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Lupus in pregnancy

Ilaria Cavazzana, Laura Andreoli, Maarteen Limper, Franco Franceschini, Angela Tincani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses on new clinical aspects of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in the last 5 years. RECENT FINDINGS: The pathogenesis of APS is related to endothelial activation by mechanisms other than autoantibody-mediated massive coagulation. These include Toll-like receptors, the m-TORC pathway, and neutrophil activation, inducing an uncontrolled inflammatory cascade. Given these new pathogenetic hypotheses, the treatment of APS could be directed towards a fine balance between anticoagulation and immunomodulation...
March 15, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Sarah Onuora
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March 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
F Popescu, C R Jaslow, W H Kutteh
STUDY QUESTION: Will the addition of 24-chromosome microarray analysis on miscarriage tissue combined with the standard American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) evaluation for recurrent miscarriage explain most losses? SUMMARY ANSWER: Over 90% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) will have a probable or definitive cause identified when combining genetic testing on miscarriage tissue with the standard ASRM evaluation for recurrent miscarriage...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Ayako Ohyama, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hisashi Noma, Mayu Terasaki, Masaru Shimizu, Hirofumi Toko, Fumika Honda, Mizuki Yagishita, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Yuya Kondo, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to clarify associations between maternal clinical features and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in mothers with connective tissue diseases (CTDs). METHODS: We retrospectively examined maternal clinical features including backgrounds, autoantibodies, CTD flare-ups, and therapies during pregnancies as well as fetal outcomes in 90 pregnancies (66 mothers) at our hospital from January 2006 to September 2016. RESULTS: Underlying CTDs were SLE (N = 41), MCTD (N = 10), RA (N = 15), SS (N = 10), and others (N = 14)...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Tomás Urrego, Blanca Ortiz-Reyes, Adriana L Vanegas-García, Carlos H Muñoz, Luis A González, Gloria Vásquez, José A Gómez-Puerta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of lupus nephritis (LN) is usually based on renal biopsy, which is an invasive technique that involves multiple risks. Therefore, different biomarkers have emerged as alternatives for the diagnosis of LN. Nonetheless, studies regarding urinary biomarkers in Latin American patients are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of urinary transferrin and ceruloplasmin to differentiate patients who have renal involvement from those who do not...
March 9, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
M E Rodríguez-Almaraz, I Herraiz, P I Gómez-Arriaga, P Vallejo, E Gonzalo-Gil, A Usategui, E A López-Jiménez, A Galindo, M Galindo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of the uterine artery mean pulsatility index (mPI-UtA) and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) for the prediction of placental dysfunction-related adverse outcomes (AO), namely pre-eclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and for differential diagnosis between PE and SLE flares. STUDY DESIGN: Observational prospective cohort study of 57 pregnant women with SLE or APS...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Fernanda Spadotto Baptista, Maria Rita de Figueiredo Lemos Bortolotto, Fabiola Roberta Marim Bianchini, Vera Lucia Jornada Krebs, Marcelo Zugaib, Rossana Pulcinelli Vieira Francisco
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether thrombophilia worsens maternal and foetal outcomes among patients with severe preeclampsia (PE). METHOD: From October 2009 to October 2014, an observational retrospective cohort study was performed on pregnant women with severe PE diagnosed before 34 weeks of gestation and their newborns hospitalized at the Clinics Hospital, FMUSP. Patients who had no heart disease, nephropathies, pre-gestational diabetes, gestational trophoblastic disease, foetal malformation, or twin pregnancy and who underwent thrombophilia screening during the postnatal period were included...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Amelia Ruffatti, Marta Tonello, Ariela Hoxha, Savino Sciascia, Maria J Cuadrado, José O Latino, Sebastian Udry, Tatiana Reshetnyak, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Nathalie Morel, Luca Marozio, Angela Tincani, Laura Andreoli, Ewa Haladyj, Pier L Meroni, Maria Gerosa, Jaume Alijotas-Reig, Sara Tenti, Karoline Mayer-Pickel, Michal J Simchen, Maria T Bertero, Sara De Carolis, Véronique Ramoni, Arsène Mekinian, Elvira Grandone, Aldo Maina, Fátima Serrano, Vittorio Pengo, Munther A Khamashta
The effect of additional treatments combined with conventional therapy on pregnancy outcomes was examined in high-risk primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) patients to identify the most effective treatment strategy. The study's inclusion criteria were (1) positivity to lupus anticoagulant alone or associated with anticardiolipin and/or anti-β2 glycoprotein I antibodies; (2) a history of severe maternal-foetal complications (Group I) or a history of one or more pregnancies refractory to conventional therapy leading to unexplained foetal deaths not associated with severe maternal-foetal complications (Group II)...
February 28, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Barbora Konečná, Lucia Lauková, Barbora Vlková
Cell-free self-DNA or RNA may induce an immune response by activating specific sensing receptors. During pregnancy, placental nucleic acids present in the maternal circulation further activate these receptors due to the presence of unmethylated CpG islands. A higher concentration of cell-free fetal DNA is associated with pregnancy complications and a higher risk for fetal rejection. Cell-free fetal DNA originates from placental trophoblasts. It appears in different forms: free, bound to histones in nucleosomes, in neutrophil extracellular traps and in extracellular vesicles...
February 26, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Loredana Colla, Davide Diena, Maura Rossetti, Ana Maria Manzione, Luca Marozio, Chiara Benedetto, Luigi Biancone
Care of pregnant woman, including fertility and procreation counseling, has become a significant part of the nephrological practice in the last years. In this context, the management of immunosuppression assumes a primary role both for autoimmune diseases and for post-transplant follow up. The present review analyzes the latest evidence on immunosuppressive drugs of current use in nephrology and kidney transplantation. Although the placenta inactivates prednisone and prednisolone, it is advisable to limit the dose to the minimal effective one, to prevent side effects...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Yu Zuo, Jennifer Fan, Ravi Sarode, Song Zhang, Una E Makris, David R Karp, Yu-Min Shen
The evaluation of thrombotic and pregnancy risks associated with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL)in individual patients without antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) clinical manifestation is challenging. Our aim is to identify additional risk factors or potential candidate "second hits" for APS clinical events in a large cohort of ethnically diverse aPL-positive patients. We included 219 consecutive aPL-positive patients who attended clinic at our institution. All patients had at least 1 persistent high titer (≥99 percentiles) aPL...
January 1, 2018: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Reem Abdwani, Laila Al Shaqsi, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani
Objectives: Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects women primarily of childbearing age. The objective of this study was to determine the neonatal and maternal outcomes of pregnancies in SLE patients compared to pregnancies in healthy controls. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in a tertiary care hospital in Oman between January 2007 and December 2013. We analyzed 147 pregnancies and compared 56 (38.0%) pregnancies in women with SLE with 91 (61...
January 2018: Oman Medical Journal
Amanda M Eudy, Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Stephanie M Engel, Nora Franceschini, Annie Green Howard, Megan E B Clowse, Michelle Petri
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies found conflicting results about whether lupus is likely to flare during or after pregnancy. Using a large cohort of pregnant and non-pregnant women with lupus, we estimated the effect of pregnancy on disease flares in systemic lupus erythematosus. METHODS: Data were collected in the Hopkins Lupus Cohort 1987-2015. Women aged 14-45 years with >1 measurement of disease activity were included. The time-varying exposures were classified as pregnancy, postpartum or non-pregnant/non-postpartum periods...
February 20, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Michelle Remião Ugolini Lopes, Adriana Danowski, Andreas Funke, Jozelia Rêgo, Roger Levy, Danieli Castro Oliveira de Andrade
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) associated with thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. Most APS events are directly related to thrombotic events, which may affect small, medium or large vessels. Other clinical features like thrombocytopenia, nephropathy, cardiac valve disease, cognitive dysfunction and skin ulcers (called non-criteria manifestations) add significant morbidity to this syndrome and represent clinical situations that are challenging...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Victoria Birlutiu, Rares Mircea Birlutiu
RATIONALE: Haemolytic-uremic syndrome is a rare but serious complication of bacterial and viral infections, which is characterized by the triad of: acute renal failure, microangiopathic haemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, sometimes severe, requiring peritoneal dialysis. In Europe, hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) in paediatric pathology is primarily caused by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, followed by O26. Beside these etiologies, there are other bacterial and viral infections, and also noninfectious ones that have been associated to lead to HUS as well: in the progression of neoplasia, medication-related, post-transplantation, during pregnancy or associated with the antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus or family causes with autosomal dominant or recessive inheritance...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Felix R Graubner, Alois Boos, Selim Aslan, Ibrahim Kücükaslan, Mariusz P Kowalewski
For many years, modifications of the uterine extracellular matrix (ECM) during gestation have not been considered as critical for successful canine (Canis lupus familiaris) pregnancy. However previous reports indicated an effect of free-floating blastocysts on the composition of the uterine ECM. Here, the expression of selected genes involved in structural functions, cell-to-cell communication and inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases were targeted utilizing qPCR and immunohistochemistry. We found that canine free-floating embryos affect gene expression of FN1, ECM1 and TIMP4...
February 9, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Asima Khan, Mathew Thomas, Syamala Devi P K
The aim was to study the feto-maternal outcome of pregnancies complicated by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Analysis of a prospectively-maintained database of 73 patients (June 2006-March 2016) was done. Diagnosis of SLE was made by ACR(American College of Rheumatology)-criteria. Protocol scans and blood tests were done and patients with active disease were followed biweekly for 28 weeks, and weekly thereafter. Mean age + SD was 29 ± 4.9. SLE was diagnosed before conception in 86% of patients...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Olga Amengual, Tatsuya Atsumi
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the occurrence of venous and arterial thromboses, often multiple, and obstetric-related adverse events in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS, first described in 1983, as thrombosis, abortion and cerebral disease, is nowadays recognised as a systemic disease with a wide constellation of clinical manifestations related to acute and chronic vascular lesions. The presence of aPL is the serological hallmark of APS representing a heterogeneous population of autoantibodies with many antigenic specificities directed to phospholipid-binding proteins, either alone or in combination with phospholipids...
February 21, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Mimi Y Kim, Marta M Guerra, Elianna Kaplowitz, Carl A Laskin, Michelle Petri, D Ware Branch, Michael D Lockshin, Lisa R Sammaritano, Joan T Merrill, T Flint Porter, Allen Sawitzke, Anne M Lynch, Jill P Buyon, Jane E Salmon
OBJECTIVE: Studies in mouse models implicate complement activation as a causative factor in adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs). We investigated whether activation of complement early in pregnancy predicts APOs in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies. METHODS: The PROMISSE Study enrolled pregnant women with SLE and/or aPL antibodies (n=487) and pregnant healthy controls (n=204) at <12 weeks gestation and evaluated them monthly...
January 25, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Marta Nowak, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
By acting through its receptors (RXFP1, RXFP2), relaxin (RLN) exerts species-specific effects during pregnancy; possible luteotropic effects through stimulation of prolactin (PRL) release have been suggested. In the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) serum PRL increases in pregnant bitches shortly after RLN appears in the circulation, and a possible functional relationship between the RLN and the PRL systems in regulating progesterone secretion has been implied. Therefore, here (Study 1) the luteal expression and localization of the RLN system was investigated by immunohistochemistry using custom-made antibodies and semi-quantitative PCR, at selected time points during gestation: pre-implantation (d...
2018: PloS One
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