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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921059/very-early-systemic-sclerosis-and-pre-systemic-sclerosis-definition-recognition-clinical-relevance-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Silvia Bellando-Randone, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The approach to systemic sclerosis (SSc) has changed over the years with an increasing focus on the very early diagnosis of the disease. The terminology identifying patients in the early phase of SSc has been significantly confusing in the last three decades. The purpose of this article is to analyze how the concept of "very early SSc" has evolved over the years, which is the role of an early diagnosis and how early treat patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Several attempts have been made over time, to create more sensitive and specific classification criteria to include the largest number of SSc patients, also in the earliest phase...
September 18, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886177/inflammatory-and-non-inflammatory-monocytes-as-novel-prognostic-biomarkers-of-survival-in-sod1g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Samanta Gasco, Pilar Zaragoza, Alberto García-Redondo, Ana C Calvo, Rosario Osta
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has lately become a suitable scenario to study the interplay between the hematopoietic system and disease progression. Recent studies in C9orf72 null mice have demonstrated that C9orf72 is necessary for the normal function of myeloid cells. In this study, we aimed to analyze in depth the connection between the hematopoietic system and secondary lymphoid (spleen) and non-lymphoid (liver and skeletal muscle) organs and tissues along the disease progression in the transgenic SOD1G93A mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875862/an-update-on-the-role-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-the-pathogenesis-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Marina Boziki, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc-containing endopeptidases, proteins essential to the degradation of various tissue extracellular matrix proteins. Under normal conditions MMPs participate in several physiological processes, both in the developing organism and the adult. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS), affecting primarily young adults. Inflammatory infiltrations of the CNS parenchyma by autoreactive immune cells, that mediate myelin degradation in the form of the demyelination "plaque", are the pathological hallmark of the disease...
September 6, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836191/human-fibrotic-diseases-current-challenges-in-fibrosis-research
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Joel Rosenbloom, Edward Macarak, Sonsoles Piera-Velazquez, Sergio A Jimenez
Human fibrotic diseases constitute a major health problem worldwide owing to the large number of affected individuals, the incomplete knowledge of the fibrotic process pathogenesis, the marked heterogeneity in their etiology and clinical manifestations, the absence of appropriate and fully validated biomarkers, and, most importantly, the current void of effective disease-modifying therapeutic agents. The fibrotic disorders encompass a wide spectrum of clinical entities including systemic fibrotic diseases such as systemic sclerosis (SSc), sclerodermatous graft vs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830236/testing-many-treatments-within-a-single-protocol-over-10%C3%A2-years-at-mrc-clinical-trials-unit-at-ucl-multi-arm-multi-stage-platform-umbrella-and-basket-protocols
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Mahesh Kb Parmar, Fay H Cafferty, Matthew R Sydes, Babak Choodari-Oskooei, Ruth E Langley, Louise Brown, Patrick Pj Phillips, Melissa R Spears, Sam Rowley, Richard Kaplan, Nicholas D James, Timothy Maughan, Nicholas Paton, Patrick J Royston
BACKGROUND: There is real need to change how we do some of our clinical trials, as currently the testing and development process is too slow, too costly and too failure-prone - often we find that a new treatment is no better than the current standard. PURPOSE AND METHODS: Much of the focus on the development and testing pathway has been in improving the design of phase I and II trials. In this paper we present examples of new methods for improving the design of phase III trials (and the necessary lead up to them) as they are the most time-consuming and expensive part of the pathway...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829212/targeting-methionine-cycle-as-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-immune-disorders
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Heng Li, Huimin Lu, Wei Tang, Jianping Zuo
Methionine cycle plays an essential role in regulating many cellular events, especially transmethylation reactions, incorporating the methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM). The transmethylations and substances involved in the cycle have shown complicated effects and mechanisms on immunocytes developments and activations, and exert crucial impacts on the pathological processes in immune disorders. Areas covered: Methionine cycle has been considered as an effective means of drug developments. This review discussed the role of methionine cycle in immune responses and summarized the potential therapeutic strategies based on the cycle, including SAM analogs, methyltransferase inhibitors, S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase (SAHH) inhibitors, adenosine receptors specific agonists or antagonists and homocysteine (Hcy)-lowering reagents, in treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and other immune disorders...
August 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811529/disturbance-of-plasma-lipid-metabolic-profile-in-guillain-barre-syndrome
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Hsiang-Yu Tang, Daniel Tsun-Yee Chiu, Jui-Fen Lin, Cheng-Yu Huang, Kuo-Hsuan Chang, Rong-Kuo Lyu, Long-Sun Ro, Hung-Chou Kuo, Mei-Ling Cheng, Chiung-Mei Chen
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an inflammatory disease of the peripheral nervous system. Given that plasma metabolic profiles in GBS patients have never been explored, plasma samples of 38 GBS patients, 22 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and 40 healthy controls were analyzed by using untargeted and targeted metabolomics analysis. The untargeted analysis showed that levels of a set of plasma lipid metabolites were significantly decreased in GBS patients compared to the controls. Furthermore, the targeted analysis demonstrated that levels of 41 metabolites in GBS patients were significantly changed compared to either the controls or MS patients...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811143/nadph-oxidases-as-drug-targets-and-biomarkers-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-what-is-the-evidence
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REVIEW
Silvia Sorce, Roland Stocker, Tamara Seredenina, Rikard Holmdahl, Adriano Aguzzi, Adriano Chio, Antoine Depaulis, Freddy Heitz, Peter Olofsson, Tomas Olsson, Venceslas Duveau, Despina Sanoudou, Sara Skosgater, Antonia Vlahou, Dominique Wasquel, Karl-Heinz Krause, Vincent Jaquet
Neurodegenerative disease are frequently characterized by microglia activation and/or leukocyte infiltration in the parenchyma of the central nervous system and at the molecular level by increased oxidative modifications of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. NADPH oxidases (NOX) emerged as a novel promising class of pharmacological targets for the treatment of neurodegeneration due to their role in oxidant generation and presumably in regulating microglia activation. The unique function of NOX is the generation of superoxide anion (O2(•-)) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
August 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807667/inhibition-of-beta-catenin-signaling-in-the-skin-rescues-cutaneous-adipogenesis-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-c-82
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Robert Lafyatis, Julio C Mantero, Jessica Gordon, Nina Kishore, Mary Carns, Howard Dittrich, Robert Spiera, Robert W Simms, John Varga
Several studies have suggested that Wnts might contribute to skin fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc) by affecting the differentiation of pluripotent dermal cells. We tested C-82, a therapeutic that inhibits canonical Wnt signaling by blocking the interaction of cAMP Response Element-Binding Protein with β-Catenin and inhibiting Wnt-activated genes. We utilized previously unreported trial design, formulating C-82 for topical application and conducting a placebo controlled, double-blinded clinical trial in which patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc were treated with C-82 or placebo on opposite forearms...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801400/protein-misfolding-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-guanabenz-protocol-for-a-phase-ii-rct-with-futility-design-promise-trial
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Eleonora Dalla Bella, Irene Tramacere, Giovanni Antonini, Giuseppe Borghero, Margherita Capasso, Claudia Caponnetto, Adriano Chiò, Massimo Corbo, Roberto Eleopra, Massimiliano Filosto, Fabio Giannini, Enrico Granieri, Vincenzo La Bella, Christian Lunetta, Jessica Mandrioli, Letizia Mazzini, Sonia Messina, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Gabriele Mora, Nilo Riva, Romana Rizzi, Gabriele Siciliano, Vincenzo Silani, Isabella Simone, Gianni Sorarù, Paolo Volanti, Giuseppe Lauria
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest that endoplasmic reticulum stress may play a critical role in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through an altered regulation of the proteostasis, the cellular pathway-balancing protein synthesis and degradation. A key mechanism is thought to be the dephosphorylation of eIF2α, a factor involved in the initiation of protein translation. Guanabenz is an alpha-2-adrenergic receptor agonist safely used in past to treat mild hypertension and is now an orphan drug...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797111/angiogenic-t-cell-expansion-correlates-with-severity-of-peripheral-vascular-damage-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Mirko Manetti, Sara Pratesi, Eloisa Romano, Silvia Bellando-Randone, Irene Rosa, Serena Guiducci, Bianca Saveria Fioretto, Lidia Ibba-Manneschi, Enrico Maggi, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
The mechanisms underlying endothelial cell injury and defective vascular repair in systemic sclerosis (SSc) remain unclear. Since the recently discovered angiogenic T cells (Tang) may have an important role in the repair of damaged endothelium, this study aimed to analyze the Tang population in relation to disease-related peripheral vascular features in SSc patients. Tang (CD3+CD31+CXCR4+) were quantified by flow cytometry in peripheral blood samples from 39 SSc patients and 18 healthy controls (HC). Circulating levels of the CXCR4 ligand stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1α and proangiogenic factors were assessed in paired serum samples by immunoassay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776347/the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-oral-formulated-tacrolimus-in-mice-with-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Myung Jin Kim, Jung Joon Sung, Seung Hyun Kim, Jeong Min Kim, Gye Sun Jeon, Seog Kyun Mun, Suk Won Ahn
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a T-lymphocyte-mediated autoimmune disease that is characterized by inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). Although many disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are presumed effective in patients with MS, studies on the efficacy and safety of DMTs for preventing MS relapse are limited. Therefore, we tested the immunosuppressive anti-inflammatory effects of oral-formulated tacrolimus (FK506) on MS in a mouse model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The mice were randomly divided into 3 experimental groups: an untreated EAE group, a low-dose tacrolimus-treated EAE group, and a high-dose tacrolimus-treated EAE group...
September 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769926/serum-neuroinflammatory-disease-induced-central-nervous-system-proteins-predict-clinical-onset-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Itay Raphael, Johanna Webb, Francisco Gomez-Rivera, Carol A Chase Huizar, Rishein Gupta, Bernard P Arulanandam, Yufeng Wang, William E Haskins, Thomas G Forsthuber
There is an urgent need in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients to develop biomarkers and laboratory tests to improve early diagnosis, predict clinical relapses, and optimize treatment responses. In healthy individuals, the transport of proteins across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is tightly regulated, whereas, in MS, central nervous system (CNS) inflammation results in damage to neuronal tissues, disruption of BBB integrity, and potential release of neuroinflammatory disease-induced CNS proteins (NDICPs) into CSF and serum...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742871/comprehensive-immune-profiling-reveals-substantial-immune-system-alterations-in-a-subset-of-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Michael P Gustafson, Nathan P Staff, Svetlana Bornschlegl, Greg W Butler, Mary L Maas, Mohamed Kazamel, Adeel Zubair, Dennis A Gastineau, Anthony J Windebank, Allan B Dietz
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with a median lifespan of 2-3 years after diagnosis. There are few meaningful treatments that alter progression in this disease. Preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that neuroinflammation may play a key role in the progression rate of ALS. Despite this, there are no validated biomarkers of neuroinflammation for use in clinical practice or clinical trials. Biomarkers of neuroinflammation could improve patient management, provide new therapeutic targets, and possibly help stratify clinical trial selection and monitoring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730919/an-update-on-biomarker-discovery-and-use-in-systemic-sclerosis
#15
Takashi Matsushita, Kazuhiko Takehara
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by excessive extracellular matrix deposition in the skin and internal organs. Three major abnormalities, autoimmunity, vasculopathy, and fibrosis, are considered to play important roles in the pathophysiology of SSc. SSc is a heterogeneous disease with clinical features, disease progress, therapeutic response, and prognosis. Therefore, identification of biomarkers, which can predict the course of the disease, is required for the progress of clinical practice...
July 25, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721050/the-use-of-natalizumab-for-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Rachel Brandstadter, Ilana Katz Sand
Natalizumab is a monoclonal antibody that acts as an α4 integrin antagonist to prevent leukocyte trafficking into the central nervous system. It is US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Natalizumab demonstrated high efficacy in Phase III trials by reducing the annualized relapse rate, preventing multiple sclerosis (MS) lesion accumulation on magnetic resonance imaging, and decreasing the probability of sustained progression of disability...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720279/metabolomic-analysis-identifies-altered-metabolic-pathways-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Simone Poddighe, Federica Murgia, Lorena Lorefice, Sonia Liggi, Eleonora Cocco, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Luigi Atzori
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system and is characterized by a complex pathogenesis and difficult management. The identification of new biomarkers would be clinically useful for more accurate diagnoses and disease monitoring. Metabolomics, the identification of small endogenous molecules, offers an instantaneous molecular snapshot of the MS phenotype. Here the metabolomic profiles (utilizing plasma from patients with MS) were characterized with a Gas cromatography-mass spectrometry-based platform followed by a multivariate statistical analysis and comparison with a healthy control (HC) population...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713377/th1-and-th17-cells-and-associated-cytokines-discriminate-among-clinically-isolated-syndrome-and-multiple-sclerosis-phenotypes
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Gabriel Arellano, Eric Acuña, Lilian I Reyes, Payton A Ottum, Patrizia De Sarno, Luis Villarroel, Ethel Ciampi, Reinaldo Uribe-San Martín, Claudia Cárcamo, Rodrigo Naves
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, and demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. It is a heterogeneous pathology that can follow different clinical courses, and the mechanisms that underlie the progression of the immune response across MS subtypes remain incompletely understood. Here, we aimed to determine differences in the immunological status among different MS clinical subtypes. Blood samples from untreated patients diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) (n = 21), different clinical forms of MS (n = 62) [relapsing-remitting (RRMS), secondary progressive, and primary progressive], and healthy controls (HCs) (n = 17) were tested for plasma levels of interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-10, TGF-β, IL-17A, and IL-17F by immunoanalysis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702930/personalized-medicine-in-rheumatology-the-paradigm-of-serum-autoantibodies
#19
REVIEW
Silvia Sirotti, Elena Generali, Angela Ceribelli, Natasa Isailovic, Maria De Santis, Carlo Selmi
The sequencing of the human genome is now well recognized as the starting point of personalized medicine. Nonetheless, everyone is unique and can develop different phenotypes of the same disease, despite identical genotypes, as well illustrated by discordant monozygotic twins. To recognize these differences, one of the easiest and most familiar examples of biomarkers capable of identifying and predicting the outcome of patients is represented by serum autoantibodies. In this review, we will describe the concept of personalized medicine and discuss the predictive, prognostic and preventive role of antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA), rare autoantibodies and anti-drug antibodies (ADA), to evaluate how these can help to identify different disease immune phenotypes and to choose the best option for treating and monitoring rheumatic patients in everyday practice...
December 2017: Auto- Immunity Highlights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687351/prevalence-of-anti-nt5c1a-antibodies-in-japanese-patients-with-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases-in-comparison-with-other-patient-cohorts
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Yoshinao Muro, Hirotaka Nakanishi, Masahisa Katsuno, Michihiro Kono, Masashi Akiyama
BACKGROUND: Sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) is usually classified as an idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Although the diagnosis of sIBM is sometimes challenging, recent studies have shown that the autoantibodies against cytosolic 5'-nucleotidase 1A (NT5C1A) are the possible diagnostic biomarker for sIBM. Few reports have shown the frequencies of anti-NT5C1A antibodies in systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) using large cohorts of SARDs. METHODS: Serum samples obtained from 314 patients including dermatomyositis (DM) (n=144), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (n=50), systemic sclerosis (SSc) (n=50), Sjögren's syndrome (SS) (n=50), polymyositis (PM) (n=10) and mixed connective tissue disease (n=10), and healthy controls (n=42) in addition to 10 patients with typical sIBM were analysed for the presence of autoantibodies using full-length recombinant NT5C1A ELISA...
July 4, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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