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Corticosteroid resistance

Hannah Major-Monfried, Anne S Renteria, Attaphol Pawarode, Pavan Reddy, Francis Ayuk, Ernst Holler, Yvonne A Efebera, William J Hogan, Matthias Wölfl, Muna Qayed, Elizabeth O Hexner, Kitsada Wudhikarn, Rainer Ordemann, Rachel Young, Jay Shah, Matthew J Hartwell, Mohammed Chaudhry, Mina Aziz, Aaron Etra, Gregory A Yanik, Nicolaus Kröger, Daniela Weber, Yi-Bin Chen, Ryotaro Nakamura, Wolf Rösler, Carrie L Kitko, Andrew C Harris, Michael Pulsipher, Ran Reshef, Steven Kowalyk, George Morales, Ivan Torres, Umut Özbek, James L M Ferrara, John E Levine
Acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) is treated with systemic corticosteroid immunosuppression. Clinical response after one week of therapy often guides further treatment decisions, but long term outcomes vary widely between centers and more accurate predictive tests are urgently needed. We analyzed clinical data and blood samples taken after one week of systemic treatment for GVHD from 507 patients from 17 centers of the Mount Sinai Acute GVHD International Consortium (MAGIC), dividing them into test (n=236) and two validation cohorts separated in time (n = 142 and 129, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Blood
Elif Guler, Nilgun Col, Mithat Buyukcelik, Ayse Balat
AIM: In recent years, survival rates of childhood cancers have significantly increased, and occurrence of long-term adverse late effects (eg, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, hypertension) has become increasingly important. Early diagnosis of obesity/hypertension in childhood is essential to avoid morbidity in the adulthood. Therefore, this study was aimed to determine the blood pressure (BP) profile by ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) method, and prevalence of hypertension, obesity, abdominal obesity among childhood cancer survivors...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Irem Serifoglu, Balam Er Dedekarginoglu, Serife Savas Bozbas, Sule Akcay, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Acinetobacter baumannii, depending on the immune status of the host, may result in one of the most serious hospital infections. Infections involving A. baumannii infection have been recently rising. However, little is known about the clinical features of A. baumannii infection in solid-organ transplant recipients. We aimed to share our clinical experiences with A. baumannii infection in our transplant recipients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2011 and 2017, 41 solid-organ transplant patients developed A...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Elliot M Silver, William Ochoa
BACKGROUND Chronic intake of high-dose corticosteroids is associated with multiple adverse clinical effects, including hypertension, insulin resistance, impaired wound healing, immunosuppression, myopathy, and osteoporosis. In cases of autoimmune disease, use of steroid-sparing treatment modalities is preferred over chronic steroid therapy to limit these side effects. Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy is a less common side effect of chronic steroid use in patients treated with <10 mg/day of prednisone. However, doses exceeding 40-60 mg/day can induce clinically significant myopathy and weakness...
March 11, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Michael C Peters, Sheena Kerr, Eleanor M Dunican, Prescott G Woodruff, Merritt L Fajt, Bruce D Levy, Elliot Israel, Brenda R Phillips, David T Mauger, Suzy A Comhair, Serpil C Erzurum, Mats W Johansson, Nizar N Jarjour, Andrea M Coverstone, Mario Castro, Annette T Hastie, Eugene R Bleecker, Sally E Wenzel, John V Fahy
BACKGROUND: Airway type 2 inflammation is usually corticosteroid sensitive, but the role of type 2 inflammation as a mechanism of asthma in patients on high dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To determine if airway type 2 inflammation persists in patients treated with ICS and to evaluate the clinical features of patients with steroid resistant airway type-2 inflammation. METHODS: We used qPCR to generate a composite metric of type-2 cytokine gene expression (type 2 Gene Mean, "T2GM") in induced sputum cells from healthy controls, severe asthma patients on ICS (n=174), and non-severe asthma patients on ICS (n=85)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Matthew Morten, Adam Collison, Vanessa E Murphy, Daniel Barker, Christopher Oldmeadow, John Attia, Joseph Meredith, Heather Powell, Paul D Robinson, Peter D Sly, Peter G Gibson, Joerg Mattes
BACKGROUND: The single-centre double-blind, randomised controlled Managing Asthma in Pregnancy (MAP) trial in Newcastle, Australia, compared a treatment algorithm using the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in combination with asthma symptoms (FeNO group) against a treatment algorithm using clinical symptoms only (clinical group) in pregnant asthmatic women (ANZ Clinical Trials Registry, number 12607000561482). The primary outcome was a 50% reduction in asthma exacerbations during pregnancy in the FeNO group...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ludovic Gerard, Thomas Bidoul, Diego Castanares-Zapatero, Xavier Wittebole, Valérie Lacroix, Antoine Froidure, Delphine Hoton, Pierre-François Laterre
OBJECTIVES: Approximately half of the patients undergoing lung biopsy for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome exhibit another histologic pattern than diffuse alveolar damage, with some of the pathologies characterized by a potential response to corticosteroids. This study aimed to assess whether open lung biopsy performed in the ICU for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome was able to identify steroid-sensitive diseases and whether patients with a steroid-sensitive pathology experienced different clinical courses and outcomes...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Felipe Vilaça Cavallari Machado, Fabio Pitta, Nidia Aparecida Hernandes, Gisele Lopes Bertolini
PURPOSE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by persistent and progressive airflow obstruction that is associated with an abnormal chronic inflammatory response in the airways and lungs to noxious particles. COPD often leads to physical inactivity and deconditioning that added to inappropriate/excessive inflammatory responses leads to systemic consequences. Studies have shown that metabolic syndrome and manifested diabetes are more frequent in COPD than in healthy subjects; a possible explanation is that different pathophysiological aspects of COPD can lead to insulin resistance...
March 6, 2018: Endocrine
Nilar Lwin, Michael Boyle, Joshua S Davis
Corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy for immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS). However, little is known about how to treat IRIS unresponsive to steroids. We report a patient with HIV-TB coinfection who was unresponsive to first prednisolone and then infliximab but whose IRIS resolved with adalimumab.
February 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Xiao-Qin Wang, Lan Wang, Yuan-Chao Tu, Yuan Clare Zhang
Refractory nephrotic syndrome (RNS) is an immune-related kidney disease with poor clinical outcomes. Standard treatments include corticosteroids as the initial therapy and other immunosuppressants as second-line options. A substantial proportion of patients with RNS are resistant to or dependent on immunosuppressive drugs and often experience unremitting edema and proteinuria, cycles of remission and relapse, and/or serious adverse events due to long-term immunosuppression. Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of treating complicated kidney diseases and holds great potential for providing effective treatments for RNS...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Adriana Fernanda K Vizuete, Fernanda Hansen, Elisa Negri, Marina Concli Leite, Diogo Losch de Oliveira, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves
BACKGROUND: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common form of partial epilepsy and is accompanied, in one third of cases, by resistance to antiepileptic drugs (AED). Most AED target neuronal activity modulated by ionic channels, and the steroid sensitivity of these channels has supported the use of corticosteroids as adjunctives to AED. Assuming the importance of astrocytes in neuronal activity, we investigated inflammatory and astroglial markers in the hippocampus, a key structure affected in TLE and in the Li-pilocarpine model of epilepsy...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Rita O Oladele, Akaninyene A Otu, Malcolm D Richardson, David W Denning
Globally, Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) remains a common and lethal infection in both HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients, particularly in developing countries where rates of PCP increases with rising GDP. Pneumocystis jirovecii cannot be cultured in routine clinical laboratories; thus diagnosis relies on microscopy, histology, serology and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the Pneumocystis DNA. Most of these methods are expensive and require training. Accessing lower respiratory tract specimens in young children is often challenging and only PCR testing of nasopharyngeal aspirates is useful...
2018: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Caroline Honsek, Stefan Kabisch, Margrit Kemper, Christiana Gerbracht, Ayman M Arafat, Andreas L Birkenfeld, Ulrike Dambeck, Martin A Osterhoff, Martin O Weickert, Andreas F H Pfeiffer
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Insoluble cereal fibres have been shown in large prospective cohort studies to be highly effective in preventing type 2 diabetes, but there is a lack of interventional data. Our 2 year randomised double-blind prospective intervention study compared the effect of an insoluble oat fibre extract with that of placebo on glucose metabolism and incidence of diabetes. METHODS: A total of 180 participants with impaired glucose tolerance underwent a modified version of the 1 year lifestyle training programme PREvention of DIAbetes Self-management (PREDIAS) and were randomised to receive a fibre supplement (n = 89; 7...
February 28, 2018: Diabetologia
Neale Smith, Anne Smith, Alice Wang, Kaitlyn Shaw, Gabriella Groeneweg, Ran D Goldman, Bryan Wilkinson, Ricardo Jimenez, Leah Mwai, Bruce Carleton
Objectives: Administration of oral corticosteroids at the onset of an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) can be effective in the management of acute asthma exacerbations in children. This study was designed to identify barriers to parent-initiated implementation of clinical practice guideline-recommended use of oral corticosteroids for prophylaxis against severe asthma exacerbations in children. Methods: Twenty-seven children who presented to BC Children's Hospital with URTI-induced asthma exacerbations were recruited...
July 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Ella J Ariza-Heredia, Roy F Chemaly, Lokesh R Shahani, Ying Jang, Richard Champlin, Victor E Mulanovich
Acyclovir is commonly used to prevent and treat herpes simplex virus (HSV) reactivation after hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT), and only few reports have been published on acyclovir-resistant HSV in HCT recipients. We reviewed the medical records of patients with a microbiologic diagnosis of acyclovir-resistant HSV by plaque reduction test who received an HCT from 2002 through 2014. A total of 4028 HCTs were performed during the study period, and 18 of the recipients met the diagnostic criteria for acyclovir-resistant HSV...
February 21, 2018: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
Sabrina Bressieux-Degueldre, Damien Schaffner, Michaël Hofer, Nicole Sekarski, Federica Vanoni
The cause of Kawasaki disease (KD) is still unknown, but an infectious origin and genetic susceptibility have been suggested. The American Heart Association has changed the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of KD in 2017. One goal is to better identify patients most at risk, particularly young children with « incomplete » KD. In case of intravenous immunoglobulin resistance, alternative treatments to the traditional use of corticosteroids, such as TNF-alpha inhibitors have been proposed. For all patients with coronary aneurisms, regular assessment of myocardial perfusion is recommended, either with stress echocardiography, MRI, scintigraphy or PET-scan...
February 14, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Jianjun Wu, Xin Li, Yang Qin, Juan Cheng, Gaimei Hao, Ruifeng Jin, Chenjun Zhu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM), named Jinwei Tang on histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) and its role in the regulation of corticosteroid resistance in a rat model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Male Wistar rats were divided into five groups (each n=10): COPD group, established by the intratracheal instillation of lipopolysaccharide and passive smoke exposure, and control, budesonide, theophylline + budesonide and Jinwei Tang + budesonide groups...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Aldo Ferreira-Hermosillo, Ruben Casados-V, Pedro Paúl-Gaytán, Victoria Mendoza-Zubieta
BACKGROUND: Exophthalmos, myxedema, and osteoarthropathy syndrome is a very rare condition that is associated with Graves' disease. The presence of dermopathy and the involvement of joint/bone tissues indicate that it seems to be related with the severity of the autoimmune process. Owing to its low incidence, there is a lack of information regarding its treatment and clinical follow-up. Some cases improved after use of high doses of steroids; however, some patients do not respond to this treatment...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Tsunahiko Hirano, Kazuto Matsunaga
Because the pathophysiology of asthma has diverse characteristics, to manage the disease effectively, it is important for clinicians to distinguish among the clinical phenotypes. Among them, adult-onset asthma, that is, late-onset asthma (LOA), is increasing because of the aging of the population. The phenotype of LOA is largely divided into two types according to the presence or absence of eosinophilic inflammation, T-helper (Th)2- and non-Th2-associated LOA. Especially in Th2 LOA related to rhinosinusitis, as pulmonary function at onset is poor and asthma exacerbations occur frequently, it is important to detect this phenotype in the early phase by using a biomarker of Th2-type inflammation such as fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FE NO )...
2018: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
Shaimaa Ahmed, Thirumala Govender, Inamullah Khan, Nisar Ur Rehman, Waqar Ali, Syed Muhammad Hassan Shah, Shahzeb Khan, Zahid Hussain, Riaz Ullah, Mansour S Alsaid
Background and aim: The challenges with current antimicrobial drug therapy and resistance remain a significant global health threat. Nanodrug delivery systems are playing a crucial role in overcoming these challenges and open new avenues for effective antimicrobial therapy. While fluticasone (FLU), a poorly water-soluble corticosteroid, has been reported to have potential antimicrobial activity, approaches to optimize its dissolution profile and antimicrobial activity are lacking in the literature...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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