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autoimmune thyroid diseases

Nehad A Fouad, Aml M Saeed, Ahmed W Mahedy
Graves' disease (GD) is an organ specific autoimmune disease of thyroid gland with genetic and environmental causes. One of genetic factors that have been implicated in the development of this disease is CTLA-4 gene polymorphism. This study aimed to investigate the association of CTLA-4 polymorphisms at position +49A/G, and CT60 with susceptibility to Graves' disease in Saudi patients. 40 adult Saudi patients with GD and 30 healthy controls were genotyped for the +49 A/G and CT60 of the CTLA4 gene using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis (RFLP)...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Hoda G Bakr, Takwa E Meawed
An association between low levels of vitamin D and Hashimoto's thyroiditis was suggested. This study aimed to determine the status of 25 (OH) vitamin D in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. A case-control study was designed, a Hashimoto's thyroiditis patient group (n=30) and two control groups including Graves' disease (30) and a healthy control group (20). TSH, Free T3, Free T4, antithyroid antibodies (antithyroglobulin and antithyroid peroxidase), calcium and serum 25 (OH) vitamin D were assessed. Vitamin D and calcium levels were significantly lower in Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves' disease versus healthy controls...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Simona Perga, Serena Martire, Francesca Montarolo, Ilaria Giordani, Michela Spadaro, Gabriele Bono, Stefania Corvisieri, Ilaria Messuti, Giancarlo Panzica, Fabio Orlandi, Antonio Bertolotto
Autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of chronic disorders and affect a multitude of organs and systems. However, the existence of common pathophysiological mechanisms is hypothesized and reports of shared risk are emerging as well. In this regard, patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been shown to have an increased susceptibility to develop chronic autoimmune thyroid diseases, in particular Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), suggesting an autoimmune predisposition. However, studies comparing such different pathologies of autoimmune origin are still missing till date...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Emi Morita, Mikio Watanabe, Naoya Inoue, Hidemi Hashimoto, Emi Haga, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's disease (HD) are different pathological types of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs). However, the epigenetic differences between these diseases have not been elucidated. DNA methylation is one of the primary epigenetic modifications that reflect environmental influences on gene expression. In this study, we evaluated the methylation status of six CpG sites in the TNFA promoter using pyrosequencing and analyzed the data in combination with functional polymorphisms (-1031 T/C and +123 C/T) in the TNFA gene to clarify the role of gene methylation on the prognosis of AITDs...
March 11, 2018: Autoimmunity
Virginia Devonshire, Richard Phillips, Hilary Wass, Gerald Da Roza, Peter Senior
Alemtuzumab is a humanized anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody approved in more than 65 countries for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Compared with subcutaneous interferon-beta-1a, alemtuzumab significantly reduced clinical disease activity and the rate of brain volume loss, and improved disability outcomes in patients with active RRMS who were either treatment naive (CARE-MS I study) or who had an inadequate response (≥ 1 relapse after ≥ 6 months of treatment) to prior therapy (CARE-MS II study)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Ling Li, Xiaolian Ding, Xuan Wang, Qiuming Yao, Xiaoqing Shao, Xiaofei An, Ni Yan, Yanfei Jiang, Wen Wang, Liangfeng Shi, Qiu Qin, Ronghua Song, Jin-An Zhang, Peilong Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The IKZF3 gene encodes a zinc-finger protein that plays an important role in the proliferation and differentiation of B lymphocytes. Autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), mainly include Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), are probably caused by the aberrant proliferation of B cells. The objective of this study was to explore the association between IKZF3 polymorphisms and AITDs. METHODS: We examined 915 AITD patients (604 GD and 311 HT) and 814 healthy controls...
February 28, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Lorena Lorefice, Giuseppe Fenu, Roberta Pitzalis, Giulia Scalas, Jessica Frau, Giancarlo Coghe, Luigina Musu, Vincenzo Sechi, Maria Antonietta Barracciu, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Eleonora Cocco
BACKGROUND: Several studies indicated that multiple sclerosis (MS) is frequently associated with other autoimmune diseases. However, it is little known if the coexistence of these conditions may influence the radiologic features of MS, and in particular the brain volumes. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of autoimmune comorbidities on brain atrophy in a large case-control MS population. METHODS: A group of MS patients affected by a second autoimmune disorder, and a control MS group without any comorbidity, were recruited...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Lu-Lu Fu, Ying Xu, Dan-Dan Li, Xiao-Wei Dai, Xin Xu, Jing-Shun Zhang, Hao Ming, Xue-Ying Zhang, Guo-Qing Zhang, Ya-Lan Ma, Lian-Wen Zheng
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in reproductive-aged women. However, the exact pathophysiology of PCOS remains largely unclear. We performed deep sequencing to investigate the mRNA and long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) expression profiles in the ovarian tissues of letrozole-induced PCOS rat model and control rats. A total of 2147 mRNAs and 158 lncRNAs were differentially expressed between the PCOS models and control. Gene ontology analysis indicated that differentially expressed mRNAs were associated with biological adhesion, reproduction, and metabolic process...
March 2, 2018: Gene
Jairo Robledo-Sierra, Kerstin Landin-Wilhelmsen, Helena Filipsson Nyström, Robert Eggertsen, Lena Larsson, Amal Dafar, Gunnar Warfvinge, Ulf Mattsson, Mats Jontell
OBJECTIVE: To determine the levels of antithyroid antibodies and thyroid hormones in the sera of patients with oral lichen planus (OLP), and to quantify the expression of thyroid proteins in OLP lesions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Venous blood samples were drawn from 110 patients with OLP who had no history of thyroid disease or levothyroxine supplementation (OLP+/LT4 -). A random population sample of 657 healthy subjects was used as the control group. Two additional groups were used as comparators...
March 2, 2018: Oral Diseases
Marta Fichna, Magdalena Żurawek, Bartłomiej Budny, Hanna Komarowska, Elżbieta Niechciał, Piotr Fichna, Marek Ruchała
INTRODUCTION    RANTES (Regulated on Activation, Normal T-cell Expressed and Secreted) chemokine, the product of CCL5 gene, is involved in trafficking immune cells into the inflammation site. It acts as co-activator of T cells and promotes polarization of the immune response towards the Th1 profile. In autoimmune Addison's disease (AAD) adrenal cortex is gradually destroyed by adrenal-specific immune cell infiltration. RANTES might be implicated in autoimmune adrenal failure through recruitment and activation of the immune cells...
March 2, 2018: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
Jonas Blomberg, Carl-Gerhard Gottfries, Amal Elfaitouri, Muhammad Rizwan, Anders Rosén
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) often also called chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a common, debilitating, disease of unknown origin. Although a subject of controversy and a considerable scientific literature, we think that a solid understanding of ME/CFS pathogenesis is emerging. In this study, we compiled recent findings and placed them in the context of the clinical picture and natural history of the disease. A pattern emerged, giving rise to an explanatory model. ME/CFS often starts after or during an infection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Agathocles Tsatsoulis
Thyroid follicular cells, as well as adrenocortical cells, are endowed by an intrinsic heterogeneity regarding their growth potential, in response to various stimuli. This heterogeneity appears to constitute the underlying cause for the focal cell hyperplasia and eventually the formation of thyroid and adrenal nodules, under the influence of growth stimulatory factors. Among the main stimulatory factors are the pituitary tropic hormones, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) or thyrotropin and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which regulate the growth and function of their respective target cells, and the insulin/insulin-like growth factor system, that, through its mitogenic effects, can stimulate the proliferation of these cells...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Kriti Joshi, Margaret Zacharin
BACKGROUND: Neonatal hyperthyroidism is rare, seen in infants of mothers with Graves' disease (GD), with transplacental transfer of thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) antibodies (TRAbs). We describe a neonate with severe hyperthyroidism due to TRAbs, born to a mother with autoimmune hypothyroidism. CASE PRESENTATION: A baby boy born preterm at 35 weeks had irritability, tachycardia and proptosis after birth. The mother had autoimmune hypothyroidism, from age 10, with thyroxine replacement and normal thyroid function throughout her pregnancy...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Subothini Sara Selvendran, Nikhil Aggarwal
Chronic urticaria has long been thought to be associated with autoimmune conditions, in particular autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). We detail an unusual case of a 49-year-old patient presenting with urticaria distributed on both shins and hands, with no known associated triggers, and subsequently diagnosed with AITD. The urticaria resolved upon treatment of the AITD. We also summarize the currently postulated pathophysiological links between the two diseases. This case highlights that physicians should have a low threshold for investigating autoimmune conditions in cases of chronic urticaria, with particular attention given to AITD...
February 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Akiko Nakamichi, Kazuki Ocho, Kosuke Oka, Miho Yasuda, Kou Hasegawa, Masaya Iwamuro, Mikako Obika, Kammei Rai, Fumio Otsuka
We herein report a case of central diabetes insipidus complicated with thyroid storm. A middle-aged woman who was receiving treatment for Graves' disease suddenly complained of polydipsia, polyuria and general fatigue. Laboratory tests showed hyperthyroidism, hypernatremia, hypoosmolar urine and a decreased plasma vasopressin level. The occurrence of central diabetes insipidus with hyperthyroidism was revealed on the basis of pituitary magnetic resonance imaging, a water deprivation test and a desmopressin test...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Gisah Amaral Carvalho, Gilberto Paz-Filho, Cleo Otaviano Mesa Junior, Hans Graf
Hypothyroidism is one of the most common hormone deficiencies in adults. Most of the cases, particularly those of overt hypothyroidism, are easily diagnosed and managed, with excellent outcomes if treated adequately. However, minor alterations of thyroid function determine nonspecific manifestations. Primary hypothyroidism due to chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is largely the most common cause of thyroid hormone deficiency. Central hypothyroidism is a rare and heterogeneous disorder characterized by decreased thyroid hormone secretion by an otherwise normal thyroid gland, due to lack of TSH...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Gulali Aktas, Mustafa Sit, Oguz Dikbas, Hayri Erkol, Rabia Altinordu, Edip Erkus, Haluk Savli
OBJECTIVE: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder. The purpose of this study was to determine the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), a novel marker of inflammation, in patients with HT and to compare these values with those from healthy subjects. METHOD: A total of 154 participants were included in the study, 90 HT patients and 64 healthy volunteers. Retrospectively, demographic and laboratory data of the subjects were obtained from our institution's database...
December 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Ke-Hao Huang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Lung-Chi Lee, Tzu-Heng Weng, Yi-Hao Chen, Li-Fan Lin, Jiann-Torng Chen, Da-Wen Lu, Ching-Long Chen
RATIONALE: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is a rare disease and could be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). This report was aimed to investigate the utility of F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG PET/CT) for the diagnosis of VKH syndrome with AITD and to perform a literature review on the association between the 2 diseases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 55-year-old woman without the history of ocular trauma suffered from chronic headache...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Katharina C Kähler, Thomas K Eigentler, Anja Gesierich, Lucie Heinzerling, Carmen Loquai, Friedegund Meier, Frank Meiss, Claudia Pföhler, Max Schlaak, Patrick Terheyden, Kai M Thoms, Mirjana Ziemer, Lisa Zimmer, Ralf Gutzmer
BACKGROUND: Ipilimumab and programmed death (PD) 1-antibodies are effective treatment options in metastatic melanoma. The safety and efficacy of ipilimumab in patients with pre-existing autoimmune disorders (AD) has only been evaluated in a selected number of patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis in 14 German skin cancer centers for patients with metastatic melanoma and pre-existing AD treated with ipilimumab. RESULTS: 41 patients with 44 pre-existing AD were treated with ipilimumab (thyroiditis n = 15, rheumatoid n = 11, dermatologic n = 10, Crohn's disease/ulcerative colitis n = 3, neurological n = 2, sarcoidosis n = 2, pancreatitis n = 1)...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
James Reese, Apoorv Chebolu, YouJun Shen, Frank Mihlon
We report a patient who suffered from esophageal cancer that metastasized to the thyroid. There are only a handful of cases of esophageal cancer with metastases to the thyroid reported in the literature. To our knowledge, this is the first with a diffusely infiltrative pattern (the others were focal masses/nodules). This diffusely infiltrative pattern of metastatic disease is important for radiologists to be aware of because it is particularly difficult to detect and is not characteristically neoplastic by pattern...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
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