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Weibin Wang, Helen Kang, Yinu Zhao, Irene Min, Brian Wyrwas, Maureen Moore, Lisong Teng, Rasa Zarnegar, Xuejun Jiang, Thomas J Fahey
CONTEXT: The RAF inhibitor vemurafenib has provided a major advance for the treatment of patients with BRAF-mutant metastatic melanoma. However, BRAF-mutant thyroid cancer is relatively resistant to vemurafenib, and the reason for this disparity remains unclear. Anti-cancer therapy induced autophagy can trigger adaptive drug resistance in a variety of cancer types and treatments. To date, role of autophagy during BRAF inhibition in thyroid cancer remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigate if autophagy is activated in vemurafenib treated BRAF-mutant thyroid cancer cells, and whether autophagy inhibition improves or impairs the treatment efficacy of vemurafenib...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Frane Banovic, Keith E Linder, Maarja Uri, Michael A Rossi, Thierry Olivry
BACKGROUND: Generalized discoid lupus erythematosus (GDLE) is a newly recognized canine variant of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) that is not well characterized. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: We report herein the signalment, clinical signs, treatment outcome, histopathology and immunological findings of 10 dogs with GDLE. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were: (i) a >3 month history of generalized skin lesions indicating a chronic or recurrent nature; (ii) skin lesions resembling those of human GDLE; (iii) histopathology of CLE (lymphocyte-rich interface dermatitis)...
October 16, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
Hong-Wei Fan, Zhi-Xiang Ma, Jing Chen, Xing-Ye Yang, Jun-Lin Cheng, Ying-Bin Li
INTRODUCTION: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), 4-aminoquinoline, is an antimalarial drug and has become a basic therapy for rheumatic disease treatment. It can stabilize the condition of SLE patients and reduce the chances of patient relapse through its immunosuppressive function and antiinflammatory effects. This drug was absorbed completely and rapidly by oral administration, but has a prolonged half-life for elimination. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetic parameters and relative bioequivalence of a new generic (test) formulation with the branded (reference) formulation of HCQ in healthy Chinese male volunteers...
December 2015: Rheumatol Ther
Sharon Seth, David A Khan
BACKGROUND: Patients who have failed traditional treatment of chronic urticaria may require trials of alternative medications. Safety profiles, continuous laboratory monitoring, and physician comfort are often barriers to treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety of alternative agents used in chronic urticaria. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of electronic medical records from a single-center allergy and immunology clinic in a major academic hospital was conducted...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
J-N Chatelet, M Auffret, S Combret, E Bondon-Guitton, M Lambert, S Gautier
INTRODUCTION: Several cases of hearing loss induced by hydroxychloroquine have been reported in the literature but the role of hydroxychloroquine still remains debated. CASE REPORT: We report the first case, to our knowledge, of hearing loss induced by hydroxychloroquine with a positive re challenge in a woman treated for systemic lupus. An analysis of the French pharmacovigilance database allowed to identify 23 additional cases of hearing loss in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and, among them, 8 had systemic lupus...
October 13, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
N Costedoat-Chalumeau, F Tamirou, V Le Guern, B Blanchet, C Deligny, J-C Piette
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October 13, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Xinyi Zhu, Qiuhui Pan, Nan Huang, Jianchun Wu, Ni Zhen, Fenyong Sun, Zhi Li, Qingyuan Yang
The serine/threonine protein kinase CHK1 has been reported to bind to the recombinase RAD51 and facilitates its assembly in DNA damage sites via phosphorylation. However, the role of RAD51 in regulating the expression of CHK1 has never been explored. Here, we show that RAD51 is highly upregulated in esophageal squamous tumor tissues and its DMC1 domain significantly promotes cell growth of esophageal cancer (EC) cells through CHK1. To gain the mechanistic insights, firstly, in the presence of 3-methyladenine (3MA), an autophagy inhibitor, we found that the reduction of CHK1 and the inhibition of cell growth in RAD51-deficient EC109 cells were strikingly restored...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Haitao Wang, Fang Fang, Ying Sun, Songlan Wang, Yonghui Mao
BACKGROUND: Kimura disease is a rare chronic inflammatory disorder with peripheral eosinophilia and elevated serum IgE and is also frequently complicated by nephropathy. METHODS: We report a rare case of Kimura disease concomitant with lupus nephritis in a 72-year old male patient with recurrent unexplained lymphadenopathy, renal lesions, and immunologic abnormalities. RESULTS: The patient was successfully managed with gamma immunoglobulin, intravenous pulse methylprednisolone therapy, hydroxychloroquine, and prednisone...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gurmeet Singh, Ramnath Misra, Amita Aggarwal
OBJECTIVE: To study the toxicities associated with pulse cyclophosphamide therapy and to compare them with patients without cyclophosphamide exposure. METHODS: In this retrospective cross-sectional observational study Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients who had received immunosuppressive agents in the past were interviewed in the Out Patient Department for drug related toxicities. Patients were asked about the any history of tuberculosis, herpes zoster, hemorrhagic cystitis or ovarian toxicity in the past...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Biswanath Basu, Binu George Babu, Suman Bhattacharyya
Hypertriglyceridemia is common in children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A retrospective analysis of the baseline clinical-pathological presentation and treatment outcome (status of lipid profiles) was performed in two children with SLE, who presented with extreme hypertriglyceridemia over a follow-up period of four weeks. The children were treated with prednisolone, mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), hydroxychloroquine and hypolipidemic agents, depending on their disease status. On serial follow-up, the first child showed a significantly raised serum triglyceride level after receiving one week of oral prednisolone therapy...
October 4, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Rita Veiga Ferraz, Marta Andrade, Filipa Silva, Paulo Andrade, Cláudia Carvalho, José Pinheiro Torres, Jorge Almeida, António Sarmento, Lurdes Santos
Chronic Coxiella burnetii endocarditis usually develops in people with underlying heart disease and accounts for 60-70% of chronic Q fever. Onset is generally insidious and manifestations are atypical. The authors report a case of Coxiella burnetii prosthetic valve endocarditis in a 53 years- old patient with recurrent mechanical valve dehiscence on mitral position. He lived in a rural area with sheep and goats on the surroundings. During a 9 year- period, he was submitted to three cardiac mitral valve surgeries two of which with no Q fever diagnosis suspicion...
2016: IDCases
Fazlollah Keshavarzi
A 50-year-old male was prescribed with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) after osteoarthritis was diagnosed. He had an old nail infection of Aspergillus niger. A remarkable improvement of the symptoms of fungal nail infection was seen after about four weeks of treatment with HCQ. It was very hard to detect the symptoms in the end of the second month of the treatment, both in the finger and toe nails. The symptoms were clearly recurred after HCQ was discontinued.
September 2016: Medical Mycology Case Reports
Edward Sames, Heather Paterson, Charles Li
Agranulocytosis is a rare and little-known side effect of hydroxychloroquine use. This report describes the case of a 71-year-old woman with poorly controlled rheumatoid arthritis who developed agranulocytosis after several months of hydroxychloroquine therapy. She had been on several different disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, including methotrexate and leflunomide, for her rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment became complicated following a diagnosis of leflunomide-induced pulmonary fibrosis that was discovered after an intensive care unit (ICU) admission for severe Pseudomonas pneumonia...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Vinod Ravindran, George Alias
In a proportion of patients, chikungunya arthritis (CA) might run into a chronic persistent phase. The treatment for this phase is not very clear. In this randomized parallel group open label study of 24 weeks duration, we evaluated the efficacy of DMARD combination in persistent CA. Consecutive 139 patients with persistent CA (persistent arthritis for >1 year after the chikungunya fever either in 2008 or 2009 fulfilling epidemiological criteria for CA) were screened. Of these patients who were already taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and had active arthritis were randomized to receive either fixed-dose combination therapy (methotrexate 15 mg/day, sulfasalazine 1 g/day, and HCQ 400 mg/day) or continue with HCQ 400 mg/day (dose optimized) monotherapy...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
G S Kew, J Cho, A Lateef
We describe a gravid 37-year-old Chinese lady with known triple positive primary antiphospholipid syndrome with previous recurrent deep vein thrombosis and early spontaneous miscarriages. She was managed with low-molecular weight heparin, aspirin, hydroxychloroquine, prednisolone and monthly intravenous immunoglobulin.She presented with recurrent per-vaginal bleeding at 22 weeks of gestation and was found to have abruptio placentae. Anti-coagulation was held off. She subsequently delivered a stillborn at 24 weeks and anti-coagulation was restarted...
October 1, 2016: Lupus
Federica Arginelli, Franco Rongioletti, Giampiero Girolomoni, Giovanni Pellacani, Davide Guardoli, Andrea Conti
Scleromyxoedema is a rare disease with a progressive and disabling course involving dermal deposition of mucin and fibroblast proliferation; it is characterized clinically by a diffuse papular eruption, skin thickening, oedema and decreased skin flexibility, especially of the face and hands. Current therapy options are based on evidence from a limited number of case reports. The clinical manifestations and treatment of a 64-year-old man affected by scleromyxoedema with severe skin involvement of the face, arms and hands, decreased mouth opening and hypomotility of the fingers are reported...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Katarzyna Baranowska, Kristine Misund, Kristian K Starheim, Toril Holien, Ida Johansson, Sagar Darvekar, Glenn Buene, Anders Waage, Geir Bjørkøy, Anders Sundan
Cells degrade proteins either by proteasomes that clinically are targeted by for example bortezomib or carfilzomib, or by formation of autophagosomes and lysosomal degradation that can be inhibited by hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Multiple myeloma is unique among cancers because proteasomal inhibition has good clinical effects. However, some multiple myeloma patients display intrinsic resistance to the treatment and most patients acquire resistance over time. We hypothesized that simultaneous targeting both arms of protein degradation could be a way to improve treatment of multiple myeloma...
September 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Tatsufumi Goto, Kotomi Sugawara, Shigeyoshi Nakamura, Shun-Ichi Kidokoro, Hideki Wakui, Wataru Nunomura
Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is a glycolytic enzyme that catalyzes the final step of glycolysis and produces NAD(+). In somatic cells, LDH forms homotetramers and heterotetramers that are encoded by two different genes: LDHA (skeletal muscle type, M) and LDHB (heart type, H). Analysis of LDH isozymes is important for understanding the physiological role of homotetramers and heterotetramers and for optimizing inhibition of their enzymatic activity as it may result in distinct effects. Previously, we reported that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) inhibited LDH activity, but we did not examine isozyme specificity...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
M Aringer, M Schneider
In the last few decades a number of small, often largely unrecognized steps have fundamentally changed the management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The current goal is to stop all disease activity without long-term use of more than 5 mg prednisolone per day. Remission, i.e. absence of activity in the SLE activity score of choice, is the defined target in the treat to target approach. The essential basic measures include life-long hydroxychloroquine as well as protection from sunlight (UV) and vitamin D substitution...
September 26, 2016: Der Internist
Fabio Scarinci, Amr Shaarawy, Ramsudha Narala, Lee M Jampol, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To quantify external limiting membrane (ELM) disruption and photoreceptor volume over time, using spectral domain optical coherence tomography in eyes with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) toxic effects after discontinuation. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients who were screened for toxic effects of HCQ between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2014, and identified 10 patients diagnosed as having HCQ retinal toxic effects. Intact ELM and the Bruch membrane were manually traced using ImageJ software and their lengths from each scan of the spectral domain optical coherence tomography macular volume were summed...
October 2016: Retina
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