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E Littlejohn, W Marder, E Lewis, S Francis, J Jackish, W J McCune, E C Somers
Background Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can be elevated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) flare and infection, and are therefore of limited utility for distinguishing between the two conditions in febrile SLE patients. Methods A medical records review of hospitalizations (1997-2006) of SLE patients in the Michigan Lupus Cohort was performed. Eligible hospitalizations were those in which patients presented with a temperature of >100.3°F or with subjective fevers as a presenting complaint at admission...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
A Echeverri, J Naranjo-Escobar, I Posso-Osorio, D Aguirre-Valencia, D Zambrano, G L Castaño, J D Martínez, C A Cañas, G J Tobón
Background/Objective Differentiating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) activity from infections in febrile patients is difficult because of similar initial clinical presentation. The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of a number of biomarkers for differentiating infections from activity in SLE patients admitted with systemic inflammatory response (SIRS). Methods Patients with SLE and SIRS admitted to the emergency room were included in this study. Measurements of different markers including procalcitonin, neutrophil CD64 expression and presepsin, were performed...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Y Santamaría-Alza, J Sánchez-Bautista, J F Fajardo-Rivero, C L Figueroa
Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease with multi-organ involvement. Complications, such as invasive fungal infections usually occur in patients with a greater severity of the disease. Objective The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk variables associated with invasive fungal infections in a Colombian systemic lupus erythematosus population. Materials and methods A cross-sectional, retrospective study that evaluated patients with systemic lupus erythematosus for six years...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Iwona Żychowska, Dorota Suszek, Magdalena Dryglewska, Maria Majdan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by alternating periods of activity and remission. A portion of the patients suffers from the chronically active form of the disease. The search for clinically useful markers of its activity is ongoing. At present, it is suggested that β2-microglobulin (β2M) may be useful in assessing SLE activity. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the paper was to investigate the relationship between serum β2M concentration and SLE activity...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Yongxia Wu, Steven Schutt, Katelyn Paz, Mengmeng Zhang, Ryan P Flynn, David Bastian, M Hanief Sofi, Hung Nguyen, Min Dai, Chen Liu, Ying-Jun Chang, Bruce R Blazar, Xue-Zhong Yu
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is characterized as autoimmune-like fibrosis and antibody production mediated by pathogenic T-cells and B-cells. MicroRNA (miR)-17-92 influences the survival, differentiation and function of lymphocytes in cancer, infections and autoimmunity. To determine whether miR-17-92 regulates T- and B-cell responses in cGVHD, we generated mice conditionally deficient for miR-17-92 in T-cells, B-cells, or both. Using murine models of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT), we demonstrate that expression of miR-17-92 in donor T- and B-cells is essential for the induction of both scleroderma and bronchiolitis obliterans in cGVHD...
March 12, 2018: Blood
Tomás Urrego, Blanca Ortiz-Reyes, Adriana L Vanegas-García, Carlos H Muñoz, Luis A González, Gloria Vásquez, José A Gómez-Puerta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of lupus nephritis (LN) is usually based on renal biopsy, which is an invasive technique that involves multiple risks. Therefore, different biomarkers have emerged as alternatives for the diagnosis of LN. Nonetheless, studies regarding urinary biomarkers in Latin American patients are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of urinary transferrin and ceruloplasmin to differentiate patients who have renal involvement from those who do not...
March 9, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
M Sahay, Y Saivani, K Ismal, P S Vali
Systemic lupus erythematosus is common in our country, and renal involvement is an important cause of chronic kidney disease. This study was aimed at comparing the three regimens, i.e., cyclophosphamide-based regimes (low dose and high dose) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based regime and determining if cyclophosphamide (CPM)-based regime can be an effective, safe, and cheap alternative to MMF-based regime in a resource-limited setting. Out of 144 patients, females constituted 89%. Nephrotic nephritic presentation was the most common...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
E Calle, L A González, C H Muñoz, D Jaramillo, A Vanegas, G Vásquez
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are at higher risk of developing opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis (TB), especially extrapulmonary forms like osteoarticular TB, compared to the general population. However, tuberculous sacroiliitis has been scarcely reported in these patients. We present a 34-year-old woman with SLE who developed articular tuberculosis simultaneously affecting the right sacroiliac joint and the left knee. The patient was successfully treated with antituberculosis therapy for nine months...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Desmond Y H Yap, Lorraine P Y Kwan, Maggie K M Ma, Maggie M Y Mok, Gary C W Chan, Tak Mao Chan
Background: Serological activity may precede clinical flares of lupus nephritis (LN) but the management of asymptomatic serological reactivation (ASR) remains undefined. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 138 episodes of ASR, which included 53 episodes in which immunosuppression was increased preemptively and 85 episodes in which treatment was unaltered. Preemptive immunosuppressive treatment comprised increasing the dose of prednisolone to ∼0.5 mg/kg/day, and in patients already on mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA), increasing the dose to 1...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ami Schattner, Shilo Voichanski, Livnat Uliel
A healthy 38-year-old woman developed sudden unilateral vision loss due to retrobulbar optic neuritis in the wake of varicella-zoster virus infection. She had no further central nervous system (CNS) lesions. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies were found, consistent with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Later, serial MRIs showed dynamic short-segment and long-segment myelitis lesions, ANA titre increased and additional autoantibodies were found including anti-dsDNA, anti-chromatin/nucleosome and antiphospholipid antibodies...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Masato Habuka, Yoko Wada, Yoichi Kurosawa, Suguru Yamamoto, Yusuke Tani, Riuko Ohashi, Yoichi Ajioka, Masaaki Nakano, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: Visceral disseminated varicella zoster viral (VZV) infection is a rare but severe complication with a high mortality rate in immunosuppressed individuals, and an increased susceptibility to VZV has been reported in kidney transplant recipients who are treated with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). In Japan, MMF is currently approved for patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and data to indicate its optimal dosage are still insufficient. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old Japanese woman with rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed as having systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and LN class III (A/C)...
March 5, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Boya Zhang, Xianzhen Chen, Qiang Zhou, Yinjing Song, Siyuan Sun, Hao Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted agent in the world. HPV6b is a low-risk type of HPVs that causes benign verrucous hyperplastic lesions of the skin and anal genital mucosa. Previous research has indicated that HPV genotype 6 is sometimes associated with high-grade lesions and anal cancer. The pathogenesis of low-risk HPV infection and its relationship to high-risk HPV is not clear at present. The E7 protein, which is encoded by HPV early -expressing genes, plays an important role in HPV infection...
March 1, 2018: Gene
Anette Holck Draborg, Niclas Stefan Rasmussen, Janni Lisander Larsen, Charlotte Sværke Jørgensen, Noreen Sandhu, Kristin Skogstrand, Søren Jacobsen, Gunnar Houen
We investigated immune responses to a lytic cytomegalovirus antigen (CMVpp52), and to a lytic human herpes virus (HHV) 6 antigen (HHV6p41), in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and healthy controls (HCs), in order to clarify if the previously established impaired responses to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in SLE patients is a general defect in their responses against (all) HHVs. Multiplex Luminex technology results showed a normal induction of five quantified cytokines (interferon γ, interleukin(IL)12, IL17, IL10, and tumor necrosis factor α) in SLE patients compared to HCs upon stimulation with CMVpp52 and HHV6p41...
2018: PloS One
Ivan Padjen, Mislav Cerovec, Marijan Erceg, Miroslav Mayer, Ranko Stevanović, Branimir Anić
AIM: To assess the causes of early death (ED) and late death (LD) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and determine the features of deceased SLE patients followed-up in a single Croatian tertiary hospital center, because little if any data on causes of death (CODs) in SLE patients are available for Croatia. METHOD: We identified SLE patients regularly followed-up at the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, who died from 2002 to 2011...
February 28, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Jingtao Cui, Wenjuan Yan, Shaoxia Xu, Qiaofeng Wang, Weihong Zhang, Wenjing Liu, Anping Ni
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) which is prevalent in South China, and its association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or other autoimmune diseases has not been studied in the mainland of China. The EBV serological tests have been performed on patients with various diseases or manifestations for years at our institution and their values need to be evaluated. METHODS: For routine medical purposes, anti-EB viral capsid antigen (VCA) IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies, anti-EBV diffuse early antigen (EA-D) IgA antibodies, and anti-EBV nuclear antigen-1(EBNA-1) IgG antibodies were tested with commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in patients visiting Peking Union Medical College Hospital between 2013 and 2017...
2018: PloS One
Ke-Hao Huang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Lung-Chi Lee, Tzu-Heng Weng, Yi-Hao Chen, Li-Fan Lin, Jiann-Torng Chen, Da-Wen Lu, Ching-Long Chen
RATIONALE: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is a rare disease and could be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). This report was aimed to investigate the utility of F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG PET/CT) for the diagnosis of VKH syndrome with AITD and to perform a literature review on the association between the 2 diseases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 55-year-old woman without the history of ocular trauma suffered from chronic headache...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
J Zhang, Y K Fan, P Wang, Q Q Chen, G Wang, A E Xu, L Q Chen, R Hu, W Chen, Z Q Song, F Hao
BACKGROUND: China has one of the largest populations with tuberculosis worldwide. Cutaneous tuberculosis (CTB) is a rare manifestation of mycobacterial infection. Although CTB is well described, it is important to periodically revisit the prevailing clinical and epidemiological features in most populated countries such as China, India, and Indonesia, where tuberculosis is still a major health problem. OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study aimed to reevaluate the CTB cases in China in the past 50 years to btain a comprehensive insight into this multiplex entity...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Ashley K Clark, Vivian Y Shi, Raja K Sivamani
The association between guttate psoriasis and infection with group A Streptococcus (GAS) has been well established in the medical literature. However, responses to treatments aimed at GAS eradication such as systemic antibiotics or tonsillectomy are inconsistent. Further complicating treatment recommendations for a disease with a suspected microbial trigger, the standard therapy for severe psoriasis is with systemic immunosuppressant medications. This case report illustrates the role of GAS as a trigger for acute onset severe psoriasis in a child whose skin disease initially worsened with a trial of methotrexate...
August 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Ines Lesniak, Ilja Heckmann, Mathias Franz, Alex D Greenwood, Emanuel Heitlinger, Heribert Hofer, Oliver Krone
The recent recolonization of Central Europe by the European gray wolf ( Canis lupus ) provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of parasite transmission for cases when a definitive host returns after a phase of local extinction. We investigated whether a newly established wolf population increased the prevalence of those parasites in ungulate intermediate hosts representing wolf prey, whether some parasite species are particularly well adapted to wolves, and the potential basis for such adaptations. We recorded Sarcocystis species richness in wolves and Sarcocystis prevalence in ungulates harvested in study sites with and without permanent wolf presence in Germany using microscopy and DNA metabarcoding...
February 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Bei-Bei Yang, Hua Xiao, Xiao-Jie Li, Min Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of etanercept (ETN) plus methotrexate (MTX) in patients with rhupus without using corticosteroids. METHODS: Twenty rhupus patients [meeting the criteria for both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)] who had never been treated with corticosteroids, DMARDs, or biological agents with a 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) >3.2 and lupus nephritis determined from histopathological specimens were enrolled...
January 2018: Discovery Medicine
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