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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230715/a-multireferral-centre-retrospective-cohort-analysis-on-the-experience-in-treatment-of-metastatic-uveal-melanoma-and-utilization-of-sequential-liver-directed-treatment-and-immunotherapy
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Malinda Itchins, Paolo A Ascierto, Alexander M Menzies, Meredith Oatley, Serigne Lo, Dariush Douraghi-Zadeh, Timmothy Harrington, Richard Maher, Antonio M Grimaldi, Alexander Guminski
Metastatic uveal melanoma is a rare malignancy with a poor prognosis. To date, systemic therapy has been ineffective; however, there are few data on the benefits of anti-CTLA4 or anti-PD-1 antibodies in sequence with liver-directed therapy. A retrospective cohort analysis was carried out on 37 consecutive patients managed in a tertiary referral centre examining the safety and efficacy of treatment; patterns of care; and impact on survival. The sequential treatment with transarterial chemotherapy (TAC), systemic immunotherapy (IT) and systemic chemotherapy was reviewed...
February 22, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229826/changes-in-the-pattern-of-death-of-987-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-from-1990-to-2009-from-the-nationwide-spanish-scleroderma-registry-rescle
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Manuel Rubio-Rivas, Carmen Pilar Simeón-Aznar, César Velasco, Begoña Marí-Alfonso, Gerard Espinosa, Xavier Corbella, Dolores Colunga-Argüelles, Maria Victoria Egurbide-Arberas, Norberto Ortego-Centeno, José Antonio Vargas-Hitos, Mayka Freire, Juan José Ríos-Blanco, Luis Trapiella-Martínez, Mónica Rodríguez-Carballeira, Vicent Fonollosa-Pla
OBJECTIVES: To determine the changes in the pattern of death of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) throughout 20 years. METHODS: Data were collected from the Spanish Scleroderma Registry (RESCLE), retrospective multicentre database from 1990 to 2009. SSc-related and SSc-non related causes of death were assessed. RESULTS: 987 patients were recruited. Overall standardised mortality ratio (SMR) was 2.34 (2.24-2.44). SSc-related causes of death were responsible of 72% of all deaths of those patients diagnosed within 1990-99 vs...
February 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229285/topics-on-vitamin-d-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-analysis-of-evidence-and-critical-literature-review
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António Marinho, Mariana Taveira, Carlos Vasconcelos
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease with multiorgan inflammation, linked to the loss of immune tolerance to self-antigens and the production of a diversity of autoantibodies. The phenotype and progression of SLE have been linked to a combination of environmental, genetic, and hormonal factors. One such environmental factor is vitamin D, a vital hormone with well-established effects on mineral metabolism, skeletal health, and effects on cardiovascular system. The purpose of this article is to make the analysis of evidence and literature review of the pleomorphic effects of Vitamin D in SLE...
February 22, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228754/proofreading-of-peptide-mhc-complexes-through-dynamic-multivalent-interactions
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Christoph Thomas, Robert Tampé
The adaptive immune system is able to detect and destroy cells that are malignantly transformed or infected by intracellular pathogens. Specific immune responses against these cells are elicited by antigenic peptides that are presented on major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules and recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes at the cell surface. Since these MHC I-presented peptides are generated in the cytosol by proteasomal protein degradation, they can be metaphorically described as a window providing immune cells with insights into the state of the cellular proteome...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228650/haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-autoimmune-diseases
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Joost F Swart, Eveline M Delemarre, Femke van Wijk, Jaap-Jan Boelens, Jürgen Kuball, Jacob M van Laar, Nico M Wulffraat
Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only treatment that is able to induce long-term, drug-free and symptom-free remission in several refractory autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Over 3,000 HSCT procedures for rheumatic and nonrheumatic severe autoimmune diseases have been performed worldwide. Specific conditioning regimens are currently used to eradicate the autoreactive immunological memory of patients. Although in vivo immune cell depletion with antithymocyte globulin or anti-CD52 is the norm for many regimens, ex vivo selection of CD34(+) stem cells from the graft is controversial...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228281/dysregulation-of-the-cytokine-gm-csf-induces-spontaneous-phagocyte-invasion-and-immunopathology-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Sabine Spath, Juliana Komuczki, Mario Hermann, Pawel Pelczar, Florian Mair, Bettina Schreiner, Burkhard Becher
Chronic inflammatory diseases are influenced by dysregulation of cytokines. Among them, granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is crucial for the pathogenic function of T cells in preclinical models of autoimmunity. To study the impact of dysregulated GM-CSF expression in vivo, we generated a transgenic mouse line allowing the induction of GM-CSF expression in mature, peripheral helper T (Th) cells. Antigen-independent GM-CSF release led to the invasion of inflammatory myeloid cells into the central nervous system (CNS), which was accompanied by the spontaneous development of severe neurological deficits...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228078/nanocarriers-mediated-topical-drug-delivery-for-psoriasis-treatment
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Sevgi Güngör, Meriem Rezigue
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory skin disease affecting 2 to 3% of people worldwide. Topical therapy as first option in the management of psoriasis is an attractive strategy by delivering drugs efficiently into target sites of disease, minimizing systemic side effects of drugs and ensuring high patient compliance. However, the delivery of antipsoriatic agents via conventional topical formulations is limited due to their poor percutaneous penetration and targeting into deeper layers of the skin...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226412/rage-polymorphisms-and-oxidative-stress-levels-in-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis
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Maria Giannakou, Katerina Saltiki, Emily Mantzou, Eleni Loukari, Georgios Philippou, Konstantinos Terzidis, Kiriaki Lili, Charalampos Stavrianos, Miltiades Kyprianou, Maria Alevizaki
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) gene have been studied in various autoimmune disorders, but not in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Also, increased oxidative stress has been described in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible role of two common RAGE polymorphisms (-429T>C, -374T>A) in Hashimoto's thyroiditis; in parallel we studied oxidative stress levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 300 consecutive euthyroid women were examined and classified into three groups: Hashimoto's thyroiditis with treatment (n=96), Hashimoto's thyroiditis without treatment (n=109) and controls (n=95)...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226225/thymic-epithelial-cells
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Jakub Abramson, Graham Anderson
IntrathymicTcell development is a complex process that depends upon continuous guidance from thymus stromal cell microenvironments. The thymic epithelium within the thymic stroma comprises highly specialized cells with a high degree of anatomic, phenotypic, and functional heterogeneity. These properties are collectively required to bias thymocyte development toward production of self-tolerant and functionally competent T cells. The importance of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) is evidenced by clear links between their dysfunction and multiple diseases where autoimmunity and immunodeficiency are major components...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226216/overcoming-immune-dysregulation-with-immunoengineered-nanobiomaterials
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Evan A Scott, Nicholas B Karabin, Punn Augsornworawat
The immune system is governed by an immensely complex network of cells and both intracellular and extracellular molecular factors. It must respond to an ever-growing number of biochemical and biophysical inputs by eliciting appropriate and specific responses in order to maintain homeostasis. But as with any complex system, a plethora of false positives and false negatives can occur to generate dysregulated responses. Dysregulated immune responses are essential components of diverse inflammation-driven pathologies, including cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders...
February 9, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225953/drug-reaction-with-eosinophilia-and-systemic-symptoms-dress-and-its-relation-with-autoimmunity-in-a-reference-center-in-mexico
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Juan Manuel Ruiz Matta, Silvia Méndez Flores, Judith Domínguez Cherit
BACKGROUND: Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms is a severe adverse drug reaction, with a reported mortality of 10%. Long-term outcomes involve organic failure and autoimmune diseases in some populations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical prognosis of patients with drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review at a referral hospital in Mexico City in a period of 22 years (1992-2013), looking up for records with diagnosis of DRESS according to RegiSCAR criteria...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225490/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-spanish-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides-impact-of-the-vasculitis-type-anca-specificity-and-treatment-on-mortality-and-morbidity
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Roser Solans-Laqué, Guadalupe Fraile, Monica Rodriguez-Carballeira, Luis Caminal, Maria J Castillo, Ferran Martínez-Valle, Luis Sáez, Juan J Rios, Xavier Solanich, Joaquim Oristrell, Francisco Pasquau, Eva Fonseca, Monica Zamora, Jose L Callejas, Begoña Frutos, Monica Abdilla, Patricia Fanlo, Isabel García-Sánchez, Miguel López-Dupla, Bernardo Sopeña, Almudena Pérez-Iglesias, Josep A Bosch
The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) at presentation, in a wide cohort of Spanish patients, and to analyze the impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, prognostic factors, and treatments administered at diagnosis, in the outcome.A total of 450 patients diagnosed between January 1990 and January 2014 in 20 Hospitals from Spain were included. Altogether, 40.9% had granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), 37.1% microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and 22% eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225165/the-contrasting-role-of-th17-immunity-in-human-health-and-disease
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Edwin Hoe, Jeremy Anderson, Jordan Nathanielsz, Zheng Quan Toh, Rachel Marimla, Anne Balloch, Paul V Licciardi
The human immune system is a tightly regulated network that protects the host from disease. An important aspect of this is the balance between pro-inflammatory Th17 cells and anti-inflammatory Treg cells in maintaining immune homeostasis. Foxp3+ Treg are critical for sustaining immune tolerance through IL-10 and TGF-β while RORγt+ Th17 cells promote immunopathology and auto-inflammatory diseases through the actions of IL-17A, IL-21 and IL-22. Therefore, the imbalance between Treg and Th17 cells can result in serious pathology in many organs and tissues in the body...
February 22, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224678/microbiome-autoimmunity-allergy-and-helminth-infection-the-importance-of-the-pregnancy-period
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Xian Chen, Su Liu, Qiao Tan, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Yong Zeng
Pregnancy is a special physical period in reproductive age women, which has a beneficial influence on the course of certain autoimmune diseases. It has been recently suggested that the microbiome undergoes profound changes during pregnancy that are associated with host physiological and immunological adaptations. The maternal microbiome remodeling during pregnancy is an active response of the mother, possibly to alter immune system status and to facilitate metabolic and immunological adaptations, which are needed for a successful pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224486/human-herpes-virus-6-encephalitis-causing-severe-anterograde-amnesia-associated-with-rituximab-azathioprine-and-prednisolone-combination-therapy-for-dermatomyositis
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Thomas Baumer, Charlie Fry, Sebastian Luppe, Harsha Gunawardena, Kasia Sieradzan
Human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) reactivation is a well-recognised complication following haematological stem cell transplantation, but it is novel in the context of combination immunomodulatory therapy for autoimmune disease. We report a case of severe anterograde amnesia caused by HHV-6 encephalitis in a young female patient on rituximab, azathioprine and prednisolone for dermatomyositis (DM). The use of targeted biologic treatments for systemic autoimmune connective tissue diseases (CTDs) is increasing, particularly when refractory to conventional management...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224362/analysis-of-foxp3-regulatory-t-cell-subpopulations-in-peripheral-blood-and-tissue-of-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Angelika Schmidt, Cosima C Rieger, Ram Kumar Venigalla, Szabolcs Éliás, Regina Max, Hanns-Martin Lorenz, Hermann-Josef Gröne, Peter H Krammer, Annegret Kuhn
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical mediators of immune tolerance, yet their involvement in the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is incompletely understood. We analyzed CD4(+) T cell subpopulations with Treg-related phenotypes and their association with disease activity in peripheral blood (PB) and tissues of patients with SLE. In detail, we quantified subpopulations regarding CD25, FOXP3, CD62L, CCR6, CD27, CD45RA, and CD45RO expression in PB from 31 patients with SLE divided into two disease activity groups and 32 healthy controls using flow cytometry...
February 21, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223833/autoimmune-atrophic-gastritis-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
Artem Minalyan, Jihane N Benhammou, Aida Artashesyan, Michael S Lewis, Joseph R Pisegna
At present there is no universally accepted classification for gastritis. The first successful classification (The Sydney System) that is still commonly used by medical professionals was first introduced by Misiewicz et al in Sydney in 1990. In fact, it was the first detailed classification after the discovery of Helicobacter pylori by Warren and Marshall in 1982. In 1994, the Updated Sydney System was proposed during the International Workshop on the Histopathology of Gastritis followed by the publication in The American Journal of Surgical Pathology by Dixon et al...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223722/to-screen-or-not-to-screen-celiac-antibodies-in-liver-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Janaína Luz Narciso-Schiavon, Leonardo Lucca Schiavon
Celiac disease (CD) is a systemic immune-mediated disorder triggered by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. The typical symptoms are anemia, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal pain. CD has been reported in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cholangitis, autoimmune hepatitis, aminotransferase elevations, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, portal hypertension and liver cirrhosis. We evaluate recommendations for active screening for CD in patients with liver diseases, and the effect of a gluten-free diet in these different settings...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221280/the-elusive-diagnosis-of-adolescent-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#19
Michelino Mancini
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease affecting multiple systems, and its various symptoms are often mistaken for other diseases. This case report describes a 15-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with complaints of diffuse abdominal pain, facial swelling, joint pain, low-grade fever, and rash. An initial autoimmune process was suspected, and, with prompt referral, a diagnosis of SLE was confirmed. This case report and discussion review the difficulty of diagnosing SLE and the importance of maintaining autoimmune diseases, such as SLE, on an emergency physician's differential...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220322/serious-fungal-infections-in-the-philippines
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M C R Batac, D Denning
The Philippines is a low middle-income, tropical country in Southeast Asia. Infectious diseases remain the main causes of morbidity, including tuberculosis. AIDS/HIV prevalence is still low at <1%, but is rapidly increasing. Fungal disease surveillance has not been done, and its burden has never been estimated. This becomes more important as the population of immunocompromised patients increases, drawn from patients with AIDS, TB, malignancies, and autoimmune diseases requiring chronic steroid use. Using the methodology of the LIFE program ( www...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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