Race and Ethnicity
Research progress in epigenetic studies on systemic sclerosis (SSc). In recent years, with the in-depth study of the epigenetics of SSc, the DNA methylation and miRNA has been the most widely studied. PubMed, Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban, 2018 Dec 28;43(12):1369-1375.
Neanderthal DNA Linked To Cancer And Autoimmune Diseases In Modern Humans. According to a new study, Neanderthal DNA within the modern human genome could determine the susceptibility of certain populations to prostate cancer, autoimmune diseases and diabetes. IFL Science, 12/07/2020.
Racial Disparities in Systemic Sclerosis. This article summarizes such disparities and explores the role of socioeconomic status in their development and persistence. PubMed, Rheum Dis Clin North Am, 2020 Nov;46(4):705-712. (Also see Prognosis and Mortality)
Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) and Autoantibodies Define Scleroderma Subtypes and Risk in African and European Americans and Suggest a Role for Molecular Mimicry. These data suggest a possible link between HLA alleles, autoantibodies, and environmental triggers in the pathogenesis of systemic scleroderma. PubMed, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2020 Jan 7;117(1):552-562.
Ethnic Variations in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) Disease Manifestations, Internal Organ Involvement, and Mortality. Ethnic variations in some SSc disease manifestations are observed, but this does not result in significant differences in short-term survival but may affect long-term survival. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 2019 Sep;46(9):1103-1108.
Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class II alleles, haplotypes, and epitopes which confer susceptibility or protection in the fibrosing autoimmune disease systemic sclerosis (SSc): analyses in 1300 Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic cases and 1000 controls. These data indicate unique and multiple HLA class II effects in SSc, especially on autoantibody markers of different sub-phenotypes. Ann Rheum Dis.
Systemic sclerosis in Sarawak: a profile of patients treated in the Sarawak General Hospital. This study demonstrates the rarity of systemic sclerosis in a multi-ethnic groups, predominantly Chinese, Sarawak natives and Malays with considerable lag time to diagnosis. Diffuse cutaneous systemic scleroderma was more common with rare pulmonary hypertension and renal involvement.The Rheumatology International.
Genes and antibodies for scleroderma and its various symptoms can vary by geographic regions throughout the world. For example, Chinese systemic scleroderma patients typically have milder disease overall, but are more likely to have myositis (muscle inflammation) and certain autoantibodies than other ethnicities.
Survival and prognosis factors in systemic sclerosis (SSc): data of a French multicenter cohort, systematic review, and meta-analysis of the literature. Our study highlights a high mortality rate in SSc patients and confirms previously described prognosis factors related to skin extension and organ involvement. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2019 Apr 3;21(1):86.
Prognostic profile of systemic sclerosis (SSc): analysis of the clinical EUSTAR cohort in China. In China, although there is a high prevalence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in patients with SSc (85.5%), most of them have reserved pulmonary function, which means that ILD is not the most important factor in the death of patients with SSc. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2018 Oct 22;20(1):235.
Single–specificity anti-Ku antibodies in an international cohort of 2140 systemic sclerosis (SSc) subjects: clinical associations. This is the largest cohort to date focusing on the prevalence and disease characteristics of single–specificity anti-Ku antibodies in subjects with SSc. PubMed, Medicine (Baltimore). (Also see Antibodies)
Anti-PM/Scl antibodies are found in Japanese patients with various systemic autoimmune conditions besides myositis and scleroderma (SSc). In Japanese patients, anti-PM/Scl antibodies are only very rarely found, and they are not always specific for dermatomyositis (DM) or SSc; they are also present in various autoimmune conditions PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther. (Also see Antibodies)
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