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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229290/the-patients-perspective-living-with-lupus-in-austria
#1
Georg Stummvoll, Tanja Stamm
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a heterogeneous disease with a vast variety of clinical manifestations. Timely diagnosis is important for gaining access to specific therapy and care. In this survey, we asked SLE patients with an established diagnosis to report about their personal history and their daily life with SLE in order to gain knowledge about diagnostics, treatment pathways and potential problems in daily living and functioning. In most cases, the diagnosis of SLE was made by a specialist in rheumatology or dermatology...
February 22, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216072/smoking-and-pre-existing-organ-damage-reduce-the-efficacy-of-belimumab-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Ioannis Parodis, Christopher Sjöwall, Andreas Jönsen, Daniel Ramsköld, Agneta Zickert, Martina Frodlund, Azita Sohrabian, Laurent Arnaud, Johan Rönnelid, Vivianne Malmström, Anders A Bengtsson, Iva Gunnarsson
OBJECTIVES: Belimumab is the first biologic drug approved for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Here, we aimed to investigate the effects of belimumab on clinical and serologic outcomes, and sought to identify predictors of treatment response in three Swedish real-life settings. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients were enrolled at initiation of belimumab and followed longitudinally for up to 53months. Surveillance outcomes included the SLE Disease Activity Index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K), 100mm Visual Analogue Scales for Physician"s Global Assessment (PGA), fatigue, pain and general health, and the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SDI)...
February 12, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215100/targeting-baff-and-april-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-other-antibody-associated-diseases
#3
Eileen Samy, Stephen Wax, Bertrand Huard, Henry Hess, Pascal Schneider
The B cell-stimulating molecules, BAFF (B cell activating factor) and APRIL (a proliferation-inducing ligand), are critical factors in the maintenance of the B cell pool and humoral immunity. In addition, BAFF and APRIL are involved in the pathogenesis of a number of human autoimmune diseases, with elevated levels of these cytokines detected in the sera of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), IgA nephropathy, Sjögren's syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. As such, both molecules are rational targets for new therapies in B cell-driven autoimmune diseases, and several inhibitors of BAFF or BAFF and APRIL together have been investigated in clinical trials...
January 2, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213738/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-clinical-and-laboratory-features-and-therapeutic-considerations
#4
Lei Zhang, Jianling Tao, Yubing Wen, Li Li, Xueyi Wu, Xuewang Li, Xuemei Li
To better clarify the clinical features and therapeutic strategy of CMV infection in lupus nephritis patients, we retrospectively surveyed a total of 40 lupus nephritis patients, who had been hospitalized and underwent renal biopsy and diagnosed as having CMV infection during their hospitalization at our institution within the last 10 years. The percentage of CMV infections in the entire hospitalized lupus nephritis population was 5.3% (40/755). The principal clinical features of the 40 CMV-infected patients were hematological disorders (n = 25), fever (n = 21), liver dysfunction (n = 19), and respiratory symptoms (n = 12)...
February 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212922/organ-specific-biomarkers-in-lupus
#5
REVIEW
Haijing Wu, Jinrong Zeng, Ming Zhao, Qianjin Lu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex and highly heterogeneous disease, which affects multiple organs, including joints, skin, kidneys, heart, hematopoietic system, and nerve system. While the etiopathogenesis of SLE still remains unclear, genetic susceptibilities and aberrant epigenetic modifications are believed to be involved. For precision therapy, it is necessary to assess accurately and objectively organ involvements and disease activity, which is difficult by current clinical laboratory tests...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209103/analysis-of-15-patients-with-abnormal-liver-function-as-the-first-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-symptom
#6
Y Gao, W Li, Q-H Meng, H-X Liu, Y-K Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To understand the clinical characteristics of patients with abnormal liver function as the first symptom of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Here, 15 patients admitted to a hospital from January 2010 to December 2013 with initial presentation of lupus-related hepatitis or cirrhosis were included. Their SLE-DAI scores and clinical and laboratory data were collected. All cases received liver protection therapy and active SLE controlling treatment with methylprednisolone combined with rapamycin...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202869/treatment-of-vasodilator-resistant-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-with-glucocorticoid-and-cyclophosphamide
#7
Eri Sugawara, Masaru Kato, Ryo Hisada, Kenji Oku, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Tetsuya Horita, Shinsuke Yasuda, Tatsuya Atsumi
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or mixed connective tissue disease (MTCD), in contrast to other types of PAH, may respond to immunosuppressive therapy. Most PAH cases with an immunosuppressant response were in the early stages of the disease (WHO functional class III or less). The present case was a 34-year-old woman with MCTD-associated PAH (WHO functional class IV) who was resistant to a combination of three vasodilators. Afterwards, she was treated with glucocorticoid and cyclophosphamide...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191596/efficacy-and-safety-of-rituximab-in-comparison-with-common-induction-therapies-in-pediatric-active-lupus-nephritis
#8
Biswanath Basu, Birendranath Roy, Binu George Babu
BACKGROUND: Childhood-onset lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most severe manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Despite treatment-related toxicities, cyclophosphamide (CYC) and glucocorticoid-based treatment protocols are still considered standard therapy in managing this multisystem disorder. An effective and safe alternative induction regimen is needed. METHODS: Forty-four pediatric patients with active LN aged 3.5-13.8 (median 8.4) years, of whom 32 entered the study at diagnosis of SLE, were followed over 36 months...
February 12, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185656/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-characteristics-disease-associations-treatments-and-outcomes-in-a-series-of-90%C3%A2-patients-at-mayo-clinic-1996-2011
#9
Dema T Alniemi, Albert Gutierrez, Lisa A Drage, David A Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical presentation, laboratory studies, disease associations, and treatments of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 90 patients with SCLE at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1996, through October 28, 2011, was performed. RESULTS: The mean patient age at diagnosis was 61 years; 64 patients (71%) were women, and 11 cases (12%) were drug induced (1996-2000, no drug-induced cases; 2001-2005, 2 cases; 2006-2011, 9 cases)...
February 6, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178878/disease-characterization-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-patients-in-quebec
#10
R Ng, S Bernatsky, E Rahme
Objective Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterized by an array of organ manifestations that can appear during flares and disappear during remissions. The objectives of this study were: (i) to examine SLE manifestation groups longitudinally in an SLE cohort; and (ii) to assess the association between early antimalarial treatment and renal manifestations. Methods Seven SLE manifestation groups-cutaneous, hematologic, lung, musculoskeletal, neuropsychiatric, serositis, renal-were tracked using Kaplan-Meier survival curves in an incident SLE cohort from Quebec health administrative data ( n = 2010)...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164726/inhibition-of-b-cell-activating-factor-baff-in-the-management-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle
#11
William Stohl
The anti-BAFF monoclonal antibody, belimumab, was approved 5+ years ago by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adult SLE patients. Although BAFF is now a proven therapeutic target in SLE, the limited clinical efficacy both in the clinical trials setting and in "real-life" experience begs for further therapeutic improvement. Areas covered: In addition to belimumab, three other BAFF antagonists (atacicept, blisibimod, tabalumab) that biologically differ from belimumab are being or have been evaluated in SLE late-stage clinical trials...
February 4, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164513/baseline-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-correlates-with-disease-activity-and-therapeutic-outcomes-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-irrespective-of-anemia-status
#12
Xing-Li Zou, Xiao-Jing Lin, Xun Ni, Jing Wang, Wen Liu, Jin Wei
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) has been recently found to reflect systemic inflammation in addition to anisocytosis, and its value for assessing disease activity of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been addressed in two studies, but its correlation with therapeutic outcomes and disease flare has not been evaluated. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-six newly diagnosed patients with SLE (all-SLE), including 105 non-anemic patients (na-SLE) and 91 patients with anemia (a-SLE) were prospectively studied...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162821/safety-of-live-vaccinations-on-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-patients-with-immune-mediated-inflammatory-diseases-solid-organ-transplantation-or-after-bone-marrow-transplantation-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials-observational-studies-and-case-reports
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REVIEW
Evelina Croce, Christoph Hatz, Emile F Jonker, L G Visser, Veronika K Jaeger, Silja Bühler
BACKGROUND: Live vaccines are generally contraindicated on immunosuppressive therapy due to safety concerns. However, data are limited to corroborate this practice. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the safety of live vaccinations in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID) or solid organ transplantation (SOT) on immunosuppressive treatment and in patients after bone-marrow transplantation (BMT). DATA SOURCES: A search was conducted in electronic databases (Cochrane, Pubmed, Embase) and additional literature was identified by targeted searches...
February 2, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162031/successful-treatment-of-refractory-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-using-proteasome-inhibitor-bortezomib-followed-by-belimumab-description-of-two-cases
#14
C Sjöwall, M Hjorth, P Eriksson
Although the putative therapeutic options for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are steadily increasing, refractory disease is indeed a major challenge to many clinicians and patients. The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib - approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma since the beginning of this century - was recently reported successful in twelve cases of refractory SLE by German colleagues. Herein, we describe two Swedish SLE cases with refractory renal and pulmonary manifestations that were rescued by bortezomib as induction of remission followed by monthly doses of belimumab...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153882/activated-platelets-induce-endothelial-cell-activation-via-an-interleukin-1%C3%AE-pathway-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
Sokha Nhek, Robert Clancy, Kristen A Lee, Nicole M Allen, Tessa J Barrett, Emanuela Marcantoni, Janet Nwaukoni, Sara Rasmussen, Maya Rubin, Jonathan D Newman, Jill P Buyon, Jeffrey S Berger
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with the premature development of cardiovascular disease. The platelet-endothelium interaction is important in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. In this study, we investigated the platelet phenotype from patients with SLE and matched controls, and their effect on endothelial cells. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Platelet aggregability was measured in 54 SLE subjects off antiplatelet therapy (mean age 40...
February 2, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148586/systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#16
Maliha F Shaikh, Natasha Jordan, David P D'Cruz
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disease that is highly heterogeneous in its presentation. This can pose significant challenges for physicians responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of such patients. SLE arises from a combination of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Pathologically, the disease is primarily driven by loss of immune tolerance and abnormal B- and T-cell function. Major organ involvement may lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Classification criteria for SLE have been developed largely for research purposes; however, these are also widely used in clinical practice...
February 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130918/anifrolumab-an-anti-interferon-%C3%AE-receptor-monoclonal-antibody-in-moderate-to-severe-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#17
Richard Furie, Munther Khamashta, Joan T Merrill, Victoria P Werth, Kenneth Kalunian, Philip Brohawn, Gabor G Illei, Jorn Drappa, Liangwei Wang, Stephen Yoo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of anifrolumab, a type I interferon (IFN) receptor antagonist, in a phase IIb, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of adults with moderate-to-severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Patients (n = 305) were randomized to receive intravenous anifrolumab (300 mg or 1,000 mg) or placebo, in addition to standard therapy, every 4 weeks for 48 weeks. Randomization was stratified by SLE Disease Activity Index 2000 score (<10 or ≥10), oral corticosteroid dosage (<10 or ≥10 mg/day), and type I IFN gene signature test status (high or low) based on a 4-gene expression assay...
February 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129605/mesenchymal-stem-cells-upregulate-treg-cells-via-shla-g-in-sle-patients
#18
Chen Chen, Jun Liang, Genhong Yao, Haifeng Chen, Bingyu Shi, Zhuoya Zhang, Cheng Zhao, Huayong Zhang, Lingyun Sun
BACKGROUND: Soluble human leukocyte antigen-G (sHLA-G) is a non-classical HLA class I molecule, exhibiting strong immunosuppressive properties by inducing the differentiation of T regulatory cells (Treg). Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation alleviates disease progression in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. However, the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To explore whether sHLA-G is involved in upregulating effects of MSCs on Treg, which contributes to therapeutic effects of MSCs transplantation in SLE...
January 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122959/type-i-interferon-mediated-autoimmune-diseases-pathogenesis-diagnosis-and-targeted-therapy
#19
Antonios Psarras, Paul Emery, Edward M Vital
Type I interferons (IFN-Is) are a group of molecules with pleiotropic effects on the immune system forming a crucial link between innate and adaptive immune responses. Apart from their important role in antiviral immunity, IFN-Is are increasingly recognized as key players in autoimmune CTDs such as SLE. Novel therapies that target IFN-I appear effective in SLE in early trials, but effectiveness is related to the presence of IFN-I biomarkers. IFN-I biomarkers may also act as positive or negative predictors of response to other biologics...
January 24, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120818/pregnancy-and-menopause-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-or-antiphospholipid-syndrome-practical-guide-from-eular
#20
Roberta Vagelli, Chiara Tani, Marta Mosca
Over the last few decades, in reproductive medicine have allowed an improvement in the management and outcome of pregnancy in connective tissue diseases (CTD), such as Systemic progress Lupus Erythematosus and Antiphospholipid Syndrome; however, pregnancy and other related issues represent a crucial moment for patients and their family and some unmet needs are still present. In routine clinical practise, health professionals involved in the care of SLE and/or APS patients need to consider many aspects of the reproductive life of patients, involving not only pregnancy and family planning but also fertility, contraception, cancer surveillance and menopause...
January 25, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
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