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Wei Huang, Jiyuan Wu, Huiqin Yang, Yin Xiong, Rui Jiang, Tianpen Cui, Duyun Ye
Abnormal features of the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-derived neutrophils, promoted aberrant immune response, have inspired new studies of the induction of autoimmunity and the development of organ damage in SLE. In this study, we explore the effect of milk fat globule-EGF factor 8 (MFG-E8) on the aberrant nitrification features in pristane-induced lupus. SLE patients and mice with pristane-induced lupus develop autoantibodies associated with MFG-E8 overproduction. However, the deletion of MFG-E8 leads to uncontrolled early pulmonary and peritoneal inflammation and tissue damage in mice with pristane-induced lupus...
October 21, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Agnes Gardet, Wei C Chou, Taylor L Reynolds, Diana B Velez, Kai Fu, Julia M Czerkowicz, Jeffrey Bajko, Ann M Ranger, Normand Allaire, Hannah M Kerns, Sarah Ryan, Holly M Legault, Robert W Dunstan, Robert Lafyatis, Matvey Lukashev, Joanne L Viney, Jeffrey L Browning, Dania Rabah
Mouse models lupus nephritis (LN) have provided important insights into disease pathogenesis, although none have been able to recapitulate all features of the human disease. Using comprehensive longitudinal analyses, we characterized a novel accelerated mouse model of lupus using pristane treatment in SNF1 (SWR X NZB F1) lupus prone mice (pristane-SNF1 mice). Pristane treatment in SNF1 mice accelerated the onset and progression of proteinuria, autoantibody production, immune complex deposition and development of renal lesions...
2016: PloS One
Jessica H Knight, Penelope P Howards, Jessica B Spencer, Katina C Tsagaris, Sam S Lim
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disproportionately affects women and often develops during their reproductive years. Research suggests that some women who receive cyclophosphamide as treatment for SLE experience earlier decline in menstrual function, but reproductive health among women with SLE who have not taken this drug is less well understood. This study aims to better understand the relation between SLE and reproduction by assessing early secondary amenorrhoea and pregnancy in women treated with and without cyclophosphamide from a population-based cohort with large numbers of African-Americans...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
Mehmet Taşdemir, Chiar Hasan, Ayşe Ağbaş, Özgür Kasapçopur, Nur Canpolat, Lale Sever, Salim Çalışkan
Systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome are chronic auto- inflammatory disorders which can lead to serious organ damage. Although systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome were previously considered two forms of the same disease because of presence of clinical coexistence of these two conditions, the view that they are two different conditions with mutual characteristics has become prominent in recent years. In this paper, we reported a 16 year-old girl who was followed up with a diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome for six years and then was observed to have overlap of systemic lupus erythematosus...
September 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Yang-Yang He, Yu Yan, Hui-Fang Zhang, Yi-Huang Lin, Yu-Cai Chen, Yi Yan, Ping Wu, Jian-Song Fang, Shu-Hui Yang, Guan-Hua Du
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), with a high incidence rate and insufficient therapy worldwide, is a complex disease involving multiple organs characterized primarily by inflammation due to deposition of immunocomplexes formed by production of autoantibodies. The mechanism of SLE remains unclear, and the disease still cannot be cured. We used pristane to induce SLE in female BALB/c mice. Methyl salicylate 2-O-β-d-lactoside (MSL; 200, 400, and 800 mg/kg) was orally administered 45 days after pristane injection for 4...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Linda Cook
Over the last 10 years, the number of identified polyomaviruses has grown to more than 35 subtypes, including 13 in humans. The polyomaviruses have similar genetic makeup, including genes that encode viral capsid proteins VP1, 2, and 3 and large and small T region proteins. The T proteins play a role in viral replication and have been implicated in viral chromosomal integration and possible dysregulation of growth factor genes. In humans, the Merkel cell polyomavirus has been shown to be highly associated with integration and the development of Merkel cell cancers...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Anna Julie Peired, Alessandro Sisti, Paola Romagnani
Mesenchymal stem cells form a population of self-renewing, multipotent cells that can be isolated from several tissues. Multiple preclinical studies have demonstrated that the administration of exogenous MSC could prevent renal injury and could promote renal recovery through a series of complex mechanisms, in particular via immunomodulation of the immune system and release of paracrine factors and microvesicles. Due to their therapeutic potentials, MSC are being evaluated as a possible player in treatment of human kidney disease, and an increasing number of clinical trials to assess the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of MSC-based therapy in various kidney diseases have been proposed...
2016: Stem Cells International
Laura Penna Rocha, Samuel Cavalcante Xavier, Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo, Juliana Reis Machado, Fernando Silva Ramalho, Marlene Antônia Dos Reis, Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa
INTRODUCTION: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells may express mesenchymal cell markers with subsequent change in their functions, and it may be part of the etiopathogenesis of kidney disease. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunexpression of some EMT inducers and markers in frequent nephropathies in pediatric patients. METHODS: 59 patients aged 2-18 years old were selected and divided into 6 groups of frequent nephropathies in children and adolescents, as well as one control group...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Tue Kruse Rasmussen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are lifelong diseases with increased mortality and chronic pains. They are both characterized by immunological imbalances causing the immune system attack and destroy the bodies own tissues (called autoimmune disease). The best treatment, we are currently able to offer these patients, cause significant side-effects and can not prevent significant loss of quality of life. At the heart of the disease mechanisms in RA and SLE are subsets of immune cells called T and B cells...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
M U Martínez-Martínez, L M de G Llamazares-Azuara, D Martínez-Galla, P B Mandeville, F Valadez-Castillo, S Román-Acosta, J A Borjas-García, C Abud-Mendoza
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this paper was to evaluate correlations between kidney biopsy indexes (activity and chronicity) and urinary sediment findings; the secondary objective was to find which components of urinary sediment can discriminate proliferative from other classes of lupus nephritis. METHODS: Lupus nephritis patients scheduled for a kidney biopsy were included in our study. The morning before the kidney biopsy, we took urine samples from each patient...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Francesca Saccon, Mariele Gatto, Anna Ghirardello, Luca Iaccarino, Leonardo Punzi, Andrea Doria
Galectins are evolutionary conserved β-galactoside binding proteins with a carbohydrate-recognition domain (CRD) of approximately 130 amino acids. In mammals, 15 members of the galectin family have been identified and classified into three subtypes according to CRD organization: prototype, tandem repeat-type and chimera-type galectins. Galectin-3 (gal-3) is the only chimera type galectin in vertebrates containing one CRD linked to an unusual long N-terminal domain which displays non-lectin dependent activities...
September 23, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Li-Dan Zhao, Di Liang, Xiang-Ni Wu, Yang Li, Jing-Wen Niu, Chen Zhou, Li Wang, Hua Chen, Wen-Jie Zheng, Yun-Yun Fei, Fu-Lin Tang, Yong-Zhe Li, Feng-Chun Zhang, Wei He, Xue-Tao Cao, Xuan Zhang
Aberrant expression of CXCR4 has been indicated to play a role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), but the mechanism of CXCR4 dysregulation in SLE is unclear. This study is aimed to explore the clinical significance and possible mechanisms of abnormal CXCR4 expression on B cells from patients with untreated SLE. Expression of CXCR4 on peripheral B cells was determined by flow cytometry and western blotting. Freshly isolated B cells were cultured with exogenous interleukin 21(IL-21) in the presence or absence of CD40 ligand (CD40L) plus anti-IgM antibody (aIgM), and changes in CXCR4 expression were detected...
September 26, 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Frank Ward, Joanne M Bargman
Membranous lupus nephritis (MLN) has a favorable prognosis compared to proliferative lupus nephritis (PLN) or combined MLN/PLN, although a significant proportion of cases will progress to end-stage kidney disease. There is considerable morbidity associated with thrombotic complications and treatment. Nondirected care includes renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockade, cardiovascular risk management, and antimalarial agents. There may be a role for corticosteroid monotherapy in some patients, but this requires further investigation...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Rossella Attini, Filomena Leone, Silvia Parisi, Federica Fassio, Irene Capizzi, Valentina Loi, Loredana Colla, Maura Rossetti, Martina Gerbino, Stefania Maxia, Maria Grazia Alemanno, Fosca Minelli, Ettore Piccoli, Elisabetta Versino, Marilisa Biolcati, Paolo Avagnina, Antonello Pani, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Tullia Todros, Giorgina B Piccoli
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy in women with advanced CKD becoming increasingly common. However, experience with low-protein diets in CKD patients in pregnancy is still limited. Aim of this study is to review the results obtained over the last 15 years with moderately restricted low-protein diets in pregnant CKD women (combining: CKD stages 3-5, proteinuria: nephrotic at any time, or > =1 g/24 at start or referral; nephrotic in previous pregnancy). CKD patients on unrestricted diets were employed for comparison...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Ignasi Rodríguez-Pínto, Marta Moutinho, Irene Santacreu, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Doruk Erkan, Gerard Espinosa, Ricard Cervera
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical and immunologic manifestations of patients with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) from the "CAPS Registry". METHODS: The demographic, clinical and serological features of 500 patients included in the website-based "CAPS Registry" were analyzed. Frequency distribution and measures of central tendency were used to describe the cohort. Comparison between groups regarding qualitative variables was undertaken by chi-square or Fisher exact test while T-test for independent variables was used to compare groups regarding continuous variables...
September 15, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Fabrizio Conti, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Simona Truglia, Francesca Miranda, Cristiano Alessandri, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Michele Bombardieri, Konstantinos Giannakakis, Guido Valesini
Objective. The study aimed at locating and quantifying Toll Like Receptor (TLR) 3, 7, 8, and 9 expression in kidney of patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and correlating them with clinicopathological features. Methods. Kidney sections from 26 LN patients and 4 controls were analyzed by immunohistochemistry using anti-human TLR3, TLR7, TLR8, and TLR9 polyclonal antibodies; the number of TLR-positive nuclei/mm(2) was evaluated on digitalized images. Results. Compared to controls, LN showed a significantly higher amount of glomerular and tubulointerstitial TLR9 (p = 0...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Ruitong Gao, Wenqing Yu, Yubing Wen, Hang Li
OBJECTIVE: Antiphospholipid-associated nephropathy (aPLN) is a severe condition in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). aPLN should be distinguished from other reasons for renal ischemia. The most important cofactor of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI), was shown in vitro to bind endothelial cells and to induce a procoagulant phenotype. The objectives of this study were to investigate whether β2GPI expression was involved in patients with LN with aPLN and to determine its specificity...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Subhajit Dasgupta
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is a female predominant autoimmune disease. The auto reactive B cells and T helper cells together are known to develop self-reactive immune responses in different tissues like kidney, bone, cardiovascular and central nervous system. Progression of disease is associated with deposition of immune complex which initiates tissue damage. The therapy for lupus still includes corticosteroids to reduce allergic manifestations and inflammatory immune responses. Recent observations suggested that, mycophenolate mofetil and cyclophosphamide treatment in combination with corticosteroids have benefit in lupus therapy...
September 12, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Ranjan Gupta, Akhilesh Yadav, Amita Aggarwal
Urinary MCP-1 (uMCP-1) levels reflect lupus nephritis (LN) disease activity. However, long-term prospective studies evaluating it as a biomarker are lacking. SLE patients with active nephritis (AN), active disease without nephritis (ANR), and inactive disease (ID) were enrolled. AN patients were followed up every 3 months for 1 year. Urine and serum samples were collected at baseline from all and at follow-up visits in AN group. Urine samples from healthy subjects (HC), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and diabetic nephropathy (DM) patients (20 each) served as controls...
November 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Susan Yung, Tak Mao Chan
Lupus nephritis affects up to 70% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and is an important treatable cause of kidney failure. Cardinal features of lupus nephritis include loss of self-tolerance, production of autoantibodies, immune complex deposition and immune-mediated injury to the kidney, resulting in increased cell proliferation, apoptosis, and induction of inflammatory and fibrotic processes that destroy normal nephrons. The production anti-dsDNA antibodies is a cardinal feature in lupus and their level correlates with disease activity...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
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