Nailfold capillaroscopy and autoimmune connective tissue diseases in patients from a Portuguese nailfold capillaroscopy clinic

This study highlights the possible role of NFC as biomarker of AICTD, particularly in SSc and IIM.
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research

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Conclusions: Rituximab is both safe and effective for the treatment of acquired angioedema with C1-inhibitor deficiency, ANCA-associated vasculitis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, Behçet’s disease, bullous pemphigoid, Castleman’s disease, cryoglobulinemia, Goodpasture’s disease, IgG4-related disease, immune thrombocytopenia, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, membraneous nephropathy, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, nephrotic syndrome, neuromyelitis optica, pemphigus, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, and systemic sclerosis. Conversely, rituximab failed to show an effec...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Authors: Vanni VS, De Lorenzo R, Privitera L, Canti V, Viganò P, Rovere-Querini P Abstract Introduction: Systemic Autoimmune Diseases (SADs) include systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and vasculitis. SADs often occur in women of childbearing age and can affect fertility. Both infertility treatments and fertility preservation techniques are thus often indicated. Areas covered: The literature regarding the safety of fertility-related drugs for both fer...
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Drug Saf Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our data indicate reduced P2X7R expression and function in SLE patients compared with HC and, conversely, increased IL-6 signaling. The possible consequences of reduced P2X7R, mainly on cytokines network deregulation and lymphocyte proliferation, will be further investigated as well as the role of IL-6 as a possible therapeutic target especially in lupus serositis. Introduction With the first reports of Burnstock in 1970s, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) has passed from a simple molecule devoted to energy reserve, to a relevant extracellular signaling molecule able to mediate numerous physiological and pat...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Conclusions In recent years, there have been many advances in the understanding of the molecular basis for vascular involvement in APS, but many areas need to be further investigated, in particular the association between altered genetic/epigenetic profiles, autoantibodies and clinical manifestations, and the effectiveness of new therapeutic strategies. It would be interesting to apply next generation sequencing technologies like RNA-Seq along with GWAS to screen both, the gene profile and the whole transcriptome of large cohorts of primary APS patients, in order to reveal the mutations/polymorphisms, post-transcriptiona...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Rationale: Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are a class of drugs widely used in the treatment of estrogen sensitive breast and ovarian cancer which convert testosterone to estradiol and androstenedione to estrogen. The AIs of third generation, including anastrazole, letrozole and exemestane, have actually become the standard of care of estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer in menopausal women and are recommended as adjuvant treatment after surgery in place of/or following tamoxifen. Their main side-effects include reduction in bone mineral density, occurrence of menopausal manifestations and development of musculoskeletal s...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Thrombotic microangiopathies are heterogeneous disorders characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia with thrombocytopenia and renal injury. There are a variety of causes, including metabolic disorders, infections, medications, complement disorders, pregnancy, malignancy, and autoimmune disorders. This review focuses on renal thrombotic microangiopathy in the setting of rheumatologic diseases. Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common autoimmune disease associated with thrombotic microangiopathy. Other etiologies include scleroderma renal crisis and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, which can be primary or s...
Source: Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical and Developmental Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Clin Exp Immunol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 July 2017 Source:Autoimmunity Reviews Author(s): Roberto Giacomelli, Antonella Afeltra, Alessia Alunno, Chiara Baldini, Elena Bartoloni-Bocci, Onorina Berardicurti, Francesco Carubbi, Alberto Cauli, Ricard Cervera, Francesco Ciccia, Paola Cipriani, Fabrizio Conti, Salvatore De Vita, Paola Di Benedetto, Andrea Doria, Alexandros A. Drosos, Ennio Giulio Favalli, Saviana Gandolfo, Mariele Gatto, Rosa Daniela Grembiale, Vasiliki Liakouli, Rik Lories, Ennio Lubrano, Claudio Lunardi, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Laura Massaro, Pierluigi Meroni, Antonia Minniti, Luca Navarini, Monica Pe...
Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
AbstractSystemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) encompass a wide spectrum of clinical signs as a reflection of their complex physiopathology. A variety of mechanisms related with the innate immune system are in the origin of the loss of self-tolerance in these diseases, and for most of them, the myeloid leukocytes are key actors. Monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, and neutrophils are first-line immune effectors located in the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. They are crucial in the organization of the local and systemic responses to damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) and determine the intensity, ...
Source: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Conclusions Autoimmune and vasculitic causes should be considered in patients with chronic wounds who do not respond to appropriate vascular intervention and standard local wound care. A multidisciplinary approach with the involvement of rheumatologists allows investigation for underlying systemic disease and improves clinical outcomes for many of these challenging patients.
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
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