Jacques-olivier Pers

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The potential predictive value of tumor bulk, genetic, and immunological variants in patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to respond to treatment with rituximab (RTX) monotherapy was evaluated. Thus, the value of assessing the effect of 18-fluoro-desoxy-d-glucose (FDG) uptake on PET scan, polymorphisms in Fc gamma receptor (FcγR) IIIa-158,(More)
The B-cell activity factor (BAFF) acts as a positive regulator of B-cell function. To gain further insight into the understanding of B-cell hyperactivity in autoimmune diseases, the serum level of BAFF was determined in 43 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, 58 primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients, 28 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, and 68(More)
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune epithelitis hallmarked by a destruction of epithelial cells, the subsequent lymphocytic infiltration of exocrine glands and their ensuing dryness. Given the prominent role currently assigned to B cells in SS, it is not surprising that the B cell activating factor belonging to the Tumor Necrosis Factor family (BAFF)(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the diagnostic value of minor salivary gland biopsy (MSGB) for primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS Systematic review of studies retrieved from PUBMED and EMBASE using the terms 'salivary glands' AND 'Sjögren's syndrome' AND 'biopsy', conducted in patients with suspected pSS, and defining positive biopsies as a focus score(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify B cell subpopulations participating in the lymphocyte infiltrate of salivary glands from patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome. A special emphasis was placed on those B lymphocytes included in the ectopic germinal centers (GCs). METHODS The presence of B cells in salivary glands and their polyclonality were ascertained by(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the accuracy of salivary gland ultrasonography (SGUS) for diagnosing primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and to suggest modifications of the American-European Consensus Group (AECG) classification criteria. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study in a prospective cohort of patients with suspected primary SS that was established(More)
INTRODUCTION The aims of this study were to assess agreement between the currently used 2002 American-European Consensus Group (AECG) classification criteria and the new 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and to identify potential sources of disagreement. METHODS We studied 105 patients between 2006 and 2013(More)
OBJECTIVE Treatment with rituximab depletes B cells from the peripheral blood (PB) and salivary glands (SGs) of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). The purpose of this study was to track the repopulation of B cell subsets in PB as well as their subsequent homing into SGs in patients with primary SS treated with rituximab. METHODS A series of(More)
Advances in genetics, such as sequencing of the human genome, have contributed to identification of susceptible genetic patterns in autoimmune diseases (AID). However, genetics is only one aspect of the diseases that does not reflect the influence of environment, sex or aging. Epigenetics, the control of gene packaging and expression independent of(More)
Although the relative contributions of T cells and B cells in Sjögren's syndrome (SS) are far from being settled, recent studies have suggested a crucial role for B cells in its pathophysiology. Early investigations have focused on the ability of B cells to produce autoantibodies, and new studies have enlarged the range of their functions. For example,(More)