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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/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/27911913/effect-of-osteoprotegerin-and-dickkopf-related-protein-1-on-radiological-progression-in-tightly-controlled-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Carmen Gómez-Vaquero, Irene Martín, Estibaliz Loza, Loreto Carmona, José Ivorra, José Antonio Narváez, Javier Hernández-Gañán, Pedro Alía, Javier Narváez
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association between circulating osteoprotegerin (OPG) and Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK-1) and radiological progression in patients with tightly controlled rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum levels of OPG and DKK-1 were measured in 97 RA patients who were treated according to a treat-to-target strategy (T2T) aimed at remission (DAS28<2.6). Radiologic joint damage progression was assessed by changes in the total Sharp-van der Heijde score (SHS) on serial radiographs of the hands and feet...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908307/evolution-of-imaging-findings-laboratory-and-functional-parameters-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-after-one-year-of-treatment-with-anti-tnf-%C3%AE-agents
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Efstathios E Detorakis, Eleftherios Magkanas, Ismini Lasithiotaki, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Dimitrios T Boumpas, Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis, Katerina Antoniou, Maria Raissaki
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy and safety of anti-TNF-α agent treatment compared to non-biologic DMARDs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. METHODS: 82 consecutive patients, 29 males, 53 females, aged 42-79, diagnosed with RA and suitable for anti-TNF-α treatment composed two study groups: 42 with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis-related interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) and 40 without RA-ILD. Respective control groups consisted of 44 patients with pre-existing RA-ILD and 44 patients without RA-ILD, treated with non-biologic DMARDs...
October 27, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906035/extracellular-vesicles-in-the-pathogenesis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-osteoarthritis
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Joseph Withrow, Cameron Murphy, Yutao Liu, Monte Hunter, Sadanand Fulzele, Mark W Hamrick
Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are both debilitating diseases that cause significant morbidity in the US population. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes and microvesicles, are now recognized to play important roles in cell-to-cell communication by transporting various proteins, microRNAs (miRNAs), and mRNAs. EV-derived proteins and miRNAs impact cell viability and cell differentiation, and are likely to play a prominent role in the pathophysiology of both OA and RA. Some of the processes by which these membrane-bound vesicles can alter joint tissue include extracellular matrix degradation, cell-to-cell communication, modulation of inflammation, angiogenesis, and antigen presentation...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881864/mass-spectrometry-imaging-a-novel-technology-in-rheumatology
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REVIEW
Beatriz Rocha, Cristina Ruiz-Romero, Francisco J Blanco
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is used to determine the relative abundance and spatial distribution of biomolecules such as peptides, proteins, lipids and other organic compounds in tissue sections by their molecular masses. This technique provides a sensitive and label-free approach for high-resolution imaging, and is currently used in an increasing number of biomedical applications such as biomarker discovery, tissue classification and drug monitoring. Owing to technological advances in the past 5 years in diverse MSI strategies, this technology is expected to become a standard tool in clinical practice and provides information complementary to that obtained using existing methods...
November 24, 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876072/high-specificity-bioinformatics-framework-for-epigenomic-profiling-of-discordant-twins-reveals-specific-and-shared-markers-for-acpa-and-acpa-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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David Gomez-Cabrero, Malin Almgren, Louise K Sjöholm, Aase H Hensvold, Mikael V Ringh, Rakel Tryggvadottir, Juha Kere, Annika Scheynius, Nathalie Acevedo, Lovisa Reinius, Margaret A Taub, Carolina Montano, Martin J Aryee, Jason I Feinberg, Andrew P Feinberg, Jesper Tegnér, Lars Klareskog, Anca I Catrina, Tomas J Ekström
BACKGROUND: Twin studies are powerful models to elucidate epigenetic modifications resulting from gene-environment interactions. Yet, commonly a limited number of clinical twin samples are available, leading to an underpowered situation afflicted with false positives and hampered by low sensitivity. We investigated genome-wide DNA methylation data from two small sets of monozygotic twins representing different phases during the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to find novel genes for further research...
November 22, 2016: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869736/circulating-il-27-is-elevated-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Xiaofei Lai, Hongxu Wang, Ju Cao, Ying Li, Yubing Dai, Yu Xiang, Liping Zhang
Cytokines are key immunoregulatory molecules that regulate T lymphocyte-mediated immune responses and inflammatory reactions. We determined whether there is aberrant expression of interleukin-27 (IL-27) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and investigated the clinical significance of these changes. IL-27 is a key cellular factor that regulates the differentiation of CD4+ T cells, which can secrete interleukin-10 (IL-10) and interleukin-17 (IL-17) in vivo. Concentrations of serum IL-27 in 67 RA patients, and 36 sex- and age-matched control subjects were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
November 18, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863511/analysis-of-complement-biomarkers-in-systemic-sclerosis-indicates-a-distinct-pattern-in-scleroderma-renal-crisis
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Marcin Okrój, Martin Johansson, Tore Saxne, Anna M Blom, Roger Hesselstrand
BACKGROUND: The complement system has been implicated in pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). The goal of the present study was to evaluate improved complement biomarkers in SSc. METHODS: The presence of C4d, reflecting activation of the classical/lectin pathways, C3bBbP corresponding to activation of the alternative pathway, and soluble terminal complement complexes (all complement pathways), was measured in plasma samples by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and correlated to clinical parameters...
November 18, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861525/elevated-neopterin-levels-are-associated-with-increased-tuberculosis-risk-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-quantiferon-conversion-during-biologic-therapy
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Der-Yuan Chen, Ju-Pi Li, Yi-Ming Chen, Tsai-Ling Liao, Hsin-Hua Chen, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Yea-Wen Yeh, Joung-Liang Lan
QuantiFERON-TB-Gold (QFT-G) conversion is frequently observed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving biologic therapy. However, there have not been any known biomarkers available for detecting tuberculosis (TB) in QFT-G converters. We aimed to evaluate clinical utility of cytokines/chemokines for detecting TB in patients with QFT-G conversion. Among a total of 227 RA patients who underwent QFT-G assay, 187 QFT-G-negative patients received biologic therapy without isoniazid prophylaxis. QFT-G assay was repeated at week 52 of biologic therapy or at the time of TB diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861372/soluble-vascular-cell-adhesion-molecular-1-is-a-potential-biological-indicator-of-hemophilic-arthropathy
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Yu-Hsin Tseng, Shyh-Shin Chiou, Yu-Sheng Zeng, Shih-Pien Tsai, Chun-Shih Chen, Yu-Mei Liao, Pei-Chin Lin
Hemophilic arthropathy is the most common chronic complication in patients with hemophilia. The pathogenesis of hemophilic arthropathy involves the inflammatory processes associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Determining the severity and/or progression of joint damage is crucial when evaluating the effect of treatment modalities. Identifying reliable biomarkers in the peripheral blood of patients with hemophilic arthropathy may be beneficial in clinical practice. Circulating soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1), E-selectin, and P-selectin levels are elevated in patients with RA...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858176/serum-level-of-reactive-oxygen-metabolites-rom-at-12%C3%A2-weeks-of-treatment-with-biologic-agents-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-a-novel-predictor-for-52-week-remission
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Arata Nakajima, Yasuchika Aoki, Masato Sonobe, Hiroshi Takahashi, Masahiko Saito, Koichi Nakagawa
We have shown that serum levels of reactive oxygen metabolites (ROM) were associated with C-reactive protein (CRP) and disease activity score based on the examination of 28 joints (DAS28) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, their clinical significance as biomarkers has not been elucidated. Forty-eight biologic agent (BA)-naïve RA patients were included in this study. Associations between serum levels of ROM, CRP, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), DAS28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) at 12 weeks of treatment and DAS28 (ESR) remission at 52 weeks (52-week remission) were investigated...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846748/beneficial-effects-of-natural-eggshell-membrane-nem-on-multiple-indices-of-arthritis-in-collagen-induced-arthritic-rats
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Karen J Wedekind, Kevin J Ruff, Cindy A Atwell, Joseph L Evans, Alison M Bendele
OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to evaluate the potential efficacy of natural eggshell membrane (NEM) in collagen-induced arthritic rats, a well-established rodent model of inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: Rats with developing type II collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) were treated once daily by oral gavage on study days -14 to 17 with vehicle or NEM (52 mg/kg body weight). Rats were euthanized on study day 17. Efficacy was assessed by daily ankle caliper measurements, ankle diameter expressed as area under the curve (AUCd0-17), and histopathologic evaluation of ankles and knees...
November 16, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845285/-clinical-significance-of-biomarkers-of-osteochondral-lesions-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
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D Rekalov
The aim of the research was to study biomarkers of osteochondral lesions on early stages of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The data showed the prognostic value of indicators of the erosive and destructive changes of joints in early and in the advanced stage of RA. Indicators that determine how directly, inflammatory process activity and markers associated with the speed and staging damage of articular surfaces is analyzed. That can adequately justify individualized clinical strategy in patients with early RA.
October 2016: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829394/the-scottish-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-sera-study-an-inception-cohort-and-biobank
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James Dale, Caron Paterson, Ann Tierney, Stuart H Ralston, David M Reid, Neil Basu, John Harvie, Neil D McKay, Sarah Saunders, Hilary Wilson, Robin Munro, Ruth Richmond, Derek Baxter, Michael McMahon, John McLaren, Vinod Kumar, Stefan Siebert, Iain McInnes, Duncan Porter
The Scottish Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (SERA) study is an inception cohort of rheumatoid (RA) and undifferentiated arthritis (UA) patients that aims to provide a contemporary description of phenotype and outcome and facilitate discovery of phenotypic and prognostic biomarkers METHODS: Demographic and clinical outcome data are collected from newly diagnosed RA/UA patients every 6 months from around Scotland. Health service utilization data is acquired from Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland...
November 9, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826099/post-translational-modified-proteins-are-biomarkers-of-autoimmune-processes-netosis-and-the-inflammatory-autoimmunity-connection
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REVIEW
Maurizio Bruschi, Andrea Petretto, Roberta Bertelli, Maricla Galetti, Alice Bonanni, Federico Pratesi, Paola Migliorini, Giovanni Candiano, Augusto Vaglio, Gian Marco Ghiggeri
Basic research is showing new mechanisms involved in early immune responses and Neutrophil Extracellular Trap (NET) formation (or NETosis) is of key importance as first line defense against bacteria, virus and protozoa. Enzymatic modification of arginine in citrulline in histones is the prerequisite of NETosis being it necessary for decondensation and extrusion of DNA from cells; it is conceivable that other post translational modifications may occur during this event. There is consensus in considering that post translational modified proteins may elicit an autoimmune response that leads to the formation of autoantibodies...
November 5, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825322/rheumatoid-arthritis-patient-perceptions-on-the-value-of-predictive-testing-for-treatments-a-qualitative-study
#17
Kanta Kumar, Sarah Peters, Anne Barton
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long term condition that requires early treatment to control symptoms and improve long-term outcomes. Lack of response to RA treatments is not only a waste of healthcare resources, but also causes disability and distress to patients. Identifying biomarkers predictive of treatment response offers an opportunity to improve clinical decisions about which treatment to recommend in patients and could ultimately lead to better patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore the understanding of and factors affecting Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients' decisions around predictive treatment testing...
November 8, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821712/btk-small-molecule-inhibitors-induce-a-distinct-pancreatic-toxicity-in-rats
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Rebecca I Erickson, Leah K Schutt, Jacqueline Tarrant, Michelle McDowell, Lichuan Liu, Adam R Johnson, Sock-Cheng Lewin-Koh, Maj Hedehus, Jed Ross, Richard A D Carano, Karin Staflin, Fiona Zhong, James Crawford, Shelly Zhong, Karin Reif, Arna Katewa, Harvey Wong, Wendy Young, Donna Dambach, Dinah Misner
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a member of the Tec family of cytoplasmic tyrosine kinases involved in B-cell and myeloid cell signaling. Small molecule inhibitors of BTK are being investigated for treatment of several hematological cancers and autoimmune diseases. GDC-0853 is a selective and reversible oral small molecule BTK inhibitor in development for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, administration of GDC-0853 and other structurally diverse BTK inhibitors for 7 days or longer caused pancreatic lesions consisting of multifocal islet-centered hemorrhage, inflammation, fibrosis, and pigment-laden macrophages with adjacent lobular exocrine acinar cell atrophy, degeneration, and inflammation...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812736/integrative-analysis-for-identification-of-shared-markers-from-various-functional-cells-tissues-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#19
Wei Xia, Jian Wu, Fei-Yan Deng, Long-Fei Wu, Yong-Hong Zhang, Yu-Fan Guo, Shu-Feng Lei
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease. So far, it is unclear whether there exist common RA-related genes shared in different tissues/cells. In this study, we conducted an integrative analysis on multiple datasets to identify potential shared genes that are significant in multiple tissues/cells for RA. Seven microarray gene expression datasets representing various RA-related tissues/cells were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). Statistical analyses, testing both marginal and joint effects, were conducted to identify significant genes shared in various samples...
November 3, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808043/optimizing-biological-treatment-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-the-aid-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring
#20
Grith Petersen Eng
The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has greatly improved with the use of biological TNF inhibitors (TNFi). These biopharmaceuticals target the inflammatory cytokine TNF, and hereby decrease the autoimmune inflammation, which may otherwise lead to permanent joint damage in the afflicted patients. Although TNFi decrease clinical disease activity in the majority of the treated patients, they are not always effective. Some patients have a partial response, some lose their initial response to treatment, and others never experience effect at all...
November 2016: Danish Medical Journal
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