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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630629/the-cedar-study-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-clinical-effects-of-conventional-dmards-and-biologic-dmards-in-australian-rheumatology-practice
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Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Julien de Jager, Geoffrey Littlejohn, Hedley Griffiths, Dave Nicholls, Paul Bird, Jennifer Young, Julie Hill, Jane Zochling
OBJECTIVES: To observe the choices of conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) and biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs) in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Australian routine clinical practice, to assess treatment survival and determine the effect of cDMARDs/bDMARDs on disease activity. METHODS: Routinely collected, deidentified clinical data was sourced from 20 Australian rheumatology practices. RA patients aged ≥18 years, who had received cDMARDs/bDMARDs and a recorded subsequent visit, were included...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614577/successful-treatment-of-cutaneous-small-vessel-vasculitis-with-leflunomide
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Julia D Stiegler, Naveed Sami
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600026/metabolitepredict-a-de-novo-human-metabolomics-prediction-system-and-its-applications-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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QuanQiu Wang, Rong Xu
Human metabolomics has great potential in disease mechanism understanding, early diagnosis, and therapy. Existing metabolomics studies are often based on profiling patient biofluids and tissue samples and are difficult owing to the challenges of sample collection and data processing. Here, we report an alternative approach and developed a computation-based prediction system, MetabolitePredict, for disease metabolomics biomarker prediction. We applied MetabolitePredict to identify metabolite biomarkers and metabolite targeting therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a last-lasting complex disease with multiple genetic and environmental factors involved...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598786/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-liver-fibrosis-detected-by-transient-elastography-or-shear-wave-elastography-in-inflammatory-arthritis-a-systematic-review
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Azin Rouhi, Glen Hazlewood, Abdel-Aziz Shaheen, Mark G Swain, Claire E H Barber
OBJECTIVES: Emerging technologies for monitoring subclinical liver fibrosis include transient elastography (TE) and shear wave elastography (SWE). A systematic review was conducted to assess the prevalence and report on predictors of liver fibrosis as detected by these technologies in inflammatory arthritis (IA) patients, including rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and Web of Science were searched from inception to 06/27/2016 using search terms for IA or DMARDs and TE/SWE...
June 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574826/leflunomide-teriflunomide-inhibit-epstein-barr-virus-ebv-induced-lymphoproliferative-disease-and-lytic-viral-replication
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Andrea Bilger, Julie Plowshay, Shidong Ma, Dhananjay Nawandar, Elizabeth A Barlow, James C Romero-Masters, Jillian A Bristol, Zhe Li, Ming-Han Tsai, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Shannon C Kenney
EBV infection causes mononucleosis and is associated with specific subsets of B cell lymphomas. Immunosuppressed patients such as organ transplant recipients are particularly susceptible to EBV-induced lymphoproliferative disease (LPD), which can be fatal. Leflunomide (a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) and its active metabolite teriflunomide (used to treat multiple sclerosis) inhibit de novo pyrimidine synthesis by targeting the cellular dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, thereby decreasing T cell proliferation...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550389/clinical-effectiveness-and-safety-of-leflunomide-in-inflammatory-arthritis-a-report-from-the-rapport-database-with-supporting-patient-survey
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Morgan Schultz, Stephanie O Keeling, Steven J Katz, Walter P Maksymowych, Dean T Eurich, Jill J Hall
Leflunomide is indicated for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis, yet is underutilized. Given the cost of biologic therapy, understanding real-life effectiveness, safety, and sustainability of leflunomide, particularly in patients who have failed methotrexate, would be of value. The primary objective was to assess the proportion of patients achieving clinically meaningful benefit following an adequate trial of leflunomide. A retrospective analysis of a cohort supplemented with patient self-reported data using a standardized questionnaire...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545554/whipple-s-disease-mimicking-rheumatoid-arthritis-can-cause-misdiagnosis-and-treatment-failure
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Cornelia Glaser, Siegbert Rieg, Thorsten Wiech, Christine Scholz, Dominique Endres, Oliver Stich, Peter Hasselblatt, Walter Geißdörfer, Christian Bogdan, Annerose Serr, Georg Häcker, Reinhard E Voll, Jens Thiel, Nils Venhoff
BACKGROUND: Whipple's disease, a rare chronic infectious disorder caused by Tropheryma whipplei, may present with predominant joint manifestations mimicking rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A retrospective single-center cohort study of seven patients was performed. Clinical symptoms were assessed by review of medical charts and Whipple's disease was diagnosed by periodic-acid-Schiff-stain and/or Tropheryma whipplei-specific polymerase-chain-reaction. RESULTS: Median age at disease onset was 54 years, six patients were male...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543792/lichenoid-drug-eruption-with-prominent-nail-changes-due-to-leflunomide-in-a-12-year-old-child
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Caitlin May, Philip Fleckman, Heather A Brandling-Bennett, Bonnie Cole, Robert Sidbury
We present the case of a 12-year-old-girl who developed lichenoid dermatitis approximately 1 year after starting leflunomide for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The eruption resolved promptly with discontinuation of the suspected culprit agent, supportive of a lichenoid drug eruption, but she subsequently developed markedly dystrophic nails with lichen planus-like features. A biopsy of her cutaneous findings at the time of initial presentation demonstrated lichenoid dermatitis, and a nail matrix biopsy was deferred given clinical correlation...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538280/a-case-of-cavitary-pulmonary-mycobacterium-avium-intracellulare-infection-in-the-setting-of-leflunomide-treatment
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Daniel E Winetsky, Jennifer Myers, Steffan Schulz, Gregory Tino, Marissa Wilck
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483767/incidence-and-prevalence-of-psoriatic-arthritis-in-denmark-a-nationwide-register-linkage-study
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Alexander Egeberg, Lars Erik Kristensen, Jacob P Thyssen, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Alice B Gottlieb, Laura C Coates, Denis Jullien, Paolo Gisondi, Dafna D Gladman, Lone Skov, Lotus Mallbris
OBJECTIVES: To examine the incidence and temporal trends of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in the general population in Denmark. METHODS: Using nationwide registry data, we estimated the number of patients with incident PsA within each 1-year period between 1997 and 2011 and calculated the rate of PsA cases within gender and age subgroups. Incidence rates were presented per 100 000 person-years. RESULTS: There was a female predominance ranging from 50...
May 8, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422003/efficacy-and-safety-of-leflunomide-as-an-adjuvant-drug-in-refractory-dermatomyositis-with-primarily-cutaneous-activity
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Renata C de Souza, Fernando H C de Souza, Renata Miossi, Samuel K Shinjo
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate leflunomide as an adjuvant drug in refractory dermatomyositis (DM) with primarily cutaneous activity. METHODS: A retrospective, single-centre, cohort study including 18 adult patients with DM (classical or clinically amyopathic DM) and cutaneous activity from 2001 to 2016 was conducted. Patients were dependent on glucocorticoid and refractory to at least two full-dose immunosuppressants/immunomodulators or presented previous adverse events with immunobiological drugs...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421991/patterns-in-use-and-costs-of-conventional-and-biologic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-australia
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Ellen Donges, Christine Staatz, Helen Benham, Paul Kubler, Samantha A Hollingworth
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterise the use and costs of subsidising conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic DMARDs in Australia from 2004-2014 through pharmaceutical benefits schemes. METHODS: Dispensing and expenditure data on conventional and biologic DMARDs were extracted from Medicare Australia and temporal trends were analysed. Medicine use was standardised in terms of the defined daily dose (DDD) per 1,000 population per day (DDD/1,000 population/day)...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418334/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Kenan Barut, Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Şahin, Özgür Kasapçopur
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common chronic rheumatic disease of unknown aetiology in childhood and predominantly presents with peripheral arthritis. The disease is divided into several subgroups, according to demographic characteristics, clinical features, treatment modalities and disease prognosis. Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which is one of the most frequent disease subtypes, is characterized by recurrent fever and rash. Oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, common among young female patients, is usually accompanied by anti-nuclear antibodie positivity and anterior uveitis...
April 5, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415636/comparison-of-combined-leflunomide-and-low-dose-corticosteroid-therapy-with-full-dose-corticosteroid-monotherapy-for-progressive-iga-nephropathy
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Lulin Min, Qin Wang, Liou Cao, Wenyan Zhou, Jiangzi Yuan, Minfang Zhang, Xiajing Che, Shan Mou, Wei Fang, Leyi Gu, Mingli Zhu, Ling Wang, Zanzhe Yu, Jiaqi Qian, Zhaohui Ni
IgA nephropathy is the most common primary glomerulonephritis and one of the leading causes of end-stage renal disease. We performed a randomized, controlled, prospective, open-label trial to determine whether leflunomide combined with low-dose corticosteroid is safe and effective for the treatment of progressive IgA nephropathy, as compared to full-dose corticosteroid monotherapy. Biopsy-proved primary IgA nephropathy patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥ 30 ml/min/1.73m2 and proteinuria ≥1...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405598/clearance-of-bk-virus-nephropathy-by-combination-antiviral-therapy-with-intravenous-immunoglobulin
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Kathy Kable, Carmen D Davies, Philip J O'connell, Jeremy R Chapman, Brian John Nankivell
BACKGROUND: Reactivation of BK polyoma virus causes a destructive virus allograft nephropathy (BKVAN) with graft loss in 46%. Treatment options are limited to reduced immunosuppression and largely ineffective antiviral agents. Some studies suggest benefit from intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). METHODS: We evaluated effectiveness of adjuvant IVIG to eliminate virus from blood and tissue, in a retrospective, single-center cohort study, against standard-of-care controls...
April 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405135/severe-bone-marrow-suppression-accompanying-pulmonary-infection-and-hemorrhage-of-the-digestive-tract-associated-with-leflunomide-and-low-dose-methotrexate-combination-therapy
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Caihong Qu, Ying Lu, Weimin Liu
A 60-year-old male patient developed hyperpyrexia, cough, expectoration with blood-stained sputum, mouth ulcers, and suppurative tonsillitis after receiving 35 days of combination treatment with leflunomide (LEF) and low-dose methotrexate (MTX) for active rheumatoid arthritis. On admission, routine blood tests showed severe thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis, and decreased hemoglobin concentration compared with the relatively normal results of 1 month previously during the first hospitalization. Chest radiography revealed inflammation in both lungs, and a fecal occult blood test was positive...
January 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403797/is-the-treatment-with-biological-or-non-biological-dmards-a-modifier-of-periodontal-condition-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Consuelo Romero-Sanchez, Constanza Rodríguez, Pedro Santos, Ana María Mesa, Gloria Inés Lafaurie, Sebastian Giraldo, Juliette De Avila, Diana Marcela Castilla, Michelle Durán, Philippe Chalem, Juan Manuel Bello, Rafael Valle
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Experimental models suggest the use of different therapy protocols in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as modulators on periodontal condition. This study evaluated the effects of conventional drug treatment and anti-TNF therapy in patients with RA on microbiological and periodontal condition, establishing the association of markers of periodontal infection with indexes of rheumatic activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred seventy nine individuals with RA were evaluated (62 with anti-TNF-α and 115 with only DMARDs)...
April 7, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389629/inhibition-of-p70-s6-kinase-s6k1-activity-by-a77-1726-the-active-metabolite-of-leflunomide-induces-autophagy-through-tak1-mediated-ampk-and-jnk-activation
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Xiulong Xu, Jing Sun, Ruilong Song, Michelle E Doscas, Ashley J Williamson, Jingsong Zhou, Jun Sun, Xinan Jiao, Xiufan Liu, Yi Li
mTOR activation suppresses autophagy by phosphorylating ULK1 at S757 and suppressing its enzymatic activity. Here we report that feedback activation of mTOR in the PI-3 kinase pathway by two p70 S6 kinase (S6K1) inhibitors (PF-4708671 and A77 1726, the active metabolite of an immunosuppressive drug leflunomide) or by S6K1 knockdown did not suppress but rather induced autophagy. Suppression of S6K1 activity led to the phosphorylation and activation of AMPK, which then phosphorylated ULK1 at S555. While mTOR feedback activation led to increased phosphorylation of ULK1 at S757, this modification did not the disrupt ULK1-AMPK interaction nor dampen ULK1 S555 phosphorylation and the induction of autophagy...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388816/adipose-tissue-macrophages-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-prevalence-disease-related-indicators-and-associations-with-cardiometabolic-risk-factors
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Jon T Giles, Antony W Ferrante, Rachel Broderick, Afshin Zartoshti, Janine Rose, Kendall Downer, Hui-Zhu Zhang, Robert J Winchester
Objective Adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) are a potent source of inflammatory cytokines with profound effects on adipose tissue function, yet their potential role in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathobiology is largely unstudied. Methods Periumbilical subcutaneous adipose tissue was obtained from 36 RA patients and 22 non-RA controls frequency matched on demographics and BMI. Samples were stained for the macrophage marker CD68 and the average proportion of ATMs, crown-like structures (CLSs: peri-adipocyte aggregates of three or more ATMs), and fibrosis were compared between groups...
April 7, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376538/-hepatic-manifestation-of-a-macrophage-activation-syndrome-mas
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Michael Nagel, Andreas Schwarting, Beate K Straub, Peter R Galle, Tim Zimmermann
Background Elevated liver values are the most common pathological laboratory result in Germany. Frequent findings, especially in younger patients, are nutritive- or medicamentous- toxic reasons, viral or autoimmune hepatitis. A macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) may manifest like a viral infectious disease with fever, hepatosplenomegaly and pancytopenia and is associated with a high mortality. It is based on an enhanced activation of macrophages with increased cytokine release, leading to organ damage and multi-organ failure...
May 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
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