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Arthritis and rheumatism

Vasilina A Sergeeva, Svetlana V Kostyuk, Elizaveta S Ershova, Elena M Malinovskaya, Tatiana D Smirnova, Larisa V Kameneva, Natalia N Veiko
It has been established that cell-free DNA circulating in the bloodstream affects cells. The characteristics of cfDNA depend on the physiological state of the organism. As we showed previously, diseases can cause either GC-enrichment of the cell-free DNA pool or its oxidation. Thus, in cases of cerebral atherosclerosis, heart attack and rheumatic arthritis the cell-free DNA pool is GC-enriched and, in the case of cancer, both GC-enriched and oxidized. Herein we investigated the time-dependent effect of oxidized and GC-rich cell-free DNA on NF-kB and NRF2 signaling pathways in human mesenchymal stem cells and showed that they affect cells in different ways...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Laura C Cappelli, Ami A Shah, Clifton O Bingham
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are newly approved treatments for advanced malignancies that are increasing survival. The mechanism of these drugs, non-specifically activating T cells, also leads to immune-mediated damage of tissue or immune-related adverse events (IRAE). IRAEs with rheumatic phenotypes are increasingly being recognised. Inflammatory arthritis, sicca syndrome, inflammatory myopathy, vasculitis and lupus nephritis have been described as a result of ICIs. Use of ICIs will be expanding in the coming years for several reasons...
2016: RMD Open
Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Mónica Eusébio, Fernando M Martins, Ana Filipa Mourão, Carolina Furtado, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Inês Cordeiro, Joana Ferreira, Marcos Cerqueira, Ricardo Figueira, Iva Brito, Helena Canhão, Maria José Santos, José A Melo-Gomes, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVES: To determine how adult juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients fulfil classification criteria for adult rheumatic diseases, evaluate their outcomes and determine clinical predictors of inactive disease, functional status and damage. METHODS: Patients with JIA registered on the Rheumatic Diseases Portuguese Register ( older than 18 years and with more than 5 years of disease duration were included. Data regarding sociodemographic features, fulfilment of adult classification criteria, Health Assessment Questionnaire, Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-articular (JADI-A) and Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-extra-articular (JADI-E) damage index and disease activity were analysed...
2016: RMD Open
Pedro David Carvalho, Cátia Duarte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Pedro Avila-Ribeiro, Helena Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Maria José Santos, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Mateus, Patrícia Nero, Ana Águeda, José António Pereira da Silva, Pedro Machado
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease with a broad clinical spectrum. PsA can affect the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, entheses, synovial sheaths of tendons, skin, nails and extra-articular organs. Tumour necrosis factor alpha blockers (TNF blockers) were a breakthrough development in the treatment of PsA. Identifying predictors of response to biological therapies in patients with PsA is of utmost importance, especially in view of the costs and potential side effects of these agents...
August 17, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Sunjoo Boo, Erika S Froelicher, Ju-Hui Yun, Ye-Won Kim, Ju-Yang Jung, Chang-Hee Suh
The purposes of this study were to compare the perceived and actual 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to evaluate the influence of cardiovascular risk factors on perceived CVD risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Korea. Additionally, the attainment of CVD prevention guideline goals by 3 levels of CVD risk (low, moderate, and high) was presented.For this cross-sectional study, data were collected from 208 patients with RA. Actual CVD risk was estimated with the Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE), and goal attainment was assessed based on the European League Against Rheumatism guidelines...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Leticia Leon, Jose Ivorra-Cortes, Alejandro Gómez, Jose Ramon Lamas, Esperanza Pato, Juan Angel Jover, Lydia Abásolo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the mortality rate (MR) and the mortality risk of a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) inception cohort, with and without biologic agents (BAs). Other factors associated to mortality were also investigated. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal study of RA patients, attending the rheumatology outpatient clinic of a tertiary Hospital (Madrid), collected over 5 years (2000-2004), and followed from the diagnosis of RA up to the patients' death, lost to follow-up or September 2013...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Mei Jiang, Feifeng Ren, Yaning Zheng, Ruyu Yan, Wenhan Huang, Ning Xia, Lei Luo, Jun Zhou, Lin Tang
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of down-titration (dose reduction/tapering) strategies compared with continuation of biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved and maintained low disease activity or remission. METHODS: We searched the following electronic database up to March 2016: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and conference proceedings of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League against Rheumatism (EULAR)...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Gerd Horneff, Ariane Klein, Prasad T Oommen, Anton Hospach, Ivan Foeldvari, Isa Feddersen, Kirsten Minden
OBJECTIVES: While tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α-inhibitor treatment improved outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) management markedly, concerns have been raised about an association of TNF-α-inhibitor treatment and an increased risk for malignancies especially lymphoma. METHODS: Cases of suspected malignancies documented in the German Biker Registry are reviewed in detail. RESULTS: Until Dec 31, 2015, 3695 JIA patients were prospectively followed with a total of more than 13,198 observation years...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Bart V J Cuppen, Johannes W G Jacobs, Evert-Jan Ter Borg, Anne C A Marijnissen, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Floris P J G Lafeber, Jacob M van Laar
OBJECTIVES: Despite the success of TNF-alpha inhibitor (TNFi) treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a substantial number of patients necessitate discontinuation. Prediction thereof would be clinically relevant and guide the decision whether to start TNFi treatment. METHODS: Data were used from the observational BiOCURA cohort, in which patients initiating biological treatment were enrolled and followed up for one year. In the model development cohort (n=192), a model predicting TNFi discontinuation was built using Cox-regression with backward selection (p<0...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Nadia Boubouchairopoulou, Irini Flouri, Alexandros A Drosos, Kyriaki Boki, Loukas Settas, Dimitrios Zisopoulos, Fotini N Skopouli, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Alexios Iliopoulos, John Kyriopoulos, Dimitrios T Boumpas, Konstantinos Athanasakis, Prodromos Sidiropoulos
OBJECTIVES: To assess in daily practice in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the effect of treatment with first tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitor (TNFi) in quality of life (Qol), disease activity and depict possible baseline predictors for gains in Qol. METHODS: Patients followed prospectively by the Hellenic Registry of Biologic Therapies were analysed. Demographics were recorded at baseline, while RA-related characteristics at baseline and every 6 months...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Nicole M Engel-Nitz, Sarika Ogale, Mahesh Kulakodlu
INTRODUCTION: This study examined the use of anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) monotherapy, adherence with non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (nbDMARDs) in patients receiving a combination of anti-TNF therapies and nbDMARDs, and the impact of nbDMARD adherence on anti-TNF persistence among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Patients with RA (aged ≥18 years) from a US commercial health plan with claims for anti-TNFs (2006-2010) were defined as either biologic-naive or -exposed anti-TNF initiators based on previous nbDMARD use...
December 2015: Rheumatol Ther
Kunal Thakur, Anna Biberger, Alexandra Handrich, Mourad Farouk Rezk
INTRODUCTION: Enbrel(®) (etanercept: manufactured by Immunex Corporation, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA) was the first biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Europe. More recently, an etanercept biosimilar (Benepali(®): manufactured by Biogen Inc, Cambridge, MA 02124, USA) was approved in the European Union. The perceptions and preferences of the Benepali autoinjector versus Enbrel MYCLIC autoinjector were evaluated by nurses from Europe...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Dimitrios A Pappas, Ani John, Jeffrey R Curtis, George W Reed, Chitra Karki, Robert Magner, Joel M Kremer, Ashwini Shewade, Jeffrey D Greenberg
INTRODUCTION: In the United States, the recommended starting dose of intravenous tocilizumab (TCZ) is 4 mg/kg every 4 weeks, with an increase to 8 mg/kg based on clinical response for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis; however, data on how TCZ dose is escalated in real life are missing. The objective of this analysis was to describe patterns of early intravenous TCZ dose escalation in a real-world setting using data from the Corrona registry. METHODS: All patients enrolled in the comparative effectiveness substudy (CERTAIN) nested within Corrona who initiated TCZ and completed 3- and 6-month study visits were eligible for inclusion...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Satoko Hayashi, Katsuya Suzuki, Keiko Yoshimoto, Masaru Takeshita, Takahiko Kurasawa, Kunihiro Yamaoka, Tsutomu Takeuchi
INTRODUCTION: Early prognostic factors for the clinical response in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after 1 year of treatment with infliximab (IFX) as part of routine clinical practice were investigated. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with RA with an inadequate response to methotrexate were enrolled and administered IFX (3-9 mg/kg, every 4-8 weeks). Serum trough levels of IFX and levels of 9 cytokines were measured at baseline and at 3, 6 months, and 1 year...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Jonas Geuens, Thijs Willem Swinnen, Rene Westhovens, Kurt de Vlam, Luc Geurts, Vero Vanden Abeele
BACKGROUND: Chronic arthritis (CA), an umbrella term for inflammatory rheumatic and other musculoskeletal diseases, is highly prevalent. Effective disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for CA are available, with the exception of osteoarthritis, but require a long-term commitment of patients to comply with the medication regimen and management program as well as a tight follow-up by the treating physician and health professionals. Additionally, patients are advised to participate in physical exercise programs...
October 13, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Carsten Paul Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Michael Koziolek, Gerhard Anton Müller
In patients with rheumatic diseases, reliable markers for determining disease activity are scarce. One potential parameter is the level of immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs), which is known to be elevated in the blood of patients with certain rheumatic diseases. Few studies have quantified FLCs in urine, a convenient source of test sample, in patients with different rheumatic diseases. We carried out a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the University hospital of Goettingen, Germany...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Helen L Wright, Trevor Cox, Robert J Moots, Steven W Edwards
Neutrophils are implicated in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but the mechanisms regulating their activation are largely unknown. RA is a heterogeneous disease, and whereas many patients show clincal improvement during TNF inhibitor (TNFi) therapy, a significant proportion fails to respond. In vitro activation of neutrophils with agents, including TNF, results in rapid and selective changes in gene expression, but how neutrophils contribute to TNF signaling in RA and whether TNFi sensitivity involves differential neutrophil responses are unknown...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Soumya M Reddy, Sheila Crean, Amber L Martin, Meghan D Burns, Jacqueline B Palmer
Anti-tumor necrosis factors (Anti-TNFs) are a class of biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Refractory patients are commonly managed by switching from one anti-TNF to another. To assess the evidence on the effectiveness of anti-TNF cycling in PsA patients, a systematic review of the literature was conducted. MEDLINE- and Embase-indexed English-language publications were systematically searched from 1995 to 2015 for studies assessing real-world effectiveness outcomes of anti-TNF cycling in PsA patients...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Jenny Brouwer, Rosalie Fleurbaaij, Johanna M W Hazes, Radboud J E M Dolhain, Joop S E Laven
Objective - Subfertility is frequently encountered amongst female rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and has been associated with disease activity and anti-rheumatic drugs. However, little is known about the results of the fertility work-up in these women. Our aim was to study the outcome of fertility assessments in subfertile women with RA. Methods - A cross-sectional study was performed in a nationwide cohort of female RA patients who were pregnant or were trying to conceive between 2002 and 2010 (PARA study)...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Roy Fleischmann, Michael Schiff, Désirée van der Heijde, Cesar Ramos-Remus, Alberto Spindler, Marina Stanislav, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Sirel Gurbuz, Christina Dickson, Stephanie de Bono, Douglas Schlichting, Scott Beattie, Wen-Ling Kuo, Terence Rooney, William Macias, Tsutomu Takeuchi
Objective This Phase 3 study evaluated baricitinib, an oral Janus kinase (JAK)1/JAK2 inhibitor, as monotherapy or combined with methotrexate (MTX) compared to MTX in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with no or minimal prior conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and naive to biologic DMARDs. Methods Patients (N=588) were randomized 4:3:4 (MTX: baricitinib 4 mg once daily: baricitinib 4 mg + MTX) for 52 weeks. The primary endpoint assessment was noninferiority of baricitinib monotherapy to MTX based on American College of Rheumatology 20% (ACR20) response at Week 24...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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