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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353099/cardiovascular-involvement-in-systemic-rheumatic-diseases-an-integrated-view-for-the-treating-physicians
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Kwang Seob Lee, Andreas Kronbichler, Michael Eisenhut, Keum Hwa Lee, Jae Il Shin
Systemic autoimmune diseases can affect various kinds of organs including the kidney, the skin, soft tissue and the bone. Among others, cardiovascular involvement in rheumatic diseases has been shown to affect myocardium, pericardium, cardiac vessels, conduction system and valves, eventually leading to mortality. In general, underlying chronic inflammation lead to premature atherosclerosis, but also other manifestations such as arrhythmia and heart failure may have a 'silent' progress. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors play a secondary role, while disease-specific factors (i...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353097/genetics-of-immunoglobulin-a-vasculitis-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-an-updated-review
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Raquel López-Mejías, Santos Castañeda, Fernanda Genre, Sara Remuzgo-Martínez, F David Carmona, Javier Llorca, Ricardo Blanco, Javier Martín, Miguel A González-Gay
Immunoglobulin-A vasculitis (IgAV) is classically a childhood small-sized blood vessel vasculitis with predominant involvement of the skin. Gastrointestinal and joint manifestations are common in patients diagnosed with this condition. Nephritis, which is more severe in adults, constitutes the most feared complication of this vasculitis. The molecular bases underlying the origin of IgAV have not been completely elucidated. Nevertheless, several pieces of evidence support the claim that genes play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of this disease...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352809/a-novel-plec-nonsense-homozygous-mutation-c-7159g%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-p-glu2387-causes-epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex-with-muscular-dystrophy-and-diffuse-alopecia-a-case-report
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Zoe Argyropoulou, Lu Liu, Linda Ozoemena, Claudia C Branco, Raquel Senra, Ângela Reis-Rego, Luisa Mota-Vieira
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex with muscular dystrophy (EBS-MD; OMIM #226670) is an autosomal recessive disease, characterized mainly by skin blistering at birth or shortly thereafter, progressive muscle weakness, and rarely by alopecia. EBS-MD is caused by mutations in the PLEC gene (OMIM *601282), which encodes plectin, a structural protein expressed in several tissues, including epithelia and muscle. We describe a patient affected with EBS-MD and diffuse alopecia in which we identified a novel pathogenic mutation by PCR amplification of all coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of PLEC gene, followed by bidirectional Sanger sequencing...
January 20, 2018: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352500/characterization-of-skin-blister-fluids-from-children-with-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-disease
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Taizo Wada, Tomoko Toma, Hanae Miyazawa, Eiko Koizumi, Tetsujiro Shirahashi, Yusuke Matsuda, Akihiro Yachie
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated T- or natural killer (NK)-cell lymphoproliferative disease (LPD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by chronic proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. Patients may present with severe skin manifestations, including hypersensitivity to mosquito bites (HMB) and hydroa vacciniforme (HV)-like eruption, which are characterized by blister formation and necrotic ulceration. Skin biopsy specimens show inflammatory reactions comprising EBV-infected lymphocytes...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352388/cutaneous-granulomatosis-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Carlo Mainetti, Marie-Astrid Peeters, Emmanuel Laffitte
Cutaneous granulomatosis is a heterogeneous group of diseases, characterized by a skin inflammatory reaction triggered by a wide variety of stimuli, including infections, foreign bodies, malignancy, metabolites, and chemicals. From a pathogenic point of view, they are divided into non-infectious and infectious granulomas. Pathophysiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Non-infectious granulomatous skin diseases include granuloma annulare, necrobiosis lipoidica, rheumatic nodules, foreign body granulomas, cutaneous sarcoidosis, and interstitial granulomatous dermatitis...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352264/cell-autonomous-role-of-iaspp-deficiency-in-causing-cardiocutaneous-disorders
#6
Zinaida Dedeić, Gopinath Sutendra, Ying Hu, Kathryn Chung, Elizabeth A Slee, Michael J White, Felix Y Zhou, Robert D Goldin, David J P Ferguson, Debra McAndrew, Jurgen E Schneider, Xin Lu
Desmosome components are frequently mutated in cardiac and cutaneous disorders in animals and humans and enhanced inflammation is a common feature of these diseases. Previous studies showed that inhibitor of Apoptosis Stimulating p53 Protein (iASPP) regulates desmosome integrity at cell-cell junctions and transcription in the nucleus, and its deficiency causes cardiocutaneous disorder in mice, cattle, and humans. As iASPP is a ubiquitously expressed shuttling protein with multiple functions, a key question is whether the observed cardiocutaneous phenotypes are caused by loss of a cell autonomous role of iASPP in cardiomyocytes and keratinocytes specifically or by a loss of iASPP in other cell types such as immune cells...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351901/xiap-regulation-by-mnk-links-mapk-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-to-determine-an-aggressive-breast-cancer-phenotype
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Myron K Evans, Michael C Brown, Joseph Geradts, Xuhui Bao, Timothy J Robinson, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Peter Vermeulen, Gregory M Palmer, Matthias Gromeier, Herbert Levine, Michael A Morse, Steven Van Laere, Gayathri R Devi
Hyperactivation of the NFκB pathway is a distinct feature of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a highly proliferative and lethal disease. Gene expression studies in IBC patient tissue have linked epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/HER2)-mediated MAPK signaling to NFκB hyperactivity, but the mechanism(s) by which this occurs remain unclear. Here, we report that the X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) plays a central role in linking these two pathways. XIAP overexpression correlated with poor prognoses in breast cancer patients and was frequently observed in untreated IBC patient primary tumors...
January 19, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351768/overweight-in-adult-cats-a-cross-sectional-study
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Malin Öhlund, Malin Palmgren, Bodil Ström Holst
BACKGROUND: Overweight in cats is a major risk factor for diabetes mellitus and has also been associated with other disorders. Overweight and obesity are believed to be increasing problems in cats, as is currently seen in people, with important health consequences. The objectives of the present study were to determine the prevalence of overweight in cats from two different cohorts in a cross-sectional study design and to assess associations between overweight and diagnoses, and between overweight and demographic and environmental factors...
January 19, 2018: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351747/combination-of-pelargonium-sidoides-and-coptis-chinensis-root-inhibits-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-mediated-inflammatory-response-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#9
Sang Mi Park, Byung-Gu Min, Ji Yun Jung, Kyung Hwan Jegal, Chul Won Lee, Kwang Youn Kim, Young Woo Kim, Youn-Woong Choi, Il Je Cho, Sae Kwang Ku, Sang Chan Kim
BACKGROUND: Pelargonium sidoides (PS) and Coptis chinensis root (CR) have traditionally been used to treat various diseases, including respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, dysmenorrhea, and hepatic disorders. The present study was conducted to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of a combination of PS and CR in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The in vitro effects of PS + CR on the induction of inflammation-related proteins were evaluated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264...
January 19, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351741/risk-factors-for-mycobacterium-ulcerans-infection-buruli-ulcer-in-togo-%C3%A2-a-case-control-study-in-zio-and-yoto-districts-of-the-maritime-region
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Issaka Maman, Tchadjobo Tchacondo, Abiba Banla Kere, Ebekalisai Piten, Marcus Beissner, Yiragnima Kobara, Komlan Kossi, Kossi Badziklou, Franz Xaver Wiedemann, Komi Amekuse, Gisela Bretzel, Damintoti Simplice Karou
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a neglected mycobacterial skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. This disease mostly affects poor rural populations, especially in areas with low hygiene standards and sanitation coverage. The objective of this study was to identify these risk factors in the districts of Zio and Yoto of the Maritime Region in Togo. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in Zio and Yoto, two districts proved BU endemic from November 2014 to May 2015...
January 19, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351724/the-role-of-extracellular-matrix-components-in-angiogenesis-and-fibrosis-possible-implication-for-systemic-sclerosis
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Vasiliki Liakouli, Paola Cipriani, Paola Di Benedetto, Piero Ruscitti, Francesco Carubbi, Onorina Berardicurti, Noemi Panzera, Roberto Giacomelli
Extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a crucial role in the regulation of both physiological and pathological angiogenesis. ECM homeostasis and function is ensuring by the tightly regulation of the different ECM components including, collagens, proteoglycans and a variety of different glycoproteins. An altered expression of the above ECM molecules as well as an imbalance between the action of matrix remodeling enzymes and their tissue inhibitors is known to be responsible for impaired angiogenesis and fibrosis. Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by micro-angiopathy, failure of reparative angiogenesis and excessive fibrosis of the skin and various internal organs, dues to an increased production of ECM...
January 19, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350880/temporal-and-spatial-quantification-of-pain-related-small-fiber-functionality-assessed-using-laser-speckle-contrast-analysis-lasca
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Isin Unal-Cevik
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to establish a practical method for assessing pain symptomatology and develop criteria for quantifying small fiber functions, using LASCA. METHODS: Axon flare responses, which reflect small fiber functions, were induced either by histamine or capsaicin applied to the volar surface of the skin of the left forearm. To inhibit small fiber function, local anesthetic cream was applied to the skin of right forearm. The effects on pain symptomatology (severity/timing) and axon flare responses (temporal/spatial characteristics) were measured using LASCA...
January 19, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350608/acute-transverse-myelitis-following-scrub-typhus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
Hyun-Seung Ryu, Bong Ju Moon, Jae-Young Park, Sang-Deok Kim, Seung-Kwon Seo, Jung-Kil Lee
Context Scrub typhus is an acute febrile disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. The disease can usually involve the lungs, heart, liver, spleen and brain through hematogenous dissemination. However, very rarely, acute transverse myelitis in the spinal cord develops from scrub typhus. We present a case of acute transverse myelitis following scrub typhus with a review of the literature. Findings A 66-year-old male visited a hospital for general myalgia, mild headache, and fever in October. He was noted to have thick, black papule skin on his abdomen, which was highly suggestive of scrub typhus...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350548/use-of-helical-tomotherapy-in-locally-advanced-and-or-metastatic-breast-cancer-for-locoregional-treatment
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Laura Thery, Alexandre Arsene-Henry, Susan Carroll, Dominique Peurien, Louis Bazire, Magalie Robilliard, Alain Fourquet, Youlia M Kirova
PURPOSE: Helical tomotherapy (HT) is a new promising tool whose use remains to be studied. This work assesses its impact for local irradiation in terms of side effects, as well as tumour control in locally advanced (LABC) and metastatic breast cancer (MBC). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data of 66 patients with LABC and MBC. Patients received standard fractionated radiotherapy by HT, with or without concurrent systemic treatment. RESULTS: The median age was 60 years (28-77)...
January 19, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350409/comparison-of-lesional-skin-c-kit-mutations-with-clinical-phenotype-in-patients-with-mastocytosis
#15
I J Chan, M D Tharp
BACKGROUND: Activating c-KIT mutations cause abnormal mast cell growth and appear to play a role in mastocytosis. However, the correlation of c-KIT mutations with disease phenotypes is poorly characterized. AIM: To evaluate the correlation of c-KIT mutations with clinical presentations and laboratory findings. METHODS: Total cellular RNA was isolated from the skin lesions of 43 adults and 7 children with mastocytosis, and PCR amplicons of cDNA were sequenced for c-KIT mutations...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350397/the-burden-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancers-in-auckland-new-zealand
#16
Ashwini Pondicherry, Richard Martin, Ineke Meredith, Jack Rolfe, Patrick Emanuel, Mark Elwood
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: As the New Zealand Cancer Registry does not require mandatory reporting of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC), basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), the clinical burden of these diseases is unknown. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients with histopathology performed allowed us to estimate invasive BCC and SCC in the Auckland region in 2008 (population 1.44 million). RESULTS: During this period, a total of 21 236 NMSC were diagnosed among 13 996 patients, consisting of 5611 SCC lesions (26%) and 15 525 (74%) BCC...
January 19, 2018: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350109/tertiary-care-experience-of-sorafenib-in-the-treatment-of-progressive-radioiodine-refractory-differentiated-thyroid-carcinoma-a-korean-multicenter-study
#17
Mijin Kim, Tae Hyuk Kim, Dong Yeob Shin, Dong-Jun Lim, Eui Young Kim, Won Bae Kim, Jae Hoon Chung, YoungKee Shong, Bo Hyun Kim, Won Gu Kim
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib, a multi-kinase inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of patients with radioactive iodine (RAI)-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of sorafenib in real-world clinical practice and compared the results with those of the DECISION trial. We also evaluated the clinical features associated with better clinical outcomes after sorafenib treatment. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective cohort study evaluated 98 patients with progressive RAI-refractory DTC who were treated with sorafenib in six tertiary hospitals in Korea...
January 19, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350016/biomarkers-of-treatment-efficacy-in-patients-with-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
#18
M Sánchez-Borges, A Capriles-Hulett, F Caballero-Fonseca, L González-Aveledo
Background. Currently there are no biomarkers useful to predict the future evolution and the therapeutic response in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). Objective. To review the available information on biomarkers that might be applied for the follow up of the response to guideline recommended therapies for CSU. Methods. A review of the medical literature on CSU potential clinical and laboratory biomarkers in PubMed and MEDLINE including the terms urticaria, chronic urticaria, chronic idiopathic urticaria, chronic spontaneous urticaria, antihistamines (AHs), omalizumab (OMA), cyclosporine (CyA), and treatment...
January 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349920/hyperuricemia-in-asian-psoriatic-arthritis-patients
#19
Tin Lok Lai, Cheuk Wan Yim, Pui Yan Wong, Man Chi Leung, Woon Leung Ng
AIM: It is generally accepted that hyperuricemia is commonly associated with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). However, variations in ethnicity, diet and habitat may contribute to differences in prevalence and risk factors for hyperuricemia in PsA patients. Moreover, Asian specific data is deficient. The primary objective of the present study was to determine the prevalence of hyperuricemia among PsA patients. The secondary objective was to explore its associated risk factors. METHODS: This was a multi-center, cross-sectional observational study of 160 PsA patients from local Rheumatology clinics...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349851/clinical-and-molecular-implications-of-structural-changes-to-desmosomes-and-corneodesmosomes
#20
REVIEW
Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto, Satomi Igawa, Mari Kishibe, Masaru Honma
Desmosomes provide the main intercellular adhesive properties between epidermal keratinocytes. Their distribution becomes uneven in severe dermatitis, multiple allergies and metabolic wasting syndrome due to desmoglein 1 deficiency and the loss of intercellular adhesion or acantholysis. When keratinocytes differentiate from granular cells into cornified cells, desmosomes are transformed into corneodesmosomes and can provide stronger intercellular adhesion. Degradation of corneodesmosomes is a tightly regulated process involving a number of proteases and their inhibitors...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
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