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      Improvement in Steroid and Immunosuppressive Drug Resistant Lupus nephritis by Intravenous Prostaglandin E 1Therapy

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          From January 1986 to December 1988, 8 patients with lupus nephritis did not respond to the administration of two courses of methylprednisolone pulse therapy and cyclophosphamide treatment for 56 days. These cases then received intravenous prostaglandin E<sub>1</sub> (PGE<sub>1</sub>) for 3 weeks. All of them had a good response with decreased proteinuria and azotemia; serum C3 and C4 levels and creatinine clearance also increased. Both OKT4<sup>+</sup> and OKT8<sup>+</sup> cells increased, and the OKT4/OKT8 ratio was almost normal. The macrophage functions included increased production of interleukin 1 and γ-interferon. The capacity to synthesize immunoglobulin after pokeweed mitogen stimulation was reduced, the circulating immune complexes lowered, and glomerular IgG deposits decreased in the two class IV follow-up biopsy cases after PGE<sub>1</sub> therapy. These clinical improvements after PGE<sub>1</sub> therapy are probably related to the modulation of macrophage T-B cell interaction, enhancement of reticuloendothelial system function, and increased glomerular capillary flow.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1990
          1990
          10 December 2008
          : 55
          : 3
          : 258-264
          Affiliations
          Departments of Medical Research and Pediatrics, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
          Article
          185972 Nephron 1990;55:258–264
          10.1159/000185972
          2370925
          © 1990 S. Karger AG, Basel

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