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Lupus erythematosus

Saishree Pradhan, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Barath Jagadisan, Nachiappa G Rajesh, Subashini Kaliaperumal, Suryaprakash Ramasamy, Nandeeswari Subramanian
A 12-year-old girl born to third-degree consanguineous parents presented with recurrent episodes of haematuria for 8 months in association with peri-orbital and lower limb oedema for 20 days. There was no jaundice, hepatomegaly or neurological abnormality at presentation. An older brother had died following jaundice at 10 years of age. Urinalysis showed multiple dysmorphic erythrocytes without proteinuria and there was leucopenia, thrombocytopenia and hypo-albuminaemia (23 g/L). C3 component of complementaemia was low and anti-nuclear antibodies and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies were strongly positive by immunofluorescence...
March 12, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Mona S Ghaly, Dahlia I Badra, Omar Dessouki, Nermine N Elmaraghy, Ranya Hassan
Vitamin D deficiency has been described in SLE and OA. Low vitamin D level is prevalent in Egyptian SLE patients while controversial studies are present regarding its level in OA patients in Egypt. We investigated whether vitamin D receptor (VDR) genes Bsm1 and Fok1 polymorphisms could be used as genetic markers for the susceptibility to SLE and /or OA in a sample of Egyptian population. The study was carried out on 100 SLE patients, 100 osteoarthritic patients and 100 normal controls using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP)...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Zakia Abu-Zahab, Niveen M Gad, Seham Sabry, Sherif A Nassib
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is systematic auto-immune disease characterized by abnormal activation of B cell with production of autoantibodies. Due to its heterogeneous course, there is a need for new markers to help in diagnosing and monitoring disease activity. The aim of this study was to identify the immunopathological role of CD19 and CD81 expression in patients with SLE and their correlation with the disease activity. Peripheral blood (PB) was collected from 40 SLE patients (20 active and 20 inactive) and 20 controls...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Eman Farid, Ahmed A Jaradat, Ola Al-Segai, Adla B Hassan
Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) has been implicated as an important factor in the development or aggravation of systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Patients with SLE are especially prone to the development of VDD due to the nature of their illness and avoidance of sun exposure. The prevalence of VD status in Bahraini patients with SLE has not been studied. Our aim is to study the prevalence of VDD in Bahraini cohort with SLE. Fifty-eight Bahraini patients with SLE were included retrospectively in this study. Most of the patients were females 50/58...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Jianghong Zhong, Lina M Olsson, Vilma Urbonaviciute, Min Yang, Liselotte Bäckdahl, Rikard Holmdahl
A single nucleotide polymorphism in Ncf1 has been found with a major effect on chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases in the rat with the surprising observation that a lower reactive oxygen response led to more severe diseases. This finding was subsequently reproduced in the mouse and the effect operates in many different murine diseases through different pathogenic pathways; like models for rheumatoid arthritis, encephalomyelitis, lupus, gout, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The human gene is located in an unstable region with many variable sequence repetitions, which means it has not been included in any genome wide associated screens so far...
March 8, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Felix Lauffer, Manja Jargosch, Linda Krause, Natalie Garzorz-Stark, Regina Franz, Sophie Roenneberg, Alexander Böhner, Nikola S Mueller, Fabian J Theis, Carsten B Schmidt-Weber, Tilo Biedermann, Stefanie Eyerich, Kilian Eyerich
Interface dermatitis (ID) is a characteristic histological pattern which occurs in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory skin diseases. It is unknown whether a common mechanism orchestrates this distinct type of skin inflammation. Here we investigated the overlap of two different ID positive skin diseases, lichen planus (LP) and lupus erythematosus (LE). The shared transcriptome signature pointed towards a strong type I immune response and biopsy derived T cells were dominated by IFN-γ and TNF-α positive cells...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Jolien Claessens, Thibaut Belmondo, Ellen De Langhe, Rene Westhovens, Koen Poesen, Sophie Hüe, Daniel Blockmans, Michael Mahler, Marvin J Fritzler, Xavier Bossuyt
Solid phase assays (SPAs) and automated microscope systems are increasingly used to screen for antinuclear antibodies (ANAs). The goal of this study was to evaluate the performance of three automated ANA screening assays; NOVA Lite HEp-2 using NOVA View® (NV, Inova Diagnostics), an automated indirect immunofluorescence method, EliA™ CTD Screen (Fluorescence Enzyme Immunoassay, FEIA; Thermo Fisher) and QUANTA Flash® CTD Screen Plus (Chemiluminescence immunoassay, CIA; Inova Diagnostics). The assays were performed on 480 diagnostic samples from patients with an ANA-associated rheumatic disease (AARD; systemic lupus erythematosus, primary Sjögren's syndrome, systemic sclerosis, inflammatory myopathy, mixed connective tissue disease) and on 767 samples from diseased and healthy controls...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Giovanna Flores-Mendoza, Stephanie P Sansón, Santiago Rodríguez-Castro, José C Crispín, Florencia Rosetti
Disease heterogeneity remains a major challenge for the understanding of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Recent work has revealed the important role of nonimmune factors in the development of end-organ damage involvement, shifting the current paradigm that views SLE as a disease inflicted by a disturbed immune system on passive target organs. Here, we discuss the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis in a comprehensive manner, by incorporating the role that target organs play by withstanding and modulating the local inflammatory response...
March 8, 2018: Trends in Molecular Medicine
Guillermo Pousada, Mauro Lago-Docampo, Adolfo Baloira, Diana Valverde
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (PAH-SLE) is a rare disease with a low incidence rate. In this study, PAH related genes and genetic modifiers were characterised molecularly in patients with PAH-SLE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three patients diagnosed with PAH-SLE and 100 control individuals were analysed after signing an informed consent. RESULTS: Two out of the three analysed patients with PAH-SLE were carriers of pathogenic mutations in the genes BMPR2 and ENG...
March 8, 2018: Medicina Clínica
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
Lora J Kasselman, Nicholas A Vernice, Joshua DeLeon, Allison B Reiss
Cardiovascular disease associated with obesity and autoimmunity is the leading cause of death in these populations and significant residual risk remains despite current treatment approaches. Obesity, type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are linked to chronic inflammation, and subjects with these disorders have characteristic shifts in their gut microbiome composition. Recent data suggest that alterations in gut microbial and metabolic composition may be responsible, in part, for induction of chronic inflammation, thus promoting cardiovascular disease...
March 2, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Shiva Krishna Katkam, Bobbala Indumathi, Fatima S D Tasneem, Liza Rajasekhar, Vijay Kumar Kutala
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is constitutively expressed by vascular endothelium including glomerular endothelium. Functional polymorphisms, -786T>C (rs2070744) promoter variant, 27 bp VNTR (4b/a) in intron 4 and 894G>T (rs1799983) exon variant of eNOS are known to alter the eNOS expression and activity leading to altered NO levels and contribute to the development of vascular and renal disease risk. Thus it might have a role in SLE risk and development of glomerulonephritis...
March 7, 2018: Gene
M E Rodríguez-Almaraz, I Herraiz, P I Gómez-Arriaga, P Vallejo, E Gonzalo-Gil, A Usategui, E A López-Jiménez, A Galindo, M Galindo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of the uterine artery mean pulsatility index (mPI-UtA) and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) for the prediction of placental dysfunction-related adverse outcomes (AO), namely pre-eclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and for differential diagnosis between PE and SLE flares. STUDY DESIGN: Observational prospective cohort study of 57 pregnant women with SLE or APS...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Y Satoh, K Nakano, H Yoshinari, S Nakayamada, S Iwata, S Kubo, I Miyagawa, M Yoshikawa, Y Miyazaki, K Saito, Y Tanaka
It has been reported that T helper 17 cells are involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus, but there is no report on interleukin-17-targeted therapy. We report a case of a 62-year-old female who presented with psoriasis vulgaris and refractory lupus nephritis. Because her conditions were resistant to conventional treatment, and flow cytometry confirmed the proliferation of activated T helper 17 cells in peripheral blood, and examination of a renal biopsy tissue sample confirmed infiltration of numerous interleukin-17-positive lymphocytes to the renal interstitium, administration of the anti-interleukin-17A antibody secukinumab was initiated...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
B Cannerfelt, J Nystedt, A Jönsen, J Lätt, D van Westen, A Lilja, A Bengtsson, P Nilsson, J Mårtensson, P C Sundgren
Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent of white matter lesions, atrophy of the hippocampus and corpus callosum, and their correlation with cognitive dysfunction (CD), in patients diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Seventy SLE patients and 25 healthy individuals (HIs) were included in the study. To evaluate the different SLE and neuropsychiatric SLE (NPSLE) definition schemes, patients were grouped both according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) definition, as well as the more stringent ACR-Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics definition...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Martyna Tomczyk-Socha, Hanna Sikorska-Szaflik, Marek Frankowski, Karolina Andrzejewska, Agnieszka Odziomek, Magdalena Szmyrka
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease with varied clinical manifestations, which creates difficulties and delays in establishing a diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and nature of the clinical symptoms of SLE, both at the onset of the disease and in its further course. An attempt to assess the immunological characteristics of the patients and to analyze autoantibodies variability over time was also made...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Shu-Zhen Xu, Yan Liang, Xiang-Pei Li, Xiao-Mei Li, Zong-Wen Shuai, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an increasingly recognized complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study aims to estimate the point prevalence of PAH and identify risk factors for PAH in a large cohort of hospitalized SLE patients. We have collected the medical records of patients hospitalized with SLE at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University and Anhui Provincial Hospital. Resting transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was used to estimate pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and PAH was defined as systolic PAP (PASP) > 30 mmHg...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Ming-Wei Chien, Shin-Huei Fu, Chao-Yuan Hsu, Yu-Wen Liu, Huey-Kang Sytwu
Glycosylation is a ubiquitous posttranslational modification of proteins that occurs in the endoplasmic reticulum/Golgi. N -glycans and mucin-type O -glycans are achieved via a series of glycohydrolase- and glycosyltransferase-mediated reactions. Glycosylation modulates immune responses by regulating thymocyte development and T helper cell differentiation. Autoimmune diseases result from an abnormal immune response by self-antigens and subsequently lead to the destruction of the target tissues. The modification of N -glycans has been studied in several animal models of T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Nisarg Gandhi, Shilpa Arora, Mondira Sengupta, Winston Sequeira, Meenakshi Jolly, Joel A Block
OBJECTIVE: An easy, quick tool requiring minimal training or health care provider input would potentially have greater uptake for clinical use among rheumatologists and primary care physicians for assessment of disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SIMPLE (SIMple Disease Assessment for People with Lupus Erythematosus) index is a composite numeric tool that is easy and quick to calculate. We prospectively assessed the performance of the SIMPLE index as a disease activity surrogate against physician-based disease activity measures...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
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