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High prevalence of Chlamydophila psittaci subclinical infection in Italian patients with Sjögren's syndrome and parotid gland marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of MALT-type.
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PMID:  24447326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To assess Chlamydophila psittaci (Cp) subclinical infection in patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS).
METHODS: Seventy-four SS patients (55.4 ±13.4 yrs; 94.6% females) were studied. Among them, 18 had salivary gland mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) B-cell lymphoma, 20 myoepithelial sialoadenitis (MESA), and 36 no lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD). The presence of Cp DNA was assessed in peripheral blood of all patients by specific PCR protocols. Paired salivary gland samples were also investigated whenever available (34 cases), including lymphomatous and non-lymphomatous samples, as well as major and minor salivary gland tissues. As controls, 225 blood donors were analysed in the peripheral blood.
RESULTS: Overall, Cp DNA was detected in 11/74 (14.9%) SS patients vs. 1/225 (0.4%) controls (p<0.0001). Cp was detected at higher frequency in MALT lymphoma patients (6/18, 33.3%), as compared with MESA (3/20, 15%) or patients without LPD (2/36, 5.6%), (MALT lymphomas vs. others: p=0.02). A similar Cp prevalence was observed in blood vs. salivary gland tissues, however with a higher frequency in the major than in the minor salivary glands (5/18, 27.8%, vs. 1/17, 5.9%, p=0.18). Cp-positive patients were all rheumatoid factor positive (11/11, 100% vs. 40/63, 63.5% Cp-negative; p=0.014), while no difference was noticed for anti-SSA/SSB positivity.
CONCLUSIONS: In the light of accepted models of MALT B-cell lymphomagenesis and considering previous data implicating Cp infection in ocular adnexa MALT lymphoma, our results suggest that Cp infection could be involved also in a fraction of patients with SS developing lymphoma. The potential therapeutic implications of these findings appear worthwhile.
Martina Fabris; Riccardo Dolcetti; Elisa Pasini; Luca Quartuccio; Elena Pontarini; Sara Salvin; Maurilio Ponzoni; Cathryn Anne Scott; Salvatore De Vita
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-1-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0392-856X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Exp. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
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Created Date:  2014-1-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8308521     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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