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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108364/from-natalizumab-to-fingolimod-in-eight-weeks-immunological-clinical-and-radiological-data-in-quest-of-the-optimal-switch
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Andrea Harrer, Georg Pilz, Katrin Oppermann, Marlene Sageder, Shahrzad Afazel, Elisabeth Haschke-Becher, Theo Rispens, Annick de Vries, Mark McCoy, Vlado Stevanovic, Wolfgang Hitzl, Eugen Trinka, Jörg Kraus, Johann Sellner, Peter Wipfler
Natalizumab (NZB) discontinuation during a treatment change is associated with recurrence of disease activity in a significant proportion of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The immunological basis why disease reactivation occurs in selected patients is unresolved. In search of a prognostic biomarker for a safe and effective transition from NZB to fingolimod, we monitored five parameters related to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of the two drugs in 12 MS patients until six months on fingolimod...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108125/interventions-to-support-risk-and-benefit-understanding-of-disease-modifying-drugs-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Gurpreet K Reen, Eli Silber, Dawn W Langdon
OBJECTIVE: The present review evaluates interventions that have been designed to improve understanding of the complex risk-benefit profiles of disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). METHODS: A systematic search conducted using PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar and PsycINFO identified 15 studies. Interventions which provided treatment information were present across a range of study designs. A narrative synthesis was conducted due to heterogeneity of research findings...
December 28, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107804/clinically-relevant-levels-of-4-aminopyridine-strengthen-physiological-responses-in-intact-motor-circuits-in-rats-especially-after-pyramidal-tract-injury
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Anil Sindhurakar, Asht M Mishra, Disha Gupta, Jennifer F Iaci, Tom J Parry, Jason B Carmel
BACKGROUND: 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) is a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to improve motor function in people with multiple sclerosis. Preliminary results suggest the drug may act on intact neural circuits and not just on demyelinated ones. OBJECTIVE: To determine if 4-AP at clinically relevant levels alters the excitability of intact motor circuits. METHODS: In anesthetized rats, electrodes were placed over motor cortex and the dorsal cervical spinal cord for electrical stimulation, and electromyogram electrodes were inserted into biceps muscle to measure responses...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105588/nogo-a-antibodies-for-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Benjamin V Ineichen, Patricia S Plattner, Nicolas Good, Roland Martin, Michael Linnebank, Martin E Schwab
Most of the current therapies, as well as many of the clinical trials, for multiple sclerosis (MS) target the inflammatory autoimmune processes, but less than 20% of all clinical trials investigate potential therapies for the chronic progressive disease stage of MS. The latter is responsible for the steadily increasing disability in many patients, and there is an urgent need for novel therapies that protect nervous system tissue and enhance axonal growth and/or remyelination. As outlined in this review, solid pre-clinical data suggest neutralization of the neurite outgrowth inhibitor Nogo-A as a potential new way to achieve both axonal and myelin repair...
January 19, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104258/the-impact-of-betaplus-program-on-patient-treatment-satisfaction-with-interferon-beta-1b-in-multiple-sclerosis-multicentric-cross-sectional-survey-in-the-western-balkan-countries
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Jelena Drulovic, Mirjana Cukic, Sanja Grgic, Evica Dincic, Ranko Raicevic, Congor Nadj, Gordana Toncev, Slobodan Vojinovic, Sarlota Mesaros, Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, Irena Dujmovic, Daliborka Tadic, Svetlana Miletic-Drakulic, Jelena Dackovic, Smiljana Kostic, Jevto Erakovic, Lorand Sakalas, Dejan Savic, Vesna Suknjaja, Vanja Martinovic, Gorica Maric, Tatjana Pekmezovic
BACKGROUND: Long-term treatment adherence to disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) may have significant impact on clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS). It has been recently emphasized that low treatment satisfaction (TS) may be an important factor for achieving high rates of treatment adherence. Interferon (IFN) beta-1b was the first DMD approved for the treatment of MS. The aims of our study were to assess TS in subjects with relapsing-remitting (RR) MS treated with IFN beta-1b in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), and additionally, to evaluate the impact of patient support program on TS and adherence...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104252/novel-zebrafish-eae-model-a-quick-in-vivo-screen-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Pushkar Kulkarni, Swapna Yellanki, Raghavender Medishetti, Dharmarajan Sriram, Uday Saxena, Perumal Yogeeswari
INTRODUCTION: Pre-clinical drug discovery for multiple sclerosis (MS) is a labor intensive activity to perform in rodent models. This is owing to the long duration of disease induction and observation of treatment effects in an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. We propose a novel adult zebrafish based model which offers a quick and simple protocol that can used to screen candidates as a step between in vitro experiments and rodent studies. The experiments conducted for this manuscript were to standardize a suitable model of EAE in adult zebrafish and validate it using known modulators...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101047/acute-anterior-uveitis-in-a-patient-taking-fingolimod-fty720-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Heather Gwen Mack, Melissa Chih-Hui Tien, Owen Bruce White
Fingolimod is an oral sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator and the first oral therapy for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Its use has been complicated by a low rate of cystoid macular edema usually in the first 3 months after commencement of the medication. We report the case of a 34-year-old male with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, who developed acute anterior uveitis on day 5 of fingolimod treatment. He responded to appropriate treatment and cessation of drug, but developed low-grade chronic anterior uveitis without cystoid macular edema...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100077/effects-of-m2000-d-mannuronic-acid-on-learning-memory-retrieval-and-associated-determinants-in-a-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Somayeh Athari Nik Azm, Mohammadreza Vafa, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Majid Safa, Anis Barati, Abbas Mirshafiey
The d-mannuronic acid (M2000) is a novel nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that has immunosuppressive effects together with antioxidant property. M2000 has shown a notable efficacy in experimental models of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and nephrotic syndrome. In this work, the effect of M2000 on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) was performed by Morris water maze experiment, and the immunological assessments were carried out by Western blot, apoptosis (procaspase-3, Bax/Bcl2, P53), enzymatic (superoxide dismutase [SOD]), and nonenzymatic oxidative stress (malondialdehyde [MDA]) tests...
February 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099564/guideline-for-multiple-sclerosis-treatment-in-brazil-consensus-from-the-neuroimmunology-scientific-department-of-the-brazilian-academy-of-neurology
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Elizabeth Regina Comini-Frota, Cláudia C F Vasconcelos, Maria Fernanda Mendes
Multiple sclerosis has become an ever-increasing challenge to neurologists. With the release of the latest medications on the market, Brazilian neurologists feel divided between following their patients' evolution in accordance with the strict rules established by the Brazilian Ministry of Health regarding drug distribution, or following disease progression and worsening in accordance with the evidence in the literature. Therefore, a systematic review of the main published treatment guidelines was conducted and an escalating therapy proposed for guiding multiple sclerosis patient treatment in Brazil...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094337/glatiramer-acetate-attenuates-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-by-modulating-stat1-and-3-signaling-in-glia
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Ye-Hyeon Ahn, Sae-Bom Jeon, Chi Young Chang, Eun-Ah Goh, Sang Soo Kim, Ho Jin Kim, Jaewhan Song, Eun Jung Park
Interactions between immune effector cells of the central nervous system appear to directly or indirectly influence the progress/regression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here, we report that glial STAT1 and -3 are distinctively phosphorylated following the interaction of activated lymphocytes and glia, and this effect is significantly inhibited by glatiramer acetate (GA), a disease-modifying drug for MS. GA also reduces the activations of STAT1 and -3 by MS-associated stimuli such as IFNγ or LPS in primary glia, but not neurons...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092822/combination-of-everolimus-with-sorafenib-for-solid-renal-tumors-in-tsc2-mice-is-superior-to-everolimus-alone
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Jian Yang, Paulina A Samsel, Kalin Narov, Ashley Jones, Daniel Gallacher, John Gallacher, Julian R Sampson, Ming Hong Shen
Tuberous sclerosis (TSC) is an inherited tumor syndrome caused by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2 that lead to aberrant activation of mTOR and development of tumors in multiple organs including the kidneys. The mTOR inhibitors rapamycin and everolimus (rapalogs) have demonstrated clinical efficacy in treating TSC-associated tumors including renal angiomyolipomas. However, tumor responses are usually only partial, and regrowth occurs after drug withdrawal. TSC-associated tumors are highly vascular, and TSC patients with renal angiomyolipomas have elevated levels of circulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) A and VEGFD...
January 13, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087821/selection-of-first-line-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-risk-benefit-decision-analysis
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David Bargiela, Matthew T Bianchi, M Brandon Westover, Lori B Chibnik, Brian C Healy, Philip L De Jager, Zongqi Xia
OBJECTIVE: To integrate long-term measures of disease-modifying drug efficacy and risk to guide selection of first-line treatment of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: We created a Markov decision model to evaluate disability worsening and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) risk in patients receiving natalizumab (NTZ), fingolimod (FGL), or glatiramer acetate (GA) over 30 years. Leveraging publicly available data, we integrated treatment utility, disability worsening, and risk of PML into quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs)...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086792/irish-general-practitioner-attitudes-toward-decriminalisation-and-medical-use-of-cannabis-results-from-a-national-survey
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Des Crowley, Claire Collins, Ide Delargy, Eamon Laird, Marie Claire Van Hout
BACKGROUND: Governmental debate in Ireland on the de facto decriminalisation of cannabis and legalisation for medical use is ongoing. A cannabis-based medicinal product (Sativex®) has recently been granted market authorisation in Ireland. This unique study aimed to investigate Irish general practitioner (GP) attitudes toward decriminalisation of cannabis and assess levels of support for use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP). METHODS: General practitioners in the Irish College of General Practitioner (ICGP) database were invited to complete an online survey...
January 13, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080255/assessing-long-term-prognosis-improvement-as-a-consequence-of-treatment-pattern-changes-in-ms
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Ruggero Capra, Cinzia Cordioli, Sarah Rasia, Fabio Gallo, Alessio Signori, Maria Pia Sormani
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the age at which multiple sclerosis (MS) patients reach Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) milestones changed as long as new drugs for the treatment of MS became available. METHODS: We evaluated the long-term impact of therapies on disability progression assessing whether there is a detectable delay in the age at which patients reached EDSS milestones in more recent years. We used data collected over more than 30 years in the Center of Brescia, Italy...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078563/changes-in-first-line-injectable-disease-modifying-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-predictors-of-non-adherence-switching-discontinuation-and-interruption-of-drugs
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Luca Degli Esposti, Carlo Piccinni, Diego Sangiorgi, Valentina Perrone, Lucia Aledda, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Fabio Lombardo
This study was aimed to describe changes of Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT) in an Italian cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to identify predictors of therapeutic modifications. Patients with MS and treated with the first-line injectable DMT (interferons-IFNs or glatiramer) between 1/7/2009 and 31/10/2012 were selected from administrative databases of the MS Center of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Socio-demographic, therapeutic, and clinical information was collected in the 6 months preceding the index date...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076964/trigeminal-neuralgia-diagnosis-and-treatment
#16
Stine Maarbjerg, Giulia Di Stefano, Lars Bendtsen, Giorgio Cruccu
Introduction Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is characterized by touch-evoked unilateral brief shock-like paroxysmal pain in one or more divisions of the trigeminal nerve. In addition to the paroxysmal pain, some patients also have continuous pain. TN is divided into classical TN (CTN) and secondary TN (STN). Etiology and pathophysiology Demyelination of primary sensory trigeminal afferents in the root entry zone is the predominant pathophysiological mechanism. Most likely, demyelination paves the way for generation of ectopic impulses and ephaptic crosstalk...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072907/symptomatic-treatments-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
#17
REVIEW
Louisa Ng, Fary Khan, Carolyn A Young, Mary Galea
BACKGROUND: Motor neuron disease (MND), which is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), causes a wide range of symptoms but the evidence base for the effectiveness of the symptomatic treatment therapies is limited. OBJECTIVES: To summarise the evidence from Cochrane Systematic Reviews of all symptomatic treatments for MND. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) on 15 November 2016 for systematic reviews of symptomatic treatments for MND...
January 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064019/the-random-co-polymer-glatiramer-acetate-rapidly-kills-primary-human-leukocytes-through-sialic-acid-dependent-cell-membrane-damage
#18
Stig Hill Christiansen, Xianwei Zhang, Kristian Juul-Madsen, Michael Lykke Hvam, Brian Stougaard Vad, Manja Annette Behrens, Ida Lysgaard Thygesen, Babak Jalilian, Jan Skov Pedersen, Kenneth A Howard, Daniel E Otzen, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
The formulation glatiramer acetate (GA) is widely used in therapy of multiple sclerosis. GA consists of random copolymers of four amino acids, in ratios that produce a predominantly positive charge and an amphipathic character. With the extraordinary complexity of the drug, several pharmacological modes-of-action were suggested, but so far none, which rationalizes the cationicity and amphipathicity as part of the mode-of-action. Here, we report that GA rapidly kills primary human T lymphocytes and, less actively, monocytes...
January 5, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063173/identification-of-highly-connected-hub-genes-in-the-protective-response-program-of-human-macrophages-and-microglia-activated-by-alpha-b-crystallin
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Inge R Holtman, Malika Bsibsi, Wouter H Gerritsen, Hendrikus W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Paul van der Valk, Markus Kipp, Johannes M van Noort, Sandra Amor
The glial stress protein alpha B-crystallin (HSPB5) is an endogenous agonist for Toll-like receptor 2 in CD14(+) cells. Following systemic administration, HSPB5 acts as a potent inhibitor of neuroinflammation in animal models and reduces lesion development in multiple sclerosis patients. Here, we show that systemically administered HSPB5 rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier, implicating microglia as additional targets for HSPB5 along with peripheral monocytes and macrophages. To compare key players in the HSPB5-induced protective response of human macrophages and microglia, we applied weighted gene co-expression network analysis on transcript expression data obtained 1 and 4 h after activation...
January 7, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060988/-neuromyelitis-optica-presenting-concomitantly-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-report-of-one-case
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Felipe Suárez H, Daniela Urrutia E, Felipe Canales P, Camila Gutiérrez O
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a severe demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, which preferentially attacks the optic nerve and spinal cord. It is associated with antibodies against aquaporin 4. Morbidity and mortality are higher than in multiple sclerosis and its treatment focuses on immunosuppressive drugs. Immunomodulators are contraindicated. We report a previously healthy 35-year-old man, presenting with NMO concomitantly with systemic lupus erythematosus. His evolution was torpid with three outbreaks in the 10 months after the diagnosis, requiring a first-line therapy with methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide and then a second-line therapy with rituximab...
September 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
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