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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155994/work-productivity-in-systemic-sclerosis-its-economic-burden-and-association-with-health-related-quality-of-life
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Kathleen Morrisroe, Vijaya Sudararajan, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Jane Zochling, Janet Roddy, Susanna Proudman, Mandana Nikpour
Objective: To evaluate work productivity and its economic burden in SSc patients. Methods: Consecutive SSc patients enrolled in the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study were mailed questionnaires assessing employment (Workers' Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire and a custom-made questionnaire) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) (36-item Short Form Health Survey and Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System 29). Linear regression methods were used to determine factors associated with work productivity...
October 9, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148407/minor-salivary-gland-fibrosis-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-is-elevated-associated-with-focus-score-and-not-solely-a-consequence-of-aging
#2
Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the presence of minor salivary gland (SG) fibrosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) as a function of disease pathology or a consequence of ageing. METHODS: Subjects with sicca symptoms attending a Sjögren's research clinic were classified by American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria as either pSS or non-SS (nSS). Discovery (n=34 pSS, n=28 nSS) and replication (n=35 pSS, n=31 nSS) datasets were evaluated. Minor SG cross-sections from haematoxylin and eosin stained slides were imaged, digitally reconstructed and analysed for percent area fibrosis...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130141/sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-initially-presented-as-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-in-a-male-patient-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Xiaohan Xu, Tienan Zhu, Di Wu, Lu Zhang
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a potentially lethal multisystem disorder which could be caused by autoimmune diseases. However, the concomitant occurrence of TTP and Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an extremely uncommon scenario, especially in male patients. A 56-year-old Chinese male was admitted for the appearance of diffuse ecchymosis. Then he gradually developed transient slurred speech, progressive confusion, agitation, extremity weakness, and fever. Laboratory investigations suggested anemia, thrombocytopenia, significantly increased lactic dehydrogenase, schistocytes in peripheral blood smear, and a disintegrin-like metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motif type 1 member 13 (ADAMTS13) activity deficiency with high inhibitor titers...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127143/satb1-conditional-knockout-results-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-mice
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Yuriko Tanaka, Takehiko Sotome, Akiko Inoue, Takanori Mukozu, Taku Kuwabara, Tetuo Mikami, Terumi Kowhi-Shigematsu, Motonari Kondo
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disease in which exocrine tissues are affected by cellular and humoral immunity. As a result, the salivary and lacrimal glands of patients with SS are damaged, leading to xerostomia (dry mouth) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes). Because experimental approaches to investigate SS pathogenesis in human patients are limited, development of a mouse model is indispensable for understanding the disease. In this study, we show that special AT-rich sequence binding protein-1 conditional knockout (SATB1cKO) mice, in which the SATB1 gene is specifically deleted from hematopoietic cells, develop SS by 4 wk of age, soon after weaning...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074164/defective-regulation-of-l1-endogenous-retroelements-in-primary-sjogren-s-syndrome-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-role-of-methylating-enzymes
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Clio P Mavragani, Adrianos Nezos, Irina Sagalovskiy, Surya Seshan, Kyriakos A Kirou, Mary K Crow
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether altered DNA methylation contributes to the inappropriate expression of LINE-1 (L1) retroelements in primary Sjogren's syndrome (SS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Minor salivary glands (MSG) were obtained from 42 patients with primary SS [23 without adverse predictors for lymphoma development (SS-low risk), 7 SS-high risk and 12 complicated by B-cell lymphoma (SS-lymphoma)] and 17 sicca controls (SC). Additionally, kidney biopsy specimens and PBMCs were obtained from 23 and 73 lupus patients, respectively...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051506/an-integrated-eeg-and-eye-tracking-approach-for-the-study-of-responding-and-initiating-joint-attention-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Lucia Billeci, Antonio Narzisi, Alessandro Tonacci, Beatrice Sbriscia-Fioretti, Luca Serasini, Francesca Fulceri, Fabio Apicella, Federico Sicca, Sara Calderoni, Filippo Muratori
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterised by impairment in joint attention (JA), which has two components: the response to JA and the initiation of JA. Literature suggests a correlation between JA and neural circuitries, although this link is still largely unexplored in ASD. In this pilot study, we aimed at investigating the neural correlates of responding and initiating JA in high-functioning children with ASD and evaluating the changes in brain function and visual pattern after six months of rehabilitative treatment using an integrated EEG/eye-tracking system...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050191/-the-ocular-involvement-in-the-transthyretin-related-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
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H Y Lin, R P Dai
Transthyretin (TTR)-related familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), which is caused by mutant TTR, is a rare but fatal autosomal dominant disease. TTR is synthesized by the liver (95%) , the choroid plexus of the brain and the retinal pigment epithelium. FAP leads to peripheral neuropathy, and the main ocular manifestations are vitreous opacity (yellowish cotton-like), secondary glaucoma and keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Liver transplantation has proven to be the most effective treatment for TTR-FAP. Nowadays, tafamidis is the only drug approved for TTR-FAP (early stage)...
October 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049933/systemic-autoimmune-diseases-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#8
Ling-Yi Wang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Shih-Fen Chen, Yu-Chih Shen
BACKGROUND: Studies suggested autoimmunity plays a role in the etiology of bipolar disorder (BD). This study aimed to investigate the association between systemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) and the subsequent development of BD, and examine the potential risk factors for developing BD. METHODS: Patients with SADs were identified in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). A comparison cohort was created by matching patients without SADs with age. The SADs cohort consisted of 65,498 while the comparison cohort consisted of 261,992 patients...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038781/comparison-between-fish-and-linseed-oils-administered-orally-for-the-treatment-of-experimentally-induced-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca-in-rabbits
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Danielle Alves Silva, Gisele Alborgetti Nai, Rogério Giuffrida, Rafael Cabral Barbero, Jacqueline Marcussi Pereira Kuhn, Andressa Caroline da Silva, Ricardo Henrique Zakir Pereira, Maria Fernanda Abbade, Luiz Felipe da Costa Zulim, Carolina Silva Guimarães Pereira, Silvia Franco Andrade
The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of two sources of omega 3 and 6, fish oil (FO) and linseed oil (LO), orally administered, alone or in combination, for treating experimentally induced keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) in rabbits. Twenty-eight New Zealand rabbits were used in this study. Seven animals were allocated to the C group (negative control), and KCS was induced in 21 animals by topically applying 1% atropine sulfate drops for 7 days. Treatment with atropine was maintained throughout the study period (12 weeks)...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038779/tear-ferning-in-normal-dogs-and-dogs-with-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
#10
David Williams, Heather Hewitt
This study evaluates tear ferning as an ancillary technique for the evaluation of the canine tear film in normal eyes and eyes affected by keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). Thirty dogs with KCS and 50 control dogs with normal tear film were evaluated with a full ophthalmoscopic examination and a Schirmer tear test type 1 (STT) determined before tear samples were obtained from the medial canthus with a microhaematocrit capillary tube. 10ul of tear was placed on a microscope slide and the time to first formation of a fern of crystallised tear solute was determined...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018565/health-related-quality-of-life-and-depression-among-participants-in-the-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-international-collaborative-clinical-alliance-registry
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Annie Chou, John A Gonzales, Troy E Daniels, Lindsey A Criswell, Stephen C Shiboski, Caroline H Shiboski
OBJECTIVE: To examine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depression among participants in an international Sjögren's syndrome (SS) registry, comparing those with and without SS. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of participants in the Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) registry. The 2016 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism SS classification criteria were used to determine disease status. HRQoL was assessed using the Short Form 12, version 2 Health Survey to derive scores for physical component summary (PCS) and mental component summary (MCS)...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988489/fatty-infiltration-of-the-minor-salivary-glands-is-a-selective-feature-of-aging-but-not-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, C Erick Kaufman, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVE: Determine the presence and assess the extent of fatty infiltration of the minor salivary glands (SG) of primary SS patients (pSS) as compared to those with non-SS sicca (nSS). METHODS: Minor SG biopsy samples from 134 subjects with pSS (n = 72) or nSS (n = 62) were imaged. Total area and fatty replacement area for each glandular cross-section (n = 4-6 cross-sections per subject) were measured using Image J (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD)...
October 8, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986387/determination-of-reference-values-for-intraocular-pressure-and-schirmer-tear-test-results-in-clinically-normal-domestic-donkeys-equus-asinus
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Masoud Selk Ghaffari, Amin Sabzevari, SeyedMehdi Ghamsari, Hussein Shad
This study was conducted to establish normal reference range for the Schirmer tear test (STT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) in clinically normal donkeys for use in clinical practice. Sixteen adult Ethiopian domestic donkeys were used in this study. Complete ophthalmic examinations were performed without chemical restraint. STT values were evaluated in both eyes of all donkeys using a commercial STT strip. IOP was measured in both eyes with a Tono-Pen Vet (Reichert. USA) without using regional nerve blocks...
October 6, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980905/clinical-and-epidemiological-differences-between-men-and-women-with-systemic-sclerosis-a-study-in-a-spanish-systemic-sclerosis-cohort-and-literature-review
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Mayka Freire, Alberto Rivera, Bernardo Sopeña, Carles Tolosa Vilella, Alfredo Guillén-Del Castillo, Dolores Colunga Argüelles, Jose Luis Callejas Rubio, Manuel Rubio Rivas, Luis Trapiella Martínez, Jose Antonio Todolí Parra, Mónica Rodríguez Carballeira, Nerea Iniesta Arandia, Francisco José García Hernández, María Victoria Egurbide Arberas, Luis Sáez Comet, Jose Antonio Vargas Hitos, Juan José Ríos Blanco, Adela Marín Ballvé, Xavier Pla Salas, Ana Belén Madroñero Vuelta, Manuel Ruiz Muñoz, Vicent Fonollosa Pla, Carmen Pilar Simeón Aznar
OBJECTIVES: The low overall prevalence of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and the low proportion of male patients have resulted in a scarcity of studies assessing sex differences in Ssc patients, and contradictory results have often been show among those studies that have been performed. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted with the Spanish RESCLE register to analyse the influence of gender on survival of SSc patients. RESULTS: In total, 1506 SSc patients (1341 women, 165 men) were recruited from 21 centres...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972684/the-effects-of-topical-aqueous-sirolimus-on-tear-production-in-normal-dogs-and-dogs-with-refractory-dry-eye
#15
Ronald Spatola, Brad Nadelstein, Andrew Berdoulay, Robert V English
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of twice daily aqueous 0.02% sirolimus drops on tear production in normal dogs and dogs with refractory keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). METHODS: Two groups of dogs were studied. Ten normal dogs with no signs of ocular disease were administered topical 0.02% sirolimus ophthalmic solution in right eye, and a vehicle control in the left eye twice daily for 4 weeks. Complete ophthalmic examinations, including Schirmer tear test were performed weekly...
October 3, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963698/hereditary-lysozyme-amyloidosis-with-sicca-syndrome-digestive-arterial-and-tracheobronchial-involvement-case-based-review
#16
REVIEW
Audrey Benyamine, Fanny Bernard-Guervilly, Céline Tummino, Nicolas Macagno, Laurent Daniel, Sophie Valleix, Brigitte Granel
Lysozyme amyloidosis (ALys) is a rare autosomal dominant hereditary systemic amyloidosis associated with a large spectrum of clinical manifestations. ALys phenotype mainly involves the digestive tract, liver and spleen, kidneys, lymph nodes, skin, and lachrymal and salivary glands. Very recently, cardiac involvement and peripheral neuropathy associated with a new p.Leu102Ser variant of lysozyme have been documented. In the present observation, we extend the phenotypic heterogeneity of ALys to the tracheobronchial tree with histologically proven bronchial ALys-amyloid deposits...
November 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913747/primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-extraglandular-manifestations-and-hydroxychloroquine-therapy
#17
J Demarchi, S Papasidero, M A Medina, D Klajn, R Chaparro Del Moral, O Rillo, V Martiré, G Crespo, A Secco, A Catalan Pellet, C Amitrano, C Crow, C Asnal, P Pucci, F Caeiro, N Benzanquen, J P Pirola, M Mayer, F Zazzetti, S Velez, J Barreira, N Tamborenea, L Santiago, L Raiti
The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) has been assessed in different studies over the last years, with conflicting results regarding its efficacy in sicca syndrome and extraglandular manifestations (EGM). The goal of this study was to compare the incidence rate of EGM in pSS patients with and without HCQ therapy.We performed a multicenter retrospective study, including patients with pSS (European classification criteria) with at least 1 year of follow-up. Subjects with concomitant fibromyalgia, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis were excluded...
November 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895871/type-i-interferons-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-canine-diseases
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REVIEW
Daniela Klotz, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Ingo Gerhauser
Type I interferons (IFNs) such as IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-ε, IFN-κ, and IFN-ω represent cytokines, which are deeply involved in the regulation and activation of innate and adaptive immune responses. They possess strong antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory activities allowing their use in the therapy of different viral diseases, neoplasms, and immune-mediated disorders, respectively. Initially, treatment strategies were based on nonspecific inducers of type I IFNs, which were soon replaced by different recombinant proteins...
September 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883442/interdisciplinary-comprehensive-oral-and-ocular-evaluation-of-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Behzod Tashbayev, Shermin Rusthen, Alix Young, Bente Brokstad Herlofson, Lene Hystad Hove, Preet Bano Singh, Morten Rykke, Lara Adnan Aqrawi, Xiangjun Chen, Øygunn Aass Utheim, Tor Paaske Utheim, Øyvind Palm, Janicke Liaaen Jensen
A comprehensive evaluation of oral and ocular symptoms and findings in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients may provide valuable information for management. Medical history was obtained from female pSS patients, and sex- and age-matched non-SS patients with sicca symptoms (non-SS sicca controls) as well as healthy subjects without sicca complaints (healthy controls). Oral (Summated Xerostomia Inventory, SXI) and ocular (McMonnies Dry Eye questionnaire, MDEIS, and Ocular Surface Disease Index, OSDI) subjective complaints were recorded...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871434/cutaneous-and-mucosal-manifestations-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Elena Generali, Antonio Costanzo, Carlo Mainetti, Carlo Selmi
Sjögren's syndrome is currently considered an "autoimmune epithelitis," as exocrine glands, especially salivary and lacrimal, are progressively destructed by an immune-mediated process associated with specific serum autoantibodies and local lymphocyte infiltrate. Xerostomia remains a key complain in patients with Sjögren's syndrome but should be evaluated also for other causes such as xerogenic medications, followed by radiation and chemotherapy for head and neck cancers, hormone disorders, infections, or other connective tissue diseases...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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