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Lee Hyunglae H Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA 02139, USA. - - 2011
Quantitative characterization of ankle mechanical impedance is critical for understanding lower extremity function in persons with neurological disorders. In this paper, we examine the feasibility of employing an ankle robot and multivariable analysis to determine static ankle impedance in 4 patients: 1 with multiple sclerosis and 3 with stroke. We ...
Abrahão Jr L J - - 2010
Previous studies have correlated esophageal body motility findings in idiopathic (IdAc) achalasia and achalasia secondary to Chagas' disease (ChAc) with degree of megaesophagus. The aim of this study was to compare esophageal body manometric data in patients with IdAc and achalasia secondary to Chagas' disease and correlate it with the ...
Toggweiler Stefan - - 2010
Endothelial dysfunction (ED) is frequently present in patients presenting with acute or stable coronary artery disease (CAD), but it is also found in patients presenting with chest pain without angiographic coronary lesions. We hypothesized that even in patients without CAD, the presence of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors will correlate with ...
Prieto Luis - - 2010
Changes in forced vital capacity (FVC) may represent an indirect method for the detection of plateau in response to inhaled bronchoconstrictor agents. To determine the relationship between the level of plateau obtained with either methacholine or adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and the decrease in FVC induced by each bronchoconstrictor agent. Airway ...
Di Cagno Raffaella - - 2010
This study was aimed at showing the safety, for young patients with celiac disease (CD), of sweet baked goods made of wheat flour, which was rendered gluten-free during sourdough fermentation. As shown by R5 antibody-based sandwich and competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), selected lactobacilli and fungal proteases, routinely used in ...
Aversa A - - 2011
The application of digital pulse amplitude by fingertip peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) device in patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) has never been performed. We investigated the diagnostic value of reactive hyperaemia (RH) and augmentation index (AI) as evaluated using PAT in men with ED of any origin. A total of ...
Chen Huiwen - - 2011
This study aimed to examine the definition and indications for surgery, to elucidate the morphologic substrate of aortic regurgitation, and to extrapolate the pathologic mechanisms of subpulmonary stenosis in Eisenmenger ventricular septal defect (EVSD). The study enrolled 160 patients. Preoperative respiratory symptoms and poor growth were present in 41 patients ...
Dimitrow Pawel P - - 2010
The aim of our study was to assess the effect of atorvastatin (20 mg) on inflammatory biomarkers in patients with aortic sclerosis or mild aortic stenosis. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory effect of statin therapy was compared between hypercholesterolemic and non-hypercholesterolemic patients. We enrolled 33 patients with aortic sclerosis or mild aortic ...
Suzuki Chigure - - 2011
Atherosclerosis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity among hemodialysis patients, but whether it is more severe in hemodialysis patients than in cardiovascular disease patients without chronic kidney disease is unclear. We examined 46 autopsy patients who had undergone hemodialysis, and age and sex-matched 46 patients with cardiovascular disease ...
Masoura Constantina - - 2011
To evaluate the impact of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and familial combined hyperlipidemia (FCH) on arterial properties and the effects of statins. We meta-analyzed 51 studies providing data for 4,057 FH patients and 732 FCH patients with random-effects models, meta-regression analysis and publication bias analysis. The main outcomes of interest were ...
Rouhl Rob P W - - 2010
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) induces endothelial dysfunction and antibody formation. Because endothelial dysfunction is involved in cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) (dilated Virchow Robin spaces, lacunar infarcts, and white matter lesions), oxLDL antibodies could play a role in CSVD pathogenesis. Therefore, we studied oxLDL antibodies in patients ...
Murad-Regadas Sthela Maria - - 2010
Anismus is a prevalent functional cause of outlet delay. It is characterized by symptoms of obstructed defecation associated with paradoxical contraction of the pelvic floor muscles. To evaluate the ability of two dimensional anal ultrasonography to identify anismus patients with paradoxical contraction or normal relaxation, comparing findings with manometric measurements. ...
Qu Xiaoyan - - 2010
Patients with intact immunoglobulin (Ig) multiple myeloma (MM) usually show parallel fluctuations of their intact Ig and light chain (LC) concentrations. Herein we report 11 patients with relapsed, intact Ig MM with a marked increase in urinary LCs in the absence of a parallel rise in serum intact Ig, known ...
Sethi Sanjeev S Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. - - 2010
Dense deposit disease (DDD) is a rare glomerular disease that typically affects children, young adults, and much less commonly, older patients. The pathophysiologic process underlying DDD is uncontrolled activation of the alternative pathway (AP) of complement cascade, most frequently secondary to an autoantibody to C3 convertase called C3 nephritic factor, ...
Freiberger T - - 2010
The neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) acts as a key regulator of IgG homeostasis and is an important sensor of luminal infection. We analyzed the influence of FcRn expression on disease phenotype and the catabolism of therapeutically administered intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in 28 patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). Patients with ...
Mutlak Diab - - 2010
Trans-aortic pressure gradient in patients with aortic stenosis and left ventricular systolic dysfunction is typically low but occasionally high. To examine the distribution of trans-aortic PG in patients with severe AS and severe LV dysfunction and compare the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics and outcome of patients with high versus low ...
Roux Karine Le - - 2011
Purpose: To assess the value of lumbar punctures in adult patients with unexplained intermediate uveitis (IU). Methods: Retrospective study of 17 patients with unexplained IU. All the patients underwent physical examination, complete laboratory tests, and cerebrospinal MRI. Results: Out of the 12 patients who underwent a lumbar puncture, six had ...
Wood Prescilla B - - 2010
Diagnosis of monoclonal gammopathies (MGs) is determined by demonstration of a monoclonal immunoglobulin molecule or chain in serum and/or urine. Previous results on immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE) and quantitative free light chain (FLC) measurements have been conflicting. The purpose of this study was to compare IFE with serum FLC assays in ...
Himoto Takashi T Departments of Gastroenterology and Neurology, Kagawa University School of Medicine, Kagawa, - - 2010
Recent studies have revealed that primary biliary cirrhosis patients with anticentromere antibody (ACA) commonly develop portal hypertension. However, the clinical characteristics of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) remain uncertain. We investigated the clinical features of patients with AIH seropositive for ACA (ACA-AIH), comparing them with those of patients with AIH seropositive for ...
Skattum Jorunn - - 2012
After introducing splenic artery embolisation (SAE) in the institutional treatment protocol for splenic injury, we wanted to evaluate the effects of SAE on splenic function and assess the need for immunisation in SAE treated patients. 15 SAE patients and 14 splenectomised (SPL) patients were included and 29 healthy blood donors ...
Achour A - - 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of IgA anti-actin antibodies (IgA-AAA) for celiac disease (CD), to investigate their usefulness as a marker of compliance in CD patients to the gluten-free diet (GFD), and to assess the relationship between their presence in the sera of ...
Tsuda Masanobu M Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, - - 2010
IPEX syndrome is a congenital disorder of immune regulation caused by mutations in the FOXP3 gene, which is required for the suppressive function of naturally arising CD4 + CD25 + regulatory T cells. In this case series we evaluated serum samples from 12 patients with IPEX syndrome for the presence ...
Teixeira Anderson G - - 2010
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was investigate the association between complement Factor H polymorphism (Y402H) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in Brazilian patients. METHODS: Patients with AMD aged 50 or more and age-matched healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Genomic DNA was isolated from leucocytes of patients and ...
Silveira Cláudio - - 2011
Toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis may recur months or years after the primary infection. Rupture of dormant cysts in the retina is the accepted hypothesis to explain recurrence. Here, the authors present evidence supporting the presence of Toxoplasma gondii in the peripheral blood of immunocompetent patients. Direct observation by light microscopy and by ...
Soto K K Department of Nephrology, Hospital Fernando Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal. - - 2010
Homozygous complement C4B deficiency is described in a Southern European young female patient with Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis (MPGN) type III characterized by renal biopsies with strong complement C4 and IgG deposits. Low C4 levels were independent of clinical evolution or type of immunosuppression and were found in three other family members ...
Wu J - - 2010
BACKGROUND: no systematic studies on the prevalence of coeliac disease (CD) have been reported from China. In western populations CD is more common in patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and in diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS). We have screened patients with these conditions presenting to the outpatient department ...
Keles Sevgi - - 2010
Transient hypogammaglobulinemia of infancy (THI) is characterized by recurrent infections and one or more reduced serum immunoglobulin (Ig) levels. Usually, this clinical picture resolves spontaneously by 3 yr of age. However, hypogammaglobulinemia persists until adolescence in some patients. In recent years, those patients have been classified as undefined/unclassified hypogammaglobulinemia (UCH). ...
Saroukhani Sepide - - 2010
OBJECTIVE: Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is considered a safe therapy for patients with primary antibody deficiencies (PADs), whilst adverse effects have been frequently reported. Meantime behavioral disorders reactions have not been reported yet. In this study, we describe for the first time a group of patients with PADs, who ...
Cerqueira Rute M - - 2010
INTRODUCTION: Celiac disease (CD) affects up to 1% of the general population. Studies from several countries reported higher prevalence rates in Down syndrome (DS) patients. The aim of this study was to determine the CD prevalence in Portuguese DS patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study cohort consisted of 98 DS ...
Toyoda Hiromi - - 2010
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy. The association with human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DQB1*0602 and T-cell receptor alpha locus suggests that autoimmunity plays a role in narcolepsy. A recent study reported an increased prevalence of autoantibodies against Tribbles homolog 2 (TRIB2) in patients with narcolepsy. ...
Evans Roger - - 2010
To identify further Western blot bands that may be specific in the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis. The Borrelia burgdorferi antibody profiles of 270 western blot positive patients and 241 western blot negative patients from 2008 were examined. 27 different non-specific bands were detected in both groups. Six of 27 (22%) ...
Pengo V - - 2010
Anti-prothrombin (aPT) antibodies have been found in Lupus Anticoagulant (LA) positive patients. Their prevalence and relative contribution to thromboembolic risk in LA-positive patients is not well defined. The aim of this study was to determine their presence and association with thromboembolic events in a large series of patients with confirmed ...
Sakly Wahiba - - 2010
Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) have been described in many autoimmune diseases in which there is an increased intestinal permeability. Also in type 1 diabetes (T1D), there is an increased intestinal permeability. Since no data are available about ASCA in T1D, we evaluated, retrospectively, the frequency of ASCA in this disease. ...
Planinc-Peraica Ana - - 2010
Serum proteins and immunoglobulin (Ig) findings in 119 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients were analysed. Out of them 96 (81%) patients had B non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL), and 23 (19%) T-NHL. Indolent type of NHL was more frequent (77 patients, 65%), then aggressive type of NHL (42 patients, 35%). Most patients had ...
Leban Nadia - - 2011
Hemolytic uremic syndrome consists of a triad of acquired hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and renal failure. Our objectives were to determine epidemiology, clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) to determine the relationship between the complement protein deficit and aHUS in the Tunisian population. We studied ...
Hoshino Kei - - 2010
Myositis-specific autoantibodies are useful for diagnosing PM/DM. Recently, two new myositis-specific autoantibodies against melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (MDA5) and transcriptional intermediary factor 1-gamma (TIF1-gamma) were identified in DM. Here, we detected these autoantibodies in patient sera using new assays with recombinant MDA5 and TIF1-gamma, and associated clinical features with the ...
Sayarifard Fatemeh - - 2012
An increased prevalence of immunoglobulin (Ig) A deficiency has been documented in a number of autoimmune diseases; however, its association with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) is a subject of debate. This study was performed to evaluate serum IgA levels in a group of pediatric patients with DM1. Three hundred ...
Ramos-Casals Manuel - - 2010
The current 2002 classification criteria do not cover the broad clinical and immunological heterogeneity of primary Sj?gren syndrome (SS), since five of the six criteria focus exclusively on glandular involvement and the remaining criterion is the mandatory presence of anti-Ro/La antibodies. The aim of this study was to analyze the ...
Younger John G JG Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for Computational Medicine and Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. - - 2010
This study assessed the extent and mechanism of complement activation in community-acquired sepsis at presentation to the emergency department (ED) and following 24 hours of quantitative resuscitation. A prospective pilot study of patients with severe sepsis and healthy controls was conducted among individuals presenting to a tertiary care ED. Resuscitation, ...
Cunningham-Rundles Charlotte - - 2010
Common variable immunodeficiency is a rare immune deficiency, characterized by low levels of serum immunoglobulin G, A, and/or M with loss of antibody production. The diagnosis is most commonly made in adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years, but both children and older adults can be found to ...
Agretti P - - 2010
Vitiligo is an acquired depigmenting disorder characterized by the loss of melanocytes from the epidermis with the development of white patches in various distribution. The pathogenesis of vitiligo is still unknown, but the association with autoimmune disorders and organ specific autoantibodies, supports the hypothesis of an autoimmune pathogenesis. The aim ...
Gu Dongsheng - - 2010
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an acquired organ-specific autoimmune disease with a polarization of T(h)1. Both the T(h)1 chemokine CXCL10 and T(h)2 chemokine CCL2 have been studied in several autoimmune diseases, but the status of these chemokines in ITP is still unknown. The aims of this study were to determine the ...
Ashrafi Mahmoudreza - - 2010
Epilepsy is one of the most frequent neurological disorders. Despite the advances and improvements in treatment of seizure disorders, immunologic alterations related to anticonvulsant drugs have been described. The aim of this paper is to assess the effect of some antiepileptic drugs on serum immunoglobulin levels in epileptic patients. Seventy-one ...
Rodríguez María de Lourdes Garza Mde - - 2010
A clinical and serological investigation was performed to determine the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) among febrile and encephalitic patients in northern Mexico. In addition, asymptomatic blood donors were serologically assayed for WNV to determine the seroprevalence of WNV in the general population. The study cohort consisted of 1432 ...
Segawa Yoshie - - 2010
The aim of our study was to clarify the association between immunoglobulin G(IgG) subclasses and the complement pathway in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (MN). Immunofluorescence (IF) was performed in 16 MN patients and 20 controls using antibodies against IgG, IgA, IgM, C1q, C3c, C4d, IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, IgG4, mannose ...
Brochado Maria José Franco - - 2010
Antiphospholipid antibodies, such as anti-beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2GPI), are present in multibacillary leprosy (MB) patients; however, MB patients do not usually present with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), which is characterized by thromboembolic phenomena (TEP). Rare cases of TEP occur in leprosy patients, but the physiopathology of this condition remains unclear. In ...
Dahlbom Ingrid - - 2010
OBJECTIVES: We analysed whether the quantification of autoantibodies against tissue transglutaminase could be used to predict mucosal destruction and disease severity in patients with gluten sensitivity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred seventy patients with coeliac disease (CD), comprising 52 children with severe malabsorption (group I), 59 children with mild symptoms ...
Gulati Dhiraj - - 2010
Primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder of the exocrine glands. The diagnosis is largely based on keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia in the presence of anti-SS-A and/or SS-B antibodies. Anticentromere antibodies (ACA) have occasionally been reported in patients with pSS. We describe two patients with pSS associated with ...
Lin Guigao - - 2010
A new concept of IgG subclass such as IgG4-related systemic disease including autoimmune pancreatitis, characterized by a high-serum IgG4 level, has been proposed. Our aim was to investigate serum IgG subclass levels in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). IgG subclass levels of sera from 72 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were determined by ...
Waterman Elizabeth A - - 2010
Vitiligo is an acquired idiopathic hypomelanotic disorder characterized by circumscribed depigmented macules resulting from the loss of cutaneous melanocytes. Although the exact cause of vitiligo remains obscure, autoimmunity may play a role in the development of the disease. The present study was undertaken to investigate the applicability of phage display ...
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