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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457995/validation-of-a-brazilian-portuguese-version-of-the-transition-readiness-assessment-questionnaire-traq-in-a-population-of-transitional-youth-with-chronic-rheumatologic-disorders
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Catherine G Anelli, Claudio A Len, Maria T Terreri, Gleice C S Russo, Andreas O Reiff
OBJECTIVE: To translate and validate the Brazilian Portuguese version of the Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire in a population of adolescents and young adults with chronic rheumatologic disorders. This questionnaire evaluates the patient's readiness for making the transition from the pediatric health service to adult care. METHODS: The four-phase methodology for the translation and validation of generic questionnaires was followed, including translation, back-translation, pilot testing and clinical validation of the final tool...
February 16, 2018: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457982/discovery-of-gdc-0853-a-potent-selective-and-non-covalent-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-early-clinical-development
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James J Crawford, Adam R Johnson, Dinah L Misner, Lisa D Belmont, Georgette M Castanedo, Regina Choy, Melis Coraggio, Liming Dong, Charles Eigenbrot, Rebecca Erickson, Nico Ghilardi, Jonathan Hau, Arna Katewa, Pawan Bir Kohli, Wendy Lee, Joseph W Lubach, Brent S McKenzie, Daniel Fred Ortwine, Leah Schutt, Suzanne Tay, Binqing Wei, Karin Reif, Lichuan Liu, Harvey Wong, Wendy B Young
Btk is a non-receptor cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase involved in B-cell and myeloid cell activation, downstream of B-cell and Fcγ receptors, respectively. Pre-clinical studies have indicated that inhibition of Btk activity might offer a potential therapy in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Here we disclose the discovery and pre-clinical characterization of a potent, selective, and non-covalent Btk inhibitor currently in clinical development. GDC-0853 (29) suppresses B cell- and myeloid cell-mediated components of disease, and demonstrates dose-dependent activity in an in vivo rat model of inflammatory arthritis...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457372/clinical-characteristics-and-factors-associated-with-disability-and-impaired-quality-of-life-in-children-with-juvenile-systemic-sclerosis
#3
Brandi E Stevens, Kathryn S Torok, Suzanne C Li, Nicole Hershey, Megan Curran, Gloria C Higgins, Katharine F Moore, C Egla Rabinovich, Samuel Dodson, Anne M Stevens
OBJECTIVE: To investigate clinical manifestations of juvenile systemic sclerosis (jSSc), including disease characteristics and patient quality of life, through the multinational Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Legacy Registry. METHODS: Subjects with jSSc were prospectively enrolled between 2010 and 2013. Diagnosis of jSSc was determined by the enrolling pediatric rheumatologist, with disease onset required prior to age 18. Collected data included demographics, disease characteristics, medication exposure, and quality of life metrics...
February 18, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456655/effect-of-immune-tolerance-induced-by-immature-dendritic-cells-and-ctla4-ig-on-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-an-in-vivo-study
#4
Cuili Huang, Lidan Zhang, Fang Ling, Sijian Wen, Yanyan Luo, Hui Liu, Jingping Liu, Wenjun Zheng, Ming Liang, Jian Sun, You-Kun Lin
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-organ autoimmune disease in which tissue damage is caused by autoantibodies. The induction of specific immune tolerance, including the utilization of immune regulatory cells, may enhance the therapeutic effects of organ transplantation in patients with SLE. Furthermore, inhibiting immune responses has been reported to be an effective treatment for SLE. However, few studies have explored the association between an increased immune tolerance and a decreased immune response in SLE treatment...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456648/immunosuppressive-effects-of-hydroxychloroquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-via-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-lupus-nephritis-mice
#5
Ning Liang, Yanchun Zhong, Jie Zhou, Bihao Liu, Ruirui Lu, Yezhi Guan, Qi Wang, Chunlin Liang, Yu He, Yuan Zhou, Jianping Song, Jiuyao Zhou
Lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most common and severe manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus, leading to permanent renal damage and chronic kidney disease. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) serves a protective role against lupus-associated clinical manifestations and medical complications; however, it results in numerous adverse reactions, limiting its long-term use. The aim of the present study was to investigate the combined effect of HCQ and artemisinin (ART) on LN, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453041/microrna-signature-of-regulatory-t-cells-in-health-and-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Mehdi Soltanzadeh-Yamchi, Mehdi Shahbazi, Saeed Aslani, Mousa Mohammadnia-Afrouzi
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNA molecules with regulatory functions on the expression of genes through binding directly to target messenger RNA (mRNA) transcripts, eventuating in gene expression suppression via translational hindrance and/or target mRNA cleavage. These molecules have been established to participate in numerous critical cellular settings, including differentiation, development, and function of immune cells. As an important suppressor cell of immune system, regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in modulating the immune homeostasis as well as tolerance to self-antigens...
February 13, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452403/mechanisms-controlling-nucleic-acid-sensing-toll-like-receptors
#7
Kensuke Miyake, Takuma Shibata, Umeharu Ohto, Toshiyuki Shimizu, Shin-Ichiroh Saitoh, Ryutaro Fukui, Yusuke Murakami
Nucleic acid (NA)-sensing Toll-like receptors (TLRs) respond to DNA/RNA derived from pathogens and dead cells. Structural studies have revealed a variety of molecular mechanisms by which TLRs sense NAs. Double-stranded RNA and single-stranded DNA directly bind to TLR3 and TLR9, respectively, whereas TLR7 and 8 bind to nucleosides and oligoribonucleotides derived from RNAs. Activation of ligand-bound TLRs is influenced by the functional status of TLRs. Proteolytic cleavage of NA-sensing TLRs enables ligand-dependent TLR dimerization...
February 14, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451664/update-on-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome
#8
Michelle Remião Ugolini Lopes, Adriana Danowski, Andreas Funke, Jozelia Rêgo, Roger Levy, Danieli Castro Oliveira de Andrade
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) associated with thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. Most APS events are directly related to thrombotic events, which may affect small, medium or large vessels. Other clinical features like thrombocytopenia, nephropathy, cardiac valve disease, cognitive dysfunction and skin ulcers (called non-criteria manifestations) add significant morbidity to this syndrome and represent clinical situations that are challenging...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451069/arthritis-and-use-of-hydroxychloroquine-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-macrophage-activation-syndrome-among-adult-patients-hospitalized-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#9
E M Cohen, K D'Silva, D Kreps, M B Son, K H Costenbader
Background Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is an uncommon but serious complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We aimed to identify factors associated with MAS among adult hospitalized SLE patients. Methods Within the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Lupus Center Registry, we identified adult SLE patients > age 17 who had been hospitalized from 1970 to 2016, with either ferritin > 5000 ng/ml during admission or "macrophage activation syndrome" or "MAS" in discharge summary...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451068/increased-visceral-adipose-tissue-and-altered-adiposity-distribution-in-premenopausal-lupus-patients-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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L P C Seguro, J A Paupitz, V F Caparbo, E Bonfa, R M R Pereira
Objective Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) correlates with cardiovascular risk factors and has never been assessed in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Our aim was to evaluate VAT in premenopausal SLE patients. Methods Sixty-three premenopausal SLE patients and 186 age-matched healthy women were included. Demographic, anthropometric, disease and treatment parameters were evaluated. VAT was measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) with APEX 4.0 software. Results SLE patients had a disease duration of 5.25 ± 3...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451067/combined-detection-of-umcp-1-and-utweak-for-rapid-discrimination-of-severe-lupus-nephritis
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X W Dong, Z H Zheng, J Ding, X Luo, Z Q Li, Y Li, M Y Rong, Y L Fu, J H Shi, L C Yu, Z B Wu, P Zhu
Reliable markers for the rapid discrimination of severe renal damage remain a vital concern for lupus nephritis (LN). To determine a better tool for kidney damage detection, the present study compared the evaluation ability of novel urinary cytokines and chemokines (namely urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (uMCP-1), tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (uTWEAK)) with traditional serum or urinary markers (namely urinary alpha 1-microgrobulin (uα1-MG), beta 2-microglobulin (uβ2-MG) and serum complement C3 (C3), complement C4 (C4), creatinine (Cr), blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and cystatin C (Cys C)) in discriminating LN renal damage...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451066/psychometric-properties-of-mdhaq-rapid3-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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N Annapureddy, D Giangreco, H Devilliers, J A Block, M Jolly
Background The Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) is a patient-reported outcome (PRO) tool that includes the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3), an index that can be calculated at the point of care. The objective of this study was to perform psychometric analyses of MDHAQ/RAPID3 to study its measurement properties in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods The MDHAQ was completed by 161 SLE patients in routine care, along with LupusPRO (a disease-specific PRO). The SLE disease-specific activity index (SELENA-SLEDAI) and damage (SDI) were assessed...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449503/early-renin-angiotensin-system-blockade-improved-short-term-and-longterm-renal-outcomes-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-with-antiphospholipid-associated-nephropathy
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Cai Yue, Guanhong Li, Yubing Wen, Xuemei Li, Ruitong Gao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the renal protective effects of early renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade with renin-angiotensin system inhibitors (RASI) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with antiphospholipid-associated nephropathy (aPLN). METHODS: Medical data of 57 SLE patients with biopsy-proven aPLN were analyzed. Early RAAS blockade was defined as administration of RASI within 3 months after kidney biopsy and continued for ≥ 12 months...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449502/the-crescentic-implication-of-renal-outcomes-in-proliferative-lupus-nephritis
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Fanghao Cai, Fei Han, Hongya Wang, Haidongqin Han, Jingyun Le, Lan Lan, Ying Xu, Jianghua Chen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between crescents and renal outcomes, and the implications on therapeutic choices. METHODS: There were 231 patients with biopsy-proven proliferative lupus nephritis (PLN) who were divided into 4 groups: 59 patients were in the noncrescent group (NC); 59 patients exclusively with segmental crescents were in the segmental crescent group (SC); patients with circumferential crescents were categorized into 2 groups according to the crescentic ratio (C1 had 64 patients with ≤ 25%, and C2 had 49 patients with > 25%)...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448881/outcomes-of-multitarget-therapy-using-mycophenolate-mofetil-and-tacrolimus-for-refractory-or-relapsing-lupus-nephritis
#15
C-B Choi, S Won, S-C Bae
Objectives Outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have significantly improved over the years. However, when there is major organ involvement, the outcomes can still be unfavorable. Outcomes of multitarget therapy using mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and tacrolimus in patients with SLE who were refractory to standard therapy were assessed. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the Hanyang BAE lupus cohort to identify patients with biopsy-confirmed lupus nephritis (classes III, IV, or V) who failed to either achieve complete response with standard induction therapy or those who had a lupus flare after achieving a complete response with conventional induction therapy and subsequently were switched to multitarget combination therapy with MMF and tacrolimus...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447937/splenectomy-may-have-more-complications-than-currently-proven
#16
Somayeh Zakeri, Narjes Gorji, Marjan Akhtari, Reihaneh Moeini
The spleen has been one of the least understood major organs for centuries. Its significance is relatively well-known today but it seems that all aspects of its activities are not fully understood. Persian medicine (PM) has special views on the function of spleen; many side effects were reported in PM due to spleen dysfunction. On the other hand nowadays splenectomy as a treatment strategy is recommended for some disorders and increasing risk of infections is considered as the most important long term side effect of that...
March 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447842/neutrophils-drive-type-i-interferon-production-and-autoantibodies-in-wiskott-aldrich-syndrome
#17
K E Cervantes-Luevano, N Caronni, M C Castiello, E Fontana, G Piperno, A Naseem, P Uva, M Bosticardo, G E Marcovecchio, L D Notarangelo, M P Cicalese, A Aiuti, A Villa, F Benvenuti
BACKGROUND: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a rare primary immunodeficiency caused by mutations in WASp, a key regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics in hematopoietic cells. A high proportion of patients develop autoimmunity due to a breakdown in T and B cell tolerance. Moreover, excessive production of type-I interferon by plasmacytoid DCs contribute to autoimmune signs, however, the factors that triggers excessive innate activation have not been defined. OBJECTIVE: Neutrophils extracellular traps (NETs) emerged as major initiating factors in diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447637/crohn-disease-associated-neutrophilic-urticarial-dermatosis-report-and-literature-review-of-neutrophilic-urticarial-dermatosis
#18
Zhe Hou, Brian R Hinds, Philip R Cohen
Neutrophilic urticarial dermatosis (NUD) is a useful diagnostic term for urticarial lesions that are less pruritic and more painful than conventional urticaria. The histopathologic features include neutrophilic infiltrates in the interstitial dermis with a higher density than idiopathic urticaria. NUD has been associated with several systemic conditions, which are predominantly autoimmune and autoinflammatory in nature. A woman with Crohn disease who developed NUD is described. Literature reports of other conditions in which neutrophilic urticarial dermatosis have been observed are also reviewed and summarized...
November 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446734/cx3cl1-cx3cr1-axis-as-the-therapeutic-potential-in-renal-diseases-friend-or-foe
#19
Quan Zhuang, Ke Cheng, Yingzi Ming
The fractalkine receptor chemokine (C-X3-C motif) receptor 1 (CX3CR1) and its highly selective ligand CX3CL1 mediate chemotaxis and adhesion of immune cells, which are involved in the pathogenesis and progression of numerous inflammatory disorders and malignancies. The CX3CL1/CX3CR1 axis has recently drawn attention as a potential therapeutic target because it is involved in the ontogeny, homeostatic migration, or colonization of renal phagocytes. We performed a Medline/PubMed search to detect recently published studies that explored the relationship between the CX3CL1/CX3CR1 axis and renal diseases and disorders, including diabetic nephropathy, renal allograft rejection, infectious renal diseases, IgA nephropathy, fibrotic kidney disease, lupus nephritis and glomerulonephritis, acute kidney injury and renal carcinoma...
February 13, 2018: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446731/vitamin-d-receptor-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-kidney-diseases
#20
Shikun Yang, Aimei Li, JianWen Wang, Jun Liu, Yachun Han, Wei Zhang, Yan Chun Li, Hao Zhang
BACKGROUND: Kidney disease is a serious problem that adversely affects human health, but critical knowledge is lacking on how to effectively treat established chronic kidney disease. Mounting evidence from animal and clinical studies has suggested that vitamin D receptor (VDR) activation has beneficial effects on various renal diseases. METHOD: A structured search of published research literature regarding VDR structure and function, VDR in various renal diseases (e...
February 14, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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