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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447863/lysophosphatidic-acid-and-amitriptyline-signal-through-lpa1r-to-reduce-p-glycoprotein-transport-at-the-blood-brain-barrier
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David B Banks, Gary Ny Chan, Rebecca A Evans, David S Miller, Ronald E Cannon
The blood-brain barrier is a microvascular network that (1) provides neuroprotection from metabolic and environmental toxins and (2) limits the delivery of therapeutics to the central nervous system (CNS). The ATP-binding cassette transporter P-glycoprotein contributes to the latter by actively pumping clinical substrates back into circulation before they can reach the brain parenchyma. Targeting P-glycoprotein has proven effective in increasing the delivery of therapeutics to their cerebral targets. We provide a novel mechanism to achieve this end in functioning, intact rat brain capillaries, whereby the bioactive phospholipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) amitriptyline reduce basal P-glycoprotein transport activity through a distinct lysophosphatidic acid 1 receptor-mediated signaling cascade that requires G-protein coupling, Src kinase, and ERK 1/2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445677/overexpression-of-the-cytokine-baff-and-autoimmunity-risk
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Maristella Steri, Valeria Orrù, M Laura Idda, Maristella Pitzalis, Mauro Pala, Ilenia Zara, Carlo Sidore, Valeria Faà, Matteo Floris, Manila Deiana, Isadora Asunis, Eleonora Porcu, Antonella Mulas, Maria G Piras, Monia Lobina, Sandra Lai, Mara Marongiu, Valentina Serra, Michele Marongiu, Gabriella Sole, Fabio Busonero, Andrea Maschio, Roberto Cusano, Gianmauro Cuccuru, Francesca Deidda, Fausto Poddie, Gabriele Farina, Mariano Dei, Francesca Virdis, Stefania Olla, Maria A Satta, Mario Pani, Alessandro Delitala, Eleonora Cocco, Jessica Frau, Giancarlo Coghe, Lorena Lorefice, Giuseppe Fenu, Paola Ferrigno, Maria Ban, Nadia Barizzone, Maurizio Leone, Franca R Guerini, Matteo Piga, Davide Firinu, Ingrid Kockum, Izaura Lima Bomfim, Tomas Olsson, Lars Alfredsson, Ana Suarez, Patricia E Carreira, Maria J Castillo-Palma, Joseph H Marcus, Mauro Congia, Andrea Angius, Maurizio Melis, Antonio Gonzalez, Marta E Alarcón Riquelme, Berta M da Silva, Maurizio Marchini, Maria G Danieli, Stefano Del Giacco, Alessandro Mathieu, Antonello Pani, Stephen B Montgomery, Giulio Rosati, Jan Hillert, Stephen Sawcer, Sandra D'Alfonso, John A Todd, John Novembre, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Michael B Whalen, Maria G Marrosu, Alessandra Meloni, Serena Sanna, Myriam Gorospe, David Schlessinger, Edoardo Fiorillo, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Francesco Cucca
BACKGROUND: Genomewide association studies of autoimmune diseases have mapped hundreds of susceptibility regions in the genome. However, only for a few association signals has the causal gene been identified, and for even fewer have the causal variant and underlying mechanism been defined. Coincident associations of DNA variants affecting both the risk of autoimmune disease and quantitative immune variables provide an informative route to explore disease mechanisms and drug-targetable pathways...
April 27, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444759/dysregulated-cd46-shedding-interferes-with-th1-contraction-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Ursula Ellinghaus, Andrea Cortini, Christopher L Pinder, Gaelle Le Friec, Claudia Kemper, Timothy J Vyse
IFN-γ-producing T helper 1 (Th1) cell responses mediate protection against infections but uncontrolled Th1 activity also contributes to a broad range of autoimmune diseases. Autocrine complement activation has recently emerged as key in the induction and contraction of human Th1 immunity: Activation of the complement regulator CD46 and the C3aR expressed by CD4(+) T cells via autocrine generated ligands C3b and C3a, respectively, are critical to IFN-γ production. Further, CD46-mediated signals also induce co-expression of immunosuppressive IL-10 in Th1 cells and transition into a (self)-regulating and contracting phase...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443513/the-gastrointestinal-dysmotility-and-infections-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-real-world-scenario
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Shefali Khanna Sharma, M B Adarsh, Saroj K Sinha, Anish Bhattacharya, Satyavati Rana, Surjit Singh, Varun Dhir
INTRODUCTION: Systemic Sclerosis is known to involve the gastrointestinal system and can lead to multitude of problems predominantly affecting the GI motility. METHODS: It was a prospective, observational, single centre study of fifty consecutive patients with SSc who presented to rheumatology clinic. Gut score was assessed using UCLA SCTC GIT 2.0 questionnaire. 35 patients underwent esophago- gastro duodenoscopy(UGIE), 31 underwent esophageal manometry, 37 underwent lactulose breath test to assess orocaecal transit time (OCTT) and glucose breath test for detecting small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and 36 underwent gastric emptying scintigraphy to measure gastric emptying time...
April 25, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443358/cerebral-rituximab-uptake-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-89-zr-immunopet-pilot-study
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Marloes Hj Hagens, Joep Killestein, Maqsood M Yaqub, Guus Ams van Dongen, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Frederik Barkhof, Bart Nm van Berckel
Previous studies have demonstrated that the chimeric monoclonal antibody rituximab significantly reduces clinical and radiological disease activity in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis as early as 4 weeks after the first administration. The exact mechanisms leading to this rapid effect have not yet been clarified. The aim of this positron emission tomography study was to assess central nervous system penetration as a possible explanation, using zirconium-89-labelled rituximab. No evidence was found for cerebral penetration of [(89)Zr]rituximab...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443093/a-novel-cervical-spinal-cord-window-preparation-allows-for-two-photon-imaging-of-t-cell-interactions-with-the-cervical-spinal-cord-microvasculature-during-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Neda Haghayegh Jahromi, Heidi Tardent, Gaby Enzmann, Urban Deutsch, Naoto Kawakami, Stefan Bittner, Dietmar Vestweber, Frauke Zipp, Jens V Stein, Britta Engelhardt
T-cell migration across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Two-photon intravital microscopy (2P-IVM) has been established as a powerful tool to study cell-cell interactions in inflammatory EAE lesions in living animals. In EAE, central nervous system inflammation is strongly pronounced in the spinal cord, an organ in which 2P-IVM imaging is technically very challenging and has been limited to the lumbar spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441894/self-directed-exercise-in-multiple-sclerosis-evaluation-of-a-home-automated-tele-management-system
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Susan S Conroy, Min Zhan, William J Culpepper, Walter Royal, Mitchell T Wallin
Introduction Physical rehabilitation is one of the few non-pharmaceutical therapies for maintaining or improving walking ability for patients with multiple sclerosis. However, travel distance to rehabilitation clinics, neurological disability and insurance coverage often limit access to specialised rehabilitation services. To address these issues, we utilised a web-based system to support a home-based self-directed exercise programme. Methods Patients ( n = 24) were randomised to either routine home rehabilitation or to the multiple sclerosis home automated tele-management system for a six-month period...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440858/treatment-with-disease-modifying-drugs-for-people-with-a-first-clinical-attack-suggestive-of-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Graziella Filippini, Cinzia Del Giovane, Marinella Clerico, Omid Beiki, Miriam Mattoscio, Federico Piazza, Sten Fredrikson, Irene Tramacere, Antonio Scalfari, Georgia Salanti
BACKGROUND: The treatment of multiple sclerosis has changed over the last 20 years. The advent of disease-modifying drugs in the mid-1990s heralded a period of rapid progress in the understanding and management of multiple sclerosis. With the support of magnetic resonance imaging early diagnosis is possible, enabling treatment initiation at the time of the first clinical attack. As most of the disease-modifying drugs are associated with adverse events, patients and clinicians need to weigh the benefit and safety of the various early treatment options before taking informed decisions...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439722/dna-methylation-age-acceleration-is-associated-with-disease-duration-and-age-at-onset-in-c9orf72-patients
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Ming Zhang, Maria Carmela Tartaglia, Danielle Moreno, Christine Sato, Paul McKeever, Anna Weichert, Julia Keith, Janice Robertson, Lorne Zinman, Ekaterina Rogaeva
The repeat expansion in C9orf72 is the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. C9orf72 patients present with a wide range in disease duration and age of onset. The strongest risk factor for both syndromes is aging, which was linked to DNA methylation (DNAm) age based on the cumulative assessment of the methylation levels of 353 CpGs included on the genome-wide 450k BeadChip. DNAm age may reflect biological age better than chronological age. We conducted a genome-wide blood DNA methylation study of 46 unrelated C9orf72 patients...
April 24, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439409/serial-deletion-reveals-structural-basis-and-stability-for-the-core-enzyme-activity-of-human-glutaminase-1-isoforms-relevance-to-excitotoxic-neurodegeneration
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Yuju Li, Justin Peer, Runze Zhao, Yinghua Xu, Beiqing Wu, Yi Wang, Changhai Tian, Yunlong Huang, Jialin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Glutaminase 1 is a phosphate-activated metabolic enzyme that catalyzes the first step of glutaminolysis, which converts glutamine into glutamate. Glutamate is the major neurotransmitter of excitatory synapses, executing important physiological functions in the central nervous system. There are two isoforms of glutaminase 1, KGA and GAC, both of which are generated through alternative splicing from the same gene. KGA and GAC both transcribe 1-14 exons in the N-terminal, but each has its unique C-terminal in the coding sequence...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439028/bgp-15-prevents-the-death-of-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-familial-dysautonomia
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Sarah B Ohlen, Magdalena L Russell, Michael J Brownstein, Frances Lefcort
Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type III, or familial dysautonomia [FD; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) 223900], affects the development and long-term viability of neurons in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and retina. FD is caused by a point mutation in the gene IKBKAP/ELP1 that results in a tissue-specific reduction of the IKAP/ELP1 protein, a subunit of the Elongator complex. Hallmarks of the disease include vasomotor and cardiovascular instability and diminished pain and temperature sensation caused by reductions in sensory and autonomic neurons...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435763/toxoplasma-infection-in-an-immunocompetent-host-possible-risk-of-living-with-multiple-cats
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Halis Kaan Akturk, David Sotello, Allen Ameri, Ahmed S Abuzaid, Ana Marcella Rivas, Priyanka Vashisht
A 32-year-old man presented with agitation, headache, and confusion. He was immunocompetent and had been living with multiple cats for many years. His vital signs were stable. He was afebrile. Multiple blood tests did not show any serious problem. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multiple ring-enhancing white matter lesions. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis did not show any signs of infection. Based on a presumptive diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, high-dose corticosteroid treatment was started. However, this caused worsening of the symptoms and increased the size of the lesions...
March 19, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434162/isolation-of-astrocytes-displaying-myofibroblast-properties-and-present-in-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
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Nicolas Vedrenne, Vincent Sarrazy, Laurence Richard, Nelly Bordeau, Serge Battu, Fabrice Billet, Alexis Desmoulière
A wide heterogeneity of lesions can affect the central nervous system (CNS). In all situations where neurons are damaged, including multiple sclerosis (MS), a common reactive astrocytosis is present. Sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) was used to sort astrocyte subpopulations. After SdFFF elution, cells, prepared from rat newborn cortex, were cultured and analyzed by immunocytofluorescence for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and α-smooth muscle (SM) actin (a specific marker for myofibroblasts) expression...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434122/the-status-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-systemic-sclerosis-is-associated-with-irf5-stat4-irak1-and-ctgf-polymorphisms
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Wenjie Zhao, Xiaoyang Yue, Kuai Liu, Junfeng Zheng, Runda Huang, Jun Zou, Gabriela Riemekasten, Frank Petersen, Xinhua Yu
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is one of the leading causes of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. Although all SSc patients are characterized by autoimmunity, only part of them suffer from PF, suggesting that beside autoimmunity, some additional factors are involved in the initiation of PF in SSc. In this study, we aimed to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with the status of PF in SSc. We performed that an exhaustive search of the PubMed database was performed to identify eligible studies. Then, a comprehensive meta-analysis was performed by comparing PF(+)-SSc and PF(-)-SSc patients to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with the status of PF in SSc...
April 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433542/blockade-of-pdgf-receptors-by-crenolanib-has-therapeutic-effect-in-patient-fibroblasts-and-in-preclinical-models-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Katsunari Makino, Tomoko Makino, Lukasz Stawski, Julio C Mantero, Robert Lafyatis, Robert Simms, Maria Trojanowska
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multi-organ fibrotic disease with few treatment options. Activated fibroblasts are the key effector cells in SSc responsible for the excessive production of collagen and the development of fibrosis. PDGF, a potent mitogen for cells of mesenchymal origin, has been implicated in the activation of SSc fibroblasts. Our aim was to examine the therapeutic potential of crenolanib, an inhibitor of PDGF receptor signaling, in cultured fibroblasts and in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced skin and heart fibrosis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432700/serum-h-ficolin-levels-clinical-association-with-interstitial-lung-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Takuya Miyagawa, Yoshihide Asano, Yuka de Mestier, Ryosuke Saigusa, Takashi Taniguchi, Takashi Yamashita, Kouki Nakamura, Megumi Hirabayashi, Shunsuke Miura, Yohei Ichimura, Takehiro Takahashi, Ayumi Yoshizaki, Tomomitsu Miyagaki, Makoto Sugaya, Shinichi Sato
Ficolins, a group of oligomeric lectins consisting of three isoforms (H-, L- and M-ficolin), contribute to innate immunity via activating the complement pathway and/or acting directly as opsonins against pathogens and apoptotic cells. Because apoptotic cells likely drive the development of systemic sclerosis (SSc) partly through innate immunity, we assessed the clinical association of serum H-ficolin levels in SSc patients. Despite no difference in serum H-ficolin levels between SSc and control subjects, SSc patients with decreased serum H-ficolin levels tended to have a higher prevalence of interstitial lung disease (ILD)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432518/correlation-between-heavy-metal-exposure-and-gstm1-polymorphism-in-iranian-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Mehdi Aliomrani, Mohammad A Sahraian, Hamid Shirkhanloo, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Mohammad R Khoshayand, Mohammad H Ghahremani
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Various exposures to heavy metals can lead to toxicity and oxidative stress. While glutathione-S-transferases are known as oxidative stress-related genes and involved in metal biotransformation. The aim of the present study is to investigate the correlation of GSTM1 polymorphism in MS patients and the possible association with blood concentration of arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd) as major heavy metal pollutants...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431796/lessons-learned-from-twins-in-autoimmune-and-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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REVIEW
Elena Generali, Angela Ceribelli, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Carlo Selmi
Autoimmunity and chronic inflammation recognize numerous shared factors and, as a result, the resulting diseases frequently coexist in the same patients or respond to the same treatments. Among the convenient truths of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases, there is now agreement that these are complex conditions in which the individual genetic predisposition provides a rate of heritability. The concordance rates in monozygotic and dizygotic twins allows to estimate the weight of the environment in determining disease susceptibility, despite recent data supporting that only a minority of immune markers depend on hereditary factors...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431621/two-decades-of-glatiramer-acetate-from-initial-discovery-to-the-current-development-of-generics
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REVIEW
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Kavita V Nair, Joseph L Glajch, Tanmoy C Ganguly, Daniel Kantor
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, incurable, inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In the United States, several US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) are available, including glatiramer acetate (GA; Copaxone®), one of the most longstanding treatments. GA was discovered serendipitously in the late 1960s/early 1970s while attempting to produce a synthetic antigen capable of inducing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of autoimmune inflammatory CNS disorders, including MS...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431618/muscle-strength-and-power-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mlk Jørgensen, U Dalgas, I Wens, L G Hvid
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease in the central nervous system which causes a number of physical symptoms including impairments of muscle mechanical function (muscle strength, muscle power and explosive muscle strength (~rate of force development, RFD)). However, a full overview of the existing knowledge regarding muscle mechanical function in persons with MS (PwMS) is still pending. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review 1) the psychometric properties of isokinetic dynamometry testing in PwMS, and 2) studies comparing muscle mechanical function in PwMS to matched healthy controls (HC)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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