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REVIEW
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Kavita V Nair, Joseph L Glajch, Tanmoy C Ganguly, Daniel Kantor
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, incurable, inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In the United States, several US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) are available, including glatiramer acetate (GA; Copaxone®), one of the most longstanding treatments. GA was discovered serendipitously in the late 1960s/early 1970s while attempting to produce a synthetic antigen capable of inducing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of autoimmune inflammatory CNS disorders, including MS...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427690/factors-associated-with-adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-observational-survey-from-a-referral-center-in-lithuania
#2
Neringa Duchovskiene, Dalia Mickeviciene, Giedre Jurkeviciene, Birute Dirziuviene, Renata Balnyte
AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate adherence to disease modifying therapy (DMT) in Lithuanian population of multiple sclerosis patients and factors associated to it. METHODS: Patients receiving one of the following DMT's: Interferon β 1a (Rebif) 44 micrograms three times a week subdermally (s/c) or Interferon β 1a (Avonex) 30 micrograms weekly intramuscularly (i/m), or Interferon β 1b (Betaferon, Extavia) 250 micrograms once in two days s/c, or Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 20mg daily s/c, were presented with a questionnaire inquiring their demographic and clinical characteristics and adherence to treatment profile, as well as HAD scale and SF-36 questionnaire...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396093/what-s-new-about-oral-treatments-in-multiple-sclerosis-immunogenetics-still-under-question
#3
REVIEW
Cristiana Pistono, Cecilia Osera, Chiara Boiocchi, Giulia Mallucci, Mariaclara Cuccia, Roberto Bergamaschi, Alessia Pascale
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic pathology affecting the Central Nervous System characterized by inflammatory processes that lead to demyelination and neurodegeneration. In MS treatment, disease modifying therapies (DMTs) are essential to reduce disease progression by suppressing the inflammatory response responsible for promoting lesion formation. Recently, in addition to the classical injectable DMTs like Interferons and Glatiramer acetate, new orally administered drugs have been approved for MS therapy: dimethyl fumarate, teriflunomide and fingolimod...
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391741/unexpected-exacerbations-following-initiation-of-disease-modifying-drugs-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-which-factor-is-responsible-anti-aquaporin-4-antibodies-b-cells-th1-cells-th2-cells-th17-cells-or-others
#4
Jun-Ichi Kira
Some disease-modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis, which mainly act on T cells, are ineffective for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and induce unexpected relapses. These include interferon beta, glatiramer acetate, fingolimod, natalizumab, and alemtuzumab. The cases reported here suggest that dimethyl fumarate, which reduces the number of Th1 and Th17 cells and induces IL-4-producing Th2 cells, is also unsuitable for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, irrespective of anti-aquaporin 4 IgG serostatus...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372806/multiple-immune-disorders-after-natalizumab-discontinuation-after-the-ciris-the-siris
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E K Van Obberghen, M Cohen, F Rocher, C Lebrun-Frenay
Natalizumab (NTZ) is an effective treatment for patients with highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). However, when the therapy must be interrupted, it is important to anticipate the withdrawal to avoid reactivation or disease rebound. Described here is the case of a 35-year-old woman, with a past history of beta thalassemia, bulimia and asthma, who was diagnosed with MS at age 26. She was treated initially with first-line subcutaneous (sc) immunomodulatory treatments. However, due to liver toxicity, interferon beta-1a sc was interrupted and replaced by glatiramer acetate treatment, which was well tolerated and used for several years...
March 31, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370875/adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapies-for-multiple-sclerosis-and-subsequent-hospitalizations
#6
Charity Evans, Ruth Ann Marrie, Feng Zhu, Stella Leung, Xinya Lu, Elaine Kingwell, Yinshan Zhao, Helen Tremlett
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the association between optimal adherence to first-line disease-modifying therapies (DMT) for multiple sclerosis (MS) and hospitalizations. METHODS: We used population-based administrative data from three Canadian provinces. All individuals receiving DMT (interferon-B-1b, interferon-B-1a, or glatiramer acetate) between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 2011 (British Columbia); March 31, 2012 (Manitoba); or March 31, 2014, (Saskatchewan) were included...
April 3, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360804/affective-temperament-profiles-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-association-with-mood-disorders
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Adile Özkan, Kürşat Altinbaş, Emine Rabia Koç, Halil Murat Şen, Handan Işın Özişik Karaman
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to screen for bipolarity and to investigate the affective temperaments of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the possible association between the clinical and demographic characteristics of MS patients and temperament profiles. METHODS: A total of 65 patients with MS and 66 healthy volunteers completed the 32-item hypomania checklist (HCl-32), the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ), and the Temperament Evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego-Autoquestionnaire (TEMPS-A) tests...
December 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350241/comparative-effectiveness-of-delayed-release-dimethyl-fumarate-versus-glatiramer-acetate-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-results-of-a-matching-adjusted-indirect-comparison
#8
Andrew Chan, Gary Cutter, Robert J Fox, James Xiao, James B Lewin, Michael R Edwards
AIM: Using matching-adjusted indirect comparison, we compared efficacy outcomes in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF) or glatiramer acetate (GA). MATERIALS & METHODS: An indirect comparison of DMF (patient-level data) and GA (aggregate data) was conducted, with average baseline characteristics of DMF patients weighted to match those for GA patients. Direct comparison of DMF and GA was conducted in CONFIRM...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328179/effect-of-delayed-release-dimethyl-fumarate-on-no-evidence-of-disease-activity-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-integrated-analysis-of-the-phase-iii-define-and-confirm-studies
#9
E Havrdova, G Giovannoni, R Gold, R J Fox, L Kappos, J Theodore Phillips, M Okwuokenye, J L Marantz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Significant effects on clinical/neuroradiological disease activity have been reported in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF) in phase III DEFINE/CONFIRM trials. We conducted a post hoc analysis of integrated data from DEFINE/CONFIRM to evaluate the effect of DMF on achieving no evidence of disease activity (NEDA) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. METHODS: The analysis included patients randomized to DMF 240 mg twice daily, placebo or glatiramer acetate (CONFIRM only) for ≤2 years...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319417/alterations-in-serum-levels-of-il-17-in-contrast-to-tnf-alpha-correspond-to-disease-modifying-treatment-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
#10
Anastasiya Georgieva Trenova, Georgi Svetoslavov Slavov, Maria Georgieva Manova, Milena Nenkova Draganaova-Filipova, Nonka Georgieva Mateva, Lyuba Dineva Miteva, Spaska Angelova Stanilova
Cytokines of different types play an important role in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis as mediators and regulators of the immune processes in the central nervous system. The aim of the study was to determine the effect of interferon-beta and glatiramer acetate on serum concentrations of TNF-alpha and IL-17 A and their correlation with the degree of disability in clinically stable patients with relapsing-remitting MS. A cross-sectional, case-control study of 220 patients (68 treatment naïve; 152 treated with interferon-beta or glatiramer acetate) and 99 clinically healthy age-gender-body mass index-matched subjects were performed...
March 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292329/glatiramer-acetate-treatment-persistence-but-not-adherence-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-is-predicted-by-health-related-quality-of-life-and-self-efficacy-a-prospective-web-based-patient-centred-study-cair-study
#11
Peter Joseph Jongen, Wim A Lemmens, Erwin L Hoogervorst, Rogier Donders
BACKGROUND: In patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) the persistence of and adherence to disease modifying drug (DMD) treatment is inadequate. To take individualised measures there is a need to identify patients with a high risk of non-persistence or non-adherence. As patient-related factors have a major influence on persistence and adherence, we investigated whether health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and self-efficacy could predict persistence or adherence. METHODS: In a prospective web-based patient-centred study in 203 RRMS patients, starting treatment with glatiramer acatete (GA) 20 mg subcutaneously daily, we measured physical and mental HRQoL (Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life-54 questionnaire), functional and control self-efficacy (Multiple Sclerosis Self-Efficacy Scale), the 12-month persistence rate and, in persistent patients, the percentage of missed doses...
March 14, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273762/natural-killer-cell-subpopulations-are-associated-with-mri-activity-in-a-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patient-cohort-from-australia
#12
P Caruana, K Lemmert, K Ribbons, R Lea, J Lechner-Scott
BACKGROUND: The importance of the innate immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS) is increasingly recognized and the role of natural killer (NK) cells in controlling autoimmunity may be an important modulator of disease activity. OBJECTIVE: To examine NK subsets in MS patients on different treatments and to evaluate the role of NK subsets as indicators for disease activity. METHODS: We measured NK subset levels in blood obtained from 110 relapsing-remitting MS patients...
November 1, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254244/a-potential-life-threatening-reaction-to-glatiramer-acetate-in-rett-syndrome
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Andreea Nissenkorn, Mona Kidon, Bruria Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome is an X-linked dominant neurodevelopmental disorder manifesting with severe intellectual disability in females caused by various mutations in the MECP2 gene. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the main proteins regulated by the MECP2 protein; its overexpression in the MeCP2 mouse model partially corrects the Rett phenotype. Pharmacologic manipulations that lead to increased BDNF in individuals with Rett syndrome are expected to have a positive effect on the disorder...
March 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240190/demonstration-of-biological-and-immunological-equivalence-of-a-generic-glatiramer-acetate
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Josephine D D Alessandro, Kevin Garofalo, Ganlin Zhao, Christopher Honan, Jay Duffner, Ishan Capila, Ian Fier, Ganesh Kaundinya, Daniel Kantor, Tanmoy Ganguly
In April 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic glatiramer acetate, Glatopa® (M356), as fully substitutable for Copaxone® 20 mg/mL for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This approval was accomplished through an Abbreviated New Drug Application that demonstrated equivalence to Copaxone. In vitro and in vivo experiments from multiple redundant orthogonal assays within four biological processes (aggregate biology, antigen-presenting cell biology, T-cell biology, and B-cell biology) modulated by glatiramer acetate in MS established the biological and immunological equivalence of Glatopa and Copaxone and are described...
February 23, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236206/glutamate-t-cells-and-multiple-sclerosis
#15
REVIEW
Mia Levite
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the nervous system, where it induces multiple beneficial and essential effects. Yet, excess glutamate, evident in a kaleidoscope of acute and chronic pathologies, is absolutely catastrophic, since it induces excitotoxicity and massive loss of brain function. Both the beneficial and the detrimental effects of glutamate are mediated by a large family of glutamate receptors (GluRs): the ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) and the metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), expressed by most/all cells of the nervous system, and also by many non-neural cells in various peripheral organs and tissues...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231624/targets-and-mechanisms-in-prevention-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-immunomodulatory-treatments
#16
REVIEW
Marianne von Euler Chelpin, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, however, there is no cure for it. Current treatments only relieve some of the symptoms, without ceasing the disease, and lose efficacy with prolonged treatment. Considerable evidence shows that persistent inflammatory responses, involving T cell infiltration and glial cell activation, are common characteristics of human patients and play a crucial role in the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Therefore, it is important to develop therapeutic strategies that can impede or halt the disease through the modulation of the peripheral immune system by aiming at controlling the existing neuroinflammation...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212923/multiple-sclerosis-in-the-real-world-a-systematic-review-of-fingolimod-as-a-case-study
#17
REVIEW
Tjalf Ziemssen, Jennie Medin, C Anne-Marie Couto, Catherine R Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to systematically review the growing body of published literature reporting on one specific multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, fingolimod, in the real world to assess its effectiveness in patients with MS, evaluate methodologies used to investigate MS in clinical practice, and describe the evidence gaps for MS as exemplified by fingolimod. METHODS: We conducted a PRISMA-compliant systematic review of the literature (cut-off date: 4 March 2016)...
February 15, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211024/comparative-effectiveness-research-of-disease-modifying-therapies-for-the-management-of-multiple-sclerosis-analysis-of-a-large-health-insurance-claims-database
#18
Aaron Boster, Jacqueline Nicholas, Ning Wu, Wei-Shi Yeh, Monica Fay, Michael Edwards, Ming-Yi Huang, Andrew Lee
INTRODUCTION: Limited data are available on the real-world effectiveness of newer oral disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in multiple sclerosis. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively compare the real-world effectiveness of dimethyl fumarate (DMF), fingolimod, teriflunomide, and injectable DMTs in routine clinical practice based on US claims data. METHODS: Patients newly-initiating DMF, interferon beta (IFNβ), glatiramer acetate (GA), teriflunomide, or fingolimod in 2013 were identified in the Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims Databases (N = 6372)...
February 16, 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210662/time-course-of-glatiramer-acetate-efficacy-in-patients-with-rrms-in-the-gala-study
#19
Mat D Davis, Natalia Ashtamker, Joshua R Steinerman, Volker Knappertz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the time to efficacy onset of glatiramer acetate (GA) 40 mg/mL 3-times-weekly formulation (GA40). METHODS: This post hoc analysis of data from the 1-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase of the Glatiramer Acetate Low-Frequency Administration study (NCT01067521) of GA40 in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) sought to determine the timing of efficacy onset using a novel data-censoring approach. RESULTS: Compared with placebo-treated patients, those receiving GA40 exhibited a >30% reduction in the accumulated annualized relapse rate (ARR) within 2 months of initiating treatment and generally sustained this treatment difference during the 1-year study...
March 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209373/cost-utility-of-first-line-disease-modifying-treatments-for-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Erkki Soini, Jaana Joutseno, Marja-Liisa Sumelahti
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of first-line treatments of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) (dimethyl fumarate [DMF] 240 mg PO BID, teriflunomide 14 mg once daily, glatiramer acetate 20 mg SC once daily, interferon [IFN]-β1a 44 µg TIW, IFN-β1b 250 µg EOD, and IFN-β1a 30 µg IM QW) and best supportive care (BSC) in the health care payer setting in Finland. METHODS: The primary outcome was the modeled incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER; €/quality-adjusted life-year [QALY] gained, 3%/y discounting)...
March 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
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