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Evaluation of lncRNA Expression Pattern and Potential Role in Heart Failure Pathology

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Disease Markers publishes papers related to the identification of disease markers, the elucidation of their role and mechanism, as well as their application in the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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Chief Editor Paola Gazzaniga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Her core research focuses on liquid biopsies in patients with solid tumors.

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Aldolase A Promotes Colorectal Cancer Progression through Targeting COPS6 and Regulating MAPK Signaling Pathway

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a serious threat to human health, and its underlying mechanisms remain to be further explored. Aldolase A (ALDOA) has received increasing attention for its reported association with multiple cancers, but the role and mechanisms of ALDOA in CRC are still unclear. In the current study, high expression levels and enzymatic activity of ALDOA were detected in CRC tissues and cell lines, indicating the clinical significance of ALDOA in human CRC. In addition, silencing ALDOA significantly impaired the proliferation and metastasis of CRC cells in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, immunoprecipitation assays and mass spectrometry analysis identified the binding protein COPS6 of ALDOA. Furthermore, the promoting effects of upregulated ALDOA on CRC cell proliferation and metastasis were inhibited by COPS6 depletion, demonstrating COPS6 was required for ALDOA in mediating CRC progress. Moreover, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program and MAPK signaling pathway were found to be activated by ALDOA overexpression as well. In summary, our findings suggested that ALDOA facilitated the proliferation and metastasis of CRC by binding and regulating COPS6, inducing EMT, and activating the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. The present study provided evidence for ALDOA as a promising potential biomarker for CRC.

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Coagulation Dysfunction in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis and Splenomegaly and Its Countermeasures: A Retrospective Study of 1522 Patients

Objective. Patients with cirrhosis and splenomegaly often have coagulation dysfunction which affects treatment and prognosis. This study explores the status, grading, and treatment strategies of coagulation dysfunction in patients with liver cirrhosis and splenomegaly. Methods. A retrospective cohort study was conducted on the clinical data on consecutive patients with cirrhosis and splenomegaly treated at Hainan General Hospital, China, from January 2000 to December 2020. Starting research in January 2022. Results. Among 1522 patients included into this study, 297 (19.5%) patients had normal results in all five coagulation tests (prothrombin time, prothrombin activity, activated partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, and fibrinogen), and 1225 (80.5%) had coagulation dysfunction in at least one of these tests. There were significant differences () in treatment efficacy on these patients for three of these five coagulation tests, with the exception of prothrombin activity and thrombin time. When coagulation dysfunction was classified into grades I, II, and III based on scores from the three significant coagulation tests, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and fibrinogen, significant differences in surgical outcomes were found among the three grades of coagulation dysfunction and between grades I and III (). The operative mortality rate in patients with grade III in treating liver cancer, portal hypersplenism, and/or splenomegaly was 6.5%. There was no significant difference between patients with grades I and II (). Conclusions. Approximately, 80% of patients with liver cirrhosis and splenomegaly had coagulation dysfunction. Surgery is feasible for grade I and II patients. For grade III patients, nonsurgical treatment should be given first, and surgery should only be considered when the coagulation function returns to normal or near-normal levels after treatment. This trial is registered with MR-46-22-009299.

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Identifying Hub Genes and miRNA-mRNA Regulatory Networks in Mice Infected with H1N1 Influenza Virus

H1N1 influenza virus is a major factor in seasonal influenza outbreaks. After the body is infected with the influenza virus, the expression of certain mRNAs, including miRNAs, could be affected. However, the association between these mRNAs and miRNAs remains unclear. This study is aimed at identifying differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and miRNAs (DEmiRs) caused by H1N1 influenza virus infection and constructing a miRNA-mRNA regulatory network. Nine GSE datasets were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, of which seven were mRNA data and two were miRNA data. The limma package in R language package was used to analyze array data, and edgeR package was used to analyze high-throughput sequencing data. At the same time, the genes related to H1N1 infection were further screened by WGCNA analysis. DEGs were subjected to Gene Ontology and KEGG pathway enrichment analyses by DAVID database, while the STRING database predicted the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network. The correspondence between miRNA and target mRNA was analyzed by the miRWalk database. Cytoscape software was used to output PPI results, identify hub genes, and construct a miRNA-mRNA regulatory network. 114 DEGs and 37 candidate DEmiRs were identified for subsequent analysis. These DEGs were significantly enriched in response to the virus, cytokine activity, and symbiont-containing vacuole membrane. According to KEGG analysis, DEGs were enriched in PD-L1 expression and PD-1 checkpoint pathway. The key point Cd274 (PD-L1) was highly expressed in the H1N1-infected group. Finally, a potential miRNA-mRNA regulatory network (containing 8 candidate DEmiRs and 69 candidate DEGs) and a PPI network were constructed. After that, three hub genes were identified: Ifit3, Stat2, and Irf7. These hub genes and Cd274 were validated by another independent high-throughput dataset and were highly expressed pattern. This study will help researchers gain insights into the intrinsic effects of H1N1 influenza virus infection on the host and suggest a novel association of H1N1 virus with the host immune system.

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Prognostic Factors and Survival of Chinese Patients with Cardiac Amyloidosis

Purpose. To identify the survival and prognostic factors for cardiac amyloidosis (CA) in Chinese patients. Methods. This was a prospective cohort study of 72 patients diagnosed with CA and admitted to the PLA General Hospital between November 2017 and April 2021. Demographic, clinical, laboratory, electrocardiographic, conventional ultrasound, endocardial LS during LV systole (LV ENDO LSsys), and myocardial strain data were recorded. Survival was assessed. All-cause mortality was the endpoint. Follow-up was censored on September 30, 2021. Results. The mean follow-up was months. Among the 72 patients, 39 died, 23 survived, and 10 were lost to follow-up. Mean survival for all patients was months. Mean survival was months among patients with NYHA class II, months for NYHA class III, and months for NYHA class IV. The multivariate Cox proportional hazard regression model showed that NYHA class (, 95% CI: 1.36–8.65, ), log-proBNP level (, 95% CI: 1.17–5.83, ), and ENDO LSsys of the LV basal level (, 95% CI: 1.05–1.95, ) were independent prognostic factors for CA. Conclusion. NYHA class, proBNP level, and ENDO LSsys of the LV basal level were independently associated with the survival of patients with CA.

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Cuproptosis-Related Genes CDK1 and COA6 Involved in the Prognosis Prediction of Liver Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Background. Liver hepatocellular carcinoma (LIHC) is the most frequently seen type of primary liver cancer. Cuproptosis is a novel form of cell death highly associated with mitochondrial metabolism. However, the clinical impact and pertinent mechanism of cuproptosis genes in LIHC remain largely unknown. Methods. From public databases, we systematically assessed common genes from LIHC differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and cuproptosis-related genes using bioinformatics analysis. These common genes were then analyzed by enrichment analysis, mutation analysis, risk score model, and others to find candidate hub genes related to LIHC and cuproptosis. Next, hub genes were determined by expression, clinical factors, immunoassay, and prognostic nomogram. Results. Based on 129 cuproptosis-related genes and 3492 LIHC DEGs, we totally identified 21 downregulated and 18 upregulated common genes, and they were enriched in pathways, such as zinc ion homeostasis and oxidative phosphorylation. In the mutation analysis, missense mutation was the most common type in LIHC patients, and the common gene F5 had the highest mutation frequency. After LASSO-Cox regression analysis and prognostic analysis, CDK1, ABCB6, LCAT, and COA6 were identified as prognostic signature genes. Among them, ABCB6 and LCAT were lowly expressed in tumors, and CDK1 and COA6 were highly expressed in tumors. In addition, ABCB6 and LCAT were negatively correlated with 6 kinds of immune cells, while CDK1 and COA6 were positively correlated with them. CDK1 and COA6 were identified as hub genes related to LIHC by Cox regression analysis and prognostic nomogram. Conclusion. CDK1 and COA6 are two oncogenes in LIHC, which are involved in the molecular mechanism of cuproptosis and LIHC. Besides, CDK1 and COA6 can positively regulate the expressions of immune cells in LIHC. In clinical practice, they can be used as immunotherapeutic targets and prognostic predictors in LIHC, which sheds new light on the scientific fields of cuproptosis and LIHC.

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Low Plasma Levels of Hyaluronic Acid Might Rule Out Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Background. Sinusoidal obstructive syndrome (SOS) is a potentially fatal complication secondary to hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) conditioning. Endothelial damage plasma biomarkers such as plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), hyaluronic acid (HA), and vascular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM1) represent potential diagnostic tools for SOS. Methods. We prospectively collected serial citrated blood samples (baseline, day 0, day 7, and day 14) in all adult patients undergoing HSCT at La Paz Hospital, Madrid. Samples were later analyzed by ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for HA, VCAM1, and PAI-1 concentrations. Results. During sixteen months, we prospectively recruited 47 patients. Seven patients (14%) were diagnosed with SOS according to the EBMT criteria for SOS/VOD diagnosis and received treatment with defibrotide. Our study showed a statistically significant elevation of HA on day 7 in SOS patients, preceding clinical SOS diagnosis, with a sensitivity of 100%. Furthermore, we observed a significant increase of HA and VCAM1 levels on day 14. Regarding risk factors, we observed a statistically significant association between SOS diagnosis and the fact that patients received 3 or more previous lines of treatment before HSCT. Conclusions. The early significant increase in HA levels observed opens the door to a noninvasive peripheral blood test which could have the potential to improve diagnosis and facilitate prophylactic and therapeutic management of SOS before clinical/histological damage is established.

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