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Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

Julia Upton, Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn
Baked milk (BM) and baked egg (BE) diets are increasingly used in the management of milk and egg allergy, rather than avoidance. Children with tolerance versus reactivity to BM and BE may have smaller skin prick test and lower specific IgE, and BM-tolerant children have less basophil reactivity and more peripheral T regulatory cells. However, most milk- and egg-allergic children tolerate BM and BE and an individual's reactivity is unpredictable. Non-reactivity is due to conformational changes in the allergens...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Francesca Trentin, Mariele Gatto, Margherita Zen, Larosa Maddalena, Linda Nalotto, Francesca Saccon, Elisabetta Zanatta, Luca Iaccarino, Andrea Doria
To date, belimumab is the only biological drug approved for the treatment of patients with active refractory SLE. We compared and critically analyzed the results of 11 observational clinical-practice-based studies, conducted in SLE referral centers. Despite the differences in endpoints and follow-up duration, all studies remarked that belimumab provides additional benefits when used as an add-on to existing treatment, allowing a higher rate of patients to reach remission and to taper or discontinue corticosteroids...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Leticia Tordesillas, M Cecilia Berin
Oral tolerance is a state of systemic unresponsiveness that is the default response to food antigens in the gastrointestinal tract, although immune tolerance can also be induced by other routes, such as the skin or inhalation. Antigen can be acquired directly by intestinal phagocytes, or pass through enterocytes or goblet cell-associated passages prior to capture by dendritic cells (DCs) in the lamina propria. Mucin from goblet cells acts on DCs to render them more tolerogenic. A subset of regulatory DCs expressing CD103 is responsible for delivery of antigen to the draining lymph node and induction of Tregs...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Xiao Xiao, Min Lian, Weici Zhang, M Eric Gershwin, Xiong Ma
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), which usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly men, is a newly recognized fibroinflammatory condition characterized by swelling and sclerosis of involved organs, increased IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration in lesions, and elevated IgG4 concentration in serum. Despite growing interest in the research, the pathophysiological mechanism remains elusive. Most IgG4-RD patients respond well to steroid therapy initially, but recurrent and refractory cases are common, especially in advanced fibrotic stage...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Sandy R Durrani, Vincent A Mukkada, Theresa W Guilbert
Eosinophilic esophagitis and asthma are frequently found as comorbid conditions in children and adults along with other manifestations of atopic diathesis. These two conditions have similar T helper 2 responses-driven pathophysiology and share common management strategies such as using systemic corticosteroids and targeted anti-cytokine biologic therapies. Review of the literature finds that asthma is often a comorbid condition in eosinophilic esophagitis in both children and adults; however, the EoE-asthma relationship remains poorly characterized mechanistically and clinically...
February 18, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Sayantani B Sindher, Andrew Long, Swati Acharya, Vanitha Sampath, Kari C Nadeau
The incidence of allergic conditions has continued to rise over the past several decades, with a growing body of research dedicated toward the treatment of such conditions. By driving a complex range of changes in the underlying immune response, immunotherapy is the only therapy that modulates the immune system with long-term effects and is presently utilized for the treatment of several atopic conditions. Recent efforts have focused on identifying biomarkers associated with these changes that may be of use in predicting patients with the highest likelihood of positive clinical outcomes during allergen immunotherapy (AIT), providing guidance regarding AIT discontinuation, and predicting symptomatic relapse and the need for booster AIT after therapy...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Amal Assa'ad
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a disorder that has been identified recently, thus knowledge about it, its pathogenesis, and potential etiologies has spread in an era where the medical community and the public are receiving the information and discussing it as it appears in the medical literature. Because physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology are difficult to explain in layman terms, the author has used photographs taken in remote areas of the Amazon to create visual similes within a narrative that brings the scientific and medical concepts of the knowledge on EoE to a level that allows both medical and non-medical persons to grasp and discuss their significance...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Ennio Giulio Favalli, Martina Biggioggero, Chiara Crotti, Andrea Becciolini, Maria Gabriella Raimondo, Pier Luigi Meroni
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and progressive autoimmune disease more common in women than men (3:1). Although sex-based differences may play a complex role in promoting an autoimmune dysfunction, to date the comprehensive knowledge of the link between sex and RA is still partially lacking. Furthermore, males and females have been demonstrated to differently deal with their chronic pathologies, modifying the perceived sex-based burden of disease. Gender medicine is a newly approach focusing on the impact of gender differences on human physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical features of diseases, analyzing the complex interrelation and integration of sex and psychological and cultural behavior...
January 26, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Emily Ko, Mirna Chehade
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an immune-mediated, chronic esophageal disease characterized by esophageal symptoms and esophageal eosinophilia. It is triggered by foods and possibly by environmental allergens. Currently, there are no FDA-approved therapies for EoE. Commonly used treatments include dietary restrictions and topical corticosteroids. Many of these therapies are suboptimal in their efficacy, have side effects, or diminish patients' quality of life. Biologic therapies for EoE have therefore been sought as an alternative...
January 25, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Quindelyn S Cook, A Wesley Burks
Food allergy is a significant public health problem, with no suitable treatments available for patients. Currently, patients are limited to avoidance and the use of readily available emergency medications. Immunotherapy is an appealing therapeutic strategy for inducing tolerance. Studies with whole native allergens have demonstrated the efficacy of immunotherapy for food allergy; however, the risk of IgE-mediated reactions with such treatment is significant. Advances in molecular biology techniques, including purification, sequencing, and cloning, have allowed researchers to identify specific allergen components and T cell binding epitopes...
January 24, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Jesus R Guajardo, Melissa A Zegarra-Bustamante, Edward G Brooks
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an atopic disease defined clinically by esophageal symptoms in combination with a dense esophageal eosinophilia. EoE is triggered and maintained by exposure to certain foods and it is known that dietary modification controls symptoms and achieves disease remission. Recently, aeroallergens have been implicated in the pathogenesis of EoE. To examine the role of aeroallergens in EoE, we reviewed the published literature. Sensitization and production of IgE antibodies to foods and aeroallergens in subjects with EoE has been demonstrated...
January 22, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Curdin Conrad, Michel Gilliet
Over the last decade, the management of psoriasis has witnessed a paradigm shift. Thanks to the increasing knowledge about the pathogenesis of psoriasis, targeted treatments with monoclonal antibodies have been developed. These antibodies, which target the pathogenic TNF/IL-23/IL-17-pathway, were shown to be safe and efficacious in the management of most patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis. Recently, molecular and genetic studies in pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis have identified additional inflammatory pathways, providing evidence that psoriasis is a heterogeneous disease and highlighting the requirement for personalized disease characterization for treatment optimization...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Benjamin P Davis
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the esophagus associated with an atopic predisposition which appears to be increasing in prevalence over the last few decades. Symptoms stem from fibrosis, swelling, and smooth muscle dysfunction. In the past two decades, the etiology of EoE has been and is continuing to be revealed. This review provides an overview of the effects of genetics, environment, and immune function including discussions that touch on microbiome, the role of diet, food allergy, and aeroallergy...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Min Lian, Carlo Selmi, M Eric Gershwin, Xiong Ma
Myeloid cells play a major role in the sensitization to liver injury, particularly in chronic inflammatory liver diseases with a biliary or hepatocellular origin, and the interplay between myeloid cells and the liver may explain the increased incidence of hepatic osteodystrophy. The myeloid cell-liver axis involves several mature myeloid cells as well as immature or progenitor cells with the complexity of the liver immune microenvironment aggravating the mist of cell differentiation. The unique positioning of the liver at the junction of the peripheral and portal circulation systems underlines the interaction of myeloid cells and hepatic cells and leads to immune tolerance breakdown...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Robert Pollmann, Thomas Schmidt, Rüdiger Eming, Michael Hertl
Pemphigus is a group of rare, potentially devastating autoimmune diseases of the skin and mucous membranes with high morbidity and potentially lethal outcome. The major clinical variant, pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is caused by a loss of intercellular adhesion of epidermal keratinocytes which is induced by IgG autoantibodies against components of desmosomes. Specifically, IgG against the desmosomal adhesion proteins, desmoglein 3 (Dsg3) and desmoglein 1 (Dsg1), preferentially target their ectodomains which are presumably critical for the transinteraction and signalling function of these adhesion molecules...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Erminia Ridolo, Cristoforo Incorvaia, Irene Martignago, Marco Caminati, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Gianenrico Senna
A bulk of literature demonstrated that respiratory allergy, and especially asthma, is prevalent in males during childhood, while it becomes more frequent in females from adolescence, i.e., after menarche, to adulthood. The mechanisms underlying the difference between females and males are the effects on the immune response of female hormones and in particular the modulation of inflammatory response by estrogens, as well as the result of the activity of various cells, such as dendritic cells, innate lymphoid cells, Th1, Th2, T regulatory (Treg) and B regulatory (Bregs) cells, and a number of proteins and cytokines, which include interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, and IL-13...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Diana Muñoz-Mendoza, Adrián Chapa-Rodríguez, Sami L Bahna
As a chronic inflammatory disease with eosinophilic infiltrate of the esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) causes a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) clinical manifestations. None of the symptoms, endoscopic features, or biopsy findings is pathognomonic of the disease, even with high degrees of esophageal eosinophilia. The pathogenesis has been explored by several studies, yet it still far from being completely understood. Evidence supports a role of allergen-driven Th2 lymphocyte mechanism, though not in every patient...
December 30, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Anna E Ferguson, Vince A Mukkada, Patricia C Fulkerson
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, food antigen-driven gastrointestinal disease that is characterized by esophageal eosinophilia. Currently, there are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatments for EoE, but the two most commonly prescribed therapies include topical corticosteroids and food elimination diets. Clinical trials have revealed a significant proportion of cases that are resistant to topical corticosteroids, and although we define EoE as a food antigen-driven disease, not all patients with EoE respond to elimination diets or even elemental diets...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Carlo Mainetti, Marie-Astrid Peeters, Emmanuel Laffitte
Cutaneous granulomatosis is a heterogeneous group of diseases, characterized by a skin inflammatory reaction triggered by a wide variety of stimuli, including infections, foreign bodies, malignancy, metabolites, and chemicals. From a pathogenic point of view, they are divided into non-infectious and infectious granulomas. Pathophysiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Non-infectious granulomatous skin diseases include granuloma annulare, necrobiosis lipoidica, rheumatic nodules, foreign body granulomas, cutaneous sarcoidosis, and interstitial granulomatous dermatitis...
February 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Marianne Lerch, Carlo Mainetti, Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Thomas Harr
Recognition and timely adequate treatment of erythema multiforme remain a major challenge. In this review, current diagnostic guidelines, potential pitfalls, and modern/novel treatment options are summarized with the aim to help clinicians with diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making. The diagnosis of erythema multiforme, that has an acute, self-limiting course, is based on its typical clinical picture of targetoid erythematous lesions with predominant acral localization as well as histological findings...
February 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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