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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820361/the-clinical-relevance-of-repeat-renal-biopsies-in-the-management-of-lupus-nephritis-a-south-african-experience
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E K Tannor, W D Bates, M R Moosa
Purpose Clinically, repeat renal biopsies (RRBs) have been performed in lupus nephritis to identify changes in class, plan treatment and assist in prognostication. We set out to compare the histopathological features and outcomes of disease flare and protocol biopsy patients. Methods A retrospective descriptive study was conducted on repeat biopsies performed between January 1984 and December 2015 in lupus nephritis patients. Disease flares and protocol biopsies were compared. Results Of 614 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) renal biopsies, 127 (20...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820360/preliminary-study-on-the-changes-of-ovarian-reserve-menstruation-and-lymphocyte-subpopulation-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-patients-of-childbearing-age
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H Gao, J Ma, X Wang, T Lv, J Liu, Y Ren, Y Li, Y Zhang
Objective The main aim of this study was to investigate the ovarian reserve, menstruation, and lymphocyte subpopulation in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients of childbearing age. Methods We enrolled 40 SLE patients of childbearing age and 40 age-matched healthy controls. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) was tested by electrochemiluminescence, and lymphocyte subsets were tested by flow cytometry. Menstruation situation was obtained by interview. Results The AMH level of the SLE group was significantly lower than that of the control group ( p < 0...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819535/clinical-features-and-antinuclear-antibodies-profile-among-adults-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-lupus-nephritis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nashwa Ahmed, Mazin Shigidi, Al Nour Al Agib, Hassan Abdelrahman, Elshafie Taha
INTRODUCTION: Limited data is available regarding the clinical manifestations and pattern of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in Sudan. This study aimed to determine the clinical manifestations and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) profile among Sudanese adults with SLE and lupus nephritis (LN). METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted in Omdurman Military Hospital, Sudan. It included all adults with SLE and on regular follow-up during the study period (December 2012 to May 2013)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819523/-cutaneous-tuberculosis-in-bamako-mali
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Adama Dicko, Ousmane Faye, Youssouf Fofana, Moussa Soumoutera, Siritio Berthé, Saidou Touré, Bekaye Traoré, Binta Guindo, Koureissi Tall, Alimata Keita, Lassine Kéita, Karim Coulibaly, Somita Keita
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis is the most common mycobacteriosis in sub-Saharan Africa. Cutaneous tuberculosis is rare and underdiagnosed due to its clinical polymorphism and to the smallness of technical equipment. This study aims to describe the epidemiological, clinical, histopathological aspects of cutaneous tuberculosis in Bamako (Mali). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study from January 1991 to December 2008. The study was performed in the Department of Dermatology at the National Center for Disease Control and in the Department of Pneumophtisiology at the Hospital of Point G...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818881/selexipag-for-the-treatment-of-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Sean Gaine, Kelly Chin, Gerry Coghlan, Richard Channick, Lilla Di Scala, Nazzareno Galiè, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Irene M Lang, Vallerie McLaughlin, Ralph Preiss, Lewis J Rubin, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Victor F Tapson, Marius M Hoeper
Patients with connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH-CTD) have a poor prognosis compared with other aetiologies. The underlying CTD can influence treatment response and outcomes. We characterised the GRIPHON study PAH-CTD subgroup and evaluated response to selexipag.Of 334 patients with PAH-CTD, PAH was associated with systemic sclerosis (PAH-SSc) in 170, systemic lupus erythematosus (PAH-SLE) in 82 and mixed CTD/CTD-other in 82. For the primary composite endpoint of morbidity/mortality, hazard ratios (HR) and 95% CI were calculated using Cox proportional hazard models...
August 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818832/b-cell-ox40l-supports-t-follicular-helper-cell-development-and-contributes-to-sle-pathogenesis
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Andrea Cortini, Ursula Ellinghaus, Talat H Malik, Deborah S Cunningham Grahman, Marina Botto, Timothy James Vyse
OBJECTIVES: TNFSF4 (encodes OX40L) is a susceptibility locus for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Risk alleles increase TNFSF4 expression in cell lines, but the mechanism linking this effect to disease is unclear, and the OX40L-expressing cell types mediating the risk are not clearly established. Blockade of OX40L has been demonstrated to reduce disease severity in several models of autoimmunity, but not in SLE. We sought to investigate its potential therapeutic role in lupus. METHODS: We used a conditional knockout mouse system to investigate the function of OX40L on B and T lymphocytes in systemic autoimmunity...
August 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818581/renal-transplantation-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-comparison-of-graft-survival-with-other-causes-of-end-stage-renal-disease
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Gabriel Horta-Baas, Adolfo Camargo-Coronel, Dafhne Guadalupe Miranda-Hernández, Leslie Gabriela Gónzalez-Parra, María Del Socorro Romero-Figueroa, Mario Pérez-Cristóbal
INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to lupus nephritis (LN) occurs in 10%-30% of patients. Initially systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was a contraindication for kidney transplantation (KT). Today, long-term graft survival remains controversial. Our objective was to compare the survival after KT in patients with SLE or other causes of ESRD. METHODS: All SLE patients who had undergone KT in a retrospective cohort were included. Renal graft survival was compared with that of 50 controls, matched for age, sex, and year of transplantation...
August 14, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818516/autoimmune-potential-of-perchloroethylene-role-of-lipid-derived-aldehydes
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Gangduo Wang, Jianling Wang, G A Shakeel Ansari, M Firoze Khan
Tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene, PCE), an ubiquitous environmental contaminant, has been implicated in inducing autoimmunity/autoimmune diseases (ADs), including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and scleroderma in humans. However, experimental evidence suggesting the potential of PCE in mediating autoimmunity is lacking. This study was, therefore, undertaken to explore PCE's potential in inducing/exacerbating an autoimmune response. Six-week old female MRL+/+ mice, in groups of 6 each, were treated with PCE (0...
August 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818099/biosemantics-guided-gene-expression-profiling-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-comparative-analysis-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Nirav R Shah, Braxton D Noll, Craig B Stevens, Michael T Brennan, Farah B Mougeot, Jean-Luc C Mougeot
BACKGROUND: Sjögren's syndrome (SS) shares many clinical and pathological similarities with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These autoimmune diseases mostly affect women. In this study, concept profile analysis (CPA) and gene expression meta-analysis were used to identify genes potentially involved in SS pathogenesis. METHODS: Human genes associated with SS, SLE, and RA were identified using the CPA tool, Anni 2.1. The differential mRNA expression of genes common to SS and SLE (SS-SLE) was determined in female peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) using NCBI-GEO2R...
August 17, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816740/the-value-of-direct-immunofluorescence-on-proteinase-digested-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-skin-biopsies
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Aida Valencia-Guerrero, April Deng, Karen Dresser, Gail Bouliane, Kristine M Cornejo
Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) on frozen tissue (DIF-F) is the method of choice for the identification of immune deposits present in skin and other tissues. DIF can also be performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue (DIF-P) after antigen retrieval with proteases and has proven to be of value in renal pathology. However, its utility in skin biopsies has not been fully examined. In this study, we performed DIF-P on 60 skin biopsies that comprised of bullous pemphigoid (n = 18), pemphigoid gestationis (n = 1), pemphigus (n = 7), linear IgA disease (n = 7), vasculitis (n = 20), lupus erythematosus (n = 3), and dermatitis herpetiformis (n = 4) cases...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816722/omega-3-fatty-acids-in-rheumatic-diseases-a-critical-review
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Umair Akbar, Melissa Yang, Divya Kurian, Chandra Mohan
Many clinical trials of omega-3 fatty acids, supplied as fish oil supplements, have been carried out in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), lupus nephritis, and osteoarthritis (OA) over the past 3 decades. This review attempts to summarize the highlights of these studies to evaluate the clinical efficacy for omega-3 fatty acids to be added alongside existing treatment regimens. A total of 20 clinical trials have been carried out in RA, of which 16 exhibited significant improvements in multiple disease clinical outcomes...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816533/high-prevalence-of-hypothyroidism-in-systemic-lupus-erythematous-patients-without-an-increase-in-circulating-anti-thyroid-antibodies
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Sol Lara Domingues, Fabrícia Torres Gonçalves, Maria Luiza Mendonça Pereira Jorge, Jean Ezequiel Limongi, Roberto Ranza, Paulo Tannus Jorge
OBJECTIVES: Because routine investigations are necessary for the early detection of thyroid disease, this study aimed to assess the prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) and thyroid dysfunction (TD) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Seventy-nine SLE patients (American College of Rheumatology criteria) and 159 control patients with no diagnosis of autoimmune diseases (except for ATD) were consecutively evaluated regarding changes in laboratory assessments of thyroid function and the presence of ATD...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814662/irgm1-coordinately-regulates-autoimmunity-and-host-defense-at-select-mucosal-surfaces
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Kathleen M Azzam, Jennifer H Madenspacher, Derek W Cain, Lihua Lai, Kymberly M Gowdy, Prashant Rai, Kyathanahalli Janardhan, Natasha Clayton, Willie Cunningham, Heather Jensen, Preeyam S Patel, John F Kearney, Gregory A Taylor, Michael B Fessler
The pathogenesis of primary Sjogren's syndrome (SS), an autoimmune disease that targets the mucosa of exocrine tissues, is poorly understood. Although several mouse models have been developed that display features of SS, most of these are within the larger context of a lupus-like presentation. Immunity-related GTPase family M protein 1 (Irgm1) is an interferon-inducible cytoplasmic GTPase that is reported to regulate autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis. Here, we report that naive Irgm1-/- mice display lymphocytic infiltration of multiple mucosal tissues including the lung in a manner reminiscent of SS, together with IgA class-predominant autoantibodies including anti-Ro and anti-La...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814359/the-risk-of-autoimmune-connective-tissue-diseases-in-patients-with-atopy-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Yi-Chun Hou, Hsiao-Yun Hu, I-Lin Liu, Yun-Ting Chang, Chen-Yi Wu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between autoimmune connective tissue disease (ACTD) and atopy is controversial. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the risks of ACTDs in patients with atopic triad diseases, including atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, by using a nationwide data base. METHODS: A cohort of 155,311 patients newly diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, or asthma in 2002-2011 was obtained from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
September 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811467/the-mtorc1-4e-bp-eif4e-axis-controls-de-novo-bcl6-protein-synthesis-in-t-cells-and-systemic-autoimmunity
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Woelsung Yi, Sanjay Gupta, Edd Ricker, Michela Manni, Rolf Jessberger, Yurii Chinenov, Henrik Molina, Alessandra B Pernis
Post-transcriptional modifications can control protein abundance, but the extent to which these alterations contribute to the expression of T helper (TH) lineage-defining factors is unknown. Tight regulation of Bcl6 expression, an essential transcription factor for T follicular helper (TFH) cells, is critical as aberrant TFH cell expansion is associated with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here we show that lack of the SLE risk variant Def6 results in deregulation of Bcl6 protein synthesis in T cells as a result of enhanced activation of the mTORC1-4E-BP-eIF4E axis, secondary to aberrant assembly of a raptor-p62-TRAF6 complex...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811201/the-unmet-need-in-rheumatology-reports-from-the-targeted-therapies-meeting-2017
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Kevin L Winthrop, Vibeke Strand, Désirée van der Heijde, Philip Mease, Mary Crow, Michael Weinblatt, Joan Bathon, Gerd R Burmester, Maxime Dougados, Johnathan Kay, Xavier Mariette, Ronald Van Vollenhoven, Joachim Sieper, Fritz Melchers, Ferdinand C Breedfeld, Joachim Kalden, Josef S Smolen, Daniel E Furst
The 19th annual international Targeted Therapies meeting brought together over 100 leading basic scientists and clinical researchers from around the world in the field of immunology, molecular biology and rheumatology and other specialties. During the meeting, breakout sessions were held consisting of 5 disease-specific groups with 20-40 experts assigned to each group based on clinical or scientific expertise. Specific groups included: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematous, connective tissue diseases (e...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811115/recurrence-of-cutaneous-coccidioidomycosis-6-years-after-valley-fever-a-case-presentation-and-literature-review
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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/28807995/regulation-of-the-cell-cycle-and-inflammatory-arthritis-by-the-transcription-cofactor-lbh-gene
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Shinji Matsuda, Deepa Hammaker, Katharyn Topolewski, Karoline J Briegel, David L Boyle, Steven Dowdy, Wei Wang, Gary S Firestein
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) display unique aggressive behavior, invading the articular cartilage and promoting inflammation. Using an integrative analysis of RA risk alleles, the transcriptome and methylome in RA FLS, we recently identified the limb bud and heart development (LBH) gene as a key dysregulated gene in RA and other autoimmune diseases. Although some evidence suggests that LBH could modulate the cell cycle, the precise mechanism is unknown and its impact on inflammation in vivo has not been defined...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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