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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229823/cardiovascular-complications-in-paediatric-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-saudi-arabian-patients
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Ahmad S Azhar, Omneyah Mohamed Awlia, Mohammed A Muzaffer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and types of cardiovascular complications in Saudi patients with paediatric-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (pSLE). METHODS: Retrospective record review of pSLE patients following from January 2014 to September 2015 at the rheumatology clinic of King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Jeddah. Laboratory data such as C-reactive protein (CRP), antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-double stranded DNA antibody (anti-dsDNA), C3 and C4 complements, were collected...
February 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219888/cd74-deficiency-mitigates-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-like-autoimmunity-and-pathological-findings-in-mice
#2
Yi Zhou, Huimei Chen, Li Liu, Xueqing Yu, Galina K Sukhova, Min Yang, Lijun Zhang, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos, Isaac E Stillman, Takaharu Ichimura, Joseph V Bonventre, Peter Libby, Guo-Ping Shi
CD74 mediates MHC class-II antigenic peptide loading and presentation and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus. C57BL/6 Fas(lpr) mice that develop spontaneous lupus-like autoimmunity and pathology showed elevated CD74 expression in the inflammatory cell infiltrates and the adjacent tubular epithelial cells (TECs) in kidneys affected by lupus nephritis but negligible levels in kidneys from age-matched wild-type mice. The inflammatory cytokine IFN-γ or IL-6 induced CD74 expression in kidney TECs in vitro...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219887/disruption-of-pathogenic-cellular-networks-by-il-21-blockade-leads-to-disease-amelioration-in-murine-lupus
#3
Jin-Young Choi, Abhinav Seth, Michael Kashgarian, Sonia Terrillon, Emma Fung, Lili Huang, Li Chun Wang, Joe Craft
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is characterized by autoantibody-mediated organ injury. Follicular Th (Tfh) cells orchestrate physiological germinal center (GC) B cell responses, whereas in lupus they promote aberrant GC responses with autoreactive memory B cell development and plasma cell-derived autoantibody production. IL-21, a Tfh cell-derived cytokine, provides instructional cues for GC B cell maturation, with disruption of IL-21 signaling representing a potential therapeutic strategy for autoantibody-driven diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217966/pathogenesis-of-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-in-murine-lupus
#4
Haoyang Zhuang, Shuhong Han, Pui Y Lee, Ravil Khaybullin, Stepan Shumyak, Li Lu, Amina Chatha, Anan Afaneh, Yuan Zhang, Chao Xie, Dina Nacionales, Lyle Moldawer, Xin Qi, Li-Jun Yang, Westley H Reeves
OBJECTIVE: Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) in lupus patients is >50% fatal. The cause is unknown. The pathogenesis of DAH in C57BL/6 mice with pristane-induced lupus, a model of human lupus-associated DAH, was examined. METHODS: Clinical/pathological and immunological manifestations DAH in pristane-lupus were compared with human DAH. Tissue distribution of pristane was examined by mass spectrometry. Cell types responsible for disease were determined by in vivo depletion using clodronate liposomes (CloLip) and anti-neutrophil monoclonal antibodies (GR1)...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216098/potential-influences-of-complement-factor-h-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-and-thrombotic-disorders
#5
Janez Ferluga, Lubna Kouser, Valarmathy Murugaiah, Robert B Sim, Uday Kishore
Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205620/association-between-c4-c4a-and-c4b-copy-number-variations-and-susceptibility-to-autoimmune-diseases-a-meta-analysis
#6
Na Li, Jun Zhang, Dan Liao, Lu Yang, Yingxiong Wang, Shengping Hou
Although several studies have investigated the association between C4, C4A, and C4B gene copy number variations (CNVs) and susceptibility to autoimmune diseases, the results remain inconsistency for those diseases. Thus, in this study, a comprehensive meta-analysis was conducted to assess the role of C4, C4A, and C4B CNVs in autoimmune diseases in different ethnic groups. A total of 16 case-control studies described in 12 articles (8663 cases and 11099 controls) were included in this study. The pooled analyses showed that a low C4 gene copy number (GCN) (<4) was treated as a significant risk factor (odds ratio [OR] = 1...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202869/treatment-of-vasodilator-resistant-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-with-glucocorticoid-and-cyclophosphamide
#7
Eri Sugawara, Masaru Kato, Ryo Hisada, Kenji Oku, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Tetsuya Horita, Shinsuke Yasuda, Tatsuya Atsumi
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or mixed connective tissue disease (MTCD), in contrast to other types of PAH, may respond to immunosuppressive therapy. Most PAH cases with an immunosuppressant response were in the early stages of the disease (WHO functional class III or less). The present case was a 34-year-old woman with MCTD-associated PAH (WHO functional class IV) who was resistant to a combination of three vasodilators. Afterwards, she was treated with glucocorticoid and cyclophosphamide...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198796/carbonic-anhydrase-i-and-ii-autoantibodies-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Ahmet Mentese, Ahmet Alver, Selim Demir, Aysegul Sumer, Serap Ozer Yaman, Murat Karkucak, Arzu Aydin Capkin, Diler Us Altay, Ibrahim Turan
BACKGROUND: Behçet's disease is a vasculitis, seen more frequently around the Mediterranean and the Far East, and evinces with oral and genital ulcerations, skin lesions and uveitis. Carbonic anhydrase (CA) is a metalloenzyme which is widely distributed in the living world, and it is essential for the regulation of acid-base balance. Anti-CA antibodies have been reported in many disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, idiopathic chronic pancreatitis, type 1 diabetes and Graves' disease...
December 3, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196317/common-skin-conditions-in-children-noninfectious-rashes
#9
Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Cutaneous adverse drug reactions are among the most common noninfectious rashes of childhood. Cutaneous adverse drug reactions are classified as morbilliform, urticarial, bullous, pustular, or psoriasiform. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common inflammatory cutaneous eruptions, and is characterized by pruritus and flexural distribution. Emollients and topical corticosteroids are first-line therapies. Topical calcineurin inhibitors are second-line, steroid-sparing drugs for certain conditions, such as face and eyelid eczema...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192517/neutrophils-and-neutrophil-serine-proteases-are-increased-in-the-spleens-of-estrogen-treated-c57bl-6-mice-and-several-strains-of-spontaneous-lupus-prone-mice
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Rujuan Dai, Catharine Cowan, Bettina Heid, Deena Khan, Zhihong Liang, Christine T N Pham, S Ansar Ahmed
Estrogen, a natural immunomodulator, regulates the development and function of diverse immune cell types. There is now renewed attention on neutrophils and neutrophil serine proteases (NSPs) such as neutrophil elastase (NE), proteinase 3 (PR3), and cathepsin G (CG) in inflammation and autoimmunity. In this study, we found that although estrogen treatment significantly reduced total splenocytes number, it markedly increased the splenic neutrophil absolute numbers in estrogen-treated C57BL/6 (B6) mice when compared to placebo controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185859/association-of-irf5-polymorphisms-with-increased-risk-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-population-of-crete-a-southern-eastern-european-greek-island
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M I Zervou, J M Dorschner, Y Ghodke-Puranik, D T Boumpas, T B Niewold, G N Goulielmos
Interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) regulates type I interferon (IFN)-responsive genes, and has been one of the most consistently associated genes with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We sought to investigate whether IRF5 haplotypes are associated with risk for SLE in the genetically homogeneous Greek population of the island of Crete, as well as whether these haplotypes are associated with increased type I IFN. 322 SLE patients and 247 healthy controls from Crete were genotyped for rs2004640, rs3807306, rs10488631 and rs2280714 SNPs of IRF5 gene by using Taqman primer-probe sets...
February 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183532/growth-factor-midkine-promotes-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-regulated-t-cell-activation-and-th1-cell-differentiation-in-lupus-nephritis
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Tomohiro Masuda, Kayaho Maeda, Waichi Sato, Tomoki Kosugi, Yuka Sato, Hiroshi Kojima, Noritoshi Kato, Takuji Ishimoto, Naotake Tsuboi, Kenji Uchimura, Yukio Yuzawa, Shoichi Maruyama, Kenji Kadomatsu
Activated T cells play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including lupus nephritis (LN). The activation of calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) and STAT4 signaling is essential for T cells to perform various effector functions. Here, we identified the growth factor midkine (MK; gene name, Mdk) as a novel regulator in the pathogenesis of 2,6,10,14-tetramethylpentadecane-induced LN via activation of NFAT and IL-12/STAT4 signaling. Wild-type (Mdk(+/+)) mice showed more severe glomerular injury than MK-deficient (Mdk(-/-)) mice, as demonstrated by mesangial hypercellularity and matrix expansion, and glomerular capillary loops with immune-complex deposition...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179450/prevalence-incidence-and-associated-co-morbidities-of-treated-hypothyroidism-an-update-from-a-european-population
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Carlo B Giorda, Paolo Carnà, Francesco Romeo, Giuseppe Costa, Barbara Tartaglino, Roberto Gnavi
OBJECTIVE: Estimates of the prevalence of hypothyroidism in unselected populations date from the late 1990s. We present an update on the prevalence and incidence of overt hypothyroidism in Piedmont, northwest Italy, and examine the association between hypothyroidism and multiple chronic comorbidities. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data were obtained from drug prescription and hospital discharge databases. Individuals who had received at least two levothyroxine prescriptions in 2012 were defined as having hypothyroidism; those who had undergone thyroidectomy or I131 irradiation in the previous 5 years were defined as having iatrogenic hypothyroidism; and those who had either obtained exemption from treatment co-payment or had been discharged from hospital with a chronic comorbidity (diabetes, connective tissue diseases) were identified as having one of these conditions...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178365/development-and-clinical-validation-of-a-novel-photography-based-skin-erythema-evaluation-system-a-comparison-with-the-calculated-consensus-of-dermatologists
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M Cho, D-H Lee, E J Doh, Y Kim, J H Chung, H C Kim, S Kim
Erythema is the most common presenting sign of skin conditions [1,2]. Erythema reflects the degree of inflammation associated with various diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and lupus erythematosus; it is also cosmetically troublesome in subjects with flushing, rosacea, and photoaging [3,4]. In addition, there are vascular disorders that present with erythema, such as nevus flammeus, telangiectasia, and post-acne erythema [5]. Various therapeutic devices, medicines, and cosmetics have been developed to improve these dermatological conditions [6,7]...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178208/effector-mechanisms-of-neutrophils-within-the-innate-immune-system-in-response-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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REVIEW
Eric Warren, Garrett Teskey, Vishwanath Venketaraman
Neutrophils have a significant yet controversial role in the innate immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) infection, which is not yet fully understood. In addition to neutrophils' well-known effector mechanisms, they may also help control infection of M. tb through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which are thought to further promote the killing of M. tb by resident alveolar macrophages. Cytokines such as IFN-γ have now been shown to serve an immunomodulatory role in neutrophil functioning in conjunction to its pro-inflammatory function...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176476/recurrent-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-post-kidney-transplant-due-to-a-cd46-mutation-in-the-setting-of-smarcal1-mediated-inherited-kidney-disease
#16
REVIEW
Samuel Chan, Andrew J Mallett, Chirag Patel, Ross S Francis, David W Johnson, David W Mudge, Nicole M Isbel
Disorders in the regulation of the alternate complement pathway often result in complement-mediated damage to the microvascular endothelium and can be associated with both glomerulonephritis and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Inherited defects in complement regulatory genes or autoantibodies against complement regulatory proteins are predictive of the severity of the disease and the risk of recurrence post kidney transplantation. Heterozygous mutations in CD46, which codes for a transmembrane cofactor glycoprotein membrane cofactor protein, usually have a lower incidence of end-stage kidney disease and decreased risk of recurrent disease post transplant, as wild-type membrane cofactor protein is present in the transplanted kidney...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168661/psoriasis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-single-center-experience
#17
Konstantinos Tselios, Kristy Su-Ying Yap, Rattapol Pakchotanon, Ari Polachek, Jiandong Su, Murray B Urowitz, Dafna D Gladman
The coexistence of psoriasis with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been reported in limited case series, raising hypotheses about shared pathogenetic mechanisms. Nevertheless, important differences regarding treatment do exist. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of psoriasis in a defined cohort of lupus patients. Patients with psoriasis were retrieved from the University of Toronto Lupus Clinic from its inception in 1970 up to 2015. Charts were hand-searched to collect information concerning demographic, clinical, and therapeutic variables...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166684/pathogenic-mechanisms-of-ige-mediated-inflammation-in-self-destructive-autoimmune-responses
#18
Rachel Ettinger, Jodi L Karnell, Jill Henault, Santosh K Panda, Jeffrey M Riggs, Roland Kolbeck, Miguel A Sanjuan
Autoantibodies of the IgG subclass are pathogenic in a number of autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythomatosus. The presence of circulating IgE autoantibodies in autoimmune patients has also been known for almost 40 years. Despite their role in allergies, IgE autoantibodies are not associated with a higher rate of atopy in these patients. However, recently they have been recognized as active drivers of autoimmunity through mechanisms involving the secretion of Type I interferons by plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC), the recruitment of basophils to lymph nodes, and the activation of adaptive immune responses through B and T cells...
February 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162788/pathways-of-impending-disease-flare-in-african-american-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients
#19
Melissa E Munroe, Evan S Vista, Joan T Merrill, Joel M Guthridge, Virginia C Roberts, Judith A James
Immune dysregulation in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) contributes to increased disease activity. African-American (AA) SLE patients have an increased prevalence of complications from disease flares and end-organ damage that leads to increased morbidity and early mortality. We previously reported alterations in inflammatory and regulatory immune mediator levels prior to disease flare in European American (EA) SLE patients. In the current study, we assessed baseline and follow-up plasma levels of 52 soluble mediators, including innate, adaptive, chemokine, and TNF superfamily members, in AA SLE patients who developed SELENA-SLEDAI defined flare 6 or 12 weeks after baseline assessment...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162159/-the-value-of-different-antibodies-detection-in-diagnosis-of-rheumatism-with-uveitis
#20
X F Xu, J Zhang, L Cui, Y H Wang, Y Yue, L Chi, J Bai, H M Li, X X Lu
Objective: To investigate the value of HLA-B27 antigen, antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-dsDNA and Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA) detection in diagnosis of rheumatism with uveitis. Methods: Seven hundred and twenty four newly diagnosed patients with non-infection uveitis in Beijing Tongren Hospital from March 2012 to March 2016 who long-term lived in Beijing and its surrounding areas were continuously enrolled. HLA-B27 antigen expressions in peripheral blood lymphocytes and ANA, anti-dsDNA and ANCA levels in serum were tested...
January 24, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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