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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229303/phospholipase-d1-expression-analysis-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#1
Mohammad Mahdi Eftekharian, Tahereh Azimi, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Arezou Sayad, Mir Davood Omrani, Shaghayegh Sarrafzadeh, Roghayeh Abbasalipourkabir, Mehrdokht Mazdeh, Mohammad Taheri
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disorder resulting from destruction of the myelin or insulating covers of neurons in the central nervous system (CNS). Several lines of evidence suggest a role for immune response in the occurrence and progression of this disorder. Several disease-modifying agents (DMA) including β-interferons (IFNβ) are being used in MS patients in order to stop the disease at the early inflammatory stage, postpone disease progression and diminish future disability. Phospholipase D1 (PLD1) is a critical enzyme responsible for the making lipid second messenger phosphatidic acid...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213588/a-differential-autophagy-dependent-response-to-dna-double-strand-brakes-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-sporadic-als-patients
#2
Shane Wald-Altman, Edward Pichinuk, Or Kakhlon, Miguel Weil
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable motor neurodegenerative disease caused by a diversity of genetic and environmental factors leading to neuromuscular degeneration and pathophysiological implications in non-neural systems. Our previous work showed abnormal transcriptional expression levels of biomarker genes in non-neuronal cell samples from ALS patients. The same genes proved to be differentially expressed in brain, spinal cord and muscle of the SOD1(G93A) ALS mouse model. These observations support the pathophysiological relevance of the ALS biomarkers discovered in human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) isolated from bone marrow samples of ALS patients (ALS-hMSC)...
February 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188915/machine-learning-based-compartment-models-with-permeability-for-white-matter-microstructure-imaging
#3
Gemma L Nedjati-Gilani, Torben Schneider, Matt G Hall, Niamh Cawley, Ioana Hill, Olga Ciccarelli, Ivana Drobnjak, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Daniel C Alexander
Some microstructure parameters, such as permeability, remain elusive because mathematical models that express their relationship to the MR signal accurately are intractable. Here, we propose to use computational models learned from simulations to estimate these parameters. We demonstrate the approach in an example which estimates water residence time in brain white matter. The residence time τi of water inside axons is a potentially important biomarker for white matter pathologies of the human central nervous system, as myelin damage is hypothesised to affect axonal permeability, and thus τi...
February 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188715/-multiple-sclerosis-current-immunological-aspects
#4
Carlos Cuevas-García
Multiple sclerosis is the most common inflammatory, chronic and degenerative condition of the central nervous system, and represents the first cause of disability in young adults. In Mexico, 11 to 20 out of every 100 000 people suffer from this disease. The causes of multiple sclerosis remain unknown, but several theories have been proposed: the interaction of environmental factors, viral infectious factors and genetic and immune susceptibility of each individual patient, which induce an autoimmune response and promote neuronal/axonal degeneration...
January 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174096/retinal-biomarkers-provide-insight-into-cortical-pharmacology-and-disease
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REVIEW
Christine To Nguyen, Flora Hui, Jason Charng, Shajan Velaedan, Anna van Koeverden, Jeremiah Kh Lim, Zheng He, Vickie Hy Wong, Algis J Vingrys, Bang V Bui, Magnus Ivarsson
The retina is an easily accessible out-pouching of the central nervous system (CNS) and thus lends itself favourable to being a biomarker of the brain. More specifically, the presence of neuronal, vascular and blood-neural barrier parallels in the eye and brain coupled with fast and inexpensive methods to quantify retinal changes make ocular biomarkers an attractive option. This includes its utility as a biomarker for multiple cerebrovascular diseases as well as a drug pharmacology and safety biomarker for the CNS...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161558/neutrophil-perversion-in-demyelinating-autoimmune-diseases-mechanisms-to-medicine
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REVIEW
Courtney S Casserly, Julia C Nantes, Ryder F Whittaker Hawkins, Luc Vallières
Neutrophils are essential to a healthy life, yet pose a threat if improperly controlled. Neutrophil perversion is well documented in a variety of inflammatory disorders (e.g. arthritis, lupus, psoriasis), but is only beginning to be demystified in autoimmune demyelination, the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. Using the animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), several molecules that help neutrophils invade the central nervous system (CNS) have been identified...
February 2, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128745/endothelial-dysfunction-microvascular-damage-and-ischemic-peripheral-vasculopathy-in-systemic-sclerosis
#7
Ivone Fernandes Santos da Silva, Andreia Teixeira, José Oliveira, Rui Almeida, Carlos Vasconcelos
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate endothelial dysfunction and microvascular damage in secondary Raynaud Phenomenon (SRP) and Systemic sclerosis (SSc)-associated patients as possible predictors of ischemic fingertip digital ulcers (DU) in a 3-year clinical follow-up. METHODS: Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) were analysed in a 3-year observational cohort study of 77 SRP patients with systemic sclerosis...
January 27, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120152/copy-number-variations-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-piecing-the-mosaic-tiles-together-through-a-systems-biology-approach
#8
REVIEW
Giovanna Morello, Maria Guarnaccia, Antonio Gianmaria Spampinato, Valentina La Cognata, Velia D'Agata, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating and still untreatable motor neuron disease. Despite the molecular mechanisms underlying ALS pathogenesis that are still far from being understood, several studies have suggested the importance of a genetic contribution in both familial and sporadic forms of the disease. In addition to single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which account for only a limited number of ALS cases, a consistent number of common and rare copy number variations (CNVs) have been associated to ALS...
January 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115292/cadherin-11-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-chronic-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases
#9
REVIEW
Petros P Sfikakis, Nikolaos I Vlachogiannis, Panagiotis F Christopoulos
Cadherin-11 has been identified as a key regulator of synovial architecture mediating contact between Fibroblast-like Synoviocytes and organization in the lining layer. A central role for cadherin-11 has also been suggested in the formation of the rheumatoid pannus. Therapeutic targeting of cadherin-11 results in amelioration of autoimmune experimental arthritis, as well as of experimental fibrosis. In addition, cadherin-11 expression is upregulated in the synovium of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis, whereas detection of cadherin-11 mRNA transcripts in the peripheral blood has been associated with more severe disease phenotypes in two prototypic conditions of chronic joint inflammation and fibrosis, namely, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic sclerosis, respectively...
January 21, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102419/towards-encoded-particles-for-highly-multiplexed-colorimetric-point-of-care-autoantibody-detection
#10
Gustav Svedberg, Yunjin Jeong, Hunjong Na, Jisung Jang, Peter Nilsson, Sunghoon Kwon, Jesper Gantelius, Helene Andersson Svahn
Highly multiplexed point of care tests could improve diagnostic accuracy and differential diagnostic capacity in for instance emergency medicine and low resource environments. Available technology platforms for POC biomarker detection are typically simplex or low-plexed, whereas common lab-based microarray systems allow for the simultaneous detection of thousands of DNA or protein biomarkers. In this study, we demonstrate a novel suspension particle array platform that utilizes 900 μm bricks for POC amenable colorimetric biomarker detection with an encoding capacity of over two million...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093704/extracellular-vesicles-in-multiple-sclerosis-as-possible-biomarkers-dream-or-reality
#11
Maria Magdalena Barreca, Emanuele Aliotta, Fabiana Geraci
Extracellular vesicles are recently described as specialized structures for intercellular communication. Their role in the central nervous system was diffusely studied in both physiological and pathological condition. In particular, an increased extracellular vesicle number was detected in several autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune, inflammatory, demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease. This chapter summarizes the available information on the involvement of the extracellular vesicles in multiple sclerosis pathogenesis and their possible use as biomarker of therapy efficacy...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055081/soluble-cd27-levels-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-in-clinically-isolated-syndrome
#12
Roos M van der Vuurst de Vries, Julia Y Mescheriakova, Tessel F Runia, Naghmeh Jafari, Theodora A M Siepman, Rogier Q Hintzen
Importance: There is a growing number of therapies that could be administered after the first symptom of central nervous system demyelination. These drugs can delay multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis and slow down future disability. However, treatment of patients with benign course may not be needed; therefore, there is a need for biomarkers to predict long-term prognosis in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). Objective: To investigate whether the T-cell activation marker soluble CD27 (sCD27) measured in cerebrospinal fluid of patients at time of a first attack is associated with a subsequent diagnosis of MS and a higher relapse rate...
January 3, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053878/microparticle-subpopulations-are-potential-markers-of-disease-progression-and-vascular-dysfunction-across-a-spectrum-of-connective-tissue-disease
#13
E M McCarthy, D Moreno-Martinez, F L Wilkinson, N J McHugh, I N Bruce, J D Pauling, M Y Alexander, B Parker
OBJECTIVE: Microparticles (MPs) are membrane-bound vesicles derived from vascular and intravascular cells such as endothelial cells (EMPs) and platelets (PMPs). We investigated EMP and PMP numbers across a spectrum of autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIRDs) with the aim of comparing the levels of, and relationship between, EMPs and PMPs. METHODS: Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) (n = 24), Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) (n = 24), Primary Raynauds Phenomenon (RP) (n = 17) and "other CTD" (n = 15) (Primary Sjogrens Syndrome, UCTD or MCTD) as well as 15 healthy controls were recruited...
June 2017: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043664/galectin-3-is-an-independent-predictor-of-survival-in-systemic-sclerosis
#14
Réka Faludi, Gabriella Nagy, Margit Tőkés-Füzesi, Krisztina Kovács, László Czirják, András Komócsi
BACKGROUND: Galectin-3 is a beta-galactoside-binding lectin that may be related to tissue sclerosis or aberrant activation of angiogenesis in systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of our study was to determine the associations between galectin-3 levels and patient characteristics, as well as to investigate the long term prognostic value of galectin-3 in a large cohort of SSc patients. METHODS: 152 patients with SSc (55±11years, 138 female) were included in our follow-up study...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043652/lymphocyte-subsets-as-biomarkers-of-therapeutic-response-in-fingolimod-treated-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#15
D Paolicelli, A Manni, M D'Onghia, V Direnzo, P Iaffaldano, S Zoccolella, V Di Lecce, C Tortorella, G Specchia, M Trojano
We investigated, lymphocyte count (LC) and lymphocyte subpopulations (LS) in a real life setting of Fingolimod (FTY) treated Relapsing MS (RMS) patients. Peripheral blood counts with LS, relapses and MRI scans were recorded in a cohort of 119 FTY patients, during one year of treatment. Simple and multivariate logistic regression models, were performed. ROC analysis identified cut-off values of LS predicting a higher risk of relapses and of Gd+ lesions. We demonstrated a FTY-induced re-modulation of the immune system, suggesting that LS in RMS FTY treated patients can predict the clinical response to the drug...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038794/prognostic-role-of-exhaled-breath-condensate-ph-and-fraction-exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-systemic-sclerosis-related-interstitial-lung-disease
#16
Alfredo Guillen-Del Castillo, Sara Sánchez-Vidaurre, Carmen P Simeón-Aznar, María J Cruz, Vicente Fonollosa-Pla, Xavier Muñoz
INTRODUCTION: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is one of the major causes of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc). This study investigated exhaled breath (EB) and exhaled breath condensate (EBC) biomarkers in patients with SSc and analyzed their role as a prognostic tool in SSc-related ILD. METHODS: Fraction exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) measured in EB, together with pH, nitrite, nitrate and interleukin-6 levels measured in EBC were prospectively analyzed in 35 patients with SSc...
December 27, 2016: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028158/comparison-of-change-in-end-tidal-carbon-dioxide-after-three-minutes-of-step-exercise-between-systemic-sclerosis-patients-with-and-without-pulmonary-hypertension
#17
Elana J Bernstein, Jessica K Gordon, Robert F Spiera, Wei-Ti Huang, Evelyn M Horn, Lisa A Mandl
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with SSc. The submaximal heart and pulmonary evaluation (step test) is a non-invasive, submaximal stress test that could be used to identify SSc patients with PH. Our aims were to determine whether change in end tidal carbon dioxide ([Formula: see text]) from rest to end-exercise, and the minute ventilation to carbon dioxide production ratio ([Formula: see text]), both as measured by the step test, differ between SSc patients with and without PH...
January 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013199/na-deposition-in-the-fibrotic-skin-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients-detected-by-23na-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
Christoph Kopp, Christian Beyer, Peter Linz, Anke Dahlmann, Matthias Hammon, Jonathan Jantsch, Patrick Neubert, Daniela Rosenhauer, Dominik N Müller, Alexander Cavallaro, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Georg Schett, Friedrich C Luft, Michael Uder, Jörg H W Distler, Jens Titze
OBJECTIVE: Skin fibrosis is the predominant feature of SSc and arises from excessive extracellular matrix deposition. Glycosaminoglycans are macromolecules of the extracellular matrix, which facilitate Na(+) accumulation in the skin. We used (23)Na-MRI to quantify Na(+) in skin. We hypothesized that skin Na(+) might accumulate in SSc and might be a biomarker for skin fibrosis. METHODS: In this observational case-control study, skin Na(+) was determined by (23)Na-MRI using a Na(+) volume coil in 12 patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc and in 21 control subjects...
December 24, 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994897/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-patient-diagnosed-after-switching-from-natalizumab-to-fingolimod
#19
Tim Sinnecker, Jalal Othman, Marc Kühl, Imke Metz, Thoralf Niendorf, Annett Kunkel, Friedemann Paul, Jens Wuerfel, Juergen Faiss
Background. Natalizumab- (NTZ-) associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a severe and often disabling infectious central nervous system disease that can become evident in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients after NTZ discontinuation. Recently, novel diagnostic biomarkers for the assessment of PML risk in NTZ treated MS patients such as the anti-JC virus antibody index have been reported, and the clinical relevance of milky-way lesions detectable by MRI has been discussed. Case Presentation and Conclusion...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965520/reassessing-the-role-of-the-active-tgf-%C3%AE-1-as-a-biomarker-in-systemic-sclerosis-association-of-serum-levels-with-clinical-manifestations
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Andréa Tavares Dantas, Sayonara Maria Calado Gonçalves, Anderson Rodrigues de Almeida, Rafaela Silva Guimarães Gonçalves, Maria Clara Pinheiro Duarte Sampaio, Kamila de Melo Vilar, Michelly Cristiny Pereira, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Claudia Diniz Lopes Marques, Angela Luzia Branco Pinto Duarte, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta
Objective. To determine active TGF-β1 (aTGF-β1) levels in serum, skin, and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) culture supernatants and to understand their associations with clinical parameters in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. Methods. We evaluated serum samples from 56 SSc patients and 24 healthy controls (HC). In 20 SSc patients, we quantified spontaneous or anti-CD3/CD28 stimulated production of aTGF-β1 by PBMC. The aTGF-β1 levels were measured by ELISA. Skin biopsies were obtained from 13 SSc patients and six HC, and TGFB1 expression was analyzed by RT-PCR...
2016: Disease Markers
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