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Old dermatological wisdom says that syphilis and lupus are great imitators. Cutaneous manifestations of lupus erythematosus (LE) are usually characteristic, however, some patients may present with a less typical clinical picture. Correct diagnosis of cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) requires a high level of clinical suspicion and understanding of broad differential diagnosis. Early lesions of C...
The aim of this prospective study was to determine clinical factors associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Fifty-six pregnancies from 46 women with SLE were enrolled. Risk factors for pregnancy loss, premature delivery, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP), and light-for-date neonate (LFD), were evaluated. Univariate and multivariate log...
Lupus nephritis, a well-known complication in systemic lupus erythematosus, is characterised by a proliferative glomerulonephritis or membranous nephropathy along with a full-house immunofluorescence pattern on renal biopsy. There are very few exceptions in which similar histopathological findings are present, but case reports show that an increasing number of HIV-positive patients (mostly black A...
To describe the baseline characteristics of SLE patients requiring biologic therapy in the UK and to explore short term efficacy and infection rates associated with rituximab (RTX) use.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) pathogenesis is complex. Aberrancies of immune function that previously were described but not well understood are now becoming better characterized, in part through recognition of monogenic cases of lupus-like disease.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterised by B-cell dysfunction, production of autoantibodies directed towards cellular and nuclear components and tissue damage caused by immune complex deposition and inflammation. It largely affects women in the 3rd and 4th decades of life and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In healthy individuals, B-cells w...
Lymphadenopathy is a frequently observed symptom in systemic lupus erythematosus, although the immunological role of lymph nodes (LNs) in systemic autoimmunity remains largely unknown. Here, we performed comprehensive and systematic analyses of LNs in lupus-prone NZB × NZW F1 (BWF1) mice, demonstrating extensive tissue reorganization of the systemic LNs with follicular expansion, hyper germinal c...
Increased risk of adverse birth outcomes is well described in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), but risk of maternal or infant infection in the peripartum period has not been well studied. We conducted a population-based cohort study of infection risk in women with and without SLE and their infants.
Childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with high risk for organ damage, which may be mitigated by early diagnosis and treatment. We characterized health care utilization for youth in the year preceding SLE diagnosis compared to controls.
Neonatal lupus (NL) is a very rare condition with an estimated incidence of 1 in 20.000 pregnancies. It is caused by the transplacental passage of autoantibodies anti-Ro/SSA, antiSa/SSB antibodies and/or anti-U1 RNP antibodies into the fetal circulation. The mother may be completely asymptomatic or have a known inflammatory rheumatic disease, such as Sjögren syndrome (SS) or Systemic Lupus Erythe...
FcγRIIB-/-yaa mice develop severe lupus glomerulonephritis due to lack of an inhibitory immune cell receptor combined with a Y-chromosome linked autoimmune accelerator mutation. In the present study, we have investigated nephritis development and progression in FcγRIIB-/-yaa mice to find shared features with NZB/NZW F1 lupus prone mice and human disease. We sacrificed 25 male FcγRIIB-/-yaa mice...
Evidence supports the existence of different subphenotypes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the pivotal role of cytokines and autoantibodies, which interact in a highly complex network. Thus, understanding how these complex nonlinear processes are connected and observed in real-life settings is a major challenge. Cluster approaches may assist in the identification of these subphenotypes, ...
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) has become a therapeutic target in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). mTOR regulates normal T-cell lineage specification, including development of regulatory cells (Tregs). Therefore, we investigated whether mTOR is activated within Tregs and causes their depletion and dysfunction in patients with SLE.
To examine the feasibility and potential benefits of peer mentoring to improve the disease self-management and quality of life of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) present increased cardiovascular mortality compared to the general population. Few studies have assessed the long-term development and progression of carotid atherosclerotic plaque in SLE patients. Our aim was to investigate the association of clinical and laboratory markers of disease activity and classical cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) with c...
Plasma thermograms (thermal stability profiles of blood plasma) are being utilized as a new diagnostic approach for clinical assessment. In this study, we investigated the ability of plasma thermograms to classify systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients versus non SLE controls using a sample of 300 SLE and 300 control subjects from the Lupus Family Registry and Repository. Additionally, we eva...
Imbalanced cellular immunity is critical to the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Recently, autophagy has emerged as a key homeostatic mechanism in T lymphocytes. This study was conducted to explore the impact of autophagy on the Th17/ regulatory T (Treg) immune imbalance in SLE.
Renal involvement in Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE) patients is one of the leading causes of morbidity and a significant contributor to mortality. It's estimated that nearly 50% of SLE individuals develop kidney disease in the first year of the diagnosis. Class IV lupus nephritis (LN-IV) is the class of lupus nephritis most common in Colombian patients with SLE. Altered miRNAs expression levels...
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease that can affect multiple organ systems, with specialists from many disciplines often involved, which may lead to inconsistent care. We aimed to describe the attitudes and perspectives of specialists from different medical disciplines on the management of people with SLE.
The CD40-CD40L pathway is a promising treatment target for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and lupus nephritis. The safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of BI 655064, a novel humanised antagonistic anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody, were investigated in this first-in-human trial.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and asthma share inheritable IgE-related pathophysiology, but the association between maternal SLE and asthma in the offspring has not been explored. Our aim was to investigate the association between maternal SLE during pregnancy and childhood asthma and examine the role of preterm birth as a mediator of the association using Swedish register data.