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Vitamin D immunology

Sanaa Kamal, Khaled K Aldossari, Dhalia Ghoraba, Sara Mahmoud Abdelhakam, Amgad H Kamal, Mohamad Bedewi, Leila Nabegh, Khaled Bahnasy, Tamer Hafez
Objective: Concomitant non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and coeliac disease (CD) have not been adequately studied. This study investigated the frequency of CD among NAFLD patients and the clinicopathological and immunological patterns and outcome of concomitant NAFLD and CD. Design: This prospective longitudinal study screened patients with NAFLD for CD (tissue transglutaminase antibodies (TTGA); anti-TTGA and antiendomysial antibodies (EMA)). Patients with concomitant NAFLD and CD and patients with either NAFLD or CD were enrolled and followed...
2018: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
Miriam Erick
Breast milk is the universal preferred nutrition for the newborn human infant. New mother have been encouraged to exclusively breastfeed by health care professionals and consumer-advocacy forums for years, citing "breast milk is the perfect food". The benefits are numerous and include psychological, convenience, economical, ecological and nutritionally superior. Human milk is a composite of nutritional choices of the mother, commencing in the pre-conceptual era. Events influencing the eventual nutritional profile of breast milk for the neonate start with pre-conceptual dietary habits through pregnancy and finally to postpartum...
February 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Joanna Jerzyńska, Włodzimierz Stelmach, Błażej Rychlik, Paweł Majak, Daniela Podlecka, Katarzyna Woicka-Kolejwa, Iwona Stelmach
Introduction: Vitamin D deficiency has been proposed as a potential contributing factor in patients with allergic diseases. We compared the clinical and immunological effects of vitamin D supplementation to placebo during the pollen season in children with allergic rhinitis. Material and methods: Thirty-eight children aged 5-12, sensitive to grass pollen, participated in a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Children received either vitamin D 1000 IU daily supplementation or placebo...
January 2018: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Stefano Stagi, Donato Rigante
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and juvenile SLE (jSLE) are autoimmune disorders naturally associated with several genetic, environmental, hormonal, and immunological contributing factors. It has been assumed that vitamin D deficiency may have a role in the immune activation of patients with SLE and play an active part in many comorbidities and even complications. A host of clinical studies suggested that vitamin D exerts inhibitory effects on many immunological abnormalities associated with SLE, also in children and adolescents, while different reports have hypothesized that vitamin D may be associated with accelerated cardiovascular disease in SLE...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Ritesh Agarwal, Inderpaul S Sehgal, Sahajal Dhooria, Ashutosh N Aggarwal, Naresh Sachdeva, Sanjay K Bhadada, Mandeep Garg, Digambar Behera, Arunaloke Chakrabarti
Vitamin D deficiency is believed to a pathogenetic factor in patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and cystic fibrosis. Whether vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent in ABPA complicating asthma, remains unknown. Herein, we evaluate vitamin D levels in asthmatic patients with and without ABPA. In a prospective study, plasma vitamin D (25[OH]D) levels were measured in consecutive subjects with asthma (n=75), ABPA (n=158) and healthy volunteers (n=50). Vitamin D levels <20 ng/mL were considered as vitamin D deficiency...
January 4, 2018: Mycoses
S Schäfers, D von Soosten, U Meyer, C Drong, J Frahm, A Tröscher, W Pelletier, H Sauerwein, S Dänicke
The objective of this experiment was to determine the effects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamin E as well as their interaction on biochemical and hematological variables and on leukocyte populations and their functionality. We assigned 59 German Holstein cows between the 2nd and 9th lactation to 4 dietary groups in a 2 × 2 factorial design with the factors CLA and vitamin E. Six weeks before calving the cows had a BCS of 3.7 to provoke a higher risk of developing ketosis, which might impair their immune function...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Marta Arazzi, Giorgia Di Fulvio, Lorenzo Ottavio Di Pietro, Xhensila Grabocka, Maria Olimpia Longo, Gabriella Micioni, Alessandro Pezzutto, Luca Piscitani, Alessandra Schiazza, Simona Silvestri, Giacinta Vigilante, Luigi Amoroso, Mario Bonomini
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIO) is a major cause of secondary osteoporosis that starts early after the beginning of therapy even for low drug doses. Glucocorticoids are used for the treatment of immunologic nephropathies and in the setting of kidney transplant. In clinical practice, a number of algorithms are available; they allow us to estimate the long-term risk of major osteoporotic fracture; but none of them is specific for GIO. To date, the therapeutic approach comprises both general measures aimed at correcting calcium and vitamin D intake, and drugs (bisphosphonates, teriparatide, hormone replacement therapy, denosumab) that ameliorate bone mineral density and patient outcomes...
December 5, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
Jing W Hughes, Brian D Muegge, Garry S Tobin, Marina Litvin, Lulu Sun, Jose B Saenz, C Prakash Gyawali, Janet B McGill
OBJECTIVE: Pernicious anemia (PA) develops from atrophic gastritis due to autoimmune destruction of parietal cells and results in achlorhydria, vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies, anemia, neurologic deficits, and premalignant and malignant stomach lesions. We report the presentation, diagnosis and gastric complications of PA in patients from an endocrinology practice. METHODS: Thirty-four patients (31 female, 3 male) with PA who underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or gastrectomy were identified...
November 2017: Endocrine Practice
Bricia López Plaza, Laura María Bermejo López
INTRODUCTION: Energy and nutrients obtained through food play an important role in the development and preservation of the immune system therefore any nutritional imbalance affects its competence and integrity. OBJECTIVES: Knowing the nutritional approach on different disorders of the immune system. METHODS: A review has been carried out on the most prevalent immunological disorders in developed countries, the nutritional characteristics to which they are associated and their nutritional approach...
October 15, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Melanie R Neeland, Jennifer J Koplin, Thanh D Dang, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L Tang, Susan L Prescott, Richard Saffery, David J Martino, Katrina J Allen
BACKGROUND: Food allergy naturally resolves in a proportion of food-allergic children without intervention; however the underlying mechanisms governing the persistence or resolution of food allergy in childhood are not understood. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to define the innate immune profiles associated with egg allergy at age 1 year, determine the phenotypic changes that occur with the development of natural tolerance in childhood, and explore the relationship between early life innate immune function and serum vitamin D...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Héctor Serrano-Coll, Liliana Acevedo-Saenz, Nora Cardona-Castro
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae mainly affecting skin and peripheral nerves. Leprosy has a broad range of clinical manifestations that range from mild (tuberculoid leprosy) to severe (lepromatous leprosy) forms, and are highly dependent on the host's immune response. Among the immune response elements involved in the pathogenesis of leprosy are the Toll-like receptors (TLRs), vitamin D receptor (VDR), natural killer cells (NK), and T cells. These innate and adaptive immune response elements may be related to the Notch signaling pathway, which is involved in immune cell growth, differentiation, and proliferation...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
Francesca Dall'Ara, Maurizio Cutolo, Laura Andreoli, Angela Tincani, Sabrina Paolino
OBJECTIVES: To review the relationships between vitamin D status and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) concerning immunological, clinical aspects and possible effects of supplementation in disease modulation. METHODS: The literature was reviewed up to January 2017 for studies regarding the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunological aspects, clinical implications and supplementation strategies. The focus was mainly on studies with implications on every day clinical practice...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
N R Javorski, C A D Lima, L V C Silva, S Crovella, J de Azêvedo Silva
Preterm birth (PTB) is featured by less than 37weeks of gestational age or fewer than 259days since the first day from the last menstrual period. Complications of PTB are the major cause of neonatal deaths, several factors are linked to PTB increased risk including immunological and genetics. Vitamin D plays an important role in immune response modulation and its action occurs through the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which recently has been described as overexpressed in human placenta during the pregnancy. Herein we assessed two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) FokI (rs2228570 A>G) and Cdx-2 (rs11568820 T>C), within VDR, using TaqMan fluorogenic probes, and differential susceptibility to SPTB...
November 8, 2017: Gene
Leyre Riancho-Zarrabeitia, Maite Cubería, Pedro Muñoz, Marcos López-Hoyos, Silvia García-Canale, Mayte García-Unzueta, José L Hernández, Víctor M Martínez-Taboada
OBJECTIVES: (a) To determine serum 25-OH vitamin D (vitD) levels in primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and to compare them with patients with positive antiphospholipid serology who do not meet clinical criteria for APS, and with healthy controls. (b) To analyze the association of vitD levels with both the clinical manifestations and the immunological profile of patients with primary APS. (c) To perform a meta-analysis evaluating potential differences in serum vitD levels between APS and controls as well as the frequency of vitD deficiency in APS patients...
October 12, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Ryo Okazaki
Serum 25(OH)D level reflects bodily vitamin D store. Recently published "Assessment criteria for vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency in Japan" defines vitamin D sufficiency as 25(OH)D level of 30 ng/mL or more, vitamin D insufficiency as that of 20 to 30 ng/mL, vitamin D deficiency as that of less than 20 ng/mL. The lower the serum 25(OH)D level is, the higher the risks are, of secondary hyperparathyroidism, low bone mineral density, fall, fracture, rickets/osteomalacia, and hypocalcemia, as well as lower response to anti-osteoporosis medications...
2017: Clinical Calcium
Tamires Flauzino, Andrea N C Simao, Elaine R D de Almeida, Helena K Morimoto, Sayonara R Oliveira, Daniela F Alfieri, Luiz T Ueda, Isaias Dichi, Edna M V Reiche
BACKGROUND: The role of vitamin D in the pathophysiology of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the associations between vitamin D and immunological, virological, and oxidative stress biomarkers in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection. METHODS: The serum levels of 25 hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] were determined in 314 HIV-1- infected individuals and 127 controls and the values ≥30 ng/mL defined a vitamin D sufficient (VDS) status, and <30 ng/mL defined the presence of hypovitaminosis D (HD)...
November 23, 2017: Current HIV Research
Dao-Jun Chen, Lan-Ju Li, Xiao-Ke Yang, Tao Yu, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Vitamin D has been recognized as a potent immunomodulator and its deficiency is common in different population groups including patients with SLE. As miRNAs regulation plays a significant role in SLE, the present study aimed to evaluate the association between vitamin D status and miRNAs levels in patients with SLE. The serum concentrations of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and the levels of six miRNAs in T cells from patients with SLE were measured in 42 SLE cases and 48 healthy controls. Vitamin D treatment was also performed in isolated and cultured T cells from SLE patients in different times and doses...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
R Castano, B Yucesoy, V J Johnson, L Castellanos, A Cartier
BACKGROUND: Low-molecular-weight (LMW) and high-molecular-weight (HMW) agents have been recognized as causes of occupational rhinitis (OR). Immunological mechanisms underlying OR differ according to the type of exposure. While HMW agents act mainly through IgE-mediated mechanisms, LMW agents appear to act through both immunological and non-immunological mechanisms. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify potential differences in the upper airways inflammatory response after exposure to LMW and HMW agents by specific inhalation challenge test (SIC)...
December 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Karen O'Connell, Jamal Sulaimani, Sharee A Basdeo, Katie Kinsella, Sinead Jordan, Orla Kenny, Siobhan B Kelly, David Murphy, Eric Heffernan, Ronan P Killeen, Keith Mulready, Marguerite MacMahon, Jennifer J Brady, Carmel McKenna, Ciaran Muldowney, Lorraine Cassidy, Cathal Walsh, Killian O'Rourke, Niall Tubridy, Chris McGuigan, Jean M Fletcher, Michael Hutchinson
BACKGROUND: Lowserum vitamin D levels are associated with susceptibility to, and severity of, multiple sclerosis. High dose vitamin D has been proposed as a potential immunomodulator in multiple sclerosis. OBJECTIVES: We performed a single centre, investigator-led, exploratory, double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled, trial of vitamin D3 in clinically isolated syndrome and healthy control participants to assess its immunological effects. Secondary end-points included clinical and magnetic resonance imaging outcomes and safety...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Ji Hyun Lee, Yoon-Jae Jeon, Jung Hye Choi, Hae Young Kim, Tae-Yoon Kim
BACKGROUND: VitabridC(12) is newly developed and composed of vitamin C and Vitabrid (lamellar, hydrated zinc oxide). OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of VitabridC(12) on psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. METHODS: Mice with imiquimod-induced psoriasis or Dermatophagoides farinae-induced atopic dermatitis were applied with VitabridC(12). The effects of VitabridC(12) were evaluated by clinical features, histology, and immunologic features by examining cytokines and chemokines...
October 2017: Annals of Dermatology
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