(1/75) Differential serodiagnosis for cystic and alveolar echinococcosis using fractions of Echinococcus granulosus cyst fluid (antigen B) and E. multilocularis protoscolex (EM18).

Echinococcus granulosus cyst fluid and E. multilocularis protoscolex extract were fractionated by a single step of preparative isoelectric focusing, resulting in an antigen B-rich fraction (8-kD) and an Em18-rich fraction, respectively. The usefulness of both fractions for differential serodiagnosis of cystic (CE) and alveolar (AE) echinococcosis was evaluated by a large-scale immunoblot analysis on a battery of 354 serum samples. These included 66 from AE patients originating from four different endemic areas, 173 from CE patients originating from seven different endemic areas, 71 from patients with other parasitic diseases, 15 from patients with hepatomas, and 29 from healthy individuals. In an immunoblot with the antigen B-rich fraction, 92% (158 of 173) of the CE sera as well as 79% (52 of 66) of the AE sera reacted with the 8-kD subunit. No cross-reactivity occurred with any sera from patients with cysticercosis, other parasitic diseases, or with hepatomas, or from healthy controls. In an immunoblot with the Em18-rich fraction, all but two sera from AE patients (64 of 66, 97%) recognized Em18, and only nine of 34 CE sera from China reacted with it. All other (139) CE sera from six other countries were negative as were all (115) other non-echinococcosis sera. These findings indicate that antigen B (8-kD) is not species-specific for E. granulosus but is genus-specific for Echinococcus, and that the Em18 antigen is a reliable serologic marker for species-specific differentiation of AE from CE.  (+info)

(2/75) New insights into the molecular pathophysiology of polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic kidney diseases are characterized by the progressive expansion of multiple cystic lesions, which compromise the function of normal parenchyma. Throughout the course of these diseases, renal tubular function and structure are altered, changing the tubular microenvironment and ultimately causing the formation and progressive expansion of cystic lesions. Renal tubules are predisposed to cystogenesis when a germ line mutation is inherited in either the human PKD1 or PKD2 genes in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) or when a homozygous mutation in Tg737 is inherited in the orpk mouse model of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). Recent information strongly suggests that the protein products of these disease genes may form a macromolecular signaling structure, the polycystin complex, which regulates fundamental aspects of renal epithelial development and cell biology. Here, we re-examine the cellular pathophysiology of renal cyst formation and enlargement in the context of our current understanding of the molecular genetics of ADPKD and ARPKD.  (+info)

(3/75) Vascular endothelial growth factor levels in ovarian cyst fluid correlate with malignancy.

Ovarian cancer is a richly vascularized neoplasm with solid and cystic components. The purpose of this study was to determine whether cyst fluid could be used to quantitatively evaluate production of angiogenic factors in ovarian lesions. ELISA was used to measure vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in the cyst fluid of patients with ovarian cancer (n = 13), benign cysts and cystadenomas (n = 23), borderline tumors (n = 5), and functional cysts (n = 8). VEGF levels were markedly elevated in the fluid of malignant cysts (38.5+/-8.2 ng/ml) as compared with benign (1.6+/-0.4 ng/ml; P < 0.001), borderline (5.7+/-1.5 ng/ml; P < 0.001), or functional cysts (3.8+/-2.0 ng/ml; P < 0.001). The presence of VEGF in cancer cells was confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Follow-up of patients with malignant and borderline lesions demonstrated a correlation between VEGF levels in cyst fluid and tumor recurrence (P = 0.03). bFGF in malignant cysts was either undetectable or very low (0.3+/-0.2 ng/ml), and no significant differences were found in bFGF levels among malignant, benign, borderline, and functional cysts. This study demonstrates that ovarian malignancy is associated with dramatic elevation of VEGF levels in ovarian cyst fluid. Conversely, there is no correlation between cyst fluid bFGF levels and malignant transformation. The high levels of VEGF in malignant cysts are consistent with the hypothesis that this growth factor plays an important role in ovarian cancer related-angiogenesis and tumor progression and represents a potentially important target of antiangiogenic therapy.  (+info)

(4/75) Factors that increase the risk of leakage during surgical removal of benign cystic teratomas.

The contents of mature cystic teratomas can be a potent irritant resulting in chemical peritonitis. Using a retrospective cohort, we examined the various risk factors for leakage of benign cystic teratomas during laparoscopy and laparotomy. Cyst leakage of the benign cystic teratoma contents was the primary endpoint. In all, 158 women underwent surgery for a total of 178 ovarian benign cystic teratomas. Statistical analysis was performed using chi(2), Mann-Whitney U and multivariate logistic regression analysis. A total of 115 benign cystic teratomas was successfully removed without intra-operative leakage and 63 underwent intra-operative leakage either at laparoscopy or laparotomy. The likelihood of success of removing the benign cystic teratoma intact was unrelated to age, pre-operative size or surgical technique. There was no difference among cystectomies performed by laparotomy in surgeon experience or the presence of adhesions. However, surgeons with more laparoscopic experience (>35 laparoscopies/year) were less likely to have intra-operative leakage (relative risk: 0.5, 95% confidence interval: 0.2, 1.2) compared to surgeons with less experience (<20/year) at cystectomy (26.1 versus 51.2% respectively). Oophorectomy significantly reduced the frequency of intra-operative leakage at both laparoscopy and laparotomy (14.7%). These findings suggest that laparoscopic experience can reduce the risk of leakage at cystectomy. At laparotomy, lack of surgeon postgraduate years of experience was not a risk factor for leakage.  (+info)

(5/75) Modulation of oestrone sulphate formation and hydrolysis in breast cancer cells by breast cyst fluid from British and Hungarian women.

Women with gross cystic breast disease may have an increased risk of breast cancer. In this study the ability of breast cyst fluid (BCF), obtained from British or Hungarian women, to modulate oestrone sulphate (E1S) formation or hydrolysis, has been examined. For this, oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+) MCF-7 or MDA-MB-231 (ER-) breast cancer cells were employed. The formation and hydrolysis of E1S was measured using radiometric techniques. BCF from British and Hungarian women mainly inhibited E1S hydrolysis in MCF-7 cells while stimulating hydrolysis in MDA-MB-231 cells. The extent of inhibition or stimulation of E1S hydrolysis in these cells was related to the Na+/K+ ratio of the BCF. There was a significant inverse relationship between the extent to which BCF samples inhibited hydrolysis in MCF-7 cells and stimulated it in MDA-MB-231 cells. BCF stimulated E1S formation in MCF-7 cells while inhibiting formation in MDA-MB-231 cells. No difference in the ability of BCF from British or Hungarian women to inhibit or stimulate E1S hydrolysis was detected in ER+ or ER- breast cancer cells. In contrast, BCF from British women stimulated E1S formation in ER+ cells (median 82%) to a significantly greater extent (P < 0.01) than BCF from Hungarian women (median 33%). The role that E1S has in breast cancer development remains unclear. The greater stimulation of E1S formation by BCF from British women, who have a higher risk of breast cancer than Hungarian women, suggests that it may act as a storage form of oestrogen within cells that can be activated by oestrone sulphatase.  (+info)

(6/75) MUC-6 mucin is a major component of "blood group substance" from human ovarian cyst fluid.

Ovarian cyst fluid has been a valuable source of the mucins (traditionally termed "blood group substances") that were used for the elucidation of the structures of the ABO Lewis blood group determinants, but the identity of the mucin peptide core(s) carrying these carbohydrate specificities is not known. An ovarian cyst fluid mucin was purified, deglycosylated with HF and digested with trypsin or chymotrypsin to yield a number of peptides. Amino acid sequencing of these peptides yielded five different sequences which showed complete or partial homology to the MUC-6 apomucin deduced from DNA sequencing. As no other sequences were identified, it is concluded that MUC-6 is the major mucin core structure of ovarian cyst fluid mucin.  (+info)

(7/75) Characterization and optimization of bovine Echinococcus granulosus cyst fluid to be used in immunodiagnosis of hydatid disease by ELISA.

The aim of this work was to assess the influence in the diagnostic value for human hydatid disease of the composition of bovine hydatid cyst fluid (BHCF) obtained from fertile (FC) and non-fertile cysts (NFC). Eight batches from FC and 5 from NFC were prepared and analysed with respect to chemical composition: total protein, host-derived protein, carbohydrate and lipid contents. No differences were observed in the first two parameters but carbohydrate and lipid contents were shown to be higher in batches from FC than in those from NFC. Bands of 38 and 116 kD in SDS-PAGE profiles were observed to be present in BHCF from FC only. Two pools were prepared from BHCF batches obtained from FC (PFC) and NFC (PNFC), respectively. Antigen recognition patterns were analysed by immunoblot. Physicochemical conditions for adsorption of antigens to the polystyrene surface (ELISA plates) were optimized. The diagnostic value of both types of BHCF as well as the diagnostic relevance of oxidation of their carbohydrate moieties with periodate were assessed by ELISA using 42 serum samples from hydatid patients, 41 from patients with other disorders, and 15 from healthy donors. Reactivity of all sera against native antigen were tested with and without free phosphorylcholine. The best diagnostic efficiency was observed using BHCF from periodate-treated PFC using glycine buffer with strong ionic strength to coat ELISA plates.  (+info)

(8/75) Fetal ovarian cysts: prenatal diagnosis, management and postnatal outcome.

OBJECTIVE: In female fetuses ovarian cysts represent the most important differential diagnosis for intra-abdominal masses. Analyzing our own patient population we investigated whether there was a connection between sonographic parameters and postnatal course, especially with regard to the need for surgical intervention. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of cases from the years 1986-1999. The pre- and postnatal data of 64 fetuses who were suspected prenatally to have an ovarian cyst were analyzed. The postnatal outcome was known for all the children. RESULTS: The diagnosis was made in all cases in the third trimester (median, 35; range, 26-40 weeks' gestation). In 34 of the 64 (53%) cases, resolution of the cyst occurred either prenatally (n = 18, 53%) or postnatally (n = 16, 47%). The cystic structure in the cases with resolution was isolated, smooth-walled (n = 29) or heterogeneous (n = 5). Postnatal surgery was performed in 30 of the 64 (47%) children. In 18 of the 30 children a fenestration of the ovary was performed (60%). In this group there were 13 children with an isolated, smooth-walled ovarian cyst and five children with a heterogeneous cyst. Twelve of the 30 (40%) children underwent an ovariectomy. Among these 12 children there were eight cases with a heterogeneous cystic structure and four cases with an isolated, smooth-walled cystic structure. Of the 30 cases that underwent surgery, 29 had a follicular cyst and one had an ovarian teratoma (with a heterogeneous internal structure). In three fetuses aspiration of cyst fluid was undertaken and subsequent resolution occurred in one case. The other two cases had to undergo postnatal fenestration. CONCLUSIONS: When an ovarian cyst is suspected prenatally, serial ultrasound monitoring should follow and delivery should take place in a perinatal center. The prenatal findings should also be checked postnatally by ultrasound. Prenatal aspiration of the cyst seems to be of no advantage and should be carried out only in special individual cases.  (+info)