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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110385/the-prevalence-of-anticitrullinated-protein-antibodies-increases-with-age-in-healthy-individuals-at-risk-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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D Alpizar-Rodriguez, Laure Brulhart, Ruediger B Mueller, Burkhard Möller, Jean Dudler, Adrian Ciurea, Ulrich A Walker, Ines Von Mühlenen, Diego Kyburz, Pascal Zufferey, Michael Mahler, Sylvette Bas, Danielle Gascon, Céline Lamacchia, Pascale Roux-Lombard, Kim Lauper, Michael J Nissen, Delphine S Courvoisier, Cem Gabay, Axel Finckh
Transition from genetic risk to the development of systemic autoimmunity associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is considered a key step for the development of RA and often referred to as the immune onset of the disease. The aim of this study is to identify predictors for the presence of anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) as a marker of systemic autoimmunity associated with RA in a high-risk population, an ongoing cohort of first-degree relatives of patients with RA. We assessed the presence of ACPA in individuals without clinical evidence of RA...
January 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109618/effects-of-dmards-on-citrullinated-peptide-autoantibody-levels-in-ra-patients-a-longitudinal-analysis
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Carolin Wunderlich, Isabelle Oliviera, Camille P Figueiredo, Juergen Rech, Georg Schett
OBJECTIVE: To study whether stable treatment with DMARDs affects anti-CCP2 antibody levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: In this longitudinal observational study 100 RA patients were followed for anti-CCP2 IgG antibody (U/L) and total IgG level (mg/dL) every 6 months for a total period of 2.5 years. All patients received stable DMARD treatment during this period. Five groups comprising each 20 patients were analyzed as follows: (1) methotrexate (MTX) alone, (2) tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi), (3) tocilizumab (TCZ), (4) rituximab (RTX), and (5) abatacept (ABA)...
October 3, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109577/traditional-cardiovascular-risk-factors-or-inflammation-which-factors-accelerate-atherosclerosis-in-arthritis-patients
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A Dalbeni, A Giollo, A Tagetti, S Atanasio, G Orsolini, G Cioffi, F Ognibeni, M Rossini, P Minuz, C Fava, O Viapiana
: Patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis experience an increased incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events. In addition to visualizing atherosclerotic plaques, ultrasound examinations (USs) of the carotid arteries permit the measurement of subclinical markers of atherosclerosis, such as intima-media thickness (cIMT) and carotid segmental distensibility (cDC). The aims of the study were to identify the determinants of atherosclerosis acceleration (plaques, cIMT and cDC) in a sample of patients suffering from chronic arthritis and to compare these patients with a control group of people with ≤1 traditional risk factor (TRF) for CV disease...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109308/semaphorin-7a-as-a-potential-immune-regulator-and-promising-therapeutic-target-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Jianmin Xie, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Semaphorin 7A (Sema7A) is expressed by several different classes of lymphoid and myeloid cells and is a potent immunomodulator. We examined the role of Sema7A in modulating cellular immune responses and to provide experimental data validating the therapeutic potential of Sema7A in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Soluble Sema7A (sSema7A) levels in the serum and synovial fluid from patients with RA or osteoarthritis, as well as cytokine secretions, were analyzed with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109195/fungal-periprosthetic-joint-infection-following-total-elbow-arthroplasty-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Cory A Kwong, Shannon K T Puloski, Kevin A Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: With improving surgical techniques for total elbow arthroplasty clinical outcomes have improved and its utilization continues to increase. Despite these advances, complication rates remain as high as 24%. Of these complications periprosthetic joint infection is one of the most common and morbid. The rheumatoid elbow remains a leading indication for total elbow arthroplasty. Patients with this condition frequently require immunosuppressive therapy, which places them at higher risk of both typical and atypical infections...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108120/multiple-shoulder-abscesses-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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José Víctor Jiménez, Pedro Martínez-Ayala, Juan Cosme-Labarthe, Diego Luis Carrillo-Pérez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108005/in-vitro-allogeneic-immune-cell-response-to-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-derived-from-human-adipose-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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P Usha Shalini, J V S Vidyasagar, Lakshmi Kumari Kona, Meenakshi Ponnana, Lakshmi Kiran Chelluri
We investigated the regulatory activity of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) (n=10) towards immune cells in a cohort of 84 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, 36 apparently healthy controls. We co-cultured MSCs with lymphocyte subsets of T, B, and T regulatory cells (Tregs). Levels of the pro- and anti-inflammatory markers (tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interferon gamma (IFN-γ), and interleukin-10 (IL-10)) were estimated in serum and co-culture supernatants. The study revealed a two-fold increase in the proportion of Tregs and an increased level of CD4(+)CD25(+)FoxP3...
January 12, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107661/targeting-nf-kb-signaling-with-polymeric-hybrid-micelles-that-co-deliver-sirna-and-dexamethasone-for-arthritis-therapy
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Qin Wang, Hao Jiang, Yan Li, Wenfei Chen, Hanmei Li, Ke Peng, Zhirong Zhang, Xun Sun
The transcription factor NF-kB plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Here we attempt to slow arthritis progression by co-delivering the glucocorticoid dexamethasone (Dex) and small-interfering RNA targeting NF-kB p65 using our previously developed polymeric hybrid micelle system. These micelles contain two similar amphiphilic copolymers: polycaprolactone-polyethylenimine (PCL-PEI) and polycaprolactone-polyethyleneglycol (PCL-PEG). The hybrid micelles loaded with Dex and siRNA effectively inhibited NF-kB signaling in murine macrophages more efficiently than micelles containing either Dex or siRNA on their own...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107624/tocilizumab-alendronate-conjugate-for-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Hwiwon Lee, Suk Ho Bhang, Jeong Ho Lee, Hyemin Kim, Sei Kwang Hahn
An autoimmune disease of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes severe inflammation on the synovial membrane, which results in the destruction of articular cartilage and bone. Here, Tocilizumab (TCZ) - Alendronate (ALD) conjugate is synthesized for the early intervention of RA. A humanized monoclonal antibody of TCZ shows an immunosuppressive effect, targeting interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor in the RA pathogenesis. ALD is an anti-inflammatory bisphosphonate drug which can bind to the exposed bone surface. ALD is conjugated selectively to N-glycan on Fc region of TCZ using a chemical linker of 3-(2-pyridyldithio) propionyl hydrazide (PDPH) - poly(ethylene glycol) - N-hydroxysuccinimide (PDPH-PEG-NHS)...
January 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107378/polymorphisms-in-stat4-ptpn2-psors1c1-and-traf3ip2-genes-are-associated-with-the-response-to-tnf-inhibitors-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Paola Conigliaro, Cinzia Ciccacci, Cristina Politi, Paola Triggianese, Sara Rufini, Barbara Kroegler, Carlo Perricone, Andrea Latini, Giuseppe Novelli, Paola Borgiani, Roberto Perricone
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a progressive autoimmune disease characterized by chronic joint inflammation and structural damage. Remission or at least low disease activity (LDA) represent potentially desirable goals of RA treatment. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in several genes might be useful for prediction of response to therapy. We aimed at exploring 4 SNPs in candidate genes (STAT4, PTPN2, PSORS1C1 and TRAF3IP2) in order to investigate their potential role in the response to therapy with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF-i) in RA patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107351/high-concentrations-of-angiopoietin-like-protein-4-detected-in-serum-from-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-can-be-explained-by-non-specific-antibody-reactivity
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Elena Makoveichuk, Toralph Ruge, Solveig Nilsson, Anna Södergren, Gunilla Olivecrona
Angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4) is suggested to be a master regulator of plasma triglyceride metabolism. Our aim was to study whether the previously reported high levels of ANGPTL4 detected in serum from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by ELISA was due to any specific molecular form of this protein (oligomers, monomers or fragments). ANGPTL4 levels were first determined in serum from 68 RA patients and 43 age and sex matched control subjects and the mean values differed by a factor of 5.0. Then, ANGPTL4 was analyzed after size exclusion chromatography (SEC) of serum samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107255/high-methotrexate-triglutamate-level-is-an-independent-predictor-of-adverse-effects-in-asian-indian-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Amit Sandhu, Varun Dhir, Archana Bhatnagar, Veena Dhawan, Jasbinder Kaur, Ankita Sood, Shankar Naidu, Shabeer Ahmad, Neelam Varma, Aman Sharma, Shefali Sharma
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether erythrocyte methotrexate polyglutamate levels (MTX-glun) are associated with response or adverse effects to methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis. This preliminary study evaluated their utility in Asian-Indian patients over 24 weeks. METHODS: Rheumatoid arthritis patients were started on oral methotrexate at a dose of 15 mg per week, which was escalated to 25 mg by 12 weeks and continued till 24 weeks. Erythrocyte (RBC) MTX-glu1 to MTX-glu5 levels (nmol/L RBC) were determined at 4, 8, 16, and 24 weeks by using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography...
January 19, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106835/highly-expression-of-cd11b-and-cd32-on-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-patients-with-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Hyoun-Ah Kim, Bunsoon Choi, Chang-Hee Suh, Mi Hwa Han, Ju-Yang Jung, Hasan M Sayeed, Ye Won Kim, Seonghyang Sohn
BACKGROUND: We investigated the potential role of several pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs; CD11b, CD11c, CD32, CD206, CD209, and dectin-1) in adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS: The study included 13 untreated AOSD patients, 19 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients (as a disease control), and 19 healthy controls (HCs). The PRRs were quantified in peripheral blood using flow cytometry. The serum levels of interleukin-17 (IL-17), IL-18, and IL-23 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106666/a-tailored-guided-internet-based-cognitive-behavioral-intervention-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-as-an-adjunct-to-standard-rheumatological-care-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Ferwerda, S van Beugen, H van Middendorp, S Spillekom-van Koulil, A R T Donders, H Visser, E Taal, M C W Creemers, P C L M van Riel, A W M Evers
For patients with chronic pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), who experience elevated levels of distress, tailored guided internet-based cognitive behavioral treatment may be effective in improving psychological and physical functioning, and reducing impact the impact of RA on daily life. A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted for RA patients with elevated levels of distress asassessed by a disease-specific measure. The control group (n=71) received standard care and the intervention group (n= 62) additionally received an internet-based tailored cognitive-behavioral intervention...
January 12, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105670/the-role-of-shame-in-people-with-a-diagnosis-of-schizophrenia
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Nadine Keen, Darren George, Peter Scragg, Emmanuelle Peters
OBJECTIVES: To examine the role of shame and its relationship to depression in schizophrenia. It was predicted that individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia would exhibit higher levels of shame due to the stigma associated with their diagnosis, independently of depression levels, compared with psychiatric and medical control groups. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design with three groups: individuals with a diagnosis of (1) schizophrenia, (2) depression, and (3) rheumatoid arthritis...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105533/semi-automated-quantification-of-finger-joint-space-narrowing-using-tomosynthesis-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Shota Ichikawa, Tamotsu Kamishima, Kenneth Sutherland, Hideki Kasahara, Yuka Shimizu, Motoshi Fujimori, Nobutoshi Yasojima, Yohei Ono, Takahiko Kaneda, Takao Koike
The purpose of the study is to validate the semi-automated method using tomosynthesis images for the assessment of finger joint space narrowing (JSN) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), by using the semi-quantitative scoring method as the reference standard. Twenty patients (14 females and 6 males) with RA were included in this retrospective study. All patients underwent radiography and tomosynthesis of the bilateral hand and wrist. Two rheumatologists and a radiologist independently scored JSN with two modalities according to the Sharp/van der Heijde score...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105268/great-therapeutic-potential-of-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4-pad4-inhibitors-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-epigenetic-tools-regulation-of-pluripotency-in-stem-cells-and-more
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EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104973/unusual-case-of-an-alcoholic-with-liver-injury-from-sulfasalazine-use
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Umair Masood, Anuj Sharma, Sonny Nijjar, Barbara Krenzer
A 57-year-old male with a history of alcoholism presented to the emergency room with abdominal pain, jaundice, transaminitis, and hyperbilirubinemia. Due to the history of alcoholism, it was initially presumed that the patient had alcoholic hepatitis but further investigation revealed that he was recently started on sulfasalazine for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Upon cessation of the drug, the patient's liver function tests significantly improved over a few days and eventually normalized within weeks...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104768/cytomegalovirus-as-a-driver-of-excess-cardiovascular-mortality-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-red-herring-or-a-smoking-gun
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Alejandra Pera, Iain Broadley, Kevin A Davies, Florian Kern
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104368/interaction-of-capsaicin-with-calf-thymus-dna-a-multi-spectroscopic-and-molecular-modelling-study
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Faizan Abul Qais, K M Abdullah, Md Maroof Alam, Imrana Naseem, Iqbal Ahmad
Studying the mode of interaction between small molecules and DNA has received much attention in recent years, as many drugs have been reported to directly interact with DNA thereby regulating the expression of many genes. Capsaicin is a capsaiciniods family phytocompound having many therapeutic applications including diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of DNA strand breaks and chromosomal aberrations. In this study, we have investigated the interaction of capsaicin with calf thymus DNA using a number of biophysical techniques to get an insight and better understanding of the interaction mechanism...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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