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Franchesca Cruz-Pérez, Salvador Vilá, Grissel Ríos, Luis M Vilá
Macrophage-activating syndrome (MAS) is a rare condition characterized by dysfunctional macrophage activation leading to overproduction of cytokines and phagocytosis of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. MAS is associated with infectious diseases, malignancies, and autoimmune rheumatic disorders. Herein, we present a 22-year-old Hispanic woman with SLE who was hospitalized because of a three-week history of fever, fatigue, polyarthralgia, nausea, and abdominal pain. Initial laboratories showed severe pancytopenia with marked elevation of liver enzymes and ferritin levels...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Weiran Dai, Ziliang Ye, Haili Lu, Qiang Su, Hui Li, Lang Li
Background: The results showed that there was a certain correlation between the single nucleotide polymorphism of IL-10-1082G/A and rheumatic heart disease, but there was no systematic study to verify this conclusion. Aims: Systematic review of the association between single nucleotide polymorphism of IL-10-1082G/A locus and rheumatic heart disease. Materials and Methods: Computer retrieval PubMed, EMbase, Cochrane Library, CBM, CNKI, VIP and Data WanFang, the retrieval time limit from inception to June 2017...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Guillermo Benítez, Martí March-Salas, Alberto Villa-Kamel, Ulises Cháves-Jiménez, Javier Hernández, Nuria Montes-Osuna, Joaquín Moreno-Chocano, Paloma Cariñanos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The different species of the genus Datura have been used traditionally by some pre-Columbian civilizations, as well as in medieval rituals linked to magic and witchcraft in both Mexico and Europe. It is also noteworthy the use of different alkaloids obtained from the plants for medicinal purposes in the treatment of various groups of diseases, especially of the respiratory and muscularskeletal systems. AIM OF THE STUDY: A review of the ethnobotanical uses of the genus Datura in Mexico and Spain has been conducted...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Valérie Leclair, Ingrid E Lundberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) classification criteria have been a subject of debate for many decades. Despite several limitations, the Bohan and Peter criteria are still widely used. The aim of this review is to discuss the evolution of IIM classification criteria. RECENT FINDINGS: New IIM classification criteria are periodically proposed. The discovery of myositis-specific and myositis-associated autoantibodies led to the development of clinico-serological criteria, while in-depth description of IIM morphological features improved histopathology-based criteria...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Mohanned Mustafa, Easwaradhas Gladston Chelliah, Michael Hughes
Patients with systemic rheumatic diseases (SRDs) may require admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) throughout the course of their disease. Therefore, the rheumatologist needs an understanding of the factors which may influence the course of patients with SRDs who are admitted to ICU. These include the causes for admission, patient characteristics including comorbidities and drug therapies, outcome (in-ICU mortality and causes of death), and prognostic factors. Infections and exacerbation/complications of SRDs are the most common (and potentially reversible) reasons for both admission and death on ICU...
March 16, 2018: Rheumatology International
Luca Navarini, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Marta Vadacca, Antonella Afeltra
In the last two decades, white adipose tissue (WAT) has been recognized as a key actor of many physiological and pathological conditions. WAT is able to produce mediators, named "adipokines", which may affect systemic homeostasis. In particular, leptin is not only involved in appetite and energy metabolism, but also in immune system. Increasing evidence established that leptin can regulate both innate and adaptive immunity mainly with pro-inflammatory effects but also, to a lesser extent, with anti-inflammatory features...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Letters
María R Flores-Ocelotl, Nora H Rosas-Murrieta, Diego A Moreno, Verónica Vallejo-Ruiz, Julio Reyes-Leyva, Fabiola Domínguez, Gerardo Santos-López
BACKGROUND: Urtica dioica, Taraxacum officinale, Calea integrifolia and Caesalpinia pulcherrima are widely used all over the world for treatment of different illnesses. In Mexico, these plants are traditionally used to alleviate or counteract rheumatism and inflammatory muscle diseases. In the present study we evaluated the activity of aqueous and methanolic extracts of these four plants, on the replication of dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV2). METHODS: Extraction process was carried out in a Soxtherm® system at 60, 85 and 120 °C; a chemical fractionation in silica gel chromatography was performed and compounds present in the active fractions were identified by HPLC-DAD-ESI/MSn...
March 16, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Qiyu Lu, Yi Sun, Yuyin Duan, Bin Li, Jianming Xia, Songhua Yu, Guimin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality, especially in China. More than a half of valvular heart diseases are caused by acute rheumatic fever. microRNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. However, the miRNA profile of the rheumatic valvular heart disease is unknown. This research is to discuss microRNAs and their target gene pathways involved in rheumatic heart valve disease. METHODS: Serum miRNA from one healthy individual and four rheumatic heart disease patients were sequenced...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Gaby Aphram, Laurent De Kerchove, Stefano Mastrobuoni, Emiliano Navarra, Silvia Solari, Saadallah Tamer, Jerome Baert, Alain Poncelet, Jean Rubay, Parla Astarci, Philippe Noirhomme, Gebrine El Khoury
OBJECTIVES: Mitral valve (MV) repair is the gold standard for treatment of degenerative mitral regurgitation. A variety of surgical techniques allow surgeons to achieve a high rate of MV repair even with MV diseases of other aetiologies. However, a certain number of repairs fail over time. The aim of this study was to review our single-centre experience of MV re-repair and analyse the mode of repair failure, re-repair safety and efficiency in relation to the initial aetiology. METHODS: Between 1997 and 2015, 91 patients underwent redo MV re-repair...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Lesley Uttley, Iñigo Bermejo, Shijie Ren, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Ruth Wong, David L Scott, Adam Young, Matt Stevenson
As part of its Single Technology Appraisal process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Pfizer) of tofacitinib (TOF; Xeljanz® ) to submit evidence of the drug's clinical and cost-effectiveness in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the failure of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs). The School of Health and Related Research Technology Appraisal Group at the University of Sheffield was commissioned to act as the independent Evidence Review Group (ERG)...
March 15, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Oliver D Montagnat, Graham R Webster, Jürgen B Bulitta, Cornelia Landersdorfer, Rosemary Wyber, Meru Sheel, Jonathan R Carapetis, Ben J Boyd
Jürgen B. Bulitta's name was misspelled in the original version of the article. It is correct as reflected here. The original article has been revised.
March 15, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Soyoung Park, Ah-Young Oh, Jung-Hyun Cho, Min-Ho Yoon, Tae-Guen Woo, Somi Kang, Ho-Young Lee, Yunjin Jung, Bum-Joon Park
Quinacrine (QNC), anti-protozoan drug commonly used against Malaria and Giardiasis, has been recently tried for rheumatics and prion diseases via drug repositioning. In addition, several reports suggest anti-tumor effects of QNC through suppression of NF-κB and activation of p53. This study, demonstrates the anti-cancer effect of QNC via a novel pathway through the elimination of check point kinase 1/2 (Chk1/2) under p53 inactivated conditions. Inhibition of p53, by PFT-α or siRNA, promotes QNC-induced apoptosis in normal fibroblast and p53-intact cancer cells...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Susan M Goodman, Vivian P Bykerk, Edward DiCarlo, Ryan W Cummings, Laura T Donlin, Dana E Orange, Annie Hoang, Serene Mirza, Michael McNamara, Kayte Andersen, Susan J Bartlett, Jackie Szymonifka, Mark P Figgie
OBJECTIVE: Rates of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) remain high for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), who are at risk of flaring after surgery. We aimed to describe rates, characteristics, and risk factors of RA flare within 6 weeks of THA and TKA. METHODS: Patients with RA were recruited prior to elective THA and TKA surgery and prospectively followed. Clinicians evaluated RA clinical characteristics 0-2 weeks before and 6 weeks after surgery...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Giuseppe Candilio, Emilia De Luca, Angelo Iannicelli, Guido Sciaudone, Gianluca Pellino, Rosario Sacco, Francesco Selvaggi, Giuseppe Sammarco, Gaetano Gallo
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a disabilitating growing condition and represent a challenge for every surgeon. It is associated with the activation of the inflammatory pathway and this may have a negative impact on the natural history of some rheumatic diseases. Bariatric surgery, reducing obesity, could bring to a minor activation of the well-known inflammatory pathway with improvement of these diseases. The aim of this review is to investigate the role of weight loss, achieved through bariatric surgery, in rheumatic diseases...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Paola Cipriani, Francesco Ciccia, Giuliana Guggino, Francesco Carubbi, Vasiliki Liakouli, Paola Di Benedetto, Giovanni Triolo, Roberto Giacomelli, Piero Ruscittia, Onorina Berardicurti
BACKGROUND: A close relationship between rheumatic diseases and cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been reported, accounting for the higher mortality and morbidity observed in these patients. In the last years, it has been clearly reported that patients affected by primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) experienced an increased risk of CVD. OBJECTIVE: This review aimed at investigating CVD, traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and possible targeted therapeutic strategies in pSS patients...
March 15, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
A L Fedele, L Petricca, B Tolusso, S Alivernini, S Canestri, C Di Mario, S L Bosello, G Ferraccioli, E Gremese
OBJECTIVES: To define baseline clinical and immunological characteristics [anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs), immunoglobulin M (IgM)- and IgA-rheumatoid factor (RF), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels] involved in determining baseline erosiveness, outcome, and radiographic progression among seropositive and seronegative early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients. METHOD: The 408 ERA patients enrolled in the study were monitored every 3 months according to the treat-to-target strategy...
March 15, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Ya-Mei Zhang, Han-Bo Yang, Jing-Li Shi, He Chen, Xiao-Ming Shu, Xin Lu, Guo-Chun Wang, Qing-Lin Peng
Autoantibodies against poly-U-binding factor 60 kDa protein (PUF60) have been reported in Caucasian dermatomyositis (DM) patients. However, their clinical significance in idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) remains to be fully clarified. Our objective was to analyze the prevalence and clinical significance of anti-PUF60 antibodies in a large cohort of Chinese IIM patients. In our study, 388 IIM patients, 301 disease controls, and 167 healthy controls (HCs) were involved. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed to detect serum anti-PUF60 levels and was validated using immunoblotting methods...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Win Min Oo, Vasikaran Naganathan, Myat Thae Bo, David J Hunter
Secondary osteoporosis is an important co-morbidity related to inflammatory rheumatic diseases that is attributed to several factors including inflammatory cytokines, inactivity and glucocorticoid treatment. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) has been utilized in osteoporosis research due to its detectability of bone density as well as bone quality. The current narrative review is to address the potential utilities of QUS in secondary osteoporosis of inflammatory rheumatic diseases, focusing on the clinical aspects of QUS in these diseases, based on the conformity of QUS with dual emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), the relationship with disease characteristics, and its capability of fracture prediction...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Areeba Riaz, Muhammad Imran Hanif, Iqra Hamid Khan, Asif Hanif, Sobia Mughal, Ayesha Anwer
OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of life in patients with rheumatic heart disease. METHODS: This case-control study was conducted at the Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan, from October 2016 to March 2017, and comprised patients with rheumatic heart disease.Convenient sampling technique was used. The 36-item short form health survey was used to collect data. The scores of several dimensions of the questionnaire were calculated and compared using appropriate statistical tests...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Arnaud Bisson, Alexandre Bodin, Nicolas Clementy, Anne Bernard, Dominique Babuty, Gregory Y H Lip, Laurent Fauchier
AIMS: We compared thromboembolic (TE) and bleeding risks in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) according to the new 'Evaluated Heartvalves, Rheumatic or Artificial' (EHRA) valve classification. METHODS: Patients were divided into 3 categories: (i) EHRA type 1 corresponds to the previous 'valvular' AF patients, with either rheumatic mitral valve stenosis or mechanical prosthetic heart valves; (ii) EHRA type 2 includes AF patients with other valvular heart disease (VHD) and valve bioprosthesis or repair; and (iii) 'non-VHD controls' i...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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