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    HOW DO GLUTEN INTRODUCTION, HLA STATUS IMPACT CELIAC DISEASE RISK IN CHILDREN?


    Jefferson Adams

    Celiac.com 10/31/2014 - The relationship between the risk of celiac disease and both the age at which gluten is introduced to a child’s diet and a child’s early dietary pattern is unclear.


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    Photo: Wikimedia Commons--David R. TribbleA team of researchers set out to examine how the introduction of dietary gluten and HLA status impact the risk of celiac disease in children.

    The research team included Elena Lionetti, M.D., Stefania Castellaneta, M.D., Ruggiero Francavilla, M.D., Ph.D., Alfredo Pulvirenti, Ph.D., Elio Tonutti, M.D., Sergio Amarri, M.D., Maria Barbato, M.D., Cristiana Barbera, M.D., Graziano Barera, M.D., Antonella Bellantoni, M.D., Emanuela Castellano, M.D., Graziella Guariso, M.D., Maria Giovanna Limongelli, M.D., Salvatore Pellegrino, M.D., Carlo Polloni, M.D., Claudio Ughi, M.D., Giovanna Zuin, M.D., Alessio Fasano, M.D., and Carlo Catassi, M.D., M.P.H.

    They are variously affiliated with the Departments of Pediatrics (E.L.) and Clinical and Molecular Biomedicine (A.P.), University of Catania, the Department of Pediatrics, San Paolo Hospital (S.C.), and the Department of Developmental Biomedicine, University of Bari (R.F.), Bari, the Department of Immunopathology and Allergology, Udine Hospital, Udine (E.T.), the Department of Pediatrics, Azienda Ospedaliera IRCCS Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia (S.A.), the Department of Pediatrics, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (M.B.), the Department of Pediatrics, University of Turin, Turin (C.B.), the Department of Pediatrics, San Raffaele Hospital (G.B.), and the Department of Pediatrics, Vittore Buzzi Children’s Hospital, Milan (G.Z.), the Department of Pediatrics, Bianchi Melacrino Morelli Hospital, Reggio Calabria (A.B.), Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Giannina Gaslini Institute, Genoa (E.C.), the Department of Pediatrics, University of Padua, Padua (G.G.), the Department of Pediatrics, Federico II University of Naples, Naples (M.G.L.), Pediatric Gastroenterology and Cystic Fibrosis Unit, University Hospital Gaetano Martino, Messina (S.P.), the Department of Pediatrics, Rovereto Hospital, Rovereto (Trento) (C.P.), the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pisa, Pisa (C.U.), and the Department of Pediatrics, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona (C.C.) — all in Italy; and the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Center for Celiac Research, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (A.F.), and the Celiac Program, Harvard Medical School (A.F., C.C.) — both in Boston.

    For their study, the team randomly divided 832 newborns who had first-degree relatives with celiac disease into groups that received their first dietary gluten at 6 months (group A) or 12 months (group B).

    The team determined HLA genotype at 15 months of age, and conducted serologic screening for celiac disease at 15, 24, and 36 months, and again at 5, 8, and 10 years.

    Patients with positive serologic findings received intestinal biopsies. The primary focus was on rates of celiac disease autoimmunity and of overt celiac disease among the children at 5 years of age.

    A total of 707 children completed the 36 month trial. Of those, 553 had a standard-risk or high-risk HLA genotype and completed the study.

    At 2 years of age, substantially higher percentages of children in group A than in group B had celiac disease autoimmunity (16% vs. 7%, P=0.002) and overt celiac disease (12% vs. 5%, P=0.01). At 5 years of age, there were no longer significant differences between the groups in terms of autoimmunity (21% in group A and 20% in group B, P=0.59) or overt disease (16% and 16%, P=0.78 by the log-rank test). At 10 years, the risk of celiac disease autoimmunity was far higher among children with high-risk HLA than among those with standard-risk HLA (38% vs. 19%, P=0.001), as was the risk of overt celiac disease (26% vs. 16%, P=0.05).

    Other variables, including breast-feeding, were not associated with the development of celiac disease.

    So, the short take away here is that, according to this study, neither delayed introduction of gluten nor breast-feeding had any effect on celiac disease rates among at-risk infants. However, children who experienced later introduction of gluten showed a delay in the onset of disease.

    Lastly, the important predictor of disease was having a high-risk HLA genotype.

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    There is currently no enzyme or vaccine that can replace a gluten-free diet for people with celiac disease.
    There are enzyme supplements currently available, such as AN-PEP, Latiglutetenase, GluteGuard, and KumaMax, which may help to mitigate accidental gluten ingestion by celiacs. KumaMax, has been shown to survive the stomach, and to break down gluten in the small intestine. Latiglutenase, formerly known as ALV003, is an enzyme therapy designed to be taken with meals. GluteGuard has been shown to significantly protect celiac patients from the serious symptoms they would normally experience after gluten ingestion. There are other enzymes, including those based on papaya enzymes.

    Additionally, there are many celiac disease drugs, enzymes, and therapies in various stages of development by pharmaceutical companies, including at least one vaccine that has received financial backing. At some point in the not too distant future there will likely be new treatments available for those who seek an alternative to a lifelong gluten-free diet. 

    For now though, there are no products on the market that can take the place of a gluten-free diet. Any enzyme or other treatment for celiac disease is intended to be used in conjunction with a gluten-free diet, not as a replacement.

    ASSOCIATED DISEASES
    The most common disorders associated with celiac disease are thyroid disease and Type 1 Diabetes, however, celiac disease is associated with many other conditions, including but not limited to the following autoimmune conditions:
    Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: 2.4-16.4% Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 11% Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: 4-6% Autoimmune hepatitis: 6-15% Addison disease: 6% Arthritis: 1.5-7.5% Sjögren’s syndrome: 2-15% Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: 5.7% IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease): 3.6% Other celiac co-morditities include:
    Crohn’s Disease; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Chronic Pancreatitis Down Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Lupus Multiple Sclerosis Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Psoriasis Rheumatoid Arthritis Scleroderma Turner Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Williams Syndrome Cancers:
    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (intestinal and extra-intestinal, T- and B-cell types) Small intestinal adenocarcinoma Esophageal carcinoma Papillary thyroid cancer Melanoma CELIAC DISEASE REFERENCES:
    Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University
    Gluten Intolerance Group
    National Institutes of Health
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic
    University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/17/2018 - Could the holy grail of gluten-free food lie in special strains of wheat that lack “bad glutens” that trigger the celiac disease, but include the “good glutens” that make bread and other products chewy, spongey and delicious? Such products would include all of the good things about wheat, but none of the bad things that might trigger celiac disease.
    A team of researchers in Spain is creating strains of wheat that lack the “bad glutens” that trigger the autoimmune disorder celiac disease. The team, based at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain, is making use of the new and highly effective CRISPR gene editing to eliminate the majority of the gliadins in wheat.
    Gliadins are the gluten proteins that trigger the majority of symptoms for people with celiac disease.
    As part of their efforts, the team has conducted a small study on 20 people with “gluten sensitivity.” That study showed that test subjects can tolerate bread made with this special wheat, says team member Francisco Barro. However, the team has yet to publish the results.
    Clearly, more comprehensive testing would be needed to determine if such a product is safely tolerated by people with celiac disease. Still, with these efforts, along with efforts to develop vaccines, enzymes, and other treatments making steady progress, we are living in exciting times for people with celiac disease.
    It is entirely conceivable that in the not-so-distant future we will see safe, viable treatments for celiac disease that do not require a strict gluten-free diet.
    Read more at Digitaltrends.com , and at Newscientist.com