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Anthony S Wierzbicki, Timothy M Reynolds, Adie Viljoen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A number of novel trials have assessed the efficacy of new lipid-lowering therapies in cardiovascular disease (CVD). RECENT FINDINGS: Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin-9 inhibitors reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 50-55%. A CVD outcome trial in patients with acute coronary syndromes with evolocumab achieved a LDL-C of 0.8 mmol/l (31 mg/dl) and a 20% relative risk reduction in CVD events in 2.2 years. Cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors raise high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and can lower LDL-C...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Brandon K Martinez, C Michael White
OBJECTIVE: To review the role of inflammatory suppression in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) with a focus on the interleukin-1β blocker canakinumab. DATA SOURCES: An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2018) was performed using search terms inflammation, ASCVD, atherosclerosis, C-reactive protein, canakinumab. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies assessing the impact of pharmacological agents, including canakinumab, on inflammation as measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and the association with reducing ASCVD events were evaluated...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Brendan M Everett, Marc Y Donath, Aruna D Pradhan, Tom Thuren, Prem Pais, Jose C Nicolau, Robert J Glynn, Peter Libby, Paul M Ridker
BACKGROUND: Subclinical inflammation mediated in part by interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) participates in peripheral insulin resistance and impaired pancreatic insulin secretion. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that canakinumab, an IL-1β inhibitor, reduces incident diabetes. METHODS: The Canakinumab Antiinflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study (CANTOS) randomized 10,061 patients with prior MI and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) ≥2 mg/L to placebo or canakinumab at doses of 50mg, 150mg, or 300mg subcutaneously once every three months...
March 3, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Eugen Feist, Pierre Quartier, Bruno Fautrel, Rayfel Schneider, Paolo Sfriso, Petros Efthimiou, Luca Cantarini, Karine Lheritier, Karolynn Leon, Chetan S Karyekar, Antonio Speziale
OBJECTIVES: To describe the efficacy, safety, and exposure-response relationship of canakinumab in a subgroup of patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) aged ≥16 years, representative of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) patients, and to compare this subgroup with those of children and young adolescents with SJIA by pooling clinical data collected during the development programme of canakinumab. METHODS: Safety and efficacy data on canakinumab-treated patients were pooled from 4 SJIA studies (NCT00426218, NCT00886769, NCT00889863, and NCT00891046)...
March 2, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Filippo Crea, Giovanna Liuzzo
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March 13, 2018: Circulation
Daniela Marotto, Antonella De Santis, Donatella Chessa, Davide Firinu, Stefano Del Giacco
Gout is the most common form of arthritis in adults. It is often associated with other comorbidities, which contraindicate the use of conventional therapies. The discovery of the role of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in orchestrating the monosodium urate crystal-induced inflammatory response offered new therapeutic prospects to refractory patients, or to those in whom standard therapies are contraindicated. This paper describes a clinical case of a 65-year-old man with chronic tophaceous gouty arthropathy and subintrant flares, who had comorbidities contraindicating the use of conventional gout therapies-to which he did not respond-who was treated with canakinumab, a monoclonal selective inhibitor of IL-1β...
March 9, 2018: Rheumatology and Therapy
Mikhail M Kostik, Evgeny N Suspitsin, Marina N Guseva, Anastasia S Levina, Anastasia Y Kazantseva, Anna P Sokolenko, Evgeny N Imyanitov
NLRP12-related autoinflammatory disease (NLRP12-AID) is an exceptionally rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by germline mutations in NLRP12 gene. Very few patients with NLRP12-AD have been identified worldwide; therefore, there is a scarcity of data on phenotypic presentation of this syndrome. Here we provide evidence that NLRP12-AID may have clinical manifestations characteristic for primary immune deficiencies (PID). 246 children with periodic fever (PF) of unknown origin were subjects to the next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis; 213 of these patients had signs of primary immunodeficiency (PID) manifested by recurrent infections, while 33 kids had isolated PF...
March 2, 2018: Rheumatology International
A C R Partridge, J W Bai, C F Rosen, S R Walsh, W P Gulliver, P Fleming
BACKGROUND: Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a neutrophilic dermatosis with substantial morbidity. Currently, there is no consensus on gold-standard treatments. OBJECTIVES: Our primary objective was to review the effectiveness of systemic therapy for PG. METHODS: We searched Cochrane Central, Cochrane DSR, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PubMed, and Web of Science for 24 systemic therapies for PG. Primary outcomes were complete healing and clinical improvement; secondary outcomes were time-to-healing and adverse effects...
February 25, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Ankur Sinha, Ravikaran Patti, Paurush Ambesh, Chukwudi Obiagwu, Namrita Malhan, Kabu Chawla
A 29-year-old female with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) presented with progressive shortness of breath both on rest and on exertion, increased abdominal girth, and swelling in both legs. She was on oral prednisone and was recently started on canakinumab (interleukin-1 antagonist) for joint pain and rash of AOSD. Echocardiogram showed severely dilated right ventricle, dilated pulmonary artery, moderately reduced right ventricular systolic function, but with normal left ventricular systolic function. Computed tomography with contrast ruled out pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Cristiano Fava, Martina Montagnana
Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial disease triggered and sustained by different risk factors such as dyslipidemia, arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoke, etc. Since a couple of decades, a pivotal role for inflammation in its pathogenesis has been recognized and proved at molecular levels, and already described in many animal models. Despite all this knowledge, due to the complexity of the specific inflammatory process subtending atherosclerosis and to the fact that inflammation is also a protective response against microorganisms, no anti-inflammatory therapy has been rendered available in the therapeutic armamentarium against atherosclerosis and vascular events till 2017 when canakinumab in the first ad-hoc randomized clinical trial (RCT) proved for the first time that targeting specifically inflammation lowers cardiovascular (CV) events...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Fatma Yazılıtaş, Özlem Aydoğ, Sare Gülfem Özlü, Evrim Kargın Çakıcı, Tülin Güngör, Fehime Kara Eroğlu, Gökçe Gür, Mehmet Bülbül
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), the most common hereditary autoinflammatory disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of fever, serositis, arthritis. The major long-term result is amyloidosis. Colchicine remains the principle of the treatment; it not only prevents the acute attacks but also prevents the long-term complications such as amyloidosis; 5-10% of the patients are unresponsive to treatment. Recently new therapeutic options as anti-interleukin 1 agents are successfully used for the patients who do not respond to colchicine treatment...
February 15, 2018: Rheumatology International
Kevin L Winthrop, Xavier Mariette, Jose T Silva, Esther Benamu, Leonard H Calabrese, Alexandre Dumusc, Josef S Smolen, José María Aguado, Mario Fernández-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: The present review is part of the ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts (ESGICH) Consensus Document on the safety of targeted and biological therapies. AIMS: To review, from an Infectious Diseases perspective, the safety profile of agents targeting interleukins, immunoglobulins and complement factors and to suggest preventive recommendations. SOURCES: Computer-based MEDLINE searches with MeSH terms pertaining to each agent or therapeutic family...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Tolga Yildirim, Rahmi Yilmaz, Muge Uzerk Kibar, Yunus Erdem
Colchicine is the first-line treatment for familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), preventing both inflammatory attacks as well as the development of amyloidosis in the majority of the patients. However approximately 5-10% of patients are colchicine resistant/intolerant. Side effects of colchicine are more prominent in renal transplant recipients due to interaction with immunosuppressive drugs. Anti-interleukin (IL)-1 drugs (anakinra, canakinumab and rilonacept) have emerged as the most promising drugs in the treatment of colchicine-resistant and/or intolerant FMF...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Syed Raza Shah, Zainab Abbasi, Mazia Fatima, Rohan Kumar Ochani, Waqas Shahnawaz, Muhammad Asim Khan, Syed Arbab Shah
IL-1 cytokines are mainly responsible for controlling a series of pro-inflammatory reactions induced in response to pathogen mediated tissue injury. Among the IL-1 cytokine family, IL-1 β results in upregulation of genes responsible for boosting immune system reactivity and inflammatory response. With growing pathophysiological relevance of IL-1β in a myriad of disease pathogenesis, new biological drugs have been developed in recent years. One such drug, Canakinumab, targeting IL-1β has been recently approved for clinical use...
2018: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Allen D DeSena, Thuy Do, Grant S Schulert
BACKGROUND: Autoinflammatory disorders are distinguished by seemingly random episodes of systemic hyperinflammation, driven in particular by IL-1. Recent pre-clinical work has shown a key role for IL-1 in epilepsy in animal models, and therapies for autoinflammation including IL-1 blockade are proposed for refractory epilepsy. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report an adolescent female with signs of persistent systemic inflammation and epilepsy unresponsive to multiple anti-epileptic drugs (AED)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Sha Zhou, Jianjun Qiao, Juan Bai, Yinhua Wu, Hong Fang
Background: Biotherapy is becoming increasingly important in the treatment of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of biological therapy for AOSD resistant to traditional therapy. Patients and methods: Database of Library of Congress, the PubMed, and Web of Science Core Collection were used to retrieve relevant articles published in English language until March 2017. Only studies published in English language were included, and the additional references quoted in these articles were also checked...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Cinzia Marchica, Faisal Zawawi, Dania Basodan, Rosie Scuccimarri, Sam J Daniel
BACKGROUND: Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) is a rare auto-inflammatory disease characterized by the presence of recurrent urticaria, deafness and amyloidosis. Progressive sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is reported to occur in up to 85% of patients occurring in the second and third decades and as early as the first decade in patients with a more severe phenotype, thus potentially having a significant impact on a child's development. IL-1 inhibitors, such as Anakinra, have been described to improve systemic inflammation, and stabilize or improve hearing status as well...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Irina Sieve, Melanie Ricke-Hoch, Martina Kasten, Karin Battmer, Britta Stapel, Christine S Falk, Matthias S Leisegang, Axel Haverich, Michaela Scherr, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner
Inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis, a notion supported by the beneficial effects of the IL-1β inhibitor canakinumab in the CANTOS trial. Sialic acids (Sias), components of the surface glycocalyx, regulate intercellular and intermolecular interactions. We investigated the expression of the Sia cleaving enzyme neuraminidase-1 (NEU1) in atherosclerotic plaques and its potential role in inflammatory processes. In isolated mononuclear blood cells from patients with myocardial infarction, NEU1 expression was increased compared to healthy controls...
January 22, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
László Márk, Mariann Harangi, György Paragh
Since cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality worldwide, the reduction of their risk is a crucial point of present-day medicine. It has been proven unequivocally that the administration of various treatments has a favorable effect on the frequency of cardiovascular events and on the atherosclerosis leading to them. Although systematic and guideline-driven administration of these drugs has led to a decrease in the incidence and mortality of vascular events, the leading position of this group of diseases in mortality and morbidity has not changed...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Natalie Z Sun, Teresa Ro, Puneet Jolly, Christopher J Sayed
Pyoderma gangrenosum and hidradenitis suppurativa are skin conditions characterized by an intense neutrophil-mediated inflammatory response that is often difficult to effectively treat. Successful use of interleukin (IL)-1β inhibition using canakinumab and anakinra has been reported in patients with concomitant pyoderma gangrenosum and hidradenitis suppurativa. We report two cases where targeted therapy with canakinumab failed to lead to improvement for patients with pyoderma gangrenosum and hidradenitis suppurativa...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
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