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X D Chu, E L Chen, X Y Zhu, B L Tang, C C Zheng, K D Song, X H Zhang, J Tong, X Wan, L Zhang, H L Liu, Z M Sun
Objective: To explore the clinical efficacy and safety of unrelated umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) in the treatment of refractory and relapsed acute leukemia (AL) patients. Methods: The clinical data of 22 refractory and relapsed AL patients who were treated with UCBT as salvage therapy from November 2009 to May 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. All patients received a myeloablative conditioning regimen for prevention of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) with cyclosporine A (CSA)/short course of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Rudra Prosad Goswami, Geetabali Sircar, Hiramanik Sit, Alakendu Ghosh, Parasar Ghosh
OBJECTIVE: We report comparative efficacy between high-dose cyclophosphamide (HDCyC), low-dose cyclophosphamide (LDCyC), mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and rituximab in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). METHODS: We analyzed comparative efficacy of 4 induction regimens of biopsy-proven LN: LDCyC: 500 mg fortnightly, HDCyC: 750 to 1200 mg monthly, MMF: 1.5 to 3 g/d, and rituximab. Outcomes of 4 groups were analyzed at the sixth month. RESULTS: Among total 222 patients, 26 received LDCyC (3-g total dose), 113 received HDCyC (mean, 5...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Negiin Pourafshar, Ashkan Karimi, Xuerong Wen, Eric Sobel, Shirin Pourafshar, Nikhil Agrawal, Emma Segal, Rajesh Mohandas, Mark S Segal
Background: Monitoring of mycophenolic acid (MPA) levels may be useful for effective mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) dosing. However, whether commonly obtained trough levels are an acceptable method of surveillance remains debatable. We hypothesized that trough levels of MPA would be a poor predictor of area under the curve (AUC) for MPA. Methods: A total of 51 patients with lupus nephritis who were on MMF 1500 mg twice a day and had a 4-h AUC done were included in this study...
March 13, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Annalisa Ruggeri, Myriam Labopin, Andrea Bacigalupo, Boris Afanasyev, Jan J Cornelissen, Ahmet Elmaagacli, Maija Itälä-Remes, Didier Blaise, Ellen Meijer, Yener Koc, Noel Milpied, Harry C Schouten, Nicolaus Kroeger, Mohamad Mohty, Arnon Nagler
BACKGROUND: Experience using post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from matched sibling donors (MSD) or unrelated donors (UD) is limited and with controversial results. The study aim was to evaluate PT-Cy as GVHD prophylaxis post-HSCT from MSD and UD transplants. We analyzed 423 patients with acute leukemia who received PT-Cy alone or in combination with other immunosuppressive (IS) drugs as GVHD prophylaxis...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Hyo Jin Jang, Myung Hee Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of active mandibular exercise (AME) in patients with limited mouth opening after maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) release. METHODS: The study used a quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control group and a pre test-post test design. Sixty-two patients with Maxillomandibular Fixation Release were assigned to the experimental (n=31) or control group (n=31). The AME was performed in the experimental group for 4 weeks...
February 2018: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Yahel Segal, Shani Dahan, Kassem Sharif, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Abdulla Watad, Howard Amital
Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvant (ASIA) is a definition aimed to describe the common etiological process at the root of five clinical entities sharing similar symptomatology: macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), sick building syndrome (SBS), siliconosis, and post vaccination autoimmune phenomena. ASIA illustrates the role of environmental immune stimulating agents, or adjuvants, in the instigation of complex autoimmune reactions among individuals bearing a genetic preponderance for autoimmunity...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Chien-Chia Chen, Alice Koenig, Carole Saison, Suzan Dahdal, Guillaume Rigault, Thomas Barba, Morgan Taillardet, Dimitri Chartoire, Michel Ovize, Emmanuel Morelon, Thierry Defrance, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection is currently the leading cause of transplant failure. Prevailing dogma predicts that B cells differentiate into anti-donor-specific antibody (DSA)-producing plasma cells only with the help of CD4+ T cells. Yet, previous studies have shown that dependence on helper T cells decreases when high amounts of protein antigen are recruited to the spleen, two conditions potentially met by organ transplantation. This could explain why a significant proportion of transplant recipients develop DSA despite therapeutic immunosuppression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
M Sahay, Y Saivani, K Ismal, P S Vali
Systemic lupus erythematosus is common in our country, and renal involvement is an important cause of chronic kidney disease. This study was aimed at comparing the three regimens, i.e., cyclophosphamide-based regimes (low dose and high dose) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based regime and determining if cyclophosphamide (CPM)-based regime can be an effective, safe, and cheap alternative to MMF-based regime in a resource-limited setting. Out of 144 patients, females constituted 89%. Nephrotic nephritic presentation was the most common...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Fabio Basta, Veronica Batani, Antonella Afeltra
BACKGROUND: The treatment of Lupus Nephritis (LN) is an unmet need in the management of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). CASE PRESENTATION : We report two cases of women affected by Lupus Nephritis (LN) ISN/RNP Class IV with serological active disease, high disease activity and marked fatigue. In both cases, Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), as induction therapy, was poorly tolerated because of gastrointestinal toxicity. Belimumab, together with low-doses of MMF, was effective as induction treatment leading to early achievement of complete renal response in these two selected cases of LN...
March 7, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Keiji Kurata, Kimikazu Yakushijin, Atsuo Okamura, Motohiro Yamamori, Hiroya Ichikawa, Rina Sakai, Yu Mizutani, Seiji Kakiuchi, Yoshiharu Miyata, Akihito Kitao, Shinichiro Kawamoto, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Tohru Murayama, Hironobu Minami
PURPOSE: Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is increasingly used among Japanese patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). Because pharmacokinetic data for MMF in the Asian population are limited, we conducted this investigation. METHODS: Intravenous MMF (1000 mg/dose) was administered to 10 patients along with cyclosporine or tacrolimus for 10 days after allo-SCT; it was administered every 8 h in peripheral blood stem cell- and bone marrow-transplanted patients, and every 12 h in cord blood-transplanted patients...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Desmond Y H Yap, Lorraine P Y Kwan, Maggie K M Ma, Maggie M Y Mok, Gary C W Chan, Tak Mao Chan
Background: Serological activity may precede clinical flares of lupus nephritis (LN) but the management of asymptomatic serological reactivation (ASR) remains undefined. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 138 episodes of ASR, which included 53 episodes in which immunosuppression was increased preemptively and 85 episodes in which treatment was unaltered. Preemptive immunosuppressive treatment comprised increasing the dose of prednisolone to ∼0.5 mg/kg/day, and in patients already on mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA), increasing the dose to 1...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
D Oggier, K Tomsa, M Mevissen, T Glaus
Idiopathic immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) is one of the most common immune-mediated diseases in dogs with a high mortality rate. In this retrospective study, we examined the effect of mycophenolate- mofetil (MMF) and human intravenous immunoglobulin (hIVIG) in combination with glucocorticoids on canine IMHA patients. Six dogs were treated with prednisolone and MMF (hIVIG-) and in 15 patients hIVIG was added (hIVIG+). There was no significant difference between the groups regarding age, weight, number of blood transfusions or hematocrit on the day of diagnosis...
March 2018: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Masato Habuka, Yoko Wada, Yoichi Kurosawa, Suguru Yamamoto, Yusuke Tani, Riuko Ohashi, Yoichi Ajioka, Masaaki Nakano, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: Visceral disseminated varicella zoster viral (VZV) infection is a rare but severe complication with a high mortality rate in immunosuppressed individuals, and an increased susceptibility to VZV has been reported in kidney transplant recipients who are treated with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). In Japan, MMF is currently approved for patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and data to indicate its optimal dosage are still insufficient. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old Japanese woman with rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed as having systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and LN class III (A/C)...
March 5, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Takashi Nawata, Makoto Kubo, Shohei Fujii, Kosaku Shiragami, Tadayoshi Ikegami, Shigeki Kobayashi, Satoshi Hisano, Masafumi Yano
Lupus nephritis (LN) occurs in up to 60% of systemic lupus erythematosus patients. Combination therapy involving a corticosteroid and cyclophosphamide or mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has been a standard therapy for LN. However, clinicians generally prefer to minimize steroid use in LN treatment. We herein report the case of a Japanese man with LN whose severe chronic heart failure prevented us from using steroid therapy. Instead, his LN was successfully treated with MMF monotherapy. Based on our experience with this case, we suggest that MMF monotherapy may represent a feasible LN treatment option in patients who cannot tolerate steroid therapy...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Hayao Kuboki, Motoharu Matsuura
We demonstrate radio-over-fiber (RoF) transmission with a 10-W feed power-over-fiber (PWoF) using a conventional multimode fiber (MMF). In this scheme, the modal dispersion and feed light crosstalk in the MMF are effectively mitigated by the combination of center-launching (CL) and offset-launching (OL) techniques. The CL is used for propagating the feed light into lower-order modes in the MMF, while the OL is used not only for propagating the optical data signals into higher-order modes in the MMF, but also for mitigating the modal dispersion...
March 1, 2018: Optics Letters
Yanmei Huang, Haiyan Li, Mindong Bai, Xiaojia Huang
Efficient extraction of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) is a key step for the accurate and sensitive determination of PFCAs due to their low concentration and the complexity of sample matrices. Herein, according to the chemical characteristics of PFCAs, a new adsorbent based on poly (2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7-dodecafluoroheptyl acrylate/(vinylbenzyl)trimethylammonium chloride-co-divinylbenzene/ethylenedimethacrylate) monolith was fabricated and utilized as the extraction medium of multiple monolithic fiber solid-phase microextraction (MMF-SPME)...
June 29, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Martin Kauke, Ali-Farid Safi, Marco Timmer, Hans-Joachim Nickenig, Joachim Zöller, Matthias Kreppel
Mandibulo-maxillary fixation (MMF) is indispensable for mandibular fracture treatment. Various means for MMF have been proposed, of which arch bars are widely considered to be the mainstay. However, disadvantages to this method have initiated a quest for an alternative, leading to the introduction of MMF screws. MMF screws have frequently been criticized for poor stability of fracture sites, root damage, hardware failure, and nerve damage. We retrospectively evaluate the FAMI (Fixation and Adaptation in Mandibular Injuries) screw in mandibular fracture treatment by scanning for clinically and radiologically visible complications...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Shun-Wei Huang, Hao Chen, Mei-Ling Lu, Jin-Long Wang, Rong-Li Xie, Bing Zhao, Ying Chen, Zhi-Wei Xu, Jian Fei, En-Qiang Mao, Er-Zhen Chen
Due to the imbalance between hyper-inflammation and hypo-inflammation, which are characterized by excessive cytokine productions and programmed death 1 (PD-1) upregulation, respectively, sepsis remains a highly lethal inflammatory syndrome with limited effective therapies. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), an immunosuppressant, has been reported to attenuate various inflammatory diseases. However, the role of MMF in sepsis therapy remains to be elucidated. C57BL-6J mice underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) and were treated either with or without MMF...
February 17, 2018: Inflammation
Andreu Fernández-Codina, Blanca Pinilla, Iago Pinal-Fernández, Cristina López, Guadalupe Fraile-Rodríguez, Eva Fonseca-Aizpuru, Iago Carballo, Pilar Brito-Zerón, Carlos Feijóo-Massó, Miguel López-Dupla, Maria Cinta Cid, Fernando Martínez-Valle
BACKGROUND: IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is an autoimmune disease triggering an inflammatory cascade that leads to fibrosis. Outcome measures are limited and treatment options remain underexplored. OBJECTIVES: To assess the variation of the IgG4 responder index (IgG4-RI) in a cohort of IgG4-RD patients and to explore their treatments and outcomes. METHODS: We studied the clinical phenotype, severity of the disease and response to treatment in an ambispective multicenter cohort study including 14 different hospitals in Spain...
February 13, 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
D Jesus, M Rodrigues, J A P da Silva, L Inês
Standard induction therapy for lupus nephritis (LN) with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or cyclophosphamide (CYC) is often ineffective. Evidence on rescue induction regimens is scarce. We analyzed efficacy and tolerability of multitarget immunosuppression with MMF and cyclosporine A (CsA) as induction treatment for LN (class III/IV/V) refractory to CYC and/or MMF. We included all six refractory LN patients (class IV = 3, class V = 2, class III = 1) from our 400-patient tertiary Lupus Clinic observed between 2012 and 2015...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
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