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Chiara Tani, Leopoldo Trieste, Valentina Lorenzoni, Sara Cannizzo, Giuseppe Turchetti, Marta Mosca
Recent advances in health information technologies (HIT) in systemic lupus erythematosus have included electronic databases and registries, computerised clinical charts for patient monitoring, computerised diagnostic tools, computerised prediction rules and, more recently, disease-specific applications for mobile devices for physicians, health care professionals, and patients. Traditionally, HIT development has been oriented primarily to physicians and public administrators. However, more recent development of patient-centered Apps could improve communication and empower patients in the daily management of their disease...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Kaleb Michaud
The National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases (NDB) is a longitudinal observational patient-driven database, founded as a non-profit research organization in 1998 by Dr. Frederick Wolfe. Patients are sent a primary questionnaire twice a year. More than 50,000 patients with more than 100 various rheumatic diseases under the care of more than 1,500 rheumatologists have completed at least one 6-month questionnaire. Many important publications concerning rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, and pharmaco-epidemiology have resulted from NDB research...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Renu Saigal, Laxmikant Goyal, M L Tank, Suresh Saigal
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) mostly affects young women of reproductive age group. SLE patients may conceive as any normal woman but complication may occur in these patients if the disease is active. Pregnancy in SLE may lead to 1. Aggravation of SLE (Lupus flare) 2. Pre-term delivery, intrauterine growth retardation and foetal loss (in presence of antiphospholipid antibodies) 3. Neonatal lupus especially in presence of Anti-Ro / La antibody. For a successful pregnancy, both from maternal and foetal aspects, disease should be quiescent for at least six months before the conception...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
D Miranda-Hernández, C Cruz-Reyes, C Monsebaiz-Mora, E Gómez-Bañuelos, U Ángeles, L J Jara, M Á Saavedra
The aim of this study was to estimate the impact of the haematological manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) on mortality in hospitalized patients. For that purpose a case-control study of hospitalized patients in a medical referral centre from January 2009 to December 2014 was performed. For analysis, patients hospitalized for any haematological activity of SLE (n = 103) were compared with patients hospitalized for other manifestations of SLE activity or complications of treatment (n = 206)...
October 18, 2016: Lupus
Agnes Gardet, Wei C Chou, Taylor L Reynolds, Diana B Velez, Kai Fu, Julia M Czerkowicz, Jeffrey Bajko, Ann M Ranger, Normand Allaire, Hannah M Kerns, Sarah Ryan, Holly M Legault, Robert W Dunstan, Robert Lafyatis, Matvey Lukashev, Joanne L Viney, Jeffrey L Browning, Dania Rabah
Mouse models lupus nephritis (LN) have provided important insights into disease pathogenesis, although none have been able to recapitulate all features of the human disease. Using comprehensive longitudinal analyses, we characterized a novel accelerated mouse model of lupus using pristane treatment in SNF1 (SWR X NZB F1) lupus prone mice (pristane-SNF1 mice). Pristane treatment in SNF1 mice accelerated the onset and progression of proteinuria, autoantibody production, immune complex deposition and development of renal lesions...
2016: PloS One
Derek D Jones, Brian T Gaudette, Joel R Wilmore, Irene Chernova, Alexandra Bortnick, Brendan M Weiss, David Allman
Little is known about the role of mTOR signaling in plasma cell differentiation and function. Furthermore, for reasons not understood, mTOR inhibition reverses antibody-associated disease in a murine model of systemic lupus erythematosus. Here, we have demonstrated that induced B lineage-specific deletion of the gene encoding RAPTOR, an essential signaling adaptor for rapamycin-sensitive mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1), abrogated the generation of antibody-secreting plasma cells in mice. Acute treatment with rapamycin recapitulated the effects of RAPTOR deficiency, and both strategies led to the ablation of newly formed plasma cells in the spleen and bone marrow while also obliterating preexisting germinal centers...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Mar Llamas-Velasco, Victoria Alegría, Ángel Santos-Briz, Lorenzo Cerroni, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions are characterized by retiform purpura. Histopathologic findings consist of occlusion of the vessel lumina with no vasculitis. Different disorders may produce nonvasculitic occlusive vasculopathy in cutaneous blood and lymphatic vessels, including embolization due to cholesterol and oxalate emboli, cutaneous intravascular metastasis from visceral malignancies, atrial myxomas, intravascular angiosarcoma, intralymphatic histiocytosis, intravascular lymphomas, endocarditis, crystal globulin vasculopathy, hypereosinophilic syndrome, and foreign material...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Giacomo Murana, Mariano Cefarelli, Geoffrey Kloppenburg, Wim J Morshuis, Robin H Heijmen
In adult the patent ductus arteriosus is a rare condition associated sometimes with lethal complications. We describe the case of a 44-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus admitted to our hospital with hoarseness and severe dyspnea. Clinical imaging examinations indicated a saccular aneurysm within a persistent ductus arteriosus with signs of impending rupture. Patient was not considered suitable for transcatheter closure and therefore she underwent open aortic repair. The procedure was uneventful and any significant complications occurred during postoperative course...
October 19, 2016: Future Cardiology
Abhinav Anand, Kruthi Malur, Juhi Kawale, Milind Y Nadkar
We present a case of mesentric vasculitis with systemic lupus erythematosus who relapsed after high dose steroids but achieved subsequent remission after starting pulse cyclophosphamide therapy. 38 years old female who had earlier polyserositis and cerebral venous thrombosis was admitted with provisional diagnosis of SLE and developed acute abdominal pain during hospital stay. She was diagnosed as mesenteric vasculitis and initially responded to pulse methylprednisolone. However, she had relapse which subsequently responded to pulse cyclophosphamide and steroids...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Keika Miyazawa, Yuji Otsuka, Yoshiki Ishiguro
INTRODUCTION: For a patient with lupus anticoagulant (LA), activated coagulation time (ACT) was measured with two different types of devices (HEMOCHRON(®) 801 and HEMOCHRON(®) Jr). CASE REPORT: ACTs during heparinization measured with the HEMOCHRON(®) 801 were over the range of measurement, while those with the HEMOCHRON(®) Jr. reflected an almost normal response to heparin. DISCUSSION: The phospholipid contained in an activating agent of the HEMOCHRON(®) Jr was suggested to have counteracted the effect of LA...
October 5, 2016: Perfusion
Mohammad Reza Hatef-Fard, Mina Khodabandeh, Maryam Sahebari, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan, Zahra Rezaieyazdi
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematous is an autoimmune disease associated with atherosclerotic manifestations or metabolic disturbance due to inflammation. The aim of this study was to determine frequency of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in SLE compared to healthy controls. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 150 SLE patients and 220 healthy volunteers were enrolled. MetS was diagnosed according to ATPIII criteria. Patients and controls were compared according to prevalence of MetS...
2016: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
Elaine Cristina Lima Dos Santos, Amanda Chaves Pinto, Evandro Mendes Klumb, Jacyara Maria Brito Macedo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate potential associations of four substitutions in NAT2 gene and of acetylator phenotype of NAT2 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and clinical phenotypes. METHODS: Molecular analysis of 481C>T, 590G>A, 857G>A, and 191G>A substitutions in the NAT2 gene was performed by PCR-RFLP technique, using DNA extracted from peripheral blood samples obtained from patients with SLE (n=91) and controls (n=97). RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The 857GA genotype was more prevalent among nonwhite SLE patients (OR=4...
September 28, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma is well known. Systemic rheumatic diseases are characterized by a long natural history with few symptoms, an undifferentiated picture or a remitting course making difficult a timely diagnosis. It has been suggested that screening measures for these diseases could be useful but the impact of unrecognized systemic rheumatic disorders on pregnancy outcome is unknown...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Y H Lee, G G Song
This study aimed to determine whether Glutathione S-transferase M1 (GSTM1), P1 (GSTT1), NFKB1 polymorphisms confer susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We performed a meta-analysis on the associations between GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotypes, and NFKB1 -94 ins/delATTG polymorphisms and SLE. In total, seven studies were considered for this meta-analysis, which comprised 2,119 SLE patients and 3,014 healthy controls. Meta-analysis of the GSTM1 null polymorphism in 869 SLE and 1,544 control subjects revealed an association between SLE and the GSTM1 null genotype (OR = 1...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Seong-Tshool Hong
The human intestine contains a massive and complex microbial community called gut microbiota. A typical human carries 100 trillion microbes in his/her body which is 10 times greater than the number of their host cells, i.e. whole number of human cells. A combined microbial genome constituting gut microbiota is well excess our own human genome. The microbial composition of gut microbiotata and its role on diseases became a booming area of research, presenting a new paradigm of opportunities for modern medicines...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Michael J Ryan
Connective tissue diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma, have a strong predilection for women and are associated with a marked increase in the prevalence of hypertension. The mechanisms leading to the increased risk of hypertension in these patients remain unclear; however, they are likely related to immune mediated changes in cardiovascular and renal function. Over the past several years, we have elucidated a number of factors that contribute to the development of hypertension during SLE using a widely established experimental model of SLE, the female NZBWF1 mouse...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Y Zuo, R Willis, E Papalardo, M Petri, E N Harris, A Schleh, K DeCeulaer, M Smikle, L M Vilá, J D Reveille, G S Alarcón, E B Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: While essential for the classification of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), anticardiolipin (aCL) assays lack specificity and anti-β2glycoproteinI (anti-β2GPI) assays lack sensitivity in this regard. Our aim was to perform a comparative analysis of the APhL ELISA assay (IgG/IgM) and criteria antiphospholipid (aPL) immunoassays in identifying APS-related clinical manifestations in a large group of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum samples from 1178 patients from the Hopkins (n = 543), LUMINA (n = 588) and Jamaican SLE cohorts (n = 47) were examined for IgG/IgM positivity in aCL (in-house), anti-β2GPI (two commercial kits) and APhL (Louisville APL) ELISA assays...
October 16, 2016: Lupus
Barbara H Bardenheier, Jonathan Duffy, Susan K Duderstadt, Jay B Higgs, Michael P Keith, Patricia J Papadopoulos, William R Gilliland, Michael M McNeil
U.S. military personnel assigned to areas deemed to be at high risk for anthrax attack receive Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA). Few cases of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been reported in persons who received AVA. Using a matched case-control study design, we assessed the relationship of RA and SLE with AVA vaccination using the Defense Medical Surveillance System. We identified potential cases using International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification codes and confirmed cases with medical record review and rheumatologist adjudication...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Jan Klocke, Katharina Kopetschke, Anna-Sophie Grießbach, Valerie Langhans, Jens Y Humrich, Robert Biesen, Duska Dragun, Andreas Radbruch, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Gabriela Riemekasten, Philipp Enghard
Renal infiltration of inflammatory cells contributes to the pathogenesis of Lupus nephritis (LN). Current knowledge on the recruitment mechanisms relies mainly on findings in rodent models. Here, we assess various chemokine pathways in human LN by comparing urinary chemokine concentrations (in 25 patients with acute LN and in 78 lupus patients without active LN) with the expression of corresponding chemokine receptors on urinary leukocytes (in ten acute LN patients). Nine urinary chemokines were significantly elevated in LN patients and correlated with renal disease activity and urinary cell counts; however, their concentrations displayed considerable interindividual heterogeneity...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Jing Gao, Lei Zhang, Xin Zhang, Shi-Long Zhao, Sheng-Yun Liu, Li-Hua Xing
The severity of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with pulmonary bacterial infection varies widely. We investigated the significance of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in evaluating the severity of pulmonary infection in SLE patients. This retrospective study contained a total of 117 patients (107 women and 10 men) with SLE from January 2010 to June 2011. Serum levels of PCT and CRP were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The severity of pulmonary bacterial infection (PBI) was evaluated using the pneumonia severity index (PSI)...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
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