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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116459/neonatal-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
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Federica Vanoni, Sebastiano A G Lava, Emilio F Fossali, Riccardo Cavalli, Giacomo D Simonetti, Mario G Bianchetti, Marie-Ange Bozzini, Carlo Agostoni, Gregorio P Milani
Neonatal lupus erythematosus is an uncommon syndrome, which is caused by transplacental passage of maternal autoantibodies to Sjögren's syndrome A or B autoantigens. The clinical presentation includes distinctive cutaneous lesions resembling those seen in systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatobiliary disease, and cytopenias, which disappear with the clearance of maternal autoantibodies. The most severe presentation is a total atrioventricular heart block, which begins during the second trimester of gestation and is irreversible...
November 8, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090371/cutaneous-manifestations-of-dermatomyositis-a-comprehensive-review
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Carlo Mainetti, Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Carlo Selmi
Dermatomyositis (DM) is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy characterized by the presence of skin lesions and inflammation of skeletal muscles; however, this feature may be absent in amyopathic DM. DM is a rare disease, occurring at any age, and has two peaks of incidence: one in childhood between 5 and 15 years of age and one in adulthood between 40 and 60 years, with a female preponderance. DM has been associated with malignancy; therefore, every newly diagnosed patient should undergo screening investigations, but evidence-based guidelines on their extension are lacking...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081025/the-current-state-of-epicutaneous-immunotherapy-for-food-allergy-a-comprehensive-review
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Bruce J Lanser, Donald Y M Leung
The food allergy epidemic of recent years has led to the search for safe and effective methods of immunotherapy for foods. Studies of epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) in mice have shown promising safety and efficacy data. Murine models have also identified probable mechanisms for the development of tolerance to food allergens, including the induction of regulatory T cells. Clinical data is lacking, but relatively small and early studies among peanut and cow's milk allergic subjects suggest that EPIT has an excellent safety profile, particularly compared to other methods of specific allergen immunotherapy...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030829/review-diagnosing-common-variable-immunodeficiency-disorder-in-the-era-of-genome-sequencing
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Rohan Ameratunga, Klaus Lehnert, See-Tarn Woon, David Gillis, Vanessa L Bryant, Charlotte A Slade, Richard Steele
Common variable immunodeficiency disorders (CVID) are an enigmatic group of often heritable conditions, which may manifest for the first time in early childhood or as late as the eighth decade of life. In the last 5 years, next generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionised identification of genetic disorders. However, despite the best efforts of researchers around the globe, CVID conditions have been slow to yield their molecular secrets. We have previously described the many clinical advantages of identifying the genetic basis of primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs)...
October 14, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993983/skin-manifestations-associated-with-autoimmune-liver-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Pietro Invernizzi, M Eric Gershwin, Carlo Mainetti
Autoimmune liver diseases, which include mainly autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and the variant syndromes, are often associated with extrahepatic autoimmune diseases. However, the association with cutaneous diseases is less well described. In the present article, we provide a systematic literature review on skin manifestations linked to each of these four autoimmune liver diseases, excluding skin manifestations of systemic diseases. The association of autoimmune hepatitis with vitiligo is well known, with a particular striking association with type 2 autoimmune hepatitis, a condition occurring almost entirely in children and adolescents, much rarer and more aggressive than type 1 autoimmune hepatitis; probable associations are also identified with alopecia areata, psoriasis, and pyoderma gangrenosum...
October 9, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963611/sexual-dimorphism-in-innate-immunity
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Sébastien Jaillon, Kevin Berthenet, Cecilia Garlanda
Sexual dimorphisms account for differences in clinical manifestations or incidence of infectious or autoimmune diseases and malignancy between females and males. Females develop enhanced innate and adaptive immune responses than males and are less susceptible to many infections of bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal origin and malignancies but in contrast, they are more prone to develop autoimmune diseases. The higher susceptibility to infections in males is observed from birth to adulthood, suggesting that sex chromosomes and not sex hormones have a major role in sexual dimorphism in innate immunity...
September 30, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929455/role-of-mast-cells-in-regulation-of-t-cell-responses-in-experimental-and-clinical-settings
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Daniel Elieh Ali Komi, Korneel Grauwet
Mast cells secrete a wide spectrum of stored or newly synthesized pro-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, and/or immunosuppressive mediators and express several costimulatory and inhibitory surface molecules. Mast cells finely tune activities of T cells, B cells, and regulatory cells and effectively contribute to the development of different T cell-associated responses by influencing their recruitment, activation, proliferation, and differentiation. The interaction between mast cells and T cells, with regard to cellular functionality and immune responses, can be assessed in both activating and inhibitory regulations...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929421/immunotherapy-of-food-allergy-a-comprehensive-review
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Christine Y Y Wai, Nicki Y H Leung, Patrick S C Leung, Ka Hou Chu
Food allergy imposes a severe global health burden, and thus, there is a dire need for safe and effective treatments. Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) is currently the only approach to restore immune tolerance through administrating increasing doses of allergen extracts. Unfortunately, the development of AIT for food allergies has been impeded by the frequent anaphylactic side effects during the course of treatment. The emergence of component-resolved diagnosis has greatly improved our ability to identify causative allergens and revolutionized the design of AIT...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921405/cannabis-associated-asthma-and-allergies
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J M Chatkin, L Zani-Silva, I Ferreira, N Zamel
Inhalation of cannabis smoke is its most common use and the pulmonary complications of its use may be the single most common form of drug-induced pulmonary disease worldwide. However, the role of cannabis consumption in asthma patients and allergic clinical situations still remains controversial. To review the evidence of asthma and allergic diseases associated with the use of marijuana, we conducted a search of English, Spanish, and Portuguese medical using the search terms asthma, allergy, marijuana, marihuana, and cannabis...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895041/unmet-needs-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-vasculitides
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Francesco Muratore, Giulia Pazzola, Alessandra Soriano, Nicolò Pipitone, Stefania Croci, Martina Bonacini, Luigi Boiardi, Carlo Salvarani
Despite the progress in the last years on the field of vasculitides, there are several unmet needs regarding classification, disease activity assessment, predictors of flares and complications, and type of treatment for the different forms. The 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria currently used to define giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis were designed to discriminate between different types of vasculitides but not to differentiate vasculitis from other disorders. Recently, efforts have been made to overcome the shortcomings of the ACR criteria...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871434/cutaneous-and-mucosal-manifestations-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Elena Generali, Antonio Costanzo, Carlo Mainetti, Carlo Selmi
Sjögren's syndrome is currently considered an "autoimmune epithelitis," as exocrine glands, especially salivary and lacrimal, are progressively destructed by an immune-mediated process associated with specific serum autoantibodies and local lymphocyte infiltrate. Xerostomia remains a key complain in patients with Sjögren's syndrome but should be evaluated also for other causes such as xerogenic medications, followed by radiation and chemotherapy for head and neck cancers, hormone disorders, infections, or other connective tissue diseases...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866756/unmet-needs-in-systemic-sclerosis-understanding-and-treatment-the-knowledge-gaps-from-a-scientist-s-clinician-s-and-patient-s-perspective
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Marta Cossu, Lorenzo Beretta, Petra Mosterman, Maria J H de Hair, Timothy R D J Radstake
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a highly heterogeneous disease caused by a complex molecular circuitry. For decades, clinical and molecular research focused on understanding the primary process of fibrosis. More recently, the inflammatory, immunological and vascular components that precede the actual onset of fibrosis, have become a matter of increasing scientific scrutiny. As a consequence, the field has started to realize that the early identification of this syndrome is crucial for optimal clinical care as well as for understanding its pathology...
September 2, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853005/unmet-needs-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Jyoti Bakshi, Beatriz Tejera Segura, Christopher Wincup, Anisur Rahman
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune rheumatic disease with a prevalence of approximately 1 in 1000. Over the last 30 years, advances in treatment such as use of corticosteroids and immunosuppressants have improved life expectancy and quality of life for patients with lupus and the key unmet needs have therefore changed. With the reduced mortality from disease activity, development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become an increasingly important cause of death in patients with SLE. The increased CVD risk in these patients is partly, but not fully explained by standard risk factors, and abnormalities in the immune response to lipids may play a role...
August 29, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852999/sex-and-cardiovascular-involvement-in-inflammatory-joint-diseases
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Santos Castañeda, Carlos González-Juanatey, Miguel A González-Gay
The term inflammatory joint disease (IJD) encompasses a group of chronic conditions with predominant joint involvement. They share an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) complications. However, the implication of the sex in the risk of CV disease in IJD has not been specifically addressed. The aim of this work is to assess the influence of sex on the clinical expression of CV manifestations associated to IJD. With this objective, an update of the current knowledge of the sex influence on CV disease in patients with IJD was conducted...
August 29, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852978/unmet-needs-in-ibd-the-case-of-fatigue
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Pieter Hindryckx, Debby Laukens, Ferdinando D'Amico, Silvio Danese
Fatigue is a highly prevalent but relatively ignored problem in IBD patients. It is one of the most burdensome symptoms to the patient with an important impact on the quality of life. Therefore, fatigue is a highly relevant patient-reported outcome that should be included not only in disease activity measurement but also in the endpoints of clinical trials in IBD. However, most of the currently available scoring systems to quantify fatigue are not specifically designed for patients with IBD and none of them has undergone a complete validation process for IBD-related fatigue...
August 29, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28849549/sex-differences-in-pediatric-rheumatology
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Marco Cattalini, Martina Soliani, Maria Costanza Caparello, Rolando Cimaz
Autoimmune diseases affect up to 10% of the world's population and, as a whole, they are far more common in females, although differences exist according to the single disease and also in different age groups. In childhood-onset autoimmune diseases, the sex bias is generally less evident than in adults, probably for the different hormonal milieau, being estrogens strongly implicated in the development of autoimmunity. Still, some rheumatic conditions, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), show a strong predilection for girls (F:M = 3-6...
August 28, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836099/cutaneous-manifestations-of-small-vessel-leukocytoclastic-vasculitides-in-childhood
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Sebastiano A G Lava, Gregorio P Milani, Emilio F Fossali, Giacomo D Simonetti, Carlo Agostoni, Mario G Bianchetti
In childhood, cutaneous small-vessel vasculitides include Henoch-Schönlein syndrome, a systemic vasculitis, and Finkelstein-Seidlmayer syndrome, a skin-limited vasculitis. Both Henoch-Schönlein and Finkelstein-Seidlmayer syndromes are seen more frequently in white or Asian compared with black children and occur especially in winter and spring with a male-to-female ratio of approximately 2:1. In everyday clinical practice, both conditions are diagnosed on clinical grounds without histological confirmation...
August 24, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795307/sex-symptom-severity-and-quality-of-life-in-rheumatology
#18
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Marco Krasselt, Christoph Baerwald
Inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) show a striking female predominance ranging from 3:1 in RA up to 9:1 in SLE. The background for those gender bias is not fully understood yet, but seems to be the result of a complex interaction between sex hormones, (epi-)genetics, and possibly even the composition of gut microbiota. Moreover, time of disease onset, the clinical phenotype including co-morbidities as well as the course of the diseases during life differ between genders...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785926/common-variable-immunodeficiency-and-liver-involvement
#19
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Junmin Song, Ana Lleo, Guo Xiang Yang, Weici Zhang, Christopher L Bowlus, M Eric Gershwin, Patrick S C Leung
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a primary B-cell immunodeficiency disorder, characterized by remarkable hypogammaglobulinemia. The disease can develop at any age without gender predominance. The prevalence of CVID varies widely worldwide. The underlying causes of CVID remain largely unknown; primary B-cell dysfunctions, defects in T cells and antigen-presenting cells are involved. Although some monogenetic defects have been identified in some CVID patients, it is likely that CVID is polygenic. Patients with CVID develop recurrent and chronic infections (e...
August 7, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780731/unmet-needs-in-the-field-of-psoriasis-pathogenesis-and-treatment
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Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Nicolo Costantino Brembilla
In times of targeted therapies, innovative therapeutics become tools to further unravel the pathogenesis of the treated disease, thus influencing current pathogenetic concepts. Based on such paradigm shifts, the next generation of novel therapeutic targets might be identified. Psoriasis is a good example for the resulting most fruitful dialog between clinical and fundamental research. As a result of this, the key role of Th17 lymphocytes, some of their effector molecules, as well as mediators contributing to their maturation have been identified, many of these being targeted by some of the most effective drugs currently available to treat psoriasis...
August 6, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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