Purpose of Review Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have special family planning considerations that require close coordination with health care providers. While this article focuses on issues inherent to female patients given their potential for pregnancy, we will review pertinent issues related to medication counseling for male patients.
Purpose of Review Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by a breakdown of immune tolerance, resulting in inflammation and tissue destruction. While the primary causes of SLE are still obscure, the disorder is highly heritable. Genetic risk variants, on their own, are rarely causal or fully explain disease pathogenesis. We discuss the possibility that IRF5, a SLE susceptibility gene, has both genetic and non-genetic contributions to disease pathogenesis.
Purpose of Review Platelets are no longer recognized solely as cell fragments regulating hemostasis. They have pleiotropic functions and they are linked directly or indirectly with the three cornerstones of systemic sclerosis (SSc): vasculopathy, autoimmunity, and fibrosis. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge on the potential role of platelets in the pathogenesis of SSc.
Purpose of Review Osteoporosis in axial spondyloarthritis may be modified by therapy. The purpose of this systematic review is to describe (i) the effect of TNFi on BMD, (ii) the effect of secukinumab on BMD, and (iii) the effect of secukinumab on radiographic disease progression in axSpA.
Purpose of Review The purpose is to discuss the advances that genetics and genomics have provided to better understand the molecular mechanisms behind SLE and how to solve its heterogeneity. I propose new ideas that can help us stratify lupus in order to find the best therapies for each patient, and the idea of substituting clinical diagnosis with molecular diagnosis according to their molecular patterns, an idea that may not only include lupus but also other diseases.
Purpose of Review Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease with strong genetic associations. Here, we provide an update on recent advancements in validating SLE candidate genes and risk variants identified in genome-wide association studies (GWAS).