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Lipoxin A4 (LXA4) as a potential first trimester biochemical marker of intrauterine growth disorders

Posted by Lipa M, Bomba-Opoń D, Lipa J, et al. on 2016-12-12 22:27:44

Objective: To evaluate first trimester maternal serum levels of lipoxin A4 (LXA4) in prediction of intrauterine fetal growth.

Methods: Study group of 185 patients in singleton pregnancy was divided into three subgroups according to neonatal birthweight: ≤10th percentile (SGA), 11–89th percentile (AGA) and ≥90 percentile (LGA).

Results: We observed decreased values of LXA4 concentrations, both in SGA- and LGA groups, when compared to AGA (68.91 ± 33.72 and 68.30 ± 23.49 versus 102.13 ± 121.90, respectively).

Conclusions: Lipoxin A4 may become an biochemical marker in the prediction of intrauterine fetal growth disturbances; however, more studies need to be undertaken to investigate LXA4’s role in pregnancy.



Laeverin is a placenta-specific membrane-bound aminopeptidase. In this study we wanted to: 1) serially measure plasma levels of laeverin in healthy women during the second half of pregnancy and postpartum, 2) determine whether laeverin is differently expressed at 22–24 weeks in women who later develop preeclampsia compared to controls, 3) compare laeverin protein expression in placenta and umbilical vein serum in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies at birth.

Plasma was obtained serially, approximately every 4-weeks, from 53 healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies during 22+0 to 39+6 weeks of gestation, and at 22–24 weeks from 15 women who later developed preeclampsia. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure laeverin protein concentration. Serum from healthy non-pregnant premenopausal women (n = 10), menopausal women (n = 10) and men (n = 11) were used as negative controls. Protein extracts from placental tissue were obtained after birth from healthy- (n = 11) and preeclamptic women (n = 13). Paired umbilical artery and vein serum samples from the neonates (n = 10) of healthy mothers were also analyzed. Multilevel modeling was used to determine the reference centiles. Differences between groups were analyzed using Student’s t-test.

Healthy pregnant women at term (37–40 weeks) had significantly higher plasma levels of laeverin (mean 4.95 ± 0.32 ng/mL; p < 0.0001) compared to men (mean 0.18 ± 0.31 ng/mL), non-pregnant premenopausal women (mean 0.77 ± 0.26 ng/mL) and postmenopausal women (mean 0.57 ± 0.40 ng/mL). Maternal plasma laeverin levels decreased with advancing gestation, from 6.96 ± 0.32 ng/mL at 22–24 weeks to 4.95 ± 0.32 ng/mL at term (p < 0.0001) in uncomplicated pregnancies. Half of the women who developed preeclampsia had plasma laeverin levels below the 5th percentile at 22–24 weeks gestation. However, laeverin levels were 1.6 fold higher in preeclamptic compared to healthy placentas (p = 0.0071). Umbilical venous samples of healthy neonates (n = 38) had higher (p = 0.001) mean levels of laeverin (16.63 ± 0.73 ng/mL), compared to neonates of preeclamptic (n = 14) mothers (12.02 ± 1.00 ng/mL). Postpartum plasma levels of laeverin decreased in healthy and preeclamptic women with a half-life of 3 and 5 days, respectively.

Maternal plasma levels of laeverin decrease with advancing gestation during the second half of normal pregnancy and lower levels measured at 22–24 weeks might be associated with the development of preeclampsia later in gestation.



Protease-Activated Receptor-1 (PAR-1) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of multiple malignancies and its expression strongly also affects the outcomes of cancer patients. The objective of this study was to determine the clinical significance of the serum levels of PAR-1in cutaneous melanoma patients.

A total of 60 patients with a pathologically confirmed diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma were enrolled into this study. Serum PAR-1concentrations were determined by the solid-phase sandwich ELISA method.

No significant difference in serum PAR-1 levels between melanoma patients and healthy controls was found (p = 0.07). The known clinical variables including age of patient, gender, site of lesion, histology, stage of disease, serum LDH levels and chemotherapy responsiveness were not correlated with serum PAR-1 concentrations (p > 0.05). Likewise, serum PAR-1 concentration had also no prognostic role on survival (p = 0.41).

Serum levels of PAR-1 have no diagnostic, predictive and prognostic roles in cutaneous melanoma patients.

General significance
Measurement of PAR-1 in serum is not a clinical significance in cutaneous melanoma patients.

Serum; PAR-1; Melanoma


Alteration of Bone Turnover Markers in Canonical Wingless Pathway in Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Posted by Huang J, Guoxiang S, Zhihua Y I N, et al. on 2016-12-12 21:57:43

Anti-inflammatory effect of selenium nanoparticles on the inflammation induced in irradiated rats

Posted by El-Ghazaly M A, Fadel N, Rashed E, et al. on 2016-12-12 21:53:47


Selenium (Se) has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties, but its bioavailability and toxicity are considerable limiting factors. The present study aimed to investigate the possible anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of selenium nanoparticles (Nano-Se) on inflammation induced in irradiated rats. Paw volume and nociceptive threshold were measured in carrageenan-induced paw edema and hyperalgesia model. Leukocytic count, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBAR) and total nitrate/nitrite (NOx) were estimated in the exudate collected from six-day old air pouch model. Irradiated rats were exposed to 6 Gy gamma (γ)-irradiation. Nano-Se were administered orally in a dose of 2.55 mg/kg once before carrageenan injection in the first model and twice in the second model. The paw volume but not the nociceptive response produced by carrageenan in irradiated rats was higher than that induced in non-irradiated rats. Nano-Se were effective in reducing the paw volume in non-irradiated and irradiated rats, but it did not alter the nociceptive threshold. The inflammation induced in irradiated rats increased all the estimated parameters in the exudate whereas; Nano-Se decreased their elevation in non-irradiated and irradiated rats. Nano-Se possess a potential anti-inflammatory activity on inflammation induced in irradiated rats.


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