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Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Win M Oo, James M Linklater, David J Hunter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent and disabling disease still necessitating research in pathogenic mechanisms, predictors of disease progression and responsive techniques to detect the slow structural changes within a short time frame. In this scenario, imaging modalities are essential. With recent advancements in technology and availability of large longitudinal datasets, tremendous advances are occurring. The present review discusses and summarizes recent original publications in this area...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Sophie C Warner, Ana M Valdes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteoarthritis is a common complex disorder with a strong genetic component. Other identified risk factors such as increasing age and overweight do not fully explain the risk of osteoarthritis. Here, we highlight the main findings from genetic association studies on osteoarthritis to date. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, genetic association studies have identified 21 independent susceptibility loci for osteoarthritis. Studies have focused on hip, knee and hand osteoarthritis, as well as posttotal joint replacement and minimum joint space width, a proxy for cartilage thickness...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Rosaria Talarico, Simone Barsotti, Elena Elefante, Chiara Baldini, Chiara Tani, Marta Mosca
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a critical analysis of the recent literature on this topic, with particular focus on the most relevant studies published over the last year. RECENT FINDINGS: Many studies are published every year on the diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment of pulmonary involvement in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). The main subjects covered by this article are the pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical aspects of lung involvement in ANCA-associated vasculitis and non-ANCA-associated vasculitis...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Carla R Scanzello
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory changes in joint tissues can be detected by modern imaging techniques in osteoarthritis patients, but may be clinically subtle compared with many other types of arthritis. These changes associate with disease progression and clinical severity, and many inflammatory mediators may have biomarker utility. Moreover, a number of inflammatory mechanisms play a role in animal models of disease, but it is still not clear which mechanisms predominate and might be therapeutically manipulated most effectively...
October 14, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Bryant R England, Geoffrey M Thiele, Ted R Mikuls
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews recent literature on the origin and pathogenic role of anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPAs) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RECENT FINDINGS: ACPAs and ACPA-immune complexes interact with immune cells to facilitate articular inflammation. Findings from recent in vitro and in vivo studies are congruent with epidemiologic observations in RA supporting a pathogenic role of ACPAs. SUMMARY: ACPAs target proteins/peptides with citrullinated epitopes and serve as informative RA biomarkers...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Yaíma L Lightfoot, Mariana J Kaplan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A breakdown of immune tolerance to self-antigens in a genetically predisposing background, precipitated by environmental triggers, contributes to the development of systemic autoimmune diseases. Renewed interest in the immunomodulatory capabilities of neutrophils in systemic autoimmunity has identified neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation as a distinguishing action of neutrophils in afflicted hosts. RECENT FINDINGS: Oxidation of nucleic acids and posttranslational modifications of proteins distinctly occur during NET formation and may promote enhanced immunogenicity...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Hagit Peleg, Eldad Ben-Chetrit
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article addresses the prevalence and relationship between autoinflammatory diseases and vasculitis. RECENT FINDINGS: Autoimmune diseases (AIDs) are a group of syndromes characterized by episodes of unprovoked inflammation due to dysregulation of the innate immune system. Despite the common occurrence of rashes and other skin lesions in these diseases, vasculitis is reported in only a few. On the other hand, neutrophilic dermatoses are more prevalent...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Yolande F M Ramos, Ingrid Meulenbelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an update of recent advances in the established role of different layers of epigenetic control mechanism that are used by joint cells to ensure tissue homeostasis and cope with changing microenvironment (e.g. ageing or disease). RECENT FINDINGS: New studies have further strengthened the evidence that joint tissue cells highly dependent on epigenetic control mechanisms, such as methylation at CpG-sites, noncoding RNAs and histone modifications to assure phenotypic plasticity and respective tissue homeostasis...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Emire Seyahi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Takayasu arteritis has long been considered as an uncommon disease, rather specific to the Far-East; however recent surveys show that the disease can be seen in all ethnicities around the world with increasing prevalence rates. Nowadays, it would not be fair to consider Takayasu arteritis as a rare disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Although involvement of the thoracic aorta and its branches was more common among females, males had a tendency toward limited involvement of the abdominal aorta and its branches...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Pietro Leccese, Yusuf Yazici, Ignazio Olivieri
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Behcet's syndrome is more common in certain geographic regions, however, can be seen outside of these areas and need to be included in the differential diagnosis of many patients, as it has overlapping features with many rheumatologic conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: Especially in regions with immigrant populations, there seem to be similarities to originating countries in Behcet's prevalence, but the syndrome is not limited to those from certain backgrounds and can be seen in others also...
September 28, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Ibrahim Hatemi, Gulen Hatemi, Aykut F Çelik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gastrointestinal system can be involved in primary and secondary vasculitides. The recent data regarding the pathophysiology, clinical findings, diagnosis, management, and outcome of gastrointestinal involvement in different types of vasculitis are reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Diagnosis of gastrointestinal vasculitis may be difficult and relies mostly on imaging, because biopsy samples are hard to obtain and superficial mucosal biopsies have a low yield...
September 28, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Rachel E Miller, Joel A Block, Anne-Marie Malfait
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies hold tremendous potential for the management of osteoarthritis pain, but clinical trials have revealed serious adverse effects that are incompletely understood. This review discusses clinical trial results along with preclinical studies that have assessed NGF blockade in experimental osteoarthritis, in order to provide insight for future studies. RECENT FINDINGS: Systematic reviews have revealed that anti-NGF therapy, including tanezumab, is efficacious in improving pain and function, but serious adverse events, including rapidly progressive osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis, resulted in a moratorium on trials that was only recently lifted...
September 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Konstantinos Thomas, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent evidence for infection rates in patients with systemic vasculitides, the role of specific infectious agents in the pathogenesis of vasculitis and recent breakthroughs in the treatment of virus-associated vasculitides. RECENT FINDINGS: In well designed recent studies, infections were found to be common during the first 6-12 months in patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) and to contribute significantly to increased mortality during this period...
September 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Ilknur Tugal-Tutkun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The primary systemic vasculitides represent a spectrum of rare but life-threatening conditions that may also affect the eye in various forms. This article reviews recently published data on ocular manifestations of systemic vasculitis. RECENT FINDINGS: Early diagnosis and timely treatment has led to better visual outcomes in giant cell arteritis (GCA). Gene expression from orbital tissues could distinguish granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) from sarcoidosis and Graves disease, but not from idiopathic orbital inflammation...
September 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
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November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Andrew L Mammen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to describe the spectrum of clinical, histological, and serological features in patients with immune-mediated necrotizing myopathies (IMNMs). RECENT FINDINGS: Autoantibodies recognizing the signal recognition particle (SRP) or 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR) define two unique subtypes of necrotizing myositis patient with distinct clinical features. For example, the major histocompatibility class II human leukocyte antigen allele DRB111:01 is a strong immunogenetic risk factor for developing anti-HMGCR autoantibodies whereas B5001 and DQA10104 are over-represented in patients with anti-SRP autoantibodies...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Adam P Lightfoot, Robert G Cooper
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article updates on the concept that muscle-derived cytokines (myokines) play important roles in muscle health and disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is released from normal skeletal muscle in response to exercise, mediating both anti-inflammatory responses and metabolic adaptations, actions contradictory to the prevailing view that IL-6 is a proinflammatory cytokine that is inducing and propagating disease. The anti-inflammatory effects of IL-6 result from its trans-membrane signalling capability, via membrane-bound receptors, whereas its proinflammatory effects result instead from signalling via the soluble IL-6 receptor and gp130...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Nedim Durmus, Sung-Hyun Park, Joan Reibman, Gabriele Grunig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Scleroderma and other autoimmune-induced connective tissue diseases are characterized by dysfunctions in the immune system, connective tissue and the vasculature. We are focusing on systemic sclerosis (SSc)-associated pulmonary hypertension, which remains a leading cause of death with only a 50-60% of 2-year survival rate. RECENT FINDINGS: Much research and translational efforts have been directed at understanding the immune response that causes SSc and the networked interactions with the connective tissue and the vasculature...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Julie J Paik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the most updated literature of myopathy in scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: In the past year, studies have demonstrated that myopathy in scleroderma is associated with poor outcomes such as disability and mortality. In addition, muscle histopathology in scleroderma continues to reveal that it is a heterogeneous entity, and that necrosis and acute neurogenic atrophy may be a more prevalent histopathologic feature in muscle biopsies than previously reported...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Ariane L Herrick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related digital vasculopathy can progress from severe Raynaud's phenomenon to digital ulceration, is a major cause of pain and disability, and impacts negatively on quality of life. Current treatments are often ineffective and poorly tolerated. This review summarises some of the progress which has been made in the last 12 to 18 months in terms of our understanding of disease process, measurement and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The most important findings include that we can now better predict which patients with SSc are most likely to develop digital ulcers...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
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