Immunity

General Features of Immune System Deficiency  infections, tumor Hyperactive  fatal disease Autoimmunity - immune reaction against own tissues & cells Two Mechanisms of Immunity 1. Innate immunity 2. Adaptive immunity Innate Immunity • natural, native immunity • defense mechanism that are present even before infection • first line of defense • Skin/epithelial barriers, phagocytic cells, natural killer cells, plasma proteins • 2 most imp cellular rxn • Inflammation • Phagocytic cells • Antiviral defense • Dentritic & NK cells Adaptive Immunity • acquired, specific immunity • mechanisms that are stimulated by microbes and capable of recognizing non microbial substances (Ags) • develop later after exposure to microbes • more powerful “immune response” • Consists of lymphocytes and their (ex. Antibodies) • Can be: cellular or humoral immunity 1. Cell Mediated or Cellular Immunity  against intracellular and extracellular microbes, parasites and ab normal cells  mediated by T lymphocytes 2. Humoral Immunity  against extracellular microbes & toxins  mediated by B lymphocytes (Immunoglobulin) Cells of immune system Lymphocytes • CD4 + T4 & C8 + T8 • Naïve lymphocytes – immunologically inexperienced • Effector cells – eliminates microbes • Memory cells – With Previous exposure – With Heightened awareness

Cells and Tissues of the Immune System • T lymphocytes • B lymphocytes • Macrophages • Dendritic cells • Natural killer cells T lymphocytes • From BM stem cells • Maturation in thymus • Found 60-70% in blood and T cell zones (paracortical/ parafollicular area) • Recognize by peptides presented by MHC of Antigen presenting cells • express receptors for chemokines • recognizes spec. cell bound Ag by TCR • cannot be activated by soluble Ags • presentation of Ag is required B lymphocytes • From BM precursors • Found 10-20% in blood • recognizes Ag thru B-cell Ag receptor complex • IgM & IgD -Ag binding component • form plasma cells that secrete Igs • requires help of CD4+ Tcells • Stimulated by Ags and other signals • Plasma cells • Immunoglobulin production • Monodimer – IgD, E, G • Dimer – IgA • Pentamer – IgM (biggest & has more binding site) Macrophages • Function as APCs in T cell activation • Key effector cell -- in Cell med. immunity • Involved in effector phase -- in humoral immunity • role in induction of cell mediated immunity • role as effector cells in cell mediated immunity eg. delayed hypersensitivity • role in effector phase of immunity Dendritic cells • Aka: Interdigitating DC • Most important APC • Located under epithelia and interstitial • “Langerhans cells” (note langhans – a macrophage) – An immature dendritic cells – Found in skin Follicular dendritic cells • Found in germinal centers of lymphoid tissues

Has Fc receptors for IgG & receptors for C3b

Natural killer cells • AKA: “large granular lymphocytes” • 10-15% of blood lymphos • w/ abundant azurophilic granules • innate ability to kill w/o previous sensitization to Ags • tumor cells, • virally infected cells, some normal cells • part of innate immune system • CD 16 & CD 56 (+) • Ab dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity • Fxn balanced by activating/inhibiting receptors • Secrete Cytokine – ex: IFN-gamma Tissues of the Immunes System Generative lymphoid organs • Thymus (Primary) and BM Peripheral lymphoid organs • LN, spleen, mucosal & cutaneous lymphoid tissues, mucosal associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) Lymphocyte recirculation • More on T cells • B cells stay; antibody circulates • T cells  T cell zone (LN)  Ag from APC  activation  circulation  Target microbes/ tissues

Structure and Function of Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) molecules • Important in the antigen recognition by Tcells • Associated with many autoimmune disease (ex. In the case of allografts) • Products of genes that evoke rejection of transplanted organs • bind peptide fragments of foreign CHONs for presentation to Ag specific receptors • chromosome 6 • major histocompatibility complex (MHC) or human leukocyte antigen (HLA) • occur in 2 forms: • class I • class II • MHC locus has genes that encodes: • Complement components • TNF • Lymphotoxin Class I MHC • Imp in Ag recognition by T cells • Display peptide fragments of CHON to recognized by Ag Spec T cells • Expressed on all nucleated cells & platelets • Composed of polymorphic heavy chain glycoprotein encoded in the following: • HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C • Bind peptides derived from endogenous CHONs • Ex. Viral antigen in the cytoplasm & present to and recognized by CD8+ cytotoxic T cells Class II MHC • Confined to APCs, including: – Dendritic cells – Macrophage – B-cells – Activated T-cells • Noncovalently associated with alpha- & beta- chains coded in HLA-D with 3 defined subloci – DP, DQ, DR • Bind peptides derived from exogenous CHONs – & present to CD4+ helper T lymphocytes

Cytokines • Messenger molecules of immune system • A short acting soluble mediators • Example: Interleukins • Secreted in bursts similar to mediators • Regulate lymphocyte growth • Activate inflammatory cells • Mediate innate immunity • IL-1, IL-12, TNF, type I interferons, chemokines, IFN – gamma Adaptive responses • IL-2,4,5,17. IFN-gamma Stimulate hematopoiesis • CSFs – colony stimulating factors

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HLA and Disease association 1. Inflammatory diseases – HLA-B27 associated – eg. Ankylosing spondylitis 2. Inherited errors of metabolism – HLA-BW47 - 21 hydroxylase disease – HLA-A - hereditary hemochromatosis 3. Autoimmune diseases • DR locus- AA endocrinopathies

Maybe in state of shock w/in mins (anaphylactic shock)

B. Local • Exemplified by atopic allergies 1. Immediate or initial phase • 5-30 mins after exposure • Primary mast cell mediators – resp. for initial phase • Includes o Biogenic amines (histamine) o Chemotactic mediators (eosinophil & neutrophil) o Enzymes (chymase & tryptase) Late phase • 2-24 hours after initial allergen exposure • Driven by lipid mediators & cytokines o Produces by mast cells • Lipid mediators include o LT-B4,C4,D4,E4 o Prostaglandin D2 o PAF • Cytokines include o TNF-a o Interleukines o GM-CSF o Chemokines

Basophils • similar to mast cells • found in the circulation • can be recruited to inflammatory sites TH2 cells • Initiation & propagation • IL-4 – B cells switch to IgE & TH2 production (autocrine) • Promotes inflammation Eosinophils • Important in late phase • Recruited by chemokines • IL-5 – most potent eosinophil activating cytokine • Liberate: o Proteolytic enzymes o Major basic proteins o Eosinophilic cationic protein IMMEDIATE HYPERSENSITIVITY • Susceptibility is genetically determined • Basis not clear/ hereditary predisposition in o CHROMOSOME 5q31 & 6p  Where genes for TH2 are located • ATOPY – predisposition to develop localized immediate hypersensitivity • NON-ATOPIC ALLERGY o Triggered by extreme temperature & exercise o NO TH2 cells nor IgE involved

LOCAL IMMEDIATE HYPERSENSITIVITY  Allergic reactions  Atopic allergy  Diseases: o Bronchial asthma o Angioedema o Allergic rhinitis o Urticarial/ pruritus o Inhaled or ingested Preformed mediators/ Primary mediators: • Found in initial response 1. Biogenic amines (eg. Histamine) 2. Enzymes (eg. Neutral proteases, acid hydrolases) 3. Proteoglycans (eg. Heparin, chondroitin sulfate) Lipid mediators/ Secondary mediators: 1. Lipids mediators 1. Syn in mast cell membrane 2. Activates phospholipase A2 3. Leukotrienes 4. Prostoglandin D2 P 5. Platelet activating factor Leukotrienes o C4 & D4 most potent (than histamine) vasoactive & spasmogenic agents o B4  chemotatic for neutrophils, eosinophils and monocytes Prostaglandin D2 o most abundant mediator from cyclooxygenase pathway o intense bronchospasm o increased mucus secretion Platelet Activating Factor o platelet aggregation o histamine release o bronchospasm o increased vascular permeability o vasodilation o Chemotactic for neutrophils and eosinophils 2. • Cytokines Many are from mast cells o TNF, IL-1,4, chemokines

Hypersensitivity
MECHANISM OF HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS • Altered reaction nd – 2 exposure • Exogenous and endogenous antigens may be triggered hypersensitivity rxns • Often associated w/inheritance of susceptibility genes • Imbalance between effector mechnisms of immune responses and control mechanisms TYPES 1. Immediate hypersensitivity (type I) 2. Antibody-mediated (type II) 3. Immune complex mediated (type III) 4. Cell mediated (type IV) Immediate Hypersensitivity (Type I) • rapid immunologic reaction (w/in mins.) after combination of Ag with Ab bound to mast cells of previous sensitized individuals • most mediated by IgE antibodies • release of vasogenic, spasmogenic subst., cytokines (recruitment of inflam. cells) • Usually, “Allergy” • Most mediated by TH2m IgE ab, & mast cells • Release of mediators & pro inflammatory cytokines    Synthesis of IgE – requires induction of CD4+ helper T cells of TH2 type (w/c produce multiple cytokines) IL-4 – produced by TH2 cells is essential for IgE synthesus IL-3, 5, GM-CSF – promotes production & survival of eosinophils

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Primary mediators/ degranulation contents .Histamine .Protease .Chemotactic factors; ECF &NCF

Secondary mediators/ membrane phospholipids .Leukotrienes B,C,D4 .Prostaglandin-D2 .PAF

A. Systemic • Usually follows injection of Ag (parenteral or oral administration) skin testing done to lower occurance

Masts cells • BM derived • near b.v., nerves, subepithelium • have cytoplasmic membrane bound basophilic granules containing mediatiors • IgE Fc receptors – where the allergen normally bound

SYSTEMIC ANAPHYLAXIS • Vascular shock, edema, difficulty of breathing • May go into shock • Ex: penicillin, food allergies, insect • IV or oral

Different types of hypersensitivity Disease Ag involved Manifestations SLE PGN Nuclear Ag Strep. Cell wall Ag Nephritis, skin lesion, arthritis Nephritis

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PAN (polyarthritis nodosa) Reactive arthritis Arthur reaction

Hep.B virus antigen in some Bacterial Ag

Systemic vasculitis Arthritis, vaasculitis, nephritis Cutaneous vasculitis

Various foreign proteins

Antibody Mediated Hypersensitivity (Type II)  Mediated by Abs directed toward Antigens on cell surfaces or extracellular matrix  (3) mechanisms o Opsonization & Phagocytosis o Complement and Fc mediated Inflammation o Antibody-Mediated Cellular Dysfunction  Cells opsonized by IgG Ab are recognized by phagocyte Fc receptors  Phagocytosis and destruction of opsonzied cell follows  Activation of complement also occurs  Formation of membrane attack complex (MAC) C5b-C9  cell lysis  Classical, alternative, lectin pathways 1.OPSONIZATION & PHAGOCYTOSIS  Transfusion reaction (type A patient transfused with type B blood)  Erythroblastosis fetalis(HDN) o Rh Ag of baby + anti-Rh of mother  autoimmune hemolytic anemia  agranulocytosis  thrombocytopenia  drug reactions Ab Dependent cellular w/o phagocytosis  can occur by nonsensitized cells bearing Fc receptors called ADCC or by natural killer cells  Ex. NK cells, IgG or IgE 2.COMPLEMENT & Fc RECEPTOR MEDIATED INFLAMMATION  Abs deposit into fixed tissues, injuries is due to inflammation  Complement is activated (C3a, C5a)  Fc receptor involvement  Ex. o Glomerulonephritis o Vascular rejection

3.ANTIBODY MEDIATED CELLULAR DYSFUNCTION  Impairment/ dysregulate function  NO cell injury, NO inflammation o Compared to ADCC & opsonization  NO tissue damage  Only activate or block normal cellular or hormonal function  Example: o Myasthenia gravis o Pemphigus vulgaris o Grave’s disease *memorize each examples Immune Complex Mediated Hypersensitivity (Type III)  Mediated by Ag-Ab complexes – immune complexes  Forming either in the circulation or at site of Ag deposition  Enhanced by increased vascular permeability resulting from inflammation  Cell activation by immune complex binding to Fc/ C3b receptors   tissue damage by inflammation at the site of deposition of the immune complex (IC) Ag-Ab w/in circulation (circulating immune complex) deposited in vessel walls o Releases vasoactive mediators + cytokines Some at extravascular sites (in situ IC) 2 types of Ag: o exogenous o endogenous 2 types of type 3: o Generalized/ Systemic o Localized

IC & complement can be visualized by: • IMMUNOFLUORECENCE microscopy o Granular fluorescence – exogenous o Linear fluorescence – endogenous  Ie. Glomerular basement membrane Immune Complex Mediated Hypersensitivity (Type IV) • Initiated specifically by sensitized Tlymphocytes • Initiated by antigen activated Tlymphocytes o DELAYED type  CD4+ T cells with few CD8+  Only stimulate inflammation & activate phagocytosis o DIRECT cell toxicity  CD8+ T cells  Directly kill tissue cell DELAYED type (CD4+) – principal pattern to: • *Granulomatous diseases o *myocobacterium, fungi o TB skin test sensitivity o Transplant rejection/ allograft rejection o Contact dermatitis • Causing granuloma: o Macrophage activation o Inflammation o Tissue injury CYTOTOXIC T-LYMPHOCYTE (CTL) mediated (CD8+) – involved in: • Neoplastic cell lysis • Transplant rejection/ allograft • Virus infected cells (hepatitis) • Type 1 DM  CTL – mediated by perforin-granzyme & Fas-FasL pathways including apoptosis

Autoimmune Diseases
• • Immune reactions against self-Ags 3 requirements: 1. presence of autoimmune reaction 2. reaction is not secondary to tissue damage 3. Absence of another well defined cause of dse. From tissue injury caused by T cells or Abs reacting to self-Ags types: >organ specific >generalized or systemic TOLERANCE – lack of reaction to self antigens AUTOIMMUNE DSE. – loss of self tolerance IMMUNOLOGICAL TOLERANCE o Phenomenon of unresponsiveness to an antigen as a result to exposure of lymphocytes to that antigen SELF TOLERANCE – unresponsiveness to an individual’s own antigen and can be: o CENTRA tolerance o PERIPHERAL tolerance

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SYSTEMIC/ GENERALIZED • Circulating IC that are systemically deposited Ex: • GN • Vasculitis • Serum sickness o Results from recruitment or prolonged antigen exposure & ongoing IC deposition = there is thickening of intimal layer LOCALIZED • Arthus reaction o Characterized by localized tissue vasculitis with necrosis

*Transplant rejection – can be both delayed & direct

CENTRAL TOLERANCE • death of self reactive T & B lymphocyte clones during their maturation in lymphoid organs (in thymus & BM) • THYMUS o Immature T cells w/TCRs encounters by Ag and die by apoptosis by: o Negative selection or deletion AIRE (autoimmune regulator) o Required for the development of T cell tolerance o Stimulates expression of some “peripheral tissue restricted” antigen o Is critical for deletion of immature T cells specific for the antigens o Mutation in this gene – leads to autoimmune polyendocrinopathy • BONE MARROW o B cells receptor editing – renders B cell NOT to be specific for self antigen o Apoptosis – happens if receptor editing does not occur • Many self reactive T/B cell escape this.

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PERIPHERAL TOLERANCE • Autoreactive T cells that escape thymic deletion can be inactivated in the periphery via the following mechanisms: o Anergy o Suppression by regulatory T cells o Deletion by activation induced cell death o Antigen sequestration • ANERGY o Prolong or irreversible inactivation of lymphocytes o Occur when they recognize selfantigen in the absence of necessary costimulatory signals from normal parenchymal cells • SUPPRESSION BY REGULATORY TCELLS o Develop in thymus or induced in periphery o Can be identified by expression of:  CD4  Alpha-chain of IL-2 (CD25)  Transcription factor (Foxp3) o May inhibit lymphocyte activation by secreting cytokines (IL-10 & TGF-beta) o Mutation in Foxp3 – causes severe autoimmunity:  Immune dysregulation  Polyendocrinopathy  Enteropathy  X-linked (IPEX) • DELETION BY ACTIVATION-INDUCED CELL DEATH o CD4 + T cells o Undergo apoptosis • ANTIGEN SEQUESTRATION o Immune privileged sites (brain, eye, testis) – sequesters tissue antigens across a relatively impermeable blood tissue barrier o Because some antigens are hidden from the immune system MECHANISMS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES • Helper T cells – control both cellular & humoral immunity • Helper T cells tolerance – critical for prevention of autoimmune diseases • Multiple pathways allow tolerance to be bypassed involving some combination of: o Susceptibility genes and

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Inheritance of susceptibility genes • Contributes to the breakdown of self tolerance • Most autoimmune disease are complex multigenic disorders • HLA genes – are highly associated (not the cause) with autoimmune diseases Enviromental triggers • Associated with infections • Also promote activation of self-reactive lymphocytes • Mechanisms: o Up-regulate co-stimulators on APC & overcome peripheral tolerance o Infections might break tolerance by Molecular mimicry – self Ags (rheumatic heart disease) o Infectious agents share epitopes with self-antigens GENERAL FEATURES • Progressive & persistent o Manifest by epitope sharing* because immune response spreads to determinants that were not initially recognized • Manifestations are determined by nature of underlying response • Different autoimmune dses show overlaps (clinical, pathologic, serologic) AUTOIMUNE DISEASES Single organ 2-3 organs RA Sjogren Hashimoto’s

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1% of world population suffers from RA Women are 3x affected than men Peak prevalence: 20s – 30s There is familial association & link with HLA-DR4 or DR1 PATHOGENESIS:

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Initiation of arthritogenic antigen (microbial agent) ↓ Loss of self-tolerance ↓ CD4+ T cell activation ↓ Releasing Cytokines & Inflammatory mediators (esp.IL-1 & TNF-a) ↓ Pannus formation or exuberant synovium ↓ Joint destruction

Dry eyes (corneal inflammation, erosion, ulceration) Dry & crusted nose, nasal septum perforation Dry mouth (oral mucosa atrophy with fissures & ulcers) *Mikulicz syndrome: o Lacrimal & salivary gland enlargement from any cause o Ex; sarcoidosis, leukemia, lymphoma, & other tumors Biopsy of the lip – essential for diagnosis to examine minor salivary glands

SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
• • • • • • • • • • Prototype of multisystem disease of autoimmune origin acute or insidious onset chronic, remitting, relapsing, febrile illness Characterized by injury to skin, joints, kidney, serosal membranes (polyserositis) Predominantly females F:M = 9:1 Age incidence: 20-30s Unknown etiology Failure of mechanisms that maintains selftolerance (+) numerous autoantibodies, esp. ANA (hallmark*) ANA (anti-nuclear antibodies) reveals: o 1. Abs to DNA o 2. Abs to histones o 3. Abs to non-histones bound to RNA o 4. Abs to nucleolar Ags *these are detected in indirect immunofluorescence Four basic patterns of nuclear fluorescence: o 1. Homogenous/diffuse o 2. Rim/peripheral o 3. Speckled o 4. Nucleolar HOMOGENOUS/ DIFFUSE o Abs to:  Chromatin  Double stranded DNA  Histones RIM/ PERIPHERAL o Anti double stranded DNA SPECKLED o Most common ANTI:  SM  SS-A  SS-B  Ribonucleoprotein

SJOGREN SYNDROME
• • • Chronic disease characterized by: o 1. Dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis) o 2. Dry mouth (xerostomia) Immunologic destruction of lacrimal & salivary glands 2 forms: o 1. Primary/ Sicca syndrome – 40% o 2. Secondary – associated with another autoimmune disease (ex. RA) – 60%

Multi-systemic SLE Scleroderma Mixed CT dse.

Autoimmune Diseases • Rheumatoid arthritis • Sjogren syndrome • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus • Systemic sclerosis/ Scleroderma • Inflammatory myopathies • Mixed CT disease • Polyarteritis nodosa

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
• • A chronic inflammatory disease affecting primarily the JOINTS o Formation of pannus Other tissues involved: skin, blood vessels, lungs, heart

SICCA SYNDROME • Lymphocytic infiltration & fibrosis of lacrimal & salivary glands • (+) CD4+ helper T cells, some B cells • 75% - RA factor + • 50-80% - ANA + • 90% anti SS-A (Ro) & anti SS-B (La) • Triggered by inflammation (EBV, Hepa C, HTLV1) o Initiating trigger w/c causes”  Local cell death  Release of tissue self antigen (a-fodrin) MORPHOLOGY • Lymphoid follicles seen • Ductal lining epithelial hyperplasia • Acini atrophy, fibrinosis, hyalinization • Parenchymal fatty replacement CLINICAL COURSE • High risk for B cell lymphomas • Women: 50-60 y/o

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NUCLEOLAR o Anti RNA – most often in systemic sclerosis • • • • • Immunofluorescence for ANAs is sensitive but non-specific because other autoimmune dses are frequently positive Positivity – increase with age All patients are (+) for ANA Anti double stranded DNA and anti-SMITH antigen o *are diagnostic of SLE Antiphospholipid Abs in 40-50% o Directed against epitopes of plasma CHONs  Prothrombin  Annexin V  B2 glycoprotein  Protein S and C o False + syphilis test because of phospholipid B2 glycoprotein complex binds with cardiolipin antigen Some Ab interfere w/in vitro clotting tests o “lupus anticoagulant” However, pts have complication assoc’d w/hypercoagulable state 0 o “2 antiphospholipid antibody syndrome”

Procainamide

MECHANISM OF TISSUE INJURY • Most visceral lesions – are type 3 hypersensitivity • In tissues o nuclei of damaged cells react with ANA • In vitro o Phagocytic cell engulfes denatured nucleus of injured cell “LE cell” MORPHOLOGY • In KIDNEYS, there are 5 patterns of LUPUS NEPHRITIS: o Class I: Minimal mesangial o Class II: mesangial proliferative o Class III: Focal proliferative – several prolif; deposition of complex in glomerulous (some) o Class IV: Diffuse proliferative several prolif; deposition of complex in glomerulous (most) o Class V: Membranous  Thickening of Bowman’s • BLOOD VESSELS o Acute necrotizing vasculitis • JOINTS o Non erosive synovitis • CNS o Non inflammatory occlusion of small vessels o Impaired neuronal function • CVS o Libman-Sacks endocarditis nonbacterial o Pericarditis > myocarditis • SPLEEN o Capsular thickening o Follicular hyperplasia • LUNGS o Pleuritis, effusions o Interstitial pneumonitis • SKIN o Malar erythema, including bridge of nose (butterfly rash) o Sunlight exacerbates the lesions o VACUOLAR degeneration of epidermal basal laye o Edema, perivascular inflammation – dermis CRITERIA FOR CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS (4 or more) 1. Malar rash 2. Sicord rash

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Photosensitivity Oral ulcers Arthritis Serositis Renal Neurologic ANA, Ab titers Hematologic a. Anemia b. Thrombocytopenia

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CLINICAL COURSE • Variable, unpredictable • Flare ups and remissions • 90% 5-yr survival rate, 80% @ 10-yr • Most common COD – Renal failure – Intercurrent infection OTHER SYNDROMES • Chronic discoid LE – Skin manifestation mimics SLE, rare sytemic involvement – Face and scalp, skin plaques – ANA test 35% • Subacute cutaneous LE – Skin rash widespread, superficial, non-scarring – Anti SS-A, HLA-DR3 genotype Drug induced LE – Hydralazine, procainamide, INH, d-penicillamine – ANA+ – UNCOMMON renal and CNS involvement

ANTIBODIES • Anti DNA topoisomerase 1 (anti Scl 70) o In 10-20% of patients o Patients have pulmonary fibrosis & peripheral vascular resistance o Highly specific for diffuse scleroderma • Anti centromere antibody o In 20-30% of patients o Patients with CREST or limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis Vascular damage • Microvascular disease present in EARLY course • May be the initial lesion • Cause in not known • Widespread narrowing of microvasculature leads to ischemic injury & scarring Fibrosis • •

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FACTORS  Genetic  Immunological  Environmental • Genetic predisposition st – 1 degree 20% – Monozygotic twins >20% – HLA DQ (ds Ab, anti SM, anti PL) – Inherited deficiency – C2, C4, or C1q Immunological factors: – Defective elimination of self reactive B cells in BM – CD4 helper T cells escape tolerance – Nuclear DNA & RNA activate B lymphocytes (TLR) Environmental factors: – UV light – Sex hormone • Female in repro years • Pregnancy – Drugs • Hydralazine

Primary abnormality in collagen production Culmination of multiple abnormalities Example: o Fibrogenic cytokines o Hyperresponsiveness of fibroblasts o Scarring

SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS/ SCLERODERMA
• • • • • • Unknown Autoimmune responses, vascular damage, & collage deposition contribute to tissue injury CD4+ T cells associated Excessive systemic fibrosis – skin Female – 3:1 Abnormal immune responses o CD4+ T cells responds to an antigen o Accumulate in skin & release cytokines that activates inflammatory cells & fibroblasts

CHRONIC DISEASE Characterized by: 1. Chronic inflammation 2. Widespread damage to small BV 3. Progressive interstitial & perivascular fibrosis in skin & other organs TWO MAJOR CATEGORIES 1. DIFFUSE a. Widespread skin involvement b. w/ rapid progression & early visceral involvement c. DNA tropoisomerase I 2. LIMITED a. Skin involvement is confined to: i. Fingers ii. Forearms iii. Face iv. Some with CREST syndrome CREST Syndrome 1. Calcinosis in skin 2. Raynaud phenomenon (sensi. to cold)

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3. Esophageal dismotility 4. Sclerodactyly 5. Telengiectasia MORPHOLOGY • Skin o o • GIT o

Diffuse sclerotic atrophy Begins in fingers & distal regions of upper extremities

Preogressive atrophy & collagenous fibrosis replacement of muscularie o Esophagus (“rubber hose”) o Results to GERD • Musculoskeletal o Synovial hyperplasia o Hypertrophy o Fibrosis – similar to RA but NO joint destruction o Inflammatory myositis • Kidneys o 2/3 patients o Vascular lesions o Hypertension in 30% of patients o Renal failure – 50% death • Lungs o 50% of patients o Vasospasms, fibrosis (pulmonary hypertension) • Heart o Pericarditis o Effusion o Myocardial fibrosis o Right ventricular hypertrophy CLINICAL • F:M = 3:1 • Peak: 50-60 y/o • Malignant hypertension with subsequent renal failure • Right sided heart failure - *major cause of death

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