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José Kennedy Amaral, Robert T Schoen
INTRODUCTION: Chronic chikungunya (CHIK) arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis, often follows acute CHIK fever (CHIKF), a viral infection. The pathogenesis of chronic CHIK arthritis is poorly characterized, but may resemble other forms of inflammatory arthritis. Clinically, chronic CHIK arthritis sometimes mimics rheumatoid arthritis (RA). CASE REPORT: We report a patient with well-characterized CHIKF followed 2 months later by chronic CHIK arthritis not only resembling RA clinically, but also associated with RA biomarkers and extra-articular features, including Felty's syndrome (FS)...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology and Therapy
Khalid Gafoor, Shalin Patel, Francis Girvin, Nishant Gupta, David Naidich, Stephen Machnicki, Kevin K Brown, Atul Mehta, Bryan Husta, Jay Ryu, George Sarosi, Tomas Franquet, Johny Verschakelen, Takeshi Johkoh, William Travis, Suhail Raoof
Cavities are occasionally encountered on thoracic imaging. Their differential diagnosis is large and includes, among others, various infections, autoimmune conditions and primary and metastatic malignancies. We offer an algorithmic approach to their evaluation by initially excluding mimics of cavities then broadly classifying them according to the duration of clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities.. An acute or subacute process (<12 weeks) suggests common bacterial and uncommon nocardial and fungal causes of pulmonary abscesses, necrotizing pneumonias, and septic emboli...
March 5, 2018: Chest
Camille Zambaz, Diana Dan
Arthritis and arthralgia during a viral infection are often polyarticular and symmetric and can mimic rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on germs, others signs and symptoms as fever, cutaneous rash (Parvovirus B19) or jaundice (hepatitis) can be present. Worldwide most common germs are Parvovirus B19, hepatitis B and C, HIV and alphavirus. There are significant differences throughout the world and epidemiology continues to evolve with a progression of vector-borne infections. Diagnosis of viral arthritis is often difficult and is based on epidemiological, clinical and serological data...
March 7, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Y Liu, X-L Zhang, X-F Li, Y-C Tang, X Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Several microRNAs have been reported to contribute the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) due to the ectopic expression of miRNAs in fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). However, the function of miR-212-3p in RA still has not been mentioned before. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We obtained serum, synovial tissues, and FLS samples from RA patients and normal donors. Quantitative Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to analysis the expression level of miR-212-3p...
January 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
J Kennedy Amaral, Ravi Sutaria, Robert T Schoen
OBJECTIVES: Chikungunya is a rapidly emerging, global viral infection that can cause chronic, debilitating arthritis that in some ways mimics rheumatoid arthritis. This study evaluated the available evidence of the efficacy and safety of methotrexate (MTX), a therapy widely used in rheumatoid arthritis, in the treatment of chronic chikungunya arthritis. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed to identify all published trials that evaluated MTX as monotherapy or combination therapy in chronic chikungunya arthritis...
January 23, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Mario E G Moral, Teruna J Siahaan
Overexpressed cell-surface receptors are hallmarks of many disease states and are often used as markers for targeting diseased cells over healthy counterparts. Cell adhesion peptides, which are often derived from interacting regions of these receptor-ligand proteins, mimic surfaces of intact proteins and, thus, have been studied as targeting agents for various payloads to certain cell targets for cancers and autoimmune diseases. Because many cytotoxic agents in the free form are often harmful to healthy cells, the use of cell adhesion peptides in targeting their delivery to diseased cells has been studied to potentially reduce required effective doses and associated harmful side-effects...
January 18, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
Sung-Lin Hu, An-Chen Chang, Chien-Chung Huang, Chun-Hao Tsai, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chih-Hsin Tang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by the infiltration of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines into synovial fluid and patients with RA often develop joint destruction and deficits in muscle mass. The growth factor myostatin is a key regulator linking muscle mass and bone structure. We sought to determine whether myostatin regulates rheumatoid synovial fibroblast activity and inflammation in RA. We found that levels of myostatin and interleukin (IL)-1β (a key pro-inflammatory cytokine in RA) in synovial fluid from RA patients were overexpressed and positively correlated...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Saki Manabe, Hidetaka Yanagi, Hideki Ozawa, Atsushi Takagi
A Japanese woman aged 76 years with rheumatoid arthritis treated with prednisolone and tocilizumab presented with a 2-day history of redness and pain in her right thigh. She was hospitalised with a primary diagnosis of cellulitis and antimicrobial therapy was initiated. She had been stable until the fourth day of admission, when the swelling of her right thigh rapidly worsened and demonstrated purpura; she was subsequently unable to walk because of the pain. A diagnosis of necrotising soft tissue infection (NSTI) was made and extensive debridement was performed...
December 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Alejandro A Gru, Dennis P O'Malley
This article will provide a discussion of some common autoimmune disorders that could affect the lymph nodes and potentially mimic B and T-cell lymphomas. Some of these disorders are more characteristic of individuals in the pediatric age group (autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome, Kawasaki disease), while others present in older individuals (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis). A common finding that groups all of these disorders together is the overall relative preservation of the architecture, a feature that can be particularly helpful to distinguish them from many B and T-cell lymphomas...
January 2018: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Ning-Sheng Lai, Hui-Chun Yu, Chien-Hsueh Tung, Kuang-Yung Huang, Hsien-Bin Huang, Ming-Chi Lu
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) can cause diverse T cell dysfunctions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is involved in the regulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) expression in different cell types. We hypothesized that the expression of T cell miRNAs would be affected by TNF-α, and these miRNAs could participate in the immunopathogenesis of RA. METHODS: Expression profiles of 270 human miRNAs in Jurkat cells, cultured in the presence or absence of TNF-α for 7 days were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
December 1, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Olwyn Jones, Fraser Birrell
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a common inflammatory condition of unknown aetiology with a prevalence of 1 in 133 in the over 50s, and a female to male ratio of 2:1. Symptoms develop over a matter of weeks; typically bilateral shoulder or pelvic girdle pain and stiffness, that is worse in the mornings. Associated symptoms include low-grade fever, malaise, fatigue, low mood, poor appetite, and weight loss. There is no specific diagnostic test for PMR but the usual pattern is a commensurate rise in CRP and ESR...
December 2016: Practitioner
C Hua, B Combe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection has become increasingly prevalent in the last decade not only across the southern hemisphere but also, because of a recently documented viral mutation, in southern Europe and the USA. With the global spread of CHIKV infection, practitioners should know its epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features. RECENT FINDINGS: The acute phase of CHIKV disease is characterised by a fever-arthralgia-rash syndrome...
October 5, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
X-J Wei, X-W Li, J-L Lu, Z-X Long, J-Q Liang, S-B Wei, C-X Lu, W-Z Lu
OBJECTIVE: STAT3 expression is elevated in the synovial tissue of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MiR-20a plays a role in mediating synovial inflammation in RA. Bioinformatics analysis has identified a binding site between miR-20 and the 3'-UTR of STAT3 mRNA. This study aimed to investigate the role of miR-20a in the regulation of STAT3 expression and synovial cell proliferation as well as apoptosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Synovial tissues were collected from RA patients and osteoarthritis (OA) patients to measure miR-20a, STAT3, p-STAT3, and Ki-67 expressions...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Jean-Marie Berthelot, Xavier Puéchal
Whipple's disease can mimic spondyloarthritis (SpA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for many years and, in a few cases, induces the development of antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides. The causative agent Tropheryma whipplei can smolder within cells, including macrophages, by suppressing the xenophagic process, a type of selective autophagy that targets pathogens. Other inflammatory joint diseases may also stem from impaired xenophagy with persistence of bacteria or viruses that can eventually migrate from the mucous membranes to the joints and entheses, where they may exert adverse effects on immune responses, even if they fail to replicate...
September 28, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Hany H Arab, Samir A Salama, Tamer M Abdelghany, Hany A Omar, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Majed M Alrobaian, Ibrahim A Maghrabi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Camel milk (CM) has shown beneficial anti-inflammatory actions in several experimental and clinical settings. So far, its effect on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not been previously explored. Thus, the current work aimed to evaluate the effects of CM in Adjuvant-induced arthritis and air pouch edema models in rats, which mimic human RA. METHODS: CM was administered at 10 ml/kg orally for 3 weeks starting on the day of Freund's adjuvant paw inoculation...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
F Günther, M Fleck, B Bach
Epidemiological studies suggest a viral etiology in approximately 1% of patients presenting with acute arthritis. The arthritogenic effect of viral infections may be related to viral invasion of synovial cells, the cellular and humoral immune response to viral antigens or by induction of autoimmunity. Viral arthritis can mimic rheumatoid arthritis by presenting as a symmetrical polyarticular disease often accompanied by a rash and influenza-like symptoms. Serological testing for pathogen-specific IgM and IgG antibodies is frequently performed for establishing a viral etiology of arthritis...
October 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
S P Kulkarni, M Ganu, P Jayawant, S Thanapati, A Ganu, A S Tripathy
Regulatory T (Treg) cells hold centre stage in regulating the immune responses in most viral infections. However, their involvement in chikungunya infection is unexplored. In the current study, the frequencies and functionality of peripheral Treg and T effector (Teff) cells were assessed during different phases of chikungunya by flow cytometry and in-vitro cytokine assays. Treg cells were also studied in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, whose symptoms closely mimic chronic chikungunya arthritis patients...
December 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Christopher E Marrero, Neuyen Mclean, Keyana Varnado
INTRODUCTION: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by searing pain, hyperalgesia, edema, allodynia, and skin changes. CRPS may be difficult to diagnose and to treat given poorly understood mechanisms as well as its presentation of symptoms that may mimic common conditions such as joint stiffness in this condition as well as rheumatoid arthritis. CASE REPORT: A 71-year-old female presented to our clinic post shingles of the right upper extremity...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Nazim Hussain, Wenhua Zhu, Congshan Jiang, Jing Xu, Xiaoying Wu, Manman Geng, Safdar Hussain, Yongsong Cai, Ke Xu, Peng Xu, Yan Han, Jian Sun, Liesu Meng, Shemin Lu
MicroRNAs are considered to play critical roles in the pathogenesis of human inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between miR-10a-5p and TBX5 in synoviocytes and evaluate their contribution to joint inflammation. The expression of miR-10a-5p and TBX5 in the synovium of RA and human synovial sarcoma cell line SW982 stimulated by IL-1β was determined by RT-qPCR and Western blotting. The direct interaction between miR-10a-5p and TBX5 3'UTR was determined by dual-luciferase reporter assay in HeLa cells...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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