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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650992/galectin-8-as-an-immunosuppressor-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-and-a-target-of-human-early-prognostic-antibodies-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Evelyn Pardo, Claudia Cárcamo, Reinaldo Uribe-San Martín, Ethel Ciampi, Fabián Segovia-Miranda, Cristobal Curkovic-Peña, Fabián Montecino, Christopher Holmes, Juan Enrique Tichauer, Eric Acuña, Francisco Osorio-Barrios, Marjorie Castro, Priscilla Cortes, Claudia Oyanadel, David M Valenzuela, Rodrigo Pacheco, Rodrigo Naves, Andrea Soza, Alfonso González
Galectin-8 (Gal-8) is a member of a glycan-binding protein family that regulates the immune system, among other functions, and is a target of antibodies in autoimmune disorders. However, its role in multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), remains unknown. We study the consequences of Gal-8 silencing on lymphocyte subpopulations and the development of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), to then assess the presence and clinical meaning of anti-Gal-8 antibodies in MS patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646409/neuroprotective-effects-of-g-csf-administration-in-microglia-mediated-reactive-t-cell-activation-in-vitro
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Wei Peng
G-CSF is a growth factor that has known neuroprotective effects in a variety of experimental brain injury models. As both antigen-presenting microglia and reactive T cells are key components in the development and progression of EAE, the aim of this study is to investigate the neuroprotective effects of recombinant human G-CSF, as administered in microglia-mediated reactive T cell assay in vitro. Our results indicate that G-CSF treatment has no apparent effect for the resting un-activated microglia. G-CSF pre-protection of microglia increased protective cytokine IL-4 production and effectively inhibited the productions of NO and other inflammatory mediators (IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-17, and chemokine MCP-1) after LPS stimulation...
June 23, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641553/capillaroscopy-in-routine-diagnostics-potentials-and-limitations
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Ingegnoli Francesca, Smith Vanessa, Sulli Alberto, Cutolo Maurizio
Nailfold capillaroscopy is a safe and useful investigational tool that allows an early detection and a qualitative description of the microvascular abnormalities in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to scleroderma-spectrum disorders. Nowadays, the role of capillaroscopy in the diagnosis of systemic sclerosis is well known. Capillaroscopy has been included in the new 2013 classification criteria for systemic sclerosis and it is considered a key investigation in the very early phases of the disease...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639412/the-role-of-microrna-5196-in-the-pathogenesis-of-systemic-sclerosis
#4
Marzena Ciechomska, Patryk Zarecki, Michal Merdas, Jerzy Swierkot, Ewa Morgiel, Piotr Wiland, Wlodzimierz Maslinski, Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by tissue fibrosis and immune abnormalities. Recent evidence suggests that activated circulating monocytes from SSc patients play an important role in early stages of SSc pathogenesis due to enhanced expression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1), IL-8 and reactive oxygen species (ROS) induction. However, the exact factors that contribute to chronic inflammation and subsequently fibrosis progression are still unknown...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638708/citation-classics-in-central-nervous-system-inflammatory-demyelinating-disease
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Jee-Eun Kim, Kang M Park, Yerim Kim, Dae Y Yoon, Jong S Bae
OBJECTIVES: To identify and analyze the characteristics of the most influential articles about central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory demyelinating disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Science database and the 2014 Journal Citation Reports Science Edition were used to retrieve the top 100 cited articles on CNS inflammatory demyelinating disease. The citation numbers, journals, years of publication, authorships, article types, subjects and main issues were analyzed...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638382/expanding-role-of-t-cells-in-human-autoimmune-diseases-of-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Deepti Pilli, Alicia Zou, Fiona Tea, Russell C Dale, Fabienne Brilot
It is being increasingly recognized that a dysregulation of the immune system plays a vital role in neurological disorders and shapes the treatment of the disease. Aberrant T cell responses, in particular, are key in driving autoimmunity and have been traditionally associated with multiple sclerosis. Yet, it is evident that there are other neurological diseases in which autoreactive T cells have an active role in pathogenesis. In this review, we report on the recent progress in profiling and assessing the functionality of autoreactive T cells in central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune disorders that are currently postulated to be primarily T cell driven...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633629/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-severe-cognitive-and-sleep-symptoms-in-me-cfs-and-ms
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Vageesh Jain, Amit Arunkumar, Caroline Kingdon, Eliana Lacerda, Luis Nacul
BACKGROUND: There are considerable phenotypic and neuroimmune overlaps between myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). While the precise aetiologies of both MS and ME/CFS are unclear, evidence suggests that deterioration in cognitive function is widely prevalent in patients with either condition. Little is known about differing risk factors or exposures, which may lead to severe cognitive or sleep symptoms. This study aims to gauge the extent of cognitive and sleep symptoms in ME/CFS and MS patients participating in the UK ME/CFS Biobank and identify the characteristics of those experiencing severe symptoms...
June 20, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627708/alterations-in-aqp4-expression-and-polarization-in-the-course-of-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-sod1g93a-mice
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Jiaying Dai, Weihao Lin, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Baixuan He, Chuanming Luo, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The disease progression is associated with the astrocytic environment. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels are the most abundant AQPs expressed in astrocytes, exerting important influences on central nervous system homeostasis. The present study aimed to characterize the alterations in AQP4 expression and loca-lization in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) G93A transgenic mice...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624334/seasonality-and-autoimmune-diseases-the-contribution-of-the-four-seasons-to-the-mosaic-of-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Abdulla Watad, Shir Azrielant, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Paula David, Itay Katz, Gali Aljadeff, Mariana Quaresma, Galya Tanay, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are a heterogeneous groups of diseases that occur as a results of loss of tolerance to self antigens. While the etiopathogeneis remain obscure, different environmental factors were suggested to have a role in the development of autoimmunity, including infections, low vitamin D levels, UV radiation, and melatonin. Interestingly, such factors possess seasonal variation patterns that could influence disease development, severity and progression. Vitamin D levels which reach a nadir during late winter and early spring is correlated with increased disease activity, clinical severity as well as relapse rates in several disease entities including multiple sclerosis (MS), non-cutaneous flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622533/intrathecal-igm-index-correlates-with-a-severe-disease-course-in-multiple-sclerosis-clinical-and-mri-results
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Serkan Ozakbas, Bilge Piri Cinar, Pinar Özcelik, Hatice Baser, Gorkem Kosehasanoğullari
OBJECTIVES: Intrathecally synthesized IgM can be seen not only in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in infectious and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, but also in that of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Intrathecal IgM synthesis in MS seems to be correlated with an unfavorable disease course. In one cross-sectional study, intrathecal synthesis of IgM (IgM index) was found to be correlated with cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible relationship between the IgM index and MRI and clinical parameters...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620346/primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-putting-together-the-puzzle
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REVIEW
Ahmed Abdelhak, Martin S Weber, Hayrettin Tumani
The focus of multiple sclerosis research has recently turned to the relatively rare and clearly more challenging condition of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). Many risk factors such as genetic susceptibility, age, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection may interdepend on various levels, causing a complex pathophysiological cascade. Variable pathological mechanisms drive disease progression, including inflammation-associated axonal loss, continuous activation of central nervous system resident cells, such as astrocytes and microglia as well as mitochondrial dysfunction and iron accumulation...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619429/vitamin-d-and-multiple-sclerosis-an-update
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REVIEW
Charles Pierrot-Deseilligny, Jean-Claude Souberbielle
The most recent findings linking exposure to sun and vitamin D insufficiency to multiple sclerosis (MS) are reviewed. Due to insufficient sunshine and changing lifestyles, hypovitaminosis D is widespread in temperate countries. Numerous epidemiological studies have strongly suggested that sunshine and vitamin D insufficiency contributes to MS risk in these countries. Moreover, several large genetic studies in MS patients have recently stated unequivocally that diverse abnormalities involving vitamin D metabolism are related to the risk of the disease...
May 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619061/rituximab-versus-cyclophosphamide-for-the-treatment-of-connective-tissue-disease-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-recital-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Peter Saunders, Vicky Tsipouri, Gregory J Keir, Deborah Ashby, Marcus D Flather, Helen Parfrey, Daphne Babalis, Elisabetta A Renzoni, Christopher P Denton, Athol U Wells, Toby M Maher
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) frequently complicates systemic autoimmune disorders resulting in considerable morbidity and mortality. The connective tissue diseases (CTDs) most frequently resulting in ILD include: systemic sclerosis, idiopathic inflammatory myositis (including dermatomyositis, polymyositis and anti-synthetase syndrome) and mixed connective tissue disease. Despite the development, over the last two decades, of a range of biological therapies which have resulted in significant improvements in the treatment of the systemic manifestations of CTD, the management of CTD-associated ILD has changed little...
June 15, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619000/astrocytes-pathology-in-als-a-potential-therapeutic-target
#14
Sonja Johann
The mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are multifactorial and include genetic and environmental factors. Nowadays, it is well accepted that neuronal loss is driven by non-cell autonomous toxicity. Non-neuronal cells, such as astrocytes, have been described to significantly contribute to motoneuron cell death and disease progression in cell culture experiments and animal models of ALS. Astrocytes are essential for neuronal survival and function by regulating neurotransmitter and ion homeostasis, immune response, blood flow and glucose uptake, antioxidant defence and growth factor release...
June 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617357/-polymorphic-variants-of-the-immune-response-genes-as-risk-factors-for-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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E V Popova, I S Kiselev, A N Boyko, S A Sivertseva, N A Malkova, D S Korobko, N N Spirin, D S Kasatkin, A V Karaeva, E L Turova, N N Spirina, L I Volkova, N M Baulina, V V Bashinskaya, O G Kulakova, O O Favorova
AIM: To analyze the involvement of immune response genes in the pathogenesis of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This multicenter study included 111 patients with PPMS from the Russian ethnic group. The association of PPMS with genes of immune system was analyzed by the study of polymorphic variants of genes of cytokines and genes of antigen-presenting cells. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The genotypes of IL-4 (rs2243250)*C/C and CLEC16A (rs6498169)*G/G were associated with PPMS in Russians...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611671/targeting-hypoxia-inducible-factors-1%C3%AE-as-a-novel-therapy-in-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Anji Xiong, Yi Liu
Fibrosis, characterized by increased extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition, and widespread vasculopathy, has the prominent trait of chronic hypoxia. Hypoxia inducible factors-1α (HIF-1α), a key transcriptional factor in response to this chronic hypoxia, is involved in fibrotic disease, such as Systemic sclerosis (SSc). The implicated function of HIF-1α in fibrosis include stimulation of excessive ECM, vascular remodeling, and futile angiogenesis with further exacerbation of chronic hypoxia and deteriorate pathofibrogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610655/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Ana-Luisa Stefanski, Christian Tomiak, Uwe Pleyer, Thomas Dietrich, Gerd Rüdiger Burmester, Thomas Dörner
BACKGROUND: Sjögren's syndrome is one of the more common inflammatory rheumatological diseases, with a prevalence of at least 0.4% in Germany. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent articles retrieved by a selective search in PubMed. Special attention is drawn to updated classification criteria and current treatment recommendations. RESULTS: Sjögren's syndrome has a wide variety of presentations, ranging from the local involvement of exocrine glands with keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia (the leading signs of the disease) to the systemic, extraglandular involvement of multiple organs...
May 26, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607759/a-composite-measure-to-explore-visual-disability-in-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
#18
Valentina Poretto, Maria Petracca, Catarina Saiote, Enricomaria Mormina, Jonathan Howard, Aaron Miller, Fred D Lublin, Matilde Inglese
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide complementary information on visual system damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVES: The objective of this paper is to determine whether a composite OCT/MRI score, reflecting cumulative damage along the entire visual pathway, can predict visual deficits in primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). METHODS: Twenty-five PPMS patients and 20 age-matched controls underwent neuro-ophthalmologic evaluation, spectral-domain OCT, and 3T brain MRI...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607756/heart-rate-variability-is-differentially-altered-in-multiple-sclerosis-implications-for-acute-worsening-and-progressive-disability
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Valeria Studer, Camilla Rocchi, Caterina Motta, Benedetta Lauretti, Jacopo Perugini, Laura Brambilla, Lorena Pareja-Gutierrez, Giorgia Camera, Francesca Romana Barbieri, Girolama A Marfia, Diego Centonze, Silvia Rossi
BACKGROUND: Sympathovagal imbalance has been associated with poor prognosis in chronic diseases, but there is conflicting evidence in multiple sclerosis. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the autonomic nervous system dysfunction correlation with inflammation and progression in multiple sclerosis. METHODS: Heart rate variability was analysed in 120 multiple sclerosis patients and 60 healthy controls during supine rest and head-up tilt test; the normalised units of low frequency and high frequency power were considered to assess sympathetic and vagal components, respectively...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606671/external-cervical-resorption-a-new-oral-manifestation-of-systemic-sclerosis
#20
Sebastiana Arroyo-Bote, Cristina Bucchi, Ma Cristina Manzanares
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a complex, chronic, and progressive autoimmune disease. SSc causes bone resorption of mandible and distal phalanges of fingers through a known mechanism, and it has also been pointed out as a possible cause of apical root resorption of teeth, because tooth resorption is regulated by similar mechanisms to those controlling bone resorption. The objective of this article was to report the first case in the literature of external cervical resorption (ECR) as an oral manifestation of SSc...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
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