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Jürgen Dieker, Jo H Berden, Marinka Bakker, Jean-Paul Briand, Sylviane Muller, Reinhard Voll, Christopher Sjöwall, Martin Herrmann, Luuk B Hilbrands, Johan van der Vlag
Persistent exposure of the immune system to death cell debris leads to autoantibodies against chromatin in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Deposition of anti-chromatin/chromatin complexes can instigate inflammation in multiple organs including the kidney. Previously we identified specific cell death-associated histone modifications as targets of autoantibodies in SLE. In this study we addressed, in a large cohort of SLE patients and controls, the question whether plasma reactivities with specific histone peptides associated with serology and clinical features...
2016: PloS One
Xiang-Yang Fang, Zhe Chen, Guo-Bin Miao, Lin Zhang
β-adrenergic receptors (β-ARs) and anti-β1-AR autoantibodies play important roles in heart failure. This study was designed to investigate the expression of β1- and β2-ARs in the lungs, and their relevance to the corresponding autoantibodies in an aged rat model of heart failure. In addition, we investigated the association between anti-β-AR autoantibody and soluble Fas (sFas) and soluble Fas ligand (sFasL). Aged male Wistar rats were divided into the sham-operated control group and the heart failure group...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Ying Liu, Ying Liao, Linlin Xiang, Kuo Jiang, Siyao Li, Mingmei Huangfu, Shilong Sun
BACKGROUND: Specific circulating autoantibodies are produced by host immune systems to respond to antigens that arise during tumorigenesis. To achieve auxiliary diagnosis, the present study was designed to test whether circulating autoantibodies against tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) were altered in early breast cancer. METHODS: A total of 102 breast cancer patients and 146 age-matched healthy volunteers were recruited to participate in this study. Autoantibody expression was tested using in-house developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with linear peptide envelope antigens derived from TAAs...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Sladjana Skopelja, B JoNell Hamilton, Jonathan D Jones, Mei-Ling Yang, Mark Mamula, Alix Ashare, Alex H Gifford, William F C Rigby
While respiratory failure in cystic fibrosis (CF) frequently associates with chronic infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, no single factor predicts the extent of lung damage in CF. To elucidate other causes, we studied the autoantibody profile in CF and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, given the similar association of airway inflammation and autoimmunity in RA. Even though we observed that bactericidal permeability-increasing protein (BPI), carbamylated proteins, and citrullinated proteins all localized to the neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which are implicated in the development of autoimmunity, our study demonstrates striking autoantibody specificity in CF...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Mock Ryeon Kim, Hye Won Park, Sochung Chung
In adults, hypothyroidism caused by thyroid stimulation blocking antibody (TSB Ab) is rare, and confirmed cases are even fewer, as TSB Ab levels are rarely assayed. However, this may create problems in babies, as the transplacental passage of maternal TSB Ab can cause a rare type of hypothyroidism in the infant. Prompt levothyroxine replacement for the baby starting immediately after birth is important. We describe a congenital hypothyroid baby born to a hypothyroid mother who was not aware of the cause of her hypothyroid condition, which turned out to be associated with the expression of TSB Ab...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Fariborz Mobarrez, Anna Vikerfors, Johanna T Gustafsson, Iva Gunnarsson, Agneta Zickert, Anders Larsson, David S Pisetsky, Håkan Wallén, Elisabet Svenungsson
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypic autoimmune disease characterized by circulating autoantibodies and the formation of immune complexes. In these responses, the selecting self-antigens likely derive from the remains of dead and dying cells, as well as from disturbances in clearance. During cell death/activation, microparticles (MPs) can be released to the circulation. Previous MP studies in SLE have been limited in size and differ regarding numbers and phenotypes. Therefore, to characterize MPs more completely, we investigated 280 SLE patients and 280 individually matched controls...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chao-Jun Hu, Jian-Bo Pan, Guang Song, Xiao-Ting Wen, Zi-Yan Wu, Si Chen, Wen-Xiu Mo, Feng-Chun Zhang, Jiang Qian, Heng Zhu, Yong-Zhe Li
Behcet disease (BD) is a chronic systemic vasculitis and considered as an autoimmune disease. Although rare, BD can be fatal due to ruptured vascular aneurysms or severe neurological complications. To date, no known biomarker has been reported for this disease, making it difficult to diagnosis in the clinics. To undertake this challenge, we employed the HuProt arrays, each comprised of~20,000 unique human proteins, to identify BD-specific autoantibodies using a Two-Phase strategy established previously. In Phase I, we profiled the autoimmunity on the HuProt arrays with 75 serum samples collected from 40 BD patients, 15 diagnosed autoimmune patients who suffer from Takayasu arteritis (TA; N=5)), ANCA associated vasculitis(AAV; N=5), and Sjogren's syndrome(SS; N=5), and 20 healthy subjects, and identified 20 candidate autoantigens that were significantly associated with BD...
October 24, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
An S De Vriese, Richard J Glassock, Karl A Nath, Sanjeev Sethi, Fernando C Fervenza
Primary membranous nephropathy (MN) is an autoimmune disease mainly caused by autoantibodies against the recently discovered podocyte antigens: the M-type phospholipase A2 receptor 1 (PLA2R) and thrombospondin type 1 domain-containing 7A (THSD7A). Assays for quantitative assessment of anti-PLA2R antibodies are commercially available, but a semiquantitative test to detect anti-THSD7A antibodies has been only recently developed. The presence or absence of anti-PLA2R and anti-THSD7A antibodies adds important information to clinical and immunopathologic data in discriminating between primary and secondary MN...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Pavel Kolkhir, Martin K Church, Karsten Weller, Martin Metz, Oliver Schmetzer, Marcus Maurer
Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a mast-cell driven skin disease, characterized by the recurrence of transient wheals, angioedema, or both for more than 6 weeks. Autoimmunity is thought to be one of the most frequent causes of CSU. Type I and type II autoimmunity, i.e. IgE to autoallergens and IgG autoantibodies to IgE or its receptor, respectively, have been implicated in the etiology and pathogenesis of CSU. We analyzed the relevant literature and assessed the existing evidence in support of a role for type I and II autoimmunity in CSU with the help of Hill's criteria of causality...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Guillermo J Pons-Estel, Laura Andreoli, Francesco Scanzi, Ricard Cervera, Angela Tincani
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the occurrence of venous and/or arterial thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity in the presence of pathogenic autoantibodies known as antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence or absence of SLE might modify the clinical or serological expression of APS. Apart from the classical manifestations, APS patients with associated SLE more frequently display a clinical profile with arthralgias, arthritis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, livedo reticularis, epilepsy, glomerular thrombosis, and myocardial infarction...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Nadera Methia, Samia Latreche, Omar Ait Mokhtar, Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Salim Benkhedda
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is affected by pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). METHODS: Among 202 patients (mean age: 46.1 ± 13.3 years; 177 women) with SSc, those with a tricuspid regurgitation (TR) jet maximal velocity at 2D-echocardiography (2DE) < 2.8m/second were not considered at high risk for PAH, whereas those with a TR velocity >3m/second or between 2.8 and 3m/second and associated with dyspnea were. RESULTS: Among 22 patients at risk, 15 (mean age: 50...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Edwin J W Geven, Martijn H J van den Bosch, Irene Di Ceglie, Giuliana Ascone, Shahla Abdollahi-Roodsaz, Annet W Sloetjes, Sven Hermann, Michael Schäfers, Fons A J van de Loo, Peter M van der Kraan, Marije I Koenders, Dirk Foell, Johannes Roth, Thomas Vogl, Peter L E M van Lent
BACKGROUND: Seronegative joint diseases are characterized by a lack of well-defined biomarkers since autoantibodies are not elevated. Calprotectin (S100A8/A9) is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) which is released by activated phagocytes, and high levels are found in seronegative arthritides. In this study, we investigated the biomarker potential of systemic and local levels of these S100 proteins to assess joint inflammation and joint destruction in an experimental model for seronegative arthritis...
October 24, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Sven Jarius, Marius Ringelstein, Jürgen Haas, Irina I Serysheva, Lars Komorowski, Kai Fechner, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Philipp Albrecht, Harald Hefter, Andreas Moser, Eva Neuen-Jacob, Hans-Peter Hartung, Brigitte Wildemann, Orhan Aktas
BACKGROUND: Recently, we described a novel autoantibody, anti-Sj/ITPR1-IgG, that targets the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor type 1 (ITPR1) in patients with cerebellar ataxia. However, ITPR1 is expressed not only by Purkinje cells but also in the anterior horn of the spinal cord, in the substantia gelatinosa and in the motor, sensory (including the dorsal root ganglia) and autonomic peripheral nervous system, suggesting that the clinical spectrum associated with autoimmunity to ITPR1 may be broader than initially thought...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Hiroaki Iwata, Mayumi Kamaguchi, Hideyuki Ujiie, Machiko Nishimura, Kentaro Izumi, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Wataru Nishie, Hiroshi Shimizu
Macropinocytosis is an endocytic pathway that is involved in the nonselective fluid uptake of extracellular fluid. Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease associated with autoantibodies to type XVII collagen (COL17), which is a component of hemidesmosome. When keratinocytes are treated with BP-IgG, COL17 internalizes into cells by way of the macropinocytosis. We investigated the mechanism of COL17 macropinocytosis using DJM-1 cells, a cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma cell line...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Antigona Ulndreaj, Apostolia Tzekou, Andrea J Mothe, Ahad Siddiqui, Rachel Dragas, Charles Tator, Emina Torlakovic, Michael Fehlings
The immune system plays a critical and complex role in the pathobiology of spinal cord injury (SCI), exerting both beneficial and detrimental effects. Increasing evidence suggests that there are injury level-dependent differences in the immune response to SCI. Patients with traumatic SCI have elevated levels of circulating autoantibodies against components of the central nervous system (CNS), but the role of these antibodies in SCI outcomes remains unknown. In rodent models of mid-thoracic SCI, antibody-mediated autoimmunity appears to be detrimental to recovery...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Olga Kostianets, Maksym Shyyan, Stepan Vasil'ovich Antoniuk, Valeriy Filonenko, Ramziya Kiyamova
CONTENT: Identification of panel of SEREX-defined antigens for breast cancer autoantibodies profile detection. OBJECTIVE: To create panel of antigens that can differentiate breast cancer patients and healthy individuals. METHODS: SEREX (serological analysis of cDNA expression libraries) method, ELISA, qPCR. RESULTS: In large-scale screening of 16 SEREX-antigens by sera of breast cancer patients and healthy donors a combination of 6 antigens (RAD50, PARD3, SPP1, SAP30BP, NY-BR-62 and NY-CO-58) was identified, which can differentiate breast cancer patients and healthy donors with 70% sensitivity and 91% specificity...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Takaya Kitano, Makoto Kinoshita, Kohki Shimazu, Hiroaki Fushimi, Kenichi Omori, Takanori Hazama
A 87-year-old female presented with subacute progression of cognitive decline. Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images of brain MRI showed multifocal high-intensity lesions. Thoracic CT image revealed the presence of thymoma, and serum autoantibody screening showed positivity for anti-gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptor antibody. Histopathological analysis confirmed type B3 thymoma after thymectomy. The patient received both plasmapheresis and intravenous methylprednisolone therapy, and showed remarkable amelioration of clinical symptoms and MRI abnormal high intensity...
October 21, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Maral Tajerian, Victor Hung, Hamda Khan, Lauren J Lahey, Yuan Sun, Frank Birklein, Heidrun H Krämer, William H Robinson, Wade S Kingery, J David Clark
OBJECTIVE: Using a mouse model of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), our goal was to identify autoantigens in the skin of the affected limb. METHODS: A CRPS-like state was induced using the tibia fracture/cast immobilization model. Three weeks after fracture, hindpaw skin was homogenized, run on 2-d gels, and probed by sera from fracture and control mice. Spots of interest were analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) and the list of targets validated by examining their abundance and subcellular localization...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Tian Loon Lee, Rupesh Agrawal, Jackie Yu-Ling Tan, Kiat Hoe Ong, Chen Seong Wong, Su Ling Ho
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are found ubiquitously in the environment. Since exposure to NTM is universal, infection likely represents underlying host susceptibility factors. Anti-IFN-ɣ autoantibodies have been described previously in patients with NTM. Up to 88 % of patients with disseminated NTM or other opportunistic infections have high-titer anti-IFN-ɣ autoantibodies, compared with 2 % of patients with TB and healthy controls. FINDINGS: We report a unique presentation of a patient with anti-IFN-ɣ autoantibodies with disseminated NTM infection who presents with panuveitis with multifocal retinitis and vasculitis...
December 2016: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
Iris Navarro-Millán, Erika Darrah, Andrew O Westfall, Ted R Mikuls, Richard J Reynolds, Maria I Danila, Jeffrey R Curtis, Antony Rosen, S Louis Bridges
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that the presence of peptidyl arginine deiminase type 4 (PAD4) antibodies is associated with radiographic-severity rheumatoid arthritis (RA) among Caucasian patients. The presence of anti-PAD4 antibodies that were cross-reactivity against PAD3 was associated with more aggressive erosive disease (compared with the presence of anti-PAD4 antibodies without anti-PAD3 crossreactivity) in Caucasian RA patients. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of serum anti-PAD4 and anti-PAD4/PAD3 cross-reactive autoantibodies in African Americans with RA and whether these antibodies associate with radiographic severity and radiographic progression...
October 22, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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