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    Authors: Kulai, Tasha; Arnason, Thomas; MacIntosh, Donald; Igoe, John;

    Olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat hypertension, is associated with few adverse effects. Here, a case of severe sprue-like enteropathy and acute kidney injury is described in a 68-year-old male taking olmesartan for 3-4 years. He presented to hospital with a five-week history of diarrhea, vomiting, and a 20 lb weight loss. Anti-TTG was negative with a normal IgA. Biopsies of the distal duodenum and duodenal cap revealed marked blunting of the villi with near complete villous atrophy of the biopsies from the bulb. There was an increase in intraepithelial lymphocytes as well as neutrophils in the surface epithelium. The patient’s diarrhea improved upon discontinuation of olmesartan and he returned to his previous weight. Repeat endoscopy four months later demonstrated complete resolution of inflammatory change with normal villous architecture. Long-term olmesartan use is associated with severe sprue-like enteropathy. The mechanism of intestinal injury is unknown. Duodenal biopsy results may mimic other enteropathies such as celiac disease. Physicians should consider medications as potential etiologies of enteropathy.

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    Authors: Biederman, Laura; Satoskar, Anjali A.; Doraiswamy, Mohankumar; Parikh, Samir; +4 Authors

    Background. Nuclear staining by immunofluorescence in a kidney biopsy is often seen in patients with positive antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in the serum. These ANA are usually polyclonal, but herein we report 9 cases with an unusual finding of monoclonal nuclear staining by immunofluorescence on kidney biopsy. Case Presentation. Nine cases with predominant stain for kappa or lambda light chain were identified by searching the renal pathology laboratory database for the past 10 years. All cases had positive stain for only kappa (six cases) or lambda (three cases) light chain in the nuclei. Eight out of nine cases had positive nuclear IgG stain, and one case had positive nuclear IgA stain. Among cases with positive nuclear IgG staining, six cases were positive for IgG1 subclass, one case was positive for IgG2 subclass, and one case was positive for IgG3 subclass. All patients with positive IgG nuclear stain, who had testing for ANA, had positive ANA. Patients with positive IgG1 subclass did not have monoclonal protein in the serum or urine, but the patient with positive IgG2 subclass and lambda light chain stain in the nuclei had IgG lambda monoclonal gammopathy. Conclusions. We identified a new unique pattern of nuclear stain by immunofluorescence in kidney biopsies that suggests the presence of monoclonal ANA. Workup for underlying monoclonal gammopathy is warranted in such patients.

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    Authors: Allegaert, Karel; Smits, Anne; van den Anker, Johannes N.;
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    Authors: Zhang, Zhi-Jiang(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Zhao, Genming(School of Public Health, Fudan University) Yu, Chuanhua(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Bi, Yongyi(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Zhang, Qingjun(Hubei Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Wuhan 430079) Song, Yiqing(Department of Epidemiology, Indiana University);
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    Authors: Sasi, Sharath P.; Park, Daniel; Muralidharan, Sujatha; Wage, Justin; +5 Authors
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    Authors: Povitz, Marcus Kimoff, R John;

    BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) may impact the course of medical illness among hospitalized patients. Access to testing during hospitalization to assess this may be limited by wait times for laboratory polysomnography. Level 3 portable monitoring (PM) may provide an alternative.OBJECTIVE: To assess the rate of technically adequate studies, diagnostic information obtained and impact on patient management of inpatient PM studies performed for SDB.METHODS: A retrospective review of 114 PM (Embletta, Natus Inc, Canada) records from the past two years was performed. Studies were ordered by pulmonologists, initiated by respiratory therapists and performed unattended on inpatient units. Admitting diagnoses, indication for sleep study, diagnostic information obtained from recordings and change in clinical management subsequent to PM were determined from medical charts.RESULTS: Of 114 studies reviewed, 99 (87%) met predetermined criteria for adequate signal quality and duration. Five studies could not be interpreted due to inadequate data, yielding an overall success rate of 83% (94 of 114). Of 86 studies performed for diagnosis, clinical and PM data supported a new diagnosis of SDB in 55 patients, of which 23 (42%) were started on positive pressure therapy. Thirteen PM studies were performed during SDB treatment. All were technically adequate and six of 13 demonstrated new or persistent SDB. Results from PM testing informed clinical management during hospitalization in 70 (61%) cases.CONCLUSION: Unattended level 3 PM studies are technically feasible in hospitalized patients and may provide information that influences clinical management.

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    Authors: Ohnishi, Takashi; Tanaka, Takuya; Nakamura, Yuka; Hashimoto, Noriaki; +4 Authors
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    Authors: Rajani, Seema; Alzaben, Abeer; Shirton, Leanne; Persad, Rabindranath; +3 Authors

    BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) is a common autoimmune disorder with an increasing prevalence, including in ethnic minorities. OBJECTIVE: To report the frequency of CD diagnosis in ethnic minorities presenting to a Canadian pediatric celiac clinic and to determine whether ethnic differences exist at diagnosis or follow-up. METHODS: Patients with biopsy-proven CD diagnosed at a multidisciplinary celiac clinic between 2008 and 2011 were identified through the clinic database. Data at referral, and six-month and 12-month follow-ups were collected. These included demographics, self-reported ethnicity, symptoms, anthropometrics and laboratory investigations, including serum immunoglobulin antitissue transglutaminase (aTTG). RESULTS: A total of 272 patients were identified; 80% (n=218) were Caucasian (group 1) and 20% (n=54) were other ethnicities. South Asians (group 2) comprised 81% (n=44) of the minority population. No differences in age or sex were found between the two groups. Group 1 patients presented more often with gastrointestinal symptoms (71% versus 43%; P<0.001), while patients in group 2 presented more often with growth concerns (21% versus 68%; P<0.001). At diagnosis, serum aTTG level was consistently lower in group 1 compared with group 2 (367 IU/mL versus 834 IU/mL; P=0.030). Both groups reported symptom improvement at six months and one year. At the end of one year, aTTG level was more likely to be normal in group 1 compared with group 2 (64% versus 29%; P<0.001). CONCLUSION: Although they represent a minority group, South Asian children comprised a significant proportion of CD patients presenting to a Canadian celiac clinic. South Asian children were more likely to present with growth concerns, which has important implications for timely diagnosis in this population. In addition, the apparent delay in normalization of aTTG levels suggests that careful follow-up and culturally focused education supports should be developed for South Asian children with CD.

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    Authors: Biesiadecki, Brandon J.; Jin, J.-P.;

    To understand the structure-function relationship of muscle-regulatory-protein isoforms, mutations, and posttranslational modifications, it is necessary to probe functional effects at the level of the protein-protein interaction. Traditional methodologies assessing such protein-protein interactions are laborious and require significant amounts of purified protein, while many current methodologies require costly and specialized equipment or modification of the proteins, which may affect their interaction. To address these issues, we developed a novel method of microplate-based solid-phase protein-binding assay over the recent years. This method assesses specific protein-protein interactions at physiological conditions, utilizes relatively small amounts of protein, is free of protein modification, and does not require specialized instrumentation. Here we present detailed methodology for the solid-phase protein-binding assay with examples that we have successfully applied to quantify interactions of myofilament-regulatory proteins. We further provide considerations for optimization of the assay conditions and its broader application in studies of other protein-protein interactions.

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    Authors: Li, Peng(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham) Brown, Andrew W.(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham) Oakes, J. Michael(Division of Epidemiology and Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota) Allison, David B.(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham);
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    Authors: Kulai, Tasha; Arnason, Thomas; MacIntosh, Donald; Igoe, John;

    Olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat hypertension, is associated with few adverse effects. Here, a case of severe sprue-like enteropathy and acute kidney injury is described in a 68-year-old male taking olmesartan for 3-4 years. He presented to hospital with a five-week history of diarrhea, vomiting, and a 20 lb weight loss. Anti-TTG was negative with a normal IgA. Biopsies of the distal duodenum and duodenal cap revealed marked blunting of the villi with near complete villous atrophy of the biopsies from the bulb. There was an increase in intraepithelial lymphocytes as well as neutrophils in the surface epithelium. The patient’s diarrhea improved upon discontinuation of olmesartan and he returned to his previous weight. Repeat endoscopy four months later demonstrated complete resolution of inflammatory change with normal villous architecture. Long-term olmesartan use is associated with severe sprue-like enteropathy. The mechanism of intestinal injury is unknown. Duodenal biopsy results may mimic other enteropathies such as celiac disease. Physicians should consider medications as potential etiologies of enteropathy.

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    Authors: Biederman, Laura; Satoskar, Anjali A.; Doraiswamy, Mohankumar; Parikh, Samir; +4 Authors

    Background. Nuclear staining by immunofluorescence in a kidney biopsy is often seen in patients with positive antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in the serum. These ANA are usually polyclonal, but herein we report 9 cases with an unusual finding of monoclonal nuclear staining by immunofluorescence on kidney biopsy. Case Presentation. Nine cases with predominant stain for kappa or lambda light chain were identified by searching the renal pathology laboratory database for the past 10 years. All cases had positive stain for only kappa (six cases) or lambda (three cases) light chain in the nuclei. Eight out of nine cases had positive nuclear IgG stain, and one case had positive nuclear IgA stain. Among cases with positive nuclear IgG staining, six cases were positive for IgG1 subclass, one case was positive for IgG2 subclass, and one case was positive for IgG3 subclass. All patients with positive IgG nuclear stain, who had testing for ANA, had positive ANA. Patients with positive IgG1 subclass did not have monoclonal protein in the serum or urine, but the patient with positive IgG2 subclass and lambda light chain stain in the nuclei had IgG lambda monoclonal gammopathy. Conclusions. We identified a new unique pattern of nuclear stain by immunofluorescence in kidney biopsies that suggests the presence of monoclonal ANA. Workup for underlying monoclonal gammopathy is warranted in such patients.

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    Authors: Allegaert, Karel; Smits, Anne; van den Anker, Johannes N.;
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    Authors: Zhang, Zhi-Jiang(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Zhao, Genming(School of Public Health, Fudan University) Yu, Chuanhua(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Bi, Yongyi(School of Public Health, Wuhan University) Zhang, Qingjun(Hubei Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Wuhan 430079) Song, Yiqing(Department of Epidemiology, Indiana University);
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    Authors: Sasi, Sharath P.; Park, Daniel; Muralidharan, Sujatha; Wage, Justin; +5 Authors
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    Authors: Povitz, Marcus Kimoff, R John;

    BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) may impact the course of medical illness among hospitalized patients. Access to testing during hospitalization to assess this may be limited by wait times for laboratory polysomnography. Level 3 portable monitoring (PM) may provide an alternative.OBJECTIVE: To assess the rate of technically adequate studies, diagnostic information obtained and impact on patient management of inpatient PM studies performed for SDB.METHODS: A retrospective review of 114 PM (Embletta, Natus Inc, Canada) records from the past two years was performed. Studies were ordered by pulmonologists, initiated by respiratory therapists and performed unattended on inpatient units. Admitting diagnoses, indication for sleep study, diagnostic information obtained from recordings and change in clinical management subsequent to PM were determined from medical charts.RESULTS: Of 114 studies reviewed, 99 (87%) met predetermined criteria for adequate signal quality and duration. Five studies could not be interpreted due to inadequate data, yielding an overall success rate of 83% (94 of 114). Of 86 studies performed for diagnosis, clinical and PM data supported a new diagnosis of SDB in 55 patients, of which 23 (42%) were started on positive pressure therapy. Thirteen PM studies were performed during SDB treatment. All were technically adequate and six of 13 demonstrated new or persistent SDB. Results from PM testing informed clinical management during hospitalization in 70 (61%) cases.CONCLUSION: Unattended level 3 PM studies are technically feasible in hospitalized patients and may provide information that influences clinical management.

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    Authors: Ohnishi, Takashi; Tanaka, Takuya; Nakamura, Yuka; Hashimoto, Noriaki; +4 Authors
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    Authors: Rajani, Seema; Alzaben, Abeer; Shirton, Leanne; Persad, Rabindranath; +3 Authors

    BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) is a common autoimmune disorder with an increasing prevalence, including in ethnic minorities. OBJECTIVE: To report the frequency of CD diagnosis in ethnic minorities presenting to a Canadian pediatric celiac clinic and to determine whether ethnic differences exist at diagnosis or follow-up. METHODS: Patients with biopsy-proven CD diagnosed at a multidisciplinary celiac clinic between 2008 and 2011 were identified through the clinic database. Data at referral, and six-month and 12-month follow-ups were collected. These included demographics, self-reported ethnicity, symptoms, anthropometrics and laboratory investigations, including serum immunoglobulin antitissue transglutaminase (aTTG). RESULTS: A total of 272 patients were identified; 80% (n=218) were Caucasian (group 1) and 20% (n=54) were other ethnicities. South Asians (group 2) comprised 81% (n=44) of the minority population. No differences in age or sex were found between the two groups. Group 1 patients presented more often with gastrointestinal symptoms (71% versus 43%; P<0.001), while patients in group 2 presented more often with growth concerns (21% versus 68%; P<0.001). At diagnosis, serum aTTG level was consistently lower in group 1 compared with group 2 (367 IU/mL versus 834 IU/mL; P=0.030). Both groups reported symptom improvement at six months and one year. At the end of one year, aTTG level was more likely to be normal in group 1 compared with group 2 (64% versus 29%; P<0.001). CONCLUSION: Although they represent a minority group, South Asian children comprised a significant proportion of CD patients presenting to a Canadian celiac clinic. South Asian children were more likely to present with growth concerns, which has important implications for timely diagnosis in this population. In addition, the apparent delay in normalization of aTTG levels suggests that careful follow-up and culturally focused education supports should be developed for South Asian children with CD.

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    Authors: Biesiadecki, Brandon J.; Jin, J.-P.;

    To understand the structure-function relationship of muscle-regulatory-protein isoforms, mutations, and posttranslational modifications, it is necessary to probe functional effects at the level of the protein-protein interaction. Traditional methodologies assessing such protein-protein interactions are laborious and require significant amounts of purified protein, while many current methodologies require costly and specialized equipment or modification of the proteins, which may affect their interaction. To address these issues, we developed a novel method of microplate-based solid-phase protein-binding assay over the recent years. This method assesses specific protein-protein interactions at physiological conditions, utilizes relatively small amounts of protein, is free of protein modification, and does not require specialized instrumentation. Here we present detailed methodology for the solid-phase protein-binding assay with examples that we have successfully applied to quantify interactions of myofilament-regulatory proteins. We further provide considerations for optimization of the assay conditions and its broader application in studies of other protein-protein interactions.

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    Authors: Li, Peng(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham) Brown, Andrew W.(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham) Oakes, J. Michael(Division of Epidemiology and Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota) Allison, David B.(Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham);
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