = 97), with all other patients classified into the non-rapid normalization group (n = 28). Tumor recurrence was observed in 17 of the 97 patients (17.5%) with rapid normalization; of these, 11 patients had high AFP levels and six had normal levels at recurrence. In contrast, tumor recurrence was observed in 24 of the 28 patients (85.7%) without rapid normalization, with all 24 having high AFP levels at recurrence. Multivariate analysis showed that non-rapid normalization (harzard ratio [HR], 4.41, P AFP level at 1 month is a useful clinical marker for HCC recurrence. Therefore, an adjuvant strategy and/or intensive screening are needed for patients who do not show rapid normalization.

  15. 血清甲胎蛋白异质体、高尔基体糖蛋白-73及甲胎蛋白检测在老年人原发性肝癌的诊断价值%Assessment of serum golgi protein 73, alpha-fetoprotein variants, alpha fetoprotein detection in the ;diagnosis of elderly hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    周文瑞; 李新丰; 林奇忆; 王高雄; 黄天从

    2016-01-01

    ;AFP与GP73联合检测后敏感度为96.3%,特异度为95.5%;AFP⁃L3与 GP73联合检测后敏感度为97.0%,特异度为93.3%。结论 GP73、AFP⁃L3有望成为新的诊断原发性肝癌的血清标志物,血清AFP⁃L3、GP73、AFP联合检测联合应用能弥补单项血清标志物的不足,对提高老年HCC的诊断具有一定价值。%Objective To explore the clinical application values of the detection of golgi protein⁃73 (GP73), alpha⁃fetoprotein variants ( AFP⁃L3 ), alpha fetoprotein ( AFP ) in the diagnosis of elderly hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC).Methods Forty cases of HCC patients(HCC group),21 cases with benign tumor of liver ( benign tumor of liver group) and 19 cases with cirrhotic patients ( liver cirrhosis group) were enrolled. GP73 was detected by double antibody sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbent lenscu⁃linaris ( ELISA) ,AFP and AFP⁃L3 were examined with electrochemiluminescence immunoassay ( ECLIA) ,AFP⁃L3 was isolated with agglutinin⁃coupled spin cloumn ( ACSC). Results The differences of AFP, AFP⁃L3, AFP⁃L3%,GP73 among groups were statistically significant ( F =213. 04, 151. 98, 231. 80, 657. 04; P 0. 05). The areas of AFP, AFP⁃L3, AFP⁃L3% and GP73 under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves in the differential diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC) were 0.744, 0.799,0.720,0.875,and the area of GP73 was the largest. The sensitivity and specificity of AFP were 62.5%and 80. 0%, AFP⁃L3 were 70.0% and 77. 5%, GP73 were 90. 0% and 70. 0%. Compared with the single detection,the sensitivity and specificity of AFP and AFP⁃L3 parallel testing were 86.7% and 95.5%,AFP and GP73 parallel testing were 96. 3% and 95. 5%, AFP⁃L3 and GP73 parallel testing were 97.0% and 93.3%. Conclusions GP73 and AFP⁃L3 are expected to become new serum markers for diagnosis of primary liver cancer.The allied combination of serum GP73,AFP⁃L3 and AFP makes up for the insufficient clinical applications

  16. Serum albumin and globulin analysis for hepatocellular carcinoma detection avoiding false-negative results from alpha-fetoprotein test negative subjects

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Jing; Feng, Shangyuan; Lin, Juqiang; Zeng, Yongyi; Li, Ling; Huang, Zufang; Li, Buhong; Zeng, Haishan; Chen, Rong

    2013-11-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of serum albumin and globulin were employed to detect hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Tentative assignments of SERS bands show specific biomolecular changes associated with cancer development. These changes include a decrease in relative amounts of tryptophan, glutamine, glycine, and serine, indicating excessive consumption of amino acids for protein duplication. Principal component analysis was also introduced to analyze the obtained spectra, resulting in both diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of 100%. More importantly, it reveals that this method can detect HCC patients with alpha-fetoprotein negative test results, suggesting its great potential as a new alternative to detect HCC.

  17. Effects of AFP gene silencing on apoptosis and proliferation of a hepatocellular carcinoma cell line.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Ling; He, Tao; Cui, Hong; Wang, Yunjian; Huang, Changshan; Han, Feng

    2012-08-01

    Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) is an oncoembryonal protein that is highly expressed in the majority of hepatocellular carcinomas. Previous studies have shown that AFP may be involved in multiple cell growth regulating, differentiating, and immunosuppressive activities. We investigated the effects of AFP gene silencing by siRNA on apoptosis and proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cell line EGHC-9901, which highly expresses AFP and may serve as an ideal model for investigation of AFP functions. siRNA expressing plasmid targeting the AFP gene was first established and subsequently transfected into hepatocellular carcinoma cell line EGHC-9901; cells were then divided into three groups: siRNA-afp, transfected with AFP-siRNA; siRNA-beta-actin, transfected with siRNA-beta-actin as the positive group; and vector control, transfected with empty vector as the blank control group. After G418 positive clone selection for a couple of weeks, Western blot and RT (reverse transcription)-PCR assay demonstrated that AFP expression was almost completely inhibited by siRNA-afp, which indicates that siRNA expressing plasmid targeting the AFP gene has been successfully established. Furthermore, MTT (methyl thiazolyl tetrazelium) assay showed that cells transfected with siRNA-afp proliferated at a significantly lower speed than the other two groups and flat plate clone formation assay also witnessed less clones with diameters of more than 75 μm in siRNA-afp immunofluorescence indicating that the apoptosis rate of cells transfected with siRNA-afp was significantly higher than the other two groups. Furthermore, flow cytometry manifested approximately 20% more cells of siRNA-afp within G1 phase than those of the negative group, indicating that inhibition of AFP expression may cause G1 phase arrest. Finally, Western blot and RT-PCR assay demonstrated that siRNA-afp induced a higher expression of caspase-3 than the other two groups whereas there was no difference in expression of caspase-8

  18. Hepatocytic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in cocultures with fetal liver cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Claudia Lange; Helge Bruns; Dietrich Kluth; Axel R Zander; Henning C Fiegel

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the hepatocytic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in co-cultures with fetal liver cells (FLC) and the possibility to expand differentiated hepatocytic cells.METHODS: MSCs were marked with green fluorescent protein (GFP) by retroviral gene transduction. Clonal marked MSCs were either cultured under liver stimulating conditions using fibronectin-coated culture dishes and medium supplemented with stem cell factor (SCF),hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and fibroblast growth factor 4 (FGF-4) alone, or in presence of freshly isolated FLC. Cells in co-cultures were harvested, and GFP+ or GFP- cells were separated using fluorescence activated cell sorting. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for the liver specific markers cytokeratin-18 (CK-18), albumin,and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was performed in different cell populations.RESULTS: Under the specified culture conditions, rat MSCs co-cultured with FLC expressed albumin, CK-18,and AFP-RNA over two weeks. At wk 3, MSCs lost hepatooytic gene expression, probably due to overgrowth of the cocultured FLC. FLC also showed a stable liver specific gene expression in the co-cultures and a very high growth potential.CONCLUSION: The rat MSCs from bone marrow can differentiate hepatocytic cells in the presence of FLC in vitro and the presence of MSCs in co-cultures also prorides a beneficial environment for expansion and differentiation of FLC.

  19. AFP与AFP-L3(%)阳性率在原发性肝癌诊断中的价值%The Value of AFP and AFP-L3(%) Positive Rate in the Diagnosis of Primary Liver Cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    佘有清

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the relationship between the positive rate of alpha-fetoprotein variant 3[AFP-L3(%)] and the incidence of primary liver cancer(PHC) under different alpha fetal protein(AFP),and to provide a reference for clinical diagnosis of primary liver cancer.Method:According to the random number table method,240 cases were randomly selected in our hospital from July 2013 to June 2014,hospitalization and outpatient medical. AFP and AFP-L3 levels were detected in all patients,calculated the percentage of AFP-L3,that is,AFP-L3/AFP(%).Test results according to the AFP concentration range points into negative group(00.05).Conclusion:Detection of low concentration and high concentration of AFP in patients with AFP-L3(%) positive rate for the diagnosis of PHC has a certain clinical significance.%目的:探讨在不同甲胎蛋白(AFP)浓度下,甲胎蛋白异质体3百分比[AFP-L3(%)]阳性率与原发性肝癌(PHC)发病率之间的关系,为临床原发性肝癌的诊断提供参考。方法:按随机数字表法随机选取2013年7月-2014年6月在笔者所在医院门诊、住院及体检患者240例。检测所有患者的 AFPAFP-L3含量,计算 AFP-L3百分比,即 AFP-L3/AFP(%);将检测结果按 AFP 浓度范围分为阴性组(0≤AFP0.05)。结论:检测低浓度和高浓度 AFP 患者AFP-L3(%)阳性率对 PHC 的诊断具有一定的临床意义。

  20. Effects of AFP-activated PI3K/Akt signaling pathway on cell proliferation of liver cancer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zheng, Lu; Gong, Wei; Liang, Ping; Huang, XiaoBing; You, Nan; Han, Ke Qiang; Li, Yu Ming; Li, Jing

    2014-05-01

    This study aims to investigate effects of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-activated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway on hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation. Active cirrhosis patients after hepatitis B infection (n = 20) and viral hepatitis patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (n = 20) were selected as the subjects of the present study. Another 20 healthy subjects were selected as the control group. The serum AFP expression and liver tissue PI3K and Akt gene mRNA expression were detected. The hepatoma cell model HepG2 which had a stable expression of AFP gene was used. Real-time quantitative PCR and Western blot and other methods were used to analyze the intracellular PI3K and Akt protein levels. Compared with control group and cirrhosis group, the serum AFP levels in HCC group significantly increased, and the tissue PI3K and Akt mRNA expression also significantly increased. HepG2 cells were intervened using AFP, in which the PIK and Akt protein expression significantly increased. After intervention by use of AFP monoclonal antibodies or LY294002 inhibitor, the PIK and Akt protein expression in HepG2 cell was significantly decreased (P AFP can promote the proliferation of hepatoma cells via activation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

  1. The promoting molecular mechanism of alpha-fetoprotein on the growth of human hepatoma Bel7402 cell line

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Meng-Sen Li; Ping-Feng Li; Shi-Peng He; Guo-Guang Du; Gang Li

    2002-01-01

    AIM: The goal of this study was to characterize the AlPreceptor, its possible signal transduction pathway and itsproliferative functions in human hepatoma cell line Bel 7402.METHODS: Cell proliferation enhanced by AFlP was detectedby MTT assay, 3H-thymidine incorporation and S-stsgepercentage of cell cycle analysis. With radioactive labeled 125 I-AFP for receptor binding assay; cAMP acctmuation, ProteinKinase A activity were detected by radioactive immunosorbentassay and the change of intracellular free calcium ([Ca2+ ], )was monitored by scanning fluorescence intensity under TCS-NT confocal microscope. The expression of oncxgenes N- ras,p53, and p21ras in the cultured cells in vitro were detected byNorthem blotting and Western blotting respectively.RESULTS: It was demonstrated that AFP enhanced theproliferation of human hepatoma Bel 7402 cell in a dosedependlent fashion asshown in MTT assay, 3H-thymidineincorporation and S-phase percentage up to 2-fold. Twosubtypes of AFP receptors were identified in the cells withKds of 1.3 x 10-9 mol. L-1 and 9.9 x 10-8 mol. L-1 respectively.Pretreatnent of cells with AFP resulted-in a significantincrease (625 %) in cAMP accumulation. The activity ofprotein kinase A activity were increased up to 37.5, 122.6,73.7 and 61.2 % at treatment time point 2, 6, 12 and 24hours. The level of intracellular calcium were elevated afterthe treatment of alpha-fetoprotsin and achieved to 204 % at 4min. The results also showed that AFP (20 mg. L-1 ) couldupregulate the expression of N-ras oncogenes and p53 andp21ras in Bel 7402 cells. In the later case, the alteration ware 81.1%(12 h) and 97.3 %(12 h) respectively compared with control.CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate that AFP is apotential growth factor to promote the proliferation of humanhepatoma Bel 7402 cells. Its growth-regulatory effects aremediated by its specific plasma membrane receptorscoupled with its transmembrane signaling transductionthrough the pathway of cAMP-PKA and

  2. The Use of Postoperative Serum HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ for Judgment of the Prognosis for Hepatocellular Carcinoma patients

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Runzhou Ni; Lei Yang; Mingbing Xiao; Feng Li; Cuihua Lu

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical value of hepatoma-specific alpha-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) and gamma-glutamyltransferase Ⅱ (GGT Ⅱ) for judgment of postoperative prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS HS-AFP was separated and determined using native polyacrylamide electrophoresis with a discontinuous buffer system and Western blots. GGT Ⅱ was separated with native polyacrylamide electrophoresis with a discontinuous buffer system and detected by enzyme staining. Forty cases with HCC underwent serial determination of HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ before and after radical excision. The correlations were analyzed between the two indices and survival time.RESULTS In the 40 cases with HCC, before radical excision the positive rates of HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were 57.5% and 67.5% respectively, with the positive rate of combined HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ reaching 80.0%. After operation, the recurrence and metastasis rate in the groups with positive HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were 90.9% and 58.8% respectively, while in the groups with negative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ the rates were 20.7% and 26.1% respectively. Recurrence and metastasis occurred in all cases with both postoperative positive HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ but only in 9.5% of the cases in whom both postoperative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were negative. Univariate analysis revealed that postoperative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were related to the prognosis in HCC.CONCLUSION Postoperative serum HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ are very useful in predicting the prognosis of HCC patients.

  3. 采用ROC曲线评价a-L-岩藻糖苷酶,5-核苷酸酶,甲胎蛋白在肝癌诊断、预后预测中的价值%Study on using ROC curve evaluation ofα-L-fucosidase,5'-nucleo tidase and alpha fetoprotein diagnostic and predictive value in hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    刘慧敏; 刘平

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨 a-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、5-核苷酸酶(5’-NT)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)检测对原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值。方法肝癌患者(肝癌组)40例,手术后6个月,根据肝癌是否复发,分为复发组和非复发组。另入选健康体检者(对照组)60例,测定3组 AFU、5’-NT、AFP 水平,应用受试者工作曲线(ROC)评估三者对肝癌的诊断和预测价值。结果 AFU、5’-NT 和 AFP 在肝癌组和对照组间比较差异均有统计学意义。AFU、5’-NT 和 AFP 3种指标单独检测时,ROC 曲线下面积分别为0.904,0.870,0.866。手术前以及手术后复发组 AFU 浓度均高于非复发组。手术前以及手术后复发组5’-NT 浓度与非复发组相比差异无统计学意义。手术后复发组 AFP 血清浓度高于非复发组,手术前复发组 AFP 血清浓度与非复发组相比差异无统计学意义。结论通过 ROC 曲线评价,检测 AFU 和5’-NT两种指标可用于对 PHC 的诊断,AFU 可以用于肝癌预后的预测。%Objective To explore the diagnosis value of α-L-fucosidase (AFU),5'-nucleo tidase (5 ’-NT)and alpha fetoprotein (AFP)detection in patients with primary hepatic carcinoma(PHC).Methods The study involved 40 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma as experimental group and 60 cases of physical examination as control group, using ROC curve to make a comparative analysis.The patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who experienced surgical treatment were followed up for average six months.The patients were divided into relapse group and non-recurrent group,to AFU,5-NT,AFP levels were detected to assess the predictive value.Results The level of AFU,5’-NT and AFP in PHC group were higher than those in control group (P <0.05).The area under the ROC curve for the three indexes were 0.904,0.870 and 0.866,respectively.The concentrations of AFU in preoperative and postoperative detection were significantly higher than those of non-recurrent group.However,5 - NT

  4. 高尔基体蛋白73及甲胎蛋白在原发性肝癌中的诊断意义%Diagnostic value of Golgi protein 73 and alpha-fetoprotein in hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    冯志刚; 徐名烤; 修宁宁; 欧日花; 李忠信

    2013-01-01

    Objective To assess diagnostic value of Golgi protein 73(GP73) and alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) in hepatic cellular carcinoma(HCC). Methods Among wards, out-patients and healthy check people in our hospital from April 2011 to October 2012, 47 HCC, 45 hepatic cirrhosis, 387 HBV carriers and 528 healthy control people were involved in the study. GP73 in serum was measured by ELISA and AFP was measured by ADVIA Centaur XP Immunoassay System. The sensitivity, specification were calculated. Results GP73 in HCC, hepatic cirrhosis, HBV carriers and healthy control people were 174.22 ±119.22, 127.98±39.71, 74.51±40.13, 47.08±22.75ng/ml and showed significance difference. The medians of AFP in HCC, hepatic cirrhosis, HBV carriers and healthy control people were 27, 3.2, 2.8 and 2.6ng/ml. AFP in HCC showed significance difference. The summary estimates for serum GP73 in HCC in the study included were as follows: area under curve ROC, 0.819; sensitivity, 0.574; specificity, 0.966 and Youden index 0.540. Those of AFP were 0.825, 0.745, 0.846 and 0.591. Sensitivity, specificity and Youden index for parallel combination of GP73 and AFP in HCC are 0.851, 0.815 and 0.666; those for sequential combination are 0.362, 0.990 and 0.352. Conclusion With sensitivity 0.851 and specificity 0.815 for parallel combination of GP73 and AFP, it has a fine diagnostics performance in HCC.%  目的研究高尔基体蛋白73(Golgi protein 73,GP73)、甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)单独及联合使用在原发性肝癌中的诊断意义。方法选择我院2011年4月-2012年10月门诊、住院患者和健康体检人群,分别用酶联免疫吸附法和化学发光免疫分析法检测47例原发性肝癌、45例肝硬化、387例乙肝携带者、528例健康对照组血清GP73与AFP水平,分析两指标各组间差别,绘制其诊断原发性肝癌的ROC曲线。结果原发性肝癌、肝硬化、乙肝携带者、健康对照组GP73分别为174.22±119.22、127.98±39.71、74

  5. A sensitive photoelectrochemical biosensor for AFP detection based on ZnO inverse opal electrodes with signal amplification of CdS-QDs.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Ru; Jiang, Yandong; Xia, Lei; Zhang, Tianxiang; Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuang; Liu, Dali; Song, Hongwei

    2015-12-15

    In this work, ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) based photoelectrochemical (PEC) electrode was fabricated for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) detection. Then, the uniform CdS quantum dots (QDs) were hydrothermally synthesized, which allowed the binding of AFP and glucose oxidase (GOD) on CdS QDs, forming the AFP-CdS-GOD composite. The competitive immunosensor of AFP and the AFP-CdS-GOD composite with anti-AFP antibodies (Ab) immobilized on FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide) /ZnO IOs electrode was successfully applied to the detection of AFP. GOD could catalyze glucose to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) acting as an electron donor to scavenge photogenerated holes in the valence band of CdS QDs, reducing the recombination of electrons and holes of CdS QDs. Also the effective energy level matching between the conduction bands of CdS QDs and ZnO widened the range of light absorption, allowing for electron injection from excited CdS QDs to ZnO upon visible light irradiation, which enhanced the photocurrent. The results show that the immunosensor of AFP possesses a large linear detection range of 0.1-500 ng/ml with a detection limit of 0.01 ng/ml. It also exhibits excellent anti-interference property and acceptable stability. This work provides a promising method for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor detection of other proteins.

  6. The diagnostic value of des-gamma-carboxyprothrombin and alpha-fetoprotein in primary hepatocellular carcinoma%去γ-羧基凝血酶原、甲胎蛋白在原发性肝细胞癌中的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    高明军; 陈洪; 陆枫林; 朱家沂

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨肿瘤标志物去γ-羧基凝血酶原(des-γ-carboxy prothrombin,DCP)、甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)联合检测对原发性肝细胞癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)的诊断价值.方法:172例研究对象分为正常对照组25例、慢性肝炎组20例、肝硬化组51例及HCC组76例,酶联免疫法(ELISA)测定血清DCP浓度,电化学发光免疫法(ECLIA)测定血清AFP浓度,应用Logistic回归、ROC曲线对DCP、AFP、两者联合检测结果进行分析评价.结果:(1)正常对照组、慢性肝炎组、肝硬化组及HCC组DCP平均浓度分别为(17.72±9.59)、(26.12±12.64)、(37.45±18.26)和(806.71±639.79) mAU/mL,DCP浓度在4组间呈递增趋势(P<0.05),且HCC组DCP浓度显著高于其他3组(P<0.01).正常对照组、慢性肝炎组、肝硬化组及HCC组AFP平均浓度分别为(7.93±5.42)、(14.59±11.91)、(16.29±14.10)和(547.47±544.98) ng/mL,HCC组AFP浓度明显高于其他3组(P<0.01).(2)DCP、AFP单独诊断HCC的ROC曲线下面积(AUROC)分别为0.891、0.813,DCP综合诊断效能优于AFP (P< 0.05);通过Logistic回归模型形成的联合预测因子(combining predictors,Comb)为分析指标,DCP、AFP联合检测时AUROC为0.932,优于DCP或AFP单独检测(P<0.05).(3)通过ROC曲线确定DCP、AFP及Comb诊断HCC的最佳界定值分别为73.35 mAU/mL、35.38 ng/mL、0.28,此时具有较高的灵敏度和特异度.结论:DCP对我国HCC患者具有较好的诊断价值,运用Logistic回归、ROC曲线及诊断界定值综合分析DCP、AFP对HCC进行诊断,大大提高了诊断效能.%Objective This study aimed to investigate the diagnostic values of the combined detection of the serum levels of des-gamma-carboxyprothrombin (DCP) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in patients' with hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods Serum levels of DCP and AFP were measured in 76 patients with HCC, 51 patients with liver cirrhosis, 20 chronic hepatitis patients and 25 healthy subjects using enzyme-linked immunosorbent

  7. Solitary AFP- and PIVKA-II-producing hepatoid gastric cancer with giant lymph node metastasis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Iso, Yukihiro; Sawada, Tokihiko; Shimoda, Mitsugi; Rokkaku, Kyu; Ohkura, Yasuo; Kubota, Keiichi

    2005-01-01

    A 61-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of abdominal pain and an abdominal mass. The patient had anemia and elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) (9630ng/mL) and PIVKA-II (91mAU/mL) levels. Roentgenographic examination revealed an extra-gastric tumor in the upper abdomen, and gastroscopy revealed Bormann type 2 gastric cancer in the lower portion of the stomach. The preoperative diagnosis was synchronous gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and surgery was performed. The extra-gastric tumor appeared to be an extra-hepatically growing HCC because the tumor was fed by vessels ramifying from the umbilical portion of the liver. Distal gastrectomy with resection of the extra-gastric tumor was performed, and histological examination of the resected specimen revealed that the gastric cancer was an AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma and that the extra-gastric tumor was a lymph node metastasis. AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma tends to metastasize to the regional lymph nodes and form a giant tumor. A giant tumor in the upper abdomen associated with gastric cancer may therefore be a clinical manifestation of AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma.

  8. Diagnosis value of combined detection of AFP,AFP-L3,DKK1 in primary hepatic carcinoma%AFP、AFP-L3、DKK1联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    薄维波; 秦继宝

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical significance of the single detection or the combination detection of 3 kinds of tumor marker alpha-fetoprotein(AFP),alpha-fetoprotein-L3(AFP-L3)and DKK1 for the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma(PHC). Methods AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 in the PHC group,benign hepatic diseases group and control group were detected by adopting the ECLIA,affinity adsorption chromatography and ELISA methods respectively.The ratio of AFP-L3 in AFP was calculated.Re-sults In the single detection,the sensitivity of AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 was 60.9%,76.8% and 69.6% respectively and the speci-ficity was 88.7%,91.5% and 95.8% respectively.In the combination detection,the sensitivity and specificity were 91.3% and 87.3% respectively,the differences between the single detection and the combination detection had statistical significance (P <0. 05).Conclusion The combined examination of serum AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 can elevate the sensitivity and specificity,which is much better and more accurate for diagnosing PHC than most of traditional combination detection at present.%目的:分析3种肿瘤标志物甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)、分泌型蛋白Dickkopf-1(DKK1)单独或联合检测原发性肝癌(PHC)的临床意义。方法采用电化学发光法检测 PHC 组、良性肝病组和健康对照组血清 AFP 水平;采用亲和吸附层析法检测 AFP-L3水平,计算 AFP-L3在 AFP 中比例;采用 ELISA 试剂盒检测血清标本中 DKK1水平。结果单独检测 PHC 患者的3种肿瘤标志物,AFP、AFP-L3、DKK1灵敏度分别为60.9%、76.8%、69.6%,特异度分别为88.7%、91.5%、95.8%。3项指标联合检测的灵敏度是91.3%,特异度是87.3%,与单项指标检测相比差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论AFPAFP-L3、DKK1的联合检测能提高 PHC 血清学检测的灵敏度和特异度,在 PHC 诊断方面比目前大多数传统的组合方法更准确。

  9. 电化学发光免疫分析仪检测甲胎蛋白的性能验证%Performance verification of electrochemiluminescence immunoassay system in the detection of alpha fetoprotein

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王凡; 蒋红君

    2011-01-01

    Objective To verificate the basic analytical performance of the electrochemiluminescence immunoassay( FCLIA) system in the detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and explore a suitable verification mode of FCLIA.Methods The precision,accuracy, clinical reportable range and reference interval of Elecsys 2010 ECLIA system in the detection of AFP were analyzed according to related guidelines.Results The within-run precision,total precision were 0.28 and 0.45 IU/mL,according to the samples with AFP level of 11.90 IU/mL , and according to the samples with AFP level of 237.23 IU/mL, the two parameters were 2.85 and 3.50 IU/mL,all be consistent with manufacturer's claim.The relative bias between the ceasured results of controls at high and low level and each target value were both less than 5% ,and the relative bias between the measured results of FQA controls at five levels and target values were -0.41% - 6.61 %.The verified analytical range was 0.514 - 992.7 IU/mL, within the manufacturer calimed liner range.The clinical reportable range was 0.514 - 158832 IU/mL.The verified eference interval was 0.0- 5.8 IU/mL and consistent with manufacturer's claimed.Conclusion The main analytical performance of Roche 2010 FLICA system in the detection of AFP were consistent with manufacturer's claim.The manufacturer claimed reference interval was acceptable.The performance verification procedure and experimental methods in this research are simple and practicable.%目的 验证电化学发光免疫分析法(ECLIA)检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)的基本分析性能,同时探讨适用于ECLIA检测系统分析性能的验证模式.方法 参照相关的文件,分别用ECLIA检测AFP的精密度、准确度、临床可报告范围和参考区间.结果 测定均值为11.90 IU/mL的样本,验证后批内精密度为0.28 IU/mL,总精密度为0.45 IU/mL;测定均值为237.23 IU/mL的样本,验证后批内精密度为2.85 IU/mL,总精密度为3.50 IU/mL,均与厂家声明一致;高、低浓

  10. Combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an useful serological marker for small hepatocellular carcinoma: a prospective cohort study.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Guoxin; Ha, Seon-Ah; Kim, Hyun K; Yoo, Jinah; Kim, Sanghee; Lee, Youn S; Hur, Soo Y; Kim, Yong W; Kim, Tae E; Park, Yong G; Wang, Jing; Yang, Yang; Xu, Zekuan; Song, Eun Y; Huang, Zuhu; Jirun, Peng; Zhongtian, Jin; Shishi, Qiao; Zhuqingqing, Cui; Lei, Gong; Kim, Jin W

    2012-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1) was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46%) and 686 (51.3%) were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54%) for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  11. Combined Analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an Useful Serological Marker for Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Prospective Cohort Study

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Guoxin Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP. Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1 was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46% and 686 (51.3% were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54% for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (< 2 cm was significantly improved in the combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  12. A Convenient and Efficient Method to Enrich and Maintain Highly Proliferative Human Fetal Liver Stem Cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Guo, Xuan; Wang, Shu; Dou, Ya-ling; Guo, Xiang-fei; Chen, Zhao-li; Wang, Xin-wei; Shen, Zhi-qiang; Qiu, Zhi-gang; Jin, Min; Li, Jun-wen

    2015-06-01

    Pluripotent human hepatic stem cells have broad research and clinical applications, which are, however, restricted by both limited resources and technical difficulties with respect to isolation of stem cells from the adult or fetal liver. In this study, we developed a convenient and efficient method involving a two-step in situ collagenase perfusion, gravity sedimentation, and Percoll density gradient centrifugation to enrich and maintain highly proliferative human fetal liver stem cells (hFLSCs). Using this method, the isolated hFLSCs entered into the exponential growth phase within 10 days and maintained sufficient proliferative activity to permit subculture for at least 20 passages without differentiation. Immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, and flow cytometry results showed that these cells expressed stem cell markers, such as c-kit, CD44, epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), oval cell marker-6 (OV-6), epithelial marker cytokeratin 18 (CK18), biliary ductal marker CK19, and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Gene expression analysis showed that these cells had stable mRNA expression of c-Kit, EpCAM, neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), CK19, CK18, AFP, and claudin 3 (CLDN-3) throughout each passage while maintaining low levels of ALB, but with complete absence of cytochrome P450 3A4 (C3A4), phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), telomeric repeat binding factor (TRF), and connexin 26 (CX26) expression. When grown in appropriate medium, these isolated liver stem cells could differentiate into hepatocytes, cholangiocytes, osteoblasts, adipocytes, or endothelial cells. Thus, we have demonstrated a more economical and efficient method to isolate hFLSCs than magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS). This novel approach may provide an excellent tool to isolate highly proliferative hFLSCs for tissue engineering and regenerative therapies.

  13. Effects of AFP gene silencing on Survivin mRNA expression inhibition in HepG2 cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Fang, Z L; Fang, N; Han, X N; Huang, G; Fu, X J; Xie, G S; Wang, N R; Xiong, J P

    2015-04-10

    We investigated the effects of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) gene silencing on Survivin expression in HepG2 cells. Small interfering RNA technology was used to downregulate AFP expression in HepG2 cells. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure AFP concentration in the supernatant before and after transfection. An MTT assay was used to detect cell proliferation activity before and after transfection. We performed flow cytometric analysis to detect the cell apoptosis rate, and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction to detect Survivin mRNA levels before and after transfection. Forty-eight hours after transfection, AFP concentration in the supernatant of the experimental group significantly decreased, hepatocellular carcinoma cell growth was inhibited by 43.1%, and the apoptosis rate increased by 24.3%. Survivin mRNA expression was reduced by 78.0% in HepG2 cells. These indicators in the control group and in the blank group did not change significantly. Silencing of AFP expression in HepG2 cells can effectively inhibit the growth of hepatoma cells and promote apoptosis, which may be useful for reducing intracellular Survivin mRNA levels.

  14. 甲胎蛋白对耐药基因MDR1表达及肝癌细胞化疗敏感性的影响%Influence of alpha-fetoprotein on the expression of drug-resistance gene MDR1 and chemotherapeutic sensitivity in hepatocellular carcinoma cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    吴超; 杨健; 张金玲; 金涛; 何前进; 李常海

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the influence of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) on the expression of drug-resistance gene MDR1 and chemotherapeutic sensitivity in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells.Methods A HCC cell line SMMC-7721/AFP, which was stably transfected with AFP gene, was established.mRNA and protein expressions of AFP and MDR1 were detected by real-time PCR and Western Blot,respectively.The sensitivity of SMMC-7721/AFP and SMMC-7721/EGFP cells with or without MDR1 silencing by siRNA to doxorubicin was tested by MTT assay.Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression of MDR1 genes-coded protein Pgp in 60 cases of HCC tissues, and the relationship between Pgp expression and serum AFP levels was analyzed.Results AFP mRNA and protein could be detected in SMMC-7721/AFP cells, but not in control cells, indicating that the AFP stably transfected cell line was successfully established.MDR1 mRNA and protein levels were higher in SMMC-7721/AFP cells than those in SMMC-7721/EGFP cells.MDR1 mRNA level in SMMC-7721/AFP cells was (52.7 ± 1.5) times as high as that in SMMC-7721/EGFP cells (P < 0.05).The resistance to doxorubicin was increased by (12.8 ± 1.1) times after AFP transfection (P < 0.05).The chemosensitivity to doxorubicin was increased after the expression of MDR1 was knocked down by siRNA.The expression of Pgp in HCC tissues was positively correlated with the serum AFP levels.Conclusion AFP could induce drug-resistance to doxorubicin in HCC cells by increasing the expression of MDR1.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)对耐药基因MDR1表达和肝癌细胞化疗敏感性的影响.方法 建立稳定表达AFP的肝癌细胞系SMMC-7721/AFP,分别通过Real-time PCR和蛋白印迹检测转染前后AFP和MDR1的表达.MTT法测定SMMC-7721/AFP和SMMC-7721/EGFP细胞对阿霉素的化疗敏感性.siRNA沉默SMMC-7721/AFP细胞中MDR1的表达,观察细胞对阿霉素化疗敏感性的变化.采用免疫组织化学染色法检测60例肝癌组织中MDR1编码蛋

  15. Primary intracranial germ cell tumor with abnormal high value of alpha-fetoprotein after the radiation therapy. Report of case

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hokin, Kiyohiro; Abe, Hiroshi; Aida, Toshimitsu; Mabuchi, Shouji; Tsuru, Mitsuo; Nakamura, Nishio (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1983-02-01

    A 7-year-old boy was admitted to Hokkaido University Hospital complaining of headache and vomiting. On admission he was slightly confused and presented Parinaud's sign. CT scan revealed abnormal high density mass with contrast enhancement effect at the pineal region and obstructive hydrocephalus. Laboratory studies showed the normal value of human chorionic gonadotropin and no trace of alphafetoprotein. Germinoma was most suspected based on the findings of CT scan and laboratory studies. The radiation therapy was carried out for a month and CT scan taken after the radiation therapy revealed marked reduction of the size of the tumor at the pineal region, and he was discharged. But he was re-admitted 3 months after the discharge complaining of headache and vomitting again. CT scan showed the recurrence of the tumor and laboratory studies showed abnormal high value of A.F.P. After the ventriculoperitoneal shunt, the sub-occipital craniectomy was performed by the Stein's approach, and the tumor was removed. Pathologically the tumor was a typical yolk sac tumor. This case is a very interesting case because it suggests an alternation of the element of the germ cell tumor by the radiation therapy. At first admission, germinoma was the main element of the tumor judging from the effectiveness of the radiation therapy and laboratory studies. But the main element of the tumor seemed to have changed to yolk sac tumor after the radiation therapy. The relation between the tumor markers and the types of the germ cell tumor and histopathological characters of the intracranial germ cell tumor were discussed.

  16. Differentiation of human umbilical cord blood stem cells into hepatocytes in vivo and in vitro

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiao-Peng Tang; Min Zhang; Xu Yang; Li-Min Chen; Yang Zeng

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To study the condition and potentiality of human umbilical cord blood stem cells (HUCBSC) to differentiate into hepatocytes in vivo or in vitro.METHODS: In a cell culture study of human umbilical cord blood stem cell (HUCBSC) differentiation, human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (HUCBMNC) were separated by density gradient centrifugation.Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and the supernatant of fetal liver were added in the inducing groups. Only FGF was added in the control group. The expansion and differentiation of HUCBMNC in each group were observed. Human alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and albumin (ALB) were detected by immunohistochemistry. In the animal experiments, the survival SD rats with acute hepatic injury after carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) injection 48 h were randomly divided into three groups. The rats in group A were treated with human umbilical cord blood serum. The rats in group B were treated with HUCBMNC transplantation. The rats in group C were treated with HUCBMNC transplantation followed by intraperitoneal cyclophosphamide for 7 d.The rats were killed at different time points after the treatment and the liver tissue was histopathologically studied and human AFP and ALB detected by immunohistochemistry. The human X inactive-specific transcript gene fragment in the liver tissue was amplified by PCR to find human DNA.RESULTS: The results of cell culture showed that adherent cells were stained negative for AFP or ALB in control group. However, the adherent cells in the inducing groups stained positive for AFP or ALB. The result of animal experiment showed that no human AFP or ALB positive cells present in the liver tissue of group A (control group). However, many human AFP or ALB positive cells were scattered around sinus hepaticus and the central veins of hepatic lobules and in the portal area in group B and group C after one month. The fragment of human X chromagene could be detected in the liver tissue of

  17. Tumor-targeted gene therapy using Adv-AFP-HRPC/IAA prodrug system suppresses growth of hepatoma xenografted in mice.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Dai, M; Liu, J; Chen, D-E; Rao, Y; Tang, Z-J; Ho, W-Z; Dong, C-Y

    2012-02-01

    Clinical efficacy of current therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment is limited. Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) is non-toxic for mammalian cells. Oxidative decarboxylation of IAA by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) leads to toxic effects of IAA. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a novel gene-targeted enzyme prodrug therapy with IAA on hepatoma growth in vitro and in vivo mouse hepatoma models. We generated a plasmid using adenovirus to express HRP isoenzyme C (HRPC) with the HCC marker, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), as the promoter (pAdv-AFP-HRPC). Hepatocellular cells were infected with pAdv-AFP-HRPC and treated with IAA. Cell death was detected using MTT assay. Hepatoma xenografts were developed in mice by injection of mouse hepatoma cells. The size and weight of tumors and organs were evaluated. Cell death in tumors was assessed using hematoxylin and eosin-stained tissue sections. HRPC expression in tissues was detected using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction. IAA stimulated death of hepatocellular cells infected with pAdv-AFP-HRPC, in a dose- and time-dependent manner, but not in control cells. Growth of hepatoma xenografts, including the size and weight, was inhibited in mice treated with pAdv-AFP-HRPC and IAA, compared with that in control group. pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA treatment induced cell death in hepatoma xenografts in mice. HRPC gene expressed only in hepatoma, but not in other normal organs of mice. pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA treatment did not cause any side effects on normal organs. These findings suggest that pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA enzyme/prodrug system may serve as a strategy for HCC therapy.

  18. Fetal liver hepatic progenitors are supportive stromal cells for hematopoietic stem cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chou, Song; Lodish, Harvey F

    2010-04-27

    Previously we showed that the ~2% of fetal liver cells reactive with an anti-CD3epsilon monoclonal antibody support ex vivo expansion of both fetal liver and bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs); these cells express two proteins important for HSC ex vivo expansion, IGF2, and angiopoietin-like 3. Here we show that these cells do not express any CD3 protein and are not T cells; rather, we purified these HSC-supportive stromal cells based on the surface phenotype of SCF(+)DLK(+). Competitive repopulating experiments show that SCF(+)DLK(+) cells support the maintenance of HSCs in ex vivo culture. These are the principal fetal liver cells that express not only angiopoietin-like 3 and IGF2, but also SCF and thrombopoietin, two other growth factors important for HSC expansion. They are also the principal fetal liver cells that express CXCL12, a factor required for HSC homing, and also alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), indicating that they are fetal hepatic stem or progenitor cells. Immunocytochemistry shows that >93% of the SCF(+) cells express DLK and Angptl3, and a portion of SCF(+) cells also expresses CXCL12. Thus SCF(+)DLK(+) cells are a highly homogenous population that express a complete set of factors for HSC expansion and are likely the primary stromal cells that support HSC expansion in the fetal liver.

  19. 不同 AFP 浓度下 AFP-L3与 GPC-3在原发性肝癌中的表达分析%Analysis of the expression of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 in primary hepatic carcinoma with different concentration of AFP

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    秦文燕; 陈博; 李自生; 佘有清

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析在不同甲胎蛋白(AFP)浓度下,甲胎蛋白异质体3(AFP-L3)、磷脂酰蛋白聚糖-3(GPC-3)在原发性肝癌(PHC)诊断中的表达,为 PHC 的诊断提供参考。方法以240例门诊、住院患者及体检者为研究对象,检测其血清 AFP、AFP-L3及 GPC-3水平;根据血清 AFP 水平分为阴性组(0≤AFP<20 ng/mL)、低浓度组(20≤AFP<400 ng/mL)和高浓度组(AFP≥400 ng/mL),比较3组 AFP-L3和 GPC-3水平,以及 AFP-L3、GPC-3单独与联合检测对 PHC 的诊断效能。结果低浓度组、高浓度组血清 AFP-L3与 GPC-3水平均高于阴性组,且高浓度组血清 AFP-L3与 GPC-3水平高于低浓度组,差异均有统计学意义(P <0.05)。AFP-L3与 GPC-3联合检测诊断 PHC 的灵敏度、特异度和准确度分别为84.4%、95.9%、93.8%,均高于 AFP-L3、GPC-3单独检测。结论联合检测 AFP-L3和 GPC-3可提高对 PHC 的诊断灵敏度、特异度和准确度,对 PHC 诊断具有重要的临床意义。%Objective To analyse the expression of alpha-fetoprotein variant-L3(AFP-L3)and glypican-3(GPC-3)in primary he-patic carcinoma(PHC)with different concentration of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP),so as to provide references for the diagnosis of PHC.Methods 240 cases of outpatients,inpatients and individuals on physical examination were selected as subjects and serum levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were detected.All of the subjects were divided into negative group(0≤AFP<20 ng/mL),low concen-tration group(20≤AFP<400 ng/mL)and high concentration group(AFP≥400 ng/mL)according to the serum levels of AFP.Ser-um levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were compared among the three groups.And the sensitivity,specificity and accuracy of single de-tection of AFP-L3 or GPC-3 and those of combined detection of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were compared as well.Results The serum levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 in the low concentration group and high concentration group were both higher than those in the nega-tive group,and those

  20. Simple and robust diagnosis of early, small and AFP-negative primary hepatic carcinomas: an integrative approach of serum fluorescence and conventional blood tests.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Ting; Zhang, Kun-He; Hu, Piao-Ping; Huang, Zeng-Yong; Zhang, Pan; Wan, Qin-Si; Huang, De-Qiang; Lv, Nong-Hua

    2016-09-27

    The diagnosis of early, small and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-negative primary hepatic carcinomas (PHCs) remains a significant challenge. We developed a simple and robust approach to noninvasively detect these PHCs. A rapid, high-throughput and single-tube method was firstly developed to measure serum autofluorescence and cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-related fluorescence using a real-time PCR system, and both types of serum fluorescence were measured and routine laboratory data were collected in 1229 subjects, including 353 PHC patients, 331 liver cirrhosis (LC) patients, 213 chronic hepatitis (CH) patients and 332 normal controls (NC). The results showed that fluorescence indicators of PHC differed from those of NC, CH and LC to various extents, and all of them were not associated with age, gender, or AFP level. The logistic regression models established with the fluorescence indicators alone and combined with AFP, hepatic function tests and blood cell analyses were valuable for distinguishing early, small, AFP-negative and all PHC from LC, CH, NC and all non-PHC, with areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves 0.857-0.993 and diagnostic accuracies 80.2-97.7%. Conclusively, serum autofluorescence and cfDNA-related fluorescence are able to be rapidly and simultaneously measured by our simple method and valuable for diagnosing early, small and AFP-negative PHCs, especially integrating with AFP and conventional blood tests.

  1. Diagnosis value of AFP and AFP-L3 combined detection in hepatocellular carcinoma%血清 AFP、AFP-L3联合检测在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    徐恩君; 陈秋莉; 李涛; 郝丽; 肖春红; 徐元宏; 周敏; 徐胜前

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the diagnostic value of alpha fetoprotein (AFP), alpha fetoprotein L3(AFP-L3) and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC).Methods In 354 patients, 110 patients with hep-atocellular carcinoma(HCC) and 244 patients with benign liver disease (BLD)(including 94 patients with hepati-tis, 126 patients with liver cirrhosis and 24 patients with benign liver tumors).AFP and AFP-L3 which was separa-ted by affinity adsorption centrifugal tube were measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassays , following cal-culation ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP.Results In 110 patients with HCC, the patients of AFP 200 ng /ml were 32 cases, 30 cases and 48 cases respectively.In 244 patients with BLD, the patients of AFP <20 ng/ml were 196 cases.Levels of AFP, AFP-L3 and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP in patients with HCC were significantly higher than that in patients with BLD (P <0.01).According to ROC curve, areas under the curve(AUC) of AFP, AFP-L3 and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP were 0.809, 0.819 and 0.800 respectively, and AUC of combination three markers was 0.829(P <0.01).When the cut-off values of ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP were 5%, 10% or 15%, the sensitivities were 59.1%, 50.9% or 40.9%, and the specificities were 86.1%, 94.7%or 98.4%.Conclusion Diagnostic value of combination AFP and AFP -L3 is higher than AFP in diagnosis of hepa-tocellular carcinoma.The best cut-off value of ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP is 5%.%目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)以及 AFP-L3比率在原发性肝癌(HCC)中的诊断价值。方法选取患者共354例,原发性肝癌(HCC)110例,良性肝病(BLD)244例(其中肝炎94例,肝硬化126例,肝良性肿瘤24例),采用亲和吸附离心管分离 AFP-L3,用电化学发光法测定 AFP 和 AFP-L3含量,计算 AFP-L3比率。结果110例 HCC 患者中,有32例 AFP <20 ng/ml,30例 AFP 20~200 ng/ml,48例 AFP >200 ng/ml;244例 BLD 患者中,196例 AFP

  2. Diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in hepatocellular carcinoma: a meta-analysis

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Shao-hui TANG

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the diagnostic value of serum Golgi protein 73 (GP73 and alpha fetoprotein (AFP in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. Methods The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PubMed, EMBase, Web of Science, Nature, Science, Springer link, Chinese Journal Full-Text Database (CNKI, Database for Chinese Technical Periodical (VIP, Wanfang Digital Journal Full-text Database (before October 2012 were retrieved to collect relevant literature in which the diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in patients with HCC was evaluated. The statistical information and scientific quality were assessed and classified. The data were analyzed using Meta-Disc 1.4 software. The diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in HCC was evaluated by the statistical indicators as pooled sensitivity, pooled specificity, pooled likelihood ratio and summary receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC curve. Results Eighteen articles were collected and 5279 cases were included in the study (2075 HCC and 3204 NHCC patients. After heterogeneity test, the data were analyzed by random-effect model. The results showed that, the pooled sensitivity, specificity of the serum GP73 and AFP were 0.78(0.76-0.79 and 0.55(0.53-0.57, 0.84(0.83-0.86 and 0.80(0.78-0.81, respectively. The pooled positive likelihood ratio and negative likelihood ratio was 5.60(4.05-7.74 and 2.92(2.04-4.17, 0.28(0.24-0.32 and 0.58(0.51-0.67, respectively. The ROC area under the curve (AUC was 0.8849 and 0.6827, and Z test showed that the difference was statistically significant (P<0.01. Conclusion The serum GP73 has a higher sensitivity and specificity than AFP in the diagnosis of HCC, and it can be regarded as one of the valuable reference tests in patients with HCC.

  3. Diagnostic value of combined detection of soluble human leukocyte antigen-G, alpha fetoprotein and alpha fetoprotein-L3 in primary hepatocellular carcinoma%甲胎蛋白异质体联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值血清可溶性人类白细胞抗原G和甲胎蛋白

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    杨收平; 李海英; 张丽

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨可溶性人类白细胞抗原 G(HLA-G)在原发性肝癌(PHC)患者血清中的表达水平及其与甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)联合检测对 PHC 诊断价值。方法选择45例 PHC 患者、34例肝硬化患者和43例健康体检者。采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)测定 HLA-G 水平,应用预装有耦联小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的琼脂糖微量离心柱分离 AFP-L3,采用化学发光法测定 AFPAFP-L3,并计算 AFP-L3/AFP 值(AFP-L3%),以 AFP>20μg/L,AFP-L3%>10%为阳性判断标准。并对3组 HLA-G、AFP、AFP-L3水平进行统计学分析。结果 PHC组、肝硬化组 HLA-G、AFP、AFP-L3水平与健康组比较差异有统计学意义(P 20 μg/L and AFP-L3% > 10% .Statistical analysis was used for HLA-G,AFP,AFP-L3 in three groups.Results There were significant significance in HLA-G,AFP and AFP-L3 levels among PHC group,liver cirrhosis group and health group (P <0.01 ),and between PHC group and liver cirrhosis group (P < 0.01 ).As for PHC diagnosis,the sensitivity of AFP was 48.9%,and the specificity 58.4%;the sensitivity of AFP-L3 66.7%,and the specificity 64.9%;the sensitivity of HLA-G was 80.0%,and the specificity 75.3%.Compared with AFP and AFP-L3,HLA-G was more sensitive and specific in the diagnosis of PHC (P <0.05).The combined detection of three markers in the diagnosis of HCC showed the sensitivity 91.1%,and specificity 84.4%.Compared the sensitivity of combined detection with single usage of HLA-G,AFP or AFP-L3,the difference was statistically significant (P <0.05).Conclusion The combined detection of HLA-G,AFP and AFP-L3 has important clinical significance for the early diagnosis and treatment of HCC.

  4. Remarkable heterogeneity displayed by oval cells in rat and mouse models of stem cell-mediated liver regeneration

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Jelnes, Peter; Santoni-Rugiu, Eric; Rasmussen, Morten

    2007-01-01

    -collidin (DDC) diet; and N-acetyl-paraaminophen (APAP). Reproducibly, oval cells showing reactivity for cytokeratins (CKs), muscle pyruvate kinase (MPK), the adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette transporter ABCG2/BCRP1 (ABCG2), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), and delta-like protein 1/preadipocyte factor 1 (Dlk....../Pref-1) were induced in rat liver treated according to the AAF/PHx and CDE but not the DDC protocol. In mouse liver, the CDE, DDC, and APAP protocols all induced CKs and ABCG2-positive oval cells. However, AFP and Dlk/Pref-1 expression was rarely detected in oval cells. CONCLUSION: Our results delineate...

  5. 联合检测甲胎蛋白、α-岩藻糖苷酶、β2-微球蛋白及透明质酸对诊断原发性肝癌的意义%Significance of combined detection of alpha fetoprotein, alpha fucosidase, beta 2-microglobulin and hyaluronic acid in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    叶宏

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨联合检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)、α-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、β2-微球蛋白(β2-m)及透明质酸(HA)对诊断原发性肝癌的意义.方法 选取2012年3月~ 2014年3月在我院治疗的原发性肝癌患者60例、其他消化系癌症患者50例、肝硬化患者50例及正常健康人60例,检测所有患者血清AFP、AFU、β2-m及HA水平.结果 原发性肝癌组患者血清AFU、AFP、β2-m、HA水平及阳性检出率明显高于其他消化系癌症组、肝硬化组及正常对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).原发性肝癌组患者血清AFU、AFP、β2-m、HA四项联合检测的敏感性、诊断符合率均优于单项检测,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 联合检测AFU、AFP、β2-m、HA四种肿瘤标志物能提高早期原发性肝癌的敏感性和诊断率,为临床早期诊治提供可靠参考.%Objective To investigate the significance of combined detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP), alpha fucosidase (AFU), beta 2-microglobulin (β2-m) and hyaluronic acid (HA) in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer. Methods 60 patients with primary liver cancer, 50 cases of other digestive system cancer, 50 patients with hepatic cirrhosis and 60 normal people from 2012 March to 2014 March in our hospital were selected,and serum AFP, AFU, β2-m and HA levels of all patients were detected.Results The levels and positive rates of serum AFP, AFU, β2-m and HA of patients with primary liver cancer were significantly higher than those of patients with other digestive system cancer, liver cirrhosis and normal people, the difference was statiscally significant (P<0.05). The sensitivity and diagnostic accordance rate of combined detection of serum AFU, AFU, β2-m and HA in patients with primary liver cancer were better than those of the single detection, the difference was statiscally significant (P<0.05). Conclusion Combined detection of AFP, AFU, β2-m and HA four tumor markers can improve the sensitivity and diagnosis rate of

  6. Birth Defects Diagnosis

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... quad screen tests the levels of 4 proteins AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), hCG, estriol, and inhibin-A. Generally, ... of the proteins for which an amniocentesis tests. AFP AFP stands for alpha-fetoprotein, a protein the ...

  7. The AFP Project

    CERN Document Server

    Staszewski, R

    2011-01-01

    AFP is a project to extend the diffractive physics programme of the ATLAS experiment by installing new detectors that will be able to tag forward protons scattered at very small angles. This will allow us to study Single Diffraction, Double Pomeron Exchange, Central Exclusive Production and photon-photon processes. This note presents the physics case for the AFP project and briefly describes the proposed detector system.

  8. Interrelationships among biological activity, disulfide bonds, secondary structure, and metal ion binding for a chemically synthesized 34-amino-acid peptide derived from alpha-fetoprotein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    MacColl, R; Eisele, L E; Stack, R F; Hauer, C; Vakharia, D D; Benno, A; Kelly, W C; Mizejewski, G J

    2001-10-01

    A 34-amino-acid peptide has been chemically synthesized based on a sequence from human alpha-fetoprotein. The purified peptide is active in anti-growth assays when freshly prepared in pH 7.4 buffer at 0.20 g/l, but this peptide slowly becomes inactive. This functional change is proven by mass spectrometry to be triggered by the formation of an intrapeptide disulfide bond between the two cysteine residues on the peptide. Interpeptide cross-linking does not occur. The active and inactive forms of the peptide have almost identical secondary structures as shown by circular dichroism (CD). Zinc ions bind to the active peptide and completely prevents formation of the inactive form. Cobalt(II) ions also bind to the peptide, and the UV-Vis absorption spectrum of the cobalt-peptide complex shows that: (1) a near-UV sulfur-to-metal-ion charge-transfer band had a molar extinction coefficient consistent with two thiolate bonds to Co(II); (2) the lowest-energy visible d-d transition maximum at 659 nm, also, demonstrated that the two cysteine residues are ligands for the metal ion; (3) the d-d molar extinction coefficient showed that the metal ion-ligand complex was in a distorted tetrahedral symmetry. The peptide has two cysteines, and it is speculated that the other two metal ion ligands might be the two histidines. The Zn(II)- and Co(II)-peptide complexes had similar peptide conformations as indicated by their ultraviolet CD spectra, which differed very slightly from that of the free peptide. Surprisingly, the cobalt ions acted in the reverse of the zinc ions in that, instead of stabilizing anti-growth form of the peptide, they catalyzed its loss. Metal ion control of peptide function is a saliently interesting concept. Calcium ions, in the conditions studied, apparently do not bind to the peptide. Trifluoroethanol and temperature (60 degrees C) affected the secondary structure of the peptide, and the peptide was found capable of assuming various conformations in solution

  9. Hepatoma cell-specific ganciclovir-mediated toxicity of a lentivirally transduced HSV-TkEGFP fusion protein gene placed under the control of rat alpha-fetoprotein gene regulatory sequences.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Uch, Rathviro; Gérolami, René; Faivre, Jamila; Hardwigsen, Jean; Mathieu, Sylvie; Mannoni, Patrice; Bagnis, Claude

    2003-09-01

    Suicide gene therapy combining herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase gene transfer and ganciclovir administration can be envisioned as a powerful therapeutical approach in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma; however, safety issues regarding transgene expression in parenchyma cells have to be addressed. In this study, we constructed LATKW, a lentiviral vector expressing the HSV-TkEGFP gene placed under the control of the promoter elements that control the expression of the rat alpha-fetoprotein, and assayed its specific expression in vitro in hepatocarcinoma and nonhepatocarcinoma human cell lines, and in epidermal growth factor stimulated human primary hepatocytes. Using LATKW, a strong expression of the transgene was found in transduced hepatocarcinoma cells compared to a very low expression in nonhepatocarcinoma human cell lines, as assessed by Northern blot, RT-PCR, FACS analysis and ganciclovir-mediated toxicity assay, and no expression was found in lentivirally transduced normal human hepatocytes. Altogether, these results demonstrate the possibility to use a lentivirally transduced expression unit containing the rat alpha-fetoprotein promoter to restrict the HSV-TK-mediated induced GCV sensitivity to human hepatocarcinoma cells.

  10. Metastatic pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma in a younger male with marked AFP production: A potential pitfall on fine needle aspiration biopsy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Valente, Kari; Yacoub, George; Cappellari, James O; Parks, Graham

    2017-02-01

    A 30-year-old male presented to his doctor with complaints of abdominal pain and was found to have retroperitoneal as well as multiple hepatic masses. A serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level was significantly elevated (17,373 ng mL(-1) ), raising suspicions for a metastatic germ cell tumor. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the pancreatic lesion revealed atypical epithelioid cells with round nuclei, large prominent nucleoli, and granular cytoplasm. The morphologic differential diagnosis included pancreatic neoplasm, metastatic germ cell tumor, other metastatic carcinoma, and melanoma. An extensive panel of immunohistochemical stains confirmed the diagnosis of acinar cell carcinoma. The diagnosis of acinar cell carcinoma could be confounded by the markedly increased AFP level, particularly in the setting of a retroperitoneal mass in a younger male. The increased AFP level in the setting of an acinar cell tumor is a potential pitfall to correct diagnosis by cytology. As the treatment for these two entities differs considerably, acute awareness of the phenomenon is important. We present a case of pancreatic ACC with an increased AFP level diagnosed on a cytology specimen. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2017;45:133-136. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of AFP based on Pd octahedral and APTES-M-CeO₂-GS as signal labels.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wei, Yicheng; Li, Yan; Li, Na; Zhang, Yong; Yan, Tao; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin

    2016-05-15

    In the present work, an ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on a novel signal amplification strategy was designed for quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Au nanoparticles with biocompatibility were electrodeposited on the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE) which can effectively capture and immobilize primary anti-AFP (Ab1) to significantly amplify the electrochemical signal. Graphene Oxide and CeO2 mesoporous nanocomposite functionalized by the 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane supported Pd octahedral nanoparticles (Pd/APTES-M-CeO2-GS) were utilized as labels of detection anti-AFP (Ab2). Pd octahedral nanoparticles presented good catalytic activity towards the reduction of H2O2. Due to the large specific surface area and good adsorption properties of APTES-CeO2-GS nanocomposite, large amount of Pd octahedral nanoparticles could be immobilized, which could amplify the electrochemical signal and improve the sensitivity of the immunosensor. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited wide linear range from 0.1 pg/mL to 50 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.033 pg/mL (S/N=3) for AFP detection. In addition, high sensitivity, excellent selectivity, good reproducibility and stability were obtained for the immunosensor, which has a promising application for quantitative detection of other tumor markers in clinical diagnosis.

  12. Chromatin remodeling agent trichostatin A: a key-factor in the hepatic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells derived of adult bone marrow

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Vinken Mathieu

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The capability of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC derived of adult bone marrow to undergo in vitro hepatic differentiation was investigated. Results Exposure of hMSC to a cocktail of hepatogenic factors [(fibroblast growth factor-4 (FGF-4, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF, insulin-transferrin-sodium-selenite (ITS and dexamethasone] failed to induce hepatic differentiation. Sequential exposure to these factors (FGF-4, followed by HGF, followed by HGF+ITS+dexamethasone, however, resembling the order of secretion during liver embryogenesis, induced both glycogen-storage and cytokeratin (CK18 expression. Additional exposure of the cells to trichostatin A (TSA considerably improved endodermal differentiation, as evidenced by acquisition of an epithelial morphology, chronological expression of hepatic proteins, including hepatocyte-nuclear factor (HNF-3β, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, CK18, albumin (ALB, HNF1α, multidrug resistance-associated protein (MRP2 and CCAAT-enhancer binding protein (C/EBPα, and functional maturation, i.e. upregulated ALB secretion, urea production and inducible cytochrome P450 (CYP-dependent activity. Conclusion hMSC are able to undergo mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition. TSA is hereby essential to promote differentiation of hMSC towards functional hepatocyte-like cells.

  13. Characteristic of expression levels of HepPar-1, alpha-fetoprotein, cytokeratin 7 and 20 by the cells of cholangiocellular cancer in trephine biopsy of the liver

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    V. A. Tumanskiy

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Expression level of immunohistochemical markers such as HepPar-1, AFP, CK7, CK20 and the area of immunopositive cells in cholangiocellular liver cancer, and their differences from hepatocellular carcinoma Methods and results. Histopathological, histochemical and immunohistochemical research of trephine was determined in the liver in 90 patients with biopsy. Among them 53 patients had hepatocellular, 36 – сholangiocellular liver cancer, 1 patient had mixed hepato-cholangiocellular carcinoma. Level of expression of immunohistochemical markers of tumor cells and the area of immunopositive tumor cells in the tumor was determined by photo-digital morphometry. It was established that expression of α-fetoprotein is determined in 47.22% of patients with cholangiocellular liver carcinoma in tumor cells, when AFP-immunopositive cells represent 17,25 ± 9,67% of the total area of tumor cells. Positive expression of HepPar-1 cells in cholangiocellular liver cancer wasn’t detected (unlike hepatocellular carcinoma, when cytoplasmic expression of HepPar-1 by tumor hepatocytes is determined in 92.45% of cases. Expression of СK7 by cholangiocellular carcinoma cells was observed in 97.22% of patients, and the expression of CK20 – in 45.29% patients, immunopositive cells represent 43,55 ± 9,93% and 50,28 ± 16,35% of the tumor area, respectively. Medium strength correlation was determined between the level of AFP and CK7 expression by tumor cells in cholangiocellular carcinoma. Direct strong bond was determined between level of AFP and CK20 expression. Negative weak correlation was determined between the level of CK7 and CK20.

  14. 甲胎蛋白与肝癌免疫的研究进展%Advanced progress in alpha-fetoprotein and hepatocarcinoma immunity

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    赵倩; 王小平; 胥冰; 蔺焕萍; 张克佩

    2016-01-01

    Hepatocarcinoma is one of the most prevalent gastroenterological cancers in the world with less effective therapy .Excepting for its diagnosis in liver cancer , AFP has become the target for liver cancer immunotherapy .Although AFP′s immunogenicity is weak and can promote the immune escapes by inhibiting the function of dendritic cells , natural killer cells and T lymphocytes , AFP has drawn more attention in liver cancer immunotherapy .By in vitro modification , the immunogenicity and immune effect of AFP could be enhanced.The important role of AFP in development , progression and immunity of liver cancer can lay a better foundation in hepato-carcinoma immunotherapy .%肝癌是常见的消化道恶性肿瘤,目前没有较好的治疗措施。甲胎蛋白在肝癌细胞中高表达,除了用于肝癌诊断外,其作为肿瘤相关抗原已成为肝癌免疫治疗的靶点。虽然甲胎蛋白免疫原性较弱,并通过抑制树突状细胞,自然杀伤细胞以及T淋巴细胞功能促进肝癌细胞免疫逃逸,但其在肝癌免疫治疗中的作用也日益受到重视,通过体外修饰增强其免疫原性促进免疫应答,从而提高杀伤肝癌细胞免疫效应。甲胎蛋白在肝癌发生、发展及免疫中的作用为研究其在肝癌中的免疫治疗奠定了良好的基础。

  15. Photoelectrochemical detection of alpha-fetoprotein based on ZnO inverse opals structure electrodes modified by Ag2S nanoparticles

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jiang, Yandong; Liu, Dali; Yang, Yudan; Xu, Ru; Zhang, Tianxiang; Sheng, Kuang; Song, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a new photoelectrochemical biosensor based on Ag2S nanoparticles (NPs) modified macroporous ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) was developed for sensitive and rapid detection of alpha fetal protein (AFP). Small size and uniformly dispersed Ag2S NPs were prepared using the Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption And Reaction (SILAR) method, which were adsorbed on ZnO IOs surface and frame work as matrix for immobilization of AFP. The composite structure of ZnO/Ag2S expanded the scope of light absorption to long wavelength, which can make full use of the light energy. Meanwhile, an effective matching of energy levels between the conduction bands of Ag2S and ZnO are beneficial to the photo-generated electrons transfer. The biosensors based on FTO (fluorine-doped tinoxide) ZnO/Ag2S electrode showed enough sensitivity and a wide linear range from 0.05 ng/mL to 200 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 8 pg/mL for the detection of AFP. It also exhibited high reproducibility, specificity and stability. The proposed method was potentially attractive for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor for detection of other proteins. PMID:27922086

  16. Backgrounds in AFP Detector Estimation

    CERN Document Server

    Huang, Yicong

    2016-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detectors aim to measure protons that are scattered in the ATLAS interaction point under very small angles ($90-160 \\mu rad$). The diffractive protons detected by the AFP may be accompanied by beam halo. This report presents an estimation of the beam halo backgrounds in the AFP using low pile-up data, and position distributions of the backgrounds in the AFP.

  17. Clinical evaluation of three tumor markers in hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosis: alpha-fetoprotein-L3, des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin and alpha-fetoprotein%甲胎蛋白异质体3、异常凝血酶原、甲胎蛋白检测肝细胞癌的对照研究

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    邝妙欢; 欧阳文婷; 林建华; 吴兴平

    2010-01-01

    目的 分析3种肿瘤标志物甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)、异常凝血酶原(DCP)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)单独或联合检测肝细胞癌(HCC)的临床意义.方法 分别用电化学发光法检测AFP,ELISA法检测AFP-L3、DCP,利用受试者工作特征曲线(ROC曲线)分析3种标志物单独和联合检测肝细胞癌(随机组和AFP阴性组)的敏感性、特异性、曲线下面积、阳性预测值和阴性预测值.比较肝细胞癌组与健康对照组和疾病对照组的AFP-L3、DCP、AFP水平的差异.分析治疗前AFP阴性肝细胞癌病例联合检测AFP-L3、DCP的意义.结果 ①单独检测肝细胞癌病例的3种肿瘤标志物.AFP-L3的敏感性、特异性分别是48.7%、97.7%;DCP的敏感性、特异性分别是42.5%、98.4%;AFP的敏感性、特异性分别是68.7%、94.6%.联合检测AFP-L3、DCP和AFP,敏感性、特异性分别是87.5%、92.2%.②肝细胞癌随机组的AFP-L3、DCP、AFP水平与健康对照组和疾病组比较差异有高度统计学意义(P<0.01).⑨AFP阴性肝细胞癌组的AFP和AFP-L3水平与肝良性疾病组比较差异无统计学意义.但DCP水平差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 AFP-L3、DCP与AFP单独检测时AFP的敏感性最高,而DCP的特异性最高,是区分肝硬化与AFP阴性的肝细胞癌血清学的良好指标.AFP-L3、DCP与AFP的联合检测能提高肝细胞癌血清学检测的敏感性和特异性,在肝细胞癌诊断方面比目前大多数传统的组合方法更优胜、更准确.

  18. High-performance fluorescence-encoded magnetic microbeads as microfluidic protein chip supports for AFP detection.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gong, Xiaoqun; Yan, Huan; Yang, Jiumin; Wu, Yudong; Zhang, Jian; Yao, Yingyi; Liu, Ping; Wang, Huiquan; Hu, Zhidong; Chang, Jin

    2016-10-01

    Fluorescence-encoded magnetic microbeads (FEMMs), with the fluorescence encoding ability of quantum dots (QDs) and magnetic enrichment and separation functions of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, have been widely used for multiple biomolecular detection as microfluidic protein chip supports. However, the preparation of FEMMs with long-term fluorescent encoding and immunodetection stability is still a challenge. In this work, we designed a novel high-temperature chemical swelling strategy. The QDs and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were effectively packaged into microbeads via the thermal motion of the polymer chains and the hydrophobic interaction between the nanoparticles and microbeads. The FEMMs obtained a highly uniform fluorescent property and long-term encoding and immunodetection stability and could be quickly magnetically separated and enriched. Then, the QD-encoded magnetic microbeads were applied to alpha fetoprotein (AFP) detection via sandwich immunoreaction. The properties of the encoded microspheres were characterized using a self-designed detecting apparatus, and the target molecular concentration in the sample was also quantified. The results suggested that the high-performance FEMMs have great potential in the field of biomolecular detection.

  19. Expression of AFP in gastric carcinoma and its relationship with VEGF%AFP在胃癌中的表达意义及其与VEGF的关系

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    弥海宁; 赵晓宁; 杨言苹

    2011-01-01

    Objective : To investigate the clinicopathological features of alpha - fetoprotein producing gastric carcinoma and reltion with vascular endothelial growth factor.Methods : Two hundred and sixty - two cases of gastric carcinoma were divided into AFP - positive group and AFP - negative group.The expressions of AFP and VECF of all patients sample were examined by immunohistochemical method .Sex , age , tumor site , diameter , gross type , differentiation , liver and lymph node metastasis , TNM stage and prognose were compared between the two groups.Results : The rates of liver metastasis,number of metastasis lymph nodes , stage Ⅳ carcinoma in AFP - positive group were significantly higher than those in AFP - negative group( P <0.01) .The positive rate of VEGF in AFP - positive tumors was 90.5% , significantly higher than that in AFP - negative tumors 67 .2% ( P < 0.05 ) .1 ,3 ,5year - survival rates in AFP - positive group( 58.7% ,13.1% ,5.9% ) were significantly lower than those in AFP - negative group( 92.1% ,58.3% ,32.5% ) ( P <0.05) .Condusion : Alpha - fetoprotein producing gastric carcinoma has significantly higher malignant behavior and poorer prognosis, which may be related to liver and lymph node metastasis.Examining the AFP and VEGF of gastric carcinoma can be regarded as the objectivity prognostic indiciar.%目的:探讨AFPGC生物学特性及其与VEGF的关系.方法: 将262例胃癌患者分成AFP阳性和阴性两组.采用免疫组化方法检测胃癌组织中AFP及VEGF的表达,比较两组患者的性别、年龄及胃癌生长部位、大小、大体类型、分化程度、肝脏转移、淋巴结转移、临床分期以及生存率.结果:AFP阳性组肝脏转移、多个淋巴结转移发生率及临床IV期胃癌比例均明显高于AFP阴性组(P<0.01);AFP阳性组的胃癌组织中VEGF阳性表达率为90.5%,明显高于AFP阴性者的67.2% (P<0.05),AFP阳性组的1、3、5年生存率分别为58.7%、13.1%、5.9%,

  20. Purification of fetal liver stem/progenitor cells containing all the repopulation potential for normal adult rat liver

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Oertel, Michael; Menthena, Anuradha; Chen, Yuan-Qing

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Previously, we showed high-level, long-term liver replacement after transplantation of unfractionated embryonic day (ED) 14 fetal liver stem/progenitor cells (FLSPC). However, for clinical applications, it will be essential to transplant highly enriched cells, while maintaining....... Rat ED14 FLSPC are alpha-fetoprotein(+)/cytokeratin-19(+) or alpha-fetoprotein(+)/cytokeratin-19(-) and contain all of the normal liver repopulation capacity found in fetal liver. Hematopoietic stem cells, a major component in crude fetal liver cell preparations that engraft in other organs......, such as bone marrow, spleen, and lung, are totally removed by Dlk-1 selection, and Dlk-1 purified FLSPC repopulate only the liver. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study reporting purification of hepatic stem/progenitor cells from fetal liver that are fully capable of repopulating the normal adult liver...

  1. Combination of miR-125b and miR-27a enhances sensitivity and specificity of AFP-based diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zuo, Duo; Chen, Liwei; Liu, Xiaoqian; Wang, Xia; Xi, Qing; Luo, Yi; Zhang, Ning; Guo, Hua

    2016-05-01

    Non-invasive biomarkers of early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) could offer immense benefits. Currently available tumor markers for HCC are of not much clinical relevance. In this study, we investigated the potential for using a panel of serum microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel tumor markers in conjunction with serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) for diagnosis of HCC. Serum expression of four miRNAs was assessed in 150 subjects (90 cases of HCC and 60 cases without cancer) by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the potential use of miRNAs for detection of HCC. Receiver operating characteristic curves were used to evaluate diagnostic accuracy. A panel of serum miRNAs (miR-125b, miR-223, miR-27a, and miR-26a) used in conjunction with AFP helped differentiate HCC patients from those in the non-cancer group after adjusting for age and gender, with the area under the curve of 0.870. In addition, the use of miR-125b/miR-27a panel differentiated HBV-related early-stage HCC with a high sensitivity (80.0 %) and specificity (87.2 %) in AFP-negative (-) subjects. A combination of serum miR-125b, miR-223, miR-27a, and miR-26a as a second-line tests could help detect HCC in AFP (-) subjects. The panel of miR-125b/miR-27a/AFP had a higher sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of early-stage HCC as compared to that of a single marker.

  2. 32例产甲胎蛋白胃癌回顾性分析%Retrospective analysis of 32 alpha-fetoprotein-producing gastric cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    田蓝天; 姚珂; 吴傲; 李龙; 张志程; 裴铁民; 刘连新

    2011-01-01

    Objectives To investigate the clinicopathologic characteristics, treatments and prognostic factors of AFPGC. Methods: 468 gastric cancer medical files preserved at the medicalrecord library were retrospectively reviewed. There were 67 patients with elevated serum level of AFP among these patients who were made a definite diagnosis of gastric cancer and subsequently received surgery and systemic combined therapy at the First Affiliated Hospital of Haerbin Medical University (FAHHMU) between January 2001 and January 2007. Having excluded some diseases as hepatocirrhosisjiver tumor, germ cell tumor which can increase the level of serum AFP, 32 (6.8%) patients were made the definite diagnosis of AFPGC. The diagnostic, therapeutic and follow up files were reviewed. Finally, these follow-up results and correlative laboratory data were taken into statistical treatment. Results: There were 32 AFPGC which accounting for 6.8% of the gastric cancer of the corresponding time period. Compared with the negative group, there was a significantly higher incidence of lymph node and liver metastasis in AFPGC group (P = 0.025 and 0.011, respectively). Clinically, AFPGC was not sensitive to the commonly used chemotherapy regimens and it couldn't suppress the progression of AFPGC. 20 of the AFPGC patients died of tumor liver metastatis and the mean postoperative servial time of the cohort was 35.7 months. Conclusion; AFPGC has more aggressive behavior than that of AFP-negative gastric cancer. Patients with AFPGC are proned to proceed liver metastatis and the prognosis is very poor. Radical correction is the preferred way to deal with AFPGC and the postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy is necessary.%目的:探讨产甲眙蛋白胃癌(α-fetoprotein-producing gastric carcinoma,AFPGC)的临床病理学特征、治疗及预后影响因素.方法:回顾分析2001年1月-2007年1月在哈尔滨医科大学附属第一医院确诊并完成治疗的468例胃癌患者住院病案

  3. The clinical significance of alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin and unconjugated estriol in perinatal screening%甲胎蛋白、人绒毛膜促性腺激素及非结合雌三醇在产前筛查中的临床意义

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    庞春玉; 吴学礼

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白、人绒毛膜促性腺激素及非结合雌三醇在产前筛查中的临床意义。方法:选取我院2014年12月至2015年6月孕周为15~20周的妊娠孕妇血清标本2070例,予以产前甲胎蛋白、人绒毛膜促性腺激素及非结合雌三醇的检测,并且结合孕妇的年龄、孕周、体质量等因素,运用配套的仪器产前筛查风险软件统计唐氏综合症、18–三体综合征及神经管缺陷的风险比例,予以高危孕妇做详细确诊,并依据随访与诊断结果比较高危组与低危组甲胎蛋白、人绒毛膜促性腺激素、非结合雌三醇水平,及出生缺陷阳性确诊率,产前筛查孕妇的年龄分布与出生缺陷的筛查阳性率。结果:高危组甲胎蛋白水平显著高于低危组[(28.74±1.35) vs.(6.93±1.20)μg/L],人绒毛膜促性腺激素水平显著高于低危组[(2.43±0.37) vs.(1.76±0.25) ng/L],非结合雌三醇水平明显低于低危组[(5.35±1.23) vs.(7.26±1.14)μg/L],两组比较差异明显(P35岁孕妇(26.24%);高危组孕妇出生缺陷总确诊阳性率(7.14%)明显高于低危孕妇(0.21%),两组比较差异显著。结论:甲胎蛋白、人绒毛膜促性腺激素及非结合雌三醇产前筛查能够有效筛查出生缺陷的概率,达到优生,值得推广运用。%Objective: To investigate the clinical signiifcance of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and unconjugated estriol (uE3) in perinatal screening.Methods: Selected 2 070 serum samples in pregnant women with gestational age of 15~20 weeks from December 2014 to June 2015 in our hospital, detected AFP, HCG and uE3 in prenatal testing, and combining with the age, gestational age, body weight and other factors, counted the riskratio of Down syndrome, trisomy 18 and the proportion of risk of neural tube defects by supporting instrument risk prenatal screening sotfware to diagnose in detail for high-risk women, and compared

  4. Role of antifeeding prophage (Afp) protein Afp16 in terminating the length of the Afp tailocin and stabilizing its sheath.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rybakova, Daria; Radjainia, Mazdak; Turner, Adrian; Sen, Anindito; Mitra, Alok K; Hurst, Mark R H

    2013-08-01

    The Serratia entomophila antifeeding prophage Afp, forms a phage-tail-like particle that acts on the New Zealand grass grub, Costelytra zealandica with a 3-day LD50 of approximately 500 Afp particles per larva. Genes (afp1-18) encoding components of Afp were expressed and their products purified allowing morphological assessment of the products by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Expression of afp1-15 resulted in the formation of a non-sheathed structure termed the tube-baseplate complex or TBC, composed of an irregular-length tube attached to a baseplate with associated tail fibres. Expression of afp1-16 produced mature, normal-length Afp particles, whereas coexpression of afp16 with afp1-15 in trans resulted in the formation of aberrant Afp particles of variable lengths. A C-terminally truncated Afp16 mutant resulted in a phenotype intermediate between mature Afp and TBC. The addition of purified Afp16 to Afp unravelled by acidic treatment resulted in the formation of shorter tubes when specimen pH was adjusted to 7 than those formed in the absence of Afp16. Analysis of TEM images of purified Afp16 revealed a hexameric ring-like structure similar to that formed by gp3 of phage T4 and gpU of phage λ. Our results suggest that Afp16 terminates tube elongation and is involved in sheath formation.

  5. Afp14 is involved in regulating the length of Anti-feeding prophage (Afp).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rybakova, Daria; Schramm, Peter; Mitra, Alok K; Hurst, Mark R H

    2015-05-01

    The anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a phage-tail-like particle that causes cessation of feeding in the New Zealand grass grub, Costelytra zealandica, is encoded by 18 open reading frames (afp1-18). C-terminal truncations of afp14 resulted in shortened Afp particles, suggesting that Afp14 is involved in Afp length determination. We constructed an Afp assembly system (afp1-18), wherein Afp14 was truncated after the N-terminal 88 residues. This construct, when expressed in trans in Escherichia coli expressing a N-terminal 98-amino acid Afp14 construct, yielded fully assembled Afp but no assembled Afp was detected in the case of a N-terminal 96-amino acid Afp14 construct. These results suggested that the 98 N-terminal, amino acid residues of Afp14 is crucial for the initiation of Afp assembly via baseplate formation. Trans-based expression of wild-type afp14 resulted in Afp particles of varying lengths, all of which were shorter than the wild-type Afp particle. On the other hand, similar expression of Afp14 harboring a C-terminal extension (KLLEH(6)) resulted in elongated Afp particles. This information, combined with bioinformatics data, allowed us to propose a model delineating the mechanism and role of Afp14 in the maturation of the Afp particle.

  6. 小扁豆凝集素结合型甲胎异质体在肝癌诊断中的意义%Significance of Lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    卓传尚; 柳丽娟; 吴秋芳

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨小扁豆凝集素结合型甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)在良恶性肝病鉴别诊断的临床价值.方法 应用装有耦联了小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的微量离心柱分离185例肝病患者的AFP-L3,用时间分辨荧光免疫检测血清AFP和AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3%.结果 肝细胞癌患者的AFP-L3%明显高于其他肝病患者(χ2=29.329,P<0.001);AFP、AFP-L3%检测肝细胞癌在ROC曲线下的面积AUC分别为0.407和0.841;以AFP-L3%≥12.6%作为诊断标准,AFP-L3诊断肝细胞癌敏感性和特异性分别为83.3%和86.3%.结论 AFP-L3对肝细胞癌诊断准确度明显高于AFP,微量离心柱法检测AFP-L3在良恶性肝脏病变鉴别诊断中具有重要临床价值.

  7. Role of AFP mRNA expression in peripheral blood as a predictor for postsurgical recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiang Ding; Xiu-Shou Ling; Lian-Yue Yang; Geng-Wen Huang; Jian-Qing Yang; He-Li Liu; Wei Wang; Ji-Xiang Peng; Jie-Quan Yang; Yi-Ming Tao

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To identify the role of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) mRNA expression in peripheral blood one week after surgery as a predictor for recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS: Published studies fulfilling the selection criteria were identified by searching several databases online. After a methodology assessment using a quality scale designed by European Lung Cancer Working Party, data in each research were aggregated by means of metaanalysis.RESULTS: Altogether 368 cases were included in the 9 selected studies, which fulfilled the selection criteria. The quality scores ranged from 35% to 84% with a median score of 55%. The 'design' subscore had the lowest median value (38%). By aggregating the data, a high χ2value (77.576) was presented. The fail-safe number was 136 and 64 for P = 0.05 and 0.01, respectively. CONCLUSION: AFP mRNA expression in peripheral blood 1 wk after surgery correlated with the recurrence of HCC and was a good predictor for tumor recurrence.

  8. 离心管法甲胎蛋白异质体检测的临床应用探讨%Study on clinical application of lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    徐正才; 郑晓燕; 徐春仙; 祝进

    2009-01-01

    目的:探讨离心管法分离甲胎蛋白异质体AFP-L3对鉴别肝癌、肝硬化、慢性肝炎的诊断价值.方法:采用微量离心法分离AFP-L3,然后再采用化学发光的方法检测AFP、AFP-L3,并计算AFP-3%.结果:以AFP-13%>10%作为阳性的判断标准,肝癌组敏感性为92.8%,特异性为95.0%,AFP-L3含量与血清AFP浓度及原发性肝癌病灶大小无关.结论:AFP-L3结合AFP检测对肝癌,尤其是小肝癌(400 ng/ml的限制.

  9. AFU、AFP-L3、HCY联合检测对原发性肝癌早期诊断临床价值的研究%The clinical value of the combined detection of AFU,AFP-L3 and HCY in the diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    董怀平; 王力; 赵岐刚; 张延强; 李庆敏

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨3种血清肿瘤标志物a-L岩藻糖苷酶(α-L-fucosidase,AFU)、AFP异质体(6alpha-fetoprotein variant,AFP-L3)及同型半胱氨酸(Hyperhomocysteinemia,Hcy)联合检测原发性肝癌(primary hepatic cancer,PHC)的早期诊断价值及临床界值.方法 对我院2004年11月-2005年12月收治的640例肝病患者,其中经手术和病理诊断确诊为PHC者84例,非PHC者556例.对640例肝病患者的血清联合检测AFU、AFP-L3及HCY.采用速率法测定AFU水平,电泳亲和印迹法测定AFP-L3,采用IMx同型半胱氨酸专用试剂包测定HCY.结果 PHC组血清AFU、AFP-L3及HCY水平分别为(40±18.5)U/L、(30±16.4)%、(18.9±9.7)μmol/L;非PHC患者血清AFU、AFP-L3及HCY水平分别为(16.4±9.8)U/L、(15.2±4.2)%、(9.4±4.9)μmol/L,二者相比有统计学意义(P<0.01);PHC组AFU、AFP-L3及HCY在ROC曲线下的面积(AUC)分别0.464、0.854、0.881,而三者联合检测的AUC为0.936.经ROC曲线分析,AFU40 U/L、AFP-L3%、HCY18.9μmol/L联合应用的临界值,敏感度和特异度均可达85%,阳性似然比为5.12,阴性似然比为0.17.结论 联合检测AFU、AFP-L3及HCY3项指标对HPC的早期诊断有一定的指导意义.

  10. Clinical Value of Combined Measurement of Serum Alpha- Fetoprotein, Alpha- L- Fucosidase and Ferritin Levels in the Diagnosis of Primary Liver Cancer%AFP、AFU、SF联检对原发性肝癌的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    张爱民; 柴小红; 靳颖; 董雪梅

    2005-01-01

    目的:探讨血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)和铁蛋白(SF)联检对提高原发性肝癌阳性检出率的意义.方法:检测52例原发性肝癌患者和40例正常对照组血清AFP、AFU、SF的含量.结果:AFP、AFU、SF三项指标对原发性肝癌患者的阳性率分别为82.7%、86.5%、76.9%.AFP+AFU、AFP+SF、AFP+AFU+SF联检阳性率分别为94.2%、90.4%、98.1%.结论:血清AFP、AFU、SF联检可提高对原发性肝癌的诊断阳性率.

  11. 微量离心柱法检测肝癌患者血清甲胎蛋白异质体临床意义分析%Application of trace column centrifugation method for the detection of serum AFP variants

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    黄海深; 周永均; 何兰香; 李宇鸣; 唐光定; 陈国强

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨微量离心柱法检测血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)异质体(AFP-L3)在肝癌诊断及良、恶性肝病鉴别诊断中的临床应用价值。方法选择2011年6月至2012年10月于阳山县人民医院就诊的原发性肝癌(PLC)患者80例(PLC组)、肝硬化患者66例(肝硬化组)和慢性肝炎患者54例(慢性肝炎组)作为研究对象,应用国产微量离心柱法试剂分离纯化血清AFP-L3,采用化学发光法检测血清AFP和AFP-L3水平,并计算 AFP-L3在总AFP中所占比例(AFP-L3%)。结果PLC组患者血清AFP、AFP-L3%水平均高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组(P<0.05)。以AFP>25 ng/mL ,AFP-L3%≥10%作为阳性判断标准,PLC组患者血清AFP阳性率高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组,且PLC组患者血清AFP-L3%阳性率亦明显高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组(P<0.05),但具有不同血清AFP水平的PLC患者之间,血清AFP-L3%水平和阳性率比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论微量离心柱法检测血清AFP-L3%在肝癌的早期诊断和良、恶性肝病的鉴别诊断中具有重要价值。%Objective To study the clinical significance of serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP) variants (AFP-L3) detected by trace column centrifugation method for the diagnosis of liver cancer and differential diagnosis of benign and malignant liver diseases .Methods During June 2011 and October 2012 ,80 patients with primary liver cancer (PLC ,PLC group) ,66 patients with liver cirrhosis (cirrhosis group) and 54 patients with chronic hepatitis (hepatitis group) treated in this hospital were enrolled .Domestic-made trace column centrifugation kit was used to separate and purify serum AFP-L3 .AFP and AFP-L3 were detected by using chemoluminescence assay .Then ,the percentage of AFP-L3 in AFP (AFP-L3% ) was calculated .Results Levels of serum AFP and AFP-L3% in PLC group were sig-nificantly higher than cirrhosis group and hepatitis

  12. 血清AFP、CEA、AFU、GGT-Ⅱ联合检测诊断原发性肝癌的临床价值%Clinical value of combined measurement of serum alpha-fetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes for diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    宁珠; 殷芳; 刘海; 尤丽英; 杨晋辉; 郑盛

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical value of combined measurement of four serum tumor markers (alpha-fe-toprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes) for diagnosis of primary liver cancer. Methods 160 patients with primary liver cancer and 120 healthy subjects were measured the serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes was detected by using not continuous PAGE. The results were analyzed by SPSS 15.0 software. Results The serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase were significantly higher in the primary liver cancer patients than those in the control group (P < 0.01). The positive rate of single marker of alpha-fetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes was 68.00%, 28.00%, 84.00% and 77.00% respectively, and there were statistical significances during carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes (all P < 0.05). The positive rate of the combined measured of two markers: alpha-fe-toprotein/carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-fetoprotein/alpha-L-fucosidase and alpha-fetoprotein/gamma-glutamyltrans-ferase isoenzymes were 75.00%, 84.00% and 89.00% respectively, and there were statistical significances during the positive rates of the combined measured of alpha-fetoprotein/alpha-L-fucosidase, alpha-fetoprotein/gamma-glutamyl-transferase isoenzymes compared with alpha-fetoprotein (all P < 0.05). But the positive rate of combined measurement of four markers was 96.00% and there was evidently statistical significance compared with the alpha-fetoprotein result (P < 0.01). Conclusion The combined measurement of alpha-fetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-L-fucosidase, gamma-glutamyltransferase isoenzymes can be used as an accessory tool in diagnosis of primary liver cancer.%目的 探讨血清甲胎蛋白、癌胚抗原、

  13. The Diagnosis Value of AFU and AFP Combined Detection for Primary Hepatic Carcinoma%AFU与AFP联合检测在诊断原发性肝癌中的应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    谢远勤

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To study the significance of serum α-L-fucosidase (AFU)and Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) in the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma( PHC). Method: The activities of serum AFU and AFP were measured in 29 cases of PHC,28 eases of liver cirrhosis, 103 cases of others liver damage. Resuit: The activities in patients with PHC were significantly higher than any other groups. The diagnostic sensitivities of serum AFU and AFP in patients with PHC were 86.2% and 72.3%. AFP positive rate was 84.0% in negative of AFP for patients with PHC and the combined diagnostic sensitivity of AFU and AFU for PHC was 93.1%. Conclusion: The serum AFU and AFP is a useful marker for the diagnosis of PHC.%目的:探讨血清α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)及甲胎蛋白(AFU)对原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值.方法:分别测定29例PHC患者、28例肝硬化患者、103例其他肝损伤疾病患者的AFU及AFP含量.结果:AFU与AFP在PHC中的诊断率分别为86.2%和72.3%,在AFP阴性的PHC患者中,AFU的阳性率为84%,两者联检的总阳性率为93.1%.结论:AFU与AFP联合检测对提高PHC的诊断率有重要价值.

  14. 甲胎蛋白异质体L3对低浓度甲胎蛋白肝癌诊断的临床意义%The diagnostic value of hepatocellular carcinoma by AFP-L3 variant determined in AFP low concentrations

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李鲁平; 谷海峰; 陈霖; 刘爱霞; 刘佳; 徐军; 张健; 郭静霞; 赵静

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical value of alpha-fetoprotein variant (AFP-L3) percentage in the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the operation evaluation in the patients with low serum AFP level.Methods AFP-L3 variants from 245 patients (including 100 cases of cirrhosis and 145 cases of HCC) with low serum AFP level(5-40 ng/ml) were isolated and the contents of AFP-L3 variant and total serum AFP were measured to get AFP-L3% (the ratio of AFP-L3 to total AFP).The follow-up of 3 months for 100 cirrhosis patients and 12 months for 20 HCC patients who underwent operation were performed.Results Using AFP-L3% ≥ 10% as a positive criterion,there was a positive rate of 23% with AFP-L3% in 100 cases of cirrhosis,and 8 out of 23 cases of AFP-L3 positive were diagnosed to be HCC after 3 months.There was a positive rate of 46.2% with AFP-L3% in 145 cases of HCC with low serum AFP level.AFP-L3% level was significantly higher in HCC than those in cirrhosis (t =7.318,P =0.001 < 0.01).The results of AFP-L3% of 20 HCC patients who underwent operation and therapy showed that the survival rates of AFP-L3% positive cases at 12 months was 0,and the survival rates of AFP-L3% negtive cases at 12 months was 15/15.Conclusion The percentage of AFP-L3 has significant clinical values for the early diagnosis of HCC and the operation evaluation of hepatic resection in the patients with low serum AFP level.%目的 探讨在低浓度甲胎蛋白(AFP)肝病患者中,甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)的百分含量(AFP-L3%)对肝癌的早期诊断和疗效评估的临床意义.方法 收集245例血清低AFP含量(5 ~40 ng/ml)的肝病患者样本(其中肝硬化患者100例、肝癌患者145例),检测AFP-L3%,并对其中100例肝硬化患者和20例肝癌术后患者分别进行3个月和12个月的随访.结果 以AFP-L3%≥10%作为阳性判断标准,100例肝硬化患者中阳性为23例,经3个月随访后其中8例诊断为肝癌;145份肝癌患者血清AFP

  15. Rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into hepatocytes in vitro

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xin-Qin Kang; Wei-Jin Zang; Tu-Sheng Song; Xiao-Li Xu; Xiao-Jiang Yu; Dong-Ling Li; Ke-Wei Meng; Sheng-Li Wu; Zhi-Ying Zhao

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the mechanism and regulation of differentiation from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into hepatocytes and to find a new source of celltypes for therapies of hepatic diseases. METHODS: MSCs were isolated by combining gradient density centrifugation with plastic adherence. The cells were cultured in osteogenic or adipogenic differentiation medium and determined by histochemical staining. MSCs were plated in plastic culture flasks that were not coated with components of extracellular matrix (ECM). When MSCs reached 70% confluence, they were cultured in low glucose Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium supplemented with 10 mL/L fetal bovine serum, 20 ng/mL hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and 10 ng/mL fibroblast growth factor-4 (FGF-4). The medium was changed every 3 d and stored for albumin, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and urea assay. Glycogen store of hepatocytes was determined by periodic acid-Schiff staining.RESULTS: By combining gradient density centrifugation with plastic adherence, we isolated a homogeneous population of cells from rat bone marrow and differentiated them into osteocytes and adipocytes. When MSCs were cultured withFGF-4 and HGF, approximately 56.6% of cells became smallround and epithelioid on d 24 by morphology. Compared with the control, levels of AFP increased significantly from d 12 to 15.5±1.4 μg/L (t = 2.31, P<0.05) in MSCs cultured with FGF-4and HGF, and were higher (46.2±1.5 μg/L)ond 21 (t = 41.926, P<0.01), then decreased to 24.8±2.2 μg/L on d 24 (t = 10.345, P<0.01). Albumin increased significantly on d 21 (t= 3.325, P<0.01) to 1.4±0.2 μg/mL,and to 2.1±0.7 μg/mL on d 24 (t= 3.646, P<0.01). Urea(2.3±0.4 mmol/L) was first detected on d 21 (t = 6.739, P<0.01), and continued to increase to 2.6±0.9 mmol/Lon d 24 (t= 4.753, P<0.01). Glycogen storage was first seen on d 21.CONCLUSION: The method combining gradient density centrifugation with plastic adherence can isolate MSCs. Rat MSCs may be

  16. Status of the AFP Project in ATLAS

    CERN Document Server

    AUTHOR|(INSPIRE)INSPIRE-00224260; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is given. In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ nad DCS, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2nd arm are performed.

  17. 血清CA125、甲胎蛋白及胎盘生长因子在胎盘早剥预测中的初步研究%A preliminary study of serum CA125, alpha - fetoprotein, and placental growth factor for prediction of placental abruption

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    刘世凯; 宋莉莉; 陈铎

    2012-01-01

    目的:检测胎盘早剥、重度子痫前期及正常妊娠孕妇的血清CA125、甲胎蛋白和胎盘生长因子水平,探讨其与胎盘早剥的关系,为胎盘早剥的预测及早期诊断提供理论依据.方法:采用微粒酶免疫分析法( MEIA)和双抗体夹心ELISA法检测孕妇血清CA125、甲胎蛋白和胎盘生长因子水平.结果:胎盘早剥组CA125和甲胎蛋白明显高于其他两组,胎盘生长因子明显低于其他两组(P<0.05).结论:检测外周血CA125、甲胎蛋白和胎盘生长因子水平对于预测胎盘早剥具有一定的临床价值.%Objective: To detect the levels of serum CA125, alpha-fetoprotein, and placental growth factor in the pregnant women with placental abruption, the pregnant women with severe preeclampsia, and the normal pregnant women, explore their relationships with placental abruption, provide a theoretical basis for prediction and early diagnosis of placental abruption. Methods: Micropartical enzyme immu-noassay and double - antibody sandwich ELISA were used to detect the levels of serum CA125, alpha - fetoprotein, and placental growth factor. Resnlts: The levels of serum CA123 and alpha - fetoprotein in placental abruption group were significantly higher than those in the other two groups, the level of placental growth factor in placental abruption group was significantly lower than those in the other two groups (P <0.05) . Conclusion: Detecting the levels of CA125, alpha - fetoprotein, and placental growth factor in peripheral blood has a certain clinical value for predicting placental abruption.

  18. Immunotherapy of hepatocellular carcinoma with dendritic cells vaccine targeting to alpha-fetoprotein%以AFP为靶点的肝癌树突状细胞免疫治疗的实验研究

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    张利旺; 张红梅; 贾军; 任军

    2005-01-01

    目的探讨AFP作为肝癌基因治疗和免疫治疗靶点的可行性以及AFP基因转染的树突状细胞(AFP-DC)疫苗对表达AFP肝细胞癌的免疫治疗作用.方法构建AFP-cDNA 真核表达载体,体外转染DC,制备AFP-DC瘤苗,诱导针对表达AFP的肝癌细胞株HepG2的特异性免疫反应,MTT法检测效应细胞对靶细胞的杀伤率.结果 AFP-DC瘤苗能够分泌AFP抗原,培养上清中AFP含量为0.8805 IU/ml,与空载体组和空白对照组相比,差异显著(P<0.05).免疫荧光检测可见AFP-DC胞浆及胞膜有AFP抗原分子表达;活化的CTL能够对表达AFP肝癌细胞起特异性杀伤作用,杀伤效率可达84.05%,与空载体组和空白对照组比较,差异显著(P<0.05).结论 AFP作为靶点治疗肝癌具有可行性,AFP可作为肝癌靶向治疗的新的突破点;AFP-DC疫苗可以作为表达AFP肝癌的一种免疫治疗手段,为DC瘤苗的临床应用奠定了基础.

  19. 慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平及意义%Hepatocellular carcinoma associated with chronic HBV infection serum GP73 and AFP-L3 level and significance

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    姚向波; 尹毅; 王黑豆; 王凤兰

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of chronic HBV infection in the Golgiassociated hepatocellular carcinoma serum protein 73(GP73) and Alpha fetoprotein heterogeneity (AFP-L3 ) level changes and the significance of its value in the diagnosis of disease. Methods Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detection related hepatocellular carcinoma in 167 patients with chronic HBV infection, in 92 patients with liver cirrhosis 134 patients chronic hepatitis serum GP73 and AFP-L3 level, analyze the correlation between ALP, GGT, ALT, AST and AFP. Results The chronic HBV infection related hepatocel-lular carcinoma in patients with serum GP73(287.5ng/mL ) and AFP-L3(391.7ng/mL) levels were significantly higher than that of liver cirrhosis (117.6ng/mL) and chronic hepatitis B (84.5) and 54.1ng/mL), and ALP, GGT and AFP there were significant correlation. Conclusion Diagnostic and prognostic index of serum GP73 and AFP-L3 conclusion can be used as chronic HBV infection related hepatocellular carcinoma, combined with ALP in clinic andprovide a basis for early diagnosis of GGT and AFP for chronic HBV infectionrelated hepatocellular carcinoma.%目的:探讨慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌血清中高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)水平的变化及其在疾病诊断中的价值意义。方法:应用酶联免疫吸附测定法(ELISA)检测167例慢性 HBV 感染相关肝癌,92例肝硬化患者和134例慢性肝炎血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平的变化,并分析其余 ALP、GGT、ALT、AST 和AFP 的相关性。结果:慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌患者血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平明显高于肝硬化和慢性肝炎,与 ALP、GGT 和 AFP 均存在明显相关性。结论:血清肿瘤标志物均具有广谱性,诊断 HCC 时缺乏高度的特异性,进行单项检测时,易弃漏部分阳性患者,阳性率不高。联合检测 GP73和 AFP-L3可联合检测提高诊断率,为早期发现及治疗提供依据。

  20. AFP, PIVKAII, GP3, SCCA-1 and follisatin as surveillance biomarkers for hepatocellular cancer in non-alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver disease

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Trerotoli Paolo

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The incidence and mortality of hepatocellular cancer (HCC complicating alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (ALD and NAFLD is rising in western societies. Despite knowing the at risk populations for HCC development, the lack of sensitive and specific means of surveillance hampers disease detection at curable stages. The most widely used serum HCC marker is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, while PIVKA-II, glypican-3 (GP3 and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Antigen -1 (SCCA-1 have been proposed as new biomarkers. Assessment of these HCC biomarkers has largely been performed in patients with viral hepatitis. We conducted a cross sectional study assessing the value of these serum proteins, as well a novel candidate biomarker -follistatin – in patients with HCC arising on a background of ALD or NAFLD. Methods Pre-treatment serum samples from 50 patients with HCC arising on a background of ALD (n = 31 or NAFLD (n = 19 were assessed by specific ELISA assay for PIVKAII, Glypican-3, SCCA-1 and Follistatin. Results were compared and contrasted with a control patient group with biopsy proven steatohepatitis-related cirrhosis (n = 41. The diagnostic accuracy of each of the candidate biomarkers was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis, reporting the area under the curve (AUC and its 95% confidence interval (CI. Performance was compared to that of the established biomarker, AFP. Results Serum levels of all proteins were assessed by specific ELISA assays. GP3, SCCA-1 and follistatin had no HCC surveillance benefit in these patients. AFP and PIVKAII were superior to the other markers, particularly in combination. Conclusion We conclude that while novel means of surveillance are urgently required, the combination of AFP and PIVKAII for HCC is an improvement on AFP alone in ALD/NAFLD patients. Furthermore, our data in this homogenous subset of patients- particularly that confirming no role for SCCA-1 – suggests

  1. 甲胎蛋白对树突状细胞免疫表型影响的体外研究`%In vitro study of the effect of AFP on the immune phenotypes of DC

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    范强; 钟翠平; 王国强; 傅继东; 顾云娣

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To study the effect of AFP on the expression of immune molecular phenotypes of DC.Methods: The expression ofimmune rnolecules ( H-2Kb, I-Ab, B7-1 and B7-2 et al ) on cultured mouse BMDC was examined by using FACs. Results:Both B7-1 andB7-2were up-regulated evidently by AFP. H-2Kb was restrained gpeatly by AFP antigen-antibody complex and I-Ab was down-regulated, butnoeffect on expression of B7_1 and B7_2. The effect of either anti-AFP or HSA on immune molecules of DC was less. Coclusion:AFP could beconsidered as an associated aniigen of hepatocellular carcinoma, which could pulse DC and up-regulate their expression of immune molecules.%目的:研究甲胎蛋白(Alpha Fetoprotein,AFP)对树突状细胞(Dendritic Cell,DC)免疫表型的影响。方法:用流式细胞仪分析体外培养扩增的小鼠骨髓DC表面H-2Kb、I-Ab、B7-1和B7-2等免疫分子的表达。结果:与对照组相比,AFP可明显上调DC的B7-1和B7-2分子水平、下调H-2Kb和I-Ab的表达、但抑制I-Ab的程度较轻;AFP抗原抗体复合物极度抑制H-2Kb分子表达、对I-Ab的下调程度高于AFP组,而对B7-1和B7-2分子几乎无影响;AFP抗体和人血清白蛋白(HSA)对DC免疫分子活性的影响均较弱。结论:AFP可作为肝癌相关抗原,致敏DC,部分上调DC免疫活性分子的表达。

  2. The diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein, α-L-fucosidase,gamma-glutamyltransferase, alkaline phosphatase and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma%甲胎蛋白、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶、γ-谷氨酰转移酶、碱性磷酸酶及糖类抗原19-9联合检测在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    潘倩雄

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP),α-L-fucosidase(AFU),gamma-glutamyltransferase(GGT),alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9(CA19-9) in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma(PHC).Methods Seventy-eight PHC patients as PHC group,76 patients with other liver diseases as other liver diseases group and 60 healthy volunteers as control group.The level of serum AFP,AFU,GGT,ALP,CA19-9 and positive rate in each group were compared.Results The level of AFP,AFU,GGT,ALP,CA19-9 in PHC group were (276.3 ±72.6)μg/L,(63.1 ± 11.7) U/L,(268.5 ±57.2) U/L,(293.4 ±61.7) U/L and (56.9 ± 12.5) μg/L,in other liver diseases group were (81.6 ± 12.1) μg/L,(28.3 ±7.3) U/L,(54.9 ±7.8) U/L,(116.5 ± 23.8) U/L and (27.8 7.1) μ g/L,in control group were (13.8 ± 2.7) μ g/L,(12.6 ± 3.9) U/L,(12.3 ± 3.2) U/L,(47.2 ± 11.3) U/L and (12.9 ± 3.4) μ g/L.The level of above index in PHC group and other liver diseases group were significantly higher than those in control group,while the level of above index in PHC group were significantly higher than those in other liver diseases group (P < 0.01 or < 0.05).The positive rate of AFP,AFU,GGT,ALP,CA19-9 in PHC group were 62.8%(49/78),79.5%(62/78),83.3% (65/78),85.9% (67/78),66.7% (52/78),and significantly higher than those in other liver diseases group[31.6%(24/76),32.9%(25/76),27.6%(21/76),22.4%(17/76),15.8 %(12/76)].The positive rate of AFP in control group was 0,the positive rate of AFU,GGT,ALP,CA19-9 in control group were 1.7% (1/60),3.3% (2/60),1.7% (1/60),8.3% (5/60),which significantly lower than those in other two groups.The positive rate of combined detection in PHC group was 100.0%(78/78),which significantly higher than that in other liver diseases group [40.8%(31/76)] and control group[8.3%(5/60)](P< 0.01).Conclusion The combined detection of AFP,AFU,GGT,ALP,CA19-9 in PHC diagnosis has a higher sensitivity,and thus to make

  3. Fibroblast growth factor-4 and hepatocyte growth factor induce differentiation of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells into hepatocytes

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xin-Qin Kang; Wei-Jin Zang; Li-Jun Bao; Dong-Ling Li; Tu-Sheng Song; Xiao-Li Xu; Xiao-Jiang Yu

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the differentiation of human umbilical cord blood (HUCB)-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into hepatocytes by induction of fibroblast growth factor-4 (FGF-4) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and to find a new source of cell types for therapies of hepatic diseases.METHODS: vSCs were isolated by combining gradient density centrifugation with plastic adherence. When HUCB-derived MSCs reached 70% confluence, they were cultured in Iscove modified Dulbecco medium (IMDM) supplemented with 10 mL/L FBS, 20 ng/mL HGF and 10 ng/mL FGF-4. The medium was changed every 4 d and stored for albumin, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and urea assay. Expression of CK-18 was detected by immunocytochemistry. Glycogen storage in hepatocytes was determined by PAS staining.RESULTS: By combining gradient density centrifugation with plastic adherence, we could isolate MSCs from 25.6% of human umbilical cord blood. When MSCs were cultured with FGF-4 and HGF, approximately 63.6% of cells became small, round and epithelioid on d 28 by morphology. Compared with the control, the level of AFP increased significantly from d 12 to 18.20±1.16 μg/L (t = 2.884, P<0.05) in MSCs cultured with FGF-4 and HGF, and was higher (54.28±3.11 μg/L) on d 28 (t = 13.493, P<0.01). Albumin increased significantly on d 16 (t = 6.68, P<0.01) to 1.02±0.15 μg/mL, and to 3.63±0.30 μg/mL on d 28 (t = 11.748, P<0.01). Urea(4.72±1.03 μmol/L) was detected on d 20 (t = 4.272,P<0.01), and continued to increase to 10.28±1.06 μmol/L on d 28 (t = 9.276, P<0.01). Cells expressed CK-18 on d 16. Glycogen storage was observed on d 24. CONCLUSION: HUCB-derived MSCs can differentiate into hepatocytes by induction of FGF-4 and HGF. HUCBderived MSCs are a new source of cell types for cell transplantation therapy of hepatic diseases.

  4. Hepatic Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells in a Perfused Three-Dimensional Multicompartment Bioreactor

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Nora Freyer

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The hepatic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC holds great potential for application in regenerative medicine, pharmacological drug screening, and toxicity testing. However, full maturation of hiPSC into functional hepatocytes has not yet been achieved. In this study, we investigated the potential of a dynamic three-dimensional (3D hollow fiber membrane bioreactor technology to improve the hepatic differentiation of hiPSC in comparison to static two-dimensional (2D cultures. A total of 100 × 106 hiPSC were seeded into each 3D bioreactor (n = 3. Differentiation into definitive endoderm (DE was induced by adding activin A, Wnt3a, and sodium butyrate to the culture medium. For further maturation, hepatocyte growth factor and oncostatin M were added. The same differentiation protocol was applied to hiPSC maintained in 2D cultures. Secretion of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, a marker for DE, was significantly (p < 0.05 higher in 2D cultures, while secretion of albumin, a typical characteristic for mature hepatocytes, was higher after hepatic differentiation of hiPSC in 3D bioreactors. Functional analysis of multiple cytochrome P450 (CYP isoenzymes showed activity of CYP1A2, CYP2B6, and CYP3A4 in both groups, although at a lower level compared to primary human hepatocytes (PHH. CYP2B6 activities were significantly (p < 0.05 higher in 3D bioreactors compared with 2D cultures, which is in line with results from gene expression. Immunofluorescence staining showed that the majority of cells was positive for albumin, cytokeratin 18 (CK18, and hepatocyte nuclear factor 4-alpha (HNF4A at the end of the differentiation process. In addition, cytokeratin 19 (CK19 staining revealed the formation of bile duct-like structures in 3D bioreactors similar to native liver tissue. The results indicate a better maturation of hiPSC in the 3D bioreactor system compared to 2D cultures and emphasize the potential of dynamic 3D culture

  5. Hepatic Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells in a Perfused Three-Dimensional Multicompartment Bioreactor

    Science.gov (United States)

    Freyer, Nora; Knöspel, Fanny; Strahl, Nadja; Amini, Leila; Schrade, Petra; Bachmann, Sebastian; Damm, Georg; Seehofer, Daniel; Jacobs, Frank; Monshouwer, Mario; Zeilinger, Katrin

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The hepatic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) holds great potential for application in regenerative medicine, pharmacological drug screening, and toxicity testing. However, full maturation of hiPSC into functional hepatocytes has not yet been achieved. In this study, we investigated the potential of a dynamic three-dimensional (3D) hollow fiber membrane bioreactor technology to improve the hepatic differentiation of hiPSC in comparison to static two-dimensional (2D) cultures. A total of 100 × 106 hiPSC were seeded into each 3D bioreactor (n = 3). Differentiation into definitive endoderm (DE) was induced by adding activin A, Wnt3a, and sodium butyrate to the culture medium. For further maturation, hepatocyte growth factor and oncostatin M were added. The same differentiation protocol was applied to hiPSC maintained in 2D cultures. Secretion of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a marker for DE, was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in 2D cultures, while secretion of albumin, a typical characteristic for mature hepatocytes, was higher after hepatic differentiation of hiPSC in 3D bioreactors. Functional analysis of multiple cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoenzymes showed activity of CYP1A2, CYP2B6, and CYP3A4 in both groups, although at a lower level compared to primary human hepatocytes (PHH). CYP2B6 activities were significantly (p < 0.05) higher in 3D bioreactors compared with 2D cultures, which is in line with results from gene expression. Immunofluorescence staining showed that the majority of cells was positive for albumin, cytokeratin 18 (CK18), and hepatocyte nuclear factor 4-alpha (HNF4A) at the end of the differentiation process. In addition, cytokeratin 19 (CK19) staining revealed the formation of bile duct-like structures in 3D bioreactors similar to native liver tissue. The results indicate a better maturation of hiPSC in the 3D bioreactor system compared to 2D cultures and emphasize the potential of dynamic 3D culture

  6. Enhanced differentiation of embryonic stem cells using co-cultivation with hepatocytes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Moore, Rebecca N; Dasgupta, Anouska; Rajaei, Nayyereh; Yarmush, Martin L; Toner, Mehmet; Larue, Lionel; Moghe, Prabhas V

    2008-12-15

    We examined the effects of co-cultivated hepatocytes on the hepatospecific differentiation of murine embryonic stem (ES) cells. Utilizing an established mouse ES cell line expressing high or low levels of E-cadherin, that we have previously shown to be responsive to hepatotrophic growth factor stimulation (Dasgupta et al., 2005. Biotechnol Bioeng 92(3):257-266), we compared co-cultures of cadherin-expressing ES (CE-ES) cells with cultured rat hepatocytes, allowing for either paracrine interactions (indirect co-cultures) or both juxtacrine and paracrine interactions (direct co-cultures, random and patterned). Hepatospecific differentiation of ES cells was evaluated in terms of hepatic-like cuboidal morphology, heightened gene expression of late maturation marker, glucose-6-phosphatase in relation to early marker, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), and the intracellular localization of albumin. Hepatocytes co-cultured with growth factor primed CE-ES cells markedly enhanced ES cell differentiation toward the hepatic lineage, an effect that was reversed through E-cadherin blockage and inhibited in control ES cells with reduced cadherin expression. Comparison of single ES cell cultures versus co-cultures show that direct contact co-cultures of hepatocytes and CE-ES cells maximally promoted ES cell commitment towards hepatodifferentiation, suggesting cooperative effects of cadherin-based juxtacrine and paracrine interactions. In contrast, E-cadherin deficient mouse ES (CD-ES) cells co-cultured with hepatocytes failed to show increased G6P expression, confirming the role of E-cadherin expression. To establish whether albumin expression in CE-ES cells was spatially regulated by co-cultured hepatocytes, we co-cultivated CE-ES cells around micropatterned, pre-differentiated rat hepatocytes. Albumin localization was enhanced "globally" within CE-ES cell colonies and was inhibited through E-cadherin antibody blockage in all but an interfacial band of ES cells. Thus, stem cell based

  7. The tracking system of the AFP detector.

    CERN Document Server

    Dyndal, M; The ATLAS collaboration

    2014-01-01

    AFP is a project to extend the diffractive physics programme of the ATLAS experiment by installing new detectors that will be able to tag forward protons scattered at a very small angles. In this talk I will present the status of AFP silicon tracker development: sensor qualification, actual design of mechanics and Geant4 simulation results with integrated ATLAS forward region description.

  8. 南昌地区妊娠14~20周妇女血清甲胎蛋白和游离绒毛膜促性腺激素的MOM值测定及临床应用%Detection and clinical application of MOM values of serum alpha-fetoprotein and free human chorionic gonadotropin in pregnant women during 14~20 gestational weeks in Nanchang region

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    赖华; 刘艳秋; 刘淮

    2011-01-01

    目的:运用计算出的AFP及F-βHCG的MOM值与目前采用的MOM值对孕妇进行胎儿神经管缺陷畸形及唐氏综合征筛查,期待能更有效地筛查出南昌地区胎儿神经管缺陷及唐氏综合征高危孕妇.方法:依据2005~2007年到江西省妇幼保健院产前诊断门诊就诊的孕妇各孕周AFP、F-βHCG的中位数,计算出AFP、F-βHCG的MOM值,用计算出的MOM值(研究组)和目前采用的MOM值(对照组)分别对2008年来该院产前诊断门诊就诊的孕妇进行胎儿神经管缺陷畸形及唐氏综合征筛查,对筛查出的高危孕妇进行羊水检测和随访,比较两种MOM值对胎儿神经管缺陷畸形和唐氏综合征筛查的阳性率、假阴性率及假阳性率.结果:神经管缺陷畸形、唐氏综合征阳性率研究组高于对照组,具有统计学意义(P<0.01);假阴性率研究组与对照组比较,结果无统计学意义;假阳性率研究组较对照组降低,结果具有统计学意义,(神经管缺陷畸形P<0.05,唐氏综合征P<0.01).结论:应用本地区MOM值进行神经管缺陷畸形及唐氏综合征筛查,能更有效地筛查出本地区的神经管缺陷畸形及唐氏综合征胎儿.%Objective: To screen fetal neural tube defect and Down's syndrome by calculated MOM values and values currently used of serum alpha - fetoprotein (AFP) and free β human chorionic gonadotropin (F - β HCG) in pregnant women, in order to screen out the high risk pregnant women of fetal neural tube defect and Down's syndrome in Nanchang region.Methods: The MOM values of AFP and F - β HCG were calculated according to the medians of AFP and F - β HCG in pregnant women of different gostational weeks who visited the prenatal diagnosis outpatient of the hospital from 2005 to 2007, then the calculated MOM values ( study group) and the MOM values currently used ( control group) were used to screen fetal neural tube defect and Down's syndrome among the pregnant women who visited the prenatal

  9. Progress of Diffusion-weighted Imaging and Alpha-Fetoprotein in Evaluation on Therapeutic Effi-ciency of Hepatocellular Carcinoma%扩散加权成像联合甲胎蛋白在肝癌术后疗效评价中的研究进展

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    朱艳(综述); 柏根基(审校)

    2015-01-01

    肝细胞癌( HCC)患者术后的及时随访以及疗效的准确判断是提高患者整体生存率的关键。扩散加权成像(DWI)是目前应用较为广泛的功能影像方法,其可以优先于肿瘤形态学的改变,从微观角度监测细胞密度或肿瘤血管的变化来评价 HCC 治疗后的效果;而甲胎蛋白是临床诊断及监测 HCC 疗效较为成熟的血清学指标。该文就 DWI 联合甲胎蛋白检测评价 HCC 治疗效果的研究进展予以综述。%Timely postoperative follow-up and accurate evaluation of curative efficacy of hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) after treatment are the keys to achieve good overall survival.Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) is a widely used imaging method at present which can reflect the microscopic changes in tumor before morphologic changes,and it can detect the changes of cell density or tumor vascular density to evaluate the tumor response.Detection of the alpha-fetoprotein is a ripe method for diagnosing and predicting the tumor response.Here is to make a review about the application of DWI and alpha-fetoprotein in the evaluation of HCC treatment.

  10. Construction and Identification of Expression Vector of siRNA Specific for Alpha-Fetoprotein%甲胎蛋白特异性小干扰RNA表达载体的构建及鉴定

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郏雁飞; 胡安拉; 汪运山; 周芳; 马晓丽; 苏占涛

    2007-01-01

    目的:构建特异性抑制甲胎蛋白(AFP)的小干扰RNA(siRNA)表达载体,为进一步研究AFP基因功能及AFP相关肿瘤的基因治疗奠定基础.方法:设计并合成AFP特异性的短链寡核苷酸,退火形成双链DNA片段,通过与RNAi-ReadypSIREN-DNR-DsRed-Express Donor Vector连接、转化大肠杆菌、扩增、纯化得到所需质粒,用琼脂糖凝胶电泳及基因测序鉴定其分子量及插入片段的序列.结果:琼脂糖凝胶电泳证实纯化后的质粒大小约为6 740 bp,测序证实插入序列与合成的寡核苷酸序列完全符合.结论:构建了AFP特异性的siRNA表达质粒pSIREN-DNR-DsRed-Express Donor Vector-AFP.

  11. General Information about Adult Primary Liver Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... tumor markers . An increased level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may be a sign of ... conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, may also increase AFP levels. Sometimes the AFP level is normal even ...

  12. Stages of Adult Primary Liver Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... tumor markers . An increased level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may be a sign of ... conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, may also increase AFP levels. Sometimes the AFP level is normal even ...

  13. Treatment Options for Adult Primary Liver Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... tumor markers . An increased level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may be a sign of ... conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, may also increase AFP levels. Sometimes the AFP level is normal even ...

  14. Treatment Option Overview (Adult Primary Liver Cancer)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... tumor markers . An increased level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may be a sign of ... conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, may also increase AFP levels. Sometimes the AFP level is normal even ...

  15. Tests for Liver Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... has come back after treatment Alpha-fetoprotein blood (AFP) test AFP is normally present at high levels in the ... liver disease, liver cancer, or other cancers. If AFP levels are very high in someone with a ...

  16. Automated Ply Inspection (API) for AFP Project

    Data.gov (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Automated Ply Inspection (API) system autonomously inspects layups created by high speed automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. API comprises a high accuracy...

  17. The application of alpha-fetoprotein isoform L2 test in screening Down syndrome%甲胎蛋白变异体L2在唐氏综合征筛查中的应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    俞菁; 何丽梅; 胡荷宇; 章莉; 陈复华; 龚波

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore significance of alpha‐fetoprotein isoform L2(AFP‐L2) in the screening of Down syndrome in pregnant women ,so as to provide references for clinical application .Methods A total of 250 healthy pregnant women and 22 preg‐nant women with Down syndrome were enrolled in this study .Serum specimens were collected and AFP‐12 was separated and cap‐tured by using the magnetic bal ,time‐resolved fluorescence immunoassay was used to detect levels of AFP and AFP‐L2 ,and the percentage of AFP‐L2 (AFP‐L2% ) was calculated .Results The serum level of AFP of pregnant women with Down syndrome [(20.2±4.2)ng/mL]was lower than that of healthy pregnant women[(46.7±19.9)ng/mL],and had statistically significant difference(P<0 .05) .Serum AFP‐L2% of pregnant women with Down syndrome was higher than that of healthy pregnant women , and had statistically significant difference(P<0 .05) .Conclusion Detection of AFP level and AFP‐L2% could be an indicator for Dow n syndrome screening .%目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)变异体 L2(AFP‐L2)在孕妇唐氏综合征筛查中的意义,为其在临床应用提供依据。方法选取250例健康孕妇及22例唐氏综合征孕妇采集血清标本,采用功能磁球分离捕获AFP‐L2,采用时间分辨荧光免疫法检测AFP及AFP‐L2水平并计算AFP‐L2百分率(AFP‐L2%)。结果唐氏综合征孕妇血清AFP水平[(20.2±4.2)ng/mL]低于健康孕妇血清AFP水平[(46.7±19.9)ng/mL],差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);唐氏综合征孕妇血清AFP‐L2%高于健康孕妇,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论检测孕妇血清AFP水平及AFP‐L2%的变化可作为唐氏综合征筛查的一项指标。

  18. Effects of a type I antifreeze protein (AFP) on the melting of frozen AFP and AFP+solute aqueous solutions studied by NMR microimaging experiment.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ba, Yong; Mao, Yougang; Galdino, Luiz; Günsen, Zorigoo

    2013-01-01

    The effects of a type I AFP on the bulk melting of frozen AFP solutions and frozen AFP+solute solutions were studied through an NMR microimaging experiment. The solutes studied include sodium chloride and glucose and the amino acids alanine, threonine, arginine, and aspartic acid. We found that the AFP is able to induce the bulk melting of the frozen AFP solutions at temperatures lower than 0 °C and can also keep the ice melted at higher temperatures in the AFP+solute solutions than those in the corresponding solute solutions. The latter shows that the ice phases were in super-heated states in the frozen AFP+solute solutions. We have tried to understand the first experimental phenomenon via the recent theoretical prediction that type I AFP can induce the local melting of ice upon adsorption to ice surfaces. The latter experimental phenomenon was explained with the hypothesis that the adsorption of AFP to ice surfaces introduces a less hydrophilic water-AFP-ice interfacial region, which repels the ionic/hydrophilic solutes. Thus, this interfacial region formed an intermediate chemical potential layer between the water phase and the ice phase, which prevented the transfer of water from the ice phase to the water phase. We have also attempted to understand the significance of the observed melting phenomena to the survival of organisms that express AFPs over cold winters.

  19. Value of alpha-fetoprotein-L3 proportion in the efficacy evaluation of hepatocellular carcinoma with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization%甲胎蛋白异质体3在肝细胞癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术疗效评价中的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    魏建筑; 谭玉林

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨血清甲胎蛋白异质体3(AFP-L3)占甲胎蛋白(AFP)的比率在肝细胞癌(HCC)肝动脉化疗栓塞术(TACE)后疗效评价中的价值.方法 用微量离心柱法分离AFP-L3,电化学发光法检测血清中AFP及AFP-L3的量,计算出AFP-L3占AFP的百分比,以AFP-L3≥10%为阳性判断标准.比较50例患者TACE前后AFP和AFP-L3的变化,结合复查时数字减影血管造影技术(DSA)和增强计算机断层扫描(CT)表现,分析AFP-L3在肝癌TACE疗效评价中的价值.结果 根据实体瘤疗效评价标准(RECIST),分为完全缓解(CR)7例、部分缓解(PR)15例、稳定(SD)10例和疾病进展(PD) 18例.50例患者术前AFP与术后AFP的差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),术前AFP-L3与术后AFP-L3的差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).CR+ PR+ SD者术前AFP与术后AFP的差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),术前AFP-L3与术后AFP-L3的差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),AFP及AFP-L3下降百分率经配对样本比较的Wilcoxon符号秩检验,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 AFP-L3是较AFP更准确的评价肝细胞癌TACE后疗效的肿瘤标志物.

  20. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS

    CERN Document Server

    Gach, Grzegorz; The ATLAS collaboration

    2016-01-01

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is given. In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ nad DCS, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2nd arm are performed.

  1. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS

    CERN Document Server

    Gach, Grzegorz; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ and DCS systems, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2$^{\\textrm{nd}}$ arm are performed. In this report, a status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is discussed.

  2. Fetal ductus venosus flow velocity waveforms and maternal serum AFP before and after first-trimester transabdominal chorionic villus sampling

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    C.A. Brezinka (Christoph); A.M. Hagenaars (A.); J.W. Wladimiroff (Juriy); F.J. Los

    1995-01-01

    textabstractDoppler flow velocity waveform recording in the fetal ductus venosus and umbilical artery as well as maternal blood sampling for serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) was performed before and after transabdominal chorion villus sampling (TACVS) in 36 women of advanced maternal age (≥ 36 years)

  3. Spina Bifida

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... the level of a protein called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which is made naturally by the fetus and placenta. During pregnancy, a small amount of AFP normally crosses the placenta and enters the mother’s ...

  4. Genetics Home Reference: ataxia with oculomotor apraxia

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... high amounts of a protein called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in their blood. (An increase in the level ... tissue. The effect of abnormally high levels of AFP or CPK in people with ataxia with oculomotor ...

  5. Risks of Liver (Hepatocellular) Cancer Screening

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... cancer is present in the body. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is the most widely used tumor marker for ... and other types of cancer, may also increase AFP levels. Specific tumor markers that may lead to ...

  6. General Information about Testicular Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... are used to detect testicular cancer: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG). Tumor marker ... places in the body, and blood levels of AFP, β-hCG, and LDH). Type of cancer. Size ...

  7. Stages of Childhood Liver Cancer

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... β-hCG) or a protein called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Other cancers and certain noncancer conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis , can also increase AFP levels. Complete blood count (CBC) : A procedure in ...

  8. Liver (Hepatocellular) Cancer Screening

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... cancer is present in the body. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is the most widely used tumor marker for ... and other types of cancer, may also increase AFP levels. Specific tumor markers that may lead to ...

  9. Cloning and characterization of a novel Gladiolus hybridus AFP family gene (GhAFP-like) related to corm dormancy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Jian; Seng, Shanshan; Carianopol, Carina; Sui, Juanjuan; Yang, Qiuyan; Zhang, Fengqin; Jiang, Huiru; He, Junna; Yi, Mingfang

    2016-02-26

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is an important phytohormone controlling seed dormancy. AFPs (ABA INSENSITIVE FIVE BINDING PROTEINS) are reported to be negative regulators of the ABA signaling pathway. The involvement of AFPs in dormant vegetative organs remains poorly understood. Here, we isolated and characterized a novel AFP family member from Gladiolus dormant cormels, GhAFP-like, containing three conserved domains of the AFP family. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that GhAFP-like was expressed in dormant organs and its expression was down-regulated along with corm storage. GhAFP-like was verified to be a nuclear-localized protein. Overexpressing GhAFP-like in Arabidopsis thaliana not only showed weaker seed dormancy with insensitivity to ABA, but also changed the expression of some ABA related genes. In addition, a primary root elongation assay showed GhAFP-like may involve in auxin signaling response. The results in this study indicate that GhAFP-like acts as a negative regulator in ABA signaling and is related to dormancy.

  10. Construction and expression of recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Li-Wang Zhang; Yang-Lin Pan; Stephen M Festein; Jun Ren; Liang Zhang; Hong-Mei Zhang; Bin Jin; Bo-Rong Pan; Xiao-Ming Si; Yan-Jun Zhang; Zhong-Hua Wang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To construct a recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector for the purpose of gene therapy and target therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS: The full length AFP-cDNA of prokaryotic vector was digested, and subcloned to the multi-clony sites of the eukaryotic vector. The constructed vector was confirmed by enzymes digestion and electrophoresis, and the product expressed was detected by electrochemiluminescence and immunofluorescence methods.RESULTS: The full length AFP-cDNA successfully cloned to the eukaryotic vector through electrophoresis, 0.9723 IU/ml AFP antigen was detected in the supernatant of AFPCHO by electrochemiluminescence method. Compared with the control groups, the differences were significant (P<0.05).AFP antigen molecule was observed in the plasma of AFPCHO by immunofluorescence staining.CONCLUSION: The recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector can express in CHO cell line. It provides experimental data for gene therapy and target therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  11. 21 CFR 866.6030 - AFP-L3% immunological test system.

    Science.gov (United States)

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false AFP-L3% immunological test system. 866.6030... Systems § 866.6030 AFP-L3% immunological test system. (a) Identification. An AFP-L3% immunological test... measure, by immunochemical techniques, AFP and AFP-L3 subfraction in human serum. The device is...

  12. Study on the role of asialoglycoprotein receptor for human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells against hepatitis B virus infection%骨髓间充质干细胞对乙型肝炎病毒的易感性及与无涎糖蛋白受体的关系

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    谢婵; 谢仕斌; 张绍全; 谢俊强; 林炳亮; 高志良

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the susceptibility of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC) to hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection during induction toward hepatocyte and the role of asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR) in BMSC HBV infection. Methods BMSC obtained from hepatitis B patients were tested for HBV infection and then cultured with HBV infectious serum in vitro and induced to differentiate into hepatocyte through exposure to hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), fibroblast growth factor-4(FGF-4), and epidermal growth factor(EGF). Subsequently these cells were determined for the presence of hepatitis B virus e antigen( HBeAg), hepatitis B virus surface antigen(HBsAg) and ASGPR. All experiments were repeated for 3 times in 5 different samples. The results were analyzed by non-parametric test. Results After 6 days of exposure, BMSC-derived hepatocyte-like cells expressed hepatic special genes and proteins, including alpha fetoprotein(AFP),cytokeratin18 (CK18), albumin (Alb), and manifested hepatocyte functions, including glycogen synthesis, urea secretion and albumin synthesis. Expressions of CK18 and Alb were increased, and AFP was decreased with time of induction. The BMSC were resistant to HBV infection both in vitro and in vivo or after induction toward hepatocyte. ASGPR expression level was low in BMSC, which was increased in the induced BMSC but still lower than that of the control HepG2 cells. Conclusions BMSC are resistant to HBV infection both in vitro and in vivo. The low level expression of ASGPR may be a reason for this.%目的 评价骨髓间充质干细胞(BMSC)向肝细胞诱导过程中对HBV的易感性及无涎糖蛋白受体(ASGPR)对BMSC感染HBV的作用.方法 体外使用肝细胞生长因子、成纤维细胞生长因子-4和表皮生长因子,将BMSC诱导分化为肝细胞.检测乙型肝炎患者BMSC的HBV感染情况,并对原代及诱导培养后的BMSC进行体外HBV感染实验,检测BMSC感染后的HBsAg、HBcAg表达情况,并检测BMSC

  13. Feto portador de síndrome de turner e tetralogia de fallot associadas à elevação de alfafetoproteína materna Fetal turner syndrome and tetralogy of fallot associated with elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Eduardo Vieira Neto

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome de Turner fetal e suas complicações, a hidropisia e o higroma cístico, podem produzir alteração dos marcadores bioquímicos de soro materno inicialmente utilizados no rastreamento de síndrome de Down e de defeitos de tubo neural (DTN. Os autores relatam o caso de uma gestante de 37 anos, que foi rastreada para síndrome de Down e DTN no início do 2º trimestre. Foi constatado aumento da alfafetoproteína de soro materno (MSAFP e o rastreamento foi considerado positivo para DTN. Foi realizado exame ultra-sonográfico tridimensional, que não demonstrou nenhuma anormalidade fetal ou placentária, caracterizando o caso como elevação idiopática de MSAFP. No 3º trimestre, a gravidez evoluiu com acentuada oligoidrâmnia e alteração do fluxo uteroplacentário, obrigando à instituição de terapia com corticosteróides e parto cesáreo na 34ª semana gestacional. O concepto do sexo feminino foi encaminhado à UTI neonatal, onde foram diagnosticadas tetralogia de Fallot e síndrome de Turner. Esse caso incentivou os autores a rever a literatura sobre marcadores bioquímicos de soro materno na síndrome de Turner e nas malformações cardíacas congênitas. Ao final, propõe-se um protocolo para elevação idiopática de MSAFP.Turner syndrome and its complications, hydrops and cystic hygroma, can produce alterations in maternal serum biochemical markers used in screening for Down's syndrome and neural tube defects (NTD. The authors report the case of a 37-year-old pregnant woman, screened for Down's syndrome and NTD in the second trimester of pregnancy. The maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP level was increased and the test was considered screen positive for NTD. A three-dimensional ultrasound investigation was performed, but no fetal or placental anomalies were found, indicating a case of unexplained increased msafp. In the third trimester severe oligohydramnios and disturbances in uteroplacental arterial circulation

  14. Status of the ATLAS Forward Physics (AFP) Project

    CERN Document Server

    Chytka, L; The ATLAS collaboration

    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Physics (AFP) project plans to add a set of detectors --- silicon 3D pixel tracking detectors and QUARTIC time of flight detectors --- in the forward region of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. The AFP detectors will be placed around 210 m from the interaction point and are meant to detect protons produced at small angles. The detectors are to be housed in the so called Hamburg beam pipe --- a movable beam pipe allowing horizontal movement of the detectors. The AFP is currently under approval with possible installation in 2014/15.

  15. AFP阳性肝内胆管细胞癌患者的临床特征及其预后影响因素%Clinical characteristics and prognostic factors of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma with positive AFP

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王庆亮; 许世磊; 张鹏; 黄河; 姚志成; 杨培生; 刘波

    2014-01-01

    目的探讨AFP阳性肝内胆管细胞癌(ICC)患者的临床特点及预后影响因素。方法回顾性研究2004年9月至2013年12月在中山大学附属第三医院接受诊治的57例ICC患者临床资料。所有患者均签署知情同意书,符合医学伦理学规定。其中男34例,女23例;平均年龄(52±13)岁。根据入院后血清AFP检测结果将患者分为AFP阳性组(16例)和AFP阴性组(41例)。比较两组患者的年龄、性别、HBsAg,合并肝硬化、胆道病变,术前糖链抗原19-9(CA19-9)、手术方式、淋巴结转移、组织学分化程度等临床病理学参数。对患者进行随访,记录两组生存情况。临床病理学参数比较采用t检验、χ2检验或Fisher确切概率法,生存预后影响因素分析采用Log-rank检验和Cox比例风险回归模型多因素分析。结果 AFP阳性组中男性占94%(15/16),明显高于AFP阴性组的46%(19/41)(χ2=10.747,P<0.05)。AFP阳性组合并肝硬化患者占88%(14/16),明显高于AFP阴性组的37%(15/41)(χ2=11.937,P<0.05)。AFP阳性组患者无合并胆道病变,AFP阴性组12例合并胆道病变,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。手术方式为AFP阳性组患者预后的独立危险因素,根治性切除患者预后好(RR=26.813,P<0.05)。结论 AFP阳性ICC患者多合并肝硬化,较少合并胆道病变。手术方式为影响患者预后的独立危险因素,根治性切除是改善AFP阳性ICC患者预后的有效手段。%ObjectiveTo investigate the clinical characteristics and prognostic factors in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) patients with positive alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).MethodsClinical data of 57 patients with ICC in the Third Afifliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from September 2004 to December 2013 were analyzed retrospectively. The informed consents of all patients were obtained and the ethical committee approval was received. There were 34

  16. Efficacy of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Suppression of Hepatocarcinorigenesis in Rats: Possible Role of Wnt Signaling

    LENUS (Irish Health Repository)

    Abdel Aziz, Mohamed T

    2011-05-05

    Abstract Background The present study was conducted to evaluate the tumor suppressive effects of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in an experimental hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) model in rats and to investigate the possible role of Wnt signaling in hepato-carcinogenesis. Methods Ninety rats were included in the study and were divided equally into: Control group, rats which received MSCs only, rats which received MSCs vehicle only, HCC group induced by diethylnitroseamine (DENA) and CCl 4 , rats which received MSCs after HCC induction, rats which received MSCs before HCC induction. Histopathological examination and gene expression of Wnt signaling target genes by real time, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in rat liver tissue, in addition to serum levels of ALT, AST and alpha fetoprotein were performed in all groups. Results Histopathological examination of liver tissue from animals which received DENA-CCl4 only, revealed the presence of anaplastic carcinoma cells and macro-regenerative nodules type II with foci of large and small cell dysplasia. Administration of MSCs into rats after induction of experimental HCC improved the histopathological picture which showed minimal liver cell damage, reversible changes, areas of cell drop out filled with stem cells. Gene expression in rat liver tissue demonstrated that MSCs downregulated β-catenin, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), cyclin D and survivin genes expression in liver tissues after HCC induction. Amelioration of the liver status after administration of MSCs has been inferred by the significant decrease of ALT, AST and Alpha fetoprotein serum levels. Administration of MSCs before HCC induction did not show any tumor suppressive or protective effect. Conclusions Administration of MSCs in chemically induced HCC has tumor suppressive effects as evidenced by down regulation of Wnt signaling target genes concerned with antiapoptosis, mitogenesis, cell proliferation

  17. Efficacy of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Suppression of Hepatocarcinorigenesis in Rats: Possible Role of Wnt Signaling

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Sabry Dina

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The present study was conducted to evaluate the tumor suppressive effects of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs in an experimental hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC model in rats and to investigate the possible role of Wnt signaling in hepato-carcinogenesis. Methods Ninety rats were included in the study and were divided equally into: Control group, rats which received MSCs only, rats which received MSCs vehicle only, HCC group induced by diethylnitroseamine (DENA and CCl4, rats which received MSCs after HCC induction, rats which received MSCs before HCC induction. Histopathological examination and gene expression of Wnt signaling target genes by real time, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR in rat liver tissue, in addition to serum levels of ALT, AST and alpha fetoprotein were performed in all groups. Results Histopathological examination of liver tissue from animals which received DENA-CCl4 only, revealed the presence of anaplastic carcinoma cells and macro-regenerative nodules type II with foci of large and small cell dysplasia. Administration of MSCs into rats after induction of experimental HCC improved the histopathological picture which showed minimal liver cell damage, reversible changes, areas of cell drop out filled with stem cells. Gene expression in rat liver tissue demonstrated that MSCs downregulated β-catenin, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA, cyclin D and survivin genes expression in liver tissues after HCC induction. Amelioration of the liver status after administration of MSCs has been inferred by the significant decrease of ALT, AST and Alpha fetoprotein serum levels. Administration of MSCs before HCC induction did not show any tumor suppressive or protective effect. Conclusions Administration of MSCs in chemically induced HCC has tumor suppressive effects as evidenced by down regulation of Wnt signaling target genes concerned with antiapoptosis, mitogenesis, cell

  18. AFP与AFU和CAI9-9联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断意义%Value of combined measurement of AFP,AFU and CAI9-9 in diagnosing primary hepatic carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    许可银; 张弘; 朱郁飞

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨肿瘤标志物甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(alpha-L-fucosidase,AFU)、糖类抗原(CAI9-9)联合检测在原发性肝癌(primary hepatocellular carcinoma,PHC)诊断中的应用价值.方法:应用电化学发光免疫分析法和全自动生化分析仪法测定70例PHC患者和50例正常对照组血清AFP、AFU、CA19-9的含量,并分析对PHC诊断的敏感性和特异性.结果:PHC组AFP、APU、CA19-9水平明显高于正常对照组,差异极有统计学意义(P<0.01);AFP、AFU、CA19-9单个肿癌标志物诊断PHC的敏感性分别为65.7%、87.1%、50.8%,特异性分别为92%、62%、78%;3种肿瘤标志物联合检测在PHC诊断中的敏感性和特异性分别为98.6%和98%,联合检测的敏感性与单项检测差异极有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论:AFP、AFU、CA19-9联合检测对PHC有一定的诊断价值,尤其可提高AFP阴性PHC的诊断率.

  19. Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment

    CERN Document Server

    Tasevsky, Marek; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is summarized. The AFP system is composed of a tracker to detect intact, diffractively scattered protons, and of a time-of-flight detector serving to suppress background from pile-up interactions. The whole system, located around 210~m from the main ATLAS detector, is placed in Roman Pots which move detectors from and to the incident proton beams. A typical distance of the closest approach of the tracker to these beams is 2--3~mm. The main physics motivation lies in measuring diffractive processes in runs with not a very high amount of pile-up.

  20. Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Taševský, Marek [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-04-10

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is summarized. The AFP system is composed of a tracker to detect intact, diffractively scattered protons, and of a time-of-flight detector serving to suppress background from pile-up interactions. The whole system, located around 210 m from the main ATLAS detector, is placed in Roman Pots which move detectors from and to the incident proton beams. A typical distance of the closest approach of the tracker to these beams is 2–3 mm. The main physics motivation lies in measuring diffractive processes in runs with not a very high amount of pile-up.

  1. Readout and Trigger for the AFP Detector at ATLAS Experiment

    CERN Document Server

    Kocian, Martin; The ATLAS collaboration

    2016-01-01

    AFP, the ATLAS Forward Proton consists of silicon detectors at 205 m and 217 m on each side of ATLAS. In 2016 two detectors in one side were installed. The FEI4 chips are read at 160 Mbps over the optical fibers. The DAQ system uses a FPGA board with Artix chip and a mezzanine card with RCE data processing module based on a Zynq chip with ARM processor running Linux. In this contribution we give an overview of the AFP detector with the commissioning steps taken to integrate with the ATLAS TDAQ. Furthermore first performance results are presented.

  2. AFP: Et reklamefossil er genfødt?

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Andersen, Lars Pynt

    2010-01-01

    Skjult sponsering vinder frem igen, og selv om det har en lang historie, ser det ud til at være mere skjult i de nutidige former end i de klassiske fra radiotiden. http://videnskab.dk/content/dk/blogs/reklamebloggen/afp_et_reklamefossil_er_genfodt   Udgivelsesdato: 7.6.......Skjult sponsering vinder frem igen, og selv om det har en lang historie, ser det ud til at være mere skjult i de nutidige former end i de klassiske fra radiotiden. http://videnskab.dk/content/dk/blogs/reklamebloggen/afp_et_reklamefossil_er_genfodt   Udgivelsesdato: 7.6....

  3. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS arXiv

    CERN Document Server

    Gach, Grzegorz

    In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ and DCS systems, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2$^{\\textrm{nd}}$ arm are performed. In this report, a status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is discussed.

  4. Complementary Effect between AFP and AFP-IgM in the Process of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Diagnosis%AFP-IgM复合物联合AFP对诊断肝癌的互补作用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    徐斌; 蒋敬庭; 吴昌平

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨新型肿瘤标志物AFP-IgM免疫复合物和甲胎蛋白(AFP)对肝细胞肝癌(Hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)诊断的互补作用.方法 用酶联免疫吸附法与电化学发光法同步检测113名正常人、85例HCC患者、23例肝硬化和63例肝炎患者血清AFP-IgM与AFP含量.应用ROC曲线确立AFP-IgM和AFP的最佳切割值分别为300 AU/ml和20 μg/L作为有诊断学意义的临界值.在此切割值下,对AFP诊断为阴性的患者血清进行AFP-IgM检测以及对AFP-IgM诊断为阴性的患者血清进行AFP检测,探讨两种诊断方法对HCC诊断的互补作用.结果 在AFP诊断为阴性的HCC患者中AFP-IgM诊断的敏感度为68.0%,特异度为83.6%,有效率为81.6%;在AFP-IgM诊断阴性的HCC患者中AFP诊断的敏感度为74.2%,特异度为91.7%,有效率为88.8%.结论 AFP与AFP-IgM联合检测将提高对HCC诊断的效率,AFP和AFP-IgM在HCC的诊断中具有较好的互补性.

  5. AFP: First Experience with Data and Future Plans

    CERN Document Server

    Gach, Grzegorz; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector system is the measurement of protons scattered diffractively or electromagnetically at very small angles. The first arm of the system was installed last year and AFP took data in several commissioning and physics runs. The installation of the second arm is ongoing and will be completed in time for the 2017 data taking period. This will allow measurements of processes with two forward protons: central diffraction, exclusive production, and two-photon processes. During the presentation, the early results and experience from the first year of data taking will be presented together with the status of the second-arm installation and plans for the future.

  6. The relationship of the expression of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP and early onset preeclampsia%外周血 sFIt-1、β-hCG、PAPP-A、AFP 的表达与早发型子痫前期的关系

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    杜娟; 朱一麟; 高雪梅; 贺漪

    2016-01-01

    trimester pregnancy associated plasma protein A ( PAPP-A) , alpha-fetoprotein ( AFP) and early onset preeclampsia ( PE) .Methods 84 cases of PE (48 cases of early on-set, late-onset 36 cases) were selected in our hospital from October 2014 to October 2015.Meanwhile,80 cases of normal pregnancy women were selected as the control group.The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of all pa-tients were measured by ELISA.The diagnostic value ofβ-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of early-onset preeclampsia were analyzed by application-specific subjects curve (ROC).Results The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP in the PE patients of early-onset group were all higher than the control group ( t =9.236, t =10.422, t =11.986, t =14.785, P 0.05).The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of early-onset severe PE were higher than mild group ( t =6.271, t =31.680, t =3.449, t =5.045, P <0.05), and there was no significant difference between the levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1, PAPP-A, AFP of delayed severe patients and the mild group ( t =0.598, t =0.230, t =0.437, P <0.05), andβ-hCG was statistically sig-nificant( t =6.043, P <0.05).ROC analysis shows that the sensitivity and specificity of sFIt-1+β-hCG+PAPP-A+AFP joint diagnosis of early-onset PE were higher than single index detection.Conclusion There is a close relationship between periph-eral blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP levels and early-onset PE, and different pathogenesis may exist between early-onset and late-onset PE.It can enhance the diagnostic sensitivity of early-onset preeclampsia with combination of multiple indexes.

  7. 血清α-L-岩藻糖苷酶与甲胎蛋白和糖类抗原19-9在原发性肝癌诊断中的作用%Serum α-L-fucosidase and alpha-fetoprotein and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    熊利华; 陈春琴; 张春峰; 方叶青

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨血清α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)和糖类抗原19-9(CA19-9)在原发性肝癌(PHC)诊断中的作用.方法 分别测定PHC患者48例、肝硬化患者28例、乙型肝炎患者74例、其他肿瘤患者38例和正常人136例AFU、AFP和CA19-9含量.结果 AFU、AFP和CA19-9在PHC患者中的敏感性分别为79.2%、68.6%和62.5%,在AFP阴性的PHC患者中,AFU、CA19-9的敏感性分别为62.5%和75.0%,3项联合检测诊断PHC的敏感性为87.5%.结论 AFU、AFP、CA19-9 3项联合检测对提高原发性肝癌的诊断率有十分重要意义.

  8. Amniocentesis

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... baby’s amniotic fluid for proteins like alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Measuring the amount of AFP can check if your baby has neural tube ... baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord. AFP levels are often higher if your baby has ...

  9. Strand Burner Results of AFP-001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation

    Science.gov (United States)

    2015-10-01

    ARL-MR-0907 ● OCT 2015 US Army Research Laboratory Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature...Laboratory Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation by John J Ritter and Anthony Canami...COVERED (From - To) February 2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation

  10. Surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Lombardy, Northern Italy, from 1997 to 2011 in the context of the national AFP surveillance system.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pellegrinelli, Laura; Primache, Valeria; Fiore, Lucia; Amato, Concetta; Fiore, Stefano; Bubba, Laura; Pariani, Elena; Amendola, Antonella; Barbi, Maria; Binda, Sandro

    2015-01-01

    An Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance system was set up in Lombardy (Northern Italy) in 1997 in the framework of the national AFP surveillance system, as part of the polio eradication initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO). This surveillance system can now be used to detect Poliovirus (PV) reintroductions from endemic countries. This study aimed at describing the results of the AFP surveillance in Lombardy, from 1997 to 2011.   Overall, 131 AFP cases in Lombardy were reported with a mean annual incidence rate of 0.7/100 000 children AFP cases was typical with peaks in November, in January, and in March. The major clinical diagnoses associated with AFP were Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS, 40%) and encephalomyelitis/myelitis (13%). According to the virological results, no poliomyelitis cases were caused by wild PV infections, but two Vaccine-Associated Paralytic Paralysis (VAPP) cases were reported in 1997 when the Sabin oral polio vaccine (OPV) was still being administered in Italy. Since a surveillance system is deemed sensitive if at least one case of AFP per 100,000 children <15 years of age is detected each year, our surveillance system needs some improvement and must be maintained until global poliovirus eradication will be declared.

  11. 体外诱导脂肪源性干细胞向类肝细胞的定向分化%Directional differentiation of adipose tissue-derived stem cells into hepatic-like cells in vitro by procedure-induction

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    刘剑; 李立; 冉江华; 张升宁; 邵剑春

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: How to establish effective stable hepatic cell differentiation schedule, to purify or rapidly amplify stable hepatic-like cells needs to be solved before adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) were used to treat liver diseases. OBJECTIVE: To establish sequencing induction system of ADSCs transforming into hepatic-like cells.METHODS: After isolated and purified the Lewis rat ADSCs, the surface marks of ADSCs were identified by flow cytometry. The rat ADSCs were transformed into the hepatic-like cells in the procedure-culture system by tris-step including hepatocyte growth factor (FGF), fibroblast growth factor-4, acid fibroblast growth factor and oncostatin M cytokine. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: After rat ADSCs were induced at 7, 14 and 21 days, the expression of albumin (ALB), alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and CK18 mRNA was determined and fortified over time. Hepatic-like cells had ALB synthesis function. Metabolism of ammonia and urea synthesis occurred and lasted after 9-12 days. Results suggest ADSCs were successfully differentiated into hepatic-like cells in vitro after procedure-induction.%背景:用脂肪源性干细胞治疗肝脏疾病之前,如何建立有效稳定的肝细胞分化诱导方案,纯化并快速扩增性能稳定的类肝细胞等问题亟待解决.目的:建立大鼠脂肪源性干细胞转化为类肝细胞的程序化诱导体系.方法:分离纯化Lewis大鼠脂肪源性干细胞,流式细胞仪鉴定其表面标志,分3个阶段加入含有肝细胞生长因子、成纤维细胞生长因子4、酸性成纤维细胞生长因子、制瘤素M细胞因子的诱导培养体系,使脂肪源性干细胞向肝细胞转化.结果与结论:大鼠脂肪源性干细胞诱导7,14,21 d后,细胞阳性表达 ALB、AFP、CK18mRNA,表达量随诱导时间延长而增强,类肝细胞具有白蛋白合成功能.氨代谢和尿素的合成功能在9~12 d出现并持续存在.结果表明脂肪源性干细胞体外分段诱导可成功转化为类肝细胞.

  12. 人骨髓干细胞在中空纤维滤器中诱导分化构建生物人工肝反应器的可行性研究%Construction of a novel bioreactor of bioartificial liver system with human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    朱章华; 仇毓东; 施晓雷; 谢婷; 丁义涛

    2010-01-01

    to differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells for 21 days.The functions of the differentiated cells,such as synthesis of albumin(Alb),alpha fetoprotein(AFP) were determined.Eighteen days later,the functions of metabolism of ammonia and benzodiazepines,and synthesis of urea were monitored.The cellular synthesis rate of Alb was measured with flow cytometer.The glucose levels in the medium were measured during entire culture process. Results ①Glucose-uptake in the cartridge was increased during the culture period,and at the end of culture,the number of cells in the cartridge increased to 109.②After induction,AFP was detected on day 6,reaching the peak level on day 12.Alb was detected on day 9.Eighteen days after being induced,the clearance rate of ammonia and benzodiazepines in the cartridge was 2.02.7 mmol/24 hours and 3.23.8 mg/24 hours,respectively,and urea production rate was 1.82.2 mmol/24 hours.③At the end of the culture,66.18%76.91% of the cells showed positive Alb expression. Conclusion hBMMSCs can be multiply to construct a novel bioreactor of bioartificial liver system in a hollow fiber cartridge.

  13. 门静脉高压时经脾移植骨髓间充质干细胞的分化与迁移%Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells transplantation via spleen as a treatment for terminal liver disease in rats with portal hypertension

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    孙松; 陈功; 郑珊

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the efficacy of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSC)transplantation via spleen as a treatment for terminal liver disease in rats with portal hypertension.Methods Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells of Sprague-Dawley rats were isolated and culture ex vivo in the medium containing hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and fibroblast growth factor-4 (FGF-4).The expressions of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and cytokeratin 18 (CK-18) were detected by immunofluorescence staining in the fifth passage cells.Recipient rats were randomly divided into the experimental group (the common bile ducts were ligated and cut off) and the control group (underwent sham operations).The fifth passage cells were labeled with CM-Dil,and were transplanted via spleen injection.The BMMSC distribution was observed under the fluorescence microscope The integrated optical density (IOD) and cell distribution score were quantitated using the Image pro-Plus 6.0.Results After co-incubated with HGF and FGF-4,the Golgi apparatus,endoplasmic reticulum,ribosomes,and mitochondria were significantly increased in the 5th passage BMMSC cells.The immunofluorescence staining of the AFP and CK-18 found that the cells expressed both of the proteins.The CM-Dil staining could also be observed in BMMSC.And the CM-Dil labeling rate was as high as 99.5%.The integrated optical density (IOD) of transplanted cells in the experimental group was significantly higher than that of the control group (1 130 067 ± 209 464 vs 293 505 ± 88 383,P<0.01).In addition,the cell distribution score in the experimental group was lower than that of the control group (2.36 ±0.27 vs 1.99 ± 0.36,P<0.05).Conclusions HGF and FGF-4 can induce bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into the hepatocyte-like cells ex vivo.The BMMSC cells can migrate into the liver of the rats with portal hypertension via spleen injection.%目的 观察体外诱导骨髓间充质干细胞(BMSC)能否向肝样细胞分化,探讨经

  14. Physics prospects with the ALFA and AFP detectors

    CERN Document Server

    Hamal, Petr; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    The ATLAS ALFA and AFP detectors - the experimental challenge of measuring forward protons at the LHC. We will describe the experimental challenge presented by the measurement of the forward protons at the LHC. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP projects involve the deployment of detectors capable of detecting protons that emerge intact from the interaction with very small scattering angles. In the case of the ALFA detector, located at ±240m from the ATLAS interaction point, this measurement has to be performed using special high \\beta* beam optics. The detector chosen for the task is a nearly edgeless scintillating fibre tracker capable of making measurements at very low t – below 10-3 GeV2 – in the Nuclear Coulomb interference region. In order to reach these very small t-values we need to deploy the detector very near to the beam line utilizing Roman Pots. The main purpose of the ALFA detector is to measure the total p-p cross-section, a fundamental quantity in hadronic physics of importance to particle and to cos...

  15. 血清异常凝血酶原和甲胎蛋白联合检测对原发性肝癌的临床价值%The clinical value of serum PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP detection for hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    席强; 孙桂荣; 丛培珊; 刘明军; 宗金宝

    2014-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical value of Protein induced by Vitamin K Antagonist-Ⅱ (PIVKA-Ⅱ) and alpha-Fetoproteins (AFP) in diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and monitoring the treatment effects.Methods Patients were recruited by the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University,from August 2013 to March 2014.Serum levels of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP were measured by both chemiluminescence assay (CLIA) and electrochemiluminescence assay (ECLA) in patients with HCC (n =148),intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma (n =37),gastric cancer and colorectal cancer (n =44),cirrhosis (n =63),chronic hepatitis B (n =38) and healthy subjects (n =57).To analyze the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC-AUC) and to compare the sensitivity and specificity of single PIVKA-Ⅱ or AFP assay,and the combined detection.To analyze the correlation of PIVKA-Ⅱ and both tumor size and TNM staging,so do AFP,respectively.To compare the serum level changes of the two indicators in HCC patients before and after treatment.Results The serum levels of both PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP in HCC group were higher than that in intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma,gastric cancer and colorectal cancer,cirrhosis,chronic hepatitis B and healthy subjects groups (PIVKA-Ⅱ:U =866.50,424.00,958.00,292.00 and 448.00 ; AFP:U=713.00,440.50,1 182.00,614.00 and 399.00,P <0.001).The ROC-AUCs of the single PIVKA-Ⅱ or AFP assay and the combined detection in HCC group were not statistically different (P > 0.05).The sensitivity of PIVKA-Ⅱ (87.16%) was higher than that of AFP (68.92%,x2 =4.73,P < 0.05) in diagnosing HCC ; the sensitivity of the combined detection of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP(93.24%) was higher than that of PIVKA-Ⅱ itself (87.16%,adjusted x2 =64.70,P < 0.01) ;while the specificities among them did not show statistical significance (P > 0.05).Tested by Spearman rank correlation,the serum levels of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP were both positively related to tumor size (r =0

  16. Alpha-foetoprotein (AFP): A multi-purpose marker in hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sauzay, Chloé; Petit, Alexandra; Bourgeois, Anne-Marie; Barbare, Jean-Claude; Chauffert, Bruno; Galmiche, Antoine; Houessinon, Aline

    2016-12-01

    Alpha-foetoprotein (AFP), one of the first protein tumour markers discovered, is widely used today in clinical practice. Its application for the screening and diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most frequent form of primary liver tumour, is a matter of extensive debate. In addition to the studies focused on the role of the AFP in the diagnosis of HCC, in recent years AFP has been used to guide the therapeutic choice in HCC and monitor the treatment. Here, we summarize the latest studies that show the interest of AFP quantification in determining the suitability of liver transplantation or to follow-up on patients receiving the targeted treatment sorafenib. We also highlight the recent studies showing the active role of AFP in tumour progression, and the new modes of regulation of this tumour marker. Among these is the regulation of AFP through tumour proteostasis and the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR). We discuss the implications of this new knowledge in the therapeutic context, in terms of interpreting serum levels of AFP, and the new perspectives offered by AFP for the study of tumour proteostasis.

  17. [Assessment of AFP in amniotic fluid: comparison of three automated techniques].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Leguy, Marie-Clémence; Tavares, Silvina Dos Reis; Tsatsaris, Vassili; Lewin, Fanny; Clauser, Eric; Guibourdenche, Jean

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasound scanning is useful to detect neural tube defect (NTD) but scarcely distinguished between closed NTD and open NTD, which had very different prognosis. An amniotic fluid punction is thus mandatory to search for an increase in alpha foeto protein (AFP) levels and for the presence of acetylcholinesterase which identified open NTD. However, AFP levels fluctuate both with the gestational age and the assay used. Our aim was to establish normative values for AFP in amniotic fluid in the second half of pregnancy using three different immunoassays and to improve their clinical relevance. Amniotic fluid punctions were performed on 527 patients from 9 week of gestation (WG) to 37 WG either for maternal age, Trisomy 21 screening, increase in nucal translucency (control group, n = 527) or for suspicion of neural tube defect or abdominal defect (n = 5). AFP was measured using the immunoassay developed for serum AFP on the Access 2 system, the Immulite 2000 and the Advia Centaur. Results were expressed in ng/ml, multiple of the median (MoM) and percentiles. AFP decrease by 1.5 fold between 9 and 19 WG. When NTD was suspected, an increase in anmniotic AFP was observed (from 2.5 MoM to 9.3 MoM) confirming an open NTD. In conclusion, the assay developed on those 3 automates is suitable for the measurement of AFP in amniotic fluid.

  18. C-reactive protein is a biomarker of AFP-negative HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    She, Sha; Xiang, Yi; Yang, Min; Ding, Xiangchun; Liu, Xiaoyan; Ma, Lina; Liu, Qing; Liu, Bin; Lu, Zhenhui; Li, Shiying; Liu, Yi; Ran, Xiaoping; Xu, Xiaoming; Hu, Huaidong; Hu, Peng; Zhang, Dazhi; Ren, Hong; Yang, Yixuan

    2015-08-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most aggressive cancers worldwide and is associated with the high rates of morbidity and mortality. α-fetoprotein (AFP) is common used in diagnosis of HCC; however, a growing body of research is questioning the diagnostic power of AFP. There is, therefore, an urgent need to develop additional novel non-invasive techniques for the early diagnosis of HCC, particularly for patients with AFP-negative [AFP(-)] HCC. Accordingly, in the present study, we employed iTRAQ-based mass spectro-metry to analyze the plasma proteins of subjects with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC, AFP(+) HBV-related HCC and non-malignant cirrhosis. We identified 14 aberrantly expressed proteins specific to the HCC patients, including 10 upregulated and 4 downregulated proteins. We verified C-reactive protein (CRP) overexpression by ELISA and immunohistochemical staining of clinical samples. Per ROC curve analyses, CRP was positive in 73.3% of patients with HBV-related HCC, and CRP overexpression had significant diagnostic power for AFP(-) HBV-related HCC. Furthermore, we found that silencing CRP caused a >2-fold decease in HBV replication. Additionally, we determined that this reduction in HBV replication involved the interferon-signaling pathway. However, silencing CRP also promoted HCC invasion and migration in vitro. In conclusion, we demonstrated that CRP can serve as a diagnostic biomarker for AFP(-) HBV-related HCC.

  19. Module production of the one-arm AFP 3D pixel tracker

    CERN Document Server

    Grinstein, S.; Chmeissani, M.; Dorholt, O.; Förster, F.; Lange, J.; Lopez Paz, I.; Manna, M.; Pellegrini, G.; Quirion, D.; Rijssenbeek, M.; Rohne, O.; Stugu, B.

    2016-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is designed to identify events in which one or two protons emerge intact from the LHC collisions. AFP will consist of a tracking detector, to measure the momentum of the protons, and a time of flight system to reduce the background from multiple proton-proton interactions. Following an extensive qualification period, 3D silicon pixel sensors were selected for the AFP tracker. The sensors were produced at CNM (Barcelona) during 2014. The tracker module assembly and quality control was performed at IFAE during 2015. The assembly of the first AFP arm and the following installation in the LHC tunnel took place in February 2016. This paper reviews the fabrication process of the AFP tracker focusing on the pixel modules.

  20. Psc-AFP, an antifungal protein with trypsin inhibitor activity from Psoralea corylifolia seeds.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Xingyong; Li, Jun; Wang, Xiaowen; Fang, Weiguo; Bidochka, Michael J; She, Rong; Xiao, Yuehua; Pei, Yan

    2006-07-01

    An antifungal protein designated as Psc-AFP, with an apparent molecular mass of 18kDa, was isolated from a traditional Chinese herb, malaytea scurfpea (Psoralea corylifolia L.). The isolation procedure entailed extraction, cation exchange chromatography on CM FF, gel filtration chromatography on Superdex 75 and reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography on SOURCE 5RPC column. Automated Edman degradation determined the partial N-terminal sequence of Psc-AFP to be NH2-EWEPVQNGGSSYYMVPRIWA, which displayed homology with plant trypsin inhibitors. The protease inhibitor activity of Psc-AFP was then confirmed by the inhibition on trypsin. Psc-AFP at 10 microM inhibited the mycelial growth of Alternari brassicae, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia cerealis, suggesting that Psc-AFP has a role in the defense against pathogens.

  1. Module production of the one-arm AFP 3D pixel tracker

    Science.gov (United States)

    Grinstein, S.; Cavallaro, E.; Chmeissani, M.; Dorholt, O.; Förster, F.; Lange, J.; Lopez Paz, I.; Manna, M.; Pellegrini, G.; Quirion, D.; Rijssenbeek, M.; Rohne, O.; Stugu, B.

    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is designed to identify events in which one or two protons emerge intact from the LHC collisions. AFP will consist of a tracking detector, to measure the momentum of the protons, and a time of flight system to reduce the background from multiple proton-proton interactions. Following an extensive qualification period, 3D silicon pixel sensors were selected for the AFP tracker. The sensors were produced at CNM (Barcelona) during 2014. The tracker module assembly and quality control was performed at IFAE during 2015. The assembly of the first AFP arm and the following installation in the LHC tunnel took place in February 2016. This paper reviews the fabrication process of the AFP tracker focusing on the pixel modules.

  2. Cyst and tumor of liver

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2008-01-01

    2008081 Construction of the alpha-fetoprotein enhancer controlled gene therapy vector specific for hepatocellular carcinoma and identification of its activity. MA Xiaojuan(马晓娟), et al. Dept Nucl Med, West China Hosp, Sichuan Univ, Chengdu 610041. World Chin J Digestol 2007;15(33):3474-3478. Objective To construct a gene-modified hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-specific luciferase expression vector regulated by alpha fetoprotein (AFP) p

  3. Diagnostic value of Joint Detection of GP73 and AFP-L3 in Primary Hepatic Carcinoma with Low Concentration of AFP

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Lei CAI

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the applicative value of serum Golgi protein (GP73 and alpha-proteinvariant (AFP-L3 in the diagnosis of patients with primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC. Methods:Totally 110 patients were enrolled, including 60 PHC patients with low concentration of AFP ((1.1-108.0 μg/L and 50 patients with non-PHC digestive system diseases (20 cases of patients with chronic hepatitis, 15 patients with liver cirrhosis, 4 patients with bile duct cancer, 4 patients with gastric cancer, 4 patients with rectal cancer and 3 patients with colon cancer. In addition, 42 healthy people were selected as control group. GP73 was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA trace centrifugal column method was adopted for separation of AFP-L3. Luo's chemiluminescence method was used to determine the total content of AFP and AFP-L3 in eluent for calculating the ratio of AFP-L3/ AFP. Results: The levels of serum GP73 and AFP-L3(% in PHC group were significantly higher than the other 2 groups (P<0.01 and the level of serum GP73 and AFP-L3 (% in Non-PHC group were higher than those in healthy group (P<0.01. ROC analysis showed that the area under ROC curve of single GP73 and AFP-L3(% in diagnosis of PHC and non-PHC were 0.887 and 0.860, respectively. Additionally, the ROC analysis also showed that critical value of GP73 and AFP-L3 for the diagnosis of HPC were 83.78 μg/L and 13.87%, respectively. The sensitivity of joint detection of serum GP73 or AFP-L3 was higher than detection of them alone (90.0 vs. 71.7 and 60.0, P<0.05 but the specificity was similar between single detection and joint detection (P>0.05. The positive predictive value and negative predictive value of joint detection of them was higher than single detections of them and there was significant differences in negative predictive value (P<0.05 but no difference in positive predictive value (P>0.05. The overall response rate of joint detection of GP73 and AFP-L3 was higher

  4. a-L-岩藻糖苷酶与甲胎蛋白联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的临床评价%Clinical evaluation of combined AFU and AFP detection in the diagnosis for patients with PHC

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    殷建立; 周秦蜀; 段仲壁; 韩峰

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨a-L-岩藻糖苷酶(a-L-fucosidase,AFU)与甲胎蛋白(alpha fetoprotein,AFP)联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的临床意义.方法 对1992年~2000年在普外科和消化内科门诊及住院的358例原发性肝癌,628例良性肝病,52例肝癌介入化疗术后患者,28例转移性肝癌,81例其他肿瘤,251例正常对照者,以AFU>600(nmol/ml.h)为阳性标准,用酶标法检测.以AFP>20(ng/ml)为阳性标准,用放免法检测.绘制受试者工作特性曲线(receiver operating characteristic curve,ROC)并计算曲线下面积评价诊断价值.结果 原发性肝癌(primary hepatic carcinom,PHC)组血清AFU水平显著高于其他各组(P<0.01),AFP水平与慢性肝病组、其他肿瘤组、正常对照组相比差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).PHC组和转移性肝癌组中AFU的检出率与AFP的检出率相比差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 AFU可作为诊断PHC的一种较好的血清肿瘤标志物.AFU与AFP联合检测,可提高诊断PHC的敏感性,并可作为对PHC的疗效观察的一项指标.

  5. Diagnostic Value of Serum AFU,AFP and TK1 for Primary Liver Cancer with Logistic Regression and ROC Curve%ROC曲线及Logistic回归评价血清AFU,AFP和TK1在原发性肝癌的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李步任; 张惠冰; 张诗颜

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨血清α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(α-L-fucosidase,AFU)、甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)和胸苷激酶1(thymidine kinase1,TK1)在原发性肝癌(primary liver cancer,PLC)诊断中的临床意义.方法 测定114例PLC患者、105例良性肝病患者血清AFU,AFP和TK1水平,并与同期102例健康正常对照的血清浓度水平进行比较.用Logistic回归模型绘制ROC曲线并计算曲线下面积(AUCROC)以评价各指标的诊断价值.结果 三组间数据呈非正态分布(KolmogorovSminov检验,Z=0.100~0.517,均P<0.001).三组数据比较差异有统计学意义(Kruskal-Wallis检验,x2=67.230~104.442,均P<0.001).PLC组和良性肝病组患者比较,PLC组血清AFU,AFP和TK1水平高于良性肝病组,差异有统计学意义(Mann-Whitney U检验,Z=-8.772~2.077,P<0.05).良性肝病组AFU高于正常对照组,差异有统计学意义(Mann-WhitneyU检验,Z=-7.912,P<0.001).PLC组与非肝癌组诊断性能评价ROC曲线下最佳cut-off值:AFU为40.75 U/L,AFP为10.86 μg/L和TK1为1.92 pmol/L;ROC曲线下的面积AFU为0.725,AFP为0.844,TK1为0.772,联合检测曲线下面积为0.900,其约登指数(70.5%)和敏感度(86.0%)最高.结论 血清AFU,AFP和TK1联合检测对PLC的诊断具有重要价值,并且可显著增加PLC诊断的约登指数和敏感度.

  6. The GALAD scoring algorithm based on AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP significantly improves detection of BCLC early stage hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Best, J; Bilgi, H; Heider, D; Schotten, C; Manka, P; Bedreli, S; Gorray, M; Ertle, J; van Grunsven, L A; Dechêne, A

    2016-12-01

    Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of death in cirrhotic patients worldwide. The detection rate for early stage HCC remains low despite screening programs. Thus, the majority of HCC cases are detected at advanced tumor stages with limited treatment options. To facilitate earlier diagnosis, this study aims to validate the added benefit of the combination of AFP, the novel biomarkers AFP-L3, DCP, and an associated novel diagnostic algorithm called GALAD. Material and methods: Between 2007 and 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, 285 patients newly diagnosed with HCC and 402 control patients suffering from chronic liver disease were enrolled. AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP were measured using the µTASWako i30 automated immunoanalyzer. The diagnostic performance of biomarkers was measured as single parameters and in a logistic regression model. Furthermore, a diagnostic algorithm (GALAD) based on gender, age, and the biomarkers mentioned above was validated. Results: AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP showed comparable sensitivities and specifities for HCC detection. The combination of all biomarkers had the highest sensitivity with decreased specificity. In contrast, utilization of the biomarker-based GALAD score resulted in a superior specificity of 93.3 % and sensitivity of 85.6 %. In the scenario of BCLC 0/A stage HCC, the GALAD algorithm provided the highest overall AUROC with 0.9242, which was superior to any other marker combination. Conclusions: We could demonstrate in our cohort the superior detection of early stage HCC with the combined use of the respective biomarkers and in particular GALAD even in AFP-negative tumors.

  7. Isolation, culture and identification of adult hepatic stem cells in vitro%成体肝脏干细胞的体外分离、培养及鉴定

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    吕国悦; 张平; 李红; 李爽; 王广义

    2007-01-01

    trypsinase was added, and subsequently, anti-human C-kit antibody, immunomagnetic beads and Buffer solution were added in order. C-kit+ cells were preliminarily isolated by immunomagnetic bead separation. Haematoxylin-eosin staining and immunofluorescent histochemical double-staining were used for detecting the hepatic stem cells in para-cancerous tissues.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① Observation of cell morphology. ② Identification of hepatic stem cells from para-cancerous tissues. ③ Identification of C-kit+ cells by immunofluorescent histochemical double-staining.RESULTS :① After primarily cultured for 2 weeks, the adherent cells grew in colony. After one half of culture medium was renewed, mature hepatocytes were gradually broken and disappeared. Small round cells propagated, and most of them were located in the center and arranged in cluster. Most cells were found with one big nucleus in each, less cytoplasm and clear cell boundary. When cells propagated to the 1st and 2nd generations, they still grew in colony, but fast. Each C-kit+ cell isolated by immunomagnetic bead separation presented a spherical cell body with a very big nucleus and less cytoplasm. After in vitro cultured for 1 week, it presented broken pieces and apoptotic symptoms.② After para-cancerous tissue was stained by haematoxylin-eosin, atypically proliferated biliary tracts with small round cells could be seen in the portal area. After para-cancerous tissue was stained by immunofluorescent histochemical double-staining, small round cells in the biliary tracts proliferated in the portal arsa co-expressed red fluorescence AFP and green fluorescence cytokeratin (CK) 19 with yellow superposition arsa. ③ After C-kit+ cells were stained by fluorescence immunocytochemisty, cytoplasm expressed alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) red granules and CK19 green granules. The superposition area of both presented yellow fluorescence of AFP+/CK19+-positive cells.CONCLUSION: Hepatic stem cells exist in human para

  8. AFP and ALFA detectors as a momentum spectrometer system - feasibility study

    CERN Document Server

    ABDUL KHALEK, Rabah

    2015-01-01

    We consider a possibility to measure a leading proton momentum using simultaneously the AFP and ALFA detectors. The idea is based on the simple fact that the proton trajectory through the magnetic field between the AFP and ALFA$_{1}$ detectors, depends on the proton's momentum loss $\\xi$. The feasibility of the proton momentum measurement is directly related to the availability of the magnetic fields and their configuration, the overlap between ALFA and AFP detectors and their resolutions as well as energy losses and the multiple scattering effect that could wash away little actions from the magnets on the proton.

  9. Epigenetic regulation of GATA4 expression by histone modification in AFP-producing gastric adenocarcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yamamura, Nobuhisa; Kishimoto, Takashi

    2012-08-01

    AFP-producing adenocarcinoma is a variant of adenocarcinoma with high malignancy. Production of AFP suggests enteroblastic or hepatoid differentiation of cancer cells. GATA4 is a key molecule involved in the prenatal development of the stomach and liver. GATA4 is epigenetically silenced by hypermethylation of primer region in many types of cancers including gastric cancer. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression and epigenetic regulation of GATA4 in AFP-producing adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that GATA4 was positive in 3/8 cases of AFP-producing gastric adenocarcinomas and in 28/30 cases of common type adenocarcinomas. Epigenetic modification of GATA4 promoter region was investigated with 3 AFP-producing and 4 common-type gastric cancer cell lines. GATA4 mRNA was detected in 1/3 of AFP-producing and 2/4 of common-type gastric cancer cell lines by RT-PCR. Methylation-specific PCR revealed no GATA4 methylation in any of the AFP-producing gastric cancers, whereas methylation was consistent with GATA4 expression in the common-type gastric cancers. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay for AFP-producing gastric cancers revealed that histones H3 and H4 were hypoacetylated in the GATA4-negative cells, while they were hyperacetylated in the GATA4-positive cells. Treatment with trichostain A, an inhibitor for histone deacetylase, induced acetylation of histones H3 and H4, and tri-methylation of lysine 4 of histone H3, which was associated with the active transcription of GATA4 in GATA4-negative AFP-producing cells. These results indicated that histone deacetylation is a silencing mechanism for GATA4 expression in AFP-producing gastric cancer cells. Differences between AFP-producing gastric cancer and common-type gastric cancer in terms of the mechanism of GATA4 regulation may be reflected in the phenotypic deviation of AFP-producing gastric cancer from common-type gastric cancer.

  10. 肝癌特异性AFP亚组分联合AFP-mRNA对肝癌诊断与鉴别价值%Clinical values of combined hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (AFP) fraction and AFP-mRNA determination in diagnosis and differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    吴玮; 姚登福; 袁咏梅; 樊冀伟; 陆秀凤; 李小华; 邱历伟; 吴信华

    2006-01-01

    目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)基因及肝癌特异性AFP亚组份(AFP-L3)在肝癌早期诊断和鉴别诊断中的价值.方法从肝病患者外周血中制备总RNA,以逆转录聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)扩增AFP基因.用小扁豆凝集素亲和层析法分离血清中AFP-L3,放射免疫法测定AFP及AFP-L3.结果在肝癌和肝硬化病人中AFP-L3阳性率分别为91.7%(110/120)和18%(9/50),AFP-mRNA阳性率分别为56.7%(68/120)和16%(8/50),两者总阳性率分别为95%(114/120)和26%(13/50).正常对照组AFP-L3及AFP-mR-NA均为阴性.肝癌病人AFP-L3%及AFP-mRNA阳性率明显高于肝硬化及正常对照组(P<0.01).AFP-L3及AFP-mRNA与肿瘤大小、数目等无关(P>0.05),而与肿瘤分化程度、是否转移及有无复发等明显相关(P<0.05).结论外周血AFP-L3及AFP-mRNA检测特异性强、敏感性高,有助于肝癌诊断与鉴别诊断、肝外转移或术后复发监测.

  11. Physics prospects with the ALFA and AFP detectors

    CERN Document Server

    Hamal, P; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    We will describe the experimental challenge presented by the measurement of the forward protons at the LHC. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP projects involve the deployment of detectors capable of detecting protons that emerge intact from the interaction with very small scattering angles. In the case of the ALFA detector, located at $\\pm${240}~m from the ATLAS interaction point, this measurement has to be performed using special high $\\beta^*$ beam optics. The detector chosen for the task is a nearly edgeless scintillating fibre tracker capable of making measurements at very low $t$ - below $10^{-3} \\text{GeV}^2$ - in the Nuclear Coulomb interference region. In order to reach these very small $t$ values we need to deploy the detector very near to the beam line utilizing Roman Pots. The main purpose of the ALFA detector is to measure the total p-p cross-section, a fundamental quantity in hadronic physics of importance to particle and to cosmic ray physicists and to provide absolute measurement of luminosity which includ...

  12. The value of Golgi protein 73 detection combined with alpha-fetoprotein,α-L-fucosidase,α-antitrypsin in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer%高尔基体蛋白73联合甲胎蛋白、α-L 岩藻糖苷酶、α-抗胰蛋白酶检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    黄华; 梁红梅; 胥慧; 周庭雄; 王建蔚

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the diagnostic value of the golgi protein 73 (GP73) combined with alpha‐fetoprotein (AFP) ,α‐L‐fucosidase (AFU) andα‐antitrypsin(α‐AT) detection in primary hepatic carcinoma(PHC) .Methods 100 patients with PHC ,100 patients with hepatitis and cirrhosis ,and 100 healthy people hospitalized in the hospital from October 2011 to May 2013 were en‐rolled in the study .Serum AFP levels were detected by using Beckman DxI800 chemiluminescent analyzer ,serum AFU ,α‐AT levels were detected by using Beckman DxC800 automatic biochemical analyzer ,and GP73 levels were measured by using enzyme‐linked immunosorbent GP73 quantitative detection kits .Results In patients with PHC and patients with hepatitis and cirrhosis ,serum GP73 ,AFP ,AFU ,α‐AT levels were significantly higher than healthy people(P<0 .05) .In patients with PHC ,GP73 ,AFP ,AFU ,α‐AT levels were significantly higher than those in patients with hepatitis and cirrhosis(P<0 .05) .The sensitivities of single serum GP73 ,AFP ,AFU ,α‐AT detection were 75% ,72% ,23% ,67% respectively and specificity were 95% ,95% ,100% ,97% respective‐ly .The sensitivity and specificity of the 4 tumor markers′combined detection were 99% and 100% .The sensitivity of combined de‐tection was significantly different from single detection(P<0 .05) .Conclusion GP73 ,AFP ,AFU ,α‐AT may improve the diagnostic efficiency of primary liver cancer .%目的:研究高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)联合甲胎蛋白(AFP)、α‐L岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)、α‐抗胰蛋白酶(α‐AT)检测对原发性肝癌诊断的价值。方法选取2011年10月至2013年5月在该院住院及就诊的原发性肝癌、肝炎和肝硬化患者及健康体检者各100例作为研究对象,使用Beckman DxI800化学发光分析仪检测血清AFP水平;用Beckman DxC800全自动生化分析仪检测血清AFU、α‐AT水平;用GP73酶联免疫定量检测试剂盒测定 GP73水平。结果原发性

  13. The value of combine determination of AFP variants and AFP in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer%AFP和AFP异质体对405例原发性肝癌的诊断价值探讨

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王爱华; 王华梁; 方芳; 邓海琳; 马莉苓; 李梅君

    2002-01-01

    目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)和甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP Variants,AFP-V)对原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值.方法用酶联免疫吸附试验(ELISA)和交叉免疫电泳、放射性自显影法分别检测AFP和小扁豆凝集素亲和性甲胎蛋白异质体(LCA-AFP-V)的血清含量.结果 405例PHC患者中,AFP阳性占75.8%,LCA-AFP-V阳性占54.3%;210例AFP低浓度阳性患者中,LCA-AFP-V阳性125例,而97例AFP高浓度阳性患者,有95例伴有异质体的升高;98例AFP阴性患者中,35例LCA-AFP-V阳性;223例非PHC中AFP阳性占42.2%,LCA-AFP-V阳性占25.6%.结论单独应用AFP或AFP-V均有一定的局限性,两者联合使用将有助于提高原发性肝癌的检出率.

  14. 甲胎蛋白(AFP)与原发性肝癌早期诊断的关系%Armor embryo protein (AFP) and primary liver cancer early diagnosis relations

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    宋光; 刘晶; 张男

    2008-01-01

    甲胎蛋白(AFP)是有卵黄囊及胚胎产生的糖蛋白,是肝细胞癌重要的肿瘤标志物.肝细胞癌变时AFP基因常被激活而强烈表达,转录成AFP mRNA和翻译成AFP,因此根据AFP mRNA的表达情况可判断AFP基因的活化情况,为原发性肝癌的诊断提供了可靠的依据,为临床治疗争取了时间.

  15. AFP-L3阳性肝癌患者肝动脉化疗栓塞术后碘油沉积与AFP-L3%下降相关性分析

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    尤慧明; 赵念博; 陈祖华

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)阳性肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术(TACE)术后碘油沉积与AFP-L3占总AFP 的比例(AFP-L3%)下降的相关性。方法随机选择AFP-L3阳性(即≥10%)并行TACE治疗的肝癌68例,术前1周和术后4周分别行AFP-L3检测。根据术后4周CT碘油沉积比例进行分级,与AFP-L3%术后下降及转阴率行相关性分析。结果 CT碘油沉积比例分级及AFP-L3%转阴情况:Ⅰ级13例(19.1%),AFP-L3%转阴3例(23.1%,3/13);Ⅱ级19例(28.0%),AFP-L3%转阴11例(57.9%,11/19);Ⅲ级21例(30.9%),AFP-L3%转阴15例(71.4%,15/21);Ⅳ级15例(22.1%),AFP-L3%转阴14例(93.3%,14/15)。AFP-L3%总转阴43例(63.2%),各级别AFP-L3%转阴率比较差异有统计学意义。结论 AFP-L3阳性肝癌TACE术后碘油沉积比例越高,AFP-L3%下降率及转阴率越高。

  16. Lentivirally engineered dendritic cells activate AFP-specific T cells which inhibit hepatocellular carcinoma growth in vitro and in vivo.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Yang; Butterfield, Lisa H; Fu, Xiaohui; Song, Zhenshun; Zhang, Xiaoping; Lu, Chongde; Ding, Guanghui; Wu, Mengchao

    2011-07-01

    α-fetoprotein (AFP), a tumor-associated antigen for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is an established biomarker for HCC. In this study, we created a lentivirus expressing the AFP antigen and investigated the anti-tumor activity of AFP-specific CD8+ T cells, with and without CD4+ T cells, which were activated by either AFP peptide-pulsed or Lenti-AFP-engineered Dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro and in vivo. AFP-specific T cells could efficiently kill HepG2 HCC cells, and produced IL-2, IFN-γ, TNF-α, perforin and granzyme B, with minimal production of IL-10 (a negative regulator of T cell activation). Both strategies activated AFP-specific T cells, but the lentiviral strategy was superior by several measures. Data also support an impact of CD4+ T cells in supporting anti-tumor activity. In vivo studies in a xenograft HCC tumor model also showed that AFP-specific T cells could markedly suppress HCC tumor formation and morbidity in tumor-bearing nude mice, as well as regulate serum levels of related cytokines and anti-tumor molecules. In parallel with human in vitro T cell cultures, the in vivo model demonstrated superior anti-tumor effects and Th1-skewing with Lenti-AFP-DCs. This study supports the superiority of a full-length antigen lentivirus-based DCs vaccine strategy over peptides, and provides new insight into the design of DCs-based vaccines.

  17. Union examination of AFP, AFU, AFPL3 andγ-GT in early diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Yuan Shao; Zuo-ren Wang; Lei Shi

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of union examination of blood serum liver cancer tracers in the early diagnosis of liver cancer. Methods We observed and compared the level of blood serum liver cancer tracers armor embryo protein (AFP), crag algae glycosidase (AFU), armor embryo protein heteroplasmon (AFPL3) andγ-Gu Anxian transferase (γ-GT) in early time for primary liver cancer patients and hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients who had liver cancer family history. Results Finally among the 30 patients in the early liver cancer group, 23 were positive with AFP, 20 with AFU, 15 with AFPL3 and 21 with γ-GT. Five were found positive with blood serum AFP, AFPL3, AFU and γ-GT at the same time; 5 with AFP, AFPL3 and γ-GT; 5 with AFP, AFU and AFPL3; 7 with AFP, AFU andγ-GT. By contrast, in the control group, among the 30 hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients with liver cancer family history, 11 were found positive with AFP, 3 with AFPL3, 12 with AFU and 14 with γ-GT. None of the patients were found positive with union examination of AFP, AFPL3, AFU and γ-GT in the blood serum at the same time. Conclusion The union examination of AFP, AFU, AFPL3 and γ-GT is significant to the early diagnosis of primary liver cancer.

  18. BMPs regulate differentiation of a putative visceral endoderm layer within human embryonic stem-cell-derived embryoid bodies.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Conley, Brock J; Ellis, Sarah; Gulluyan, Lerna; Mollard, Richard

    2007-02-01

    Human embryonic stem cells (HESCs), pluripotent cells derived from the inner cell mass (ICM) of human blastocysts, represent a novel tool for the study of early human developmental events. When cultured in suspension with serum, HESCs form spherical structures resembling embryoid bodies (EBs). We show that differentiation of HESCs within EBs occurs radially, with central cells then undergoing apoptosis in association with EB cavitation. Cells within the outer layer of cavitating EBs display stage-specific immunoreactivity to pan-keratin, cytokeratin-8, GATA6, alpha-fetoprotein, and transthyretin specific antibodies, and hybridization to disabled-2, GATA4, and GATA6 specific riboprobes. Transmission electron microscopy of these cells reveals clathrin-coated micropinocytotic vesicles, microvilli, and many vacuoles, a phenotype consistent with mouse visceral endoderm (VE) rather than mouse definitive or parietal endoderm. When cultured in media supplemented with the BMP inhibitor noggin, or in the absence of serum, HESC derivatives do not develop the mouse VE-like phenotype. The addition of BMP-4 to noggin-treated HESCs cultured in serum or in serum-free conditions reconstituted development of the VE-like phenotype. These data demonstrate that human EBs undergo developmental events similar to those of mouse EBs and that in vitro BMP signalling induces derivatives of the human ICM to express a phenotype similar to mouse VE.

  19. Synergistic Activity of the Plant Defensin HsAFP1 and Caspofungin against Candida albicans Biofilms and Planktonic Cultures.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Kim Vriens

    Full Text Available Plant defensins are small, cysteine-rich peptides with antifungal activity against a broad range of yeast and fungi. In this study we investigated the antibiofilm activity of a plant defensin from coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea, i.e. HsAFP1. To this end, HsAFP1 was heterologously produced using Pichia pastoris as a host. The recombinant peptide rHsAFP1 showed a similar antifungal activity against the plant pathogen Fusarium culmorum as native HsAFP1 purified from seeds. NMR analysis revealed that rHsAFP1 consists of an α-helix and a triple-stranded antiparallel β-sheet stabilised by four intramolecular disulfide bonds. We found that rHsAFP1 can inhibit growth of the human pathogen Candida albicans as well as prevent C. albicans biofilm formation with a BIC50 (i.e. the minimum rHsAFP1 concentration required to inhibit biofilm formation by 50% as compared to control treatment of 11.00 ± 1.70 μM. As such, this is the first report of a plant defensin exhibiting inhibitory activity against fungal biofilms. We further analysed the potential of rHsAFP1 to increase the activity of the conventional antimycotics caspofungin and amphotericin B towards C. albicans. Synergistic effects were observed between rHsAFP1 and these compounds against both planktonic C. albicans cells and biofilms. Most notably, concentrations of rHsAFP1 as low as 0.53 μM resulted in a synergistic activity with caspofungin against pre-grown C. albicans biofilms. rHsAFP1 was found non-toxic towards human HepG2 cells up to 40 μM, thereby supporting the lack of a general cytotoxic activity as previously reported for HsAFP1. A structure-function study with 24-mer synthetic peptides spanning the entire HsAFP1 sequence revealed the importance of the γ-core and its adjacent regions for HsAFP1 antibiofilm activity. These findings point towards broad applications of rHsAFP1 and its derivatives in the field of antifungal and antibiofilm drug development.

  20. [A case of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric carcinoma].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tanaka, Hiroki; Ishii, Suguru; Akutsu, Noriyuki; Ohashi, Hirokazu; Tokuno, Tetsuya; Suzuki, Takashi; Okuda, Hiroyuki; Shinomura, Yasuhisa; Imai, Kohzoh

    2006-04-01

    A 71-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with edema of the ambilateral crura and liver dysfunction. Serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II were both abnormally high. An abdominal CT revealed many low density masses in both lobes of the liver. Endoscopic examination and gastric radiography showed a Type 1 tumor in the fornix of the stomach. Biopsy specimen showed poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemical stains demonstrated the presence of AFP and PIVKA-II in tumor cells. A diagnosis of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric carcinoma with liver metastasis was made and the internal use of S-1 was started. The result of treatment was determined to be partial response. However, the condition of his entire body gradually worsened and he died of hepatic insufficiency.

  1. Passage of bone-marrow-derived liver stem cells in a proliferating culture system

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Yun-Feng Cai; Ji-Sheng Chen; Shu-Ying Su; Zuo-Jun Zhen; Huan-Wei Chen

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To explore the feasibility of passage of bonemarrow-derived liver stem cells (BDLSCs) in culture systems that contain cholestatic serum. METHODS: Whole bone marrow cells of rats were purified with conditioning selection media that contained 50 mL/L cholestatic serum. The selected BDLSCs were grown in a proliferating culture system and a differentiating culture system. The culture systems contained factors that stimulated the proliferation and differentiation of BDLSCs. Each passage of the proliferated stem cells was subjected to flow cytometry to detect stem cell markers. The morphology and phenotypic markers of BDLSCs were characterized using immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and electron microscopy. The metabolic functions of differentiated cells were also determined by glycogen staining and urea assay. RESULTS: The conditioning selection medium isolated BDLSCs directly from cultured bone marrow cells. The selected BDLSCs could be proliferated for six passages and maintained stable markers in our proliferating system. When the culture system was changed to a differentiating system, hepatocyte-like colony-forming units (H-CFUs) were formed. H-CFUs expressed markers of embryonic hepatocytes (alpha-fetoprotein, albumin and cytokeratin 8/18), biliary cells (cytokeratin 19), hepatocyte functional proteins (transthyretin and cytochrome P450-2b1), and hepatocyte nuclear factors 1α and -3β). They also had glycogen storage and urea synthesis functions, two of the critical features of hepatocytes. CONCLUSION: BDLSCs can be selected directly from bone marrow cells, and pure BDLSCs can be proliferated for six passages. The differentiated cells have hepatocyte-like phenotypes and functions. BDLSCs represent a new method to provide a readily available alternate source of cells for clinical hepatocyte therapy.

  2. Correlation of GGT with AFP and diagnostic value of GGT for hepatocellular carcinoma%γ-谷氨酰转肽酶和甲胎蛋白表达的相关性及其在肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    高春; 房龙; 姚树坤

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the correlation of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)level with alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)level and to re-evaluate the diagnostic value of GGT for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods Four hundred and seventy-two patients with HCC or liver cirrhosis,who were hospitalized in China-Japan Friendship Hospital from January 2003 to June 2009,were included in the study.The correlation between GGT and AFP was analyzed by Spearman nonparametric test.The cut-off values for the two parameters were determined based on their receiver operating characteristics (ROC)curves,areas under the ROC curve (AUCs),sensitivity,and specifici-ty,and the diagnostic values were presented using their sensitivity,specificity,and correct index.Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 17.0.Normally distributed continuous data were analyzed by independent-samples t test,while non-normally distributed continuous data were analyzed by Mann -Whitney U test.Categorical data were analyzed by Pearson chi -square test,continuity-corrected chi -square test,or Fisher’s exact test.Results Among 472 patients,224 were diagnosed with HCC,and 248 with liver cirrhosis.Compared with cirrhotic patients,HCC patients had a significantly higher GGT level (113 (58-254)U/L vs 38 (22-72)U/L,Z=-11.037,P<0.001)and a significantly higher AFP level (429.5 (15.7-1210.0)ng/ml vs 5.7 (3.4-18.2)ng/ml,Z=-10.157,P<0.001).A significant correlation was found between GGT and AFP (r=0.449,P<0.001).The AUC was 0.784 for GGT and 0.788 for AFP.The cut-off value was 60 U/L for GGT and 20 ng/ml for AFP.The sensitivity was 74.1%for GGT,71.8%for AFP,and 90.7%for a combina-tion of the two parameters,the specificity was 70.2%,77.6%,and 58.7%,respectively,and the correct index was 0.443,0.494,and 0.494,respectively.Conclusion GGT may be regarded as one biomarker for HCC,and its level is significantly correlated with AFP level. The diagnostic value of AFP may not be improved when used in combination with GGT.%目的

  3. Effects of combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1 in diagnosis of small hepatocellular carcinoma%AFP 和 HCCR-1联合检测在诊断小肝癌中的作用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王欣; 齐川; 李满元

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨 AFP 和 HCCR-1联合检测在诊断小肝癌中的作用。方法:检测肝癌患者体内 AFP 和 HCCR-1表达水平。结果:1258例肝癌患者血清中 AFP 和 HCCR-1的检测结果:AFP 检测阳性率是576(46%),HCCR-1检测的阳性率是646(51.3%)。当 AFP 和 HC-CR-1联合检测时阳性率提高到74.1%。 AFP 和 HCCR-1分别检测小肝癌(直径小于2厘米)的阳性率是40.1%和23.4%,二者联合检测时阳性率上升为56.9%。结论:实验结果表明 HCCR-1可以作为检测肝癌的有用标志物,当 AFP 和 HCCR-1结合在一起检测,能提高小肝癌的阳性率。%Objective:To discuss effects of combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1 in diagnosis of small hepatocellular carci-noma. Methods:The levels of AFP and HCCR-1 in the patients with liver cancer were detected. Results: Of the 1258 cases of liver cancer patients, 576 (46% ) and 646 (51. 3% ) cases were positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. In the combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1, the positive rate for liver cancer increased up to 74. 1% . The positive rate for small hepatocellular carcinoma (di-ameter <2 cm) increased to 56. 9% in the combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1, although those were only 40. 1% and 23. 4% of AFP ad HCCR-1, respectively. Conclusions: It suggests that the HCCR-1 is a useful biomarker for liver cancer. The positive rate of small hepatocellular carcinoma could be significantly improved in the combined detection of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  4. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP detectors - the experimental challenge of measuring forward protons at the LHC

    CERN Document Server

    Trzebinski, M; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    The Absolute Luminosity For ATLAS (ALFA) and ATLAS Forward Protons (AFP) detectors are introduced. The forward proton trajectories are shown. The similarities and differences between these two detector systems are described. Finally, the physics possible to be done in these forward detectors is discussed. In particular, in case of ALFA the elastic scattering and exclusive di-pion production are described. In case of AFP, the hard diffractive processes like: Single Diffractive Jet, Double Pomeron Exchange Jet, Exclusive Jet and anomalous coupling production are described.

  5. The Immune System as a New Possible Cell Target for AFP 464 in a Spontaneous Mammary Cancer Mouse Model.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Callero, Mariana A; Rodriguez, Cristina E; Sólimo, Aldana; Bal de Kier Joffé, Elisa; Loaiza Perez, Andrea I

    2017-02-16

    Aminoflavone (AFP 464, NSC 710464), an antitumor agent which recently entered phase II clinical trials, acts against estrogen-positive breast cancer (ER +). AFP 464, which has a unique mechanism of action by activating aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signaling pathway, decreased tumor size and growth rate in the estrogen dependent, Tamoxifen-sensitive spontaneous M05 mouse model. Considering that AhR has recently emerged as a physiological regulator of the innate and adaptive immune responses, we investigated whether AFP 464 modulates the immune response in our mouse model. Studies on the effect of AFP 464 on the immune system were carried in BALB/c mice bearing M05 semi-differentiated mammary adenocarcinomas that express estrogen and progesterone receptors. Splenic cells and tumor inflammatory infiltrates were studied by cytometric analyses. The modulation of splenocytes cytotoxic activity by AFP 464 was also evaluated. We further investigated the effects of AFP 464 on peritoneal macrophages by evaluating metalloproteinase, arginase and iNOS activities. We found that AFP 464 increased splenic cytotoxic activity, diminished the number of systemic and local Treg lymphocytes and MDSCs, and induced a M1 phenotype in peritoneal macrophages of M05 tumor bearing mice. Therefore, we conclude that AFP 464 modulates immune response which collaborates with its anti-tumor activity. Our results place the immune system as a novel target for this anti-cancer agent to strengthen the rationale for its inclusion in breast cancer treatment regimens. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  6. The plant defensin RsAFP2 induces cell wall stress, septin mislocalization and accumulation of ceramides in Candida albicans

    Science.gov (United States)

    Thevissen, Karin; de Mello Tavares, Patricia; Xu, Deming; Blankenship, Jill; Vandenbosch, Davy; Idkowiak-Baldys, Jolanta; Govaert, Gilmer; Bink, Anna; Rozental, Sonia; de Groot, Piet W.J.; Davis, Talya R.; Kumamoto, Carol A.; Vargas, Gabriele; Nimrichter, Leonardo; Coenye, Tom; Mitchell, Aaron; Roemer, Terry; Hannun, Yusuf A.; Cammue, Bruno P.A.

    2012-01-01

    Summary The antifungal plant defensin RsAFP2 isolated from radish interacts with fungal glucosylceramides and induces apoptosis in Candida albicans. To further unravel the mechanism of RsAFP2 antifungal action and tolerance mechanisms, we screened a library of 2,868 heterozygous C. albicans deletion mutants and identified 30 RsAFP2-hypersensitive mutants. The most prominent group of RsAFP2 tolerance genes was involved in cell wall integrity and hyphal growth/septin ring formation. Consistent with these genetic data, we demonstrated that RsAFP2 interacts with the cell wall of C. albicans, which also contains glucosylceramides, and activates the cell wall integrity pathway. Moreover, we found that RsAFP2 induces mislocalization of septins and blocks the yeast-to-hypha transition in C. albicans. Increased ceramide levels have previously been shown to result in apoptosis and septin mislocalization. Therefore, ceramide levels in C. albicans membranes were analyzed following RsAFP2 treatment and, as expected, increased accumulation of phytoC24-ceramides in membranes of RsAFP2-treated C. albicans cells was detected. This is the first report on the interaction of a plant defensin with glucosylceramides in the fungal cell wall, causing cell wall stress, and on the effects of a defensin on septin localization and ceramide accumulation. PMID:22384976

  7. The effects of antifreeze peptide III (AFP) and insulin transferrin selenium (ITS) on cryopreservation of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) spermatozoa.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Younis, A I; Rooks, B; Khan, S; Gould, K G

    1998-01-01

    We investigated the effects of antifreeze peptides (AFP) and insulin transferrin selenium (ITS) on the motility and membrane integrity of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) spermatozoa after chilling (0-5 degrees C) and thawing. The effects of three thawing procedures, in the presence or absence of AFP and ITS, on sperm motility and on the status of the plasma membrane and acrosome were also examined. During chilling, AFP and ITS seem mildly cytotoxic, as the progressive motility and velocity (curvilinear and straight line) declined significantly at AFP concentrations of 1, 10, and 100 microg/ml and at ITS concentrations of 1 and 10 microg/ml. However, at a concentration of 100 microg/ml, ITS was able to protect sperm during short-term hypothermic storage. Addition of AFP or ITS at 100 microg/ml to test egg yolk-glycerol extender during freezing significantly (P < 0.05) increased postthaw motility, plasma membrane integrity, and acrosome integrity. The mean (+/-SE) motility recovery rate increased from 28.9 +/- 3.9%, for the untreated control, to 59.2 +/- 5.8% and 67.8 +/- 7.4%, for ITS and AFP, respectively. The effects of the thawing procedure were influenced by the presence of AFP during the freezing cycle. An improved motility recovery rate of 67 +/- 4.2% was obtained when chimpanzee sperm frozen in test egg yolk-glycerol extender supplemented with AFP were thawed rapidly at 37 degrees C, compared to 47 +/- 5.2% and 44 +/- 8.2% for slow (23 degrees C) and ultrarapid (75 degrees C) thawing, respectively. The motility recovery after thawing of ITS-treated semen at 23 degrees C, 37 degrees C, or 75 degrees C was not significantly different. Semen frozen without AFP or ITS and thawed at 75 degrees C was seriously (P < 0.05) damaged. This study provides evidence that AFP- or ITS-supplemented semen extender improves postthaw sperm motility in the chimpanzee.

  8. [A surgically resected case of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric cancer with hepatic metastasis].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tomono, Ayako; Wakahara, Tomoyuki; Kanemitsu, Kiyonori; Toyokawa, Akihiro; Teramura, Kazuhiro; Iwasaki, Takeshi

    2013-05-01

    A 78-year-old man was admitted for workup for a liver tumor. Both serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels were high (2260ng/ml and 806mAU/ml, respectively). Contrast-enhanced CT scan and MRI using Gd-EOB-DTPA demonstrated a liver tumor in segment 6 resembling the imaging patterns of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), while the upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a type 2 gastric cancer in the gastric antrum. Although the liver metastasis of the gastric cancer was undeniable, we performed partial resection of segment 6 of the liver and distal gastrectomy under a preoperative diagnosis of double cancer. Histopathologically, gastric tumor consisted of two components, such as well differentiated adenocarcinoma and hepatoid adenocarcinoma. The histology of the liver tumor was similar to that of the hepatoid component in the stomach lesion. Immunohistochemical staining revealed both the gastric and the liver tumors to be positive for AFP and PIVKA-II, yielding a definite diagnosis of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric cancer with liver metastasis. Because many cases of this disease have liver metastases at presentation with confusing images with HCC, the diagnosis of liver tumors should be carefully differentiated in the gastric cancer patients with liver tumors, high serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels.

  9. ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION, TEST REPORT OF CONTROL OF BIOAEROSOLS IN HVAC SYSTEMS, AIRFLOW PRODUCTS AFP30

    Science.gov (United States)

    The Environmental Technology Verification report discusses the technology and performance of the AFP30 air filter for dust and bioaerosol filtration manufactured by Airflow Products. The pressure drop across the filter was 62 Pa clean and 247 Pa dust loaded. The filtration effici...

  10. 甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)检测的临床应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    巩丽颖; 李光; 卢燕平

    2013-01-01

    根据亲和力不同,AFP被分为三类:AFP-L1、AFP-L2和 AFP-L3。 AFP-L3为肝癌细胞所特有,其占总AFP含量的比值(AFP-L3%)不但可以作为检测原发性肝细胞癌(HCC)的恶性检测指标,也可以作为肝癌手术疗效的评价指标,其临床应用较总AFP准确率高。

  11. [Tumor markers for hepatocellular carcinoma].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tateishi, Ryosuke; Enooku, Kenichiro; Shiina, Shuichiro; Koike, Kazuhiko

    2012-05-01

    Three tumor markers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are available in Japan: alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonists-II (PIVKA-II), and Lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive fraction of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-L3). Although AFP has drawbacks in its specificity, it is widely utilized in treatment evaluation and prognosis prediction. PIVKA-II is a unique marker that does not correlate with AFP value and can predict microvascular invasion. AFP-L3 is a highly specific marker and strong predictor of poor prognosis. These three markers are indispensable in every aspect of clinical practice of hepatocellular carcinoma including surveillance, diagnosis, treatment evaluation, and prognosis prediction.

  12. Pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Schwartz, R E; Fleming, H E; Khetani, S R; Bhatia, S N

    2014-01-01

    Liver disease is an important clinical problem, impacting over 30 million Americans and over 600 million people worldwide. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States and the 16th worldwide. Due to a paucity of donor organs, several thousand Americans die yearly while waiting for liver transplantation. Unfortunately, alternative tissue sources such as fetal hepatocytes and hepatic cell lines are unreliable, difficult to reproduce, and do not fully recapitulate hepatocyte phenotype and functions. As a consequence, alternative cell sources that do not have these limitations have been sought. Human embryonic stem (hES) cell- and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells may enable cell based therapeutics, the study of the mechanisms of human disease and human development, and provide a platform for screening the efficacy and toxicity of pharmaceuticals. iPS cells can be differentiated in a step-wise fashion with high efficiency and reproducibility into hepatocyte-like cells that exhibit morphologic and phenotypic characteristics of hepatocytes. In addition, iPS-derived hepatocyte-like cells (iHLCs) possess some functional hepatic activity as they secrete urea, alpha-1-antitrypsin, and albumin. However, the combined phenotypic and functional traits exhibited by iHLCs resemble a relatively immature hepatic phenotype that more closely resembles that of fetal hepatocytes rather than adult hepatocytes. Specifically, iHLCs express fetal markers such as alpha-fetoprotein and lack key mature hepatocyte functions, as reflected by drastically reduced activity (~0.1%) of important detoxification enzymes (i.e. CYP2A6, CYP3A4). These key differences between iHLCs and primary adult human hepatocytes have limited the use of stem cells as a renewable source of functional adult hepatocytes for in vitro and in vivo applications. Unfortunately, the developmental pathways that control hepatocyte maturation from a fetal into an adult hepatocyte are

  13. [Demonstration of PIVKA-II and AFP production by gastric cancer by indirect immunoenzymatic staining of paraffin sections].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nakamura, K; Sakizono, K; Oita, T; Kudo, M; Shirane, H; Uchida, H; Kasakura, S

    1991-06-01

    The patient had elevated plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP levels. However, no tumor was detected with an ultrasonography, angiography, abdominal computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MR). Gastric endoscopic examination disclosed gastric cancer and then subtotal gastrectomy was done. Shortly after the surgery, both plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP levels returned to each normal level. The extirpated tumor revealed histologically immature and mature cancer cells. It was pathologically diagnosed as IIc early cancer. The localization of PIVKA-II and AFP in gastric cancer cells was demonstrated by the immunostaining method using monoclonal antibody. Taken together, these results indicate that cancer cells may produce PIVKA-II or AFP in this patient.

  14. STS-39 AFP-675 and STP-1 MPESS in OV-103's payload bay (PLB)

    Science.gov (United States)

    1991-01-01

    An overview of Discovery's, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103's, aft payload bay (PLB) documents a variety of STS-39's payloads. In the foreground is the Space Test Payload 1 (STP-1) multipurpose experiment support structure (MPESS) with the Spacecraft Kinetic Infrared Test (SKIRT) (left), ascent particle monitor (APM) (center), and advanced liquid feed experiment (ALFE) (two canisters) visible. Behind the STP-1 is the Air Force Program 675 (AFP-675) experiment support structure (ESS) with ESS tape recorders (left), Uniformly Redundant Array (URA) (front),and Cryogenic Infrared Radiance Instrumentation for Shuttle 1A (CIRRIS-1A) (center back) visible. The ESS pallet power distribution system thermal covering (gold-colored) is visible at the bottom. AFP-675 is a Department of Defense (DOD)-sponsored collection of experiments whose objective is to gather data on the Earth's atmosphere (aurora, Earth limb, and airglow), celestial objects, and the environment in and around the PLB. In the backgroun

  15. Finding the distance between the Roman Pot floor and the AFP Silicon detectors

    CERN Document Server

    Suh, Han Gyeol; Trzebinski, Maciej Marek; CERN. Geneva. EP Department

    2016-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detectors are designed for tagging of forward protons and located inside Roman Pots (RP). My task as summer student is a data analysis to measure the distance between Silicon detectors and the RP floor. For this task there are three suggested methods: tracks pointing to the floor, slope range, and shadow of station. I tried first two methods with data from AFP run 30539. The result from tracking method is 0.7mm, however the unexpected result has to be explained to fully trust this result. In the result of the slope range method, there is an impossible result. Therefore, my code for range method needs debugging in future work.

  16. STS-39 AFP-675 CIRRIS-1A in OV-103's payload bay (PLB)

    Science.gov (United States)

    1991-01-01

    STS-39's Air Force Program 675 (AFP-675) Uniformly Redundant Array (URA) and Cryogenic Infrared Radiance Instrumentation for Shuttle 1A (CIRRIS-1A) mounted on the experiment support system (ESS) pallet are documented in Discovery's, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103's, payload bay (PLB). Part of the ESS pallet power distribution system thermal covering is visible at the bottom of the frame. AFP-675 is a Department of Defense (DOD)-sponsored collection of experiments whose objective is to gather data on the Earth's atmosphere (aurora, Earth limb, and airglow), celestial objects, and the environment in and around the PLB. In the background are the aft PLB bulkhead, the vertical tail, and the orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods.

  17. Measurement and AFPS control of molten steel level in strip casting

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Liye Zhu; Tihua Wu; Yuan Fang

    2005-01-01

    The measurement and control of the molten steel level are studied, which affect the quality of strip surface in strip casting.A system of molten steel measurement with a CCD (Charge Coupled Devices) sensor is designed, real-time measured data are given and its precision is analyzed. The level fluctuation model is derived, and an adaptive fuzzy-PID controller with supervisory control (AFPS) is proposed. The stability of the system is proved using Lyapunov theorem, and the simulation results are given when the model, the casting speed and the roll gap change. It is suggested that this kind of coupled nonlinear and time varying system is stable and robust using the designed AFPS controller.

  18. Detector Control System for the AFP detector in ATLAS experiment at CERN

    CERN Document Server

    Banas, Elzbieta; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector project consists of two forward detectors located at 205 m and 217 m on either side of the ATLAS experiment. The aim is to measure the momenta and angles of diffractively scattered protons. In 2016, two detector stations on one side of the ATLAS interaction point were installed and commissioned. The detector infrastructure and necessary services were installed and are supervised by the Detector Control System (DCS), which is responsible for the coherent and safe operation of the detector. A large variety of used equipment represents a considerable challenge for the AFP DCS design. Industrial Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) product Siemens WinCCOA, together with the CERN Joint Control Project (JCOP) framework and standard industrial and custom developed server applications and protocols are used for reading, processing, monitoring and archiving of the detector parameters. Graphical user interfaces allow for overall detector operation and visualization of...

  19. Analysis of relationship between serum AFP,AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images in primary hepatic carcinoma patients%原发性肝癌血清 AFP、AFP-L3表达与 CT 影像的关系

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郭娟; 马刚

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨原发性肝癌患者血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)与 CT 征象的相关性。方法选择2012年2月至2015年3月本院收治的64例原发性肝癌患者作为研究对象,均经手术切除且病理证实,另外选取医院同期确诊的肝硬化患者60例,患者均行多层 CT 常规与增强扫描,ELISA 法测定血清 AFP、AFP-L3,分析 CT 扫描联合 AFP、AFP-L3在原发性肝癌诊断中价值,AFP、AFP-L3表达水平与 CT 征象的相关性。结果 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达在包膜不完整情况下明显高于包膜完整情况(P <0.05);肿瘤临床分期越晚 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率越高(P <0.05),肝细胞癌中 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率高于胆管细胞癌(P <0.05),有转移患者AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率高于非转移者(P <0.05)。结论检测血清 AFP、AFP-L3联合 CT 扫描在诊断原发性肝癌方面有重要意义,血清 AFP、AFP-L3表达与原发性肝癌 CT 影像中肿瘤大小及包膜情况、肿瘤临床分期、病理类型、转移有一定相关性。%Objective This paper was to investigate the relationship between serum AFP,AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images in primary hepatic carcinoma patients.Methods A total of 64 patients with primary liver cancer from February 2012 to March 2015 in hospital were selected,and they were confirmed by surgery and pathology.A total of 60 patients with cirrhosis in the same period were selected.The patients were underwent multisided CT con-ventional and enhanced scan,serum AFP,AFP-L3 was detected by ELISA assay,the value of CT scans combined with AFP,AFP-L3 in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer was analyzed.The relationship between serum AFP, AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images were analyzed.Results The positive expression of AFP-L3 and AFP was significantly higher than that in the whole envelope (P <0.05).The positive expression rates of AFP,AFP-L3 in later clinical

  20. AFP flipper devices: Polarized {sup 3}He spin flipper and shorter wavelength neutron flipper

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Babcock, E. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France)]. E-mail: babcock@ill.fr; Petoukhov, A. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Chastagnier, J. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Jullien, D. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Lelievre-Berna, E. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Andersen, K.H. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Georgii, R. [Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM-II), 85747 Garching (Germany); Masalovich, S. [Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM-II), 85747 Garching (Germany); Boag, S. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom); Frost, C.D. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom); Parnell, S.R. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom)

    2007-07-15

    We describe the development of a polarized neutron device that combines a {sup 3}He neutron spin filter and a neutron spin flipper using adiabatic fast passage (AFP), to adiabatically reverse the {sup 3}He polarization and thus the neutron polarization with near perfect symmetry. A typical AFP sequence takes place in 2.5-7.5 ms, with the time for the {sup 3}He transition from P to -P much less, thus the neutron polarization is nearly perfectly reversed very quickly with only a 2x10{sup -5} loss in {sup 3}He polarization per flip. We believe this device, the {sup 3}He 'flipperizer' can become a standard option wherever a {sup 3}He spin filter is already in use. Our first on beam test was performed on MIRA at the new FRM-2 reactor in Garching using polarized {sup 3}He from HELIOS. We also briefly describe tests of a new neutron flipper based on AFP. This broad band neutron RF flipper was shown to create neutron flipping efficiencies of >99% at a neutron wavelength of 0.4 A. Neutron tests were performed on D3 (ILL) and on ROTAX (ISIS)

  1. Forming Simulation of Thick AFP Laminates and Comparison with Live CT Imaging

    Science.gov (United States)

    Leutz, Daniel; Vermilyea, Mark; Bel, Sylvain; Hinterhölzl, Roland

    2016-08-01

    Automated fiber placement (AFP) process can be used to manufacture laminates by laying up unidirectional slit tapes along a desired path and placing multiple layers on top of each other. Usually, the slit tapes are placed direct onto the tooling to attain the final part geometry. Alternatively, the laminate can be built up on a planar substrate and can be subsequently formed into the final shape. This kind of processing allows manufacturing highly curved parts, which may not be possible with the direct placement. In the present work a forming simulation of thick AFP laminates is developed to predict the tapes' orientations and delamination as well as transverse tape spread-ups and separations during the forming process. The simulation model is built up through the material characterization experiments. Validation is performed comparing the results of the simulation vs. the experimental forming on two generic geometries. An optical inspection is made on the external layers of the laminates. In a second step, live computer tomography (CT) scans are used to inspect the tapes within an AFP laminate during forming of an L- and a Z-flange. Tapes re-orientation, gaps and tapes widening are observed experimentally and compared to the simulation results. The simulation is capable to predict the tows orientation and provides indicators concerning the tows spread-up and separation.

  2. Cloning and expression of a novel antifreeze protein AFP72 from the beetle Tenebrio molitor.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yan, Qing-Hua; Yang, Li; Wang, Qing; Zhang, Hui-Rong; Shao, Qiang

    2012-01-01

    A novel antifreeze protein AFP72 cDNA (GenBbank accession No. AY929389) was obtained by RT-PCR from Tenebrio molitor. The 216 bp fragment encodes a protein of 72 amino acid residues. Sequence analysis revealed that the cDNA displays a high degree of homology with T. molitor antifreeze proteins, ranging up to 90.78%. Recombinant plasmids pMAL-p2X-afp72 and pMAL-c2X-afp72 were transferred into E. coil TBI to induce a MBP fusion protein by IPTG. The target fusion protein was released from the periplasm and cytoplasm by the cold osmotic shock procedure and sonication respectively. The content of the fusion protein came up to 38.9 and 41.5% of the total dissolved protein, respectively. The fusion protein was purified through an amylose affinity column, and incised by factor Xa. Molecular sieve chromatography was used to achieve a high state of purity of the target protein. The purified target protein displayed a single band in SDS-PAGE. The fusion protein was shown to increase resistance to low temperatures in bacteria. This finding could help in further investigations of the properties and function of antifreeze proteins.

  3. Identification of Serum Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 and Prolactin as Potential Tumor Markers in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Wang, Who-Whong; Ang, Soo Fan; Kumar, Rajneesh; Heah, Charmain; Utama, Andi; Tania, Navessa Padma; Li, Huihua; Tan, Sze Huey; Poo, Desmond; Choo, Su Pin; Chow, Wan Cheng; Tan, Chee Kiat; Toh, Han Chong

    2013-01-01

    Early diagnosis of hepatocellullar carcinoma (HCC) remains a challenge. The current practice of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) measurement is inadequate. Here we utilized a proteomic approach to identify novel serum biomarkers for distinguishing HCC patients from non-cancer controls. We profiled the

  4. 1ST-TRIMESTER SCREENING FOR FETAL CHROMOSOMAL-ABNORMALITIES - PRELIMINARY-RESULTS

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    VANLITH, JMM

    1991-01-01

    We have started a multicentre trial to study the possibilities of first-trimester maternal serum screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. Maternal blood samples were obtained before 13 weeks of gestation. We present the preliminary results of the first 950 patients on alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).

  5. Nested polymerase chain reaction technique for the detection of Gpc3 and Afp mRNA in liver cancer micrometastases.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Luo, J; Yang, K; Wen, Y G

    2017-02-08

    The incidence of liver cancer has gradually risen to a high level in China, and tumor metastasis occurs via multiple pathways. Alpha fetal protein (AFP) is the main biomarker of liver cancer micrometastases. A recent study showed that glypican-3 (GPC3), which is abundant in hepatoma cells, has promising specificity and could be used to determine the presence of malignant cells. The nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique is superior in experimental sensitivity. Using rat models of liver cancer in the current study, we utilized nested PCR to detect Gpc3 and Afp mRNA to determine their relationship with liver cancer micrometastases. The aim was to provide an experimental basis for clinical examination. We randomly assigned male Sprague-Dawley rats to sham and experimental groups. The experimental group constituted a liver cancer model induced by diethylnitrosamine, whereas the sham group was administered with an equivalent volume of normal saline. Gpc3 and Afp mRNA was detected using nested PCR. Analysis was performed to determine statistical significance. Compared with the sham group, the rates of occurrence of Gpc3 and Afp mRNA were significantly higher in the experimental group (P Afp mRNA increased significantly in the four subgroups of the experimental group (P Afp mRNA in liver cancer micrometastases.

  6. AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    赵红霞; 郑国军; 史琼英; 樊燕; 王永忠

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在原发性肝癌(HCC)诊断中的价值。方法:应用微量离心柱法分离检测小扁豆凝集素结合型AFP_L3百分含量(AFP-L3%),PIVKA-Ⅱ用电化学发光免疫分析试剂盒检测。结果:肿瘤标志物的判断标准为:AFP-L3%≥10%为阳性,AFP>10ng/ml为阳性,PIVKA-Ⅱ>40mAU/ml为阳性。在慢性肝病组中,AFP》20ng/mL占10.2%,HCC组中则占64.8%。AFP、AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在HCC组都明显高于慢性肝病组,差异存在统计学意义(P<0.001)。结论:联合测定AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ可有效提高HCC的诊断价值。

  7. Growth inhibition and stability of PgAFP from Penicillium chrysogenum against fungi common on dry-ripened meat products.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Delgado, Josué; Acosta, Raquel; Rodríguez-Martín, Andrea; Bermúdez, Elena; Núñez, Félix; Asensio, Miguel A

    2015-07-16

    Dry-ripened foods favor the development of a superficial fungal population that may include toxigenic molds. To combat unwanted molds, an antifungal protein from Penicillium chrysogenum (PgAFP) can be useful. The aim of the present work was to study the antimicrobial activity of PgAFP against microorganisms common in dry-ripened foods, and to evaluate its sensitivity to proteolytic enzymes and heat treatments that may be applied to foods, as well as to different pH values. The inhibitory effect of the purified protein on 38 microbial strains grown in culture medium was determined. PgAFP sensitivity to various proteases, heat treatments, and preincubation at different pH values was tested by means of the residual activity on selected reference strains. Inhibitory activity of PgAFP against unwanted molds was tested in a dry-fermented sausage. This protein exhibited potent inhibitory activity against unwanted molds, including the main mycotoxin-producing species of Aspergillus and Penicillium of concern for dry-ripened foods. PgAFP withstood most proteases, intense heat and a wide range of pH values. PgAFP efficiently reduced counts of A. flavus and P. restrictum inoculated on a dry-fermented sausage. This protein can be of interest to control hazardous molds in dry-ripened foods.

  8. Expression and differential diagnostic value of serum AFP,AFP-L3% and GP73 in patients with liver cirrhosis%AFP、AFP-L3%、GP73在肝硬化、肝癌患者血清中的表达及鉴别诊断价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王松; 袁春蓓; 俞海英; 潘剑; 杨永峰

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨不同血清肿瘤标志物在肝硬化和肝癌的鉴别诊断中的临床价值。方法回顾性分析146例肝硬化患者、50例原发性肝癌患者的临床资料,并选取50例健康体检者作为对照,分别检测血清AFP、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)和高尔基体糖蛋白73(GP73)含量,并计算 AFP-L3%。结果146例肝硬化患者的 AFP 阳性率为平均25.3%,低于肝癌组的72%(χ2=34.69,P<0.01);AFP-L3%在不同病因肝硬化组中阳性率均较低,平均8.9%,低于肝癌组的58%(χ2=53.32,P<0.01),也低于肝硬化组中AFP 的阳性率(χ2=13.90,P=0.0002);GP73在不同病因肝硬化组、肝癌组阳性率均较高,在肝硬化组中平均阳性率为74.7%,高于AFPAFP-L3%在肝硬化组中的阳性率(χ2=71.01,P<0.01),与GP73在肝癌组中的阳性率比较差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.84,P=0.36)。AFP、AFP-L3%的敏感性、特异性均较GP73好,联合诊断不能提高鉴别准确性。结论血清肿瘤标志物AFP 在乙型肝炎肝硬化及隐源性肝硬化患者中阳性率较高,AFP-L3%在各种病因肝硬化患者中均较低,AFP、AFP-L3%可有效区分肝癌和肝硬化;GP73在不同病因肝硬化组中均高,不能用于区分肝硬化和肝癌。%Objective To investigate the difference of serum AFP,AFP-L3% and GP73in different types of liver cirrhosis and their differential diagnostic value between liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Methods One hundred and forty-six cases of liver cirrhosis patients from August 2012 to August 2013 were analyzed,while 50 primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC)and 50 healthy controls were enrolled. Serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 were measured respectively and AFP-L3% was calculated. Results The top three causes of liver cirrhosis were hepatitis B virus, cryptogenic and autoimmunity. The positive rate of AFP in hepatitis virus groups and

  9. AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值%Application of Combined Detection of AFP,AFP-L3,GP73 in the Diagnosis of Primary Hepatocellular Cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    赵树艳

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体-L3(AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)在原发性肝癌的诊断价值。方法采用酶联免疫吸附法和电化学发光法检测68例原发性肝癌、49例良性肝病及68例健康体检者血清中 AFP、AFP-L3、GP73的含量,并进行比较。结果原发性肝癌患者组血清 AFP、AFP-L3、GP73含量明显高于良性肝病及健康对照组(P <0.05和 P <0.01);三者联合检测的特异度和敏感度优于单独检测,所得数据有统计学意义。结论AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测可明显提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性。%Objective To investigate the application value of detection AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.Methods Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)was adopted to detect AFP、AFP-L3 and GP73 level of senum in hepatocellular carcinoma patients(68cases),benign liver disease (49 cases)and healthy people (68cases),and comparison was done.Results the Serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 level in hepatocellular carci-noma were significantly higher than those of patients with benign liver diseases and control group (P < 0.05,P <0.01).The specificity and sensitivity of the combined detection of the three was better than that of the individual test, and the difference was statistically significant.Conclusion Combination test of serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 has good diagrnosis value for hepatocellular carcinoma.

  10. Mesenchymal stem cells from the human umbilical cord ameliorate fulminant hepatic failure and increase survival in mice

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Jin-Feng Yang; Hong-Cui Cao; Qiao-Ling Pan; Jiong Yu; Jun Li; Lan-Juan Li

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Cell therapy has been promising for various diseases. We investigated whether transplantation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs) has any therapeutic effects on D-galactosamine/lipopolysaccharide (GalN/LPS)-induced fulminant hepatic failure in mice. METHODS:hUCMSCs isolated from human umbilical cord were cultured and transplanted via the tail vein into severe combined immune deifciency mice with GalN/LPS-induced fulminant hepatic failure. After transplantation, the localiza-tion and differentiation of hUCMSCs in the injured livers were investigated by immunohistochemical and genetic analy-ses. The recovery of the injured livers was evaluated histologi-cally. The survival rate of experimental animals was analyzed by the Kaplan-Meier method and log-rank test. RESULTS:hUCMSCs expressed high levels of CD29, CD73, CD13, CD105 and CD90, but did not express CD31, CD79b, CD133, CD34, and CD45. Cultured hUCMSCs displayed adip-ogenic and osteogenic differentiation potential. Hematoxylin and eosin staining revealed that transplantation of hUCMSCs reduced hepatic necrosis and promoted liver regeneration. Transplantation of hUCMSCs prolonged the survival rate of mice with fulminant hepatic failure. Polymerase chain reaction for humanalu sequences showed the presence of human cells in mouse livers. Positive staining for human albumin, human alpha-fetoprotein and human cytokeratin 18 suggested the for-mation of hUCMSCs-derived hepatocyte-like cellsin vivo. CONCLUSIONS:hUCMSC was a potential candidate for stem cell based therapies. After transplantation, hUCMSCs partially repaired hepatic damage induced by GalN/LPS in mice. hUC-MSCs engrafted into the injured liver and differentiated into hepatocyte-like cells.

  11. Characterization and multilineage differentiation of embryonic stem cells derived from a buffalo parthenogenetic embryo.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sritanaudomchai, Hathaitip; Pavasuthipaisit, Kanok; Kitiyanant, Yindee; Kupradinun, Piengchai; Mitalipov, Shoukhrat; Kusamran, Thanit

    2007-10-01

    Embryonic stem (ES) cells derived from mammalian embryos have the ability to form any terminally differentiated cell of the body. We herein describe production of parthenogenetic buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis) blastocysts and subsequent isolation of an ES cell line. Established parthenogenetic ES (PGES) cells exhibited diploid karyotype and high telomerase activity. PGES cells showed remarkable long-term proliferative capacity providing the possibility for unlimited expansion in culture. Furthermore, these cells expressed key ES cell-specific markers defined for primate species including stage-specific embryonic antigen-4 (SSEA-4), tumor rejection antigen-1-81 (TRA-1-81), and octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct-4). In vitro, in the absence of a feeder layer, cells readily formed embryoid bodies (EBs). When cultured for an extended period of time, EBs spontaneously differentiated into derivatives of three embryonic germ layers as detected by PCR for ectodermal (nestin, oligodendrocytes, and tubulin), mesodermal (scleraxis, alpha-skeletal actin, collagen II, and osteocalcin) and endodermal markers (insulin and alpha-fetoprotein). Differentiation of PGES cells toward chondrocyte lineage was directed by supplementing serum-containing media with ascorbic acid, beta-glycerophosphate, and dexamethasone. Moreover, when PGES cells were injected into nude mice, teratomas with derivatives representing all three embryonic germ layers were produced. Our results suggest that the cell line isolated from a parthenogenetic blastocyst holds properties of ES cells, and can be used as an in vitro model to study the effects of imprinting on cell differentiation and as an a invaluable material for extensive molecular studies on imprinted genes.

  12. Co-transfection of dendritic cells with AFP and IL-2 genes enhances the induction of tumor antigen-specific antitumor immunity.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Jing-Yue; Li, Xiao; Gao, Li; Teng, Zeng-Hui; Liu, Wen-Chao

    2012-10-01

    Dendritic cells (DCs) are highly efficient, specialized antigen-presenting cells and DCs transfected with tumor-related antigens are regarded as promising vaccines in cancer immunotherapy. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether DCs co-transfected with the α-fetoprotein (AFP) and human interleukin-2 (IL-2) genes were able to induce stronger therapeutic antitumor immunity in transfected DCs. In this study, DCs from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients were co-transfected with the IL-2 gene and/or the AFP gene. The reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) data revealed that the DCs transfected with the adenovirus AdAFP/IL-2 expressed AFP and IL-2. The DCs co-transfected with IL-2 and AFP (AFP/IL-2-DCs) enhanced the cytotoxicities of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and increased the production of IL-2 and interferon-γ significantly compared with their AFP-DC, green fluorescent protein (GFP)-DC, DC or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) counterparts. In vivo data suggested that immunization with AFP-DCs enhances antigen-specific antitumor efficacy more potently than immunization with IL-2-DCs or AFP-DCs. These findings provide a potential strategy to improve the efficacy of DC-based tumor vaccines.

  13. RAPID COMMUNICATION-- POLIO VACCINE COVERAGE IN THE ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS (AFP) CASES IN ROMANIA.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Băicuş, Anda

    2015-01-01

    Poliovirus (PV), a member of the Enterovirus genus, is the etiological agent of poliomyelitis. A study carried out between 2013-2014 on 30 serum samples from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases, showed a protective antibody level of 90% against poliovirus Sabin strains type 1 and type 2 and of 88% against type 3. No PV strains were isolated from 2009 to 2015 in Romania. Maintaining a high vaccine coverage level against polio is mandatory until global polio eradication, especially as the risk of polio importation remains elevated in Romania.

  14. AFP-L3和AFP mRNA联合检测在肝癌治疗疗效观察和预后中的作用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    邱大鹏; 韩风; 聂常富; 周进学; 蒙博

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)异质体(AFP-L3)和AFP mRNA联合检测在肝癌(HCC)治疗疗效观察和预后中的作用。方法联合检测AFP-L3、AFPmRNA在HCC患者中表达情况。结果 HCC患者的AFP mRNA(368.65±5.28)和AFP-L3(195.84±3.31)蛋白表达量均明显高于肝硬化组和肝良性病变组(t=23.32、30.15、30.21、25.46,均P<0.01)。另外,HCC患者的AFP阳性率(69.35%)和AFP-L3阳性率(79.03%)明显高于肝硬化组和肝良性病变组(χ2=5.78、10.98、14.52、26.23,均P<0.05)。62例HCC患者中,术后AFP转阴48例,其中 AFP-L3仍为阳性18例,其1、2、3年生存率分别为72.22%(13/18)、44.44%(8/18)、22.22%(4/18);另外30例患者AFP和AFP-L3均为阴性,其1、2、3年生存率分别为80.00%(24/30)、53.33%(16/30)、50.00%(15/30);AFP和AFP-L3均转阴者的3年生存率明显高于AFP转阴而AFP-L3未阴者(χ2=3.98,P<0.05)。结论:测定患者AFP mRNA 和AFP-L3蛋白水平可以鉴定良、恶性肝病,对于HCC 的早期诊断及预后判断有重要的临床意义。

  15. LHC physics debris collimation studies and their impact on AFP detectors acceptance

    CERN Document Server

    Roncarolo, F; Potter, K; Bussey, P; Bracco, C

    2011-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) group is proposing to upgrade the forward region of ATLAS by installing forward proton detectors at 220 m and 420 m from the interaction point on both sides of the LHC ATLAS experiment. For this purpose, at both the 420 m and 220 m locations, it is proposed to install movable beam pipes which will host silicon tracking and fast timing detectors (i.e. four independent detector stations). The experimental acceptance at 220 m is dependent upon the setting of two collimators designed to protect the LHC straight section and dispersion suppressor around ATLAS (and CMS) from the physics debris generated at the two high luminosity experiments. This note presents the result of tracking studies showing that the installation of a new collimator in front of the Q6 magnet (or the displacement at this of location of the second of the already existing collimators) would ensure an improved protection of the LHC machine while allowing the AFP experiment at 220m.

  16. Marginal microleakage of class V composite restorations before and after AFP gel application

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Davari Abdolrahim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available   Background and Aims: The most effective preventing tooth decay method is fluoride compounds applications. Some studies suggested that APF gels caused changes on the superficial physical properties of composite. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the marginal microleakage of class V composite restorations before and after AFP gel application.   Materials and Methods: The class V cavities in buccal surfaces of 45 molar teeth were made in such a way that occlusal margin was placed in enamel and cervical margin in cement. In group 1, at first fluoride-therapy and then cavity preparation and restoration by composite resin was done. In group 2, at first the class V cavities were prepared and restored, then fluoride-therapy was carried out. In group 3, cavities were prepared and restored with no fluoride-therapy. The dye penetration rate in occlusal and cervical margins was examined by stereomicroscope. Data were statistically analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney test.   Results: There was no statistically significant difference between groups ( P=0.975.   Conclusion: Fluoride-therapy using AFP gel before and after class V composite restorations, had no significant effect on the microleakage of dentin and enamel margins.

  17. Readout and Trigger for the AFP detector at the ATLAS experiment at LHC

    CERN Document Server

    Korcyl, Krzysztof; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) is a new detector system in ATLAS that studies events with protons scattered quasi-elastically at very small angles. The final design assumes four stations at distances of 205 and 217 m from the LHC P1 interaction point on both sides of the ATLAS detector exploiting the Roman Pot technology. In 2016 two stations in one arm were installed; the other two are planned for 2017. In this article we describe details of the installed hardware, firmware and software leading to full integration with the ATLAS trigger and data acquisition systems. Tracking data from the silicon detectors on FEI4B chips are sent over 350 m long optical fibers to arrive at the HSIO-II (High Speed Input Output) board in the counting room. The board houses an Artix FPGA providing main data flow which is controlled by an RCE (Reconfigurable Cluster Element) mezzanine based on the Zynq chip running ArchLinux. During a few special LHC runs with low luminosity, AFP delivered trigger signals from its tracking detec...

  18. The Doylestown Algorithm: A Test to Improve the Performance of AFP in the Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Mengjun; Devarajan, Karthik; Singal, Amit G; Marrero, Jorge A; Dai, Jianliang; Feng, Ziding; Rinaudo, Jo Ann S; Srivastava, Sudhir; Evans, Alison; Hann, Hie-Won; Lai, Yinzhi; Yang, Hushan; Block, Timothy M; Mehta, Anand

    2016-02-01

    Biomarkers for the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are needed to decrease mortality from this cancer. However, as new biomarkers have been slow to be brought to clinical practice, we have developed a diagnostic algorithm that utilizes commonly used clinical measurements in those at risk of developing HCC. Briefly, as α-fetoprotein (AFP) is routinely used, an algorithm that incorporated AFP values along with four other clinical factors was developed. Discovery analysis was performed on electronic data from patients who had liver disease (cirrhosis) alone or HCC in the background of cirrhosis. The discovery set consisted of 360 patients from two independent locations. A logistic regression algorithm was developed that incorporated log-transformed AFP values with age, gender, alkaline phosphatase, and alanine aminotransferase levels. We define this as the Doylestown algorithm. In the discovery set, the Doylestown algorithm improved the overall performance of AFP by 10%. In subsequent external validation in over 2,700 patients from three independent sites, the Doylestown algorithm improved detection of HCC as compared with AFP alone by 4% to 20%. In addition, at a fixed specificity of 95%, the Doylestown algorithm improved the detection of HCC as compared with AFP alone by 2% to 20%. In conclusion, the Doylestown algorithm consolidates clinical laboratory values, with age and gender, which are each individually associated with HCC risk, into a single value that can be used for HCC risk assessment. As such, it should be applicable and useful to the medical community that manages those at risk for developing HCC.

  19. Role of blood AFP mRNA and tumor grade in the preoperative prognostic evaluation of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Umberto Cillo; Giacomo Zanus; Vito De Pascale; Mario Plebani; Davide Francesco D'Amico; Alessandro Vitale; Filippo Navaglia; Daniela Basso; Umberto Montin; Marco Bassanello; Francesco D'Amico; Francesco Antonio Ciarleglio; Alberto Brolese

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To explore the potential prognostic role of preoperative tumor grade and blood AFP mRNA in a cohort of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)eligible for radical therapies according to a well-defined treatment algorithm not including nodule size and number as absolute selection criteria.METHODS: Fifty patients with a diagnosis of HCC were prospectively enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were: (1) histological assessment of tumor grade by means of percutaneous biopsies; (2) determination of AFP mRNA status in the blood; (3) patient's eligibility for radical therapies.RESULTS: At preoperative evaluation, 54% of the study group had a well-differentiated HCC, 42% had AFP mRNA in the blood, 40% had a tumor larger than 5 cm and 56% had more than one nodule. Surgery (resection or liver transplantation) was performed in 29 patients,while 21 had percutaneous ablation procedures. After a median follow-up of 28 mo, 12-, 24-, and 36-mo survival rates were 78%, 58%, and 51%, respectively. Surgical therapy, performance status and three tumor-related variables (AFP mRNA, HCC grade and gross vascular invasion) resulted as significant survival predictors at univariate analysis. Nodule size and number did not perform as significant prognosticators. Multivariate study selected only surgical therapy and a biologically early HCC profile (AFP mRNA negative and well-differentiated tumor without gross vascular invasion) as independent survival variables.CONCLUSION: The preoperative determination of tumor grade and blood AFP mRNA status may potentially refine the prognostic evaluation of HCC patients and improve the selection process for radical therapies.

  20. Non-polio enteroviruses associated with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and facial paralysis (FP) cases in Romania, 2001-2008.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Persu, Ana; Băicuş, Anda; Stavri, Simona; Combiescu, Mariana

    2009-01-01

    Acute flaccid paralysis is a complex clinical syndrome, with a wide variety of possible etiologies and with clinical manifestations that can vary according to age or geographical region. Enteroviruses (polioviruses and non-polio enteroviruses) are among the viral agents that can cause AFP. AFP surveillance is important for public health through its use in monitoring poliomyelitis, in the context of the Global Initiative to eradicate this disease. The current paper aims to assess the non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV) association with AFP and FP cases registered in Romania in the period 2001-2008 and to identify prevalent serotypes. Within the framework of Surveillance of AFP Cases Program, were collected samples from 579 children with AFP or FP (3.069 samples). The samples were processed and inoculated onto two types of cell culture (RD and L20B), according to WHO protocol. The identification of isolated viruses has been done by the reaction of seroneutralization with pools of specific antiserum and then with monospecific antiserum for confirmation. NPEV were isolated from 58 cases (123 positive samples). During the analyzed period, 23 NPEV serotypes have circulated (15 Echo serotypes and 8 coxsackie serotypes). The most frequently identified were the Echoviruses 13 and 11 and the coxsackie A viruses. 88% of positive cases have occurred in children between 1 and 5 years. As seasonal distribution, the peak of NPEV circulation was in the months August-September (36.2%). The paper provides information about NPEV circulation in Romania in the past 8 years, about its association with the AFP and FP and it indicates the need for monitoring NPEV circulation even after the eradication of poliomyelitis.

  1. Analysis of Significance of Unite Examination of AFP and DNA Polymorphism of P3 Promoter of IGF-ⅡGene

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    LUO Su; ZHANG Feng-chun; SUN Chang-jiang; LIU Cheng-bai; ZHUANG Jiang-xing; ZHANG Jin

    2004-01-01

    The DNA of P3 promoter region of IGF-Ⅱ gene was obtained by means of PCR technique. The examination of DNA polymorphism by restriction endonuclease BstE Ⅱ and the examination of AFP by bioluminescence immunoassay technique were carried out. The results have a significant difference(P<0.005). But the positive rate of AFP is higher than that of DNA polymorphism. The experimental result shows that the change of the DNA polymorphism of IGF-Ⅱis not the only carcinogenic factor. The suggested unite examination is the best method for the diagnosis of the primary hepatocellular carcinoma.

  2. A new mutation in the AFP gene responsible for a total absence of alpha feto-protein on second trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome

    Science.gov (United States)

    Petit, François M; Hébert, Marylise; Picone, Olivier; Brisset, Sophie; Maurin, Marie-Laure; Parisot, Frédéric; Capel, Liliane; Benattar, Clarisse; Sénat, Marie-Victoire; Tachdjian, Gérard; Labrune, Philippe

    2009-01-01

    Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during the fetal period. During the second trimester of pregnancy, APF and βhCG serum concentrations are commonly used for screening Down syndrome. AFP deficiency is rare (estimated to be 1/105 000 newborns) and only one sequence alteration has previously been reported in the AFP gene. We report a new mutation in exon 5 of the AFP gene, leading to a total absence of AFP on 2nd-trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome, confirmed on the amniotic fluid. Despite this, fetal development and birth were normal. After PCR-amplification, the whole AFP gene was sequenced. The new mutation was a guanine to adenine transition in position 543 creating a premature stop codon in position 181. In order to search for eventual modifications of the amniotic fluid profile, proteins were separated by electrophoresis and compared with 10 normal amniotic fluids sampled at the same developmental age (18 weeks). In the amniotic fluid of our patient albumin rate was reduced whereas alpha1 and beta protein fractions were increased, suggesting that AFP deficiency may modify the distribution of protein fractions. This observation emphasizes the complex molecular mechanisms of compensation of serum protein deficiency. Studies on other families with AFP deficiency are necessary to confirm this observation. PMID:18854864

  3. Development of a highly sensitive glycan microarray for quantifying AFP-L3 for early prediction of hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Chen-Shiou; Lee, Teng-Yu; Chou, Ruey-Hwang; Yen, Chia-Jui; Huang, Wei-Chien; Wu, Chung-Yi; Yu, Yung-Luen

    2014-01-01

    The α-fetoprotein fraction L3 (AFP-L3), which is synthesized by malignant cells and incorporates a fucosylated oligosaccharide, has been investigated as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Quantification of AFP-L3 by conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has not always produced reliable results for serum samples with low AFP, and thus we evaluated the clinical utility of quantifying AFP-L3 using a new and highly sensitive glycan microarray assay. Sera from 9 patients with chronic hepatitis B and 32 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related HCC were tested for AFP-L3 level using the glycan microarray. Additionally, we compared receiver operator characteristic curves for the ELISA and glycan microarray methods for determination of the AFP-L3: AFP-L1 ratio in patient samples. This ratio was calculated for 8 HCC patients who underwent transarterial embolization therapy pre- or post-treatment with AFP-L3. Glycan microarrays showed that the AFP-L3 ratio of HBV-related HCC patients was significantly higher than that measured for chronic hepatitis B patients. Overall parameters for estimating AFP-L3% in HCC samples were as follows: sensitivity, 53.13%; specificity, 88.89%; and area under the curve, 0.75. The elevated AFP-L3% in the 8 patients with HBV-related HCC was strongly associated with HCC progression. Following one month of transarterial embolization therapy, the relative mean AFP-L3% decreased significantly. In addition, we compared Fut8 gene expression between paired tumor and non-tumor tissues from 24 patients with HBV-related HCC. The Fut8 mRNA expression was significantly increased in tumorous tissues in these patients than that in non-tumor tissue controls. Higher expression of Fut8 mRNA in tumorous tissues in these patients was associated with poor differentiation than well and moderate differentiation. Our results describe a new glycan microarray for the sensitive and rapid quantification of

  4. 甲胎蛋白及甲胎蛋白异质体L3在肝癌患者肝移植手术前后的变化%The content change of AFP and AFP-L3 pre-and post-liver transplantation operation for liver cancer patients

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    谭宗宪; 侯俊; 朱安琪; 李伯安

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)及甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)在肝癌患者肝移植手术前后的变化情况.方法 对12例确诊为肝癌并进行肝移植手术患者的连贯血清(术前1份,术后连续留取),应用甲胎蛋白异质体微量离心柱分离并洗脱获得AFP-L3,再同时检测原始血清中AFP及AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3在AFP中比例(AFP-L3%),对比手术前后AFP含量及AFP-L3%的变化情况.结果 AFP除5例转阴外,其余患者在AFP-L3%转阴后,AFP仍持续阳性,个别患者AFP含量还持续高水平.2例患者术后AFP-L3立即转阴,其他患者在肝移植术后AFP-L3含量逐步下降,并趋于阴性(AFP-L3%<10%).AFP半衰期与AFP-L3%半衰期之间差异无统计学意义.结论 肝癌经根治性切除或移植后,AFP-L3%一般在较短时间内(约1~20 d)转阴,AFP-L3占AFP百分含量占10%以下,提示手术可能较为彻底,但余肝尚存在肝炎或肝硬化.如AFP-L3含量持续不降低提示手术未彻底清除病灶.%Objective To explore the content change of Alpha Fetal Protein(AFP) and Alpha Fetal Protein Variants(AFP-L3) pre-and post-liver transplantation operation for liver cancer patients.Methods AFP-L3 was de-termined by micro centrifugal column from twelve cases of successive sera(For each case,one original shale pre-oper-ation,and mole shares post-operation successively),and preserved from patients who were diagnosed as fiver cancer and completed fiver transplantation operation.simultaneously the content of AFP and AFP-L3 in the original serum were also determined.and the ratio of AFP-L3 in AFP was calculated in order to compare the content change of AFP and the ratio of AFP-L3 pre-and post-liver transplantation operation.Results Compared with twelve cases of pre-and post-operation,the AFP in only five cases turned tO negative;The AFP in other cases keeped positive though AFP-L3%tumde to negative.and the content of AFP in some specific cases still keeped in a high level.Regarding AFP-L3

  5. Effect Observations of 28 Cases of Treating AFP Increase Caused by Virus Hepatitis with Cucurbitacin%葫芦素治疗病毒性肝炎致甲胎蛋白升高28例疗效观察

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    黄雄立

    2002-01-01

    To treat 28 patients with virus hepatits complicated with AFP in crease by using cucurbitacin 0.6 mg/day. On the basis ofcomprehensive treatment and testing AFP regularly. The result is that 26 cases of the treatment group (28 cases) decreased in AFP with 92.85% total effective rate which is higher than the control group (57.14%). The difference is significant (P < 0.01 ). Conclusioncucurbitacin can decrease AFP effectively.

  6. Value of GPC3, GP73, AFP-L3 and AFP detection in the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma%血清GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3和AFP检测对原发性肝癌诊断的价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    龙璐; 陈贞; 王堃; 陶亚; 易斌

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨血清磷脂酰肌醇蛋白多糖-3(glypican-3,GPC3)、高尔基体蛋白73(Golgi protein-73,GP73)、甲胎蛋白异质体AFP-L3以及AFP单独及联合检测在原发性肝癌(primary hepatic carcinoma,PHC)中的诊断价值.方法 GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3检测采用ELISA法,AFP检测采用化学发光法,分别检测原发性肝癌组(43例)、肝硬化组(43例)、慢性肝炎组(43例)、和健康对照组(43例)血清GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3、AFP水平,应用SPSS统计软件对结果进行统计学分析.结果 PHC组GP73、AFP-L3和AFP水平高于其他各组,差异均有显著性(P =0.000).GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3和AFP的ROC曲线下面积(AUCROC)分别为0.744、0.910、0.903、0.867,灵敏度分别为53.5%、86.0%、81.4%、76.7%,特异度分别为94.6%、93.8%、95.3%、86.0%.系列试验以GP73+AFP-L3为最佳组合,灵敏度和特异度分别为70.0%和99.7%,平行试验以AFP/AFP-L3/GP73为最佳组合,灵敏度特异度分别为99.4%和76.9%.结论 GP73和AFP-L3有望成为新的诊断原发性肝癌的血清标志物.临床应用中,可用GP73+AFP-L3作为诊断PHC的最佳组合,GP73/AFP-L3/AFP作为排除PHC较好的组合.

  7. Construction of recombinant adenovirus vector containing AFP and generation of adenovirus-mediated AFP gene modified dendritic cells vaccine%含人AFP基因重组腺病毒载体的构建及其转染树突状细胞瘤苗的制备

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    杨静悦; 曹大勇; 刘文超; 斯小明

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To construct recombinant adenovirus vectors containing human AFP genes,and infect dendritic cell. Methods: Full length AFP cDNAs were subcloned into pIND vector,followed by being cloned into shuttle2 vector.The AFP gene fragments resulted from the shuttle2-AFP digested with PI-Sce and I-Ceu were linked to the linear adeno-X virus DNA.After packaged with HEK293 cells,the adenovirus expression vector was obtained.The plasmid pAdeno-AFP was identified by endonuclease and PCR.After dendritic cells were infected pAdeno-AFP,the surface molecules of pAdeno-AFP/DC were analysed by flow cytometry.AFP levels in culture supernatant of pAdeno-AFP/DC were measured by ELISA. Results: AFP gene in the inserted DNA of adeno-AFP was confirmed by PCR,and predictive fragments proved by restriction enzyme digestion analysis were exhibited.All the above results indicated that human AFP gene had been connected with pAdeno-X vectors correctly.The recombinant adenovirus vector of human AFP gene packaged in HEK293 cells,it will be used to introduce the target gene into dendritic cell.pAdeno-AFP/DC were able to upregulate CD1a,CD11c,CD80,CD86 and HLA-DR.And pAdeno-AFP/DC could secrete high level of AFP in vitro. Conclusion: The recombinant adenovirus vector of human AFP gene have been constructed successfully.The established AFP -DC vaccine may be a tool of the hepatocellular carcinoma immunotherapy,and it will be the foundation of future clinical use of DC vaccine.%目的:构建含人AFP基因的腺病毒载体,体外转染树突状细胞,制备树突状细胞肝癌瘤苗.方法: 将AFP基因亚克隆到pIND 载体和Shuttle2载体中,构建穿梭载体Shuttle2-AFP.用PI-Sce Ⅰ和I-CeuⅠ双酶切后将所获AFP基因片段再与线性化的腺病毒载体pAdeno-X连接,构成pAdeno-AFP重组腺病毒载体.其后,用重组腺病毒载体转染HEK293细胞,包装腺病毒表达载体.通过酶切、PCR对腺病毒载体进行鉴定.包装好的重组病毒载体pAdeno-AFP体外

  8. Increased chitin biosynthesis contributes to the resistance of Penicillium polonicum against the antifungal protein PgAFP.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Delgado, Josué; Owens, Rebecca A; Doyle, Sean; Asensio, Miguel A; Núñez, Félix

    2016-01-01

    Antifungal proteins from molds have been proposed as a valuable tool against unwanted molds, but the resistance of some fungi limits their use. Resistance to antimicrobial peptides has been suggested to be due to lack of interaction with the mold or to a successful response. The antifungal protein PgAFP produced by Penicillium chrysogenum inhibits the growth of various ascomycetes, but not Penicillium polonicum. To study the basis for resistance to this antifungal protein, localization of PgAFP and metabolic, structural, and morphological changes were investigated in P. polonicum. PgAFP bound the outer layer of P. polonicum but not regenerated chitin, suggesting an interaction with specific molecules. Comparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and comparative quantitative proteomics revealed changes in the relative abundance of several proteins from ribosome, spliceosome, metabolic, and biosynthesis of secondary metabolite pathways. The proteome changes and an altered permeability reveal an active reaction of P. polonicum to PgAFP. The successful response of the resistant mold seems to be based on the higher abundance of protein Rho GTPase Rho1 that would lead to the increased chitin deposition via cell wall integrity (CWI) signaling pathway. Thus, combined treatment with chitinases could provide a complementary means to combat resistance to antifungal proteins.

  9. The ATLAS Forward Detectors - LUCID, ALFA and AFP: Past, Present and Future

    CERN Document Server

    Caforio, D; The ATLAS collaboration

    2013-01-01

    LUCID is a gas Cerenkov detector deployed near to the beam‐pipe at 17 m either side of the ATLAS Intersection point. The LUCID detector ‐ when calibrated via a Van der Meer scan – is now measuring absolute luminosity on a bunch‐by‐bunch basis. It is now measuring integrated luminosity up to high luminosity with a precision of around 3%. The technical challenges that had to faced to make this measurement as well as upgrade plans for LUCID will be presented. In addition to LUCID, we will discuss that ALFA detector (Absolute Luminosity for ATLAS) and its status as well as the progress on the ATLAS Forward Protons project (AFP) that plans to deploy detectors to tag and measure, with 3‐D silicon detectors, both protons in exclusive central diffractive processes.

  10. Stem Cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. ... the body. There are two main types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Stem ...

  11. AFP mRNA level in enriched circulating tumor cells from hepatocellular carcinoma patient blood samples is a pivotal predictive marker for metastasis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jin, Junhua; Niu, Xiaojuan; Zou, Lihui; Li, Lin; Li, Shugang; Han, Jingli; Zhang, Peiying; Song, Jinghai; Xiao, Fei

    2016-08-01

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) quantification may be helpful for evaluating cancer dissemination, predicting prognosis and assessing therapeutic effectiveness and safety. In the present study, CTCs from blood samples of 72 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were enriched with anti-EpCAM nanoparticles. AFP mRNA level was detected by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) after enrichment of CTCs from HCC blood samples at 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after hepatectomy, respectively. AFP mRNA expression in CTCs was positive in 43 patients (59.7%) and negative in 29 patients (40.3%) before hepatectomy. Among 43 patients with positive AFP mRNA expression in CTCs before hepatectomy, 10 and 11 were diagnosed as intrahepatic/extrahepatic metastasis before and after hepatectomy, respectively. In addition, these 21 patients with metastasis had persisting positive AFP mRNA of CTCs during the whole tested year. Specifically, 3 patients with AFP mRNA negative in CTCs before hepatectomy changed to be positive at 6 and 9 months, and 2 of them were diagnosed as metastasis 12 months after hepatectomy. We conclude that the positive AFP mRNA of CTCs can be a pivotal predictor for HCC metastasis before and after hepatectomy. The release of AFP expression from hepatocellular carcinoma cells into circulation must be a major source of HCC metastasis.

  12. Psc-AFP from Psoralea corylifolia L. overexpressed in Pichia pastoris increases antimicrobial activity and enhances disease resistance of transgenic tobacco.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Luo, Xiu-Mei; Xie, Cheng-Jian; Wang, De; Wei, Yun-Min; Cai, Jie; Cheng, Shan-Shan; Yang, Xing -Yong; Sui, An -Ping

    2017-02-01

    Psc-AFP, isolated from the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia L., is an antimicrobial protein with trypsin inhibitor activity. Its encoding gene was cloned by 3'- rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) combined with Y-shaped adaptor-dependent extension (YADE) method. The gene Psc-AFP encodes a protein of 203 amino acids with a deduced signal peptide of 24 residues. The growth inhibition effect exerted by the heterologously expressed Psc-AFP in Pichia pastoris revealed that the recombinant Psc-AFP inhibited mycelium growth of Aspergillus niger, Rhizoctonia solani, and Alternaria brassicae and conidial germination of Alternaria alternata. The recombinant Psc-AFP also showed protease inhibitor activity manifested by the inhibition of trypsin. The transgenic tobacco bioassays confirmed that overexpressing Psc-AFP significantly enhanced the disease resistance of tobacco and that some of the transgenic lines were almost fully tolerant to Ralstonia solanacearum and A. alternata, whereas no apparent alteration in plant growth and development was observed. Collectively, these results indicate that the recombinant Psc-AFP is an active antimicrobial protein, with protease inhibitor activity that can be successfully produced in the yeast and tobacco and, therefore, maybe a potential antimicrobial candidate for practical use.

  13. Bio-compatibility and cytotoxicity studies of water-soluble CuInS2-ZnS-AFP lfuorescence probe in liver cancer cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Ming-Ya Yang; Jian Hong; Yan Zhang; Zhen Gao; Tong-Tong Jiang; Jiang-Luqi Song; Xiao-Liang Xu; Li-Xin Zhu

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The oncogenesis of hepatocellular carcino-ma (HCC) is not clear. The current methods of the pertinent studies are not precise and sensitive. The present study was to use liver cancer cell line to explore the bio-compatibility and cytotoxicity of ternary quantum dots (QDs) probe and to evaluate the possible application of QDs in HCC. METHODS: CuInS2-ZnS-AFP lfuorescence probe was designed and synthesized to label the liver cancer cell HepG2. The cy-totoxicity of CuInS2-ZnS-AFP probe was evaluated by MTT experiments and lfow cytometry. RESULTS: The labeling experiments indicated that CuInS2-ZnS QDs conjugated with AFP antibody could enter HepG2 cells effectively and emit intensive yellow lfuorescence by ultraviolet excitation without changing cellular morphology. Toxicity tests suggested that the cytotoxicity of CuInS2-ZnS-AFP probe was signiifcantly lower than that of CdTe-ZnS-AFP probe (t test, F=0.8,T=-69.326,P20%) groups (P CONCLUSION: CuInS2-ZnS-AFP QDs probe had better bio-compatibility and lower cytotoxicity compared with CdTe-ZnS-AFP probe, and could be used for imaging the living cellsin vitro.

  14. 妊娠早中期孕妇血清中β-hCG、PAPP-A、AFP及uE3水平检测在联合预测子痫前期中的价值%The value of maternal first and second trimester serum data of β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP and uE3 in the prediction of preeclampsia

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    顾玮; 林婧; 侯燕燕

    2015-01-01

    界值,分别为PAPP-A 1831 mU/L、AFP 41μg/L及uE31.04μg/L,预测子痫前期的特异度分别为97.82%、98.54%及98.80%。(6)以PAPP-A、AFP及uE3的联合预测因子作为检验变量绘制ROC曲线并计算约登指数,联合预测因子为0.032时约登指数最大(为0.41),其预测子痫前期的价值最大。故以0.032作为PAPP-A、AFP及uE3联合预测因子的预测界值,其预测子痫前期的特异度为98.93%,敏感度为70.59%,相对风险度为2.37。结论无论是PAPP-A、AFP及uE3各单项血清指标还是联合预测因子,对子痫前期发病均有预测价值,但联合预测因子的预测价值要优于任一单项血清指标。%Objective To discover the value of combined maternal first and second-trimester serumβ-hCG, pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A), alpha-fetoprotein(AFP)and unconjugated estriol (uE3) in the prediction of preeclampsia.Methods A total of 1 805 pregnant women who had antenatal care at International Peace Maternal and Child Health Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University between April 2012 and June 2013 were selected prospectively by random method. According to the outcome, they were defined as the control group and the preeclampsia group (including mild and severe cases). PAPP-A and β-hCG level were measured at 10-14 gestational weeks. AFP, β-hCG and uE3 were measured at 15-20 gestational weeks. The relevance between the serological indicators and outcomes was analyzed. The value of the indicators was judged by receiver operating characteristic(ROC)and Youden index, and the relevant predictive boundary values were identified.Results (1) Among the 1 805 cases, 1 739 women did not have hypertension(the control group), while 66 women had preeclampsia(the preeclampsia group). The incidence of preeclampsia was 3.66% (66/1 805), including 43 mild cases and 23 severe cases. (2) At 10-14 gestational weeks, the mean value of PAPP-A in the control group was(3 972± 2 311) mU/L, while in the

  15. Value of detection of serum AFP, AFU and CEA in diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer%血清GGT、AFP和AFP-L3联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的临床意义

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李玉柱; 张玉敏; 寇永妹; 陈晖; 韩龙才

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨r-谷氨酰转移酶(GGT)、血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的诊断价值.方法 正常健康对照组84例,原发性肝癌组92例,良性肝病组45例,均同时检测血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3.结果 原发性肝癌组血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3与良性肝病组、正常健康对照组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).原发性肝癌组血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3单独检测时的敏感性分别75.5%、71.0%和83.7%,联合检测GGT和AFP或AFP-L3可使检测敏感性提高到79.3%和88.7%,三者联合检测敏感性为93.1%.结论 联合检测GGT、AFP、AFP-L3 3项指标可以大大提高原发性肝癌的诊断率.%Objective To evaluate the value of detection of serum GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer(PHC).Methods The serum levels of GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in 92 patients with PHC,84 patients with liver cirrhosis,and 45control subjects were determined and analyzed.Results Serum levels of GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in patients with PHC were all significantly higher than the control subjects and the patients with liver cirrhosis (P<0.01).The sensitivity of diagnosis of PHC was 75.5%,71.0%,and 83.7%,respectively,when GGT,AFP,and AFP-L3 were individually detected.The accuracy could be increased to 79.3% (combined detection of GGT and AFP) and 88.7% (combined detection of GGT and AFP-L3).The accuracy was further increased to 93.1% when all GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 were detected.Conclusion Combined detection of serum GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 is greatly enhance the sensitivity in diagnosis of PHC,especially in AFP negative patients.

  16. 亲和层析微柱法测定肝癌特异性AFP及其在肝癌诊断中的临床价值%Quantitative analysis of hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) by a new mini-column affinity chromatography and its clinical value in diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Wei Wu; Dengfu Yao; Liwei Qiu; Xiaoxiao Gu; Xinhua Wu

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To establish a convenient and economic method to determine hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) for diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: HS-AFP from serum of HCC patients was separated by a mini-column Lens culinaris agglutinin (LCA)-affinity chromatography. The levels of serum total AFP and separated HS-AFP were detected by radioimmunoassay (RIA). Results: Circulating AFP was separated into three peaks (AFP-1, AFP-2, and AFP-3) by LCA-affinity chromatography. During the elution course, the AFP-1 and AFP-2 could be eluted with TE buffer. HS-AFP (AFP-3) from sera of HCC patients was eluted dearly on the LCA-sepharose gel mini-column with a solution containing a-methyl-D-mannoside. It was a part of total AFP and only found in sera of HCC patients. A ratio of more than 15% for HS-AFP to total AFP in serum was considered as a specific marker for HCC diagnosis with higher sensitivity (92.7%) and specificity(88.2%). Conclusion: The new assay for circulating HS-AFP analysis is more sensitive, repeatable, and convenient. Its clinical application would be useful to early diagnosis of HCC.

  17. Synthesis of cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads as immunosensing probes for the detection of AFP, CEA and PSA.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Zifeng; Liu, Na; Feng, Feng; Ma, Zhanfang

    2015-08-15

    A double-water-in-oil-emulsion procedure was designed to synthesize cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads less than 200n m diameter under mild conditions. The cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads can be activated to immobilize biomacromolecules and can directly produce distinctive electrochemical signals. Using the novel alginate nanobeads labeled with antibodies as electrochemical probes, a sandwich-type immunosensor was constructed using AFP, CEA and PSA as model analytes. This proposed immunosensor shows wide linear range with detection limits of 0.01, 0.0086 and 0.0075 ng mL(-1) for AFP, CEA and PSA, respectively. Analysis of clinical serum samples using this immunosensor was well consistent with the data determined by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). It suggested that the alginate nanobeads electrochemical probes could be generally extended to other multiple analytes detection.

  18. Environmental potential of the use of CO2 from alcoholic fermentation processes. The CO2-AFP strategy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Alonso-Moreno, Carlos; García-Yuste, Santiago

    2016-10-15

    A novel Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) approach from a relatively minor CO2 emission source, i.e., alcoholic fermentation processes (AFP), is presented. The CO2 produced as a by-product from the AFP is estimated by examining the EtOH consumed per year reported by the World Health Organization in 2014. It is proposed that the extremely pure CO2 from the AFP is captured in NaOH solutions to produce one of the Top 10 commodities in the chemical industry, Na2CO3, as a good example of an atomic economy process. The novel CDU strategy could yield over 30.6Mt of Na2CO3 in oversaturated aqueous solution on using ca. 12.7Mt of captured CO2 and this process would consume less energy than the synthetic methodology (Solvay ammonia soda process) and would not produce low-value by-products. The quantity of Na2CO3 obtained by this strategy could represent ca. 50% of the world Na2CO3 production in one year. In terms of the green economy, the viability of the strategy is discussed according to the recommendations of the CO2Chem network, and an estimation of the CO2negative emission achieved suggests a capture of around 280.0Mt of CO2 from now to 2020 or ca. 1.9Gt from now to 2050. Finally, the results obtained for this new CDU proposal are discussed by considering different scenarios; the CO2 production in a typical winemaking corporation, the CO2 released in the most relevant wine-producing countries, and the use of CO2 from AFP as an alternative for the top Na2CO3-producing countries.

  19. Levels of CEA, CA153, CA199, CA724 and AFP in nipple discharge of breast cancer patients.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhao, Song; Mei, Yu; Wang, Yongmei; Zhu, Jiang; Zheng, Guixi; Ma, Rong

    2015-01-01

    The distinction between breast cancer and benign breast diseases with nipple discharge remains an important diagnostic challenge. The purpose of this study was to predict the potential usefulness of tumor markers in nipple discharge and to investigate the relationship of tumor markers and clinical characteristics with breast cancer.One hundred and eleven patients with nipple discharge received breast surgery from November 2013 to December 2014 were included in the study. We evaluated levels of five tumor markers (CEA, CA153, CA199, CA724 and AFP) prior to treatment. Patients were divided into two groups according to postoperative pathological results: 30 cases in breast cancer group and 81 cases in benign group. The relationships of clinical characteristics with breast cancer were investigated by multivariate analysis with a logistic regression model.It showed significant differences in levels of nipple discharge CEA (P AFP (P = 0.834) among two groups. Logistic regression analysis demonstrated complaint, age, menopause, abnormal palpable mass, CEA and CA153 were associated with breast cancer. In summary, measurements of CA199, CA724 and AFP in nipple discharge are not of great clinical value. Detecting CEA and CA153 in nipple dischargecould potentially be used for the early detection of breast cancer with in high-risk populations.

  20. Trigger strategies for central exclusive $H \\to b\\overline{b}$ studies with the AFP detector

    CERN Document Server

    Brown, G J A; Kupco, A; Pilkington, A; Tasevsky, M

    2009-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) upgrade proposes to install proton detectors at 220 m and 420 m either side of the ATLAS interaction point, turning the LHC into a giant magnetic spectrometer. The physics motivation for this upgrade focuses on final states in which the colliding protons remain intact, allowing a full reconstruction of the event, even in the forward region. One such process is the production of the Higgs boson in the central exclusive channel and tagging the outgoing protons allows the possible extraction of the Higgs quantum numbers, mass and couplings regardless of the decay channel. Studying this exclusive production channel for the presently favoured low Higgs mass depends on the possibility of efficiently triggering, up to the highest luminosities, on a pair of relatively soft jets coming from the decay of b quarks or τ leptons. As jet triggers will inevitably be heavily pre-scaled, even at modest luminosities, it is essential to make a coincidence betweeen information from the tagging d...

  1. Clonogenic colony-forming ability of hepatic stem cells in the spleens of mice

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2002-01-01

    To confirm the existence of hepatic stem cells (HSCs), fetal liver cells isolated from mice on embryonic day 13 (ED13) were long-term cultured in vitro. Growth of the cells was observed intensively and characteristics were identified by immunocytochemistry. The results showed that some of the cells grew as colonies, in which some cells expressed AFP, CD34 and Albumin. Then the cells were transplanted intravenously into irradiated syngeneic mice. At day 12 a number of small hyperplasia nodules were seen in the apparently enlarged spleens of recipient mice. Moreover, some nodules were positive for AFP and CD34 and consisted of various types of cells, suggesting the very existence of hepatic stem cells in the mouse fetal liver.

  2. Mid-trimester maternal serum AFP and hCG as markers of preterm and term adverse pregnancy outcomes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tancrède, Sabrina; Bujold, Emmanuel; Giguère, Yves; Renald, Marie-Hélène; Girouard, Joel; Forest, Jean-Claude

    2015-02-01

    Objectif : Évaluer les coefficients de prévision propres aux taux sériques d’alphafœtoprotéine (AFP) et de gonadotrophine chorionique (hCG) constatés au deuxième trimestre pour ce qui est des issues de grossesse indésirables à médiation placentaire (IGIMP) obtenues avant le terme et à terme. Méthodes : Nous avons tiré, d’une étude de cohorte prospective, des données concernant des femmes nullipares ayant connu une grossesse monofœtale exempte d’aneuploïdie ou d’anomalies fœtales mortelles. Nous avons comparé les taux sériques maternels d’AFP et de hCG (mesurés entre 13 et 17 semaines de gestation et exprimés sous forme de multiples de la médiane [MoM] en fonction de l’âge gestationnel) des femmes ayant connu une IGIMP (prééclampsie, retard de croissance intra-utérin, décès fœtal) avant le terme ou à terme à ceux des femmes qui n’en sont pas venues à connaître de telles complications. Résultats : Au sein d’un groupe de 3 466 femmes nullipares, les taux sériques maternels d’AFP et de hCG étaient connus dans 2 110 cas et 2 125 cas, respectivement. Les femmes qui ont connu une IGIMP avant le terme présentaient des valeurs de MoM pour ce qui est des taux sériques d’AFP (1,4 vs 1,1 MoM; P  2,0 MoM ait été associée à un risque accru d’IGIMP avant le terme (RR, 4,6; IC à 95 %, 2,3 - 9,1), elle n’exerçait aucun effet sur le risque d’IGIMP à terme (RR, 1,1; IC à 95 %, 0,7 - 1,7). La constatation d’un taux sérique maternel d’AFP > 2,0 MoM a également été associée à une hausse considérable du risque d’IGIMP avant le terme (RR, 3,9; IC à 95 %, 1,6 - 9,8); le risque d’IGIMP à terme (RR, 1,2; IC à 95 %, 0,6 - 2,3) n’en était toutefois pas affecté. Conclusion : Au sein de la population à l’étude, les taux sériques maternels d’AFP ou de hCG > 2,0 MoM ont entraîné une hausse du risque d’IGIMP avant le terme, mais n’ont pas exercé une influence sur le

  3. AFP-L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断价值分析

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    胡善雷; 任娜

    2014-01-01

    目的:联合检测不同人群异质体3( AFP- L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)的水平,并探讨其对于原发性肝癌的诊断意义。方法采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫法分别检测65例原发性肝癌患者(原发性肝癌组)、65例肝硬化患者(肝硬化组)和65例病毒性肝炎患者(病毒性肝炎组)患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并选择同期65例健康普查者作为正常对照组。检测各组血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并比较AFP- L3、AFP单一检测与AFP- L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的阳性率。结果原发性肝癌组患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP水平明显高于肝硬化组和病毒性肝炎组(P<0.05)。原发性肝癌组患者AFP- L3检测阳性率(70.8%)明显高于AFP检测阳性率(64.6%)(P<0.05),AFP- L3和AFP联合检测可提高阳性率(86.2%)(P<0.05)。结论联合检测血清AFP- L3和AFP的水平可提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性,具有重要的临床意义。

  4. Screening differential expression of serum proteins in AFP-negative HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma using iTRAQ -MALDI-MS/MS.

    Science.gov (United States)

    He, X; Wang, Y; Zhang, W; Li, H; Luo, R; Zhou, Y; Liao, C Li M; Huang, H; Lv, X; Xie, Z; He, M

    2014-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) is serious condition associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Therefore is an urgent need to develop novel noninvasive techniques for early diagnosis, particularly for patients with AFP-negative [AFP(-)] HCC. In this study, iTRAQ-MALDI-MS/MS was used to identify differentially expressed proteins in AFP(-) HBV-related HCC compared with non-cancerous hepatitis B virus (HBV) and healthy controls subjects.Serum was obtained from 18 patients with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC, 18 matched patients with HBV without HCC and 18 healthy control subjects. High abundance proteins were removed from serum and the differentially expressed proteins from the three groups were screened out using iTRAQ-MALDI-MS/MS. The Gene Ontology (GO) function and the interaction networks of differentially expressed proteins were then analyzed. A total of 24 expressed differential proteins associated with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC were screened out, 15 proteins were up-regulated and 9 down-regulated. The most common molecular function of the 24 differentially expressed proteins was enzyme inhibition. Interaction network of the 24 differentially expressed proteins showed that 14 proteins (C5, KNG1, FN1, LRG1, HRG, SERPINC1, CRP, APOB, SAA1, APCS, C4BPA, CFI, CFB and GSN) were central to the functional network. The expression levels of the GSN protein were down-regulated in AFP(-) HBV-related HCC subjects compared with healthy controls and the HBV group (pAFP(-) HBV-related HCC appeared at the fulcrum of the functional network and were differentially expressed compare to HBV and healthy controls suggesting a possible association with HCC progression.

  5. 肝病患者AFP、GP73、AFP-L3和AFU的表达及其相关性

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    臧桂珍; 李丹; 丁艳

    2015-01-01

    目的 通过测定血清中甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)的水平,比较它们在不同肝脏疾病中的意义,原发性肝癌(PHC)患者中不同水平AFP值与AFP-L3、GP73和AFU三者异常率的相关性.方法 将734例肝病患者分为PHC组(A组)271例;慢性肝炎组(B组)254例;肝硬化组(C组)209例,另选208例健康体检者(D组),测定血清中的GP73、AFP-L3、AFP和AFU水平.结果 三组患者的GP73、AFP-L3和AFP水平及异常率较D组增高(P<0.05);A组和B组的GP73水平及异常率较C组低(P<0.05);B组和C组AFP-L3和AFP水平及异常率低于A组(P<0.05);在A组中,AFP-L3的异常率与AFP呈正相关(r=0.81),AFU的异常率与AFP呈正相关(r=0.83),但GP73的异常率与AFP无明显相关性.结论 GP73更适用于肝硬化鉴别诊断;AFP-L3在诊断PHC中有较高的价值;当AFP值>100 ng/ml时,AFP-L3异常率维持在较高水平.

  6. AFP-L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断价值分析

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    胡善雷; 任娜

    2014-01-01

    目的:联合检测不同人群异质体3( AFP- L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)的水平,并探讨其对于原发性肝癌的诊断意义。方法采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫法分别检测65例原发性肝癌患者(原发性肝癌组)、65例肝硬化患者(肝硬化组)和65例病毒性肝炎患者(病毒性肝炎组)患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并选择同期65例健康普查者作为正常对照组。检测各组血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并比较AFP- L3、AFP单一检测与AFP- L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的阳性率。结果原发性肝癌组患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP水平明显高于肝硬化组和病毒性肝炎组(P<0.05)。原发性肝癌组患者AFP- L3检测阳性率(70.8%)明显高于AFP检测阳性率(64.6%)(P<0.05),AFP- L3和AFP联合检测可提高阳性率(86.2%)(P<0.05)。结论联合检测血清AFP- L3和AFP的水平可提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性,具有重要的临床意义。

  7. Diagnostic value of serum Fer, AFP and AFP-L3 combined detection in primary hepatic cancer%血清铁蛋白、甲胎蛋白和甲胎蛋白异质体联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的临床意义

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李玉柱; 张玉敏

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨血清铁蛋白(Fer)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值.方法 健康对照组84名、原发性肝癌组92例、良性肝病组45例均同时检测血清Fer、AFP、AFP-L3.结果 原发性肝癌组血清Fer检测结果为(819.4±616.8)μg/L,AFP为(556.9±451.5)μg/L,AFP-L3为(109.0±62.5) μg/L,良性肝病组Fer检测结果为(229.3±155.5) μg/L,AFP为(6.0±4.2) μg/L,AFP-L3为(26.0±49.4) μg/L,健康对照组Fer检测结果为(125.6±110.5)μg/L,AFP为(2.8±0.8) μg/L,AFP-L3为(7.0± 1.8)μg/L,三者差异有统计学意义(均P<0.01).原发性肝癌组单独检测血清Fer的敏感度为85.9%,AFP的敏感度为71.0%,AFP-L3的敏感度为83.7%,联合检测Fer和AFP或AFP-L3可使检测敏感度提高到90.2%和95.7%,三者联合检测敏感度为98.9%.结论 联合检测血清Fer、AFP、AFP-L3三项指标可以提高原发性肝癌的诊断准确率.%Objective To evaluate the diagnostic value of the combined detection of serum Fer,AFP and AFP-L3 in patients with primary hepatic cancer (PHC).Methods The serum levels of Fer,AFP and AFP-L3 were determined in 92 patients with PHC,84 patients with benign liver disease,and 45 control subjects.Results The PHC group serum Fer was (819.4±616.8) μg/L,AFP was (556.9±451.5) μg/L,AFP-L3 was (109.0±62.5) μg/L.The benign liver disease group Fer was (229.3±155.5) μg/L,AFP was (6.0±4.2) μg/L,AFP-L3 was (26.0±49.4) μg/L.The healthy control group Fer was (125.6±110.5) μg/L,AFP was (2.8±0.8) μg/L,AFP-L was (7.0±1.8) μg/L,there was significant difference between the three groups (all P < 0.01).The sensitivity of PHC group alone in detection of serum Fer was 85.9 %,the sensitivity of AFP was 71.0 %,the sensitivity of AFP-L3 was 83.7 %,the combined detection of Fer and AFP or AFP-L3 improved the sensitivity of the test to 90.2 % and 95.7 %,the three combined detection sensitivity was 98.9 %.Conclusion Combined

  8. Hydrometallurgical recovery of heavy metals from low grade automobile shredder residue (ASR): An application of advanced Fenton process (AFP).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Singh, Jiwan; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-09-15

    To investigate the leaching and recovery of heavy metals from low-grade automobile shredder residue (ASR), the effects of nitric acid (HNO3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentrations, liquid/solid (L/S) ratio, leaching temperature and ASR particle size fractions on the heavy metal leaching rate were determined. The heavy metals were recovered by fractional precipitation and advanced Fenton process (AFP) at different pHs. The toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) test was also performed in the residue remaining after heavy metal leaching to evaluate the potential toxicity of ASR. The heavy metal leaching efficiency was increased with increasing HNO3 and H2O2 concentrations, L/S ratio and temperature. The heavy metal leaching efficiencies were maximized in the lowest ASR size fraction at 303 K and L/S ratio of 100 mL/g. The kinetic study showed that the metal leaching was best represented by a second-order reaction model, with a value of R(2) > 0.99 for all selected heavy metals. The determined activation energy (kJ/mol) was 21.61, 17.10, 12.15, 34.50, 13.07 and 11.45 for Zn, Fe, Ni, Pb, Cd and Cr, respectively. In the final residue, the concentrations of Cd, Cr and Pb were under their threshold limits in all ASR size fractions. Hydrometallurgical metal recovery was greatly increased by AFP up to 99.96% for Zn, 99.97% for Fe, 95.62% for Ni, 99.62% for Pb, 94.11% for Cd and 96.79% for Cr. AFP is highly recommended for the recovery of leached metals from solution even at low concentrations.

  9. Cognitive Functions in Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2

    OpenAIRE

    Péter eKlivényi; Dezso eNemeth; Tamás eSefcsik; Karolina eJanacsek; Ildiko eHoffmann; Gábor Péter Háden; Zsuzsa eLonde; László eVécsei

    2012-01-01

    Background: Ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2) is characterized by cerebellar atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, oculomotor apraxia, and elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels. The disease is caused by a recessive mutation in the senataxin gene. Since it is a very rare cerebellar disorder, no detailed examination of cognitive functions in AOA2 has been published to date. The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuropsychological profile of a 54-year-old patient with ...

  10. Arginase-1 is a more sensitive marker than HepPar-1 and AFP in differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma from nonhepatocellular carcinoma.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sang, Wei; Zhang, Wei; Cui, Wenli; Li, Xinxia; Abulajiang, Gulinar; Li, Qiaoxin

    2015-05-01

    Distinguishing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from metastatic tumors is a challenging issue, especially in differential diagnosis between poorly differentiated HCC and metastasis tumors. Expression of Arg-1, HepPar-1, and α-fetoprotein (AFP) in 78 cases of HCC, 34 cases of metastatic tumors, and 228 cases of nonhepatocellular tumors of surgical specimens is measured by immunohistochemistry. Arg-1 immunoreactivity was detected in 75 of 78 (96.1 %) cases of HCC, whereas HepPar-1 and AFP immunoreactivity was detected in 63 of 78 (80.7 %) and 40 of 78 (51.3 %) cases of HCC, respectively. HepPar-1 and AFP expression was observed in three of 34 (8.8 %) cases and one of 34 (2.9 %) cases of metastatic tumors, respectively. In contrast, Arg-1 expression was absent in all 34 (0 %) cases of metastatic tumors. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of Arg-1 in distinguishing HCC from metastatic tumors and nonhepatocellular tumors are 96.1, 99.6, 98.7, and 98.8 % compared with 80.7, 92.0, 75.0, and 94.1 % for HepPar-1 and 51.3, 97.7, 87.0, and 87.1 % for AFP, respectively. Arg-1 is a more sensitive and better specific marker for HCC compared with HepPar-1 and AFP, indicating that Arg-1 can be easily applied in distinguishing HCC from metastatic tumors.

  11. Union examination of AFP,AFU,AFPL3 and γ-GT in early diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of union examination of blood serum liver cancer tracers in the early diagnosis of liver cancer. Methods We observed and compared the level of blood serum liver cancer tracers armor embryo protein (AFP),crag algae glycosidase (AFU),armor embryo protein heteroplasmon (AFPL3) and γ-Gu Anxian transferase (γ-GT) in early time for primary liver cancer patients and hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients who had liver cancer family history. R...

  12. Evaluacion de DesempeÑo de AFP's: Una aproximaci on para evitar costos asociados al Riesgo Moral

    OpenAIRE

    MuÑoz G., DANIEL

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo propone un portafolio benchmark que sea capaz de reemplazar la actual legislación referente a la rentabilidad mínima. La evaluación seg un desempeño relativo que impone la rentabilidad m nima acarrea costos a los a liados que son evitables bajo una evaluaci ón de desempe~no absoluta. Usando el esquema de Black y Litterman (1992) se concluye que el sistema de AFP's escoge portafolios sub optimos en gran parte de la muestra considerada, pudiendo ser signi- ...

  13. Clinical Significance of AFP and PIVKA-II Responses for Monitoring Treatment Outcomes and Predicting Prognosis in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Hana Park

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Recently, the utility of tumor markers in the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC field has received a good deal of attention. Here, we review and summarize the results of studies on the roles played by the α-fetoprotein (AFP and prothrombin induced by the absence of vitamin K or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II responses in terms of the monitoring of outcomes and prediction of prognosis after various HCC treatments. Methods. Studies lodged in PUBMED and that satisfied our inclusion criteria were reviewed. Results. We reviewed 12 studies measuring both AFP and PIVKA-II responses in HCC patients treated in various ways. The results are presented by treatment modality. Conclusion. Measurement of AFP and PIVKA II marker levels before and after HCC treatment is clinically useful in monitoring of treatment outcomes and prognosis and in predicting recurrence and survival.

  14. 肝细胞癌合并门静脉癌栓与 AFP-L3% 相关性研究%Correlation between Lens Culinaris Agglutlnin -reactive A -Fetoprotein( AFP -L3 % ) with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombosis in Hepatocellnlar Carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陈祖华; 陈瑶; 高智峰; 徐爱芳; 李运江

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨肝细胞肝癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)伴门静脉癌栓(portal vein tumor thrombosis,PVTT)与AFP-L3%相关性.方法 将治疗前15天内完成多排螺旋CT(MSCT)检查和AFP-L3%检测的HCC患者100例作为研究对象.根据AFP - L3%检测结果,分为阳性组(≥10%)和阴性组(<10%).PVTT诊断和累及范围通过多排螺旋CT增强3期检查.根据PVTT累及范围分为Ⅳ级:Ⅰ级为门静脉一级分支,即门静脉左或右干(LPV、RPV)有瘤栓;Ⅱ级LPV或RPV加门静脉主干(TPV)被侵犯;Ⅲ级LPV、RPV和TPV均受累;Ⅳ级PVTT加脾静脉或肠系膜上静脉被累及,合并肝外转移;并计算各级癌栓AFP-L3%均值.AFP - L3采用装有偶联了小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的微量离心柱分离甲胎蛋白,利用化学发光法检测AFP和AFP -L3,并计算AFP -L3占AFP含量的百分比.采用SPSS17.0软件进行统计学分析.结果 在100例HCC患者中,阳性组71例(71%),其中合并PVTT 41例(57.7%);阴性组29例(29%),合并PVTT8例(27.6%).阳性组较阴性组易侵犯门静脉形成PVTT(P <0.01).根据PVTT累及范围分级,Ⅰ级16例、Ⅱ级13例、Ⅲ级11例及Ⅳ级9例.Ⅰ~Ⅳ级AFP - L3%均值分别为14.5、18.3、20.1、26.3.PVTT各级间的AFP - L3%均值有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 AFP - L3%阳性HCC患者易侵犯门静脉形成PVTT,并且AFP - L3%越高PVTT累及范围越广.%To investigate correlation between Lens culinaris agglutinin - reactive a - Fetoprotein( AFP - 13% ) and portal vein tumor thrombosis ( PVTT) in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) . Methods A total of 100 patients with HCC who were examinated AFP - L3% and multidetector CT( MDCT) in 15 days before treatment were regarded as research object. AFP - L3 of 10% or higher was judged to the positive group,otherwise, to the negative group. AFP -L3% were acquired by lectin - affinity electrophoresis coupled with antibody - affinity blotting, and expressed as AFP - 1.3 percentage of total

  15. A Phase II Randomized, Controlled Trial of S-Adenosylmethionine in Reducing Serum α-Fetoprotein in Patients with Hepatitis C Cirrhosis and Elevated AFP.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Morgan, Timothy R; Osann, Kathryn; Bottiglieri, Teodoro; Pimstone, Neville; Hoefs, John C; Hu, Ke-Qin; Hassanein, Tarek; Boyer, Thomas D; Kong, Lorene; Chen, Wen-Pin; Richmond, Ellen; Gonzalez, Rachel; Rodriguez, Luz M; Meyskens, Frank L

    2015-09-01

    In animal models of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), deficiency of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) increased the risk of HCC whereas administration of SAMe reduced HCC. The aim of this trial was to determine whether oral SAMe administration to patients with hepatitis C cirrhosis would decrease serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level, a biomarker of HCC risk in hepatitis C. This was a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of SAMe, up to 2.4 g/d, for 24 weeks as compared with placebo among subjects with hepatitis C cirrhosis and a mildly elevated serum AFP. Primary outcome was change in AFP between baseline and week 24. Secondary outcomes included changes in routine tests of liver function and injury, other biomarkers of HCC risk, SAMe metabolites, markers of oxidative stress, and quality of life. One hundred ten subjects were randomized and 87 (44 SAMe and 43 placebo) completed treatment. There was no difference in the change in AFP during 24 weeks among subjects receiving SAMe as compared with placebo. Changes in markers of liver function, liver injury, and hepatitis C viral level were not significantly different between groups. Similarly, SAMe did not change markers of oxidative stress or serum glutathione level. SAMe blood level increased significantly among subjects receiving SAMe. Changes in quality of life did not differ between groups. Overall, this trial did not find that SAMe treatment improved serum AFP in subjects with advanced hepatitis C cirrhosis and a mildly elevated AFP. SAMe did not improve tests of liver function or injury or markers of oxidative stress or antioxidant potential.

  16. Clinical significance of detecting CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153, CA125 in postoperative treatment of patients with ovarian cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xue Pan; Zhen-Hua Du

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical significance of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199), a tire protein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), carbohydrate antigen 153 (CA153) and carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) in the postoperative treatment of patients with ovarian cancer.Methods:210 cases of patients with ovarian cancer after initial treatment from January 2015 to December 2015, 232 cases of patients with ovarian benign tumor and 250 cases of healthy women were selected, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels were detected, and the levels after chemotherapy in patients with ovarian carcinoma were detected.Results:CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer were (12.37±7.43) ng/mL, (84.04±26.96) U/mL, (37.46±9.47) μg/L, (110.54±35.51) IU/L, (51.23±9.20) U/mL and (64.36±42.68) U/mL, respectively, which were significantly higher than that in normal controls and patients with benign ovarian lesions, and were considered to be statistically significant. Chemotherapy after two cycles, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer were significantly lower than that before chemotherapy, and were considered to be statistically different. Chemotherapy after four cycles, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer continue to decrease, and were significantly lower than that of chemotherapy after two cycles, and had statistical differences.Conclusion:CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 can be used as important indicators for monitoring the chemotherapy effects, early recurrence and metastasis of ovarian cancer.

  17. 微量离心柱法分离检测甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)在肝癌诊断中的应用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    刘小壮; 刘庆丰

    2012-01-01

      目的:应用微量离心柱法检测甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3),探讨AFP-L3在肝癌鉴别诊断中的意义.方法:应用预装有偶联小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的琼脂糖微量离心柱分离AFP-L3,采用时间分辨免疫荧光法检测AFP和AFP-L3,并计算AFP-L3值.以AFP〉20ng/L,AFP-L3〉10%作为阳性判断标准.结果:肝细胞癌患者血清中AFP、AFP-L3水平及阳性率明显高于其他肝病患者(P〈0.01).结论:微量离心柱法测定AFP-L3(%)在AFP阳性时的良、恶性肝病的鉴别及肝癌的早期诊断具有重要意义.

  18. The Value Research on the Combination of AFP, PIVKA-Ⅱ , and AFP-L3 as Tumor Markers to Detect Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Cirrhotic Patients%AFP、 PIVKA-Ⅱ联合AFP-L3诊断肝硬化患者合并肝癌的价值研究

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    秦燕; 肖毅; 王曦; 彭燕; 谢静; 曲远青; 赵鑫

    2016-01-01

    目的 探索甲胎蛋白(AFP)和异常凝血酶原Ⅱ(PIVKA-Ⅱ)联合甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)在肝硬化患者中诊断肝癌的价值.方法 回顾性分析261例肝硬化合并肝癌患者实验室检查结果作为试验组,同时纳入202例肝硬化未合并肝癌患者实验室检查结果作为对照组,采用ROC曲线分析3者单独运用及联合运用在诊断肝癌及早期肝癌中的价值.结果 463例患者中,男301例(65%),乙肝患者321例(69%).ROC曲线分析显示:AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3单独运用诊断肝癌的曲线下面积分别为0.771 (95% CI,0.731~0.811)、0.809 (95%CI,0.764~0.854)和0.758 (95% CI,0.728~0.789).3者联合运用诊断肝癌曲线下面积提高为0.882 (95%CI,0.851~0.914),诊断敏感性和特异性分别为88.6%和75.1%.AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3单独运用诊断早期肝癌的曲线下面积分别为0.744 (95% CI,0.698~0.791)、0.718(95%CI,0.664~0.773)和0.678 (95%CI,0.604~0.752).3者联合运用诊断早期肝癌曲线下面积提高为0.773 (95% CI,0.704~0.842),诊断敏感性和特异性分别为87.6%和73.2%.结论 AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3联合运用相对于单独运用各指标可明显提高肝硬化患者中肝癌及早期肝癌的诊断率.

  19. Klotho-beta overexpression as a novel target for suppressing proliferation and fibroblast growth factor receptor-4 signaling in hepatocellular carcinoma

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Poh Weijie

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We had previously demonstrated overexpression of fibroblast growth factor receptor-4 (FGFR4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. However, additional molecular mechanisms resulting in amplified FGFR4 signaling in HCC remain under-studied. Here, we studied the mechanistic role of its co-receptor klotho-beta (KLB in driving elevated FGFR4 activity in HCC progression. Results Quantitative real-time PCR analysis identified frequent elevation of KLB gene expression in HCC tumors relative to matched non-tumor tissue, with a more than two-fold increase correlating with development of multiple tumors in patients. KLB-silencing in Huh7 cells decreased cell proliferation and suppressed FGFR4 downstream signaling. While transient repression of KLB-FGFR4 signaling decreased protein expression of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, a HCC diagnostic marker, prolonged inhibition enriched for resistant HCC cells exhibiting increased liver stemness. Conclusions Elevated KLB expression in HCC tissues provides further credence to the oncogenic role of increased FGFR4 signaling in HCC progression and represents a novel biomarker to identify additional patients amenable to anti-FGFR4 therapy. The restricted tissue expression profile of KLB, together with the anti-proliferative effect observed with KLB-silencing, also qualifies it as a specific and potent therapeutic target for HCC patients. The enrichment of a liver stem cell-like population in response to extended KLB-FGFR4 repression necessitates further investigation to target the development of drug resistance.

  20. Types of Stem Cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Stem Cell Glossary Search Toggle Nav Types of Stem Cells Stem cells are the foundation from which all ... Learn About Stem Cells > Types of Stem Cells Stem cells Stem cells are the foundation for every organ ...

  1. AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测在肝癌诊断中的应用%The application of combine detection of AFP、AFP-L3 and GP73 in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王向臣; 曲建香; 鹿理友; 于传亭; 林青

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测不同患者样本中甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)以及高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)的含量,研究AFP、AFP-L3、GP73在肝癌诊断中的应用.方法 收集肝癌患者样本、肝炎肝硬化样本以及正常健康人员样本,用电化学发光法检测AFP、AFP-L3及用ELISA法检测GP73含量.结果 1.本研究显示:AFP-L3%>10%对肝癌诊断敏感度为89.1%;诊断特异度为94.4%[1];2.在101例肝癌标本中,GP73的阳性率为72.28%,AFP的阳性率37.62%,经过卡方检验,两者具有显著性差异(χ2=18.86,p<0.01);3.在所有非肝癌患者中,GP73的诊断特异性为93.44%;AFP的诊断特异性为86.48%.结论 AFP-L3、GP73 用于诊断肝癌效果明显优于AFP,可以显著提高对肝癌诊断的灵敏度和特异性,而且AFP-L3、GP73 相比AFP更不容易受到肝部炎症和其他部位肿瘤的影响.结合本人早期研究结果,将GP73、AFP-L3、AFP联合起来检测,能更好更快的对肝癌做出早期诊断.

  2. 肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术后外周血AFP mRNA变化及意义%THE ALTERATION OF AFP mRNA CONCENTRATION IN PERIPHERAL BLOOD WITH HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA DURING TRANSHEPATIC ARTERAL CHEMOTHERAPY AND EMBOLIZATION

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    刘迎娣; 梁敏; 孙晓华; 汪鸿志; 程留芳

    2001-01-01

    To find the rule of alterations in AFP mRNA concentration in peripheral blood in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) before and after the treatment with transhepatic arterial chemotherapy and embolization(TAE), 15 cases of the pateints with HCC were included in this survey. The AFP mRNA concentration in peripheral blood of the patients were investigated using compatitive RT-PCR technique before and 1,2,3,4, 5,6,7, 14, 28 days after TAE. The results showed that AFP mRNA concentration on the third day after TAE was the highest. It declined to the level before treatment during one week.It suggested that AFP mRNA concentration changed with a rule, and following the rule, preventive measure to distant metastasis could be instituted in clinical work.%通过对肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术(TAE)治疗前后外周血AFP mRNA定量检测,探讨治疗前后外周血AFP mRNA定量变化规律,并分析其临床意义。采用分子生物学反转录竞争PCR技术,定量检测了15例原发性肝细胞癌患者TAE治疗前及术后第1、2、3、4、5、6、7、14、28日外周血AFP mRNA水平。结果显示TAE前后外周血AFP mRNA有不同程度的变化,其中术后第3日呈最高水平,1周后基本恢复至术前水平,与术前比较,术后4周1例升高,8例基本相同,6例下降。提示TAE治疗后第3日外周血AFP mRNA水平最高,临床可给予积极治疗,预防肝外转移的发生。

  3. PENGKAJIAN DATA RUMAH SAKIT (HOSPITAL RECORD REVIEW KASUS ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS (AFP TAHUN 1999-2000 DI JAWA TIMUR

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Cholis Bachroen

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This survey was the evaluation of the program on Polio Eradication through Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP Surveillance especially Hospital Based Surveillance. The evaluation was done by reviewing the Hospitals' Record (Hospital Based Survey. The objective of the survey was to estimate the under reported of routine reporting system, which the data of the survey used as a gold standard. The results showed that due to incomplete of the records in several hospitals, some of AFP cases might be could not be covered. However the under reported of the routine surveillance system was more than 50%. It seems that the strengthening of supervision was still needed to increase coverage of the routine surveillance system.   Keywords: hospitals; medical record; acute flocid paralysis

  4. Relations between ZHX2, NF-YA and AFP expression in HCC tissues%肝细胞癌中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP表达的相关关系

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    胡少为; 杨海峰; 王智园; 袁丽娜; 文剑明

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测肝细胞癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)组织中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP mRNA和蛋白表达的相关关系.方法 采用RT-PCR及免疫组织化学方法检测HCC组织中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP mRNA和蛋白的表达情况.结果 ZHX2 mRNA在AFP mRNA阴性的25例HCC组织中的表达率为52.0%,明显高于AFP mRNA阳性组织中的表达率(26.3%,P=0.038),ZHX2 mRNA与AFP mRNA表达呈负相关(OR=0.33);NF-YA mRNA与ZHX2 mRNA表达呈正相关(OR=31.429),而与AFP mRNA表达呈负相关关系(OR=0.308).AFP蛋白阴性的142例HCC组织中,ZHX2蛋白的表达率为23.9%,明显高于在AFP蛋白阳性组织中的表达率(12.8%,P=0.034);HCC组织中ZHX2蛋白与AFP蛋白表达呈负相关(P=0.018,r=-0.153).NF-YA蛋白在HCC组织中与ZHX2蛋白表达呈正相关(P=0.000,r=0.371),与AFP蛋白表达呈负相关(P=0.000,r=-0.497).结论 联合检测AFP和ZHX2蛋白将提高HCC的诊断率;ZHX2可能是通过NF-YA来调控AFP的表达.%Purpose To study the relations between ZHX2 , NF-YA and AFP expression in HCC tissues.Methods We detected mRNA and protein expression of ZHX2.NF-YA and AFP in HCC tissues by RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry.Results ZHX2 mRNA expression rate ( 52.0% ) in HCC tissues without AFP mRNA expression was significantly higher than that ( 26.3% ) with AFP mRNA expression ( P = 0.038 ).There was a negative relationship between ZHX2 and AFP mRNA expression ( OR = 0.33 ).In addition.NFYA mRNA expression was positively correlated with ZHX2 mRNA expression ( OR = 31.429 ) , and negatively correlated with AFP mRNA expression ( OR = 0.308 ).The expression rate of ZHX2 protein in HCC tissues without AFP protein expression was 23.9%.which was significantly higher than that with AFP protein expression ( 12.8% , P = 0.034 ).ZHX2 protein expression was negatively correlated with AFP protein expression ( P = 0.018.r = - 0.153 ).In addition.NF-YA protein expression was positively correlated with ZHX2 protein expression ( P = 0.000.r = 0

  5. Alfa-fetoprotein secreting ovarian sex cord-stromal tumor

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Kusum D Jashnani

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ovarian sex cord-stromal tumors are relatively infrequent neoplasms that account for approximately 8% of all primary ovarian tumors. They are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms composed of cells derived from gonadal sex cords (granulosa and Sertoli cells, specialized gonadal stroma (theca and Leydig cells, and fibroblasts. They may show androgenic or estrogenic manifestations. We report such a tumor associated with markedly raised serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP levels in a young female presenting with a mass and defeminising symptoms. Serum AFP levels returned to normal on removal of tumor.

  6. Transferring of An Antifungal Protein Gene(Rs-AFP2) of Radish into Wheat Mediated with Biolistic Particle%基因枪法介导转人工合成Rs-AFP2基因小麦的获得和检测

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    廖勇; 张增艳; 徐惠君; 杜丽璞; 姚乌兰; 辛志勇; 任正隆

    2006-01-01

    萝卜(Raphanus sativus)抗菌肽Rs-AFP2在体外强烈抑制小麦赤霉病菌(Fusarium graminearum)、黄色镰孢菌(Fusarium culmorum)、烟草赤星病(Alternaria longipes)的菌丝生长.为了研究Rs-AFP2在小麦抗病育种上的应用潜力,人工合成了Rs-AFP2基因.通过基因重组技术(包括限制性内切酶酶切和连接),将人工合成的Rs-AFP2基因替代单子叶高效组成型表达栽体pAHC25中的GUS基因,构建了Rs-AFP2基因的单子叶高效表达栽体pUAFP2.该载体除携带受Ubiquitin启动子控制的Rs-AFP2基因表达盒外,还具有1个受Ubiqutin启动子控制的Bar基因表达盒,后者可为后续利用除草剂Bialaphos筛选转化再生植株提供抗性;采用基因枪法轰击小麦品种扬麦12、济麦19、晋麦47和豫麦34幼胚共4 042个,经过2~3次Bialaphos筛选,最终获得扬麦12再生植株316株;利用高效表达载体pUAFP2的Bar和Rs-AFP2基因的特异引物对上述成活的转化植株进行PCR检测,获得Bar和Rs-AFP2基因均为阳性的植株58株,转化率为1.43%.

  7. Construction of plasmid vector pAFP-HSVtk-IRES2-EGFP and its effect on the cytotoxicity of ganciclovir to hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Lai Zhiyong; Qin Qin; Yu Baofeng; Xie Jun; Gao Ranpeng; Zhang Tiantian; Li Chunfeng

    2014-01-01

    Background Herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase phosphorylates ganciclovir to ganciclovir monophosphate,which is then converted to ganciclovir triphosphate by endogenous cellular nucleoside kinases.The ganciclovir triphosphate acts as a DNA chain terminator due to the lack of a functional 3'-OH group and terminates the process of DNA replication,hence leading to cell apoptosis.At present,HSVtk gene usually acts as suicide gene to kill tumor cells.The aim of this study was to investigate the selective cytotoxicity of the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase/ganciclovir (HSVtK/GCV) suicide gene system controlled by the α-fetoprotein (AFP) promoter on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells in vitro.Methods pAFP-HSVtk-IRES2-EGFP recombinant plasmid vectors driven by the AFP promoter were constructed.HL-7702 liver cells,HUH-7 HCC,and HepG2 HCC were transfected with the recombinant plasmids.HSVtK gene expression was detected using Western blotting analysis.HepG2 cells line stably expressing HSVtk gene was selected by G418 reagent.The cytotoxicity of HSVtK/GCV suicide gene system on hepatoma cells was measured by CCK-8 reagents when different doses of ganciclovir were added.Results Plasmid pAFP-TK-IRES2-EGFP-expressed HSVtk gene was constructed successfully.HSVtk gene expression level was significantly higher in AFP-positive hepatoma cells than in AFP-negative liver cells.After G418 selection,a HepG2 cells line stably expressing HSVtk gene was acquired.With the increase of the dose of ganciclovir the optical density at 450 nm of HepG2 cells stably expressing HSVtk gene gradually decreased (P <0.05).Conclusion The HSVtK gene-specific expression in hepatoma cells as well as the cytotoxicity of the suicide gene system in HepG2 cells provided the basis for the targeted gene therapy of HCC.

  8. Stem Cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Madhukar Thakur

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The objective of this presentation is to create awareness of stem cell applications in the ISORBE community and to foster a strategy of how the ISORBE community can disseminate information and promote the use of radiolabeled stem cells in biomedical applications. Methods: The continued excitement in Stem Cells, in many branches of basic and applied biomedical science, stems from the remarkable ability of stem cells to divide and develop into different types of cells in the body. Often called as Magic Seeds, stem cells are produced in bone marrow and circulate in blood, albeit at a relatively low concentration. These virtues together with the ability of stem cells to grow in tissue culture have paved the way for their applications to generate new and healthy tissues and to replace diseased or injured human organs. Although possibilities of stem cell applications are many, much remains yet to be understood of these remarkable magic seeds. Conclusion: This presentation shall briefly cover the origin of stem cells, the pros and cons of their growth and division, their potential application, and shall outline some examples of the contributions of radiolabeled stem cells, in this rapidly growing branch of biomedical science

  9. Characterization and enrichment of hepatic progenitor cells in adult rat liver

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Ai-Lan Qin; Xia-Qiu Zhou; Wei Zhang; Hong Yu; Qin Xie

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To detect the markers of oval cells in adult rat liver and to enrich them for further analysis of characterization in vitro.METHODS: Rat model for hepatic oval cell proliferation was established with 2-acetylaminofluorene and two third partial hepatectomy (2-AAF/PH). Paraffin embedded rat liver sections from model (11 d after hepatectomy) and control groups were stained with HE and OV6, cytokeratin19 (CK19),albumin, alpha fetoprotein (AFP), connexin43, and c-kit antibodies by immunohistochemistry. Oval cell proliferation was measured with BrdU incorporation test. C-kit positive oval cells were enriched by using magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS) .The sorted oval cells were cultured in a low density to observe colony formation and to examine their characterization in vitroby immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR. RESULTS: A 2-AAF/PH model was successfully established to activate the oval cell compartment in rat liver. BrdU incorporation test of oval cell was positive. The hepatic oval cells coexpressed oval cell specific marker OV6, hepatocytemarker albumin and cholangiocyte-marker CK19. They also expressed AFP and connexin 43. C-kit, one hematopoietic stem cell receptor, was expressed in hepatic oval cells at high levels. By using c-kit antibody in conjunction with MACS,we developed a rapid oval cell isolation protocol. The sorted cells formed colony when cultured in vitro. Cells in the colony expressed albumin or CK19 or coexpressed both and BrdU incorporation test was positive. RT-PCR on colony showed expression of albumin and CK19 gene.CONCLUSION: Hepatic oval cells in the 2-AAF/PH model had the properties of hepatic stem/progenitor cells. Using MACS, we established a method to isolate oval cells. The sorted hepatic oval cells can form colony in vitro which expresses different combinations of phenotypic markers and genes from both hepatocytes and cholangiocyte lineage.

  10. [Evolution of hyperplastic foci in the rat liver induced by diethylnitrosamine].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gel'shteĭn, V I; Chipysheva, T A; Bannikov, G A

    1984-01-01

    The immunohistochemical localization of ligandin (L), A-protein (A) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was studied in the liver of rats treated intraperitoneally with diethylnitrosamine (DENA). In early foci of altered cells there was a consecutive change in the content of antigens. The uniform content of L and A in these foci changed for the uniform content of only one marker. Late foci of altered hepatocytes were characterized by a heterogeneous distribution of the markers. 12-14 weeks after the treatment the neoplastic nodules with different antigenic phenotypes dependent on the morphological structure were detected. Cells in neoplastic nodules were uniform as to the marker content. Alpha-fetoprotein was unavailable in foci of altered cells and in neoplastic nodules either. It is concluded that evolution of most of foci follows the way of postnatal maturation similar to that in the normal liver and neoplastic nodules represent a side branch of differentiation blocked at different stages.

  11. The construction of dendritic cell-based hepatocellular carcinoma vaccine encording AFP%脂质体转染AFP基因构建树突状细胞肝癌瘤苗及体外活性检测

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    范强; 钟翠平; 陈空; 王国强; 傅继东; 吴超群

    2002-01-01

    目的:探讨以AFP为靶点,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗及其抗肝癌免疫治疗的可能性.方法:应用脂质体将AFP基因转染体外培养的未成熟BMDC,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗,以流式细胞术、Western blot、3H-TdR法和MTt法等检测其免疫活性.结果:AFP-DC瘤苗不仅能产生和分泌AFP,而且能上调自身的B7分子和MHC分子,明显刺激T细胞增殖及提高CTL的杀伤作用.结论:提示肝癌相关基因AFP可作为抗肝癌基因治疗的切入点.

  12. JAK2 inhibitor combined with DC-activated AFP-specific T-cells enhances tantitumor function in a Fas/FasL signal-independent pathway

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Liu Y

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Yang Liu,1 Yue-ru Wang,2 Guang-hui Ding,1 Ting-song Yang,1 Le Yao,1 Jie Hua,1 Zhi-gang He,1 Ming-ping Qian1 1Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Shanghai 10th People’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Infection, Shanghai First People’s Hospital Affiliated to Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China Objective: Combination therapy for cancer is more effective than using only standard chemo- or radiotherapy. Our previous results showed that dendritic cell-activated α-fetoprotein (AFP-specific T-cells inhibit tumor in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we focused on antitumor function of CD8+ T-cells combined with or without JAK2 inhibitor. Methods: Proliferation and cell cycle were analyzed by CCK-8 and flow cytometry. Western blot was used to analyze the expression level of related protein and signaling pathway. Results: We demonstrated reduced viability and induction of apoptosis of tumor cells with combination treatment. Intriguingly, cell cycle was blocked at the G1 phase by using AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells combined with JAK2 inhibitor (AG490. Furthermore, an enhanced expression of BAX but no influence on Fas/FasL was detected from the tumor cells. Conclusion: These results indicate a Fas/FasL-independent pathway for cellular apoptosis in cancer therapies with the treatment of AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells combined with JAK2 inhibitor. Keywords: AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells, JAK2 inhibitor, Fas/FasL signal, antitumor, apoptosis 

  13. Time courses of PIVKA-II and AFP levels after hepatic artery embolization and hepatic artery infusion against hepatocellular carcinoma: relation between the time course and tumor necrosis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kishi, K; Sonomura, T; Mitsuzane, K; Nishida, N; Kimura, M; Satoh, M; Yamada, R; Kodama, N; Kinoshita, M; Tanaka, H

    1992-01-01

    We examined 35 untreated patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma who exhibited positivity for both plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP, and studied the weekly course of these markers from the pre-TAE or -HAI period to the third week of treatment. We correlated changes in these markers with the tumor necrosis rate and the time course on X-ray CT images. One week after TAE, the tumor necrosis rate and the time course of PIVKA-II showed a significant correlation (r = 0.7), while the correlation was between the time course of AFP and the tumor necrosis rate was insignificant (r = 0.2). At two and three weeks after TAE, both the time course of AFP and PIVKA-II showed significant correlations with the tumor necrosis rate. In 16 patients with tumor necrosis rates of not less than 90%, the mean of the actual half-life (AHL) of PIVKA-II was 3.2 days, the shortest was 1.83 days, and 75% of all AHLs clustered from two days to four days, while the mean and shortest AHLs of AFP were six days and 2.98 days, respectively, exhibiting a broader distribution. On the other hand, in three out of the nine cases of hepatocellular carcinoma complicated with portal tumor thrombi, PIVKA-II increased after HAI in spite of a reduction in tumor size. It was suggested that the PIVKA-II level requires careful interpretation in cases of portal vein obstruction after intensive hepatic arterial infusion of anticancer agents.

  14. The sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence immunosensor for α-fetoprotein based on enrichment by Fe3O4-Au magnetic nano probes and signal amplification by CdS-Au composite nanoparticles labeled anti-AFP.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Hankun; Gan, Ning; Li, Tianhua; Cao, Yuting; Zeng, Saolin; Zheng, Lei; Guo, Zhiyong

    2012-10-09

    A novel and sensitive sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor was fabricated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for ultra trace levels of α-fetoprotein (AFP) based on sandwich immunoreaction strategy by enrichment using magnetic capture probes and quantum dots coated with Au shell (CdS-Au) as the signal tag. The capture probe was prepared by immobilizing the primary antibody of AFP (Ab1) on the core/shell Fe(3)O(4)-Au nanoparticles, which was first employed to capture AFP antigens to form Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP complex from the serum after incubation. The product can be separated from the background solution through the magnetic separation. Then the CdS-Au labeled secondary antibody (Ab2) as signal tag (CdS-Au/Ab2) was conjugated successfully with Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP complex to form a sandwich-type immunocomplex (Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP/Ab2/CdS-Au), which can be further separated by an external magnetic field and produce ECL signals at a fixed voltage. The signal was proportional to a certain concentration range of AFP for quantification. Thus, an easy-to-use immunosensor with magnetic probes and a quantum dots signal tag was obtained. The immunosensor performed at a level of high sensitivity and a broad concentration range for AFP between 0.0005 and 5.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.2 pg mL(-1). The use of magnetic probes was combined with pre-concentration and separation for trace levels of tumor markers in the serum. Due to the amplification of the signal tag, the immunosensor is highly sensitive, which can offer great promise for rapid, simple, selective and cost-effective detection of effective biomonitoring for clinical application.

  15. Evaluation of tumor markers for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma in Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Taketa K

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, its glycoforms AFP-L3 and AFP-P4, and proteins induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II were determined in sera obtained from patients in Yangon General Hospital (20 with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, 29 with chronic liver diseases, including 3 with chronic hepatitis and 26 with cirrhosis of the liver, and 9 with other hepatobiliary diseases. Forty-five percent of the patients with HCC had serum AFP levels above 10,000 ng/ml, indicating that nearly half of the HCC patients were at an advanced stage of the disease. Thus, the AFP sensitivity was as high as 70% with 100% specificity for a cutoff level of 200 ng/ml. The sensitivity of AFP-L3 was 75% and a specificity 90% for a cutoff level of 15%. AFP-P4 showed a higher sensitivity of 80% and a similar specificity of 86% for a cutoff level of 12%. Combined evaluation of AFP-L3 and/or AFP-P4 increased the sensitivity to 90% with the same specificity of 86%, indicating that AFP-L3 and AFP-P4 are useful as adjuncts for diagnosis of HCC in the present population. PIVKA-II had a high sensitivity of 90%, although the specificity was lower than 45%, probably due to the low cutoff level, as some cholestatic patients were included in the control group.

  16. Inhibition of the growth of hepatocarcinoma xenograft in Balb/c mice induced by dendritic cells immunized with AFP cDNA fragement%磷酸钙纳米颗粒修饰的甲胎蛋白和树突状细胞疫苗对小鼠皮下移植瘤的抑制作用

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    曾斌; 廖爱军; 卢放根; 方唯意; 王健

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the antitumor immune response induced by dendritic cells vaccine coding AFPcDNA fragment with signal peptide (AFP_1) and without signal peptide ( AFP_2), and to determine the inhibiting effect of the vaccine on the growth of bepatocarcinoma xenograft in Balb/c mice. Methods pcDNA3.1/AFP_1 and pcDNA3.1/AFP_2 were transfected into dendritic cells(DCs) by calcium phosphate nanoparticles and became DCs vaccine. Mouse spleen lymphoeytes were stimulated by AFP_1/DC and AFP_2/DC. A Balb/c mouse model bearing mouse HCC xenograft was established on the day 14 after transplantation. Forty mice were divided equally into AFP_2DC group, AFP_1/DC group and plasmid control group. The treated mice received DCs vaccine and the same amount of control plasmid. Results AFP_2/DC stimulated T lymphocytel proliferation in vitro and improved CTL activity. The effects were better than AFP_1/DC. The tumor-bearing mice injected intralesionally with AFP_1/DC and AFP_2/DC at a dose of 0.5 ml per mouse showed inhibition of tumor growth and prolongation of survival time. The tumor inhibition rate of the AFP_2/DC group was 79.2% and the AFP_1/DC group was 39.7% at 2 weeks after treatment. The tumor volume of AFP_2/DC group was (726.7±298.2) mm~3, significantly smaller than the (1486.2±457.2) mm~3 of the AFP_1/DC group and ( 2137.2±547.2 ) mm~3 of the plasmid control group ( P < 0.05 ). The mean survival time of mice in the AFP_2/DC group [ (58.5±4.2) d] and AFP_1/DC group [ ( 45.2±4.8 ) d ] were significantly longer than that of plasmid control group [ ( 30.6±6.2 ) d, P < 0. 05 ]. Bax-positive cell percentage was increased in the xenografts of AFP_2/DC-treatment group compare with that of plasmid control group. Conclusion AFP_2/DC and AFP_1/DC vaccines show evident inhibiting effect on the growth of H22 xenograft in Balb/c mice through inducing efficient and specific immune response against the hepatocarcinoma cells.%目的 探讨转染小鼠带有信号肽的AFP_1

  17. Stem Cells

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Sommerlund, Julie

    2004-01-01

    '. This paper is about tech-noscience, and about the proliferation of connections and interdependencies created by it.More specifically, the paper is about stem cells. Biotechnology in general has the power to capture the imagination. Within the field of biotechnology nothing seems more provocative...... and tantalizing than stem cells, in research, in medicine, or as products....

  18. Learn About Stem Cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Patient Handbook Stem Cell Glossary Search Toggle Nav Stem Cell Basics Stem cells are the foundation from which ... original cell’s DNA, cytoplasm and cell membrane. About stem cells Stem cells are the foundation of development in ...

  19. 肝癌和肝病患者血清甲胎蛋白异质体的检测及临床意义%The Significance of Measurement of AFP-L3 Variant in Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and liver diseas

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    戴亚新; 张时良; 裴豪

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical significance of scrum AFP hctcrogcncity(AFP-L3) assay in patients with hcpatoccllular carcinoma. Methods Lentil lcctin-binding scrum AFP-L3 variants were separated by microccntrifu-gal column,and the content percentage of AFP-L3(AFP-L3%) variants and total scrum AFP was detected by chcmilu-mincsccncc analysi. Results When AFP-L3%>10% was used as a positive criterion,there was a positive rate of 70% in 27 cases of hcpatoccllular carcinoma(HCC) , which in cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis were 10% and 9. 6%rcspcctivc-ly. AFP-L3% levels were the highest in hcpatoccllular carcinoma than those in cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis (P25 μg/L was used as a positive criterion, the AFP positive rates were 78%, 60% and 55%, in HCC,cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis respectively. The sensitivity of AFP and AFP-L3 was 78% ,70% ,thc speciality of AFP ang AFP-L3 was 43% ,90% ,in HCC respectively. Conclusion AFP-L3 is very useful in the differential diagnosis of hcpatoccllular carcinoma.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)检测在肝癌鉴别诊断中的意义.方法 应用微量离心柱法分离检测小扁豆凝集素结合型AFP-L3的含量,同时检测血清中AFP总含量,由此得出AFP-L3的百分含量(AFP-L3%).结果 以AFP-L3%>10%作为阳性判断标准,27例肝癌患者血清AFP-L3阳性率为70%,肝硬化和慢性肝炎AFP-L3%分别为10%和9.6%,肝癌AFP-L3%水平明显高于肝硬化和慢性肝炎(P<0.01);以AFP>25 ng/ml作为阳性判断标准,肝癌、肝硬化和慢性肝炎患者血清中AFP阳性率分别为78%、60%和55%;以AFP、AFP-L3%作为诊断肝癌指标的灵敏度分别是78%、70%,特异度分别是43%、90%.结论 AFP-L3%能有效区分肝癌和慢性肝病,弥补肝癌诊断的不足,具有一定的临床实用价值.

  20. 甲胎蛋白异质体L3预警原发性肝癌的研究%The studies on early warning of Lens culinaris-reactive α-Fetoprotein (AFP-L3) detecting in primary hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李永利; 马洪滨; 郭静霞; 史佳彬; 徐军; 刘爱霞; 杨丽华; 李伯安; 毛远丽

    2008-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of Lens culinaris-reactive α-Fetoprotein (AFP-L3) detection in primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods AFP-L3 was isolated by using microspincolumn coupled with lens culinaris agglutinin (LCA), AFP and AFP-L3 were detected with chemiluminescent immunoassay, the propertion of AFP L3 levels were calculated, and the relationship between the elevated AFP-L3 (%) levels and benign and malignant liver disease was analyzed. Results There were significant differences in positive rate between the patients of HCC, suspected HCC and other liver disease (81.80%, 73.68%, 11.80%, respectively, P < 0.05). Among the undetermined HCC (suspected HCC, liver disease) patients, 12 out of 21 cases of AFP-13 positive were diagnosed to be HCC within 6 months, and 6 of them were diagnosed to be the single small HCC at the early stage through B-Ultrasonic Diagnosis or CT. Among 62 cases of AFP-L3 negative, 3 cases were diagnosed to be HCC within 6 months and the risk of occurrence of HCC for AFP-L3 positive increased 11.9 times. Conclusion AFP-L3 has no correlation with AFP value, and it can be used as an independent HCC diagnosis factor. The detection of AFP-L3 has a significant implication for the identification of benign or malignant liver disease and the early stage predictive diagnosis of HCC while AFP increases%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)的检测在预警原发性肝癌中的作用.方法 对100例AFP升高肝病患者血清,应用甲胎异质体微量离心柱分离并洗脱获得AFP-L3,再同时检测原始血清中的AFP以及AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3在AFP中的比例,对AFP-L3异常升高者、正常者进行跟踪,结合6个月后临床诊断结果 ,分析AFP-L3升高在鉴别良性肝脏病变与预警肝癌中的作用.结果 肝癌、疑似肝癌患者与良性肝病患者中的AFP-L3阳性率差异有统计学意义(分别为81.80%、73.68%、11.80%,P<0.05).未确诊肝癌(疑似HCC、肝病)的患者中,AFP-L3

  1. Liver-specific gene expression in mesenchymal stem cells is induced by liver cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Claudia Lange; Philipp Bassler; Michael V. Lioznov; Helge Bruns; Dietrich Kluth; Axel R. Zander; Henning C. Fiegel

    2005-01-01

    AIM: The origin of putative liver cells from distinct bone marrow stem cells, e.g. hematopoietic stem cells or multipotent adult progenitor cells was found in recent in vitro studies. Cell culture experiments revealed a key role of growth factors for the induction of liver-specific genes in stem cell cultures. We investigated the potential of rat mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) from bone marrow to differentiate into hepatocytic cells in vitro. Furthermore,we assessed the influence of cocultured liver cells on induction of liver-specific gene expression.METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells were marked with green fluorescent protein (GFP) by retroviral gene transduction. Clonal marked MSC were either cultured under liver stimulating conditions using fibronectin-coated culture dishes and medium supplemented with SCF, HGF,EGF, and FGF-4 alone, or in presence of freshly isolated rat liver cells. Cells in cocultures were harvested and GFP+ or GFP- cells were separated using fluorescence activated cell sorting. RT-PCR analysis for the stem cell marker Thy1 and the hepatocytic markers CK-18, albumin, CK-19,and AFP was performed in the different cell populations.RESULTS: Under the specified culture conditions, rat MSC cocultured with liver cells expressed albumin-, CK-18,CK-19, and AFP-RNA over 3 weeks, whereas MSC cultured alone did not show liver specific gene expression.CONCLUSION: The results indicate that (1) rat MSC from bone marrow can differentiate towards hepatocytic lineage in vitro, and (2) that the microenvironment plays a decisive role for the induction of hepatic differentiation of rMSC.

  2. Heterogeneity of human alpha-fetoprotein (HAFP) as revealed by agarose gel electrophoresis and isoelectric focusing in urea-acrylamide gels

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Lester, E. P.; Miller, J. B.; Yachnin, S.

    1977-01-01

    HAFP was purified from five patients with hepatoma, one with gastric cancer, and one with an embryonal cell tumor, as well as from fetal liver and a monkey tumor cell line grown in tissue culture. The pattern of microheterogeneity of purified HAFP was defined for each HAFP isolate, and was demonstrated to be present in native sera, using crossed immunoelectrophoresis in agarose gels and isoelectric focusing in polyacrylamide gels containing 8 M urea. Three, and in one case four, species were seen in agarose, and were further resolved to reveal 6 major species with isoelectric focusing which could be correlated with the agarose gel variants. We have demonstrated a relationship between the immunosuppressive potency of certain HAFP preparations and the proportion of specific HAFP isomers which they contain as shown by these techniques. We have desialylated each of our preparations and demonstrated that this does not alter immunosuppressive potency but leaves residual complex microheterogeneity. Desialylated HAFP isolates contain six major HAFP isomers by isoelectric focusing, indicating that HAFP heterogeneity is based upon multiple charge differences in the HAFP molecule, apart from sialic acid content. The nature of these charge differences remain to be determined. We postulate that these charge differences modulate the immunosuppressive potency of HAFP.

  3. Repair of liver mediated by adult mouse liver neuro-glia antigen 2-positive progenitor cell transplantation in a mouse model of cirrhosis

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Hongyu; Siegel, Christopher T.; Shuai, Ling; Lai, Jiejuan; Zeng, Linli; Zhang, Yujun; Lai, Xiangdong; Bie, Ping; Bai, Lianhua

    2016-01-01

    NG2-expressing cells are a population of periportal vascular stem/progenitors (MLpvNG2+ cells) that were isolated from healthy adult mouse liver by using a “Percoll-Plate-Wait” procedure. We demonstrated that isolated cells are able to restore liver function after transplantation into a cirrhotic liver, and co-localized with the pericyte marker (immunohistochemistry: PDGFR-β) and CK19. Cells were positive for: stem cell (Sca-1, CD133, Dlk) and liver stem cell markers (EpCAM, CD14, CD24, CD49f); and negative for: hematopoietic (CD34, CD45) and endothelial markers (CD31, vWf, von Willebrand factor). Cells were transplanted (1 × 106 cells) in mice with diethylnitrosamine-induced cirrhosis at week 6. Cells showed increased hepatic associated gene expression of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Albumin (Alb), Glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pc), SRY (sex determining region Y)-box 9 (Sox9), hepatic nuclear factors (HNF1a, HNF1β, HNF3β, HNF4α, HNF6, Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), Leucine-rich repeated-containing G-protein coupled receptor 5-positive (Lgr5) and Tyrosine aminotransferase (TAT). Cells showed decreased fibrogenesis, hepatic stellate cell infiltration, Kupffer cells and inflammatory cytokines. Liver function markers improved. In a cirrhotic liver environment, cells could differentiate into hepatic lineages. In addition, grafted MLpvNG2+ cells could mobilize endogenous stem/progenitors to participate in liver repair. These results suggest that MLpvNG2+ cells may be novel adult liver progenitors that participate in liver regeneration. PMID:26905303

  4. Changes of Serum Trace Elements, AFP, CEA, SF, T3, T4 and IGF- Ⅱ in Different Periods of Rat Liver Cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Hong-xu Zhang; Dan-dan Liu; Bai-jie Jin; Ya-wei Wang; Qj Liu; Ru-bing Duan; Peng Zhao; Ming-xia Ma

    2011-01-01

    Objective:Based on liver cancer model built in SD rats,the contents of trace elements (Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca and Mg),AFP,CEA,SF,TH and IGF-Ⅱ in serum were measured at different stages to explore the molecular changes during the rat liver cancer development.Methods:The SD rat liver cancer model was built by using diethylnitrosamine (DENA) as the mutagen.During 16 weeks of DENA gavage,blood samples were taken in the 14th,28th,56th,77th,105th and 112th days respectively after the first day of gavage with DENA,then the contents of five trace elements (Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca and Mg),T3,T4,IGF-Ⅱ,AFP,CEA and SF in serum were determined.Results:During the development of the rat liver cancer,in the test group,the Cu content significantly increased in serum,while the contents of Fe,Zn and Ca significantly decreased.The content of Mg showed no significant change.AFP and CEA of the test group showed same expression level with the control group; while the content of SF was lower than that of the control group when cancerization appeared.T3 and T4 increased at the first stage and then went down,and the content of IGF-Ⅱ was always high.Conclusion:Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca,T3,T4,SF and IGF-Ⅱ are closely related to the development of liver cancer.The changes of their contents in the development of cancer could enlighten the researches on cancer pathogenesis and prevention.

  5. Social Media and the Freedom of the Press: a long-term Perspective from within International News Agencies (AFP, Reuters

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jérémie NICEY

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the 1780s, discussions among news professionals on issues such as access to sources and the funding of “the media” are often at odds with issues debated by legislators, activists, the executive and the judiciary, in the USA, France and Britain. Is this the case today, with the debate on “social media”, the “Arab spring”, Internet, blogs, SMS, “Twitter” and the like? This is one issue that will be addressed. The authors have researched the history and present news-products and performance of AFP and Reuters (now Thomson-Reuters for many years. The second issue addressed here is: how do news-professionals assess current geopolitical and technological “changes” with respect to their established canons and practices of news-reporting? How do they access, filter, and select from the apparent abundance of sources emerging from “civil society actors”, while respecting established practices of news-agency journalism? As the very notion of “mainstream media” encompasses an ever-growing number of actors (CNN is “mainstream”, al-Jazeera has become ‘mainstream’…, is the issue of access to an ever-widening number of sources to be reassessed in terms not only of the freedom of the media but also to that of the resources available to “seasoned, reputable” news-professionals and their organizations to check, cross-check the “images”, “texts” and numbers emanating from these sources? Issues such as the freedom of the media are ever-more linked to that of the canons of international news-reporting. The authors argue that whereas the freedom of the media is still of central importance, the advent of communications technologies – and the commercial logics that underpin them – often linked to the Internet, radically modify how news-professionals go about their business, in an era of “globalization”, “social media” and “democratization”.

  6. Stem Cell Basics

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Tips Info Center Research Topics Federal Policy Glossary Stem Cell Information General Information Clinical Trials Funding Information Current ... Basics » Stem Cell Basics I. Back to top Stem Cell Basics I. Introduction: What are stem cells, and ...

  7. Tenebrio molitor抗冻蛋白基园afp84b cDNA的克隆及表达载体构建

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    闫清华; 杨理; 邵强

    2010-01-01

    为了研究黄粉甲(Tenebrio molitor)抗冻蛋白类系基因和蛋白的特征,试验采用RT-PCR方法扩增抗冻蛋白cDNA序列,将该序列克隆到质粒pUCm-T中,经双酶切、PCR和测序等鉴定后,与GenBank中已公布的该类系基因进行多重序列比对;并构建表达重组质粒pMAL-c2X-afp84b.结果表明:克隆出的长度为252 bp、编码84个氨基酸的黄粉甲抗冻蛋白基因afp84b(GenBank注册号DQ234056)与已公布的该类系基因的同源性高达95.92%.

  8. Stem cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Redi, Carlo Alberto; Monti, Manuela; Merico, Valeria; Neri, Tui; Zanoni, Mario; Zuccotti, Maurizio; Garagna, Silvia

    2007-01-01

    The application of stem cells to regenerative medicine is one of the actual hot topics in biomedicine. This research could help the cure of a number of diseases that are affecting a large share of the population. Some good results in cell replacement have already been obtained (infarcted heart, diabetes, Parkinson disease), apart from those of more traditional applications like severe burns and blood tumors. We are now facing crucial questions in stem cell biology. One of the key questions is how a cell begins to proliferate or differentiate. Genome reprogramming, both following nuclear transfer and cytoplast action, will likely highlight some of the molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation and dedifferentiation. In turn, these clues should be useful to the production of populations of reprogrammed cells that could develop into tissues or, in the future, into proper organs. We will overview what stem cells are, what roles they play in normal developmental processes and how stem cells could have the potential to treat diseases.

  9. Why STEM?

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mitts, Charles R.

    2016-01-01

    The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) defines STEM as a new transdisciplinary subject in schools that integrates the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into a single course of study. There are three major problems with this definition: There is no consensus in support of the ITEEA…

  10. The Relationship between Preeclampsia and Quadruple Screening Test in Nuliparous

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Farnaz Zand Vakili

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Early diagnosis and prediction of preeclampsia needs appropriate obstetric care. Preeclampsia predicting methods are important. This study was designed to determine the correlation between preeclampsia and quadruple screening test in the nulliparous. Materials and Methods:  This case - control study was conducted on 54 pregnant women with preeclampsia (case group and 108 healthy pregnant women (control group who referred to health centers in Sanandaj, Iran. Ultrasonography was performed to determine the gestational age by a radiologist. Maternal serum levels of alpha fetoprotein (AFP, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, unconjugated estriol (uE3, and inhibin-A were measured in the second trimester of pregnancy. Data were analyzed using SPSS statistical software and Chi-square test, T-test, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values. Results: The results showed that the sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of preeclampsia in pregnant women for hCG were 35.2% and 79.6 respectively. These findings for estriol were 20.4% and 88.9%, for inhibin-A were 38.8% and 88% and for alpha fetoprotein were 38.8% and 74.1%. The positive predictive value for hCG, estriol, inhibin-A and alpha fetoprotein were 46.3%, 47.8%, 61.8% and 42.9% respectively. The negative predictive value for hCG, estriol, inhibin-A and alpha fetoprotein were also 71%, 69.1%, 74.2% and 70.8% respectively. Conclusion: There was a relationship between preeclampsia and high levels of inhibin-A and hCG. Further studies on these markers and evaluating their usefulness in the diagnosis and management of preeclampsia are recommended.

  11. Evaluation of Individual and Combined Applications of Serum Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Bin Hu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The clinical value of Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP to detect early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC has been questioned due to its low sensitivity and specificity found in recent years. Other than AFP, several new serum biomarkers including the circulating AFP isoform AFP-L3, des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP and Golgi protein-73 (GP73 have been identified as useful HCC markers. In this investigation, we review the current knowledge about these HCC-related biomarkers, and sum up the results of our meta-analysis on studies that have addressed the utility of these biomarkers in early detection and prognostic prediction of HCC. A systematic search in PubMed, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library was performed for articles published in English from 1999 to 2012, focusing on serum biomarkers for HCC detection. Data on sensitivity and specificity of tests were extracted from 40 articles that met the inclusion criteria, and the summary receiver operating characteristic curve (sROC was obtained. A meta-analysis was carried out in which the area under the curve (AUC for each biomarker or biomarker combinations (AFP, DCP, GP73, AFP-L3, AFP + DCP, AFP + AFP-L3, and AFP + GP73 was used to compare the diagnostic accuracy of different biomarker tests. The AUC of AFP, DCP, GP73, AFP-L3, AFP + DCP, AFP + AFP-L3, and AFP + GP73 are 0.835, 0.797, 0.914, 0.710, 0.874, 0.748, and 0.932 respectively. A combination of AFP + GP73 is superior to AFP in detecting HCC and differentiating HCC patients from non-HCC patients, and may prove to be a useful marker in the diagnosis and screening of HCC. In addition, the AUC of GP73, AFP + DCP and AFP + GP73 are better than that of AFP. The clinical value of GP73, AFP + DCP, or AFP + GP73 as serological markers for HCC diagnosis needs to be addressed further in future studies.

  12. Three independent techniques localize expression of transcript afp-11 and its bioactive peptide products to the paired AVK neurons in Ascaris suum: in situ hybridization, immunocytochemistry, and single cell mass spectrometry.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jarecki, Jessica L; Viola, India R; Andersen, Kari M; Miller, Andrew H; Ramaker, Megan A; Vestling, Martha M; Stretton, Antony O

    2013-03-20

    We utilized three independent techniques, immunocytochemistry (ICC), single cell mass spectrometry (MS), and in situ hybridization (ISH), to localize neuropeptides and their transcripts in the nervous system of the nematode Ascaris suum . AF11 (SDIGISEPNFLRFa) is an endogenous peptide with potent paralytic effects on A. suum locomotory behavior. A highly specific antibody to AF11 showed robust immunostaining for AF11 in the paired AVK neurons in the ventral ganglion. We traced the processes from the AVK neurons into the ventral nerve cord and identified them as ventral cord interneurons. MS and MS/MS of single dissected AVKs detected AF11, two previously characterized peptides (AF25 and AF26), seven novel sequence-related peptides, including several sharing a PNFLRFamide C-terminus, and peptide NY, a peptide with an unrelated sequence. Also present in a subset of AVKs was AF2, a peptide encoded by the afp-4 transcript. By sequencing the afp-11 transcript, we discovered that it encodes AF11, all the AF11-related peptides detected by MS in AVK, and peptide NY. ISH detected the afp-11 transcript in AVK neurons, consistent with other techniques. ISH did not detect afp-11 in the ALA neuron, although both ICC and MS found AF11 in ca. 30% of ALAs. All 10 AF11-related peptides reduced acetylcholine-induced muscle contraction, but they differed in their rate of reversal of inhibition after removal of the peptide.

  13. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例的Access数据库管理%Access database Management for the Cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP)

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    钱晏飞; 速存芬; 殷国清

    2008-01-01

    [目的]利用Access对急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例个案信息化管理,对个案表所列项目进行自动统计.[方法]用Access2002制作AFP管理系统数据库,建立查询,根据查询条件,制作相应项目报表.[结果]准确对AFP病例个案表中所列项目分年、分区域进行统计,生成特定标准格式统计表.[结论]改变了手工登记和统计AFP个案表现状,解决了AFP病例个案综合分析问题;适时对监测资料进行分析,指导监测工作,提高管理水平.

  14. Tandem combination of Trigonella foenum-graecum defensin (Tfgd2) and Raphanus sativus antifungal protein (RsAFP2) generates a more potent antifungal protein.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Karri, Vasavirama; Bharadwaja, Kirti Pulugurtha

    2013-11-01

    Plant defensins are small (45 to 54 amino acids) positively charged antimicrobial peptides produced by the plant species, which can inhibit the growth of a broad range of fungi at micro-molar concentrations. These basic peptides share a common characteristic three-dimensional folding pattern with one α-helix and three β-sheets that are stabilized by eight disulfide-linked cysteine residues. Instead of using two single-gene constructs, it is beneficial when two effective genes are made into a single fusion gene with one promoter and terminator. In this approach, we have linked two plant defensins namely Trigonella foenum-graecum defensin 2 (Tfgd2) and Raphanus sativus antifungal protein 2 (RsAFP2) genes by a linker peptide sequence (occurring in the seeds of Impatiens balsamina) and made into a single-fusion gene construct. We used pET-32a+ vector system to express Tfgd2-RsAFP2 fusion gene with hexahistidine tag in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) pLysS cells. Induction of these cells with 1 mM IPTG achieved expression of the fusion protein. The solubilized His6-tagged recombinant fusion protein was purified by immobilized-metal (Ni2+) affinity column chromatography. The final yield of the fusion protein was 500 ng/μL. This method produced biologically active recombinant His6-tagged fusion protein, which exhibited potent antifungal action towards the plant pathogenic fungi (Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium moniliforme, Fusarium oxysporum, Phaeoisariopsis personata and Rhizoctonia solani along with an oomycete pathogen Phytophthora parasitica var nicotianae) at lower concentrations under in vitro conditions. This strategy of combining activity of two defensin genes into a single-fusion gene will definitely be a promising utility for biotechnological applications.

  15. Non-invasive monitoring of carcinogenesis in N-nitrosodiethylamine induced liver cancer

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Park, Ju Hui; Kang, Joo Hyun; Lee, Yong Jin; Lee, Tae Sup; Kim, Kwang Il; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, Sang Moo [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Young Seo [Kyungwon University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    Molecular imaging based on reporter gene expression allows tissue-specific events or processes to be measured using the bioluminescence imaging (BLI) reporter gene expression vector controlled by specific enhancer/promoters. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which is a tumor marker, is a serum glycoprotein that is expressed normally by fetal liver and yolk-sac cells, as well as in trace amounts in the fetal gastrointestinal tract. The serum concentration of AFP decreases rapidly after birth and its expression is repressed in adults. Approximately 80% of HCC patients show an increase in the AFP level. Therefore, AFP has been used for many years as a diagnostic and prognostic serum marker for HCC and transgenic system for AFP was proposed as a valuable tool for elucidation of mechanism of transcriptional regulation during liver development and hepatocarcinogenesis. In this study, firefly luciferase (fLuc) expressing transgenic mice controlled by the AFP enhancer/ promoter (enh/promoter) were produced to screen for the development of AFP-producing liver cancer. These models are expected to be useful for monitoring agents or drugs that modulate the AFP level as well as for measuring the specific signaling events important for liver cancer development

  16. Effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Su-Yu Zhu; Jie Tan; Chen-Lu Zhang; Qun-Ying Wu; Xue-Xin Xie; Hua-Fang Yin

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer.Methods:A total of 80 patients with advanced ovarian cancer in our hospital from December 2012 to December 2015 were enrolled in this study. The subjects were divided into control group (n=40) and experiment group (n=40) randomly. The control group were treated with paclitaxel and cisplatin, the experiment group were treated with paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin. 21 days for a period of treatment and the two groups were treated for 3 periods. The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA levels and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before and after treatment were compared. Results:There were no significantly differences of the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA level and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before treatment (P>0.05). The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA level of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly lower than control group (P<0.05). The peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+and NK cells of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly higher than control group (P<0.05). Conclusions:Paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin can significantly reduce the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA levels, improve peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK levels of patients with advanced ovarian cancer, and it was worthy clinical application.

  17. 腺病毒介导的AFP基因修饰树突状细胞的体外生物学特性%Biological Characteristics of Adenovirus-Mediated AFP Gene-Modified Dendritic Cells in vitro

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    宋文刚; 曲迅; 陈宪锐; 李雅林; 吴聪; 秦庆亮

    2003-01-01

    目的:探讨腺病毒介导AFP基因修饰树突状细胞瘤苗体外生物学活性.方法:将携带小鼠AFP全长cDNA的重组腺病毒表达载体Ad-AFP转染BMDC,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗,采用电化学发光免疫测定法确证AFP-DC转染的有效性,FACS检测表面分子和内吞功能,3H-TdR掺入法检测T细胞增殖反应的能力,51Cr释放法检测CTL活性.结果:AFP基因转染12 h后DC及其培养上清中可检到AFP的表达,表明腺病毒介导的AFP基因转染的有效性.AFP-DC与BMDC比较B7分子明显上调,MHC分子也有轻度升高,内吞功能降低(P<0.05).AFP-DC激发同基因型小鼠T细胞增殖功能均明显高于DC对照组和LacZ-DC组(P<0.05).AFP-DC体外诱导CTL对Hepa1-6肿瘤细胞的杀伤作用具有特异性.结论:肝癌相关基因AFP可作为抗肝癌基因治疗的切入点,该研究为肝癌树突状细胞体内免疫治疗提供了实验依据.

  18. 罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测甲胎蛋白的性能验证%Analytical performance of roche 2010 immunoassay system in detecting AFP

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王凡; 蒋红君

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)的基本分析性能与质量要求的符合性.方法 参照相关的文件,分别对罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测AFP的精密度、准确度、临床可报告范围和参考区间进行验证.结果 测定均值为11.90 IU/ml的样本,验证后批内精密度为0.28 IU/ml,总精密度为0.45 IU/ml,测定均值为237.23 IU/ml的样本,验证后批内精密度为2.85 IU/ml,总精密度为3.50 IU/ml,均与厂家声明一致;高、低浓度定值质控品检测结果与靶值的相对偏差均小于5%,5份室间质评控制品检测结果与靶值的相对偏倚为-0.41%~6.61%;分析测量范围为0.514~992.7 IU/ml,临床可报告范围为0.514~158 832 IU/ml;参考区间与厂家声明一致.结论 罗氏2010电化学发光免疫分析仪测定AFP的精密度、准确度、分析测量范围性能均与厂家声明一致;此验证方案和实验方法简便易行,可用于其他检验项目的性能验证.%OBJECTIVE To validate the basic performance of Roche 2010 Immunoassay System in detecting fetoprotein (AFP). METHODS The precision, accuracy, reportable range and reference interval of the Roche 2012 Immunoassay System in detecting AFP were analyzed. RESULTS The results of within-run precisions were 0.28 IU/ml of 11.90 IU/ml AFP level and 2.85 IU/ml of 237.23 IU/ml AFP level. The total precisions were 0.45 IU/ml of 11.90 IU/ml AFP level and 3.50 IU/ml of 237.23 IU/ml AFP level. There results were consistent with manufacturer's instruction; The relative bias between the measured results and the target values was less than 5%, and the relative bias between the measured results and the EQA control samples at five levels was -0.41%-6.61%; measurement range was 0.514-992.7 IU/ml within manufacturer's liner range. Clinical re-portable range was 0.514-158 832 IU/ml; Reference interval was 0.0-5.8IU/ml, which was consistent with manufacturer's instruction. CONCLUSION The Roche 2010

  19. 某地区健康体检人群血清 AFP、CEA 血清水平的调查%Investigation on serum AFP and CEA levels in healthy physical examination people in save area

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郝娟; 张邑雨; 侯会香; 赵俊红; 段雄波; 李金钟

    2014-01-01

    目的:调查本地区健康体检人群血清 AFP、CEA 水平以及性别差异。方法(1)将健康体检人群按性别分为 A 组(男510例)和 B 组(女477例),(2)分别将 A 组和 B 组按年龄段分成:A1组(<40岁)、A2组(40~<50岁)、A3组(50~<60岁)、A4组(60~<70岁)、A5组(70~87岁)和 B1组(<40岁)、B2组(40~<50岁)、B3组(50~<60岁)、B4组(60~<70岁)、B5组(70~87岁),采用电化学发光免疫分析技术对987例健康体检人员的血清 AFP、CEA 进行检测,将 A 组和 B 组比较看有无统计学差异;A 组各组间比较看有无统计学差异,B 组各组间比较看有无统计学差异。结果(1)A 组和 B 组比较,AFP 和 CEA结果差异有统计学意义(P <0.01);(2)A 组各亚组间比较 AFP 和 CEA 均无差异;B 组各亚组间比较 AFP 和 CEA 均无差异。结论本地区健康体检人群男女之间 AFP 和 CEA 血清含量有差异,且男性 AFP 和 CEA 血清含量明显高于女性,提示应该按性别分别建立 AFP 和 CEA 的参考范围;而 AFP 和 CEA 的血清含量在男女各年龄组间均无差异。%Objective To investigate the levels of serum AFP and CEA in healthy physical examination people and their sexual difference.Methods (1 )Healthy physical examination people were divided into the group A(510 males)and group B(477 fe-males);(2)these two groups were subdivided into the group A1 (<40 years old),A2 (40 - <50 years old),A3 (50 - <60 years old),A4(60-<70 years old)and A5 (70 -87 years old),and group B1 (<40 years old),B2(40 -<50 years old),B3 (50 -<60 years old),B4(60-<70 years old)and B5(70-87 years old).The serum AFP and CEA in 987 healthy physical examination peo-ple were measured by the electrochemiluminesence immunoassay,and then the detection results were compared among various groups.Results (1)The detection results of serum AFP and CEA had statistically

  20. 血清PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP联合检测在肝癌诊断中的应用%Application of combined tests of serum PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP in the diagnosis of liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    沈聪龙; 郑丽萍

    2016-01-01

    目的 检测不同患者样本中拮抗剂Ⅱ诱导的蛋白(protein induced by vitamine K absence or antagonist-Ⅱ,PIVKA-Ⅱ)、甲胎蛋白(o-fetoprotein,AFP)的含量,研究PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP在肝癌诊断中的应用.方法 选取我院2013年9月~2016年1月的住院患者血清样本共计259例,检测PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP含量.结果 (1)在103例肝癌标本中,PIVKA-Ⅱ的阳性率为70.9%,AFP的阳性率41.7%,经过x2检验,差异有统计学意义(x2=17.76,P<0.01);(2)血清PIVKA-Ⅱ(≥40 mAu/mL)检测肝癌的灵敏度为70.2%;血清AFP(≥10 ng/mL)检测肝癌的灵敏度为69.9%.联合血清PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP检测肝癌的灵敏度84.5%,较单独PIVKA-Ⅱ(x2=10.67,P<0.05)或单独AFP(x2=12.11,P<0.05)检测均有显著差异.结论 PIVKA-Ⅱ用于诊断肝癌灵敏度和特异性均优于AFP,可以显著提高对肝癌诊断的灵敏度和特异性.PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP联合检测能更好更快地对肝癌做出早期诊断.

  1. Clinical Significance of Detection Combined AFP, AFU and CA199 to Patients with Primary Liver Cancer%原发性肝癌患者血清AFP、AFU、CA199联合检测的临床意义

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    毛莉萍; 徐建中

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨原发性肝癌患者血清AFP、AFU、CA199含量及意义.方法 分别应用放射免疫法和生化法对46例原发性肝癌患者血清AFP、AFU、CA199含量进行检测,并与42名肝炎肝硬化患者和40名正常人进行比较.结果 原发性肝癌患者血清AFP、AFU、CA199含量显著高于肝炎肝硬化组及正常人组(P<0.01).AFP、AFU、CA199三项指标在原发性肝癌中的阳性率分别为76.09%、71.74%、80.43%,AFP+AFU、AFP+CA199、AFP+AFU+CA199联合检测的阳性率分别为89.13%、84.78%、95.65%.结论 联合检测血清AFP、AFU、CA199含量可以提高对原发性肝癌的诊断阳性率.

  2. Menstrual Cycle Dependent Variability for Serum Tumor Markers CEA, AFP, CA 19-9, CA 125 and CA 15-3 in Healthy Women

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ayşe Binnur Erbağci

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Information on menstrual cycle dependent variation of tumor markers in healthy women is a subject of diagnostic efficiency and has an impact in elucidating the normal function of these markers. In this study midfollicular and midluteal concentrations of serum CEA, AFP, CA 19-9, CA 125, CA 15-3 and their relations with LH, FSH, prolactin, estradiol and progesterone were evaluated during ovulatory cycles in a group of 23 healthy female individuals. Samples were collected on the 7th and 21st day of the same menstrual cycle. Tumor marker and hormone concentrations were determined with chemiluminescence or electrochemiluminescence EIA methods. A significant phase-dependent difference was observed for CA 15-3, midluteal concentrations (mean ± SEM; 26.33 ± 1.56 U/ml higher than the midfollicular (mean ± SEM; 19.27 ± 1.49 U/ml concentrations (p < 0.001. But an obvious difference for other tumor markers investigated did not exist. Significant correlations of follicular and luteal CA 125 levels with body mass index of the subjects were observed (r:0.52, p < 0.05 and r:0.57, p < 0.005, respectively.

  3. Antioxidant and ACE-inhibitory activities of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) protein hydrolysates produced by the proteases AFP, HT, Pro-G, actinidin and zingibain.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Teh, Sue-Siang; Bekhit, Alaa El-Din A; Carne, Alan; Birch, John

    2016-07-15

    Hemp protein isolates (HPIs) were hydrolysed by proteases (AFP, HT, ProG, actinidin and zingibain). The enzymatic hydrolysis of HPIs was evaluated through the degree of hydrolysis and SDS-PAGE profiles. The bioactive properties of the resultant hydrolysates (HPHs) were accessed through ORAC, DPPḢ scavenging and ACE-inhibitory activities. The physical properties of the resultant HPHs were evaluated for their particle sizes, zeta potential and surface hydrophobicity. HT had the highest rate of caseinolytic activity at the lowest concentration (0.1 mg mL(-1)) compared to other proteases that required concentration of 100 mg mL(-1) to achieve their maximum rate of caseinolytic activity. This led to the highest degree of hydrolysis of HPIs by HT in the SDS-PAGE profiles. Among all proteases and substrates, HT resulted in the highest bioactivities (ORAC, DPPḢ scavenging and ACE-inhibitory activities) generated from alkali extracted HPI in the shortest time (2 h) compared to the other protease preparations.

  4. 异常凝血酶原和肝细胞癌%Des-gamma-carboxy-prothrombin and Hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    袁联文; 唐伟; 幕内·雅敏

    2002-01-01

    目前肝细胞癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)的诊断主要有影像学诊断和血清肿瘤标志物的检测.异常凝血酶原(des-gamma-carboxy-prothrombin,DCP)又被称为PIVKA-Ⅱ(protein induced by vita-min K absence or antagonist-Ⅱ),与AFP(alpha-fetoprotein)和AFP-L3(alpha-fetoprotein L3 fraction)一样被认为是一种很有价值的肝细胞癌血清肿瘤标志物.在HCC的检测诊断上,它们之间无明显相关关系,而表现为一定的互补性,结合影像学诊断,动态观测HCC高危(肝炎、肝硬化)人群,这些血清肿瘤标志物有助于HCC的早期发现,同时对HCC的手术疗效的评价、预后的估评有着一定的指导意义.

  5. ROLE OF ALPHA FETO PROTIEN AS A MARKER IN DIAGNOSIS OF PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES IN RURAL POPULATION

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Pahula

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available AIM : In India, especially in rural population multiple factors adversely affect the incidence of premature rupture of membrane. The purpose of this study is to test the amniotic fluid Alpha feto protein as a reliable mar ker for the detection of PPROM and to test its efficacy for the purpose in the rural India. STUDY DESIGN : This study was conducted in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, NIMS Medical College & Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan. This was a cross sectional study during period of one year with sample size of 100 patients . METHOD S : Patients who were at ≥24 weeks of gestation with the complains of leaking per vaginum. Sample for Alpha - fetoprotein (AFP estimation was collected by instilling 5 ml of distilled wa ter into vagina, irrespective of pooling of amniotic fluid and sent to the biochemistry lab for the analysis and for the estimation of alpha fetoprotein by using Electroluminescence enzyme immunoassay method. RESULT: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value are 92%, 98%, 92% and 98% respectively. CONCLUSION: The AFP can be used as reliable marker to avoid unnecessary obstretic interventions for diagnosis of PROM.

  6. Stem Cell Transplant

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... transplant is a procedure that infuses healthy blood stem cells into your body to replace your damaged or ... A bone marrow transplant is also called a stem cell transplant. A bone marrow transplant may be necessary ...

  7. Tracking adult stem cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Snippert, Hugo J; Clevers, Hans

    2011-02-01

    The maintenance of stem-cell-driven tissue homeostasis requires a balance between the generation and loss of cell mass. Adult stem cells have a close relationship with the surrounding tissue--known as their niche--and thus, stem-cell studies should preferably be performed in a physiological context, rather than outside their natural environment. The mouse is an attractive model in which to study adult mammalian stem cells, as numerous experimental systems and genetic tools are available. In this review, we describe strategies commonly used to identify and functionally characterize adult stem cells in mice and discuss their potential, limitations and interpretations, as well as how they have informed our understanding of adult stem-cell biology. An accurate interpretation of physiologically relevant stem-cell assays is crucial to identify adult stem cells and elucidate how they self-renew and give rise to differentiated progeny.

  8. Upregulation of MiR-122 via Trichostatin A Treatments in Hepatocyte-like Cells Derived from Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Alizadeh, Effat; Eslaminejad, MohamadReza Baghaban; Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl; Sadeghi, Zohre; Abasi, Mozghan; Herizchi, Roya; Zarghami, Nosratollah

    2016-02-01

    The miR-122 is a tissue-specific miRNA; its expression is abundant in liver. MiR-122 upregulation is crucial for differentiation, functionality, and maintenance of differentiated phenotype in hepatocytes. The improving effects of trichostatin A (TSA) on hepatic differentiation have been reported previously. The aim of this study was to determine whether TSA can affect the expression of miR-122 in hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) generated from human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hAT-MSCs). The hepatic differentiation of hAT-MSCs induced by a mixture of growth factors and cytokines either with or without TSA treatments. The functionality of HLCs generated with or without TSA and the expression levels of miR-122 were studied. The expression levels of miR-122 in TSA-treated HLCs was significantly (p < 0.05) higher than those generated by growth factors and cytokines, only. The downregulation of a-fetoprotein (AFP) levels but enhanced albumin synthesis (p < 0.05) and upregulation of liver-enriched transcription factors (LETFs) HNF4α (hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α) and HNF6 (hepatocyte nuclear factor 6) were observed in TSA-treated HLCs (p < 0.05). In conclusion, administration of TSA in hepatogenic differentiation of hAT-MSCs resulted in higher expression levels of miR-122, facilitation of differentiation, and subsequently attenuation of AFP levels.

  9. Tracking adult stem cells

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Snippert, H.J.G.; Clevers, H.

    2011-01-01

    The maintenance of stem-cell-driven tissue homeostasis requires a balance between the generation and loss of cell mass. Adult stem cells have a close relationship with the surrounding tissue--known as their niche--and thus, stem-cell studies should preferably be performed in a physiological context,

  10. Diagnostic value of combined detection of serum AFU and AFP in predicting recurrence in patients with liver cancer%α-L岩藻糖苷酶和甲胎蛋白联合检测对肝癌患者术后复发的预测价值

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    梁红萍; 吉建民

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨联合检测血清中α-L岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)在预测肝癌术后复发的价值.方法 按术后复发组、术后未复发组和健康对照组分3组检测血清AFU、AFP水平,AFU检测采用比色速率法,设定AFU>40U/L为阳性;AFP检测采用化学发光免疫法,设定AFP>13.6μg/L为阳性.结果 术后复发组与术后未复发组、健康对照组比较,AFU、AFP水平差异有统计学意义(P0.05).术后复发组肝癌复发前后AFU、AFP差异有统计学意义(P0.05);AFU+AFP、AFU、AFP三者特异度比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 联合检测血清中AFU、AFP水平,可显著提高肝癌术后复发的诊断率,并可作为预测肝癌术后复发的检测指标.%Objective To explore the value of the combined detection of serum AFU and AFP on predicting postoperative recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods Three groups were classified as pathological observation group, pathological control group and health control group. AFU was detected by ratio colorimetric method with the AFU>40 U/L defined as positive values. AFP was detected by microparticle enzyme immunoassay with AFP> 13.6 μg/L defined as positive values. Results AFU and AFP level of the pathological observation group were significantly different compared with the pathological control group and health control group(P 0.05). For the pathological observation group, the level of AFU and AFP after recurrence were significantly different than that before (P 0.05). As to the specificity of method, there was no significant differences among AFU+AFP, AFP and AFU (P >0.05). Conclusion The combined detection of serum AFU and AFP levels significantly raised the diagnostic value of liver cancer recurrence. They may applied as a predictor or indicator of postoperative recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  11. 超声造影和增强CT对甲胎蛋白阴性原发性肝癌的诊断价值%Contrast- enhanced ultrasound and contrast- enhanced CT diagnostic value of the AFP- negative hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王惠; 杨东红; 马苏美; 陈飞

    2012-01-01

    目的 比较超声造影(CEUS)和增强CT(CECT)对AFP阴性原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值.方法 对接受过肝脏CEUS和CECT检查的36例甲胎蛋白(AFP)阴性的PHC患者进行分析,将两种检查方法对AFP阴性PHC的诊断阳性率、病理类型符合率进行比较.结果 CEUS对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为94.4%,病理类型符合率为86.1%;CECT对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为88.9%,病理类型符合率为88.9%,CEUS与CECT联合对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为100%,病理类型符合率为100%.结论 CEUS、CECT及两者联合对AFP阴性PHC均具有较高的阳性诊断率和病理类型符合率.%Objective To compare contrast - enhanced ultrasound ( CEUS) and contrast - enhanced CT( CECT) diagnostic value of the AFP - negative hepatocellular carcinoma ( PHC). Methods Delect 36 cases of AFP - negative PHC patients who received liver CEUS and CECT examination were analyzed. AFP - negative PHC Postitive diagnosis rate with Pathological diagnosis rate of the two methods were compared. Results Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS for AFP - negative PHC was 94.4% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 86.1 % , Positive diagnosis rate for CECT of AFP - negative PHC was 88. 9% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 88. 9%. Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS combined with CECT for AFP - negative PHC was 100% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 100%. Conclusion Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS for AFP - negative PHC was higher, pathological diagnosis rate of CECT for AFP - negative PHC was higher, CEUS combined with CECT can further improve the Positive diagnosis rate and Pathological diagnosis rate of AFP - negative PHC.

  12. 血清ALP、GGT、5’-NT与AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的价值%Values of Combined Detection of Serum ALP, GGT, 5'-NT and AFP in the Diagnosis of Primary Hepatic Carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陈贞; 龙璐; 陶亚; 王堃; 易斌

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨血清碱性磷酸酶(ALP)、谷氨酰转肽酶(GGT)、5核苷酸酶(5’-NT)以及AFP单独检测以及联合检测在原发性肝癌(PHC)诊断中的临床应用价值.方法 ALP、GGT、5’-NT检测采用酶速率法;AFP检测用电化学发光免疫分析法,分别检测原发性肝癌组(94例)、肝硬化组(60例)、慢性肝炎组(60例)、其他消化道肿瘤组(50例)和健康对照组(70例)血清ALP、GGT、5’-NT、AFP水平,应用ROC曲线对结果进行统计学分析.结果 AFP、ALP、GGT、5’-NT的ROC曲线下面积(AUCROC)分别为0.832、0.649、0.786、0.774; AFP、5’-NT血清含量PHC组与其他各组间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).系列试验中,AFP+ GGT+5’-NT组合的各个特征参数指标较好;平行试验中,AFP/GGT/5’-NT的灵敏度超过了97%.结论 原发性肝癌诊断单项指标中以AFP的AUCROC最大,诊断价值最高;系列试验中以AFP+ GGT+5’-NT作为确诊PHC,平行试验中以AFP/GGT/5’-NT作为排除PHC较好的组合项目.%Objective To investigate the values of separate and combined detection of serum ALP, GGT, 5' - NT and AFP in the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC). Methods Serum ALP, GGT and 5' — NT were detected by enzymatic rate method. Serum AFP was determined by electrochemical luminescence immunoassay. Sera from 94 patients with PHC, 60 patients with cirrhosis, 60 cases with chronic hepatitis, 50 with other gastrointestinal tumors and 70 healthy individuals were subject to AFP, ALP, GGT and 5' - NT detection. The results were analyzed with ROC curves. Results The areas under the ROC curve (AUCR0C)of AFP, ALP, GGT and 5' - NT were 0.832, 0.649, 0.786 and 0.774, respectively. Serum AFP and 5' — NT levels in the PHC group were statistically different from those in other groups (P<0.05). Ina series of tests, the combination of AFP , GGT and 5' - NT had fairly good characteristic parameters. In the parallel trial, the sensitivity of AFP/GGT/5' -NT exceeded

  13. Radiofrequency ablation of AFP-positive patients with liver cancer%甲胎蛋白阳性肝癌病人的射频治疗

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王克飞; 刘华顶; 武四化; 刘顺海; 冯丽

    2009-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)改变与肿瘤复发的关系,并观察肝癌射频消融(RFA)治疗前后AFP变化.方法:选AFP阳性的肝癌病人进行RFA治疗,术后6个月内不同时间段检测AFP改变及影像学变化,对AFP治疗前后阴转阳的病例实施再次RFA治疗或者介入治疗然后观察AFP变化,分析AFP改变与肿瘤复发的关系.结果:术后检查所有患者肿瘤血供不同程度减少、液化或肿瘤体积缩小:术后8~20天AFP检测阴性35例、降低6例、无变化8例,术后2、3、6个月AFP阴转阳率分别为2.85%、14.28%、20%,统计学处理P<0.05、P<0.01.治疗后AFP再次转阴.结论:AFP阳性肝癌病人RFA治疗后动态随访AFP阴转阳变化,对于了解术后肿瘤复发及评价肝癌RFA治疗效果有较大帮助.

  14. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例实验室监测与质量评价%Quality Evaluation on Laboratory Surveillance of AFP Cases

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    梅志强; 赵习芳; 李爱英; 常一华; 郑蕾

    2001-01-01

    实验室监测指标完成的质和量是证实无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)的重要依据,用双向有序属性相同的R×C表资料的一致性检验(Kappa检验),对山西省卫生防疫站脊灰实验室和中国预防医学科学院国家脊灰实验室鉴定的病毒分离物结果一致性进行评估(K=0.864,U=13.541,P<0.0001),说明省卫生防疫站脊灰实验室与国家脊灰实验室对病毒分离物的鉴定结果有极好的一致性,符合率为91.30%。%The quality and quantity of the indicators completed in laboratory for AFP case surveillance are the key basis for confirmation of poliomyelitis elimination. The consistency evaluatin of virus isolates identified in laboratories at both provincial and national levels was made by Kappa test. The results were K=0.864, U=13.541, P<0.0001, which showed that virus isolation identified in laboratories at both provincial and national levels had good consistency. Coincidence rate was 91.30%.

  15. 抗冷冻蛋白基因(afp)转化大豆的研究%Transformation of Soybean with Antifreeze Protein Gene

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    陈颖珊; 陈晟; 赵印华; 郭丽琼; 林俊芳

    2012-01-01

    目的:通过农杆菌介导法遗传转化大豆.方法:通过热激法将质粒pCAAFP66导入根癌农杆菌菌株EHA105中获得含有抗冷冻蛋白基因(afp)及除草剂抗性筛选标记基因(bar)的农杆菌工程菌株;以大豆品种华春6号和马祖1号种子的下胚轴为外植体,经过农杆菌介导将抗冷冻蛋白基因导人大豆基因组中,在含有除草剂草丁膦(PPT)的培养基中筛选、并经过PCR鉴定获得大豆转化植株.结果:PPT的最佳筛选浓度为1.0mg/L,华春6号和马祖1号的阳性植株数分别为6株和2株,转化效率分别为3.70%和0.94%.结论:不同基因型大豆的转化率存在差异,抗冷冻蛋白基因成功遗传转化进大豆细胞中.

  16. An Overview of Biomarkers and Molecular Signatures in HCC

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Seon-Hee Yim

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is the third most common cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Although most HCCs seem to originate from the accumulation of genetic abnormalities induced by various risk factors, underlying mechanisms of hepatocarcinogenesis remain unclear. Long-term survival of HCC patients is also poor, partly due to HCC recurrence. Although serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP level is a useful marker for the detection and monitoring of HCC, AFP levels may remain normal in the patients even with advanced HCC. To identify useful biomarkers for HCC, many studies have been conducted on molecular events such as genetic and epigenetic alterations, and gene expression. This review summarizes recent studies of potential molecular markers for diagnosis and monitoring metastasis or recurrence of HCC.

  17. An Overview of Biomarkers and Molecular Signatures in HCC

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yim, Seon-Hee [Integrated Research Center for Genome Polymorphism, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, 505 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Yeun-Jun, E-mail: yejun@catholic.ac.kr [Integrated Research Center for Genome Polymorphism, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, 505 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Microbiology, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, 505 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-07

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third most common cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Although most HCCs seem to originate from the accumulation of genetic abnormalities induced by various risk factors, underlying mechanisms of hepatocarcinogenesis remain unclear. Long-term survival of HCC patients is also poor, partly due to HCC recurrence. Although serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level is a useful marker for the detection and monitoring of HCC, AFP levels may remain normal in the patients even with advanced HCC. To identify useful biomarkers for HCC, many studies have been conducted on molecular events such as genetic and epigenetic alterations, and gene expression. This review summarizes recent studies of potential molecular markers for diagnosis and monitoring metastasis or recurrence of HCC.

  18. Liver Rapid Reference Set Application: Hemken - Abbott (2015) — EDRN Public Portal

    Science.gov (United States)

    The aim for this testing is to find a small panel of biomarkers (n=2-5) that can be tested on the Abbott ARCHITECT automated immunoassay platform for the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This panel of biomarkers should perform significantly better than alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) alone based on multivariate statistical analysis. This testing of the EDRN reference set will help expedite the selection of a small panel of ARCHITECT biomarkers for the early detection of HCC. The panel of ARCHITECT biomarkers Abbott plans to test include: AFP, protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II), golgi protein 73 (GP73), hepatocellular growth factor (HGF), dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) and DPP4/seprase (surface expressed protease) heterodimer hybrid. PIVKA-II is abnormal des-carboxylated prothrombin (DCP) present in vitamin K deficiency.

  19. [Diagnostic value of tumor markers in pleural effusions].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Botte, G; Laferrere, L; Etchepare, S; Dalurzo, D; Duhart, J E; Adaro, F V

    1990-01-01

    In order to discriminate between benign and malignant effusions, the value of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and beta subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (GNCH Sub-beta) has been estimated in pleural exudates. A sample of 65 patients, 33 with a malignant (histologically and/or cytologically established) and 32 with a benign effusion was analysed. Only mean CEA in malignant effusions was significantly higher than in benign effusions (p less than 0.01). In the detection of malignant effusion CEA showed a sensitivity of 57% and a specificity of 97%; AFP a sensitivity of 9% and a specificity of 97% and GNCH Sub beta a sensitivity of 9% and a specificity of 90%.

  20. Regression of hepatocellular carcinoma during vitamin K administration

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Kazuhiro Nouso; Nobuaki Okano; Masahiro Nakagawa; Motowo Mizuno; Yasuyuki Araki; Yasushi Shiratori; Shuji Uematsu; Kunihiro Shiraga; Ryoichi Okamoto; Ryo Harada; Shoko Takayama; Wakako Kawai; Shigeru Kimura; Toru Ueki

    2005-01-01

    An 85-year-old man with HCV infection and diabetes mellitus was diagnosed as having hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, 13 cm in diameter) based on high serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP),AFP-L3,and des-γ-carboxy prothrombin levels as well as typical enhancement pattern on contrast-enhanced CT. The patient did not receive any interventional treatments because of advanced age and the advanced stage of HCC.He chose to take vitamin K,which was reported to suppress the growth of HCC in vitro. Three months after starting vitamin K, all three tumor markers were normalized and HCC was markedly regressed, showing no enhancement in the early arterial phase on CT. Here we present the report describing the regression of HCC during the administration of vitamin K.

  1. Primary Yolk Sac Tumor of the Omentum: Case Report

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Baek, Chang Kyu; Oh, Young Taik; Jung, Dae Chul [Dept. of Radiology, Research Institue of Radiological Science, Yensei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Yoon Sung [Dept. of Pathology, Yensei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    A 32-year-old woman had been referred to our hospital for lower abdominal pain. Pelvic ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a huge solid mass with an internal cystic portion. The patient underwent a staging laparotomy and subsequent total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, bilateral pelvic lymph nodes sampling, and total omentectomy. At staging laparotomy, a large omental mass was found. The tumor displayed the typical histological patterns observed in the yolk sac tumor. The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) serum value on the 10th day after surgery was 11,576.67 IU/mL and decreased to 6.46 IU/mL after chemotherapy. At the end of the treatment, all the findings, including the AFP level, were normal. We report a case of primary yolk sac tumor of the omentum in a 32-year-old woman.

  2. Plant stem cell niches.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Aichinger, Ernst; Kornet, Noortje; Friedrich, Thomas; Laux, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Multicellular organisms possess pluripotent stem cells to form new organs, replenish the daily loss of cells, or regenerate organs after injury. Stem cells are maintained in specific environments, the stem cell niches, that provide signals to block differentiation. In plants, stem cell niches are situated in the shoot, root, and vascular meristems-self-perpetuating units of organ formation. Plants' lifelong activity-which, as in the case of trees, can extend over more than a thousand years-requires that a robust regulatory network keep the balance between pluripotent stem cells and differentiating descendants. In this review, we focus on current models in plant stem cell research elaborated during the past two decades, mainly in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We address the roles of mobile signals on transcriptional modules involved in balancing cell fates. In addition, we discuss shared features of and differences between the distinct stem cell niches of Arabidopsis.

  3. Lung Cancer Stem Cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Sharon R. Pine

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Lung cancer remains a major cause of cancer-related lethality because of high incidence and recurrence in spite of significant advances in staging and therapies. Recent data indicates that stem cells situated throughout the airways may initiate cancer formation. These putative stem cells maintain protumorigenic characteristics including high proliferative capacity, multipotent differentiation, drug resistance and long lifespan relative to other cells. Stem cell signaling and differentiation pathways are maintained within distinct cancer types, and destabilization of this machinery may participate in maintenance of cancer stem cells. Characterization of lung cancer stem cells is an area of active research and is critical for developing novel therapies. This review summarizes the current knowledge on stem cell signaling pathways and cell markers used to identify the lung cancer stem cells.

  4. Role of superoxide dismutase in hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Xiaolian Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Reactive oxygen species (ROS play important roles in hepatocarcinogenesis. Superoxide dismutase (SOD is involved in the repair of ROS. Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP is the “golden marker” for diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, and one major shortcoming of its use is that it is insensitive for the early detection of HCC. Therefore, we evaluated serum SOD levels and their association with AFP in hepatitis B virus (HBV-related HCC. Materials and Methods: A total of 279 subjects were divided into three groups: 99 HBV patients with HCC, 73 HBV patients without HCC, and 107 sex- and age-matched healthy controls. Serum levels of SOD were assayed using colorimetry, while AFP levels were measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. Results: A highly significant elevation was found in AFP in HBV-with HCC patients compared to HBV-without HCC patients and control subjects (P < 0.001. Alternatively, serum SOD levels were significantly decreased in patients with HCC compared to HBV patients without HCC and healthy controls (P < 0.001. Furthermore, serum SOD was negatively correlated with AFP (r = −0.505, P < 0.001 in HBV-with HCC patients. Conclusion: SOD and AFP might be simultaneously evaluated to improve the HCC detection rate.

  5. Microchip-based ELISA strategy for the detection of low-level disease biomarker in serum

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Liu Yun; Wang Huixiang; Huang Jingyu; Yang Jie; Liu Baohong [Department of Chemistry, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Yang Pengyuan, E-mail: pyyang@fudan.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2009-09-14

    A simple and sensitive method has been proposed to determine a trace level of {alpha}-fetoprotein (AFP), hepatocellular carcinoma biomarker, using poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microfluidic chips coupled with electrochemical detection system. The PMMA microchannels have been modified with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) containing abundant NH{sub 2} groups to covalently immobilize AFP monoclonal antibody. Afterward, the antigen AFP and horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated AFP antibody can sequentially bind through antigen-antibody specific interaction. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and confocal fluorescence microscope (CFFM) were utilized to characterize the surface topography and protein immobilization after modification. Coupled with three-electrode electrochemical detection system, the immunochip can perform the detection limit of AFP down to 1 pg mL{sup -1}, and achieve a detectable linear concentration range of 1-500 pg mL{sup -1} by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The on-chip immunoassay platform can not only provide rapid and sensitive detection for target proteins but also be resistant to non-specific adsorption of proteins, which contributes to the detection of low-level protein in real sample. Finally, AFP existing in healthy human serum was detected to demonstrate the utility of the immunochip. The result shows that the proposed approach is feasible and has the potential application in clinical analysis and diagnosis.

  6. Epidemiological analysis of AFP cases of children in Lingshan County from 2008-2010%2008-2010年灵山县儿童急性弛缓性麻痹病例流行病学分析

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    劳成涌; 李齐芳; 邓肖英

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] To further improve acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases monitoring, and maintain polio-free status. [ Methods] Descriptive epidemiology was used to analyze the epidemiological characteristics of AFP cases and operating status of surveillance system in Lingshan County from 2008-2010. [Results] A total of 9, 8, 12 AFP cases were respectively reported in Lingshan County from 2008 -2010, with reported incidence rates of 2.58/100 000 and 2.59/100 000, and 3.94/100 000. The indexes of monitoring system reached the requirements. The qualified stool specimen collection rate was 96.42% (27/28), non-polio enteroviruses isolated in 6 cases, accounting for 20.68% , polio virus type isolated in 1 patient, accounting for 3.45% , excluded for spinal cord gray by the National Polio Laboratory. [ Conclusion ] Lingshan surveillance system of AFP cases is running well. Routine immunization, supplementary immunization, qualified AFP case specimen collection and reporting rate? improvement plays an important role in maintaining polio-free status.%目的 进一步做好急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例的监测工作,巩固无脊髓灰质炎成果.方法 采用描述流行病学方法对灵山县2008-2010年AFP病例的流行病学特征和监测系统运转情况进行分析.结果 灵山县2008-2010年分别报告AFP病例9、8和12例,报告发病率分别为2.58/10万、2.59/10万、和3.94/10万,AFP病例监测系统各项指标均达要求,合格粪便标本采集率为96.42%(27/28),分离出非脊髓灰质炎肠道病毒6例,占20.68%;分离出脊髓灰质炎病毒Ⅰ型1例,占3.45%,经国家脊髓灰质炎实验室鉴定后排除.结论 灵山县儿童AFP病例监测系统运转情况良好.做好常规免疫、强化免疫、查漏补种和AFP病例合格标本的采集工作,提高首诊报告率,是有效维持无脊髓灰质炎状态的重要工作.

  7. MicroRNAs involved in neoplastic transformation of liver cancer stem cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Wang Xinchuan

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The existence of cancer stem cells in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC has been verified by characterizing side population (SP cells based on efflux of Hoechst 33342 dye from stem cells. Recent advances in microRNA (miRNA biology have revealed that miRNAs play an important role in embryonic development and tumorigenesis. However, it is still unclear which miRNAs participate in the neoplastic transformation of liver cancer stem cells (LCSCs during hepatocarcinogenesis. Methods To identify the unique set of miRNAs differentially regulated in LCSCs, we applied SP sorting to primary cultures of F344 rat HCC cancer cells treated with diethylnitrosamine (DEN and normal syngenic fetal liver cells, and the stem-like characteristics of SP cells were verified through detecting expression of CD90.1, AFP and CK-7. Global miRNA expression profiles of two groups of SP cells were screened through microarray platform. Results A total of 68 miRNAs, including miR-10b, miR-21, miR-470*, miR-34c-3p, and let-7i*, were identified as overexpressed in SP of HCC cells compared to fetal liver cells. Ten miRNAs were underexpressed, including miR-200a* and miR-148b*. These miRNAs were validated using stem-loop real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. Conclusions Our results suggest that LCSCs may have a distinct miRNA expression fingerprint during hepatocarcinogenesis. Dissecting these relationships will provide a new understanding of the function of miRNA in the process of neoplastic transformation of LCSCs.

  8. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例现场流行病学监测与质量评价%Field Epidemiological Surveillance and Quality Assessment for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Cases

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    梅志强; 张俊书; 范富云; 徐健

    2001-01-01

    AFP case reporting and epidemiological survey are the main contents of field epidemiological surveillance, also are the basis and premise for assessment of sensitivity and specificity of AFP case surveillance system. AFP case reported rates were>1/100,000 in our province since 1995 and was 1.51/100,000 in 1999. Five indicators for field surveillance met or exceeded the state-established lower limit indicator of 80% since 1996 and was>96.0% in 1999. Of 697 AFP cases reported in 1993~1999, 8 kinds of diseases were classified, in which non-polio enterovirus took the first place (43.33%), Guillan-Barre syndrome came the second (27.12%). The last polio case confirmed virologically occurred on April 4, 1992 which was the last wild poliovirus case since supplementary immunization campaigns have been performed in our province.%急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例报告和流行病学调查,是现场流行病学监测的主要内容,是评价AFP病例监测敏感性和特异性的基础和前提。据此,对山西省1993~1999年AFP病例监测的质量进行了评估。山西省AFP病例报告发病率从1995年起已>1/10万,1999年为1.51/10万;现场监测的5项指标,从1996年起都达到了规定的要求,1999年都>96.0%。最后1例病毒学确诊的脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)病例发生于1992年4月。1993~1999年697例AFP病例,临床诊断以非脊灰肠道病毒感染最多,占43.33%;其次为格林-巴利综合征,占27.12%。表明山西省AFP病例监测的质量是好的。

  9. 肿瘤标志物DCP和AFP在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值%Utility of DCP and AFP in diagnosis of primary liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郑海伦; 赵睿; 李大鹏; 汪强武; 汪建超; 王启之

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨血清肿瘤标志物异常凝血酶原(DCP)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)单独或联合检测在原发性肝癌(PLC)诊断中的临床意义.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附测定法(ELISA)分别对70例PLC患者、每组各50例的肝硬化患者、乙型肝炎患者、健康体检者的血清DCP和AFP进行检测,并比较各组水平差异,并采用Spearman相关分析探讨AFP和DCP之间的关系,用ROC曲线评价AFP和DCP诊断PLC的敏感度、特异度,从而明确DCP和AFP在PLC中的诊断价值.结果 PLC组患者血清中的DCP和AFP水平均显著高于肝硬化、肝炎和正常组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.01).单独检测诊断PLC时,通过ROC曲线分析DCP的曲线下面积大于AFP(P <0.01),分别为0.977(95% CI:0.954 ~1.000)和0.853 (95% CI:0.785~0.921),Spearman相关分析表明AFP和DCP之间无显著相关性.单独检测时DCP诊断PLC的敏感度(90.0%)和特异度(97.3%)显著高于AFP(77.1%,76.7%),AFP和DCP联合检测时可提高诊断PLC的敏感度(95.7%).结论 DCP是诊断PLC良好的血清肿瘤标志物,诊断PLC时的敏感度和特异度高于AFP;联合检测DCP和AFP可提高PLC诊断的敏感度,避免临床漏诊PLC的发生.

  10. Many facets of stem cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Jiarui Wu

    2011-01-01

    @@ Research area on stem cells is one of frontiers in biology.The collection of five research articles in this issue aims to cover timely developments in stem cell biology, ranging from generating and identifying stem cell line to manipulating stem cells, and from basic mechanism analysis to applied medical potential.These papers reflect the various research tasks in stem cell biology.

  11. Global Collaborative STEM Education

    Science.gov (United States)

    Meabh Kelly, Susan; Smith, Walter

    2016-04-01

    Global Collaborative STEM Education, as the name suggests, simultaneously supports two sets of knowledge and skills. The first set is STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math. The other set of content knowledge and skills is that of global collaboration. Successful global partnerships require awareness of one's own culture, the biases embedded within that culture, as well as developing awareness of the collaborators' culture. Workforce skills fostered include open-mindedness, perseverance when faced with obstacles, and resourceful use of technological "bridges" to facilitate and sustain communication. In respect for the 2016 GIFT Workshop focus, Global Collaborative STEM Education projects dedicated to astronomy research will be presented. The projects represent different benchmarks within the Global Collaborative STEM Education continuum, culminating in an astronomy research experience that fully reflects how the global STEM workforce collaborates. To facilitate wider engagement in Global Collaborative STEM Education, project summaries, classroom resources and contact information for established international collaborative astronomy research projects will be disseminated.

  12. STEM CELLS AND PROTEOMICS

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    ZHOU Yong-ming; GUO Tian-nan; HUANG Shi-ang

    2006-01-01

    The distinctive features of proteomics are large-scale and high throughput. The key techniques of proteomics are two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics. Stem cell can differentiate into all kinds of cells, tissues and organs. There are many proteins and cytokines involved in the process of differentiation. Applying proteomics techniques to the research of the complex process of stem cell differentiation is of great importance to study the mechanism and applications of stem cell differentiation.

  13. Stem Cell Transplants (For Teens)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Loss Surgery? A Week of Healthy Breakfasts Shyness Stem Cell Transplants KidsHealth > For Teens > Stem Cell Transplants Print ... Does it Take to Recover? Coping What Are Stem Cells? As you probably remember from biology class, every ...

  14. 腺病毒介导蜂毒素基因转染对HepG2细胞生长及AFP表达的影响%Effect of recombinant adenovirus harboring melittin gene on growth of HepG2 cells and AFP expression

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李绍祥; 文军慧; 凌昌全

    2004-01-01

    目的:将蜂毒素基因置于甲胎蛋白(AFP)转录调控元件(rAFP)驱动之下,构件重组腺病毒载体,观察蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞生长及AFP表达的影响.方法::将蜂毒素基因置于rAFP之后,用细菌内高效同源重组法将目的基因重组入腺病毒质粒中,将腺病毒质粒用PacⅠ酶切线性化后,用脂质体介导转染293细胞进行腺病毒的包装.携有蜂毒素基因的腺病毒感染肝癌细胞后,RT-PCR实验观察蜂毒素基因是否发生转录;MTT法测定蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞增殖的影响;ELISA双抗体夹心法定量检测AFP.结果:RT-PCR实验表明蜂毒素基因转染肝癌细胞后可以被转录;蜂毒素基因在rAFP的控制下,可以特异性的抑制AFP阳性肝癌细胞的增殖,并降低其AFP的生成量.结论:蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞的生长及AFP的表达具有抑制作用,可降低其恶性度.%Objective:To construct recombinant adenovirus harboring melittin gene under the control of AFP transcription regulatory element rAFP,and to observe its tumor inhibition effects in vitro as well as its effect on AFP expression in hepatocarcinoma cells.Methods:Melittin gene was driven by rAFP.The gene of interest was cloned into adenoviral backbone plasmid through a new simplified bacterial homologous recombinant system,then the recombinant adenoviral plasmids were linearized with PacⅠand then were used to transfect 293 cells (mediated by lipofectin) for generation of the desired recombinant adenoviruses.The resultant viruses harboring melittin gene was used to infect the AFP-positive HepG2 cells. Transcription of melittin gene was verified by RT-PCR,and its proliferation inhibition effect was observed by MTT assay. AFP was measured by ELISA double antibody sandwiched method.Results:Recombinant adenoviruses harboring melittin gene were successfully constructed and transfect hepatocarcinoma cells,and melittin gene was transcripted.Under the control of rAFP

  15. Investigating Preservice STEM Teacher Conceptions of STEM Education

    Science.gov (United States)

    Radloff, Jeff; Guzey, Selcen

    2016-10-01

    Surrounding the national emphasis on improving STEM education, effective STEM educators are required. Connected, yet often overlooked, is the need for effective preservice STEM teaching instruction for incoming educators. At a basic level, preservice STEM teacher education should include STEM content, pedagogy, and conceptualization. However, the literature suggests no leading conception of STEM education, and little is known about how preservice STEM teachers are conceptualizing STEM education. In order to explore preservice STEM teacher conceptions of STEM education, preservice teachers at a large, Midwestern research university were given an open-ended survey eliciting both textual and visual responses. Here, we report and discuss the results of employing this instrument in relation with the current STEM conceptualization literature.

  16. Immunology of Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiao-Feng Yang

    2007-01-01

    The capacity of pluri-potent stem cells to repair the tissues in which stem cells reside holds great promise in development of novel cell replacement therapeutics for treating chronic and degenerative diseases. However,numerous reports show that stem cell therapy, even in an autologous setting, triggers lymphocyte infiltration and inflammation. Therefore, an important question to be answered is how the host immune system responds to engrafted autologous stem cells or allogeneous stem cells. In this brief review, we summarize the progress in several related areas in this field, including some of our data, in four sections: (1) immunogenicity of stem cells; (2)strategies to inhibit immune rejection to allograft stem cells; (3) immune responses to cancer stem cells; and (4)mesenchymal stem cells in immune regulation. Improvement of our understanding on these and other aspects of immune system-stem cell interplay would greatly facilitate the development of stem cell-based therapeutics for regenerative purposes.

  17. Dazlin' pluripotent stem cells

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Welling, M.A.

    2014-01-01

    Pluripotent embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can be isolated from the inner cell mass (ICM) of blastocyst embryos and differentiate into all three germ layers in vitro. However, despite their similar origin, mouse embryonic stem cells represent a more naïve ICM-like pluripotent state whereas human embryo

  18. Stem cells in dermatology.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ogliari, Karolyn Sassi; Marinowic, Daniel; Brum, Dario Eduardo; Loth, Fabrizio

    2014-01-01

    Preclinical and clinical research have shown that stem cell therapy could be a promising therapeutic option for many diseases in which current medical treatments do not achieve satisfying results or cure. This article describes stem cells sources and their therapeutic applications in dermatology today.

  19. Making STEM Connections

    Science.gov (United States)

    Stump, Sheryl L.; Bryan, Joel A.; McConnell, Tom J.

    2016-01-01

    Integrated approaches to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially those set in the context of real-world situations, can motivate and deepen students' learning of the STEM subjects (National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council 2014). This article describes two integrated investigations used…

  20. Stem cells in urology.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Aboushwareb, Tamer; Atala, Anthony

    2008-11-01

    The shortage of donors for organ transplantation has stimulated research on stem cells as a potential resource for cell-based therapy in all human tissues. Stem cells have been used for regenerative medicine applications in many organ systems, including the genitourinary system. The potential applications for stem cell therapy have, however, been restricted by the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem cell research. Instead, scientists have explored other cell sources, including progenitor and stem cells derived from adult tissues and stem cells derived from the amniotic fluid and placenta. In addition, novel techniques for generating stem cells in the laboratory are being developed. These techniques include somatic cell nuclear transfer, in which the nucleus of an adult somatic cell is placed into an oocyte, and reprogramming of adult cells to induce stem-cell-like behavior. Such techniques are now being used in tissue engineering applications, and some of the most successful experiments have been in the field of urology. Techniques to regenerate bladder tissue have reached the clinic, and exciting progress is being made in other areas, such as regeneration of the kidney and urethra. Cell therapy as a treatment for incontinence and infertility might soon become a reality. Physicians should be optimistic that regenerative medicine and tissue engineering will one day provide mainstream treatment options for urologic disorders.

  1. Aneuploidy in stem cells

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Garcia-Martinez, Jorge; Bakker, Bjorn; Schukken, Klaske M; Simon, Judith E; Foijer, Floris

    2016-01-01

    Stem cells hold enormous promise for regenerative medicine as well as for engineering of model systems to study diseases and develop new drugs. The discovery of protocols that allow for generating induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) from somatic cells has brought this promise steps closer to real

  2. A proposed unified mechanism for the reduction of human breast cancer risk by the hormones of pregnancy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jacobson, Herbert I; Lemanski, Nicole; Agarwal, Anu; Narendran, Amithi; Turner, Kelvin E; Bennett, James A; Andersen, Thomas T

    2010-02-01

    Parity in women is associated with reduced lifetime risk of breast cancer, and hormones of pregnancy [estrogen (E), progesterone (P), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] are implicated. Parity also reduces mammary cancer risk in carcinogen-exposed rats, and administering pregnancy hormones to these animals is similarly effective. Because pregnancy hormones are also able to stimulate cancer growth, we proposed to resolve this dichotomy by determining whether administered pregnancy hormones elicit the cancer-inhibiting agent alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) from the liver, which would implicate AFP as a proximal effector of hormonal anticancer activity. Accordingly, we treated groups of nitrosomethylurea-exposed rats with saline, E(3), E(2) + P, E(3) + P, hCG, or allowed them to experience pregnancy, and then monitored mammary cancer incidence and serum levels of AFP over time. Each hormone treatment reduced mammary cancer incidence and elevated serum AFP levels. To challenge human tissues, human HepG2 liver cells in culture were treated with the same hormonal agents. Each hormone regimen increased the levels of AFP in the culture medium. Medium containing AFP elicited by hCG inhibited the E(2)-stimulated proliferation of cultured human MCF7 breast cancer cells, whereas hCG alone did not inhibit their growth. Furthermore, antibodies to AFP neutralized the growth-inhibiting effect of AFP-containing HepG2 medium. We conclude that in the treatment of carcinogen-exposed rats with the hormones of pregnancy, and by inference in women who have experienced pregnancy, that AFP is a proximal agent that inhibits mammary gland cancer.

  3. Modification of histone acetylation facilitates hepatic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Xuejun Dong

    Full Text Available The multi-potentiality of mesenchymal stem cells makes them excellent options for future tissue engineering and clinical therapy, including liver injury. In this study, we investigated the effects of valproic acid (VPA, a direct inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC, on the hepatic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs. The cells were found to differentiate into a more homogeneous hepatocyte-like population when pretreated with 5 mM VPA for 72 h. The expression of liver-specific markers was significantly upregulated in the VPA-treated group at the mRNA and protein levels. VPA treatment also significantly enhanced the hepatic functions of the differentiated cells, including glycogen storage, cytochrome P450 activity, AFP and ALB synthesis, and urea production. Further analysis showed that treatment with 5 mM of VPA for 72 h greatly improved the histones H3 and H4 acetylation. These results demonstrated that VPA could considerably improve the hepatic differentiation of human BMMSCs, probably because the chromatin-acetylated state changes upon VPA treatment through its HDAC inhibitory effect. Thus, this study provides a direct research model for producing human hepatocytes for clinical purposes.

  4. Derivation and characterization of hepatic progenitor cells from human embryonic stem cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhao, Dongxin; Chen, Song; Cai, Jun; Guo, Yushan; Song, Zhihua; Che, Jie; Liu, Chun; Wu, Chen; Ding, Mingxiao; Deng, Hongkui

    2009-07-31

    The derivation of hepatic progenitor cells from human embryonic stem (hES) cells is of value both in the study of early human liver organogenesis and in the creation of an unlimited source of donor cells for hepatocyte transplantation therapy. Here, we report for the first time the generation of hepatic progenitor cells derived from hES cells. Hepatic endoderm cells were generated by activating FGF and BMP pathways and were then purified by fluorescence activated cell sorting using a newly identified surface marker, N-cadherin. After co-culture with STO feeder cells, these purified hepatic endoderm cells yielded hepatic progenitor colonies, which possessed the proliferation potential to be cultured for an extended period of more than 100 days. With extensive expansion, they co-expressed the hepatic marker AFP and the biliary lineage marker KRT7 and maintained bipotential differentiation capacity. They were able to differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells, which expressed ALB and AAT, and into cholangiocyte-like cells, which formed duct-like cyst structures, expressed KRT19 and KRT7, and acquired epithelial polarity. In conclusion, this is the first report of the generation of proliferative and bipotential hepatic progenitor cells from hES cells. These hES cell-derived hepatic progenitor cells could be effectively used as an in vitro model for studying the mechanisms of hepatic stem/progenitor cell origin, self-renewal and differentiation.

  5. Stem cell  mediated liver regeneration:

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Jelnes, Peter

    ) kombineret med en 70% partiel hepatectomi, en diet uden kolin men tilsat ethionin i drikkevandet (CDE) samt en diet indeholdende 0.1% 3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-1,4-dihydro-collidin (DDC). HPCr i rotter udtrykte galdegangs specifik cytokeratin og de specifikke markører, a-fetoprotein (AFP) og delta-like kinase...... (Dlk1). HPCr i mus udtrykte ligeledes galdegangs specifik cytokeratin, men de udtrykte overraskende nok ikke AFP og Dlk1. AFP ekspression blev observeret i hepatocytter og kun en ganske sjælden population af celler udtrykte Dlk1. Yderligere blev ABCG2 fundet specifikt udtrykt af HPCr i rotten, hvorimod...... responset. Men efterfølgende immunhistokemi kunne ikke underbygge at Thy1 var en markør for HPCs, hvilket dannede grundlag for en deltaljeret undersøgelse af ekspression og den cellulære lokalisering af Thy1 i regenererende levere. Analyse af beriget HPCr samt lasercaptured HPC strukturer udviste AFP men...

  6. Glypican 3 as a Serum Marker for Hepatoblastoma

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Shengmei; O’Gorman, Maurice R. G.; Yang, Fusheng; Andresen, Kevin; Wang, Larry

    2017-01-01

    Hepatoblastoma (HB) is the most common primary liver cancer in children. The conventional serum marker for HB, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), has its limitations. Novel serum markers need to be explored. Glypican 3 (GPC3) has been reported to be an excellent histological immunomarker for HB. However, the clinical value of serum GPC3 in patients with HB is unknown. A total of 184 serum samples were tested for both GPC3 by ELISA, and AFP by immunometric assay. Of these, 134 were from 32 patients with HB at three treatment stages, 30 from age-matched patients with benign hepatobiliary disorders (BHD) and 20 from age-matched “normal controls”(NC). We found that the GPC3 levels in HB pretreatment group were significantly higher than those in NC group and HB remission group but not statistically different from those in BHD group and HB during treatment group. In contrast, AFP showed significant differences among different groups. The areas under the receiver operating curve (AUROC) value, sensitivity and specificity of GPC3 for HB pretreatment group versus all controls were all significantly lower than those of AFP. Serum GPC3 levels were not associated with prognostic parameters. We concluded that GPC3 is inferior to AFP as a serum marker for HB. PMID:28378832

  7. Simultaneous electrochemical immunoassay using graphene-Au grafted recombinant apoferritin-encoded metallic labels as signal tags and dual-template magnetic molecular imprinted polymer as capture probes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, De; Gan, Ning; Zhang, Huairong; Li, Tianhua; Qiao, Li; Cao, Yuting; Su, Xiurong; Jiang, Shan

    2015-03-15

    A novel electrochemical multiplexed immunoassay was designed for simultaneous determination of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) using recombinant apoferritin-encoded metallic nanoparticles (rApo-M) as labels and dual-template magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) as capture probes. The labels were prepared by loading recombinant apoferritin (r-Apo) and separately immobilize primary antibodies (anti-AFP and anti-CEA) via Au nanoparticles of in site growth on graphene (G). The capture probes were synthesized by self-polymerization of dopamine (DA) on the Fe3O4 nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs) and using AFP and CEA as the template proteins, which were used to enrich the targets simultaneously. After a sandwich-type immunoreaction, the labels were captured to the surface of MMIPs. The subsequent electrochemical stripping analysis of the metal components from the immunocomplex provide a means for quantification of targets based on the peak currents of Cd and Pb. Experimental results showed the immunoassay enabled the simultaneous determination of AFP and CEA in a single run with wide dynamic ranges of 0.001-5ngmL(-1). And the detection limits of AFP and CEA were 0.3 and 0.35pgmL(-1) (S/N=3), respectively. These results suggested that the proposed multiplexed immunoassay would be applied for clinical screening of other biomarkers.

  8. [On plant stem cells and animal stem cells].

    Science.gov (United States)

    You, Yun; Jiang, Chao; Huang, Lu-Qi

    2014-01-01

    A comparison of plant and animal stem cells can highlight core aspects of stem-cell biology. In both kingdoms, stem cells are defined by their clonogenic properties and are maintained by intercellular signals. The signaling molecules are different in plants and animals stem cell niches, but the roles of argonaute and polycomb group proteins suggest that there are some molecular similarities.

  9. Association between expression of Carboxypeptidase 4 and stem cell markers and their clinical significance in liver cancer development

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Lichao; Guo, Chunguang; Burnett, Joseph; Pan, Jian; Yang, Zhihua; Ran, Yuliang; Sun, Duxin

    2017-01-01

    The development of liver cancer would undergo a sequential progression from chronic inflammatory liver disease, cirrhosis to neoplasia. During these pathophysiological changes, abnormal liver microenvironment might induce the hepatocytes to die, abnormally proliferate and initiate cancer stem cells. Metallocarboxypeptidases (MCPs) involved in multiple biological functions including inflammation, fibrosis and stem cell niche formation. This study aimed to evaluate the expression of carboxypeptidase 4 (CPA4) in hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer tissues, and revealed its clinical significance in liver cancer progression. We firstly found that the CPA4 levels in tissues were significantly higher in liver cancer patients than those in other three groups. Then, elevated levels of CPA4 was observed in 57/100 (57%) liver cancer samples, and significantly correlated with Grade and Stage. We also identified a significant positive correlation between aberrant elevation of CPA4 and overexpression of stem cell markers including CD90, AFP and CD34 with follow-up data (n=100). Further Kaplan-Meier analysis confirmed that high levels of CPA4 and CD90 were significant predictors of poor overall survival. Multivariate Cox regression model showed that CPA4 was an independent prognostic factor for patients with liver cancer. This study demonstrated for the first time that high CPA4 expression was closely correlated with hepatocarcinogenesis, and might be used as an independent poor prognostic factor in liver cancer.

  10. Fish stem cell cultures.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hong, Ni; Li, Zhendong; Hong, Yunhan

    2011-04-13

    Stem cells have the potential for self-renewal and differentiation. First stem cell cultures were derived 30 years ago from early developing mouse embryos. These are pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells. Efforts towards ES cell derivation have been attempted in other mammalian and non-mammalian species. Work with stem cell culture in fish started 20 years ago. Laboratory fish species, in particular zebrafish and medaka, have been the focus of research towards stem cell cultures. Medaka is the second organism that generated ES cells and the first that gave rise to a spermatogonial stem cell line capable of test-tube sperm production. Most recently, the first haploid stem cells capable of producing whole animals have also been generated from medaka. ES-like cells have been reported also in zebrafish and several marine species. Attempts for germline transmission of ES cell cultures and gene targeting have been reported in zebrafish. Recent years have witnessed the progress in markers and procedures for ES cell characterization. These include the identification of fish homologs/paralogs of mammalian pluripotency genes and parameters for optimal chimera formation. In addition, fish germ cell cultures and transplantation have attracted considerable interest for germline transmission and surrogate production. Haploid ES cell nuclear transfer has proven in medaka the feasibility of semi-cloning as a novel assisted reproductive technology. In this special issue on "Fish Stem Cells and Nuclear Transfer", we will focus our review on medaka to illustrate the current status and perspective of fish stem cells in research and application. We will also mention semi-cloning as a new development to conventional nuclear transfer.

  11. Fish Stem Cell Cultures

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ni Hong, Zhendong Li, Yunhan Hong

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Stem cells have the potential for self-renewal and differentiation. First stem cell cultures were derived 30 years ago from early developing mouse embryos. These are pluripotent embryonic stem (ES cells. Efforts towards ES cell derivation have been attempted in other mammalian and non-mammalian species. Work with stem cell culture in fish started 20 years ago. Laboratory fish species, in particular zebrafish and medaka, have been the focus of research towards stem cell cultures. Medaka is the second organism that generated ES cells and the first that gave rise to a spermatogonial stem cell line capable of test-tube sperm production. Most recently, the first haploid stem cells capable of producing whole animals have also been generated from medaka. ES-like cells have been reported also in zebrafish and several marine species. Attempts for germline transmission of ES cell cultures and gene targeting have been reported in zebrafish. Recent years have witnessed the progress in markers and procedures for ES cell characterization. These include the identification of fish homologs/paralogs of mammalian pluripotency genes and parameters for optimal chimera formation. In addition, fish germ cell cultures and transplantation have attracted considerable interest for germline transmission and surrogate production. Haploid ES cell nuclear transfer has proven in medaka the feasibility of semi-cloning as a novel assisted reproductive technology. In this special issue on “Fish Stem Cells and Nuclear Transfer”, we will focus our review on medaka to illustrate the current status and perspective of fish stem cells in research and application. We will also mention semi-cloning as a new development to conventional nuclear transfer.

  12. Dental pulp stem cells

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Ashri, N. Y.; Ajlan, S. A.; Aldahmash, Abdullah M.

    2015-01-01

    scaffold, and guided through signaling molecules. Dental pulp stem cells have been used in an increasing number of studies in dental tissue engineering. Those cells show mesenchymal (stromal) stem cell-like properties including self-renewal and multilineage differentiation potentials, aside from...... an updated review on dental pulp stem cells and their applications in periodontal regeneration, in combination with different scaffolds and growth factors.......Inflammatory periodontal disease is a major cause of loss of tooth-supporting structures. Novel approaches for regeneration of periodontal apparatus is an area of intensive research. Periodontal tissue engineering implies the use of appropriate regenerative cells, delivered through a suitable...

  13. 3种血清肿瘤标志物检测在原发性肝癌诊断中价值%Value of three serum tumor markers to the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王莉; 贾志凌; 刘畅; 柴丽娜

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP),lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein (AFP L3) and Golgi protein 73 (GP73) to the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.Methods Serum AFP was detected by using electrochemiluminescence assay in 102 patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma,79 patients with benign liver diseases and 31 healthy volunteers.AFP-L3 was detected by using affinitive centrifugal tube in patients with positive AFP (>20 μg/L).GP73 was quantitatively analyzed by using ELISA.Results The sensitivities of AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 were 51.96%,75.50% and 77.45%,and the specificities were 50.63%,93.67% and 71.95% respectively in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.The sensitivity and specificity of the combined detection of three markers were 95.10% and 93.67% in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.The positive rate of AFP-L3 was 96.23% in patients with AFP>400 ng/mL,obviously higher than that in those with AFP≤400 ng/mL (53.06%) (P<0.05),and there was no significant difference in the positive rate of GP73 between them (75.47% vs 75.51%) (P>0.05).Conclusion The combined detection of AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 can improve the sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.GP73 is superior to AFP in the early diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.%目的 探讨血清甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein,AFP-L3)及高尔基体糖蛋白73(Golgi protein 73,GP73)检测诊断原发性肝癌的价值.方法 102例原发性肝癌患者(肝癌组),79例良性肝病患者(良性肝病组)和体检健康者31例(对照组),采用电化学发光法检测3组AFP,AFP阳性者(>20μg/L)采用亲和吸附离心管法检测AFP-L3,采用酶联免疫法检测GP73.结果 AFP、AFP-L3和GP73对原发性肝癌诊断的灵敏度分别为51.96%、75.50%、77.45%,特异性分别为50.63%、93

  14. Sensitive electrochemical immunosensor based on three-dimensional nanostructure gold electrode

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Zhong G

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Guangxian Zhong,1,2,* Ruilong Lan,3,* Wenxin Zhang,1,4 Feihuan Fu,5 Yiming Sun,1,4 Huaping Peng,1,4 Tianbin Chen,3 Yishan Cai,6 Ailin Liu,1,4 Jianhua Lin,2 Xinhua Lin1,4 1Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Faculty of Pharmacy, Fujian Medical University, 2Department of Orthopaedics, 3The Centralab, First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, 4Nano Medical Technology Research Institute, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, 5Department of Endocrinology, The County Hospital of Anxi, Anxi, 6Fujian International Travel Healthcare Center, Fujian Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Fuzhou, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: A sensitive electrochemical immunosensor was developed for detection of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP based on a three-dimensional nanostructure gold electrode using a facile, rapid, “green” square-wave oxidation-reduction cycle technique. The resulting three-dimensional gold nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. A “sandwich-type” detection strategy using an electrochemical immunosensor was employed. Under optimal conditions, a good linear relationship between the current response signal and the AFP concentrations was observed in the range of 10–50 ng/mL with a detection limit of 3 pg/mL. This new immunosensor showed a fast amperometric response and high sensitivity and selectivity. It was successfully used to determine AFP in a human serum sample with a relative standard deviation of <5% (n=5. The proposed immunosensor represents a significant step toward practical application in clinical diagnosis and monitoring of prognosis. Keywords: electrochemical immunosensors, three-dimensional nanostructure gold electrode, square-wave oxidation-reduction cycle, alpha-fetoprotein 

  15. Stem Cell Information: Glossary

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... bone, cartilage, stromal cells that support blood formation, fat, and fibrous tissue. Cell-based therapies —Treatment in which stem cells are induced to differentiate into the specific cell type required to repair damaged or destroyed cells or ...

  16. Induced pluripotent stem cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Siddhartha Bhowmik; LI Yong

    2011-01-01

    Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are a recent development which has brought a promise of great therapeutic values. The previous technique of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) has been ineffective in humans. Recent discoveries show that human fibroblasts can be reprogrammed by a transient over expression of a small number of genes; they can undergo induced pluripotency. iPS were first produced in 2006. By 2008, work was underway to remove the potential oncogenes from their structure. In 2009, protein iPS (piPS) cells were discovered. Surface markers and reporter genes play an important role in stem cell research. Clinical applications include generation of self renewing stem cells, tissue replacement and many more. Stem cell therapy has the ability to dramatically change the treatment of human diseases.

  17. Innovation and STEM Schools

    Science.gov (United States)

    Roberts, Julia Link

    2015-01-01

    How do schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fit in with state goals to increase innovation and to boost the economy? This article briefly discusses how educators can encourage creativity and innovation.

  18. What are Stem Cells?

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ahmadshah Farhat

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available   Stem cells are undifferentiated self regenerating multi potential cells. There are three types of stem cells categories by the ability to form after cells and correlated with the body’s development process. Totipotent: these stem cells can form an entire organism such as fertilized egg. Ploripotent: ploripotent cells are those that can form any cell in the body but cannot form an entire organism such as developing embryo’s totipotent cells become ploripotent  Multipotent: Multi potent stem cells are those that can only form specific cells in the body such as blood cells based. Based on the sources of stem cells we have three types of these cells: Autologous: Sources of the patient own cells are (Autologous either the cells from patient own body or his or her cord blood. For this type of transplant the physician now usually collects the periphery rather than morrow because the procedure is easier on like a bane morrow harvest it take place outside of an operating room, and the patient does not to be under general unsetting . Allogenic: Sources of stem cells from another donore are primarily relatives (familial allogenic or completely unrelated donors. Xenogenic: In these stem cells from different species are transplanted e .g striatal porcine fetal mesan cephalic (FVM xenotransplants for Parkinson’s disease. On sites of isolation such as embryo, umbilical cord and other body tissues stem cells are named embnyonic, cord blood, and adult stem cells. The scope of results and clinical application of stem cells are such as: Neurodegenerative conditions (MS,ALS, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Ocular disorders- Glaucoma, retinitis Pigmentosa (RP, Auto Immune Conditions (Lupus, MS,R. arthritis, Diabetes, etc, Viral Conditions (Hepatitis C and AIDS, Heart Disease, Adrenal Disorders, Injury(Nerve, Brain, etc, Anti aging (hair, skin, weight control, overall well being/preventive, Emotional disorders, Organ / Tissue Cancers, Blood cancers, Blood diseases

  19. Skeletal (stromal) stem cells

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Abdallah, Basem M; Kermani, Abbas Jafari; Zaher, Walid

    2015-01-01

    Skeletal (marrow stromal) stem cells (BMSCs) are a group of multipotent cells that reside in the bone marrow stroma and can differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes. Studying signaling pathways that regulate BMSC differentiation into osteoblastic cells is a strategy....../preadipocyte factor 1 (Dlk1/Pref-1), the Wnt co-receptor Lrp5 and intracellular kinases. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Stem Cells and Bone....

  20. Fucosylation Is a Promising Target for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Shinichiro Shinzaki

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Oligosaccharides, sequences of carbohydrates conjugated to proteins and lipids, are arguably the most abundant and structurally diverse class of molecules. Fucosylation is one of the most important oligosaccharide modifications involved in cancer and inflammation. Recent advances in glycomics have identified several types of glyco-biomarkers containing fucosylation that are linked to certain types of cancer. Fucosylated alpha-fetoprotein (AFP is widely used in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma because it is more specific than alpha-fetoprotein. High levels of fucosylated haptoglobin have also been found in sera of patients with various carcinomas. We have recently established a simple lectin-antibody ELISA to measure fucosylated haptoglobin and to investigate its clinical use. Cellular fucosylation is dependent upon fucosyltransferase activity and the level of its donor substrate, guanosine diphosphate (GDP-fucose. GDP-mannose-4,6-dehydratase (GMDS is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of GDP-fucose. Mutations of GMDS found in colon cancer cells induced a malignant phenotype, leading to rapid growth in athymic mice resistant to natural killer cells. This review describes the role of fucosylated haptoglobin as a cancer biomarker, and discusses the possible biological role of fucosylation in cancer development.

  1. Expression of biomarker genes of differentiation in D3 mouse embryonic stem cells after exposure to different embryotoxicant and non-embryotoxicant model chemicals

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Andrea C. Romero

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available There is a necessity to develop in vitro methods for testing embryotoxicity (Romero et al., 2015 [1]. We studied the progress of D3 mouse embryonic stem cells differentiation exposed to model embryotoxicants and non-embryotoxicants chemicals through the expression of biomarker genes. We studied a set of 16 different genes biomarkers of general cellular processes (Cdk1, Myc, Jun, Mixl, Cer and Wnt3, ectoderm formation (Nrcam, Nes, Shh and Pnpla6, mesoderm formation (Mesp1, Vegfa, Myo1e and Hdac7 and endoderm formation (Flk1 and Afp. We offer dose response in order to derive the concentration causing either 50% or 200% of expression of the biomarker gene. These records revealed to be a valuable end-point to predict in vitro the embryotoxicity of chemicals (Romero et al., 2015 [1].

  2. Logistic回归和ROC曲线评价甲胎蛋白、癌胚抗原和糖链抗原19-9在肝癌诊断中的价值%The value of assessing AFP and CEA and CA19 -9 by using logistic regression and ROC curve in the diagnosis of liver cancer

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    戴大飞; 陈晓鹏

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨应用Logistic回归和ROC曲线综合评价甲胎蛋白( AFP)、癌胚抗原( CEA)和糖链抗原19-9(CA19-9)在肝癌诊断中的价值. 方法 采用电化学发光原理测定AFP、CEA、CA19-9. 检测126例肝癌患者(肝癌组)、75例肝病患者(肝病组) ,通过ROC曲线分析AFP、CEA、CA19-9及三种肿瘤标志物联合检测的Logistic回归结果的ROC曲线值( AUC值). 结果 肝癌-肝良性疾病者中,除CEA外,其余2种肿瘤标志物均有显著性(P0.05). 在肝癌-肝良性疾病中,AUC( AFP) >AUC ( CA19-9)>AUC( CEA);三种肿瘤标志物联合检测的AUC值均高于三项肿瘤标志物单一检查的AUC.结论 联合检测血清AFP、CEA、CA19-9对肝癌具有较高的诊断价值,联合检测三种肿瘤标志物可提高肝癌的诊断率.%Objective To explore the value of assessing AFP and CEA and CA19 -9 by logistic regression and ROC curve in the diagnosis for liver cancer.Methods Serum AFP, CEA and CA19-9 ( using CLIA) levels were measured in 126 patients with liver cancer, 75 patients with benign liver disorders.The area under the ROC curves ( AUC ) of AFP, CEA and CA19 -9 from logistic regression results was compared.Results The serum concentrations of AFP and CA19 -9 in liver cancer patients were higher than those in patients with benign liver diseases (P0.05).In cancer-benign disorder group, the AUC of AFP was larger than the AUC of CA199.the AUC of CA19-9 was larger than the AUC of CEA.AUC value of AFP, CEA and CA19-9 combination detection was larger than AUC value of AFP, CEA and CA19-9 single detection.Conclusions The combination detection of serum AFP, CEA and CA19-9 have higher diagnostic value in liver cancer, also can improve the diagnosis rate of liver cancer.

  3. Valve stem and packing assembly

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Wordin, J.J.

    1990-12-31

    A valve stem and packing assembly is provided in which a rotatable valve stem includes a first tractrix surface for sliding contact with a stem packing and also includes a second tractrix surface for sliding contact with a bonnet. Force is applied by means of a spring, gland flange, and gland on the stem packing so the stem packing seals to the valve stem and bonnet. This configuration serves to create and maintain a reliable seal between the stem packing and the valve stem. The bonnet includes a second complementary tractrix surface for contacting the second sliding tractrix surface, the combination serving as a journal bearing for the entire valve stem and packing assembly. The journal bearing so configured is known as a Schiele`s pivot. The Schiele`s pivot also serves to maintain proper alignment of the valve stem with respect to the bonnet. Vertical wear between the surfaces of the Schiele`s pivot is uniform at all points of contact between the second sliding tractrix surface and the second complementary tractrix surface of a bonnet. The valve stem is connected to a valve plug by means of a slip joint. The valve is opened and closed by rotating the valve stem. The slip joint compensates for wear on the Schiele`s pivot and on the valve plug. A ledge is provided on the valve bonnet for the retaining nut to bear against. The ledge prevents overtightening of the retaining nut and the resulting excessive friction between stem and stem packing.

  4. PTEN, Stem Cells, and Cancer Stem Cells*S⃞

    OpenAIRE

    Hill, Reginald; Wu, Hong

    2009-01-01

    Like normal stem cells, “cancer stem cells” have the capacity for indefinite proliferation and generation of new cancerous tissues through self-renewal and differentiation. Among the major intracellular signaling pathways, WNT, SHH, and NOTCH are known to be important in regulating normal stem cell activities, and their alterations are associated with tumorigenesis. It has become clear recently that PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue) is also critical for stem cell...

  5. Aneuploidy in stem cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Jorge; Garcia-Martinez; Bjorn; Bakker; Klaske; M; Schukken; Judith; E; Simon; Floris; Foijer

    2016-01-01

    Stem cells hold enormous promise for regenerative medicine as well as for engineering of model systems to study diseases and develop new drugs. The discovery of protocols that allow for generating induced pluripotent stem cells(IPSCs) from somatic cells has brought this promise steps closer to reality. However,as somatic cells might have accumulated various chromosomal abnormalities,including aneuploidies throughout their lives,the resulting IPSCs might no longer carry the perfect blueprint for the tissue to be generated,or worse,become at risk of adopting a malignant fate. In this review,we discuss the contribution of aneuploidy to healthy tissues and how aneuploidy can lead to disease. Furthermore,we review the differences between how somatic cells and stem cells respond to aneuploidy.

  6. Stem Properties of Autobacteria

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Boris A. Berdichevskyy

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the stem properties of the autobacteria as part of the activation syndrome and persistence of the endogenous microflora in the adaptation process of the macroorganism to stress, as well as the ability of the bacteria to stimulate the cells of the macroorganism to manifest stem properties. The essence of this syndrome involves testing the tissue with the autobacteria of their "host" body to identify the foci of cellular insolvency with the subsequent inclusion of the autostrains in the implementation phase of the catabolic and anabolic inflammations. Considering the genetic tropism of the microbes to the organ-specific tissue of the area affected, the existence of the stem properties of the autobacteria is assumed to be realized in the process of reparative regeneration. The great clinical