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E Littlejohn, W Marder, E Lewis, S Francis, J Jackish, W J McCune, E C Somers
Background Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can be elevated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) flare and infection, and are therefore of limited utility for distinguishing between the two conditions in febrile SLE patients. Methods A medical records review of hospitalizations (1997-2006) of SLE patients in the Michigan Lupus Cohort was performed. Eligible hospitalizations were those in which patients presented with a temperature of >100.3°F or with subjective fevers as a presenting complaint at admission...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Ajax M Atta, João Paulo C G Silva, Mittermayer B Santiago, Isabela S Oliveira, Rodrigo C Oliveira, Maria Luiza B Sousa Atta
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. In this study, we investigated the presence of dyslipidemia in Brazilian SLE patients by evaluating their lipid profile and immune status, including the production of autoantibodies and cytokines involved in atherogenesis. Ninety-four female SLE patients participated in this study and, based on their lipid profile, were classified as dyslipidemic or not. All were tested for antinuclear antibodies (ANAs), antiphospholipid antibodies, and autoantibodies to extractable nuclear antigens and double-stranded DNA...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Uta Hardt, Anders Larsson, Iva Gunnarsson, Robert M Clancy, Michelle Petri, Jill P Buyon, Gregg J Silverman, Elisabet Svenungsson, Caroline Grönwall
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin M (IgM) autoreactivity to malondialdehyde (MDA) protein modifications is part of the natural antibody repertoire in health and may have beneficial functions. In contrast, IgG anti-MDA are increased in chronic inflammation and autoimmunity and may instead have pathogenic properties. METHODS: Herein, we investigated serum IgG anti-MDA levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 398 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients in the Swedish Karolinska SLE cohort and compared these to findings in 225 US SLE patients from New York University and Johns Hopkins University...
February 26, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Huan Huan Xie, Hui Shen, Li Zhang, Mei Ying Cui, Li Ping Xia, Jing Lu
We measured the interleukin-34 (IL-34) level in sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Blood tests, including assays to determine C-reactive protein (CRP), complement (C) 3, C4, immunoglobulin (Ig) A, IgG, IgM, anti-double-stranded DNA antibody (Anti-dsDNA Ab) and hemoglobin (Hb) levels and white blood cell (WBC) and platelet (PLT) counts, were performed using standard methods. Lupus nephritis (LN) was diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) renal criteria...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiaozhen Zhao, Yongjing Cheng, Yuzhou Gan, Rulin Jia, Lei Zhu, Xiaolin Sun
A variety of autoantibodies has been involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), some of which are well known and applied as disease biomarkers. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of a novel autoantibody, anti-tubulin-α-1C, in patients with SLE and investigate its clinical significance. Anti-tubulin-α-1C autoantibody levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 128 SLE patients, 38 primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients, and 106 healthy controls (HCs)...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Ying Liu, Feng Zhan, Xiao Zhang, Shudian Lin
The objective of the present study was to investigate the role of Toll-like receptor (TLR)-9 in B lymphocyte stimulating factor (BLyS)-induced systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in mice. The anti-double stranded (ds)DNA antibody titer, levels of complement proteins (C3 and C4), interleukin (IL)-10 and the disease activity [assessed by the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) level] were measured. A total of 21 transgenic female mice (aged 8-10 weeks and weighing 30-40 g) expressing the Epstein-Barr virus membrane antigen, BLLF1, were studied...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Roberta Garcia Salomão, Luciana Martins de Carvalho, Clarice Izumi, Érika Silva Czernisz, José César Rosa, Sonir Roberto Rauber Antonini, Ana Carolina Bueno, Maria Olímpia Ribeiro do Vale Almada, Carolina de Almeida Coelho-Landell, Alceu Afonso Jordão, Virgínia Paes Leme Ferriani, Jacqueline Pontes Monteiro
BACKGROUND: Childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (c-SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease which increases cardiovascular risk factors (CRF) such as elevated homocysteine, TNF-α, and hs-C reactive protein. METHODS: We evaluated BMI, waist circumference (WC), 24-h recalls, SLEDAI-2 K, SLICC/ACR-DI, serum levels of homocysteine, folate, TNF-α, hs-C reactive protein, lipid profile, proteomic data, and duration of corticosteroid therapy in 19 c-SLE and 38 healthy volunteers...
January 9, 2018: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Wanchan Peng, Xianghui Liang, Yong Zhong, Yaou Zhou, Litao Hu, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to examine the levels of serum H4 and activated protein C (APC) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune conditions, and investigate the associations between H4 or APC levels and disease activity indicators in RA. METHODS: Serum H4 and APC distribution was examined in samples from patients with RA, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), polymyositis (PM), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as well as in samples from healthy controls, using commercial ELISA kits...
December 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Mariane Curado Borges, Fabiana de Miranda Moura Dos Santos, Rosa Weiss Telles, Marcus Vinícius Melo de Andrade, Maria Isabel Toulson Davisson Correia, Cristina Costa Duarte Lanna
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce the concentrations of eicosanoids, cytokines, chemokines, C-reactive protein (CRP) and other inflammatory mediators. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on circulating levels of inflammatory mediators and biochemical markers in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Experimental clinical study (clinical trial: NCT02524795); 49 women with SLE (ACR1982/1997) were randomized: 22 to the omega-3 group (daily intake of 1080mg EPA+200mg DHA, for 12 weeks) and 27 to the control group...
November 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Joan M Bathon, Jon T Giles, Daniel H Solomon
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March 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Mark Rider
These case reports focus on a rapid treatment for persistent complex bereavement disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which appears to activate the mirror neuron network. Simulated reattachment is a technique which has been found to repair phantom limb pain in just a few sessions. The same neuroplasticity that accomplishes phantom pain relief has been found to occur in the treatment of complicated grief and PTSD using similar methods. The simulated reattachment for the client in Case one was found to significantly reduce the symptoms of both complicated grief and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) within one session...
November 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Sonia González, Isabel Gutie Rrez-Díaz, Patricia Lo Pez, Ana Suárez, Tania Fernández-Navarro, Borja Sánchez, Abelardo Margolles
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic infl ammatory disease of autoimmune nature, in which oxidative stress is implicated. AIM: Compare the concentrations of dietary and blood antioxidants, as well as gut microbiota, with serum malondialdehyde (MDA) and C reactive protein (CRP) in 21 subjects suffering from non-active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and 21 age and gender-matched controls. METHODS: General biochemical parameters and CRP were determined by enzymatic methods: copper, zinc and selenium by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), MDA and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) by spectrophotometric methods, gut microbiota by metagenomic analyses and dietary intake by means of food frequency questionnaire...
July 28, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Kashif Jafri, Alexis Ogdie, Atif Qasim, Sarah L Patterson, Milena Gianfrancesco, Zara Izadi, Patricia Katz, Jinoos Yazdany, Gabriela Schmajuk
Despite the increasing use of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) cardiovascular (CV) risk score in clinical practice, few studies have compared this score to the Framingham risk score among rheumatologic patients. We calculated Framingham and 2013 ACC/AHA risk scores in subjects with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and assessed demographic, CV, and rheumatologic characteristics associated with discordant scores (high-risk ACC/AHA scores but low-risk Framingham scores)...
October 9, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Mustafa Serdar Sağ, Sinem Sağ, İbrahim Tekeoğlu, Berna Solak, Ayhan Kamanlı, Kemal Nas, Halil Harman, Mine Kantar
BACKGROUND AND OBJECT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS) are some of the autoimmune diseases related to the decreases in Vitamin D levels. The same immunological properties as psoriasis, such as Th1/Th2 dysregulation, are seen in all of them. This study aims to compare 25-hidroksi Vitamin D (25-OHD) serum concentrations in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Bandana Kumari, Pawan Kumar, Radha Krishna Prasad Chaudhary
INTRODUCTION: Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptides (CCPs) are a well known diagnostic and prognostic noble marker for rheumatoid arthritis. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein whose level rises in response to inflammation. AIM: This study was undertaken to show the role of the two markers (anti-CCPs and CRP) in autoimmune skin disorder and their association with associated arthritis in these disorder. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Serum anti-CCP antibodies and CRP was measured in 50 patients of autoimmune skin disease of which 28 were of psoriasis, 12 of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and 10 of Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV)...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
C S Syahidatulamali, W G Wan Syamimee, Y Nor Azwany, K K Wong, C H Che Maraina
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by numerous autoantibodies. In this study, we investigated the presence of anti-chloride intracellular channel 2 (anti-CLIC2) and anti-high mobility group box 1 (anti-HMGB1) autoantibodies in SLE patients (n = 43) versus healthy controls ([HCs] n = 43), and their association with serological parameters (antinuclear antibody [ANA], anti-double-stranded DNA [anti-dsDNA], and C-reactive protein [CRP]) and disease activity using Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) score (active or inactive)...
October 2017: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Hyoun-Ah Kim, Ju-Yang Jung, Chang-Hee Suh
Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio (MLR), and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) have been investigated as disease activity markers for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Hence, we investigated the clinical significance of these parameters in diagnosing infection in patients with SLE. In total, 120 patients with SLE, who were admitted to hospital due to disease flares or infection, were recruited for the study. Of the 120 patients, 60 had a concurrent infection (SLE with infection), while the remaining 60 patients were admitted with a flare without any evidence of infection (SLE with flare)...
November 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Zaixing Yang, Zhiyu Zhang, Feng Lin, Yingpeng Ren, Donghong Liu, Renqian Zhong, Yan Liang
This study was aimed to evaluate levels of neutrophil- (NLR), monocyte- (MLR), eosinophil- (ELR), and basophil-lymphocyte ratio (BLR) and their association with inflammatory markers in systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs). A total of 1139 SARD patients and 170 healthy individuals were enrolled. Clinical and laboratory data were extracted. NLR and MLR were significantly increased, but BLR decreased in most SARD patients (p < 0.05). ELR were significantly decreased in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, but increased in those with other SARDs (p < 0...
October 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Lin Qiao, Dong Xu, Yan Zhao, Xiaofeng Zeng, Fengchun Zhang
The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical characteristics of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with joint infections. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 11,734 SLE patients admitted to Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) from January 1990 to December 2016. Twenty patients who developed joint infections were identified. Subjects without joint infections (designated as control patients) were selected from the pool of SLE patients using a 1:4 systematic sampling method...
September 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Francieli Delongui, Marcell Allyson Batisti Lozovoy, Tatiana Mayiumi Veiga Iriyoda, Neide Tomimura Costa, Nicole Perugini Stadtlober, Daniela Frizon Alfieri, Tamires Flauzino, Isaias Dichi, Andréa Name Colado Simão, Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche
The T rare allele of +1444CT (rs1130864) polymorphism of C-reactive protein (CRP) has been associated with increased CRP levels in some inflammatory conditions, but its role on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) susceptibility and on CRP levels in SLE patients remains uncertain. The objective of the study was to evaluate the association between the rs1130864 CRP polymorphism with SLE susceptibility, disease activity, and CRP levels in SLE Brazilian patients. The study enrolled 176 SLE patients and 137 controls...
August 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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