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Primary amyloidosis

Syed M Hasan, Nida N Ahmed, Zunirah Ahmed, Allan Seibert
Amyloidosis is a rare disorder with a wide spectrum of presentations and anomalies. It is subdivided into 2 broad categories based on protein deposition; primary and secondary amyloidosis. It can present as a single-organ involvement or as a diffuse infiltrative multi-organ process. Isolated hepatic amyloidosis presentation is a rare phenomenon that develops due to insoluble amyloid deposition in liver. Its clinical presentation is usually vague and ranges from mild hepatomegaly with elevated liver enzymes to acute liver failure and hepatic rupture...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Rachel Shikhman, Jarrod Curry, Roland Gazaille
Amyloidosis is a rare disease defined by accumulation of extracellular amyloid systemically or within a specific organ. Localized amyloidosis of the genitourinary system is extremely rare, with the predominate location being the bladder. The imaging findings are often nonspecific and mimic urothelial carcinoma. We present a 49-year-old woman with a chief complaint of flank pain. A filling defect was discovered on radiological imaging. The defect was subsequently biopsied and proven to be a primary amyloidosis of the renal pelvis...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Swathi Kaliki, Ashi Morawala, Swarnalata Gowrishankar
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March 14, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Adrian Ho, Melissa C Davies, Raluca Guran, James Brewin
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March 2018: Urology Case Reports
Chantal C Clark, Mirjam M Mebius, Steven de Maat, Aloysius G M Tielens, Philip G de Groot, Rolf T Urbanus, Rob Fijnheer, Bouke P C Hazenberg, Jaap J van Hellemond, Coen Maas
ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13) cleaves von Willebrand Factor (VWF) multimers to control their thrombogenicity. The fibrinolytic enzyme plasmin can cleave VWF in a similar manner. However, plasmin can also cleave ADAMTS13, which ultimately inactivates it. This leaves the overall role of plasmin in primary haemostasis uncertain.We investigated the combined molecular effects of plasmin on VWF and ADAMTS13. We first identified that plasmin destroys FRETS-VWF73 substrate by cleaving the ADAMTS13 binding region in a buffered system...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Naveen L Pereira, Martha Grogan, G William Dec
Restrictive cardiomyopathies are the least common form of heart muscle disease. They are characterized as infiltrative and noninfiltrative, storage diseases, and endomyocardial disorders. Genetic diseases commonly present during childhood or adolescence. However, a growing percentage of elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction are being recognized as having forms of restrictive cardiomyopathy, particularly cardiac amyloidosis. Noninvasive evaluation has replaced endomyocardial biopsy in the diagnostic evaluation of most suspected etiologies...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Emily P Mitchell, Leon Prozesky, John Lawrence
The sustainability of captive cheetah populations is limited by high mortality due to chronic renal disease. This necropsy study, conducted on 243 captive cheetahs from one institution, investigated the relationships between focal palatine erosions, gastritis, enterocolitis, glomerulosclerosis, chronic renal infarcts, renal cortical and medullary fibrosis, and renal medullary amyloidosis at death. Associations between the individual renal lesions and death due to chronic renal disease and comparisons of lesion prevalence between captive bred and wild born and between normal and king coated cheetahs were also assessed...
2018: PloS One
Désirée S Jansson, Caroline Bröjer, Aleksija Neimanis, Torsten Mörner, Charles L Murphy, Faruk Otman, Per Westermark
Since the late 1990s, high mortality and declining populations have been reported among sea birds including Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) from the Baltic Sea area in Northern Europe. Repeated BoNT type C/D botulism outbreaks have occurred, but it remains unclear whether this is the sole and primary cause of mortality. Thiamine deficiency has also been suggested as a causal or contributing factor. With this study, we aimed to investigate gross and microscopic pathology in Herring gulls from affected breeding sites in Sweden in search of contributing diseases...
2018: PloS One
Rehab Mohamed Sobhi, Iman Sharaoui, Eman Ahmad El Nabarawy, Reham Shehab El Nemr Esmail, Rehab Aly Hegazy, Dina Hesham Fouad Aref
Macular amyloidosis (MA) represents a common variant of primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis. It has a characteristic female predominance; none of the treatment modalities described is either curative or uniformly effective in patients with macular amyloidosis. To determine the effect of fractional CO2 laser in macular amyloidosis in comparison to fractional CO2 laser-assisted drug delivery of topical steroids and topical vitamin C, the study includes 10 female patients with cutaneous macular amyloidosis aged between 20 and 62 years...
February 26, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Taru Garg, Anita Marak, Riaz Ahmed, Ram Chander, Manjula Jain
Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis refers to a group of disorders characterized by deposition of amyloid in the dermis without any systemic involvement. It comprises the following clinical types: macular, lichenoid, nodular, and biphasic. There are also rare variants such as amyloidosis cutis dyscromica and poikiloderma-like cutaneous amyloidosis. We report a case of primary cutaneous amyloidosis in a 17-year-old boy with unusual pigmentation of various patterns (reticulate and diffuse pigmentation with mottling and rippling at places) and hypopigmented atrophic macules...
August 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Xin Yan, Jinglan Jin
RATIONALE: Primary cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA) is a localized skin disorder characterized by the abnormal deposition of amyloid in the extracellular matrix of the dermis. The association between PCA and other diseases, although rare, has been documented for various autoimmune diseases. PCA associated with autoimmune hepatitis-primary biliary cirrhosis (AIH-PBC) overlap syndrome and Sjögren syndrome (SS) has not been previously reported in the literature. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 50-year-old woman presented with progressive abnormal liver enzyme levels and was referred to our department...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yesul Kim, Michael D Ioffreda, Catherine G Chung
Lichen amyloidosis is a subtype of primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis (PLCA), which presents as discrete, firm, closely-set 1-3mm, dome-shapedbrown papules commonly involving the anterior aspect of shins and extensor surfaces of forearms. We present a case of an otherwise healthy man in his 30s with solitary facial involvement of lichen amyloidosis, which is very uncommon.
November 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Adriana Pané, Sabina Ruiz, Aida Orois, Daniel Martínez, Mattia Squarcia, Lydia Sastre, Pablo Ruiz, Joan Caballería, Mireia Mora, Felicia A Hanzu, Irene Halperin
Several mutations in the gene encoding apolipoprotein AI (apoAI) have been described as a cause of familial amyloidosis. Individuals with apoAI-derived (AApoAI) amyloidosis frequently manifest with liver, kidney, laryngeal, skin and myocardial involvement. Although primary hypogonadism (PH) is considered almost pathognomonic of this disease, until now, primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) has not been described as a common clinical feature. Here, we report the first kindred with AApoAI amyloidosis in which PAI is well-documented...
February 15, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
Bin Mao, Xu Yao, Zheng Wang, Xiuli Zhao
OBJECTIVE To identify potential mutations in two Chinese families affected with primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis. METHODS Peripheral blood samples of the family were collected with informed consent. Genomic DNA was extracted with a phenol chloroform method. All of the 17 exons and their flanking splicing sites of the OSMR gene were amplified with PCR and subjected to Sanger sequencing. Suspected mutations were verified with PCR - restriction fragment length polymorphism and high-resolution melting assays...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Lara Ordóñez-Gutiérrez, Irene Benito-Cuesta, José Luis Abad, Josefina Casas, Gemma Fábrias, Francisco Wandosell
PURPOSE: The induction of autophagy has recently been explored as a promising therapeutic strategy to combat Alzheimer's disease. Among many other factors, there is evidence that ceramides/dihydroceramides act as mediators of autophagy, although the exact mechanisms underlying such effects are poorly understood. Here, we describe how two dihydroceramide desaturase inhibitors (XM461 and XM462) trigger autophagy and reduce amyloid secretion by neurons. METHODS: Neurons isolated from wild-type and APP/PS1 transgenic mice were exposed to the two dihydroceramide desaturase inhibitors to assess their effect on these cell's protein and lipid profiles...
February 6, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Mouna Korbi, Hayet Akkari, Yosra Soua, Mariem Mohamed, Monia Youssef, Hichem Belhajdali, Jameledine Zili
Lichen amyloidosis is a primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis. Different types of treatment have been used without complete resolution. Herein, we report a case of patient suffering from lichen amyloidosis successfully treated with fractional ablative laser CO2. He was a 59-year-old man diagnosed lichen amyloidosis localized on the legs 10 years ago. He was treated with topical corticosteroids without any improvement. Then, we started treating the affected area with CO2 laser (limmer*) at a setting of 5-8 J/cm2 and 8 mm laser spot size...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Linge Sun, Lei Zhang, Wenlu Hu, Tian-Fang Li, Shengyun Liu
INTRODUCTION: Amyloid light chain (AL) results from the deposition of immunoglobulin light chain fragments, and can affect multiple organs/systems. Our patient was diagnosed as scleroderma repeatedly because of extensive skin thickening and hardening, but the treatment was not effective. We did extensive laboratory examinations including serum/urine protein electrophoresis and flow cytometry assay of bone marrow aspiration. CONCLUSION: A diagnosis of primary AL amyloidosis was established...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Norbert Blank, Ute Hegenbart, Sascha Dietrich, Maik Brune, Jörg Beimler, Christoph Röcken, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Hanns-Martin Lorenz, Stefan O Schönland
BACKGROUND: To investigate obesity as susceptibility factor in patients with idiopathic AA amyloidosis. METHODS: Clinical, biochemical and genetic data were obtained from 146 patients with AA amyloidosis. Control groups comprised 40 patients with long-standing inflammatory diseases without AA amyloidosis and 56 controls without any inflammatory disease. FINDINGS: Patients with AA amyloidosis had either familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) or long-standing rheumatic diseases as underlying inflammatory disease (n = 111, median age 46 years)...
January 24, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
Kathleen C Gallagher, Ariana B Geromes, John Stokes, India A Reddy, James S Lewis, Naira Baregamian
Primary amyloidosis (PA) is a protein deposition disorder that presents with localized or multisystemic disease. The incidence is low in the general public, ranging from three to eight cases per million, and with nonspecific presenting symptoms typically occurring later in life. Due to late presentation, substantial and irreversible damage has usually already occurred by the time of the diagnosis. However, if inadvertent diagnosis occurs before irreversible damage has taken place, as it did in the following case, some patients may benefit from the disease-arresting treatment...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the Endocrine Society
Chi-Fan Yang, Shuan-Pei Lin, Chien-Ping Chiang, Yu-Hung Wu, Weng Siong H'ng, Chun-Ping Chang, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu
Amyloidosis cutis dyschromica (ACD) is a distinct form of primary cutaneous amyloidosis characterized by generalized hyperpigmentation mottled with small hypopigmented macules on the trunks and limbs. Affected families and sporadic case subjects have been reported predominantly in East and Southeast Asian ethnicities; however, the genetic cause has not been elucidated. We report here that the compound heterozygosity or homozygosity of GPNMB truncating alleles is the cause of autosomal-recessive ACD. Six nonsense or frameshift mutations were identified in nine individuals diagnosed with ACD...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
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