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Negiin Pourafshar, Ashkan Karimi, Xuerong Wen, Eric Sobel, Shirin Pourafshar, Nikhil Agrawal, Emma Segal, Rajesh Mohandas, Mark S Segal
Background: Monitoring of mycophenolic acid (MPA) levels may be useful for effective mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) dosing. However, whether commonly obtained trough levels are an acceptable method of surveillance remains debatable. We hypothesized that trough levels of MPA would be a poor predictor of area under the curve (AUC) for MPA. Methods: A total of 51 patients with lupus nephritis who were on MMF 1500 mg twice a day and had a 4-h AUC done were included in this study...
March 13, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Rossana Malatesta-Muncher, Karen W Eldin, Laurence H Beck, Mini Michael
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic membranous nephropathy is an uncommon cause of nephrotic syndrome in children and can present treatment challenges. The current treatment options of steroids and cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, or mycophenolate require prolonged treatment durations and the associated side effects may result in nonadherence in children, especially in adolescents. CASE-DIAGNOSIS: We report two adolescent patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy with nephrotic range proteinuria and elevated anti-phospholipase A2 receptor levels who did not achieve remission with steroids and were later treated with rituximab...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Annalisa Ruggeri, Myriam Labopin, Andrea Bacigalupo, Boris Afanasyev, Jan J Cornelissen, Ahmet Elmaagacli, Maija Itälä-Remes, Didier Blaise, Ellen Meijer, Yener Koc, Noel Milpied, Harry C Schouten, Nicolaus Kroeger, Mohamad Mohty, Arnon Nagler
BACKGROUND: Experience using post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from matched sibling donors (MSD) or unrelated donors (UD) is limited and with controversial results. The study aim was to evaluate PT-Cy as GVHD prophylaxis post-HSCT from MSD and UD transplants. We analyzed 423 patients with acute leukemia who received PT-Cy alone or in combination with other immunosuppressive (IS) drugs as GVHD prophylaxis...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Daniel Geh, Caroline Gordon
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system autoimmune disease. There are three drugs licensed for the treatment of lupus: corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine and belimumab. Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine, methotrexate and mycophenolate are also used. Despite these treatments there is still considerable morbidity. New treatments are needed for the management of active lupus. Epratuzumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that targets CD22 resulting in selective B cell modulation that has been considered a potential treatment for SLE...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Ellen Go, Stefan P Tarnawsky, W Chris Shelley, Kimihiko Banno, Yang Lin, Chang-Hyun Gil, Emily K Blue, Laura S Haneline, Kathleen M O'Neil, Mervin C Yoder
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial dysfunction is central to the pathogenesis of many rheumatic diseases, typified by vascular inflammation and damage. Immunosuppressive drugs induce disease remission and lead to improved patient survival. However, there remains a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease in these patients even after adequate disease control. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of mycophenolic acid (MPA), a commonly used immunosuppressive drug in rheumatology, on blood vessel or circulating endothelial colony forming cell number and function...
2018: PloS One
William Joseph McCune, Mousa Al Abbas
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March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Raissa Schor, Russell Cox
Covering: 1893 to 2017Harold Raistrick was involved in the discovery of many of the most important classes of fungal metabolites during the 20th century. This review focusses on how these discoveries led to developments in isotopic labelling, biomimetic chemistry and the discovery, analysis and exploitation of biosynthetic gene clusters for major classes of fungal metabolites including: alternariol; geodin and metabolites of the emodin pathway; maleidrides; citrinin and the azaphilones; dehydrocurvularin; mycophenolic acid; and the tropolones...
March 14, 2018: Natural Product Reports
Shin Hwang, Chul-Soo Ahn, Ki-Hun Kim, Deok-Bog Moon, Tae-Yong Ha, Gi-Won Song, Dong-Hwan Jung, Gil-Chun Park, Sung-Gyu Lee
Backgrounds/Aims: Long-term immunosuppression regimens after liver transplantation (LT) are rarely reported in detail. We aimed to provide information on actual long-term immunosuppression regimens through this cross-sectional study. Methods: Our institutional LT database was searched for adult patients who underwent primary LT operation from 2000 to 2016. We identified 3620 live recipients with actual information on immunosuppressive agent use for 1-17 years. Results: The study cohort was divided into 7 groups according to posttransplantation period...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Lei Zhang, Jian Xu
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare clinical entity associated with systemic lupus erythematosus which characterized by seizure, headache, and altered mental status. The pathophysiology involves subcortical vasogenic edema secondary to hypertension and endothelial damage. PRES is reversible with withdrawal of the offending agent, strict blood pressure control, and treating the underlying disease. We report present here a patient with lupus nephritis who developed PRES following mycophenolate administration...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Joseph M Kheir, Carla J Guthridge, Jonathon R Johnston, Lucas J Adams, Astrid Rasmussen, Timothy F Gross, Melissa E Munroe, Rebecka L Bourn, Kathy L Sivils, Joel M Guthridge, Michael H Weisman, Daniel J Wallace, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Adriana Rojas Villarraga, James N Jarvis, John B Harley, Judith A James
Objective: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease with varied morbidity and mortality. We assessed clinical presentations, autoantibody specificities and therapeutic interventions in Native American (NA) patients with SLE. Methods: Patients with SLE meeting 1997 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria (n=3148) were enrolled between 1992 and 2010 in the multiethnic, cross-sectional Lupus Family Registry and Repository...
2018: Lupus Science & Medicine
Kakharman Yesmembetov, Tokan Sultanaliyev, Adilbek Mukazhanov, Assan Zhexembayev, Gani Kuttymuratov, Zhanat Spatayev, Yevgeniy Mussin, Yerlan Umbetzhanov, Damesh Orazbayeva
OBJECTIVES: Liver transplant is the only treatment option for patients with end-stage liver disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Liver transplant procedures performed from June 2013 to March 2017 were evaluated. We evaluated the postoperative period in recipients of livers from deceased and living donors. RESULTS: Of 31 liver transplant procedures in 30 recipients, 12 were from deceased and 19 from living donors. The final analysis included 24 liver transplants (11 males, 13 females), with 10 from deceased and 14 from living donors...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Irem Serifoglu, Balam Er Dedekarginoglu, Ebru Hatice Ayvazoglu Soy, Gaye Ulubay, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Hemoptysis is a symptom that can be caused by airway disease, pulmonary parenchymal disease, or pulmonary vascular disease, or it can be idiopathic. Infection is the most common cause of hemoptysis, accounting for 60% to 70% of cases. Hemoptysis is also an initial symptom of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage syndrome, although it may be absent at presentation in one-third of patients. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is characterized by disruption of the alveolar-capillary basement membranes because of either injury or inflammation of the arterioles, venules, or capillaries, resulting in bleeding in alveolar spaces...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Mohamad A Mouchli, Siddharth Singh, Lisa Boardman, David H Bruining, Amy L Lightner, Charles B Rosen, Julie K Heimbach, Bashar Hasan, John J Poterucha, Kymberly D Watt, Sunanda V Kane, Laura E Raffals, Edward V Loftus
Background: The course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) after liver transplantation (LT) for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is poorly understood. We describe the natural history of established IBD after LT (including risk of disease progression, colectomy, and neoplasia) and de novo IBD. Methods: In a retrospective cohort, we identified all patients with PSC who underwent LT for advanced PSC at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Risk factors were identified using multivariate Cox proportional hazard analysis...
March 7, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Huan-Yu Meng, Zhao-Hui Luo, Bo Hu, Wan-Lin Jin, Cheng-Kai Yan, Zhi-Bin Li, Yuan-Yuan Xue, Yu Liu, Yi-En Luo, Li-Qun Xu, Huan Yang
Recent studies have suggested that genomic diversity may play a key role in different clinical outcomes, and the importance of SNPs is becoming increasingly clear. In this article, we summarize the bioactivity of SNPs that may affect the sensitivity to or possibility of drug reactions that occur among the signaling pathways of regularly used immunosuppressants, such as glucocorticoids, azathioprine, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclophosphamide and methotrexate. The development of bioinformatics, including machine learning models, has enabled prediction of the proper immunosuppressant dosage with minimal adverse drug reactions for patients after organ transplantation or for those with autoimmune diseases...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
N Prasad, R Manjunath, D Rangaswamy, A Jaiswal, V Agarwal, D Bhadauria, A Kaul, R Sharma, A Gupta
Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) are the preferred drugs for treatment of childhood steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) who are also resistant to cyclophosphamide (CYC). Although few studies have shown a benefit of one over the other, efficacy and safety of either CNIs (tacrolimus [TAC] or cyclosporine [CSA]) in this special population remained to be assessed in long-term studies. Forty-five children with SRNS who were also resistant to CYC (CYC-SRNS) from January 2006 to June 2011, were included in the study...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
M Sahay, Y Saivani, K Ismal, P S Vali
Systemic lupus erythematosus is common in our country, and renal involvement is an important cause of chronic kidney disease. This study was aimed at comparing the three regimens, i.e., cyclophosphamide-based regimes (low dose and high dose) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based regime and determining if cyclophosphamide (CPM)-based regime can be an effective, safe, and cheap alternative to MMF-based regime in a resource-limited setting. Out of 144 patients, females constituted 89%. Nephrotic nephritic presentation was the most common...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Fabio Basta, Veronica Batani, Antonella Afeltra
BACKGROUND: The treatment of Lupus Nephritis (LN) is an unmet need in the management of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). CASE PRESENTATION : We report two cases of women affected by Lupus Nephritis (LN) ISN/RNP Class IV with serological active disease, high disease activity and marked fatigue. In both cases, Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), as induction therapy, was poorly tolerated because of gastrointestinal toxicity. Belimumab, together with low-doses of MMF, was effective as induction treatment leading to early achievement of complete renal response in these two selected cases of LN...
March 7, 2018: BMC Nephrology
A Khoa Pham, Joi B Carter, Nora R Ratcliffe, Alexander D Fuld, Frederick Lansigan, Nancy J Burnside, Marshall A Guill, Kathryn A Zug, Lesley A Jarvis, Robert E LeBlanc
Mycosis fungoides in palmoplantar localization (MFPP) is a rare variant of MF that is confined to the hands and feet. Patients commonly receive treatment over many years for suspected palmoplantar dermatitis before the diagnosis is made. Most MFPP patients remain at patch or plaque stage, and often respond to treatment with radiotherapy. Herein we describe a 77-year-old man who suffered 6 years of hand and foot dermatitis that failed multiple treatments, most notably TNF-α inhibitors and mycophenolate mofetil...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Uttam Garg, Ada Munar, Clinton Frazee
Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is an immunosuppressant that is used in renal, liver, and heart transplantation. Due to its narrow therapeutic range, monitoring of MPA levels is essential to avoid toxicity and organ rejection. Although immunoassays are available for the determination of MPA, due to their higher specificity, mass spectrometry methods are preferred. In this unit, we describe a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method utilizing positive ionization electrospray and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for the quantification of levels of MPA and its conjugate MPA glucuronide (MPAG)...
February 21, 2018: Current Protocols in Toxicology
Keiji Kurata, Kimikazu Yakushijin, Atsuo Okamura, Motohiro Yamamori, Hiroya Ichikawa, Rina Sakai, Yu Mizutani, Seiji Kakiuchi, Yoshiharu Miyata, Akihito Kitao, Shinichiro Kawamoto, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Tohru Murayama, Hironobu Minami
PURPOSE: Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is increasingly used among Japanese patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). Because pharmacokinetic data for MMF in the Asian population are limited, we conducted this investigation. METHODS: Intravenous MMF (1000 mg/dose) was administered to 10 patients along with cyclosporine or tacrolimus for 10 days after allo-SCT; it was administered every 8 h in peripheral blood stem cell- and bone marrow-transplanted patients, and every 12 h in cord blood-transplanted patients...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
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