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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097746/a-high-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-is-associated-with-refractory-kawasaki-disease
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Hong-Je Cho, So Young Bak, Su Yeong Kim, Rita Yoo, Hae-Sung Baek, Seung Yang, Il-Tae Hwang, Ji-Eun Ban
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has not yet been fully elucidated in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD). The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between NLR and the response to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy affecting coronary abnormalities in KD METHODS: A total of 196 patients of KD who were treated with IVIG therapy were analyzed. We evaluated the baseline NLR immediately before IVIG therapy and classified the study patients into 2 groups according to the value of the NLR...
January 18, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097227/a-xenogeneic-free-system-generating-functional-human-gut-organoids-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Hajime Uchida, Masakazu Machida, Takumi Miura, Tomoyuki Kawasaki, Takuya Okazaki, Kengo Sasaki, Seisuke Sakamoto, Noriaki Ohuchi, Mureo Kasahara, Akihiro Umezawa, Hidenori Akutsu
Functional intestines are composed of cell types from all 3 primary germ layers and are generated through a highly orchestrated and serial developmental process. Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) has been shown to yield gut-specific cell types; however, these structures do not reproduce critical functional interactions between cell types of different germ layers. Here, we developed a simple protocol for the generation of mature functional intestinal organoids from hPSCs under xenogeneic-free conditions...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094311/evidence-of-microvascular-changes-in-the-retina-following-kawasaki-disease
#3
Katherine Y H Chen, David P Burgner, Tien Y Wong, Seang Mei Saw, Swee Chye Quek, Audrey Y C Pang, Seo Wei Leo, Inez B Wong, Diana Zannino, Nigel Curtis, Michael Cheung, Carol Y Cheung, Terence C W Lim
It is unclear whether all children with Kawasaki disease (KD) have increased later cardiovascular risk. The retinal microvasculature reflects changes in the microcirculation and is associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors and events. The aim of this study was to investigate retinal microvascular parameters in two populations of patients with previous KD and control participants. We performed case-control studies of 116 (57 patients and 59 control participants) Australian and 156 (78 patients and 78 control participants) Singaporean individuals, at least two years since their acute illness...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093679/effect-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr-4-on-reproductive-performance-and-immune-function-in-dairy-cows
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Takashi Shimizu, Yurie Kawasaki, Yuka Aoki, Fumie Magata, Chiho Kawashima, Akio Miyamoto
In dairy cows, inflammatory diseases caused by infection with pathogenic bacteria post calving affect ovarian functions. This study examined the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), reproductive performances [the number of artificial insemination (AI) application and days open], and immune cell functions (apoptosis and migration). Two hundred Holstein cows from the Obihiro University farm were included. The SNPs of TLR4 were genotyped by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089146/factors-associated-with-development-of-coronary-artery-aneurysms-after-kawasaki-disease-are-similar-for-those-treated-promptly-and-those-with-delayed-or-no-treatment
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Mallory L Downie, Cedric Manlhiot, Tanveer H Collins, Nita Chahal, Rae S M Yeung, Brian W McCrindle
BACKGROUND: While the risk is reduced, patients may develop coronary artery (CA) aneurysms after Kawasaki disease (KD) despite receiving intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) within 10days of symptom onset. Risk factors for CA aneurysms may differ compared to those patients with delayed or no treatment. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with KD between 1990 and 2013 were included. Patients with maximum coronary artery z-scores>5 were classified as having CA aneurysms. Separate multivariable regression models were used to determine factors associated with CA aneurysms for those with versus without prompt treatment...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088248/the-spectrum-of-rheumatic-in-patient-diagnoses-at-a-pediatric-hospital-in-kenya
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Angela Migowa, Inés Colmegna, Carol Hitchon, Eugene Were, Evelyn Ng'ang'a, Thomas Ngwiri, John Wachira, Sasha Bernatsky, Rosie Scuccimarri
BACKGROUND: Pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic illnesses that can cause considerable disease burden to children and their families. There is limited epidemiologic data on these diseases in East Africa. The aim of this study was to assess the spectrum of pediatric rheumatic diagnoses in an in-patient setting and determine the accuracy of ICD-10 codes in identifying these conditions. METHODS: Medical records from Gertrude's Children's Hospital in Kenya were reviewed for patients diagnosed with "diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue" as per ICD-10 diagnostic codes assigned at discharge between January and December 2011...
January 14, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086810/genotypic-characterization-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-from-patients-in-two-geographical-locations-in-sri-lanka
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Ranjan Premaratna, Lucas S Blanton, Dilhar N Samaraweera, G Nalika N de Silva, Nilmini T G A Chandrasena, David H Walker, H J de Silva
BACKGROUND: To date more than 20 antigenically distinct strains of Orientia tsutsugamushi (OT) reported within the tsutsugamushi triangle that cause an undifferentiated acute febrile illness in humans. Genotypic characterization of OT in different geographic regions or within the same country, is important in order to establish effective diagnostics, clinical management and to develop effective vaccines. Genetic and antigenic characterization of OT causing human disease in OT-endemic regions is not known for Sri Lanka...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079915/intravenous-immunoglobulin-for-the-treatment-of-kawasaki-disease
#8
Stanford T Shulman
Standard first-line therapy for Kawasaki disease (KD) consists of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and aspirin. Current guidelines recommend 2 g/kg of IVIG and 80 to 100 mg/kg of aspirin administered within the first 10 days of illness. This regimen has marked efficacy in preventing the development of coronary artery aneurysms. Approximately 15% to 20% of treated patients require a second dose of IVIG to control the inflammatory process. The role of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy with IVIG and aspirin is evolving, with Japanese studies showing a clear benefit in those patients at highest risk for development of coronary disease...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079914/intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-pediatric-rheumatology-when-to-use-it-and-what-is-the-evidence
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Martha M Rodriguez, Linda Wagner-Weiner
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is given to children with a variety of rheumatologic illnesses. The mechanism of action by which it exerts therapeutic effects is not well understood and likely differs in the medical conditions for which it is given. IVIG is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and is the standard of care for Kawasaki disease, but most IVIG use in pediatric rheumatology is "off-label. " The literature supports the use of IVIG for juvenile dermatomyositis, although it is unclear whether its use should be limited to those children with more severe or refractory disease...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079513/high-dose-aspirin-for-kawasaki-disease-outdated-myth-or-effective-aid
#10
Gil Amarilyo, Yael Koren, Dafna Brik Simon, Maskit Bar-Meir, Hilla Bahat, Mona Hanna Helou, Amir Mendelson, Nofar Hezkelo, Gabriel Chodick, Yackov Berkun, Eli Eisenstein, Yonatan Butbul Aviel, Galia Barkai, Yoav Bolkier, Shai Padeh, Riva Brik, Phillip J Hashkes, Liora Harel, Yosef Uziel
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) plus high-dose aspirin (HDA) vs. IVIG plus low-dose aspirin (LDA) for the treatment of Kawasaki disease, with an emphasis on coronary artery outcomes. METHODS: This study was a retrospective, medical record review of paediatric patients with Kawasaki disease comparing 6 centres that routinely used HDA for initial treatment and 2 that used LDA in 2004-2013. Treatment response and adverse events were compared...
January 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073668/drug-eluting-stenting-for-femoropopliteal-lesions-followed-by-cilostazol-treatment-reduces-stent-restenosis-in-patients-with-symptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease
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Kan Zen, Mitsuyoshi Takahara, Osamu Iida, Yoshimitsu Soga, Daizo Kawasaki, Shinsuke Nanto, Hiroyoshi Yokoi, Satoaki Matoba
BACKGROUND: Cilostazol improves clinical endovascular therapy outcomes for femoropopliteal (FP) lesions in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease, but whether it also has clinical benefits for patients after drug-eluting stent implantation remains unclear. METHODS: This study is a subanalysis of the ZilvEr PTX for tHe Femoral ArterY and Proximal Popliteal ArteRy (ZEPHYR) study, a prospective multicenter study investigating FP lesions treated with the Zilver (Cook Medical, Bloomington, Ind) paclitaxel-eluting stent...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069864/hydralazine-is-involved-in-tele-methylhistamine-metabolism-by-inhibiting-monoamine-oxidase-b-in-pregnancy-associated-hypertensive-mice
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Shohei Kawasaki, Koichiro Kako, Yusuke Nagashima, Akihiko Kanou, Junji Ishida, Akiyoshi Fukamizu
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy globally affect 6-8% of gestation and remain a major cause of both foetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. However, the antihypertensive medications for the patients of this disease are strictly limited due to the teratogenic potentials. Here, we found that tele-methylhistamine (tMH) increased in response to the administration of hydralazine (Hdz), a vasodilative agent, in the pregnancy-associated hypertensive (PAH) mice. Hdz abrogated the degradation of tMH catalyzed by monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) in vitro These results suggested that Hdz inhibited the MAO-B activity and consequently tMH increased in the maternal circulation of PAH mice...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069066/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-resveratrol-in-human-coronary-arterial-endothelial-cells-via-induction-of-autophagy-implication-for-the-treatment-of-kawasaki-disease
#13
Fu-Chen Huang, Ho-Chang Kuo, Ying-Hsien Huang, Hong-Ren Yu, Sung-Chou Li, Hsing-Chun Kuo
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile vasculitis in childhood, which is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. If untreated, KD can result in coronary aneurysms in 25% of patients, and even under intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment, 10-20% of children will have IVIG resistance and increased risk of developing coronary arteritis complication. Additional therapies should be explored to decrease the incidence of coronary artery lesions and improve the prognosis in KD...
January 9, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065902/princess-privacy-protecting-rare-disease-international-network-collaboration-via-encryption-through-software-guard-extensions
#14
Feng Chen, Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Sijie Ding, Yao Lu, Jihoon Kim, S Cenk Sahinalp, Chisato Shimizu, Jane C Burns, Victoria J Wright, Eileen Png, Martin L Hibberd, David D Lloyd, Hai Yang, Amalio Telenti, Cinnamon S Bloss, Dov Fox, Kristin Lauter, Lucila Ohno-Machado
MOTIVATION: We introduce PRINCESS, a privacy-preserving international collaboration framework for analyzing rare disease genetic data that are distributed across different continents. PRINCESS leverages Software Guard Extensions (SGX) and hardware for trustworthy computation. Unlike a traditional international collaboration model, where individual-level patient DNA are physically centralized at a single site, PRINCESS performs a secure and distributed computation over encrypted data, fulfilling institutional policies and regulations for protected health information...
January 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063205/pathogenetic-determinants-in-kawasaki-disease-the-haematological-point-of-view
#15
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Domenico Del Principe, Donatella Pietraforte, Lucrezia Gambardella, Alessandra Marchesi, Isabella Tarissi de Jacobis, Alberto Villani, Walter Malorni, Elisabetta Straface
Kawasaki disease is a multisystemic vasculitis that can result in coronary artery lesions. It predominantly affects young children and is characterized by prolonged fever, diffuse mucosal inflammation, indurative oedema of the hands and feet, a polymorphous skin rash and non-suppurative lymphadenopathy. Coronary artery involvement is the most important complication of Kawasaki disease and may cause significant coronary stenosis resulting in ischemic heart disease. The introduction of intravenous immunoglobulin decreases the incidence of coronary artery lesions to less than 5%...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062554/prediction-of-resistance-to-intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease
#16
Maskit Bar-Meir, Itai Kalisky, Andrei Schwartz, Eli Somekh, Diana Tasher
BACKGROUND: Approximately 10%-20% of patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) are refractory to initial intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy, and these "nonresponders" are at higher risk of coronary artery abnormalities. Early identification of these patients, who may benefit from additional therapy, is challenging. The aim of the present study is to identify predictors for IVIg resistance. METHODS: We reviewed clinical records of 312 consecutive KD patients from 9 medical centers in Israel (development dataset) and 186 patients from additional 5 centers (validation dataset)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061462/identifying-genetic-hypomethylation-and-upregulation-of-toll-like-receptors-in-kawasaki-disease
#17
Ying-Hsien Huang, Sung-Chou Li, Lien-Hung Huang, Pao-Chun Chen, Yi-Yu Lin, Chiung-Chun Lin, Ho-Chang Kuo
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile systemic vasculitis that occurs in children and is characterized by elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) serve as the sensor arm of the innate immune system and induce proinflammatory cytokine expressions.We recruited a total of 18 paired KD patients, before intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and at least 3 weeks after IVIG treatment, 18 healthy controls, and 18 febrile controls. For TLR genes and their cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) markers, we used Affymetrix GeneChip® Human Transcriptome Array 2...
January 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058764/diagnosis-and-treatment-guidelines-for-aberrant-portal-hemodynamics
#18
Fuminori Moriyasu, Yoshihiro Furuichi, Atsushi Tanaka, Hajime Takikawa, Hiroshi Yoshida, Isao Sakaida, Katsutoshi Obara, Makoto Hashizume, Masayoshi Kage, Satoko Ohfuji, Seigo Kitano, Seiji Kawasaki, Shigehiro Kokubu, Shoichi Matsutani, Susumu Eguchi, Susumu Shiomi, Tetsuhito Kojima, Yoshihiko Maehara, Yukio Kuniyoshi
Idiopathic portal hypertension (IPH), causing aberrant portal hemodynamics, is a disease with an as yet unidentified cause and no treatment has been established so far. The Japanese research group on IPH in Japan was set up in 1975 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, furthermore extra-hepatic portal obstruction (EHO) and Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) have been added to the research subjects and further work has continued. The aims of the research group are to accurately evaluate the current status of the three diseases in Japan, elucidate the disease aetiology and pathogenesis, and develop new treatments...
January 6, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045464/variability-of-128-schizophrenia-associated-gene-variants-across-distinct-ethnic-populations
#19
K Ohi, T Shimada, T Yasuyama, T Uehara, Y Kawasaki
Schizophrenia is a common polygenetic disease affecting 0.5-1% of individuals across distinct ethnic populations. PGC-II, the largest genome-wide association study investigating genetic risk factors for schizophrenia, previously identified 128 independent schizophrenia-associated genetic variants (GVs). The current study examined the genetic variability of GVs across ethnic populations. To assess the genetic variability across populations, the 'variability indices' (VIs) of the 128 schizophrenia-associated GVs were calculated...
January 3, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043685/medium-or-higher-dose-acetylsalicylic-acid-for-acute-kawasaki-disease-and-patient-outcomes
#20
Gi Beom Kim, Jeong Jin Yu, Kyung Lim Yoon, Soo In Jeong, Young Hwan Song, Ji Whan Han, Young Mi Hong, Chan Uhng Joo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of medium- or higher-dose acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) for treating acute-phase Kawasaki disease to prevent coronary artery aneurysm (CAA). STUDY DESIGN: Among the children with acute Kawasaki disease investigated in the eighth nationwide survey in the Republic of Korea, 8456 children with adequate data were included in this study. The subjects were divided into 2 groups according to the use of medium- or higher-dose ASA (≥30 mg/kg/day), or-low dose ASA (3-5 mg/kg/day) during the acute febrile phase...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
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