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Xiao-Meng Zhang, Yong-Nan Jin, Bing Zhang, Ning Li
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has the characteristics of long course of disease and difficulty in treatment. The conventional therapy may easily induce adverse drug reactions or events (ADR/ADE) due to the long-time medication. Thus, it should be given special attentions to treatment benefit and medication risk of RA patients. Aconitum, a kind of toxic traditional Chinese herbs, is an important complement therapy for RA, with some controversy in clinical application. Coming straight to the practical problem of combined use of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) and Western medicines (WM), this study conducted quantitative assessment on the benefits and risks of Aconitum using combined with WM or not, which was carried out by the method of multi-criteria decision analysis model...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xiao-Meng Zhang, Bing Zhang, Fan Li, Zhi-Ping Tian
To analyze the efficacy and safety of the combination therapy of Aconitum and Western medicine in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by Meta-analysis, and provide evidence for its clinic application for RA. The random clinical trials (RCTs) regarding the combination therapy for treating RA were retrieved in the database of China National Knowledge Infrastructure database, China Science and Technology Journal database, WanFang, Chinese Biomedical Medical Database, PubMed, and Cochrane Library up to July 2017...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Brian R Waterman, William Arroyo, Eric J Cotter, Michael A Zacchilli, E'Stephan J Garcia, Brett D Owens
Background: There remains a debate over whether to retain the index anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft in the setting of septic arthritis. Purpose: To evaluate and compare clinical outcomes for the treatment of septic arthritis after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) in those with and without early graft retention. Study Design: Case series; Level of evidence, 4. Methods: The Military Health System was queried for all ACLR procedures performed between 2007 and 2013...
March 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Eugene T Ek, Kemble K Wang
The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) complex of the elbow plays a crucial role in the stability of the elbow joint, especially to varus loads. Deficiency of particularly the lateral ulnar collateral component of the LCL can lead to chronic posterolateral rotatory instability, which can be functionally debilitating and can lead to a rapid onset of early degenerative arthritis. Commonly, in the setting of acute rupture of the LCL, the ligament is repaired using an open technique with suture anchor fixation to the lateral epicondyle insertion point...
February 2018: Arthroscopy Techniques
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Paulrayer Antonisamy, Muniyappan Dhanasekaran, Ha-Rim Kim, Sung-Gang Jo, Paul Agastian, Kang-Beom Kwon
Ononitol monohydrate (OM) was isolated from Cassia tora L. leaves. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of OM have been examined in male Wistar rats and mice. The efficacy of OM against inflammation was studied by using carrageenan-induced paw oedema, croton oil-induced ear oedema, acetic acid-induced vascular permeability, cotton pellet-induced granuloma and adjuvant-induced arthritis. The analgesic activity of OM was assessed using the acetic acid-induced abdominal constriction response, formalin-induced paw licking response and the hot-plate test...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
You Sun, De-Li Zhao, Zi-Xuan Liu, Xue-Hui Sun, Yang Li
Objective: Investigated the correlation of nuclear factor-κB, regulatory cells and transforming growth factor-β with rheumatoid arthritis. Methods: Included 65 cases of RA patients admitted in our hospital from June 2015 to December 2016 into case group, and included 50 healthy people into control group during the same period. Collected the peripheral detection of nuclear factor-κB, regulatory cells and transforming growth factor beta levels, and compared them between two groups. Results: The percentage of CD4+ , CD25+ T cells in the case group was significantly lower than that in the control group ( P  < ...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Shu Yang, Zhihua Xing, Tao Liu, Jing Zhou, Qinghua Liang, Tao Tang, Hanjin Cui, Weijun Peng, Xingui Xiong, Yang Wang
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common worldwide public health problem, which causes a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder of synovial joints. Paeoniflorin (PA) has achieved positive results to some extent for the treatment of RA. Purpose: This study aimed to reveal the potential druggable targets of PA in an experimental RA model using quantitative proteomics analysis. Study design and methods: Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into a normal group, model group and PA group...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Alyssa K Carlson, Rachel A Rawle, Erik Adams, Mark C Greenwood, Brian Bothner, Ronald K June
Osteoarthritis affects over 250 million individuals worldwide. Currently, there are no options for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis, demonstrating the need for biomarker discovery. To find biomarkers of osteoarthritis in human synovial fluid, we used high performance liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry for global metabolomic profiling. Metabolites were extracted from human osteoarthritic (n = 5), rheumatoid arthritic (n = 3), and healthy (n = 5) synovial fluid, and a total of 1233 metabolites were detected...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alexandra Shadrina, Yakov Tsepilov, Ekaterina Sokolova, Mariya Smetanina, Elena Voronina, Eugene Pakhomov, Kseniya Sevost'ianova, Andrey Shevela, Evgeny Ilyukhin, Evgeny Seliverstov, Igor Zolotukhin, Maxim Filipenko
Heredity is a well-known risk factor for varicose veins, but genetic basis of this condition remains poorly studied. Our aim was to conduct a large-scale genetic association study for primary varicose veins (PVVs) in the population of ethnic Russians. An initial scan using Illumina HumanExome-12 v1.0 BeadChip was performed for 273 patients with PVVs and 250 controls without a history of chronic venous disease and other venous disorders. After quality control and removal of monomorphic markers, 25,424 common and 48,232 rare variants were included in the analysis...
March 15, 2018: Gene
Akio Minami, Yukinobu Kamiya, Yasuaki Tojo, Satoko Matsumoto Harmon, Kota Suda
BACKGROUND: The Sauvé-Kapandji (SK) procedure is one of several surgical options in the treatment of distal radioulnar disorders by osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While satisfactory postoperative clinical results were obtained in most cases, instability of the proximal ulnar stump and radioulnar convergence are the most common complications. Minami et al. have developed a modification of the SK procedure that maintains the transverse diameter of the distal radioulnar joint and stabilizes the proximal ulnar stump, using a half-slip of the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Kwang-Hyun Lee, Young-Hoon Jo, Sung-Jae Kim, Wan-Sun Choi, Chang-Hun Lee, Joo-Hak Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of autogenous palmaris longus grafting for extensor tendon ruptures of 2 or more fingers in rheumatoid hands and to identify the factors related to the clinical outcome. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2013, a total 41 patients with advanced rheumatoid arthritis and multiple extensor tendon ruptures reconstructed with autogenous palmaris longus tendon grafts were reviewed. Extension lag at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint, total active motion (TAM), and fingertip-to-palm (TTP) distance were evaluated at final follow-up...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Mitchell E Menezes, Praveen Bhoopathi, Anjan K Pradhan, Luni Emdad, Swadesh K Das, Chunqing Guo, Xiang-Yang Wang, Devanand Sarkar, Paul B Fisher
Subtraction hybridization identified genes displaying differential expression as metastatic human melanoma cells terminally differentiated and lost tumorigenic properties by treatment with recombinant fibroblast interferon and mezerein. This approach permitted cloning of multiple genes displaying enhanced expression when melanoma cells terminally differentiated, called melanoma differentiation associated (mda) genes. One mda gene, mda-7, has risen to the top of the list based on its relevance to cancer and now inflammation and other pathological states, which based on presence of a secretory sequence, chromosomal location, and an IL-10 signature motif has been named interleukin-24 (MDA-7/IL-24)...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Jill Hall, K Julia Kaal, Junho Lee, Ross Duncan, Nicole Tsao, Mark Harrison
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: A number of novel models of care utilizing allied healthcare professionals, including nurses and pharmacists, have emerged as an alternate to rheumatologist specialist care to achieve disease outcomes in patients with inflammatory arthritis. We conducted a review of the literature for studies from the past 5 years that reported on measures of patient satisfaction and/or any health economic outcome in a model of care where the care providers had substantial, but not completely independent, responsibility...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Freja Aksel Jacobsen, Alexander N Scherer, Jeppe Mouritsen, Hera Bragadóttir, B Thomas Bäckström, Samra Sardar, Dan Holmberg, Anthony J Koleske, Åsa Andersson
Multiple sclerosis is a neuroinflammatory degenerative disease, caused by activated immune cells infiltrating the CNS. The disease etiology involves both genetic and environmental factors. The mouse genetic locus, Eae27, linked to disease development in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model for multiple sclerosis, was studied in order to identify contributing disease susceptibility factors and potential drug targets for multiple sclerosis. Studies of an Eae27 congenic mouse strain, revealed that genetic variation within Eae27 influences EAE development...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Yiqiu Zhang, Beilei Li, Haojun Yu, Jun Hou, Hongcheng Shi
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that affects the spine, the sacroiliac joints, and sometimes the hips and shoulders. Andersson lesion (AL), was first described by Andersson in 1937 as a destructive vertebral body and discovertebral portion of the spine in AS. In this case, we report a 50 years old man with medical history of AS diagnosed AL by fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT).
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Asher Haug-Baltzell, Tushar R Bhangale, Diana Chang, Amy Dressen, Brian L Yaspan, Ward Ortmann, Matthew J Brauer, Julie Hunkapiller, Jens Reeder, Kiran Mukhyala, Karen T Cuenco, Jennifer A Tom, Amy Cowgill, Jan Vogel, William F Forrest, Timothy W Behrens, Robert R Graham, Arthur Wuster
In clinical trials, a placebo response refers to improvement in disease symptoms arising from the psychological effect of receiving a treatment rather than the actual treatment under investigation. Previous research has reported genomic variation associated with the likelihood of observing a placebo response, but these studies have been limited in scope and have not been validated. Here, we analyzed whole-genome sequencing data from 784 patients undergoing placebo treatment in Phase III Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis trials to assess the impact of previously reported variation on patient outcomes in the placebo arms and to identify novel variants associated with the placebo response...
March 18, 2018: Genes and Immunity
Philip Mease, Désirée van der Heijde, Robert Landewé, Shephard Mpofu, Proton Rahman, Hasan Tahir, Atul Singhal, Elke Boettcher, Sandra Navarra, Karin Meiser, Aimee Readie, Luminita Pricop, Ken Abrams
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of subcutaneous (s.c.) secukinumab, an interleukin-17A inhibitor, on clinical signs and symptoms and radiographic progression in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: Adults (n=996) with active PsA were randomised 2:2:2:3 to s.c. secukinumab 300 mg or 150 mg with loading dose (LD), 150 mg without LD or placebo. All groups received secukinumab or placebo at baseline, weeks 1, 2 and 3 and then every 4 weeks from week 4...
March 17, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Ava D Segal, Krista M Cyr, Christina J Stender, Eric C Whittaker, Michael E Hahn, Michael S Orendurff, William R Ledoux, Bruce J Sangeorzan
BACKGROUND: End-stage ankle arthritis is a debilitating condition that often requires surgical intervention after failed conservative treatments. Ankle arthrodesis is a common surgical option, especially for younger and highly active patients; however, ankle arthroplasty has become increasingly popular as advancements in implant design improve device longevity. The longitudinal differences in biomechanical outcomes between these surgical treatments remain indistinct, likely due to the challenges associated with objective study of a heterogeneous population...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Hyun Lee, Minoru Fujimoto, Tomoharu Ohkawara, Hiromi Honda, Satoshi Serada, Yoshio Terada, Tetsuji Naka
Recent evidence suggests that renal tubular injury plays a key role in deterioration of renal function in both chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI). Since commonly used biochemical indicators such as GFR, serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine clearance are inappropriate for detecting alteration in renal tubules, biomarkers reflecting renal tubular injury have been extensively explored. Our research group identified leucine rich α-2 glycoprotein (LRG) as a novel serum biomarker for various inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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