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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161092/the-impact-of-diet-on-immunity-and-respiratory-diseases
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Tomasz P Wypych, Benjamin J Marsland, Niki D J Ubags
The Western world has witnessed a tremendous increase in the occurrence of allergy and autoimmunity in the second half of the 20th century. Extensive efforts have been made to explain this phenomenon and various hypotheses have been formulated. Among them, two concepts have attracted the most attention: the "hygiene hypothesis," identifying the reduced exposure to environmental microorganisms as a driving force behind the observed epidemiological trends; and the "diet hypotheses," pointing to the importance of changes in our dietary habits...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160835/vitamin-d-and-neurological-diseases-an-endocrine-view
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REVIEW
Carolina Di Somma, Elisabetta Scarano, Luigi Barrea, Volha V Zhukouskaya, Silvia Savastano, Chiara Mele, Massimo Scacchi, Gianluca Aimaretti, Annamaria Colao, Paolo Marzullo
Vitamin D system comprises hormone precursors, active metabolites, carriers, enzymes, and receptors involved in genomic and non-genomic effects. In addition to classical bone-related effects, this system has also been shown to activate multiple molecular mediators and elicit many physiological functions. In vitro and in vivo studies have, in fact, increasingly focused on the "non-calcemic" actions of vitamin D, which are associated with the maintenance of glucose homeostasis, cardiovascular morbidity, autoimmunity, inflammation, and cancer...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160756/recent-developments-on-treatment-strategies-and-the-prognosis-of-dermatomyositis-a-review
#3
Verena Isak, Joseph L Jorizzo
Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease affecting both skin and muscle. Steroids are the first line treatment. However, no consensus regarding dosing, length of treatment, tapering speed, or when to add which immunosuppressant in case of steroid resistance, has been reached, as randomized-controlled trials are scarce. Especially data on long-term treatment is lacking in order to decide on the most effective treatment for long-term remission. Empiric evidence suggests that with an initially aggressive treatment with oral steroids followed by a slow taper, during which disease activity is adequately controlled, patients can be off therapy within typically 24 to 48 months, and remain disease-free without medication for over 20 years...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159903/soluble-mhc-molecules-in-immune-regulation-highlighting-class-ii-antigens
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Katerina Bakela, Irene Athanassakis
The involvement of Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens in the development and regulation of immune response has been well defined over the years, starting from maturation, antigenic peptide loading, migration to the cell membrane for recognition by the T cell receptor and recycling for immune response cessation. During this intracellular trafficking, MHC antigens find a way to be excreted by the cells, since they can be found as soluble MHC class I (sMHCI) and class II (sMHCII) molecules in all body fluids...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159899/extremely-painful-multifocal-acquired-predominant-axonal-sensorimotor-neuropathy-of-the-upper-limb
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Doris Lieba-Samal, Jeroen J J van Eijk, Marieke H J van Rosmalen, Irene M F van Balken, Aad Verrips, Jop Mostert, Sigrid Pillen, Nens van Alfen
The differential diagnosis of upper extremity mononeuritis multiplex includes neuralgic amyotrophy, vasculitic neuropathy, and Lewis-Sumner syndrome. We describe 3 patients initially suspected of neuralgic amyotrophy, who had an extremely painful, protracted, progressive disease course, not fitting one of these established diagnoses. Nerve ultrasonography showed focal caliber changes of the roots, plexus, and limb nerves. Electromyography showed predominant multifocal axonopathy. Ongoing autoimmune neuropathy was suspected...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159879/new-insights-into-pemphigoid-diseases
#6
Frank Antonicelli, Ralf J Ludwig
Pemphigus and pemphigoid diseases are organ-specific autoimmune blistering diseases (AIBD), characterized and caused by autoantibodies to structural components of the skin (1). The autoantigens targeted in pemphigus are desmoglein 1 and 3, two proteins of the desmosomal structure, while the autoantigens in pemphigoid diseases (PD) are components of the basal membrane. For example, bullous pemphigoid (BP), the most frequent PD is characterized by autoantibodies against type XVII collagen (COL17, BP180) and BP230, and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) is caused by autoantibodies against type VII collagen (COL7)...
November 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159718/genetics-and-epigenetics-in-the-pathogenesis-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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REVIEW
Satoru Joshita, Takeji Umemura, Eiji Tanaka, Masao Ota
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic, slowly progressive cholestatic autoimmune liver disease predominantly afflicting women. PBC is characterized by the presence of disease-specific antimitochondrial antibodies and the histological destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts, which eventually lead to cirrhosis and hepatic failure. Fortunately, ursodeoxycholic acid therapy has improved the outcome of the vast majority of PBC cases. Although the etiology of PBC has not yet been elucidated, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II alleles have been consistently associated with disease onset for decades...
November 20, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159697/subepidermal-autoimmune-bullous-diseases-overview-epidemiology-and-associations
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Khalaf Kridin
Subepidermal autoimmune bullous diseases of the skin and mucosae comprise a large group of chronic diseases, including bullous pemphigoid, pemphigoid gestationis, mucous membrane pemphigoid, linear IgA bullous dermatosis, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, and anti-p200 pemphigoid. These diseases are characterized by an antibody response toward structural components of the basement membrane zone, resulting in subepidermal blistering. The epidemiological features of these diseases vary substantially in different regions of the world...
November 21, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159500/comparative-analysis-of-molecular-activity-in-dermal-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-different-passages
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Xinhua Li, Junqin Li, Xincheng Zhao, Qiang Wang, Xiaohong Yang, Yueai Cheng, Min Zhou, Gang Wang, Erle Dang, Xiaoli Yang, Ruixia Hou, Peng An, Guohua Yin, Kaiming Zhang
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are used for tissue regeneration in several pathological conditions, including autoimmune diseases. However, the optimal sources and culture requirements for these cells are still under investigation. Here, we compared mRNA expression in dermal MSCs (DMSCs) at passage (P) 3 and P5 to provide a reference for future studies related to DMSCs expansion. In normal DMSCs, the expression of three of eight genes associated with basic cellular activity were different at P5 compared to that at P3: PLCB4 and SYTL2 were upregulated by 4...
November 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159471/evidence-for-genetic-overlap-between-adult-onset-still-s-disease-and-hereditary-periodic-fever-syndromes
#10
R Sighart, J Rech, A Hueber, N Blank, S Löhr, A Reis, H Sticht, U Hüffmeier
OBJECTIVE: Adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a severe, autoimmune disease that can be challenging to treat with conventional therapeutics and biologicals in a considerable number of cases. Therefore, there is a high need to understand its pathogenesis better. As major clinical symptoms overlap between AOSD and hereditary periodic fever syndromes (HPFS), we analysed four known HPFS genes in AOSD. METHODS: We performed Sanger sequencing and quantitative analysis of all coding regions of MEFV, TNFRSF1A, MVK and NLRP3 in 40 AOSD patients...
November 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159189/nmdar-encephalitis-passive-transfer-from-man-to-mouse-by-a-recombinant-antibody
#11
Manish Malviya, Sumanta Barman, Kristin S Golombeck, Jesús Planagumà, Francesco Mannara, Nathalie Strutz-Seebohm, Claudia Wrzos, Fatih Demir, Christine Baksmeier, Julia Steckel, Kim Kristin Falk, Catharina C Gross, Stjepana Kovac, Kathrin Bönte, Andreas Johnen, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Elena Martín-García, Albert J Becker, Christian E Elger, Nikolaj Klöcker, Heinz Wiendl, Sven G Meuth, Hans-Peter Hartung, Guiscard Seebohm, Frank Leypoldt, Rafael Maldonado, Christine Stadelmann, Josep Dalmau, Nico Melzer, Norbert Goebels
Objective: Autoimmune encephalitis is most frequently associated with anti-NMDAR autoantibodies. Their pathogenic relevance has been suggested by passive transfer of patients' cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in mice in vivo. We aimed to analyze the intrathecal plasma cell repertoire, identify autoantibody-producing clones, and characterize their antibody signatures in recombinant form. Methods: Patients with recent onset typical anti-NMDAR encephalitis were subjected to flow cytometry analysis of the peripheral and intrathecal immune response before, during, and after immunotherapy...
November 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159009/myasthenia-gravis-induced-by-nivolumab-a-case-report
#12
Jeet J Mehta, Eamon Maloney, Sachin Srinivasan, Patrick Seitz, Michael Cannon
Nivolumab is a programmed cell death receptor (PD-1) inhibitor therapy for aggressive cancers; however, it poses a risk of immune-related adverse side effects. We present a 73-year-old male with renal cell carcinoma who developed myasthenia gravis (MG) after being treated with nivolumab, proven by acetylcholine receptor antibodies. Our patient presented with symptoms of fatigue and upper and lower extremity weakness, eventually resulting in respiratory failure as a result of MG. Nivolumab is an emerging therapy for advanced cancers but poses severe immune-related adverse events...
September 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158853/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-autoimmune-liver-diseases-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-in-cuba
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Marlen Ivón Castellanos Fernández, Deyanira la Rosa Hernández, Diego Enrique Cabrera Eugenio, Wilson Palanca, Zaily Dorta Guridi, Licet González Fabián
Background: Autoimmune liver diseases (AILD) comprise a set of entities characterized by tissue damage as a result of the loss of self-tolerance. There are few reports of AILD from Caribbean countries. Objectives: The aim of our study was to investigate the clinical patterns, laboratory findings, and immunologic features, treatment responses, and prognoses of AILD in adult patients at a Cuban tertiary referral center. Methods: A prospective study was conducted at the National Institute of Gastroenterology in Havana, Cuba, from May 2012 to April 2016...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158418/a-novel-pkhd1-mutation-interacts-with-the-nonobese-1diabetic-genetic-background-to-cause-autoimmune-cholangitis
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Wenting Huang, Daniel B Rainbow, Yuehong Wu, David Adams, Pranavkumar Shivakumar, Leah Kottyan, Rebekah Karns, Bruce Aronow, Jorge Bezerra, M Eric Gershwin, Laurence B Peterson, Linda S Wicker, William M Ridgway
We previously reported that NOD.c3c4 mice develop spontaneous autoimmune biliary disease (ABD) with anti-mitochondrial Abs, histopathological lesions, and autoimmune T lymphocytes similar to human primary biliary cholangitis. In this article, we demonstrate that ABD in NOD.c3c4 and related NOD ABD strains is caused by a chromosome 1 region that includes a novel mutation in polycystic kidney and hepatic disease 1 (Pkhd1). We show that a long terminal repeat element inserted into intron 35 exposes an alternative polyadenylation site, resulting in a truncated Pkhd1 transcript...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158348/galectin-1-a-jack-of-all-trades-in-the-resolution-of-acute-and-chronic-inflammation
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REVIEW
Victoria Sundblad, Luciano G Morosi, Jorge R Geffner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Regulatory signals provide negative input to immunological networks promoting resolution of acute and chronic inflammation. Galectin-1 (Gal-1), a member of a family of evolutionarily conserved glycan-binding proteins, displays broad anti-inflammatory and proresolving activities by targeting multiple immune cell types. Within the innate immune compartment, Gal-1 acts as a resolution-associated molecular pattern by counteracting the synthesis of proinflammatory cytokines, inhibiting neutrophil trafficking, targeting eosinophil migration and survival, and suppressing mast cell degranulation...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158162/the-gelatinases-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-as-fine-tuners-of-neuroinflammatory-processes
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REVIEW
M-J Hannocks, X Zhang, H Gerwien, A Chashchina, M Burmeister, E Korpos, J Song, L Sorokin
This review focuses on the complementary roles of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in leukocyte migration into the brain in neuroinflammation, studied mainly in a murine model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) that has similarity to the human disease multiple sclerosis. We discuss the cellular sources of MMP-2/MMP-9 in EAE, their sites of activity, and how cleavage of the to-date identified MMP-2/MMP-9 substrates at the blood-brain barrier facilitate leukocyte filtration of the central nervous system (CNS)...
November 17, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158146/monitoring-and-predicting-disease-activity-in-autoimmune-pancreatitis-with-the-m-annheim-aip-activity-score
#17
Michael Hirth, Miroslav Vujasinovic, Markus Münch, Christel Weiss, Matthias Löhr, Matthias P Ebert, Alexander Schneider
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Autoimmune pancreatitis (AiP) is treated by immunosuppressive therapy. Exact description of disease activity of AiP is essential in clinical practice and research, but a score to describe the disease activity is missing. Thus, we aimed to establish an activity score of AiP. METHODS: We retrospectively studied long-term disease courses of 29 patients with AiP (Mannheim, Germany), receiving corticosteroid treatment (CST) by analyzing 613 treatment appointments...
October 25, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158056/factors-associated-with-moyamoya-syndrome-in-a-kentucky-regional-population
#18
Catherine Y Wang, Stephen L Grupke, Jill Roberts, Jessica Lee, Justin F Fraser
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to report both new and previously identified conditions associated with moyamoya syndrome in a Western population and to present our outcomes after surgical treatment with indirect bypass. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients evaluated at our institution from June 2011 to June 2015 who were diagnosed with moyamoya. Data collected include patient demographics, presenting manifestations, vessels involved, comorbid conditions, abnormal laboratory values, treatments administered, and clinical outcomes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158050/autoimmune-thyroid-diseases-and-th17-treg-lymphocytes
#19
REVIEW
Shiying Shao, Xuefeng Yu, Liya Shen
Years of researches have demonstrated that the imbalance of Th17 and Tregs contribute to the thyroid autoimmunity and the severity of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). The underlying mechanism comprises inherent genetic predisposition, abnormality of Th17 and Treg related biological molecules, and gut microbiota disorder. New therapeutic strategies have been developed to improve the Th17/Treg equilibrium, including regulation of intracellular signaling pathways, neutralization of Th17-related cytokines, as well as manipulation of Th17 and Treg specific transcription factors...
November 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158045/-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-in-a-child
#20
I Majdoub, S Kallel, M Hsairi, M Snoussi, M Charfi, A Ben Halima, A Frikha, M Weli, F Safi, L Gargouri, N Ben Halima, A Mahfoudh, A Ghorbel, Z Bahloul
Sjögren syndrome is uncommon in children and occurs most often in association with autoimmune diseases (secondary Sjögren syndrome). We describe the clinical and biological features of a 7-year-old girl with primary Sjögren syndrome revealed by recurrent parotiditis. CASE REPORT: A 7-year-old girl was referred for investigation of multiple episodes of parotid swelling since age 4 years, without systemic symptoms. The examination was unremarkable except for enlarged and painless parotid glands...
November 17, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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