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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324260/plasma-leptin-but-not-resistin-tnf-%C3%AE-and-adiponectin-is-associated-with-echocardiographic-parameters-of-cardiac-remodeling-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Anca Daniela Farcaş, Adriana Rusu, Mirela Anca Stoia, Luminiţa Animarie Vida-Simiti
The aim of this research was to assess the relationship between plasma adiponectin, leptin, resistin, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) levels and echocardiographic parameters of ventricular remodeling in patients with coronary artery disease, without acute myocardial infarction. The study population consisted of 49 patients with echocardiographic measurements performed. After adjustment for age, gender, body mass index, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and glycaemia, adiponectin was statistically significant associated with interventricular septum thickness (β = -0...
January 8, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323773/direct-fiber-reinforced-interim-fixed-partial-dentures-six-year-survival-study
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Luciana Maria Goguta, Adrian Candea, Diana Lungeanu, Mirela Frandes, Anca Jivanescu
PURPOSE: Mechanical and optical studies of glass fiber composites have revealed great resistance and satisfactory bonds between the glass fibers and composite resins. This study aimed to evaluate the long-term survival of anterior and posterior direct glass fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) fixed partial dentures (FPD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-three patients (9 men, 14 women) aged 18 to 67 received 23 d-FRC-FPDs. The frameworks of the FPDs were unidirectional pre-impregnated glass fibers (ever Stick C&B)...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317827/optimal-management-of-cogan-s-syndrome-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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REVIEW
Vittorio D'Aguanno, Massimo Ralli, Marco de Vincentiis, Antonio Greco
Cogan's syndrome (CS) is a rare disorder characterized by nonsyphilitic interstitial keratitis (IK) and audio-vestibular symptoms. CS affects mainly young Caucasian adults, mostly during their first three decades of age, and may develop into typical and atypical variants. Typical CS manifests primarily with IK and hearing loss, whereas atypical CS usually presents with inflammatory ocular manifestations in association with audio-vestibular symptoms but mostly different Ménière-like symptoms and, more frequently, with systemic inflammation (70%), of which vasculitis is the pathogenic mechanism...
2018: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310566/analysis-of-oxidative-stress-related-markers-in-critically-ill-polytrauma-patients-an-observational-prospective-single-center-study
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Mihai Sandesc, Alexandru Florin Rogobete, Ovidiu Horea Bedreag, Anca Dinu, Marius Papurica, Carmen Alina Cradigati, Mirela Sarandan, Sonia Elena Popovici, Lavinia Melania Bratu, Tiberiu Bratu, Adrian Tudor Stan, Dorel Sandesc
Critically ill polytrauma patients have increased production of free radicals (FRs) and consequent alterations in biochemical pathways, as well as disruption of cellular integrity, due to increased lipid peroxidation. The aim of this study was to investigate several biomarkers associated with increased oxidative stress in critically ill polytrauma patients, and to evaluate the effect of antioxidant treatment on the clinical outcome in these patients. A total of 67 polytrauma patients from an intensive care unit met the selection criteria...
January 9, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275837/plasticity-and-heterogeneity-of-th17-in-immune-mediated-kidney-diseases
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REVIEW
Christian F Krebs, Ulf Panzer
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmatic antibody (ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis, anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) glomerulonephritis and lupus nephritis are the most common causes of rapid progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) in the Western world. These aggressive forms of autoimmune kidney diseases significantly contribute to end-stage renal disease and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Moreover, patients show significant heterogeneity with respect to clinical outcome and response to therapy...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236090/novel-hydrogel-advanced-modified-clay-nanocomposites-as-possible-vehicles-for-drug-delivery-and-controlled-release
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Raluca Ianchis, Claudia M Ninciuleanu, Ioana C Gifu, Elvira Alexandrescu, Raluca Somoghi, Augusta R Gabor, Silviu Preda, Cristina L Nistor, Sabina Nitu, Cristian Petcu, Madalina Icriverzi, Paula E Florian, Anca M Roseanu
Present study refers to the synthesis of new advanced materials based on poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) with previously reported own advanced modified clays by edge covalent bonding. This will create the premises to obtain nanocomposite hydrogels with combined hydrophilic-hydrophobic behavior absolutely necessary for co-delivery of polar/nonpolar substances. For the synthesis, N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide was used as cross-linker and ammonium persulphate as initiator. As a consequence of the inclusion of clay into the polymer matrix and the intercalation of PMAA between the layers as well as the presence of hydrophobic interactions occurred between partners, the final hydrogel nanocomposites possessed greater swelling degrees, slower de-swelling process and enhanced mechanical properties depending on the clay type in comparison with pure hydrogel...
December 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224833/hemostasis-and-lipoprotein-indices-signify-exacerbated-lung-injury-in-tuberculosis-with-diabetes-comorbidity
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Zhengwei Dong, Jingyun Shi, Anca Dorhoi, Jie Zhang, Adiilah K Soodeen-Lalloo, Wenlin Chen, Hongyun Yin, Wei Sha, Weitong Li, Ruijuan Zheng, Zhonghua Liu, Hua Yang, Lianhua Qin, Jie Wang, Xiaochen Huang, Chunyan Wu, Stefan H E Kaufmann, Yonghong Feng
BACKGROUND: Exacerbated immunopathology is a frequent consequence of tuberculosis (TB) that is complicated by diabetes mellitus (DM), yet the underlying mechanisms are still poorly defined. METHODS: In the two groups of age- and gender-matched TB patients with (DM-TB) and without DM (NDM-TB), we microscopically evaluated the areas of caseous necrosis and graded the extent of perinecrotic fibrosis in lung biopsies from the sputum smear-negative (SN) patients. We scored acid-fast bacilli in smear-positive (SP) patients and compiled computed tomography data from both SN-TB and SP-TB patients...
December 7, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211697/cocaine-levamisole-associated-autoimmune-syndrome-a-disease-of-neutrophil-mediated-autoimmunity
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Michael J Cascio, Kuang-Yu Jen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Levamisole was previously used for its immunomodulatory properties to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. However, because of serious side-effects, it was taken off the market in the United States. Recently, levamisole has reemerged as a popular cocaine adulterant. Some individuals who consume levamisole-adulterated cocaine can develop a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome. In this review, the medical consequences of levamisole exposure and postulated mechanisms by which levamisole induces these adverse effects are discussed...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152681/trichothecenes-immunomodulatory-effects-mechanisms-and-anti-cancer-potential
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REVIEW
Qinghua Wu, Xu Wang, Eugenie Nepovimova, Anca Miron, Qianying Liu, Yun Wang, Dongxiao Su, Hualin Yang, Li Li, Kamil Kuca
Paradoxically, trichothecenes have both immunosuppressive and immunostimulatory effects. The underlying mechanisms have not been fully explored. Early studies show that dose, exposure timing, and the time at which immune function is assessed influence whether trichothecenes act in an immunosuppressive or immunostimulatory fashion. Recent studies suggest that the immunomodulatory function of trichothecenes is also actively shaped by competing cell-survival and death-signaling pathways. Autophagy may also promote trichothecene immunosuppression, although the mechanism may be complicated...
November 20, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141676/platelets-are-activated-in-anca-associated-vasculitis-via-thrombin-pars-pathway-and-can-activate-the-alternative-complement-pathway
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Di Miao, Dan-Yang Li, Min Chen, Ming-Hui Zhao
BACKGROUND: In this study, we investigated the mechanism of platelet activation in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), as well as the activation of the alternative complement pathway by platelets in AAV. METHODS: CD62P and platelet-leukocyte aggregates in AAV patients were tested by flow cytometry. Platelets were stimulated by plasma from active AAV patients. The effect of the thrombin-protease-activated receptors (PARs) pathway was evaluated by blocking thrombin or PAR1 antagonists...
November 15, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128969/in-vasculitis-of-small-muscular-arteries-activation-of-vessel-infiltrating-cd8-t-cells-seems-to-be-antigen-independent
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Mikiko Kobayashi, Eisaku Ogawa, Ryuhei Okuyama, Hiroyuki Kanno
The etiology of polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and localized PAN is still unknown, although a T cell-mediated immune mechanism has been considered. CD8 T cells participate not only in the antigen-dependent adaptive immune system, but also in the antigen-independent innate immune system. Non-antigen-activated CD8 T cells express a unique phenotype: granzyme B (GrB) positive /CD25 negative /programmed death-1 (PD-1) negative. The aims of this study were to assess the participation of T cells, especially innate CD8 T cells, in the development of vasculitis...
November 11, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106439/increased-diastolic-blood-pressure-is-associated-with-mri-biomarkers-of-dementia-related-brain-pathology-in-normative-ageing
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Christopher J McNeil, Phyo Kyaw Myint, Anca-Larisa Sandu, John F Potter, Roger Staff, Lawrence J Whalley, Alison D Murray
Background: hypertension is a risk for brain ageing, but the mechanisms underlying this effect remain unclear. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detected biomarkers of brain ageing include white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), a marker of cerebrovascular disease, and hippocampal volume, a marker of Alzheimer's disease pathology. Objective: to examine relationships between blood pressure (BP) components and brain pathology in older adults. Subjects: two hundred and twenty-seven members of the Aberdeen 1936 Birth Cohort between ages 64 and 68 years...
January 1, 2018: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100671/-nettling-the-host-breaking-of-tolerance-in-chronic-inflammation-and-chronic-infection
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REVIEW
Sladjana Skopelja-Gardner, Jonathan D Jones, William F C Rigby
How and why we break tolerance to self-proteins still remains a largely unanswered question. Neutrophils have been identified as a rich source of autoantigens in a wide array of autoimmune diseases that arise as a consequence of different environmental and genetic factors, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, vasculitis, cystic fibrosis (CF) etc. Specifically, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation has been identified as a link between innate and adaptive immune responses in autoimmunity. Autoantigens including neutrophil granular proteins (targeted by anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, ANCA) as well as post-translationally modified proteins, i...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082297/distinct-pathogenesis-in-nonsystemic-vasculitic-neuropathy-and-microscopic-polyangiitis
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Mie Takahashi, Haruki Koike, Shohei Ikeda, Yuichi Kawagashira, Masahiro Iijima, Atsushi Hashizume, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanisms of vasculitis in nonsystemic vasculitic neuropathy (NSVN) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), focusing on complement- and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated pathogenesis. METHODS: Sural nerve biopsy specimens taken from twenty-four patients with NSVN and 37 with MPA-associated neuropathy (MPAN) were examined. Twenty-two patients in the MPAN group tested positive for ANCA. RESULTS: Immunostaining for complement component C3d deposition showed more frequent positive staining of epineurial small vessels in NSVN than in MPAN (p = 0...
November 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078325/necroptosis-controls-net-generation-and-mediates-complement-activation-endothelial-damage-and-autoimmune-vasculitis
#15
Adrian Schreiber, Anthony Rousselle, Jan Ulrich Becker, Anne von Mässenhausen, Andreas Linkermann, Ralph Kettritz
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) constitutes life-threatening autoimmune diseases affecting every organ, including the kidneys, where they cause necrotizing crescentic glomerulonephritis. ANCA activates neutrophils and activated neutrophils damage the endothelium, leading to vascular inflammation and necrosis. Better understanding of neutrophil-mediated AAV disease mechanisms may reveal novel treatment strategies. Here we report that ANCA induces neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) via receptor-interacting protein kinase (RIPK) 1/3- and mixed-lineage kinase domain-like (MLKL)-dependent necroptosis...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061248/involvement-of-the-peripheral-nervous-system-in-polyarteritis-nodosa-and-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibodies-associated-vasculitis
#16
REVIEW
John B Imboden
Peripheral nerve involvement is common in polyarteritis nodosa and the antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitides. The underlying mechanism is arteritis of the vasa nervorum, leading to ischemic neuropathy. The classic presentation is stepwise involvement of peripheral nerves with ongoing antecedent constitutional symptoms. This article reviews the pathologic findings, clinical syndromes, diagnosis, and treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitides.
November 2017: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055004/stat4-regulates-the-cd8-regulatory-t-cell-t-follicular-helper-cell-axis-and-promotes-atherogenesis-in-insulin-resistant-ldlr-mice
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Parésa L Taghavie-Moghadam, Tayab C Waseem, Julian Hattler, Lindsey M Glenn, Anca D Dobrian, Mark H Kaplan, Yi Yang, Roza Nurieva, Jerry L Nadler, Elena V Galkina
The metabolic syndrome and diabetic conditions support atherosclerosis, but the exact mechanisms for accelerated atherogenesis remain unclear. Although the proinflammatory role of STAT4 in atherosclerosis and diet-induced insulin resistance (IR) was recently established, the impact of STAT4 on atherogenesis in conditions of IR is not known. In this study, we generated Stat4(-/-)Ldlr(-/-) mice that were fed a diabetogenic diet with added cholesterol (DDC). DDC-fed Stat4(-/-)Ldlr(-/-) mice demonstrated improved glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, and a 36% reduction in atherosclerosis compared with Ldlr(-/-) controls...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043147/a-case-report-of-paraproteinemia-associated-pauci-immune-glomerulonephritis-a-new-form-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-renal-significance
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Robert Rope, Neeraja Kambham, Neiha Arora
BACKGROUND: Renal disease associated with paraproteinemias is classically predicated upon pathologic paraprotein deposition in the kidney. However, growing evidence suggests that paraproteins may be able to systemically activate complement or neutrophils to drive renal damage. This may provide an alternative pathologic mechanism for renal injury in rare cases. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a patient with crescentic pauci-immune glomerulonephritis presenting with rapidly progressive renal failure, polyarthropathy, and a purpuric rash in association with a monoclonal immunoglobulin G κ-light-chain producing multiple myeloma...
2017: Clinical Nephrology. Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042750/current-perspective-on-rituximab-in-rheumatic-diseases
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REVIEW
Tommaso Schioppo, Francesca Ingegnoli
The steadily increasing knowledge regarding pathogenetic mechanisms in autoimmune rheumatic diseases has paved the way to different therapeutic approaches. In particular, the market entry of biologics has dramatically modified the natural history of rheumatic chronic inflammatory diseases with a meaningful impact on patients' quality of life. Among the wide spectrum of available biological treatments, rituximab (RTX), first used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was later approved for rheumatoid arthritis and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies-associated vasculitis...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994331/evaluating-the-involvement-of-cerebral-microvascular-endothelial-na-k-atpase-and-na-k-2cl-co-transporter-in-electrolyte-fluxes-in-an-in%C3%A2-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-model-of-dehydration
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Kasper Lykke, Mette Assentoft, Sofie Hørlyck, Hans Cc Helms, Anca Stoica, Trine L Toft-Bertelsen, Katerina Tritsaris, Frederik Vilhardt, Birger Brodin, Nanna MacAulay
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is involved in brain water and salt homeostasis. Blood osmolarity increases during dehydration and water is osmotically extracted from the brain. The loss of water is less than expected from pure osmotic forces, due to brain electrolyte accumulation. Although the underlying molecular mechanisms are unresolved, the current model suggests the luminally expressed Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) co-transporter 1 (NKCC1) as a key component, while the role of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase remains uninvestigated...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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