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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323906/flt-1-gene-polymorphisms-and-protein-expression-profile-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Agnieszka Paradowska-Gorycka, Anna Sowinska, Andrzej Pawlik, Damian Malinowski, Barbara Stypinska, Ewa Haladyj, Katarzyna Romanowska-Prochnicka, Marzena Olesinska
OBJECTIVES: Inflammation and angiogenesis are a significant element of pathogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The FLT-1- triggering factor for production of proinflammatory cytokines-might contributes to inflammation in patients with RA. Association of the FLT-1 polymorphisms with different "angiogenic diseases" suggests that it may be a novel genetic risk factor also for RA. The aim of the study was to identify FLT-1 genetic variants and their possible association with sFLT-1 levels, susceptibility to and severity of RA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315470/the-nitric-oxide-synthase-2-pathway-is-targeted-by-both-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-treatments-in-the-immature-human-intestine
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Emanuela Ferretti, Eric Tremblay, Marie-Pier Thibault, David Grynspan, Karolina M Burghardt, Marcos Bettolli, Corentin Babakissa, Emile Levy, Jean-François Beaulieu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: NO synthase 2 (NOS2) was recently identified as one the most overexpressed genes in intestinal samples of premature infants with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NOS2 is widely implicated in the processes of epithelial cell injury/apoptosis and host immune defense but its specific role in inflammation of the immature human intestinal mucosa remains unclear. Interestingly, factors that prevent NEC such as epidermal growth factor (EGF) attenuate the inflammatory response in the mid-gestation human small intestine using serum-free organ culture while drugs that are associated with NEC occurrence such as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, indomethacin (INDO), exert multiple detrimental effects on the immature human intestine...
March 14, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296337/anti-carbamylated-protein-antibodies-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-are-reactive-to-specific-epitopes-of-the-human-fibrinogen-%C3%AE-chain
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Jonathan D Jones, B JoNell Hamilton, William F C Rigby
OBJECTIVE: Anti-carbamylated protein antibodies (ACarPA) are associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk and severity and are primarily directed against fibrinogen. The lack of understanding of ACarPA reactivity has limited analysis of their immunopathogenic associations in RA. To address this shortcoming, we mapped ACarPA epitope reactivity in RA patient sera. METHODS: Immunoblotting identified a patient serum with specific reactivity to carbamylated human fibrinogen β-chain...
March 15, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274276/treatment-with-l-citrulline-in-patients-with-post-polio-syndrome-study-protocol-for-a-single-center-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-trial
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Simone Schmidt, Vanya Gocheva, Thomas Zumbrunn, Daniela Rubino-Nacht, Ulrike Bonati, Dirk Fischer, Patricia Hafner
BACKGROUND: Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute infection by the Poliomyelitis virus. Most often, patients who suffered from polio start to experience gradual new weakening in muscles, a gradual decrease in the size of muscles (muscle atrophy) and fatigue years after the acute illness. L-citrulline is known to change muscular metabolism synthesis by raising nitric oxide (NO) levels and increasing protein synthesis...
March 9, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272695/the-glucocorticoid-inhibits-neutrophils-formed-extracellular-traps-nets-and-suppresses-the-inflammation-caused-by-fallopian-tube-staphylococcal-infection
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S-X Luan, X-H Chen
OBJECTIVE: Fallopian tube can transport zygote into the uterine cavity, while inflammation may cause certain influences on the fallopian tube's function. Neutrophils formed extracellular traps (NET) can kill pathogenic microorganisms. This study intends to analyze the role of glucocorticoid in the regulation of NETs sterilization during the fallopian tube staphylococcal infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rat fallopian tube staphylococcal infection model was established...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263098/type-iii-interferons-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-correlation-between-interferon-lambda-1-interleukin-29-and-antimutated-citrullinated-vimentin-antibody-levels
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Diana Castillo-Martínez, Maribel Juarez, Mariana Patlán, Araceli Páez, Felipe Massó, Luis M Amezcua-Guerra
AIM: To assess serum type III or lambda (λ) interferons (IFN) levels and its clinical and laboratory associations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A cross-sectional study including 43 patients with RA (86% females; age 45.3 ± 10.3 years) and 43 healthy individuals was performed. Clinical data including disease activity, acute-phase reactants, rheumatoid factor and anticyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies were collected. Serum IFNλ1, IFNλ2, IFNλ3, CXCL8 and anti-mutated citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV) antibody levels were measured...
March 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261958/rate-of-positive-autoimmune-markers-in-human-t-lymphotropic-virus-type-1-carriers-a-case-control-study-from-iran
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Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Mohammad Reza Hedayati-Moghaddam, Meysam Habibi, Farzad Mollahosseini, Houshang Rafatpanah, Rahele Miri, MohammadReza Hatef Fard, Maryam Sahebari
AIM: Human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection with high prevalence in the north-east of Iran, particularly in Mashhad, can lead to adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) and a variety of autoimmune diseases. The aim of the study was to examine the presence of autoimmune markers in HTLV carries. METHODS: Serum samples were obtained from blood donors in Mashhad, northeastern Iran. One hundred and five HTLV-1 positive (cases) and 104 age- and sex-matched HTLV-1 negative donors (controls) were assessed for presence of serum autoimmune markers by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
March 5, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215033/anti-mutated-citrullinated-vimentin-antibodies-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-diagnostic-value-and-relationship-with-clinical-features
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Cristiano Alessandri, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Fabrizio Conti, Carlo Perricone, Elena Ortona, Monica Pendolino, Antonella Capozzi, Federica Delunardo, Riccardo Mancini, Simona Truglia, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Maurizio Sorice, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Guido Valesini
Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) are a heterogeneous group of autoantibodies essential for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) but do not predict clinical manifestations or disease progression. Hence, the co-presence of other antibodies may prove useful. Autoimmunity directed toward vimentin and other citrullinated peptides was established in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in other autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have previously described the presence of autoantibodies directed against vimentin/cardiolipin complex in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), but there are no data on the role of citrullinated vimentin in APS...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182854/anti-citrullinated-protein-antibodies-are-associated-with-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-the-sputum-in-relatives-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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M Kristen Demoruelle, Kylie K Harrall, Linh Ho, Monica M Purmalek, Nickie L Seto, Heather M Rothfuss, Michael H Weisman, Joshua J Solomon, Aryeh Fischer, Yuko Okamoto, Lindsay B Kelmenson, Mark C Parish, Marie Feser, Chelsie Fleischer, Courtney Anderson, Michael Mahler, Jill M Norris, Mariana J Kaplan, Brian D Cherrington, V Michael Holers, Kevin D Deane
OBJECTIVES: Studies suggest that rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-related autoimmunity is initiated at a mucosal site. However, the factors associated with the mucosal generation of this autoimmunity are unknown, especially in individuals who are at-risk for future RA. Therefore, we tested anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies in the sputum of RA-free first-degree relatives (FDRs) of RA patients and patients with classifiable RA. METHODS: We evaluated induced sputum and serum from 67 FDRs and 20 RA subjects for anti-CCP-IgA and anti-CCP-IgG, with cut-off levels for positivity determined in a control population...
February 9, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178400/levels-of-l-arginine-and-l-citrulline-in-patients-with-erectile-dysfunction-of-different-etiology
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A Barassi, M M Corsi Romanelli, R Pezzilli, C A L Damele, L Vaccalluzzo, G Goi, N Papini, G M Colpi, L Massaccesi, G V Melzi d'Eril
Nitric oxide is a physiologic signal essential to penile erection. l-citrulline (l-Cit) is converted into l-arginine (l-Arg), the precursor from which nitric oxide is generated. The level of l-Arg and l-Cit in the field of male sexual function remains relatively underexplored. The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of serum l-Arg and of l-Cit in a group of patients with erectile dysfunction. Diagnosis and severity of erectile dysfunction was based on the IIEF-5 and its etiology was classified as arteriogenic (A-ED), borderline (BL-ED), and non-arteriogenic (NA-ED) with penile echo-color-Doppler in basal condition and after intracaversous injection of prostaglandin E1...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164544/clinical-significance-of-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-and-inflammatory-factors-for-the-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Li Yunchun, Wang Yue, Fang Z Jun, Su Qizhu, Ding Liumei
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the significance of red blood cell distribution width (RDW) and other factors for the disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Each patient underwent clinical examination and blood sampling for assessment of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), hemoglobin concentration (Hb), hematocrit (HCT), RDW, and other erythrocyte parameters (mean corpuscular volume [MCV], mean cell Hb [MCH], mean corpuscular Hb concentration [MCHC])...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154345/elevated-serum-levels-of-interleukin-29-are-associated-with-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-anti-cyclic-citrullinated-peptide-antibodies
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Qiong-Jie Chang, Cheng Lv, Feng Zhao, Ting-Shuang Xu, Ping Li
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that may lead to progressive joint destruction. The anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody is an essential marker for the diagnosis of RA and has a crucial role in the bone destruction in RA. Recent studies have shown that interleukin (IL)-29, a vital member of type III interferon (IFN) family, could enhance proinflammatory cytokine production and might be involved in the joint destruction in RA. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to examine the role of IL-29 in RA patients with anti-CCP antibodies...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141917/enhanced-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-activity-in-peripheral-blood-b-lymphocytes-of-autoimmune-disease-patients
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Odilia B J Corneth, Gwenny M P Verstappen, Sandra M J Paulissen, Marjolein J W de Bruijn, Jasper Rip, Melanie Lukkes, Jan Piet van Hamburg, Erik Lubberts, Hendrika Bootsma, Frans G M Kroese, Rudi W Hendriks
OBJECTIVE: Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) transmits crucial survival signals from the B cell receptor (BCR) in B cells. Pharmacological BTK inhibition effectively diminishes disease symptoms in mouse models of autoimmunity and, conversely, transgenic BTK overexpression induces systemic autoimmunity in mice. We investigated BTK expression and activity in human B cells in the context of autoimmune disease. METHODS: Using intracellular flow cytometry, we quantified BTK expression and phosphorylation in peripheral blood B cell subsets in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA; n=30) and primary Sjogren's Syndrome (pSS; n=26) and matched healthy controls...
January 31, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128853/protein-arginine-deiminase-4-inhibition-is-sufficient-for-the-amelioration-of-collagen-induced-arthritis
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V C Willis, N K Banda, K N Cordova, P E Chandra, W H Robinson, D C Cooper, D Lugo, G Mehta, S Taylor, P P Tak, R K Prinjha, H D Lewis, V M Holers
Citrullination of joint proteins by the protein arginine deiminase (PAD) family of enzymes is recognized increasingly as a key process in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. This present study was undertaken to explore the efficacy of a novel PAD4-selective inhibitor, GSK199, in the murine collagen-induced arthritis model of rheumatoid arthritis. Mice were dosed daily from the time of collagen immunization with GSK199. Efficacy was assessed against a wide range of end-points, including clinical disease scores, joint histology and immunohistochemistry, serum and joint citrulline levels and quantification of synovial autoantibodies using a proteomic array containing joint peptides...
January 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123936/metabolomic-profiling-identifies-potential-pathways-involved-in-the-interaction-of-iron-homeostasis-with-glucose-metabolism
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Lars Stechemesser, Sebastian K Eder, Andrej Wagner, Wolfgang Patsch, Alexandra Feldman, Michael Strasser, Simon Auer, David Niederseer, Ursula Huber-Schönauer, Bernhard Paulweber, Stephan Zandanell, Sandra Ruhaltinger, Daniel Weghuber, Elisabeth Haschke-Becher, Christoph Grabmer, Eva Rohde, Christian Datz, Thomas K Felder, Elmar Aigner
OBJECTIVE: Elevated serum ferritin has been linked to type 2 diabetes (T2D) and adverse health outcomes in subjects with the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). As the mechanisms underlying the negative impact of excess iron have so far remained elusive, we aimed to identify potential links between iron homeostasis and metabolic pathways. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, data were obtained from 163 patients, allocated to one of three groups: (1) lean, healthy controls (n = 53), (2) MetS without hyperferritinemia (n = 54) and (3) MetS with hyperferritinemia (n = 56)...
January 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122695/environmental-enteric-dysfunction-is-associated-with-carnitine-deficiency-and-altered-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Richard D Semba, Indi Trehan, Ximin Li, Ruin Moaddel, M Isabel Ordiz, Kenneth M Maleta, Klaus Kraemer, Michelle Shardell, Luigi Ferrucci, Mark Manary
BACKGROUND: Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), a condition characterized by small intestine inflammation and abnormal gut permeability, is widespread in children in developing countries and a major cause of growth failure. The pathophysiology of EED remains poorly understood. METHODS: We measured serum metabolites using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in 400 children, aged 12-59months, from rural Malawi. Gut permeability was assessed by the dual-sugar absorption test...
January 18, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118534/disease-associated-anti-citrullinated-protein-memory-b-cells-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-persist-in-clinical-remission
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Adam J Pelzek, Caroline Grönwall, Pamela Rosenthal, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Mandy McGeachy, Larry Moreland, William F C Rigby, Gregg J Silverman
OBJECTIVE: In RA, autoreactive B cells are pathogenic drivers and sources of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) that serve as a diagnostic biomarker and predictor of worse long-term prognosis. Yet the immunobiologic significance of persistent ACPA production at a cellular level is poorly understood. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study of RA patients, we investigated for the presence of continued defects in immune homeostasis as a function of disease activity...
January 24, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117013/gray-scale-and-power-doppler-ultrasonographic-findings-in-the-assessment-of-disease-activity-and-their-correlation-with-disease-activity-parameters-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sandeep Jindal, Reshma Kaushik, Shailendra Raghuvanshi, Rajeev Mohan Kaushik, Rajesh Kakkar
OBJECTIVES: To study the utility of gray scale and power Doppler ultrasonography in assessing the disease activity and correlation of ultrasonographic findings with disease activity parameters in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 100 RA patients diagnosed as per 2010 classification criteria. Rheumatoid factor (RF), serum anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), disease activity score with 28-joint counts and ESR (DAS28-ESR), visual analogue scale (VAS) for global disease activity and gray scale ultrasonography (GSUS) and power Doppler ultrsonography (PDUS) scores in hands and wrists were determined...
January 19, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108005/in-vitro-allogeneic-immune-cell-response-to-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-derived-from-human-adipose-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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P Usha Shalini, J V S Vidyasagar, Lakshmi Kumari Kona, Meenakshi Ponnana, Lakshmi Kiran Chelluri
We investigated the regulatory activity of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) (n=10) towards immune cells in a cohort of 84 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, 36 apparently healthy controls. We co-cultured MSCs with lymphocyte subsets of T, B, and T regulatory cells (Tregs). Levels of the pro- and anti-inflammatory markers (tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interferon gamma (IFN-γ), and interleukin-10 (IL-10)) were estimated in serum and co-culture supernatants. The study revealed a two-fold increase in the proportion of Tregs and an increased level of CD4(+)CD25(+)FoxP3...
January 12, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107167/activity-of-the-liver-enzyme-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-otc-in-blood-lc-ms-ms-assay-for-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-ornithine-carbamoyltransferase-deficiency
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Jakub Krijt, Jitka Sokolová, Pavel Ješina, Lenka Dvořáková, Martin Řeboun, Katarína Brennerová, Martin Mistrík, Jiří Zeman, Tomáš Honzík, Viktor Kožich
BACKGROUND: Liver enzymes are released from hepatocytes into circulation and their activity can be measured in the blood. We examined whether the plasma activity of the liver enzyme ornithine carbamoyltransferase, determined by a novel liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay, could be utilized for the detection of OTC deficiency (OTCD), an X-linked inborn error of the urea cycle. METHODS: The plasma ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTC) activity was assayed in the reverse reaction using isotopically labeled citrulline-d4 as a substrate and by determination of the product, ornithine-d4, by LC-MS/MS analysis...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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