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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340158/maintenance-therapy-is-associated-with-better-long-term-outcomes-in-adult-patients-with-primary-angiitis-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Hubert de Boysson, Jean-Jacques Parienti, Caroline Arquizan, Grégoire Boulouis, Nicolas Gaillard, Alexis Régent, Antoine Néel, Olivier Detante, Emanuel Touzé, Achille Aouba, Boris Bienvenu, Loïc Guillevin, Olivier Naggara, Mathieu Zuber, Christian Pagnoux
Objective.: We aimed to analyse the effect of maintenance therapy after induction on the outcomes of adult patients with primary angiitis of the CNS (PACNS). Methods.: We analysed long-term outcomes (relapse, survival and functional status) of patients enrolled in the French multicentre PACNS cohort who achieved remission after induction treatment and with ⩾12 months' follow-up, according to whether or not they received maintenance therapy. Good outcome was defined as relapse-free survival and good functional status (modified Rankin scale ⩽ 2) at last follow-up...
March 17, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339952/value-of-multidisciplinary-reassessment-in-attribution-of-neuropsychiatric-events-to-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-prospective-data-from-the-leiden-npsle-cohort
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César Magro-Checa, Els J Zirkzee, Liesbeth J J Beaart-van de Voorde, Huub A Middelkoop, Nic J van der Wee, Menno V Huisman, Jeroen Eikenboom, Nyika D Kruyt, Mark A van Buchem, Tom W J Huizinga, Gerda M Steup-Beekman
Objective.: To determine the contribution of reassessment in the attribution process of neuropsychiatric (NP) events to SLE or other aetiologies in a large, prospective and multidisciplinary assessed NPSLE cohort and to compare these results with other available attribution models for NP events occurring in SLE. Methods.: Three hundred and four consecutive SLE patients presenting NP events were evaluated. All subjects underwent standardized multidisciplinary medical, neuropsychological, laboratory and radiological examination on the inclusion and reassessment dates...
February 28, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339910/rituximab-and-hepatitis-b-reactivation-in-hbsag-negative-anti-hbc-positive-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Juhan Lee, Jun Yong Park, Kyu Ha Huh, Beom Seok Kim, Myoung Soo Kim, Soon Il Kim, Hoon Sang Ahn, Yu Seun Kim
Background.: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation is a well-known complication of immunosuppressive therapy. Although rituximab is increasingly used for desensitization of ABO-incompatible or positive crossmatch kidney transplantation, the risk of HBV reactivation in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative/hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc)-positive kidney transplant patients receiving rituximab desensitization remains undetermined. Methods.: We analysed 172 resolved HBV patients who underwent living donor kidney transplantation between 2008 and 2014...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339745/chronic-nasal-staphylococcus-aureus-carriage-identifies-a-subset-of-newly-diagnosed-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-patients-with-high-relapse-rate
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Anna Salmela, Niels Rasmussen, Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, David R W Jayne, Agneta Ekstrand
Objective.: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether chronic nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is related to relapses in patients with newly diagnosed ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Methods.: In two clinical trials (n = 200), for early systemic (n = 83) and generalized (n = 117) AAV, nasal swabs were obtained monthly and at the time of a relapse. Chronic nasal SA carriage (CNSAC) was defined as ⩾ 75% of cultures being SA positive, with non-carriers being SA negative in all cultures and remaining patients being intermittent carriers...
February 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339671/characteristics-of-donor-specific-anti-hla-antibodies-and-outcome-in-renal-transplant-patients-treated-with-a-standardized-induction-regimen
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Daniel Zecher, Christian Bach, Christoph Staudner, Carsten A Böger, Tobias Bergler, Bernhard Banas, Bernd M Spriewald
Background.: Pre-transplant donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSA) have been associated with antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and early kidney allograft loss. Uncertainties remain regarding the general applicability of these findings and the optimal induction therapy in DSA-positive patients. Methods.: Pre-transplant sera from 174 patients receiving a crossmatch-negative kidney transplant were retrospectively analysed for DSA using Luminex technology...
February 18, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339535/fungemia-due-to-rare-opportunistic-yeasts-data-from-a-population-based-surveillance-in-spain
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Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Jesús Guinea, Mireia Puig-Asensio, Óscar Zaragoza, Benito Almirante, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, José María Aguado
Fungemia due to rare yeasts constitutes an emerging but poorly investigated condition. Data on risk factors, clinical features, therapy, and outcome of episodes of fungemia due to rare (non-Candida, non-Cryptococcus) yeasts were analyzed in a population-based surveillance program conducted in 29 Spanish hospitals between May 2010 and April 2011. Species identification (DNA sequencing) and antifungal susceptibility testing (EUCAST and CLSI methods) were centrally performed. Fourteen out of 767 episodes of fungemia (1...
August 5, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338457/transplant-renal-vein-thrombosis
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Khaled El Zorkany, Julie-Michelle Bridson, Ajay Sharma, Ahmed Halawa
Transplant renal vein thrombosis usually occurs early after surgery with a reported prevalence of 0.1% to 4.2%. It is a devastating event that ultimately leads to graft loss in almost all cases. There are many predisposing factors related to donor, recipient, surgery, and immunosuppression, with mechanical factors being considered the most common causes of transplant renal vein thrombosis. The clinical manifestations of acute renal vein thrombosis are nonspecific and are not dissimilar to the features of urine leak, urinary obstruction, or severe acute rejection...
April 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338305/prostate-cancer-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Benjamin A Sherer, Krishnan Warrior, Karl Godlewski, Martin Hertl, Oyedolamu Olaitan, Ajay Nehra, Leslie Allan Deane
As patients with end-stage renal disease are receiving renal allografts at older ages, the number of male renal transplant recipients (RTRs) being diagnosed with prostate cancer (CaP) is increasing. Historically, the literature regarding the management of CaP in RTR's is limited to case reports and small case series. To date, there are no standardized guidelines for screening or management of CaP in these complex patients. To better understand the unique characteristics of CaP in the renal transplant population, we performed a literature review of PubMed, without date limitations, using a combination of search terms including prostate cancer, end stage renal disease, renal transplantation, prostate cancer screening, prostate specific antigen kinetics, immunosuppression, prostatectomy, and radiation therapy...
March 24, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337871/cytokine-modulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-treatment-with-steroids-immunosuppressants-and-ifn-%C3%AE-1b
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S Marinari, V De Iuliis, V Dadorante, S Colella, A Marino, A Nunziata, V Flati, M Caruso, A Pennelli, F De Benedetto, S Matera, S Capodifoglio, S Martinotti, S Caputi, E Toniato
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease of unknown etiology and pathogenic mechanisms. From an etiopathogenic point of view, alveolar macrophages play a key role in accumulation of fibroblasts and deposition of collagen and extracellular matrix by releasing specific cytokines and inflammatory mediators. IPF seems to be also associated with circulating fibrocytes, which might be involved with an abnormal pulmonary vascular repair and remodeling. Based on its hypothesized pathologic mechanisms, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and immunosuppressive therapies are often used...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337200/metabolic-hallmarks-of-tumor-and-immune-cells-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Kathrin Renner, Katrin Singer, Gudrun E Koehl, Edward K Geissler, Katrin Peter, Peter J Siska, Marina Kreutz
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes and NK cells play an important role in eliminating malignant tumor cells and the number and activity of tumor-infiltrating T cells represent a good marker for tumor prognosis. Based on these findings, immunotherapy, e.g., checkpoint blockade, has received considerable attention during the last couple of years. However, for the majority of patients, immune control of their tumors is gray theory as malignant cells use effective mechanisms to outsmart the immune system. Increasing evidence suggests that changes in tumor metabolism not only ensure an effective energy supply and generation of building blocks for tumor growth but also contribute to inhibition of the antitumor response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336378/optimized-biodegradable-polymeric-reservoir-mediated-local-and-sustained-co-delivery-of-dendritic-cells-and-oncolytic-adenovirus-co-expressing-il-12-and-gm-csf-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Eonju Oh, Jung-Eun Oh, JinWoo Hong, YoonHo Chung, Yunki Lee, Ki Dong Park, Sungwan Kim, Chae-Ok Yun
Administration of dendritic cells (DCs) combined with oncolytic adenovirus (Ad) expressing antitumor cytokines induces a potent antitumor effect and antitumor immunity by ameliorating the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. However, this combination therapy has significant limitations due to rapid dissemination and inactivation of the therapeutics at the tumor site, necessitating multiple injections of both therapeutics. To overcome these limitations, we have utilized gelatin-based hydrogel to co-deliver oncolytic Ad co-expressing interleukin (IL)-12 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) (oAd) and DCs for sustained release of both therapeutics...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336168/-pseudo-tumoral-invasive-fungus-infection-of-the-maxillary-sinus-in-abidjan
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A K Tanon, C Assouan, E Anzouan-Kacou, D N'guessan, A Salami, S Boni, E Konan
INTRODUCTION: The invasive fungal infection of the maxillary sinus is a rare and serious disease generally favored by immunosuppression. We report an exceptional case of pseudotumoral invasive fungal infection of the maxillary sinus in an immunocompetent patient. OBSERVATION: A 32-year-old patient consulted for labial and left temporal swelling associated with proptosis and chemosis that has been developing for 18 months. The scanner objectified a filling of the left maxillary sinus, and the ipsilateral orbital cavity, and the surrounding muscles...
March 20, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334399/association-of-hiv-status-with-local-immune-response-to-anal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-implications-for-immunotherapy
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Elizabeth L Yanik, Genevieve J Kaunitz, Tricia R Cottrell, Farah Succaria, Tracee L McMiller, Maria L Ascierto, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Toby Cornish, Evan J Lipson, Suzanne L Topalian, Eric A Engels, Janis M Taube
Importance: The programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway play an important immunosuppressive role in cancer and chronic viral infection, and have been effectively targeted in cancer therapy. Anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is associated with both human papillomavirus and HIV infection. To date, patients with HIV have been excluded from most trials of immune checkpoint blocking agents, such as anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1, because it was assumed that their antitumor immunity was compromised compared with immunocompetent patients...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333769/the-incidence-of-low-seroimmunity-to-hepatitis-b-virus-in-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Abhishek Watts, William E Bennett, Jean P Molleston, Sandeep K Gupta, Joseph M Croffie, Shamaila Waseem, Brian A McFerron, Steven J Steiner, Sanjay Kumar, Charles P Vanderpool, Emily C Hon, Molly A Bozic, Girish C Subbarao, Marian D Pfefferkorn
OBJECTIVES: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often receive immunosuppressive therapy which may make them vulnerable to infections such as hepatitis B. We hypothesized that hepatitis B virus (HBV) titers are low in the vaccinated pediatric IBD population. The aims of our study were to identify the incidence of lower titers of hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and determine which patient factors may be associated with lower HBsAb titers. METHODS: Patients with diagnosis of IBD, ages 5-18 years, were prospectively enrolled...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333655/biochemical-and-electrocardiographic-studies-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-gallic-acid-in-cyclophosphamide-induced-cardiorenal-dysfunction
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Omolola Rachel Ogunsanwo, Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi, Temidayo Olutayo Omobowale, Ebunoluwa Racheal Asenuga, Adebowale Bernard Saba
Background Cardiac toxicity is one of the life-threatening complications of cancer therapy. Cyclophosphamide (CYP) is an alkylating agent with potent antineoplastic and immunosuppressive properties and possibly the most widely used antineoplastic agent. Chronic cardiotoxicity associated with CYP is characterized by progressive heart failure developing from weeks to years after therapy. Methods In this study, rats were administered with (60 mg/kg and 120 mg/kg) alone or in combination with single intraperitoneal (200 mg/kg) administration of CYP for 7 days...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333182/early-tuberculin-skin-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Carlos Taxonera, Ángel Ponferrada, Fernando Bermejo, Sabino Riestra, Cristina Saro, María Dolores Martín-Arranz, José Luis Cabriada, Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta, María Luisa de Castro, Pilar López-Serrano, Jesús Barrio, Cristina Suarez, Eva Iglesias, Federico Argüelles-Arias, Isabel Ferrer, Ignacio Marín-Jiménez, Alejandro Hernández-Camba, Guillermo Bastida, Manuel Van Domselaar, Pilar Martínez-Montiel, David Olivares, Cristina Alba, Javier P Gisbert
Background and Aim: Sensitivity of tuberculin skin test [TST] during screening for latent tuberculosis infection [LTBI] is affected by steroid and/or immunosuppressant therapy. The aim of this study was to compare performance of the two-step TST in inflammatory bowel disease patients immediately before anti-tumour necrosis factor [TNF] therapy as part of routine screening for LTBI vs control patients when the TST was carried out at an early stage. Methods: In this multicentre prospective controlled study, we evaluated the performance of two-step TST with 5-mm threshold...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331617/current-approaches-to-increase-car-t-cell-potency-in-solid-tumors-targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Irene Scarfò, Marcela V Maus
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy represents a revolutionary treatment for haematological malignancies (i.e. B-ALL). However, the success of this type of treatment has not yet been achieved in solid tumors. One hypothesis is that the immunosuppressive nature of the tumor microenvironment (TME) influences and affects the efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy. Understanding the role of the TME and its interaction with CAR T-cells is crucial to improve the potency of adoptive immunotherapy. In this review, we discuss the strategies and potential combinatorial approaches recently developed in mouse models to enhance the efficacy of CAR T-cells, with particular emphasis on the translational potential of these approaches...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330617/cd54-mediated-interaction-with-pro-inflammatory-macrophages-increases-the-immunosuppressive-function-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Nicolas Espagnolle, Adélie Balguerie, Emmanuelle Arnaud, Luc Sensebé, Audrey Varin
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) sense and modulate inflammation and represent potential clinical treatment for immune disorders. However, many details of the bidirectional interaction of MSCs and the innate immune compartment are still unsolved. Here we describe an unconventional but functional interaction between pro-inflammatory classically activated macrophages (M1MΦ) and MSCs, with CD54 playing a central role. CD54 was upregulated and enriched specifically at the contact area between M1MФ and MSCs. Moreover, the specific interaction induced calcium signaling and increased the immunosuppressive capacities of MSCs dependent on CD54 mediation...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330497/atopic-dermatitis-anti-ige-paediatric-trial-adapt-the-role-of-anti-ige-in-severe-paediatric-eczema-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Susan Chan, Victoria Cornelius, Tao Chen, Suzana Radulovic, Mandy Wan, Rahi Jahan, Gideon Lack
BACKGROUND: The evidence for systemic treatments for severe childhood eczema is limited and largely based on extrapolation of data from adult studies. Current therapies are often immunosuppressant and may be associated with both short- and long-term side effects. There is increasing in vitro and murine-model evidence for the role of IgE in the immunopathogenesis of atopic eczema. The aim of the study is to assess whether anti-IgE treatment (omalizumab) improves eczema, compared to placebo...
March 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329664/prospective-evaluation-of-complications-in-dermatologic-surgery-associated-with-hypertension-conroy
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Conroy Chow, Matthew J Simpson, Niko Pascua, Harjot Maan, Jacqueline G Berlier, Siegrid Yu, Isaac Neuhaus, Roy Grekin, Sarah T Arron
BackgroundPoorly controlled hypertension is a known risk factor for surgical complications. OBJECTIVE: This study examines the incidence of complications in participants undergoing Mohsmicrographic surgery (MMS) based on preoperative blood pressure (BP) measurement and investigates the role of potential confounders in the relationship between preoperative BP and postoperative complications.MethodsThis 10-month prospective cohort study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Dermatologic Surgery Center approached all patients undergoing MMS for participation and assessed for the diagnosis of hypertension, anti-hypertensive medication use, use of tobacco or blood thinners, immunosuppression, concomitant diabetes, or previous treatment with radiation therapy at the surgical site...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
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