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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913968/post-ganglionic-autonomic-neuropathy-associated-with-anti-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies
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E Fileccia, R Rinaldi, R Liguori, A Incensi, R D'Angelo, M P Giannoccaro, V Donadio
PURPOSE: Antibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD-Abs) have been associated with several conditions, rarely involving the autonomic nervous system. Here, we describe two patients complaining of autonomic symptoms in whom a post-ganglionic autonomic neuropathy has been demonstrated in association with significantly elevated serum and CSF GAD-Abs levels. METHODS: Patients underwent nerve conduction studies, sympathetic skin response testing, evaluation of autonomic control of the cardiovascular system and skin biopsy...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913752/expression-and-bioactivity-of-human-alpha-fetoprotein-in-a-bac-to-bac-system
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Bo Lin, Kun Liu, Wenting Wang, Wei Li, Xu Dong, Yi Chen, Yan Lu, Junli Guo, Mingyue Zhu, Mengsen Li
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is an early serum growth factor in fetal embryonic development and hepatic oncogenesis. A growing number of investigations of AFP as a tumor-specific biomarker have concluded that AFP is an important target for cancer treatment. AFP also plays an immunomodulatory role in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroiditis. In an effort to support biochemical screening and drug design and discovery, we attempted to express and purify human AFP in a Bac-to-Bac system...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913462/pure-red-cell-aplasia
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Robert T Means
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is a syndrome defined by a normocytic normochromic anemia with severe reticulocytopenia and marked reduction or absence of erythroid precursors from the bone marrow. Diamond-Blackfan anemia is a congenital form of PRCA. Acquired PRCA may be either a primary disorder or secondary to some other disorder or agent. Primary acquired PRCA is an autoimmune disorder that is frequently antibody-mediated. Myelodysplastic syndromes may also present with the morphologic appearance of PRCA. Secondary acquired PRCA may be associated with collagen vascular/autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus; lymphoproliferative disorders such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia or large granular lymphocyte leukemia; infections, particularly B19 parvovirus; thymoma and other solid tumors; or a variety of other disorders, drugs, or toxic agents...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911796/egr2-and-egr3-in-regulatory-t-cells-cooperatively-control-systemic-autoimmunity-through-ltbp3-mediated-tgf-%C3%AE-3-production
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Kaoru Morita, Tomohisa Okamura, Mariko Inoue, Toshihiko Komai, Shuzo Teruya, Yukiko Iwasaki, Shuji Sumitomo, Hirofumi Shoda, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical autoimmune disease characterized by multiorgan inflammation induced by autoantibodies. Early growth response gene 2 (Egr2), a transcription factor essential for T-cell anergy induction, controls systemic autoimmunity in mice and humans. We have previously identified a subpopulation of CD4(+) regulatory T cells, CD4(+)CD25(-)LAG3(+) cells, that characteristically express both Egr2 and LAG3 and control mice model of lupus via TGF-β3 production. However, due to the mild phenotype of lymphocyte-specific Egr2-deficient mice, the presence of an additional regulator has been speculated...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910962/baricitinib-jak-inhibition-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
J Gras
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by inflammation and joint destruction, is associated with pain, progressive disability, systemic comorbidities and early death. Conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) have been able to achieve remission or a very low disease activity status for RA. Nevertheless, since many patients do not reach a sufficient response with DMARDs or present with unacceptable side effects, new therapies are needed...
October 2016: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910704/the-safety-of-nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Giulio Metro, Biagio Ricciuti, Marta Brambilla, Sara Baglivo, Irene Soli, Elisa Minenza, Giulia Costanza Leonardi, Alessandro D'Arpino, Daniela Colabrese, Marco Tazza, Daniela Zicari, Vincenzo Minotti, Rita Chiari
Immune checkpoint blockaders (ICBs) act by unbalancing the immune system, thus favoring the development of an immune-mediated antitumor effect. ICBs targeting the programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1) have recently been investigated in a number of advanced tumors, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nivolumab, a fully human IgG4 kappa directed against PD-1, has been the first ICB to be approved for second-line treatment of advanced NSCLC. Areas covered: In this review we focus on the clinical development of nivolumab for the treatment of advanced NSCLC, with an emphasis on its safety profile...
December 2, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909443/mighty-dwarfs-arabidopsis-autoimmune-mutants-and-their-usages-in-genetic-dissection-of-plant-immunity
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Rowan van Wersch, Xin Li, Yuelin Zhang
Plants lack the adaptive immune system possessed by mammals. Instead they rely on innate immunity to defend against pathogen attacks. Genomes of higher plants encode a large number of plant immune receptors belonging to different protein families, which are involved in the detection of pathogens and activation of downstream defense pathways. Plant immunity is tightly controlled to avoid activation of defense responses in the absence of pathogens, as failure to do so can lead to autoimmunity that compromises plant growth and development...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909192/the-more-the-merrier-scoring-statistics-and-animal-welfare-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Pushpalatha Palle, Filipa M Ferreira, Axel Methner, Thorsten Buch
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a frequently used animal model for the investigation of autoimmune processes in the central nervous system. As such, EAE is useful for modelling certain aspects of multiple sclerosis, a human autoimmune disease that leads to demyelination and axonal destruction. It is an important tool for investigating pathobiology, identifying drug targets and testing drug candidates. Even though EAE is routinely used in many laboratories and is often part of the routine assessment of knockouts and transgenes, scoring of the disease course has not become standardized in the community, with at least 83 published scoring variants...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909160/evaluation-of-polymorphic-variants-in-apoptotic-genes-and-their-role-in-susceptibility-and-clinical-progression-to-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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N Glesse, P Vianna, L M G Paim, M C C Matte, A K K Aguiar, P L Palhano, O A Monticielo, C V Brenol, R M Xavier, J A B Chies
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease marked by the disruption of the immune homeostasis. Patients exhibit a wide range of clinical manifestations, and environmental and genetic factors are involved in SLE pathogenesis. Evidence suggests that abnormalities in the cellular and molecular events that coordinate apoptosis may favour the generation of autoantigens involved in autoimmunity. In this way, the apoptotic deregulation may be affected by polymorphic variants in apoptotic-related genes...
November 30, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906879/presence-of-organ%C3%A2-specific-antibodies-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Ewa Wielosz, Maria Majdan, Arkadiusz Koszarny, Magdalena Dryglewska, Jacek Tabarkiewicz
INTRODUCTION According to the literature, organ‑specific antibodies may be present in the course of systemic sclerosis (SSc). OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of antithyroid antibodies (antithyroid peroxidase antibodies [anti‑TPO] and antithyroglobulin antibodies) and of antimitochondrial antibodies (AMAs), as well as to evaluate their clinical significance in patients with SSc. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study involved 86 consecutive in‑hospital patients with SSc (32 patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc [dcSSc] and 54 with limited cutaneous SSc [lcSSc])...
October 5, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906437/vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-as-tool-for-early-screening-of-severe-bone-loss-in-women-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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G Di Spigna, A Del Puente, B Covelli, E Abete, E Varriale, S Salzano, L Postiglione
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that leads to local and systemic arthritis and bone loss. Exploring genetic markers of candidate genes in osteoporosis and inflammatory cytokine genes could be a useful tool for the early identification of bone loss and fracture risk in RA patients. The target of this study is the evaluation and correlation between of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) of Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) and possible effects on bone loss in RA...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905992/variable-sensitivity-to-complement-dependent-cytotoxicity-in-murine-models-of-neuromyelitis-optica
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Yiting Liu, Danielle E Harlow, Katherine S Given, Gregory P Owens, Wendy B Macklin, Jeffrey L Bennett
BACKGROUND: Studies of neuromyelitis optica (NMO), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS), have demonstrated that autoantibodies against the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) induce astrocyte damage through complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC). In developing experimental models of NMO using cells, tissues or animals from mice, co-administration of AQP4-IgG and normal human serum, which serves as the source of human complement (HC), is required. The sensitivity of mouse CNS cells to HC and CDC in these models is not known...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903979/elevated-plasma-midkine-and-pleiotrophin-levels-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#14
Guo-Cui Wu, Hui Yuan, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Emerging evidence suggests that two heparin-binding growth factor, midkine and pleiotrophin are implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases including SLE. To investigate the plasma midkine and pleiotrophin levels in SLE patients, as well as their correlation with major clinical parameters and interleukin-17 (IL-17) level in SLE, 83 SLE patients and 123 controls including 20 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, 21 Sjögren's syndrome (SS) patients and 82 healthy controls (HCs) were recruited. Plasma midkine, pleiotrophin and IL-17 levels were detected by ELISA...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903857/a-hyperpigmented-reticular-rash-in-a-patient-on-peritoneal-dialysis
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Andrew M South, Milene K Crispin, Ann L Marqueling, Scott M Sutherland
Chronically ill patients often develop uncommon exam findings. A 16-year-old female with end-stage renal disease secondary to immune complex-mediated glomerulonephritis on peritoneal dialysis (PD) developed a pruritic, hyperpigmented reticular rash on her abdomen, sparing the PD catheter insertion site. The rash appeared approximately 6 weeks after initiating PD. She used a heating pad nightly during PD for dialysis drain pain. Testing for systemic and autoimmune disease was negative. She was referred to dermatology, where the diagnosis of erythema ab igne (EAI), a well-described but less well-known hyperpigmented reticular cutaneous eruption caused by chronic exposure to low levels of infrared heat, was confirmed...
November 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903432/antigen-presentation-for-priming-t-cellsin-central-system
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Shaoni Dasgupta, Subhajit Dasgupta
Generation of myelin antigen-specific T cells is a major event in neuroimmune responses that causes demyelination. The antigen-priming of T cells and its location is important in chronic and acute inflammation. In autoimmune multiple sclerosis, the effector T cells are considered to generate in periphery. However, the reasons for chronic relapsing-remitting events are obscure. Considering mechanisms, a feasible aim of research is to investigate the role of antigen-primed T cells in lupus cerebritis. Last thirty years of investigations emphasize the relevance of microglia and infiltrated dendritic cells/macrophages as antigen presenting cells in the central nervous system...
November 26, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903258/catwalk-gait-analysis-in-a-rat-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Sabine Herold, Prateek Kumar, Klaus Jung, Irina Graf, Henrike Menkhoff, Xenia Schulz, Mathias Bähr, Katharina Hein
BACKGROUND: Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a widely used animal model for multiple sclerosis. The characteristic feature of the MOG-EAE model in Brown Norway rats is consistent involvement of the spinal cord resulting in limb paresis. The aim of the study was to investigate whether early subclinical gait abnormalities are present in this animal model and can be detected by CatWalk XT, a fully automated gait analysis system...
November 30, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903221/in-vitro-generated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-suitable-tools-to-target-insulin-dependent-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Shruti D Dave, Patel C N, Patel J V, Thakkar U G
A synergy of a pre-accumulated genes with an autoimmunity advancing to slow abolition of pancreatic beta-cells causes insulin deficiency and results enrooting insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). As per WHO data worldwide about 150 million people are diabetic and the number may rise to more than double by the year 2025. Any absolute cure for IDDM is not available yet, and one of the credible advent in the field include cell-based therapy. At this conjecture, mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) seems to have a specific and beneficial characteristics due to their in vivo as well as in vitro potential to mimic a pancreatic endocrine phenotype and immune-regulatory actions...
November 21, 2016: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902998/autoimmune-cytopenias-diagnosis-management
#19
Christian P Nixon, Joseph D Sweeney
The autoimmune cytopenias are a related group of disorders in which differentiated hematopoietic cells are destroyed by the immune system. Single lineage disease is characterized by the production of autoantibodies against red cells (autoimmune hemolytic anemia [AIHA]), platelets (autoimmune thrombocytopenia [ITP]) and neutrophils (autoimmune neutropenia [AIN]) whereas multilineage disease may include various combinations of these conditions. Central to the genesis of this disease is the breakdown of central and/or peripheral tolerance, and the subsequent production of autoantibodies by both tissue and circulating self-reactive B lymphocytes with support from T helper lymphocytes...
December 1, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902884/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-new-triazolo-and-imidazolopyridine-ror%C3%AE-t-inverse-agonists
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Samuel Hintermann, Christine Guntermann, Henri Mattes, David A Carcache, Juergen Wagner, Anna Vulpetti, Andreas Billich, Janet Dawson, Klemens Kaupmann, Joerg Kallen, Rowan Stringer, David Orain
Retinoic-acid-related orphan receptor γt (RORγt) is a key transcription factor implicated in the production of pro-inflammatory Th17 cytokines, which drive a number of autoimmune diseases. Despite diverse chemical series having been reported, combining high potency with a good physicochemical profile has been a very challenging task in the RORγt inhibitor field. Based on available chemical structures and incorporating in-house knowledge, a new series of triazolo- and imidazopyridine RORγt inverse agonists was designed...
November 30, 2016: ChemMedChem
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