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Ital J Pediatr ; 45(1): 148, 2019 Nov 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31747937

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Heterozygous mutations of the ACAN gene have been associated with a broad spectrum of non-lethal skeletal dysplasias, called Aggrecanopathies. We report a case of a child with severe inflammatory elbow involvement mimicking septic arthritis who carried the new ACAN missense variant c.6970 T > C, p.Trp2324Arg. The comprehensive clinical evaluation of the patient and his family, focused on the associated clinical features (facial dysmorphisms, short stature, brachydactily), led us to suspect a hereditary condition. Our findings suggest that Aggrecanopathies should be considered in children with familial short stature, poor growth spurt and joint involvement.

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Ital J Pediatr ; 45(1): 111, 2019 Aug 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31443670

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BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean Fever is a monogenic autoinflammatory disease, typically characterized by recurrent attacks of fever, serositis, aphthous of oral mucosa, erythema. "Pyogenic arthritis, pyoderma gangrenosum and acne syndrome" is a rare autoinflammatory disease with variable expression and typically involving joints and skin. Both the diseases are linked by the overproduction of IL-1. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on the case of two siblings affected by recurrent attacks of fever, oral aphthous stomatitis, abdominal pain, arthritis, undefined dermatitis at the hands, associated with increased AST, ALT, C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, serum amyloid A, leucocytosis with neutrophilia. Infectious diseases were excluded. The genetic study for Familial Mediterranean Fever, tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome, Mevalonate kinase deficiency, showed the homozygous mutation p.M680I of exon 10 in MEFV. Their parents were heterozygous for the same mutation p.M680I, however, the mother showed severe symptoms of FMF (recurrent attacks of fever, arthralgia and arthritis, abdominal pain, thoracic pain), the father showed recurrent pustulosis prevalent on the hands and limbs, with arthralgia and abdominal pain. Both the patients started colchicine, with an improvement in clinical manifestations and a reduction of serum amyloid A. For the atypical dermatologic signs present in the two siblings and in the father, the study of other autoinflammatory syndromes was performed with next generation sequencing and showed the heterozygous rare missense mutation of unknown significance: p.(Val408Ile) of PSTPIP1 gene in the two siblings and in the mother, the father was negative. Canakinumab treatment was started in the younger patient, with the resolution of the clinical symptoms and the normalization of serum amyloid A. CONCLUSIONS: Further studies are needed to better describe the correlation between genotype and phenotype in patients with PAPA syndrome and with PAPA syndrome associated with FMF, considering that the presence of mutations in both genes may amplify clinical presentation and evolution of both diseases.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31325311

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OBJECTIVES: The number of innate immune system disorders classified as systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAID) has increased in recent years. More than 70% of patients with clinical manifestations of SAID did not receive a molecular diagnosis, thus being classed as so-called undifferentiated or undefined SAID (uSAID). The aim of the present study was to evaluate a next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based clinically oriented protocol in patients with uSAID. METHODS: We designed a NGS panel that included 41 genes clustered in seven subpanels. Patients with uSAID were classified into different groups according to their clinical features and sequenced for the coding portions of the 41 genes. RESULTS: Fifty patients were enrolled in the study. Thirty-four patients (72%) displayed recurrent fevers not consistent with a PFAPA phenotype. Sixteen patients displayed a chronic inflammatory disease course. A total of 100 gene variants were found (mean 2 per patient; range 0-6), a quarter of which affected suspected genes. Mutations with a definitive diagnostic impact were detected in two patients. Patients with genetically negative recurrent fevers displayed a prevalent gastrointestinal, skin and articular involvement. Patients responded to steroids on demands (94%) and colchicine, with a response rate of 78%. CONCLUSION: Even with a low molecular diagnostic rate, a NGS-based approach is able to provide a final diagnosis in a proportion of uSAID patients with evident cost-effectiveness. It also allows the identification of a subgroup of genetically negative patients with recurrent fever responding to steroid on demand and colchicine.

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Ann Rheum Dis ; 78(10): 1405-1411, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31278138

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical characteristics, treatment response and genetic findings in a large cohort of patients with undefined systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAIDs). METHODS: Clinical and genetic data from patients with undefined SAIDs were extracted from the Eurofever registry, an international web-based registry that retrospectively collects clinical information on patients with autoinflammatory diseases. RESULTS: This study included 187 patients. Seven patients had a chronic disease course, 180 patients had a recurrent disease course. The median age at disease onset was 4.3 years. Patients had a median of 12 episodes per year, with a median duration of 4 days. Most commonly reported symptoms were arthralgia (n=113), myalgia (n=86), abdominal pain (n=89), fatigue (n=111), malaise (n=104) and mucocutaneous manifestations (n=128). In 24 patients, relatives were affected as well. In 15 patients, genetic variants were found in autoinflammatory genes. Patients with genetic variants more often had affected relatives compared with patients without genetic variants (p=0.005). Most patients responded well to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, colchicine and anakinra. Complete remission was rarely achieved with NSAIDs alone. Notable patterns were found in patients with distinctive symptoms. Patients with pericarditis (n=11) were older at disease onset (33.8 years) and had fewer episodes per year (3.0/year) compared with other patients. Patients with an intellectual impairment (n=8) were younger at disease onset (2.2 years) and often had relatives affected (28.6%). CONCLUSION: This study describes the clinical characteristics of a large cohort of patients with undefined SAIDs. Among these, patients with pericarditis and intellectual impairment appear to comprise distinct subsets.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31194989

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BACKGROUND: Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS) are a group of autoinflammatory diseases linked to gain-of-function mutations in the NOD-like receptor family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) gene, which cause uncontrolled IL-1ß secretion. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are commonly used as inhibitors of gastric acid production, also have anti-inflammatory properties, protect mice from sepsis, and prevent IL-1ß secretion by monocytes from patients with CAPS. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a novel Nlrp3 knock-in (KI) mouse model of CAPS to study amyloidosis, a severe CAPS complication, and test novel therapeutic approaches. METHODS: We generated KI mice by engineering the N475K mutation, which is associated with the CAPS phenotype, into the mouse Nlrp3 gene. KI and wild-type mice received PPIs or PBS intraperitoneally and were analyzed for survival, inflammation, cytokine secretion, and amyloidosis development. RESULTS: Mutant Nlrp3 KI mice displayed features that recapitulate the immunologic and clinical phenotype of CAPS. They showed systemic inflammation with high levels of serum proinflammatory cytokines, inflammatory infiltrates in various organs, and amyloid deposits in the spleen, liver, and kidneys. Toll-like receptor stimulated macrophages from KI mice secreted high levels of IL-1ß, IL-18, and IL-1α but low amounts of IL-1 receptor antagonist. Treatment of KI mice with PPIs had a clear clinical effect, showing a reduction in inflammatory manifestations, regression of amyloid deposits, and normalization of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokine production by macrophages. CONCLUSION: Nlrp3 KI mice displayed a CAPS phenotype with many characteristics of autoinflammation, including amyloidosis. The therapeutic effectiveness of PPIs associated with a lack of toxicity indicates that these drugs could represent relevant adjuvants to the anti-IL-1 drugs in patients with CAPS and other IL-1-driven diseases.

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Rheumatol Int ; 2019 May 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31062074

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Blau syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant monogenic auto-inflammatory disorder characterized by triad of granulomatous polyarthritis, dermatitis, and uveitis. However, it may be difficult to recognize this syndrome in the absence of all three characteristic clinical manifestations. A 3-year-old girl presented with early onset symmetric polyarthritis and developed granulomatous uveitis at 13 years of age. However, Blau syndrome was suspected at 21 years of age when she was diagnosed to have disseminated granulomas in liver and kidneys. Diagnosis of Blau syndrome was confirmed by finding a mutation in NOD2 gene (p.Arg334Gln; FP2678). She was initiated on adalimumab therapy and she showed good response to this treatment. We did a literature search to find out all reported cases of Blau syndrome with disseminated granulomatous inflammation and all cases of Blau syndrome that were treated with adalimumab therapy. Seventeen patients with Blau syndrome have been reported to have granulomas at unusual locations (liver; kidneys; lungs; salivary glands; intestine; and lymph nodes). Adalimumab has been reported to be used in 33 patients with Blau syndrome. The indication to initiate adalimumab in large majority of these patients was persistence of uveitis. A possibility of Blau syndrome should be considered in all children presenting with early onset arthritis (especially with the presence of boggy swelling) and granulomatous uveitis. Granulomas in the liver and kidney are uncommon disease manifestations. Adalimumab may be an effective treatment for patients with Blau syndrome who are resistant to other forms of therapy.

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Clin Immunol ; 205: 25-28, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31096039

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Systemic inflammation in neonates is attributable to an infection in almost all cases. When inflammation persists, an autoinflammatory disease should be promptly suspected. We report here a case of mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) that presented at birth with mild symptoms and signs suggestive for a perinatal infection, together with the uncommon finding of interstitial lung disease. An extensive diagnostic work-up, performed after ineffective antibiotic treatment, demonstrated high levels of mevalonic acid in urine (7024 mM/M of creatinine, normal value <0.1). Next-generation sequencing showed a rare c.709A > T (p.T237S) homozygous mutation in the MVK gene, consistent with MKD. Treatment with anakinra led to a prompt resolution of symptoms and a sharp drop in serum inflammatory markers. The patient is now six months-old, currently undergoing evaluation for hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. To our knowledge, this is the first case of MKD presenting within the first week of life with interstitial lung disease.

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J Clin Immunol ; 39(5): 476-485, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31144250

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OBJECTIVES: Mutations affecting the TMEM173 gene cause STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI). No standard immunosuppressive treatment approach is able to control disease progression in patients with SAVI. We studied the efficacy and safety of targeting type I IFN signaling with the Janus kinase inhibitor, ruxolitinib. METHODS: We used DNA sequencing to identify mutations in TMEM173 in patients with peripheral blood type I IFN signature. The JAK1/2 inhibitor ruxolitinib was administered on an off-label basis. RESULTS: We identified three patients with SAVI presenting with skin involvement and progressive severe interstitial lung disease. Indirect echocardiographic signs of pulmonary hypertension were present in one case. Following treatment with ruxolitinib, we observed improvements of respiratory function including increased forced vital capacity in two patients, with discontinuation of oxygen therapy and resolution of echocardiographic abnormalities in one case. Efficacy was persistent in one patient and only transitory in the other two patients. Clinical control of skin complications was obtained, and one patient discontinued steroid treatment. One patient, who presented with kidney involvement, showed resolution of hematuria. One patient experienced increased recurrence of severe viral respiratory infections. Monitoring of peripheral blood type I interferon signature during ruxolitinib treatment did not show a stable decrease. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that targeting type I IFN receptor signaling may represent a promising therapeutic option for a subset of patients with SAVI syndrome and severe lung involvement. However, the occurrence of viral respiratory infection might represent an important cautionary note for the application of such form of treatment.

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Front Immunol ; 10: 316, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31031743

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Background: Primary Immunodeficiencies (PIDs) are a heterogeneous group of genetic immune disorders. While some PIDs can manifest with more than one phenotype, signs, and symptoms of various PIDs overlap considerably. Recently, novel defects in immune-related genes and additional variants in previously reported genes responsible for PIDs have been successfully identified by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), allowing the recognition of a broad spectrum of disorders. Objective: To evaluate the strength and weakness of targeted NGS sequencing using custom-made Ion Torrent and Haloplex (Agilent) panels for diagnostics and research purposes. Methods: Five different panels including known and candidate genes were used to screen 105 patients with distinct PID features divided in three main PID categories: T cell defects, Humoral defects and Other PIDs. The Ion Torrent sequencing platform was used in 73 patients. Among these, 18 selected patients without a molecular diagnosis and 32 additional patients were analyzed by Haloplex enrichment technology. Results: The complementary use of the two custom-made targeted sequencing approaches allowed the identification of causative variants in 28.6% (n = 30) of patients. Twenty-two out of 73 (34.6%) patients were diagnosed by Ion Torrent. In this group 20 were included in the SCID/CID category. Eight out of 50 (16%) patients were diagnosed by Haloplex workflow. Ion Torrent method was highly successful for those cases with well-defined phenotypes for immunological and clinical presentation. The Haloplex approach was able to diagnose 4 SCID/CID patients and 4 additional patients with complex and extended phenotypes, embracing all three PID categories in which this approach was more efficient. Both technologies showed good gene coverage. Conclusions: NGS technology represents a powerful approach in the complex field of rare disorders but its different application should be weighted. A relatively small NGS target panel can be successfully applied for a robust diagnostic suspicion, while when the spectrum of clinical phenotypes overlaps more than one PID an in-depth NGS analysis is required, including also whole exome/genome sequencing to identify the causative gene.

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Ann Rheum Dis ; 78(8): 1025-1032, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31018962

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BACKGROUND: Different diagnostic and classification criteria are available for hereditary recurrent fevers (HRF)-familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome (TRAPS), mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) and cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS)-and for the non-hereditary, periodic fever, aphthosis, pharyngitis and adenitis (PFAPA). We aimed to develop and validate new evidence-based classification criteria for HRF/PFAPA. METHODS: Step 1: selection of clinical, laboratory and genetic candidate variables; step 2: classification of 360 random patients from the Eurofever Registry by a panel of 25 clinicians and 8 geneticists blinded to patients' diagnosis (consensus ≥80%); step 3: statistical analysis for the selection of the best candidate classification criteria; step 4: nominal group technique consensus conference with 33 panellists for the discussion and selection of the final classification criteria; step 5: cross-sectional validation of the novel criteria. RESULTS: The panellists achieved consensus to classify 281 of 360 (78%) patients (32 CAPS, 36 FMF, 56 MKD, 37 PFAPA, 39 TRAPS, 81 undefined recurrent fever). Consensus was reached for two sets of criteria for each HRF, one including genetic and clinical variables, the other with clinical variables only, plus new criteria for PFAPA. The four HRF criteria demonstrated sensitivity of 0.94-1 and specificity of 0.95-1; for PFAPA, criteria sensitivity and specificity were 0.97 and 0.93, respectively. Validation of these criteria in an independent data set of 1018 patients shows a high accuracy (from 0.81 to 0.98). CONCLUSION: Eurofever proposes a novel set of validated classification criteria for HRF and PFAPA with high sensitivity and specificity.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract ; 7(7): 2369-2376, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30922987

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BACKGROUND: Patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) may develop severe thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic anemia. There are no reliable predictors for the development of hematologic autoimmunity (HA) in these patients. OBJECTIVE: To describe the peculiar B and T subpopulation defects in patients with 22q11DS who have developed HA and test if these defects precede the development of HA. METHODS: We performed a case-control multicenter study. Patients with HA were compared with a control population of 22q11.2DS without HA (non-HA). A complete immunological evaluation was performed at diagnosis and at the last follow-up including extensive T and B phenotypes. RESULTS: Immunophenotype at the last follow-up was available in 23 HA and 45 non-HA patients. HA patients had significantly decreased percentage of naïve CD4+ cells (26.8% vs 43.2%, P = .003) and recent thymic emigrants (48.6% vs 80.5%, P = .046); decreased class-switched B cells (2.0% vs 5.9%, P = .04) and increased naive B cells (83.5% vs 71.4%, P = .02); increased CD16+/56+ both in absolute number (312 vs 199, P = .009) and percentage (20.0% vs 13.0%, P = .03). Immunophenotype was performed in 36 patients (11 HA and 25 non-HA) at diagnosis. Odds ratio (OR) of immune cytopenia were estimated for both CD4 naïve ≤30% (OR 14.0, P = .002) and switched memory B cells ≤2% (OR 44.0, P = .01). The estimated survival curves reached statistical significance, respectively, P = .0001 and P = .002. CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with 22q11.2DS, those with HA have characteristic lymphocyte anomalies that appear considerably before HA onset. Systematic immunophenotyping of patients with 22q11.2DS at diagnosis is advisable for early identification of patients at risk for this severe complication.

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J Rheumatol ; 46(4): 416-421, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30647180

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OBJECTIVE: To seek predictors of therapeutic response to the interleukin (IL)-1 inhibitor anakinra in children with systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA). METHODS: The clinical charts of all patients with sJIA who were newly treated with anakinra at our center between 2004 and 2017 were reviewed retrospectively. Predictors included baseline demographic, clinical, and laboratory variables as well as previous or concomitant therapies. The effectiveness of anakinra was assessed at 1 year after treatment start. Complete clinical response (CCR) was defined as absence of fever, physician's global assessment ≤ 1, count of active joints ≤ 1, negative C-reactive protein, and ≥ 75% reduction of corticosteroid dose. According to the intention-to-treat principle, patients who had anakinra discontinued before 1 year for any reasons other than disease remission were classified as nonresponders. Statistics included univariate and multivariable analyses. RESULTS: Of the 62 patients included in the study, 24 (39%) met the criteria for CCR at 1 year, whereas 38 (61%) did not. On multivariable analysis, independent correlations with achievement of CCR were identified for shorter disease duration, lower active joint count, higher ferritin level, and greater activity of systemic manifestations. The area under the curve of the model was 0.83. CONCLUSION: Our findings help to delineate the clinical profile of patients with sJIA who are more likely to benefit from IL-1 blockade. They also underscore the need for studies aimed at examining the therapeutic role of early IL-1 inhibition and to identify biomarkers predicting response to either IL-1 or IL-6 antagonists.

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J Rheumatol ; 2018 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30385706

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OBJECTIVE: Provisional evidence-based classification criteria for hereditary periodic fever (HPF) have been recently developed. However, no consensus on how to combine clinical criteria, laboratory tests, and results of molecular analysis has been reached. The objective of this study is to understand which variables physicians consider important for the classification of patients with HPF. METHODS: Two Delphi surveys were sent to health professionals in the field of autoinflammation. In the first open survey, 124 researchers could list all the variables they consider useful for the diagnosis of each monogenic periodic fever. The variables could be of any type and each researcher could complete the survey for 1 or more diseases. In the second survey, 162 researchers were asked to select, from a list of items coming from the first survey, the 10 top variables and to rank them by assigning a score from 10 to 1. RESULTS: The response rates to the Delphi surveys were 85% for the first session and 87% for the second. The variables selected for each disease (corresponding to the third quartile, considering the total score obtained by the variables after the second Delphi survey) were 21 for mevalonate kinase deficiency, 22 for cryopyrinopathies, 18 for familial Mediterranean fever, and 20 for tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome. A positive genetic test reached the top rank in all the HPF. CONCLUSION: Our process led to the identification of those features considered the most important as candidate variables to be included in a new set of evidence-based classification criteria for HPF.

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Cell Death Dis ; 9(11): 1088, 2018 Oct 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30352992

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IL-1ß is an essential cytokine, but its release needs to be strictly controlled to avoid severe inflammatory manifestations. Lacking a signal sequence, IL-1ß does not follow the endoplasmic reticulum-Golgi route. Several pathways have been proposed to mediate its release. One involves the translocation of pro-IL-1ß into intracellular vesicles of lysosomal origin that eventually fuse with the plasma membrane. Another exploits pores formed on the plasma membrane upon proteolytic cleavage of gasdermin D (GSDMD). Here we investigated how primary monocytes-the main source of IL-1ß in humans-control IL-1ß release in response to pro-inflammatory stimuli of increasing intensity and found that two different routes are induced depending on the strength of activation. Triggering of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) by LPS induces slow IL-1ß release through LAMP2A+ vesicles. In contrast, the simultaneous stimulation of TLR2, TLR4 and TLR7/8 drives high levels of ROS, GSDMD cleavage and faster IL-1ß secretion. Drugs blocking ROS production prevent GSDMD cleavage supporting a role of oxidative stress in GSDMD-mediated secretion. Singly stimulated monocytes undergo apoptosis, whereas triple stimulation triggers pyroptosis, which might amplify inflammation. In both cases, however, IL-1ß secretion precedes cell death. Inhibition of caspases 4/5 prevents GSDMD cleavage and pore-mediated secretion, but not vesicular release. The two pathways also display other distinct pharmacologic sensitivities that reflect the underlying mechanisms. Remarkably, single TLR4 stimulation is sufficient to activate massive, GSDMD-mediated IL-1ß secretion in monocytes from patients affected by Cryopyrin Associated Periodic Syndrome (CAPS), an autoinflammatory disease linked to NLRP3 mutations. The exaggerated sensitivity to activation correlates with high basal ROS levels in CAPS monocytes. In conclusion, the vesicular pathway limits IL-1ß release upon low pathogen load while stronger stimulation or concomitant cell stress induce instead uncontrolled secretion via GSDMD leading to detrimental inflammatory manifestations.

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Pediatr Rheumatol Online J ; 16(1): 60, 2018 Sep 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30241480

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BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Periodic Fever, Aphthous stomatitis, Pharyngitis and Cervical Adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome is currently based on the modified Marshall's criteria, but no validated evidence based classification criteria for PFAPA has been established so far. METHODS: A multistep process, based on the Delphi and Nominal Group Technique was conducted. After 2 rounds of e-mail Delphi survey involving 21 experts in autoinflammation we obtained a list of variables that were discussed in an International Consensus Conference. Variables reaching the 80% of consensus between participants were included in the new classification criteria. In the second phase the new classification criteria and the modified Marshall's criteria were applied on a cohort of 80 pediatric PFAPA patients to compare their performance. RESULTS: The Delphi Survey was sent to 22 participants, 21 accepted to participate. Thirty variables were obtained from the survey and have been discussed at the Consensus Conference. Through the Nominal Group Technique we obtained a new set of classification criteria. These criteria were more restrictive in respect to the modified Marshall's criteria when applied on our cohort of patients. CONCLUSION: Our work led us to identify a new set of classification criteria for PFAPA syndrome, but they resulted to be too restrictive to be applied in daily clinical practice for the diagnosis of PFAPA.


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Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/diagnóstico , Consenso , Técnica Delfos , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Febre/complicações , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/classificação , Humanos , Linfadenite/complicações , Faringite/complicações , Estomatite Aftosa/complicações , Síndrome
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