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Ole Petter Rekvig
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an inadequately defined syndrome. Etiology and pathogenesis remain largely unknown. SLE is on the other hand a seminal syndrome that has challenged immunologists, biologists, genetics, and clinicians to solve its nature. The syndrome is characterized by multiple, etiologically unlinked manifestations. Unexpectedly, they seem to occur in different stochastically linked clusters, although single gene defects may promote a smaller spectrum of symptoms/criteria typical for SLE...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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
Roberta Gualtierotti, Maria Orietta Borghi, Maria Gerosa, Tommaso Schioppo, Paola Larghi, Jens Geginat, Pier Luigi Meroni
OBJECTIVES: B cells play an important role in the initiation and progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Accordingly, B cell-targeted therapy has been suggested as a new rational approach for treating lupus. Belimumab, a human monoclonal antibody directed against B lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS), was reported as the first biological treatment effective in reducing mild-to-moderate SLE disease activity by using different scoring systems and endpoints. Conversely clinical trials with rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody directed against the CD20 expressed by B cells, have failed to achieve primary endpoints in spite of a number of reports showing its beneficial effects...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Ayako Ohyama, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hisashi Noma, Mayu Terasaki, Masaru Shimizu, Hirofumi Toko, Fumika Honda, Mizuki Yagishita, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Yuya Kondo, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to clarify associations between maternal clinical features and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in mothers with connective tissue diseases (CTDs). METHODS: We retrospectively examined maternal clinical features including backgrounds, autoantibodies, CTD flare-ups, and therapies during pregnancies as well as fetal outcomes in 90 pregnancies (66 mothers) at our hospital from January 2006 to September 2016. RESULTS: Underlying CTDs were SLE (N = 41), MCTD (N = 10), RA (N = 15), SS (N = 10), and others (N = 14)...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Tomás Urrego, Blanca Ortiz-Reyes, Adriana L Vanegas-García, Carlos H Muñoz, Luis A González, Gloria Vásquez, José A Gómez-Puerta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of lupus nephritis (LN) is usually based on renal biopsy, which is an invasive technique that involves multiple risks. Therefore, different biomarkers have emerged as alternatives for the diagnosis of LN. Nonetheless, studies regarding urinary biomarkers in Latin American patients are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of urinary transferrin and ceruloplasmin to differentiate patients who have renal involvement from those who do not...
March 9, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
Lu Li, Hai-Dong Fu
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) represent a form of cell death distinct from apoptosis or necrosis. The imbalance between the formation and degradation of NETs has long been considered to be closely associated with the activity of autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Reactive oxygen species derived from the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase pathway or mitochondrial DNA pathway play a key role in the primary stage of NETs formation. The exposure or delayed degradation of abundant autoantigens, such as double-strand DNA, caused by abnormal activation of neutrophils can induce autoantibody to form immune complexes that deposit in local tissues and then induce the plasmacytoid dendritic cells to secrete the interferon alpha and other inflammatory factors...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Elliot M Silver, William Ochoa
BACKGROUND Chronic intake of high-dose corticosteroids is associated with multiple adverse clinical effects, including hypertension, insulin resistance, impaired wound healing, immunosuppression, myopathy, and osteoporosis. In cases of autoimmune disease, use of steroid-sparing treatment modalities is preferred over chronic steroid therapy to limit these side effects. Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy is a less common side effect of chronic steroid use in patients treated with <10 mg/day of prednisone. However, doses exceeding 40-60 mg/day can induce clinically significant myopathy and weakness...
March 11, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
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
E Calle, L A González, C H Muñoz, D Jaramillo, A Vanegas, G Vásquez
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are at higher risk of developing opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis (TB), especially extrapulmonary forms like osteoarticular TB, compared to the general population. However, tuberculous sacroiliitis has been scarcely reported in these patients. We present a 34-year-old woman with SLE who developed articular tuberculosis simultaneously affecting the right sacroiliac joint and the left knee. The patient was successfully treated with antituberculosis therapy for nine months...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Francesca Trentin, Mariele Gatto, Margherita Zen, Larosa Maddalena, Linda Nalotto, Francesca Saccon, Elisabetta Zanatta, Luca Iaccarino, Andrea Doria
To date, belimumab is the only biological drug approved for the treatment of patients with active refractory SLE. We compared and critically analyzed the results of 11 observational clinical-practice-based studies, conducted in SLE referral centers. Despite the differences in endpoints and follow-up duration, all studies remarked that belimumab provides additional benefits when used as an add-on to existing treatment, allowing a higher rate of patients to reach remission and to taper or discontinue corticosteroids...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Masato Habuka, Yoko Wada, Yoichi Kurosawa, Suguru Yamamoto, Yusuke Tani, Riuko Ohashi, Yoichi Ajioka, Masaaki Nakano, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: Visceral disseminated varicella zoster viral (VZV) infection is a rare but severe complication with a high mortality rate in immunosuppressed individuals, and an increased susceptibility to VZV has been reported in kidney transplant recipients who are treated with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). In Japan, MMF is currently approved for patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and data to indicate its optimal dosage are still insufficient. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old Japanese woman with rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed as having systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and LN class III (A/C)...
March 5, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Jennie A Hamilton, Hui-Chen Hsu, John D Mountz
Type I interferons (IFNs) have a prominent role in many aspects of normal innate and adaptive immunity and autoimmunity. However, cell-type specific information about type I IFN expression and autocrine/paracrine signaling is sparse and mostly focused on non-lymphocyte and non-immune cell populations. A major function of B cells is cytokine production, but surprisingly, type I IFN production by B cells in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has not been thoroughly investigated. This is due, in part, to the established view that plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are the primary source of pathogenic type I IFN in lupus...
January 2018: Discovery Medicine
Bei-Bei Yang, Hua Xiao, Xiao-Jie Li, Min Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of etanercept (ETN) plus methotrexate (MTX) in patients with rhupus without using corticosteroids. METHODS: Twenty rhupus patients [meeting the criteria for both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)] who had never been treated with corticosteroids, DMARDs, or biological agents with a 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) >3.2 and lupus nephritis determined from histopathological specimens were enrolled...
January 2018: Discovery Medicine
Corrado Campochiaro, Lauren V Host, Voon H Ong, Christopher P Denton
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic, autoimmune connective tissue disease with a female predominance. The reason for the female predilection in SSc may relate to the difference in hormones between the genders. There are no current data on the influence male-to-female sex transition may have in the development of SSc. We report three patients who developed SSc after initiating the transgender process, and review current literature in regards to transgender patients with connective tissue disease (CTD)...
February 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Kento Nawata, Junichi Nakamura, Kei Ikeda, Shunsuke Furuta, Hiroshi Nakajima, Seiji Ohtori, Shigeo Hagiwara, Yasushi Wako, Michiaki Miura, Yuya Kawarai, Masahiko Sugano, Kensuke Yoshino, Sumihisa Orita, Kazuhide Inage, Tsutomu Akazawa
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate transitional changes in the incidence of glucocorticoid-associated osteonecrosis in SLE patients, with a focus on immunosuppressive agent and glucocorticoid consumption. Methods: We retrospectively registered 185 SLE patients with 740 joints, who were newly diagnosed and hospitalized for initial high-dose glucocorticoid therapy from 1986 to 2015. Immunosuppressive agent, glucocorticoid dose, age, sex, organ lesion at hospitalization, complement (C3, C4, CH50) and anti-DNA antibody before initial glucocorticoid therapy, the frequency of use of anticoagulant and antilipidemic drugs, and incidence of osteonecrosis were documented...
February 14, 2018: Rheumatology
R Furie, L Wang, G Illei, J Drappa
A post-hoc analysis of pooled data from two Phase IIb trials (sifalimumab; NCT01283139, anifrolumab; NCT01438489) assessed the clinical significance of a Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Responder Index (SRI(4)) response (Week 52) for 736 patients with moderate to severe SLE disease activity (study entry). SRI(4) responders achieved significantly greater improvements in clinical outcome measures (including percentages of patients with a ≥ 7-point reduction in SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI)-2000 (2K), British Isles Lupus Assessment Group "A" or "2B" flare rate, and oral corticosteroid reduction to ≤7...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Michelle Remião Ugolini Lopes, Adriana Danowski, Andreas Funke, Jozelia Rêgo, Roger Levy, Danieli Castro Oliveira de Andrade
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) associated with thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. Most APS events are directly related to thrombotic events, which may affect small, medium or large vessels. Other clinical features like thrombocytopenia, nephropathy, cardiac valve disease, cognitive dysfunction and skin ulcers (called non-criteria manifestations) add significant morbidity to this syndrome and represent clinical situations that are challenging...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
C-B Choi, S Won, S-C Bae
Objectives Outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have significantly improved over the years. However, when there is major organ involvement, the outcomes can still be unfavorable. Outcomes of multitarget therapy using mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and tacrolimus in patients with SLE who were refractory to standard therapy were assessed. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the Hanyang BAE lupus cohort to identify patients with biopsy-confirmed lupus nephritis (classes III, IV, or V) who failed to either achieve complete response with standard induction therapy or those who had a lupus flare after achieving a complete response with conventional induction therapy and subsequently were switched to multitarget combination therapy with MMF and tacrolimus...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Shereen Oon, Molla Huq, Timothy Godfrey, Mandana Nikpour
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review, and conduct a meta-analysis of steroid-sparing effect in, phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled trials of biologic therapies for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Studies were identified by searching Medline (via Pubmed), EMBASE, CINAHL and SCOPUS databases, the Cochrane library, and Adult human studies published in English in the last ten years (until 18/04/2017) were included. A random-effects meta-analysis comparing a common corticosteroid-reduction endpoint in the trials of rituximab, belimumab, tabalumab and epratuzumab in SLE, was conducted...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Zhen Zhao, Xiaojuan Zhang, Lili Su, Le Xu, Yong Zheng, Jian Sun
Although Interleukin-2 (IL-2) was identified almost 40 years ago, only recently low dosage IL-2 therapy is proved to be an effective approach to treat autoimmune diseases. The underlining mechanism is that IL-2 can fine-tune subsets of CD4+ T cells by promoting the development and maintenance of regulatory T cells (Treg) at low-dosage (ld) and enhance the functions of effector T cells (Teff) at high-dosage (hd). Since the successful clinical trials of IL-2 to treat patients with autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions, including Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), ld IL-2 therapy is a promising strategy to treat autoimmune diseases...
January 31, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
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