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O A Antelava, E L Nasonov
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are rare autoimmune diseases with inflammatory lesions in skeletal muscles. They include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, juvenile myositis and inclusion body myositis. These are clinically and immunologically heterogeneous conditions differently responding to therapy. The authors consider the main manifestations of polymyositis/dermatomyositis and principal differences between them. Therapy is based on the prescription of glucocorticoids in combination with immunesuppressors...
2014: Klinicheskaia Meditsina
Roger A Levy, Francisco Assis de Andrade, Ivan Foeldvari
Autoimmune uveitis (AIU) is among the leading causes of preventable blindness. It can be isolated, precede, or appear in the course of a systemic autoimmune inflammatory disease. When suspected, AIU should be promptly referred to an ophthalmologist for proper anatomic classification and local treatment. In recurrent and chronic forms, systemic treatment should be started, usually with corticosteroids and immunesuppressors. In cases of lack of efficacy or intolerance, biologic agents such as monoclonal antibodies anti-TNF (infliximab and adalimumab) and others (abatacept and tocilizumab) are being used...
October 2011: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Benedetta Mazzanti, Tiziana Biagioli, Alessandra Aldinucci, Guido Cavaletti, Ennio Cavalletti, Norberto Oggioni, Maura Frigo, Stefania Rota, Elena Tagliabue, Clara Ballerini, Luca Massacesi, Paolo Riccio, Francesco Lolli
Pixantrone is an immunesuppressor similar to mitoxantrone but with lower cardiotoxicity. We evaluated the effect of pixantrone on B cells and lymphomononuclear cells in the course of acute EAE. Pixantrone reduced the number of B cells and suppressed myelin basic protein (MBP) specific IgG production. In vitro, pixantrone induced apoptosis of rat B lymphocytes in a way similar to mitoxantrone. In addition, pixantrone inhibited antigen specific and mitogen induced lymphomononuclear cell proliferation, as well as IFN-gamma production, during EAE...
November 2005: Journal of Neuroimmunology
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