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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219703/immunomodulatory-properties-of-1-2-dihydro-4-hydroxy-2-oxo-1-8-naphthyridine-3-carboxamide-derivative-vl15
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Anna Maria Malfitano, Chiara Laezza, Simone Bertini, Daniela Marasco, Tiziano Tuccinardi, Maurizio Bifulco, Clementina Manera
1,2-dihydro-4-hydroxy-2-oxo-1,8-naphthyridine-3-carboxamide derivative VL15 has been recently developed as a selective cannabinoid CB2 receptor compound. Given the high selectivity of this compound at the cannabinoid CB2 receptor and the well-known protective function of this receptor in neurological disorders with autoimmune component like multiple sclerosis, we assessed the immunomodulatory properties of VL15. We assessed on activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), proliferation and viability, cell cycle progression and measured activation markers and the expression of phosphorylated proteins...
February 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216963/micronutrient-deficiencies-in-patients-with-chronic-atrophic-autoimmune-gastritis-a-review
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EDITORIAL
Federica Cavalcoli, Alessandra Zilli, Dario Conte, Sara Massironi
Chronic atrophic autoimmune gastritis (CAAG) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease characterized by an immune response, which is directed towards the parietal cells and intrinsic factor of the gastric body and fundus and leads to hypochlorhydria, hypergastrinemia and inadequate production of the intrinsic factor. As a result, the stomach's secretion of essential substances, such as hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor, is reduced, leading to digestive impairments. The most common is vitamin B12 deficiency, which results in a megaloblastic anemia and iron malabsorption, leading to iron deficiency anemia...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203468/nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus-resembling-clinical-absence-with-atypical-eeg-pattern
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Channaiah Srikanth Mysore, Najib Murr, Rana Zabad, John Bertoni
Objective. We are reporting two cases: a patient with steroid responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT) and another patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), both presenting with altered mental status (AMS) and later diagnosed with nonconvulsive atypical absence status epilepticus (AS), with atypical EEG changes. Methods. A report of two cases. Results. A patient with history of SREAT and the other with SPMS had multiple admissions due to AMS. For both, EEG revealed the presence of a high voltage generalized sharply contoured theta activity...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202821/-pres-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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Kouichirou Okamoto, Kunio Motohashi, Hidemoto Fujiwara, Tomohiko Ishihara, Itaru Ninomiya, Osamu Onodera, Yukihiko Fujii
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is suggested in patients with acute neurological symptoms in the appropriate clinical context, including acute hypertension, blood pressure fluctuations, renal failure, blood transfusion, immunosuppression, autoimmune disorders, and eclampsia. PRES is a clinical syndrome, and refers to a disorder with reversible subcortical vasogenic brain edema caused by endothelial dysfunction, predominantly involving the bilateral parieto-occipital regions. Although the clinical course and prognosis are favorable in most cases, intracranial hemorrhage and/or restricted diffusion similar to acute infarction could be seen in some lesions on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
February 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198408/therapeutic-effects-of-human-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cell-hadsc-transplantation-on-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-eae-mice
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Jia Li, Ying Chen, Zhibo Chen, Yuanyuan Huang, Dehao Yang, Zhongqian Su, Yiyun Weng, Xiang Li, Xu Zhang
This study is to investigate the therapeutic effects of human adipose tissue-derived stem cell (hADSC) transplantation on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in mice. EAE mouse model was established by MOG35-55 immunization. Body weight and neurological function were assessed. H&E and LFB staining was performed to evaluate histopathological changes. Flow cytometry was used to detect Th17 and Treg cells. ELISA and real-time PCR were performed to determine transcription factor and pro-inflammatory cytokine levels...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194064/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-patients-with-neurologic-disorders-review-of-63-cases
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Anil Tombak, Mehmet Ali Uçar, Aydan Akdeniz, Arda Yilmaz, Hakan Kaleagası, Mehmet Ali Sungur, Eyup Naci Tiftik
Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is a procedure that reduces circulating autoantibodies of the patients. TPE is commonly used in neurological disorders where autoimmunity plays a major role. We report our experience with regard to the indications, adverse events and outcomes of plasma exchange in neurological disorders. Sixty-three patients were included to this retrospective study. Median age was 48 years (range 1-85), there was a predominance of males. Neurological indications included Guillain-Barrè syndrome (n = 22), myasthenia gravis (n = 21), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (n = 7), polymyositis (n = 3), multifocal motor neuropathy (n = 2), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (n = 2), neuromyelitis optica (n = 2), multiple sclerosis (n = 2), limbic encephalitis (n = 1) and transverse myelitis (n = 1)...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190431/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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M Toledano, J E Fugate
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is increasingly diagnosed in the emergency department, and medical and surgical intensive care units. PRES is characterized by acute onset of neurologic symptoms in the setting of blood pressure fluctuations, eclampsia, autoimmune disease, transplantation, renal failure, or exposure to immunosuppressive or cytotoxic drugs, triggers known to admit patients to the intensive care unit (ICU). Although the exact pathophysiology remains unknown, there is growing consensus that PRES results from endothelial dysfunction...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187806/diagnosis-and-management-of-spinal-cord-emergencies
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E P Flanagan, S J Pittock
Most spinal cord injury is seen with trauma. Nontraumatic spinal cord emergencies are discussed in this chapter. These myelopathies are rare but potentially devastating neurologic disorders. In some situations prior comorbidity (e.g., advanced cancer) provides a clue, but in others (e.g., autoimmune myelopathies) it may come with little warning. Neurologic examination helps distinguish spinal cord emergencies from peripheral nervous system emergencies (e.g., Guillain-Barré), although some features overlap...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187183/laboratory-strains-of-aedes-aegypti-are-competent-to-brazilian-zika-virus
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André Luis Costa-da-Silva, Rafaella Sayuri Ioshino, Helena Rocha Corrêa de Araújo, Bianca Burini Kojin, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Zanotto, Danielle Bruna Leal Oliveira, Stella Rezende Melo, Edison Luiz Durigon, Margareth Lara Capurro
The Zika virus outbreaks are unprecedented human threat in relation to congenital malformations and neurological/autoimmune complications. Since this virus has high potential to spread in regions presenting the vectors, improvement in mosquito control is a top priority. Thus, Aedes aegypti laboratory strains will be fundamental to support studies in different research fields implicated on Zika-mosquito interactions which are the basis for the development of innovative control methods. In this sense, our aim was to determine the main infection aspects of a Brazilian Zika strain in reference Aedes aegypti laboratory mosquitoes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186117/amelioration-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-through-transplantation-of-placental-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Hong Jiang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Kewei Tian, Beibei Wang, Shu Han
Placental derived mesenchymal stem cells (PMSCs) have been suggested as a possible source of cells to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) due to their immunomodulatory functions, lack of ethical concerns, and potential to differentiate into neurons and oligodendrocytes. To investigate whether PMSCs share similar characteristics with embryonic mesenchymal stem cells (EMSCs), and if transplanted PMSCs have the ability to integrate and replace degenerated neural cells, we transplanted rat PMSCs and EMSCs into the central nervous system (CNS) of Lewis rats with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185656/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-characteristics-disease-associations-treatments-and-outcomes-in-a-series-of-90%C3%A2-patients-at-mayo-clinic-1996-2011
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Dema T Alniemi, Albert Gutierrez, Lisa A Drage, David A Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical presentation, laboratory studies, disease associations, and treatments of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 90 patients with SCLE at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1996, through October 28, 2011, was performed. RESULTS: The mean patient age at diagnosis was 61 years; 64 patients (71%) were women, and 11 cases (12%) were drug induced (1996-2000, no drug-induced cases; 2001-2005, 2 cases; 2006-2011, 9 cases)...
February 6, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182102/a-case-report-of-nonvasculitic-autoimmune-inflammatory-meningoencephalitis-with-sensory-ganglionopathy-a-rare-presentation-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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João Peres, Simão Cruz, Rita Oliveira, Luís Santos, Ana Valverde
A 68-year-old Caucasian female was admitted to the emergency department with a progressive history of behavioural symptoms and anxiety followed by visual and auditory hallucinations, forgetfulness, and impaired gait in the previous 3 months. On examination she was psychotic and had a postural and rest tremor of the upper limbs, cogwheel rigidity of the four limbs, retropulsion on standing position, and inability to walk. During the following 2 weeks she developed xerostomia and unilateral parotiditis that improved with steroids...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167760/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-modulation-suppresses-pathogenic-astrocyte-activation-and-chronic-progressive-cns-inflammation
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Veit Rothhammer, Jessica E Kenison, Emily Tjon, Maisa C Takenaka, Kalil Alves de Lima, Davis M Borucki, Chun-Cheih Chao, Annabel Wilz, Manon Blain, Luke Healy, Jack Antel, Francisco J Quintana
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating disease of the CNS that causes disability in young adults as a result of the irreversible accumulation of neurological deficits. Although there are potent disease-modifying agents for its initial relapsing-remitting phase, these therapies show limited efficacy in secondary progressive MS (SPMS). Thus, there is an unmet clinical need for the identification of disease mechanisms and potential therapeutic approaches for SPMS. Here, we show that the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor (S1PR) modulator fingolimod (FTY720) ameliorated chronic progressive experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in nonobese diabetic mice, an experimental model that resembles several aspects of SPMS, including neurodegeneration and disease progression driven by the innate immune response in the CNS...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166327/neurological-autoantibody-prevalence-in-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology
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Divyanshu Dubey, Abdulradha Alqallaf, Ryan Hays, Matthew Freeman, Kevin Chen, Kan Ding, Mark Agostini, Steven Vernino
Importance: Autoimmune epilepsy is an underrecognized condition, and its true incidence is unknown. Identifying patients with an underlying autoimmune origin is critical because these patients' condition may remain refractory to conventional antiseizure medications but may respond to immunotherapy. Objective: To determine the prevalence of neurological autoantibodies (Abs) among adult patients with epilepsy of unknown etiology. Design, Setting, and Participants: Consecutive patients presenting to neurology services with new-onset epilepsy or established epilepsy of unknown etiology were identified...
February 6, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162871/a-young-female-with-urinary-retention-a-case-report-of-hashimoto-s-encephalopathy
#15
Benjamin L Cooper, Shane E Appel, Hussam M Ammar
Hashimoto's Encephalopathy (HE) is a rare form of autoimmune encephalopathy associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in which patients experience cognitive impairment and various neurologic symptoms. We present a case of a young female that presented to the emergency department with urinary retention, and was ultimately diagnosed with HE. Examination was significant for direction-changing and vertical nystagmus (direction-changing nystagmus describes a phenomenon where the fast beat changes with the direction of gaze), hyperreflexia, clonus, and Babinski and Hoffman's reflexes (all upper motor neuron (UMN) signs)...
January 26, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162005/the-clinical-significance-of-complete-class-switching-defect-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-patients
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Saleh Ghiasy, Leila Parvaneh, Gholamreza Azizi, Ghazal Sadri, Majid Zaki Dizaji, Hassan Abolhassani, Asghar Aghamohammadi
OBJECTIVES: Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is a primary immunodeficiency associated with recurrent infections. We aimed to investigate clinical and immunological classification in AT patients who suffer from a different spectrum of humoral immune defects. METHODS: AT patients were categorized according to the ability of class switching and patients with hyper IgM (HIgM) profile were defined as class switching defect (CSD). RESULTS: Serum immunoglobulin profile in 66 AT patients showed normal immunoglobulin level (22...
February 4, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161558/neutrophil-perversion-in-demyelinating-autoimmune-diseases-mechanisms-to-medicine
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REVIEW
Courtney S Casserly, Julia C Nantes, Ryder F Whittaker Hawkins, Luc Vallières
Neutrophils are essential to a healthy life, yet pose a threat if improperly controlled. Neutrophil perversion is well documented in a variety of inflammatory disorders (e.g. arthritis, lupus, psoriasis), but is only beginning to be demystified in autoimmune demyelination, the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. Using the animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), several molecules that help neutrophils invade the central nervous system (CNS) have been identified...
February 2, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160128/blockade-of-the-kinin-b1-receptor-affects-the-cytokine-chemokine-profile-in-rat-brain-subjected-to-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#18
Karolina Podsiadło, Grzegorz Sulkowski, Beata Dąbrowska-Bouta, Lidia Strużyńska
Kinins are bioactive peptides which provide multiple functions, including critical regulation of the inflammatory response. Released during tissue injury, kinins potentiate the inflammation which represents a hallmark of numerous neurological disorders, including those of autoimmune origin such as multiple sclerosis (MS). In the present work, we assess the expression of B1 receptor (B1R) in rat brain during the course of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) which is an animal model of MS. We apply pharmacological inhibition to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of neurological deficits and in shaping the cytokine/chemokine profile during the course of the disease...
February 3, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154970/differences-in-treatment-of-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-results-of-a-worldwide-survey
#19
Luca Bartolini, Eyal Muscal
The objective of the study was to identify differences in treatment strategies for anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis based on specialty of treating physicians, geographic location, and years in practice. We conducted an anonymous worldwide electronic survey through the Practice Current section of Neurology(®) Clinical Practice to appraise differences in decisions about first- and second-line treatment and timing for initiation of second-line treatment for anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. 399 participants answered all questions of the survey and were included in the analysis...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149160/immune-characteristics-study-of-ag490-a-signal-pathway-inhibitor-in-eae-model-mice
#20
Zhihua Zhao, Zhifeng Mao, Junjie Yin, Yaqing Shu, Wei Qiu, Zhengqi Lu, Xueqiang Hu
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by demyelination, axonal damage and progressive neurologic dysfunction in central nervous system (CNS). Many evidences show that B cells play an important role in the pathogenesis of MS. Follicular helper T cells (Tfh) secrete IL-21 to prompt the proliferation and differentiation of B cells in germinal center (GC) through clonal proliferation, somatic hypermutation, antibody class switching, antibody affinity maturation process. AG490 is a synthetic inhibitor to JAK-STAT signal pathway, which has been studied in inflammatory, tumor and autoimmune diseases...
February 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
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