[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The administration of thrombolytic therapy is the most common method of achieving patency of the occluded coronary artery in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, thrombolytic agents and the byproducts of fibrinolysis have the potential to affect neutrophil activation and thus function, thereby augmenting myocardial damage further. This study assessed the effect of streptokinase administration on the function of circulating neutrophils in patients with AMI. For this neutrophil adherence to human umbilical vein endothelial cells, homotypic neutrophil aggregation, and CD11b and L-selectin expression on the neutrophil membrane prior to and 1 h and 6 h after thrombolytic therapy was monitored. The study population included patients with AMI who received aspirin and streptokinase, and healthy laboratory workers who received aspirin only; all subjects acted as their own controls. Circulating fibrin degradation products and white cells were markedly raised following administration of streptokinase. No significant differences in neutrophil adherence to endothelium, homotypic neutrophil interactions, and CD11b or L-selectin expression were demonstrated between neutrophils, either pre- or post-thrombolytic therapy in the infarct group, or between neutrophils from the infarct group and from the control group. It was concluded that streptokinase produces an abrupt neutrophil leukocytosis together with a marked increase in circulating levels of fibrin degradation products. The assay systems used were unable to show significant sequential changes in circulating neutrophil adhesion and L-selectin or CD11b expression in patients with AMI following thrombolytic therapy or when these patients were compared with controls.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objectives of this study were (1) To assess human umbilical cord vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) fibronectin (Fn) content and integrity in patients with preeclampsia and (2) to investigate the ability of Fn and Fn fragments (FnDP) to disrupt endothelial cell attachment to an Fn matrix through modulation of plasminogen activator activity. Intact Fn was released from normal cord veins, while Fn and FnDP (70 and 21 kd) were released from cord veins in culture from patients with severe preeclampsia. Factor VIII and Fn immunostaining of normal cord sections revealed endothelial integrity and low Fn content, while immunostaining of cord sections from patients with preeclampsia revealed a disrupted endothelium and high concentrations of Fn. Both intact Fn and FnDP isolated from patient plasma or prepared by plasmin digestion of pure Fn had no effect on chromium 51 release from HUVECs. These FnDP, but not intact Fn, stimulated HUVEC urokinase plasminogen activator production within 2 hours (p < 0.05) and caused a time- and concentration-dependent detachment and disruption of the HUVEC monolayers and HUVEC-mediated degradation of immobilized iodine 125-labeled Fn underneath the HUVEC monolayer (p < 0.02) after 2 hours. This 125I-labeled Fn release was enhanced by plasminogen and inhibited by aprotinin. Thus FnDP appear to cause endothelial cell disruption that may be due to plasmin generation in vitro.
Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 05/1995; 125(4):522-30. · 2.80 Impact Factor