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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811115/recurrence-of-cutaneous-coccidioidomycosis-6-years-after-valley-fever-a-case-presentation-and-literature-review
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Rana Shahab, Nasir K Amra, Rola Rabah, Justin Saunar, Joan Soriano, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Coccidioidomycosis is usually acquired by inhalation of spores of Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. The disease ranges from a self-limited acute pneumonia (Valley Fever) to a disseminated disease. We present a 44-year-old healthy male who had patchy hair loss of several months duration resembling discoid lupus. He developed a firm non-scaly red plaque on the right forehead. Initial biopsy showed spongiotic dermatitis, and he was treated with systemic steroids. He then developed forehead and periorbital cellulitis and was treated with systemic antibiotics...
July 8, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810311/-retrospective-analysis-of-13-cases-of-nocardiosis
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H Q Yang, H Z Shi, Z H Tong
Objective: To evaluate the clinical features, chest radiological manifestations, microbiological examination and treatments of nocardial disease. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted to analyze the data of patients with nocardial infection admitted to Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from January 2010 to January 2016. Results: The 13 patients, 6 males and 7 females, aged (51±17) years. Twelve cases were diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis, and 1 with disseminated nocardial infection. Most of these patients had complications: autoimmune diseases in 3 (2 with autoimmune hemolytic anemia and 1 with systemic lupus erythematosus), and bronchiectasis in 6 patients...
August 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808969/methods-of-assessing-sting-activation-and-trafficking
#3
Vladislav Pokatayev, Nan Yan
The signaling adapter protein STING is crucial for the host immune response to cytosolic DNA and cyclic dinucleotides. Under basal conditions, STING resides on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER ) , but upon activation, it traffics through secretory pathway to cytoplasmic vesicles, where STING activates downstream immune signaling. Classical STING activation and trafficking are triggered by binding of cyclic dinucleotide ligands. STING signaling can also be activated by gain-of-function mutations that lead to constitutive trafficking of STING...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800668/-epidemiology-risk-factors-and-risk-stratification-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-pregnancy-and-the-puerperium
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Panagiotis Tsikouras, Georg-Friedrich von Tempelhoff, Werner Rath
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains a leading cause of direct maternal deaths in the developed countries. The incidence of VTE has increased significantly during the past two decades. The absolute risk of VTE is estimated 0.6-2.2 per 1000 deliveries. Compared with age-matched non-pregnant women, the daily risk of VTE is increased 7- to 10-fold for antepartum VTE, but it is 15- to 35-fold for postpartum VTE. The incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) during the first 6 weeks postpartum is nearly 15-fold higher compared to the incidence in pregnancy, and remains significantly increased up to 12 weeks postpartum...
August 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799796/immune-modulation-by-curcumin-the-role-of-interleukin-10
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Hamid Mollazadeh, Arrigo F G Cicero, Christopher N Blesso, Matteo Pirro, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Cytokines are small secreted proteins released by different types of cells with specific effects on cellular signaling and communication via binding to their receptors on the cell surface. IL-10 is known to be a pleiotropic and potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive cytokine that is produced by both innate and adaptive immunity cells including dendritic cells, macrophages, mast cells, natural killer cells, eosinophils, neutrophils, B cells, CD8(+) T cells, and TH1, TH2, and TH17 and regulatory T cells...
August 11, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793879/septic-arthritis-significantly-increased-the-long-term-mortality-in-geriatric-patients
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Chia-Jung Wu, Chien-Cheng Huang, Shih-Feng Weng, Ping-Jen Chen, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, How-Ran Guo, Hung-Jung Lin
BACKGROUND: The elderly are predisposed to septic arthritis (SA) because of the aging nature and increasing comorbidities. SA may in turn increase the long-term mortality in the geriatric patients; however, it remains unclear. We conducted this prospective nationwide population-based cohort study to clarify this issue. METHODS: Using Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), we identified 1667 geriatric participants (≥ 65 years) with SA and 16,670 geriatric participants without SA matched at a ratio of 1:10 by age, sex, and index date between 1999 and 2010...
August 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780657/combination-therapy-of-rituximab-and-mycophenolate-mofetil-in-childhood-lupus-nephritis
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Julien Hogan, Astrid Godron, Véronique Baudouin, Theresa Kwon, Jérôme Harambat, Georges Deschênes, Olivier Niel
BACKGROUND: In clinical trials, the addition of rituximab (RTX) to the combination therapeutic regimen of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and corticosteroids failed to improve outcome in lupus nephritis (LN). However, recent data suggest that RTX may have steroid-sparing beneficial effects with an efficacy similar to that of conventional regimens. We report our experience with RTX in the treatment of children with LN. METHODS: Patients treated with RTX for first occurrence of LN class III to V were enrolled in the study...
August 5, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780512/repeated-administration-of-dapirolizumab-pegol-in-a-randomised-phase-i-study-is-well-tolerated-and-accompanied-by-improvements-in-several-composite-measures-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-disease-activity-and-changes-in-whole-blood-transcriptomic-profiles
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Chris Chamberlain, Peter J Colman, Ann M Ranger, Linda C Burkly, Geoffrey I Johnston, Christian Otoul, Christian Stach, Miren Zamacona, Thomas Dörner, Murray Urowitz, Falk Hiepe
OBJECTIVES: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease associated with diffuse immune cell dysfunction. CD40-CD40 ligand (CD40L) interaction activates B cells, antigen-presenting cells and platelets. CD40L blockade might provide an innovative treatment for systemic autoimmune disorders. We investigated the safety and clinical activity of dapirolizumab pegol, a polyethylene glycol conjugated anti-CD40L Fab' fragment, in patients with SLE. METHODS: This 32-week randomised, double-blind, multicentre study (NCT01764594) evaluated repeated intravenous administration of dapirolizumab pegol in patients with SLE who were positive for/had history of antidouble stranded DNA/antinuclear antibodies and were on stable doses of immunomodulatory therapies (if applicable)...
August 5, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776364/jaccoud-s-arthropathy-an-unusual-manifestation-of-idiopathic-retroperitoneal-fibrosis-rapid-improvement-of-symptoms-after-tocilizumab-treatment
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M Benucci, A Damiani, F Li Gobbi, V Grossi, M Infantino, A Arena, M Manfredi
Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) is a chronic, non erosive, rheumatoid-like deformity associated with rheumatic fever (RF) and systemic lupus erythematosus and with other diseases such as psoriatic arthritis, connective tissue diseases, hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis, infections, sarcoidosis and neoplasia. We described a case of JA in a patient with cutaneous psoriasis but with a particular disease evolution associated with idiopathic retropritoneal fibrosis (IRF), evaluated with computed tomography, magnetic resonance and 18F-FDG PET/ CT...
August 3, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769820/inhibition-of-toll-like-receptor-signaling-as-a-promising-therapy-for-inflammatory-diseases-a-journey-from-molecular-to-nano-therapeutics
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Wei Gao, Ye Xiong, Qiang Li, Hong Yang
The recognition of invading pathogens and endogenous molecules from damaged tissues by toll-like receptors (TLRs) triggers protective self-defense mechanisms. However, excessive TLR activation disrupts the immune homeostasis by sustained pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines production and consequently contributes to the development of many inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), infection-associated sepsis, atherosclerosis, and asthma. Therefore, inhibitors/antagonists targeting TLR signals may be beneficial to treat these disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764615/cerebral-tuberculosis-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-following-cyclophosphamide-treatment-a-case-report
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S Cooray, H Zhang, R Breen, G Carr-White, R Howard, M Cuadrado, D D'Cruz, G Sanna
Central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis (TB) is a rare but catastrophic event in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here we report a case of cerebral TB in a patient with lupus myocarditis and nephritis, following cyclophosphamide immunosuppression. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of cerebral TB in SLE in a non-endemic country. A 31-year-old female with SLE and a history of regular travel to Kenya presented to our centre with clinical features of acute heart failure. She was diagnosed with severe lupus myocarditis, and a renal biopsy also confirmed lupus nephritis...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763887/-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-complicated-with-hydrocephalus
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B T Ma, H X Yin, H Wu, J B Chang, X Zhang, L Wang, X M Leng, W B Ma, Y N Li, R Z Wang, J J Wei
Objective: To investigate the pathogenesis and management of the hydrocephalus in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods: Eight cases of hospitalized lupus patients with hydrocephalus in Peking Union Medical College Hospital from Jan 1990 to Mar 2017 were analyzed retrospectively.We collected the patients' medical records including medical history, CT and/or MRI images and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid via lumbar puncture in order to investigate the pathogenesis of the hydrocephalus in patients with SLE and summarize treatment experience...
July 18, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762647/renal-histology-in-indigenous-australians-with-lupus-nephritis
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Farshad Ghazanfari, Zulfikar Jabbar, Johannes Nossent
BACKGROUND: Lupus nephritis (LN) is a feared complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Renal biopsy is valuable to assess disease severity and prognosis, but no histological data are available for Indigenous Australians (IA). We compared histopathology between IA and non-IA patients (NI) with LN in northern Australia and describe main outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all patients with biopsy evidence of LN at Royal Darwin Hospital over a 10-year period...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761842/cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-lupus-vulgaris-caused-by-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Muthu S Kumaran, Tarun Narang, Madhukara Jitendriya, Rajalakshmi Tirumale, Suraj Manjunath, Jayanthi Savio
Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major public health problem in the world, with many factors contributing to this burden, including poor living conditions, overcrowding, poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, and rapid spread of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Cutaneous tuberculosis is a less common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, and in this paucibacillary form the diagnosis depends on histopathology, tuberculin positivity, and response to treatment. The diagnosis is even more difficult in cases with drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis due to lack of awareness and lack of facilities to diagnose drug resistant tuberculosis...
July 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761367/protein-losing-enteropathy-comprehensive-review-of-the-mechanistic-association-with-clinical-and-subclinical-disease-states
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REVIEW
David G Levitt, Michael D Levitt
Protein losing enteropathy (PLE) has been associated with more than 60 different conditions, including nearly all gastrointestinal diseases (Crohn's disease, celiac, Whipple's, intestinal infections, and so on) and a large number of non-gut conditions (cardiac and liver disease, lupus, sarcoidosis, and so on). This review presents the first attempt to quantitatively understand the magnitude of the PLE in relation to the associated pathology for three different disease categories: 1) increased lymphatic pressure (e...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756294/vitamin-d-cod-liver-oil-sunshine-and-phototherapy-safe-effective-and-forgotten-tools-for-treating-and-curing-tuberculosis-infections-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Patrick J McCullough, Douglas S Lehrer
Tuberculosis remains an epidemic throughout the world, with over 2 billion people, or more than one third of the world's population, infected with TB. In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new cases of tuberculosis, and 1.8 million deaths, making TB one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. Approximately 95% of new TB cases occur in developing countries, where the costs of treatment force many patients and their families into poverty. The United Nations and the World Health Organization are working to end this global epidemic...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754137/tuberculous-monoarthritis-of-the-wrist-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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W A N V Luke, M P M L Gunathilake, Duminda Munidasa, Dilshan Munidasa, S T De Silva
BACKGROUND: Unusual forms of tuberculosis are common among immune-suppressed patients, leading to challenges in diagnosis and management. We present a Sri Lankan patient with systemic lupus erythematosis, investigated for chronic wrist pain with low inflammatory markers and without systemic symptoms, who was subsequently diagnosed to have tuberculosis of the joint. CASE PRESENTATION: A 31-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosis in remission was evaluated for chronic left wrist pain without significant examination findings on presentation...
July 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753077/low-dose-cyclosporine-a-in-the-treatment-of-resistant-proliferative-lupus-nephritis
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Marjan Sheikholeslami, Mehrzad Hajialilo, Seyed Sadreddin Rasi Hashemi, Aida Malek Mahdavi, Morteza Gojazadeh, Alireza Khabbazi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate long-term efficacy of low dose cyclosporine A (CsA) in the treatment of resistant proliferative lupus nephritis. METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients with biopsy proven proliferative lupus nephritis who were unresponsive to combination therapy with steroid plus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or cyclophosphamide (CYC) and had been treated with CsA were included. Efficacy monitoring was based on the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disease activity index, dose of prednisolone, serum complement, anti-double stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA) titration, urine analysis, proteinuria, creatinine clearance, remission of the renal disease, renal survival and involvement of other organs...
July 28, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752494/epigenetics-in-sle
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REVIEW
Christian Michael Hedrich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a severe autoimmune/inflammatory condition of unknown pathophysiology. Though genetic predisposition is essential for disease expression, risk alleles in single genes are usually insufficient to confer disease. Epigenetic dysregulation has been suggested as the missing link between genetic risk and the development of clinically evident disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Over the past decade, epigenetic events moved into the focus of research targeting the molecular pathophysiology of SLE...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742259/off-label-use-of-rituximab-in-autoimmune-disease-in-the-top-end-of-the-northern-territory-2008-2016
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Sarah Wongseelashote, Vipin Tayal, Peter Francis Bourke
BACKGROUND: Rituximab, an anti-CD20 B cell depleting monoclonal antibody, is increasingly prescribed off-label for a range of autoimmune diseases. There has not previously been an audit of off-label rituximab use in the Northern Territory, where the majority of patients are Aboriginal. AIMS: To retrospectively evaluate off-label rituximab use in autoimmune diseases in the Top End of the Northern Territory. METHOD: We performed a retrospective audit of eight years of off-label rituximab use at the Royal Darwin Hospital, the sole tertiary referral centre for the Darwin, Katherine and East Arnhem regions...
July 25, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
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