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biomarkers systemic sclerosis

Nabil K El Ayoubi, Samia J Khoury
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system. Only a few biomarkers are available in MS clinical practice, such as cerebrospinal fluid oligoclonal bands and immunoglobulin index, serum anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies, and serum anti-John Cunningham virus antibodies. Thus, there is a significant unmet need for biomarkers to assess prognosis, response to therapy, or potential treatment complications. Here we describe emerging biomarkers that are in development, focusing on those from peripheral blood...
October 18, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Tomoyuki Masuda, Junko Itoh, Takuya Koide, Yasushi Tomidokoro, Yosuke Takei, Kazuhiro Ishii, Akira Tamaoka
A chronic inflammatory condition may underlie neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). For example, both PD and AD patients show an increase in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) levels in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). TGF-β1 is a cytokine that inhibits inflammation. In the present study, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we tested the hypothesis that the level of TGF-β1 in the CSF of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), or multiple system atrophy-cerebellar subtype (MSA-C) would be elevated compared with that of normal controls...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Yasemin Yalçinkaya, Suzan Çinar, Bahar Artim-Esen, Sevil Kamali, Lale Öcal, Günnur Deniz, Murat Inanç
OBJECTIVES: To determine the relationship between vascular biomarkers reflecting the vascular injury and organ involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Seventy-two SSc patients (66 female) fulfilling 2013 ACR/EULAR Criteria were evaluated. Serum samples of patients were collected for flow-cytometric analysis of sCD40L, tPA, MCP-1, sE-selectin, IL-8, IL-6, VEGF, sP-selectin, TGF-β1 and VCAM levels (Bender MedSystems) in SSc patients and 20 healthy controls...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Amelia Chiara Trombetta, Carmen Pizzorni, Barbara Ruaro, Sabrina Paolino, Alberto Sulli, Vanessa Smith, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: To quantify in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) the absolute nailfold capillary number/mm (the absolute number of capillaries, observable in the first row, in 1 mm per field) and fingertip blood perfusion (FBP) during longterm therapy with the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan (BOSE) and the synthetic analog of prostacyclin PGI2 iloprost (ILO) by multiple diagnostic tools. Observed values were correlated with clinical outcomes. METHODS: Thirty patients with SSc already receiving intravenous ILO (80 μg/day) for 5 continuous days (every 3 mos) were recruited in the clinic...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Zhouwei Xu, Robert David Henderson, Michael David, Pamela Ann McCombe
BACKGROUND: To allow early diagnosis and monitoring of disease progression, there is a need for biomarkers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Neurofilaments (NF) are emerging protein biomarkers in other neurological diseases, and are of possible use in ALS. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the utility of NF levels as blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker in patients with ALS. METHODS: A systematic search of Pubmed, Embase and Scopus was performed...
2016: PloS One
Chen Gu
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Many believe autoimmune pathogenesis plays a key role in MS, but its target(s) remains elusive. A recent study detected autoantibodies against KIR4.1, an ATP-sensitive, inward rectifier potassium channel, in nearly half of the MS patients examined. KIR4.1 channels are expressed in astrocytes. Together with aquaporin 4 (AQP4) water channels, they regulate astrocytic functions vital for myelination. Autoantibodies against AQP4 have been established as a key biomarker for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and contributed to diagnostic and treatment strategy adjustments...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Eliza R Pelrine, Marie-Dominique Ah-Kioon, Meng Zhang, Franck J Barrat, Robert F Spiera, Jessica K Gordon
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by a wide variety of symptoms and disease manifestations including joint pain, gastrointestinal dysfunction, interstitial lung disease, and cardiomyopathy. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: Using the Scleroderma Health Assessment Questionnaire (SHAQ) and Short Form-36 (SF-36) we explored how patient-reported physical health, mental health, and functional status related to these clinical characteristics and to cytokine levels utilizing the Hospital for Special Surgery Scleroderma Registry...
October 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Pekka Poutiainen, Merja Jaronen, Francisco J Quintana, Anna-Liisa Brownell
Non-invasive molecular imaging techniques can enhance diagnosis to achieve successful treatment, as well as reveal underlying pathogenic mechanisms in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The cooperation of advanced multimodal imaging techniques and increased knowledge of the MS disease mechanism allows both monitoring of neuronal network and therapeutic outcome as well as the tools to discover novel therapeutic targets. Diverse imaging modalities provide reliable diagnostic and prognostic platforms to better achieve precision medicine...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Sherry Freiesleben, Michael Hecker, Uwe Klaus Zettl, Georg Fuellen, Leila Taher
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported to contribute to the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system. Here, we propose a new consensus-based strategy to analyse and integrate miRNA and gene expression data in MS as well as other publically available data to gain a deeper understanding of the role of miRNAs in MS and to overcome the challenges posed by studies with limited patient sample sizes. We processed and analysed microarray datasets, and compared the expression of genes and miRNAs in the blood of MS patients and controls...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ye Shu, Qinghua Hu, Hai Long, Christopher Chang, Qianjin Lu, Rong Xiao
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by aberrant immune responses against healthy cells and tissues. However, the exact mechanisms underlying the development of these conditions remain unknown. CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of mature T cells which have an important role in maintaining immune homeostasis and preventing autoimmune diseases. Forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), a member of the fork head transcription factor family, is recognized as a marker of CD4+CD25+ Tregs. The decreased number and/or function of CD4+CD25+ Tregs in peripheral blood and related tissues has been demonstrated in systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases, which are at least partially regulated by epigenetic mechanisms...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Barna Vasarhelyi, Gergely Toldi, Attila Balog
The assessment of the general inflammatory condition of patients with autoimmune connective tissue disorders (ACTD) is a major challenge. The use of traditional inflammatory markers including CRP-levels and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is limited by several preanalytical factors and their low specificities. Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is one of the novel candidate markers that is increasingly used in immune mediated disorders. In our studies we compared suPAR levels of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and ankylosing spondylitis with those of healthy controls...
April 2016: EJIFCC
Lisa M Rice, Julio C Mantero, Giuseppina Stifano, Jessica Ziemek, Robert W Simms, Jessica Gordon, Robyn Domsic, Robert Lafyatis
In this study we systematically investigated alterations in the serum proteome of patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc), and identified differentially expressed proteins that correlated with disease severity. Our goal was to identify a combination of serum proteins that would provide a biological measure for the extent of skin disease and that could be combined into a longitudinal pharmacodynamic biomarker. 16% of the sera proteins analyzed by SOMAscan aptamer technology, from two cohorts of dcSSc patients were identified as differentially regulated between dcSSc and controls, and correlated with the MRSS...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Ji-Qing Chen, Gábor Papp, Péter Szodoray, Margit Zeher
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are single-stranded, endogenous non-coding small RNAs, ranging from 18 to 25 nucleotides in length. Growing evidence suggests that miRNAs are essential in regulating gene expression, cell development, differentiation and function. Autoimmune diseases are a family of chronic systemic inflammatory diseases. Recent findings on miRNA expression profiles have been suggesting their role as biomarkers in autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's syndrome...
September 14, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Teresa Órpez-Zafra, Jose Pavía, Isaac Hurtado-Guerrero, Maria J Pinto-Medel, Jose Luis Rodriguez Bada, Patricia Urbaneja, Margarita Suardíaz, Luisa M Villar, Manuel Comabella, Xavier Montalban, Jose C Alvarez-Cermeño, Laura Leyva, Óscar Fernández, Begoña Oliver-Martos
BACKGROUND: The soluble isoform of the interferon-β (IFN-β) receptor (sIFNAR2) could modulate the activity of both endogenous and systemically administered IFN-β. Previously, we described lower serum sIFNAR2 levels in untreated multiple sclerosis (MS) than in healthy controls (HCs). OBJECTIVE: To assess sIFNAR2 levels in a new cohort of MS patients and HCs, as well as in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and with other inflammatory neurological disorders (OIND) and to assess its ability as a diagnostic biomarker...
September 9, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Svetlana Hakobyan, Sebastian Luppe, David Rs Evans, Katharine Harding, Samantha Loveless, Neil P Robertson, B Paul Morgan
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) are autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. Although distinguished by clinicoradiological and demographic features, early manifestations can be similar complicating management. Antibodies against aquaporin-4 support the diagnosis of NMOSD but are negative in some patients. Therefore, there is unmet need for biomarkers that enable early diagnosis and disease-specific intervention...
September 9, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
A Nordin, E Svenungsson, L Björnådal, K Elvin, A Larsson, K Jensen-Urstad
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac manifestations in systemic sclerosis (SSc) are associated with poor prognosis. Few studies have investigated cardiac troponins in SSc. We studied the relationships between echocardiographic abnormalities, cardiac biomarkers, and disease manifestations in a population-based cohort of patients with SSc and controls. METHOD: The study comprised 110 patients with SSc and 105 age- and sex-matched population-based controls. We examined ventricular function, heart valves, and estimated pulmonary arterial pressure (ePAP) by echocardiography in all participants...
September 7, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Benjamin Knier, Paul Schmidt, Lilian Aly, Dorothea Buck, Achim Berthele, Mark Mühlau, Claus Zimmer, Bernhard Hemmer, Thomas Korn
Assessment of inflammatory disease activity during multiple sclerosis is crucial for selecting appropriate disease-modifying therapies. Previous studies suggested that the retinal inner nuclear layer reflects inflammatory disease severity within the central nervous system. In our study, correlations of longitudinal retinal layer changes as measured by retinal optical coherence tomography with ongoing disease activity were evaluated in 108 multiple sclerosis patients without therapy, on first-line therapy, or on second-line therapy...
August 30, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
G Grolez, C Moreau, V Danel-Brunaud, C Delmaire, R Lopes, P F Pradat, M M El Mendili, L Defebvre, D Devos
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects the motor system. A number of potentially neuroprotective and neurorestorative disease-modifying drugs are currently in clinical development. At present, the evaluation of a drug's clinical efficacy in ALS is based on the ALS Functional Rating Scale Revised, motor tests and survival. However, these endpoints are general, variable and late-stage measures of the ALS disease process and thus require the long-term assessment of large cohorts...
2016: BMC Neurology
Klara Piletič, Tanja Kunej
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that act as important regulators of gene expression as part of the epigenetic machinery. In addition to posttranscriptional gene silencing by miRNAs, the epigenetic mechanisms also include DNA methylation, histone modifications and their crosstalk. Epigenetic modifications were reported to play an important role in many disease onsets and progressions and can be used to explain several features of complex diseases, such as late onset and fluctuation of symptoms. However, miRNAs not only function as a part of epigenetic machinery, but are also epigenetically modified by DNA methylation and histone modification like any other protein-coding gene...
October 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Alessandro Didonna, Egle Cekanaviciute, Jorge R Oksenberg, Sergio E Baranzini
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system characterized by focal lymphocytic infiltration, demyelination and neurodegeneration. Despite the recent advances in understanding MS molecular basis, no reliable biomarkers have been identified yet to monitor disease progression. Our group has previously reported that low levels of TOB1 in CD4(+) T cells are strongly associated with a higher risk of MS conversion in individuals experiencing an initial demyelinating event. Consistently, Tob1 ablation in mice exacerbates the clinical phenotype of the MS model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
2016: Scientific Reports
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