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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915472/pathomechanism-of-interstitial-cystitis-bladder-pain-syndrome-and-mapping-the-heterogeneity-of-disease
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REVIEW
Jia-Fong Jhang, Hann-Chorng Kuo
Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) is a heterogeneous syndrome which is usually characterized by urinary frequency, nocturia, and bladder pain. Several pathomechanisms have been proposed, including uroepithelial dysfunction, mast cell activation, neurogenic inflammation, autoimmunity, and occult urinary tract infections. It is possible that an inflammatory process alters regulation of urothelial homeostasis and results in dysfunction of the bladder epithelium. Different phenotypes of IC/BPS have been explored including Hunner and non-Hunner type IC, hypersensitive bladder, and bladder pain both with and without functional somatic syndrome...
November 2016: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915228/cytokines-il-17-and-il-22-in-the-host-response-to-infection
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Maria Valeri, Manuela Raffatellu
Cytokines IL-17 and IL-22 play pivotal roles in host defense against microbes and in the development of chronic inflammatory diseases. These cytokines are produced by cells that are often located in epithelial barriers, including subsets of T cells and innate lymphoid cells. In general, IL-17 and IL-22 can be characterized as important cytokines in the rapid response to infectious agents, both by recruiting neutrophils and by inducing the production of antimicrobial peptides. Although each cytokine induces an innate immune response in epithelial cells, their functional spectra are generally distinct: IL-17 mainly induces an inflammatory tissue response and is involved in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune diseases, whereas IL-22 is largely protective and regenerative...
December 2, 2016: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915033/survivin-controls-biogenesis-of-microrna-in-smokers-a-link-to-pathogenesis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Karin M E Andersson, Minna Turkkila, Malin C Erlandsson, Apostolos Bossios, Sofia Töyrä Silfverswärd, Dan Hu, Linda Ekerljung, Carina Malmhäll, Howard L Weiner, Bo Lundbäck, Maria I Bokarewa
MicroRNAs (miRs) represent a part of epigenetic control of autoimmunity gaining increasing attention in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Since cigarette smoking plays important role in RA pathogenesis and reprograms transcriptional profile of miRNAs, we ask if the onco-protein survivin, a novel biomarker of RA, may provide a link between smoking and miRNA. Studying survivin expression in leukocytes of 144 female RA patients we observed that smoking patients had higher survivin transcription and a remarkable spreading of survivin isoforms...
November 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914981/complement-a-primer-for-the-coming-therapeutic-revolution
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Scott R Barnum
The complement system is an important part of the innate and adaptive immune systems. Originally characterized as a single serum component contributing to the killing of bacteria, we now know that there are close to sixty complement proteins, multiple activation pathways and a wide range of effector functions mediated by complement. The system plays a critical role in host defense against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens. However, inappropriate complement activation contributes to the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases and many inflammatory syndromes...
November 30, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914924/the-management-of-childhood-liver-diseases-in-adulthood
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REVIEW
D Joshi, N Gupta, M Samyn, M Deheragoda, F Dobbels, M A Heneghan
An increasing number of patients with childhood liver disease survive into adulthood. These young adults are now entering adult services and require ongoing management. Aetiologies can be divided into liver diseases that develop in young adults which present to adult hepatologists i.e. biliary atresia and Alagille syndrome or liver diseases that occur in children/adolescents and adults i.e. autoimmune hepatitis or Wilson's disease .To successfully manage these young adults, a dynamic and responsive transition service is essential...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914690/c1q-as-an-autocrine-and-paracrine-regulator-of-cellular-functions
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REVIEW
Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Kinga H Hosszu, Ellinor I B Peerschke
Most of the complement proteins in circulation are, by and large, synthesized in the liver. However data accumulated over the past several decades provide incontrovertible evidence that some if not most of the individual complement proteins are also synthesized extrahepatically by activated as well as non-activated cells. The question that is finally being addressed by various investigators is: are the locally synthesized proteins solely responsible for the myriad of biological functions in situ without the contribution of systemic complement? The answer is probably "yes"...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914688/systematic-review-of-rheumatic-disease-epidemiology-in-the-indigenous-populations-of-canada-the-united-states-australia-and-new-zealand
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Cairistin McDougall, Kelle Hurd, Cheryl Barnabe
OBJECTIVE: Past publications have highlighted an excess rheumatic disease incidence and prevalence in indigenous populations of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), and the United States of America (Alaska Native and American Indian). We have updated these reviews and expanded the scope to include New Zealand (Maori) and Australia (Aborigine) indigenous populations. METHODS: We performed a broad search using medical literature databases, indigenous specific online indexes, and government websites to identify publications reporting the incidence and/or prevalence of arthritis conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, gout, osteoarthritis, systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis) in the indigenous populations of Canada, America, New Zealand, and Australia...
November 1, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914600/polymorphisms-in-nat2-n-acetyltransferase-2-gene-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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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 polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique, from DNA extracted from peripheral blood samples obtained from patients with SLE (n=91) and controls (n=97)...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914464/immunogenicity-of-human-interferon-beta-containing-pharmaceuticals
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V D Nazarov, S V Lapin, A V Mazing, E P Evdoshenko, A A Totolian
Multiple sclerosis is a severe autoimmune disease with inflammatory component that continues to be resistant to treatment. One of the approaches retarding its progression is based on using nonspecific therapy with human interferon-beta (IFN-β)-containing pharmaceuticals. Neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against genetically engineered pharmaceuticals developed by the patient's immune system, which reduce their therapeutic and biological activity, pose a serious problem. Cell lines sensitive to IFN-β activity also quantifying NAb level are applied because direct measurement of IFN-β antiviral activity is complicated...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914456/microbiota-induces-expression-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-in-postnatal-mouse-skin
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D V Yuzhakova, M V Shirmanova, A A Bocharov, I V Astrakhantseva, E A Vasilenko, E N Gorshkova, M S Drutskaya, E V Zagaynova, S A Nedospasov, A A Kruglov
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is a pleiotropic cytokine that regulates many important processes in the body. TNF production in a physiological state supports the structure of lymphoid organs and determines the development of lymphoid cells in hematopoiesis. However, chronic TNF overexpression leads to the development of various autoimmune disorders. Sites of TNF production in the naïve state remain unclear due to the lack of in vivo models. In the present study, we used TNF-2A-Kat reporter mice to monitor the expression of TNF in different tissues...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914308/regulation-of-t-helper-cell-differentiation-by-e3-ubiquitin-ligases-and-deubiquitinating-enzymes
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REVIEW
Si-Fa Gao, Bo Zhong, Dandan Lin
CD4 T cells are essential components of adaptive immunity and play a critical role in anti-pathogenic or anti-tumor responses as well as autoimmune and allergic diseases. Naive CD4 T cells differentiate into distinct subsets of T helper (Th) cells by various signals including TCR, costimulatory and cytokine signals. Accumulating evidence suggests that these signaling pathways are critically regulated by ubiquitination and deubiquitination, two reversible posttranslational modifications mediated by E3 ubiquitin ligases and deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), respectively...
November 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914141/unfavorable-course-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-children-with-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-compared-to-those-with-isolated-non-autoimmune-hyperthyrotropinemia
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Yun Jeong Lee, So Yoon Jung, Hae Woon Jung, So Youn Kim, Young Ah Lee, Seong Yong Lee, Choong Ho Shin, Sei Won Yang
Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is a common problem in pediatric population, and the natural history of SCH varies depending on its etiology. Whether Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) negatively affects the natural course of SCH was investigated in pediatric patients without concomitant diseases. Predictors for levothyroxine medication were also evaluated. Medical records of 109 children with SCH (91 girls, 5?18 years) diagnosed between 2005 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were classified into HT (n = 37) and isolated non-autoimmune hyperthyrotropinemia (iso-NAHT, n = 72)...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914107/non-paraneoplastic-autoimmune-subepidermal-bullous-disease-associated-with-fatal-bronchiolitis-obliterans
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Mari Orime, Katsuhiro Tomiyama, Hideki Hashidate, Satoru Yoshida, Satoshi Hokari, Akiko Tsuda, Hisashi Yokoyama, Jun-Ichi Narita, Youhei Uchida, Takuro Kanekura, Riichiro Abe, Norito Ishii, Takashi Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Kawai
Bronchiolitis obliterans is a small-airway obstructive lung disease for which immunologically mediated pathogenesis is supposed. Frequent association of bronchiolitis obliterans with paraneoplastic pemphigus is well known, but its association with other autoimmune bullous diseases has not been reported except for a case of anti-laminin-332-type mucous membrane pemphigoid in a patient with chronic graft-versus-host disease. We report a case of non-paraneoplastic autoimmune subepidermal bullous disease associated with fatal bronchiolitis obliterans in a patient without transplantation...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914091/toward-clinical-use-of-the-igg-specific-enzymes-ides-and-endos-against-antibody-mediated-diseases
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Mattias Collin, Lars Björck
The endoglycosidase EndoS and the protease IdeS from the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes are immunomodulating enzymes hydrolyzing human IgG. IdeS cleaves IgG in the lower hinge region, while EndoS hydrolyzes the conserved N-linked glycan in the Fc region. Both enzymes are remarkably specific for human IgG that after hydrolysis loses most of its effector functions, such as binding to leukocytes and complement activation, all contributing to bacterial evasion of adaptive immunity. However, taken out of their infectious context, we and others have shown that IdeS and EndoS can alleviate autoimmune disease in a number of animal models of antibody-mediated disorders...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913968/post-ganglionic-autonomic-neuropathy-associated-with-anti-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies
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E Fileccia, R Rinaldi, R Liguori, A Incensi, R D'Angelo, M P Giannoccaro, V Donadio
PURPOSE: Antibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD-Abs) have been associated with several conditions, rarely involving the autonomic nervous system. Here, we describe two patients complaining of autonomic symptoms in whom a post-ganglionic autonomic neuropathy has been demonstrated in association with significantly elevated serum and CSF GAD-Abs levels. METHODS: Patients underwent nerve conduction studies, sympathetic skin response testing, evaluation of autonomic control of the cardiovascular system and skin biopsy...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913903/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-myasthenia-gravis-association-or-chance-occurrence
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Silvia de Pasqua, Francesco Cavallieri, Roberto D'Angelo, Fabrizio Salvi, Nicola Fini, Roberto D'Alessandro, Rita Rinaldi, Antonio Fasano, Jessica Mandrioli
Very few cases of patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) who later developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been described, although some studies showed that significantly more cases than expected have ALS associated with a prior diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. Our aim was to investigate whether the association of ALS and MG was higher than expected in a population-based study and to describe the clinical features characterizing these patients. In Emilia Romagna Region of Italy, a prospective registry has been collecting all incident ALS cases since 1...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913752/expression-and-bioactivity-of-human-alpha-fetoprotein-in-a-bac-to-bac-system
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Bo Lin, Kun Liu, Wenting Wang, Wei Li, Xu Dong, Yi Chen, Yan Lu, Junli Guo, Mingyue Zhu, Mengsen Li
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is an early serum growth factor in fetal embryonic development and hepatic oncogenesis. A growing number of investigations of AFP as a tumor-specific biomarker have concluded that AFP is an important target for cancer treatment. AFP also plays an immunomodulatory role in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroiditis. In an effort to support biochemical screening and drug design and discovery, we attempted to express and purify human AFP in a Bac-to-Bac system...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913749/belimumab-in-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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A Yazici, B Yazirli, D Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with persistently positive antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Patients with aPL may also experience thrombocytopenia, cardiac valve disease, nephropathy, skin ulcer, or cognitive dysfunction, which are collectively known as non-criteria manifestations of APS. A description is provided of two primary APS patients who received belimumab (10 mg/kg) for an aPL-related manifestation.
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913646/critical-differences-between-induced-and-spontaneous-mouse-models-of-graves-disease-with-implications-for-antigen-specific-immunotherapy-in-humans
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Basil Rapoport, Bianca Banuelos, Holly A Aliesky, Nicole Hartwig Trier, Sandra M McLachlan
Graves' hyperthyroidism, a common autoimmune disease caused by pathogenic autoantibodies to the thyrotropin (TSH) receptor (TSHR), can be treated but not cured. This single autoantigenic target makes Graves' disease a prime candidate for Ag-specific immunotherapy. Previously, in an induced mouse model, injecting TSHR A-subunit protein attenuated hyperthyroidism by diverting pathogenic TSHR Abs to a nonfunctional variety. In this study, we explored the possibility of a similar diversion in a mouse model that spontaneously develops pathogenic TSHR autoantibodies, NOD...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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