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Arthritis treatment

Carlos Fernandez-Patron, Zamaneh Kassiri, Dickson Leung
Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) is a 72-kDa zinc- and calcium-dependent endopeptidase with intracellular and extracellular functions ranging from the modulation of extracellular matrix remodeling to cell growth and migration, angiogenesis, inflammation, and metabolism. An upregulation of MMP-2 activity has the potential to deregulate lipid metabolism through the cleavage of numerous metabolic mediators including plasma lipoproteins and cell surface receptors of lipoproteins. Paradoxically, MMP-2 deficiency induces inflammation and deregulates metabolism...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Claudiu T Supuran
The enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC is found in numerous organisms across the tree of life, with seven distinct classes known to date. CA inhibition can be exploited for the treatment of edema, glaucoma, seizures, obesity, cancer and infectious diseases. A myriad of CA inhibitor (CAI) classes and inhibition mechanisms have been identified over the past decade, mainly through structure-based drug design approaches. Five different CA inhibition mechanisms are presently known. Areas covered: Recent advances in structure-based CAI design are reviewed, with periodic table-based organization of inhibitor classes...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Nathalie A Bogaards, Menno A de Rie
INTRODUCTION: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitors are widely used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. One of the side effects of TNF-inhibitors is the development of a psoriatiform eruption, also known as paradoxical psoriasis. In this case report, we describe a patient with this side effect after treatment with adalimumab and etanercept. CASE REPORT: A 45-year-old female was treated with adalimumab 40 mg once every 2 weeks for pustulosis palmoplantaris and psoriatic arthritis...
October 25, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Katrine Løppenthin, Bente Appel Esbensen, Mikkel Østergaard, Rikke Ibsen, Jakob Kjellberg, Poul Jennum
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs for the individual patient and for society. The purpose of this study was to examine welfare costs in patients with RA including their partners before and after initial diagnosis. Data were collected from population-based registers in the period from 1998 to 2009. A total of 25,547 Danish patients with a diagnosis of RA and 15,660 of their partners were identified and compared with 101,755 randomly selected age- and gender-matched controls and 62,681 control partners...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
A-M Gay, A Cerlier, A Iniesta, R Legré
Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) osteoarthritis is a common, disabling condition that mostly affects women. The demand for surgical treatment is growing and the patients are becoming younger, adding to the challenge. Surgery can only be proposed after failure of well-conducted conservative treatment and requires a complete X-ray assessment. In the early stages, conservative surgery measures can be used to stabilize the joint or realign it in cases of dysplasia, but in most cases, patients are seen with more advanced arthritis and joint replacement must be considered...
September 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
G Prunières, S Gouzou, S Facca, A-S Matheron, N Maire, J-J Hidalgo Díaz, P Liverneaux
: Unstable distal phalanx fractures are typically treated by pinning of the distal phalanx or the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP). Complications include unstable fixation, K-wire migration, septic arthritis and osteoarthritis. To limit these complications, we wanted to explore the benefits of using locked extra-articular DIP pinning. The cohort consisted of 12 patients (mean age 36.3 years) who had an extra-articular (6 cases) or intra-articular distal phalanx fracture (6 cases). All patients were treated surgically with a construct consisting of two connected K-wires: one was placed inside the shaft of the distal phalanx and the other was placed perpendicular to the middle phalanx...
October 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Eleni Vrontaki, Georgia Melagraki, Antreas Afantitis, Thomas Mavromoustakos, George Kolliasc
The Janus kinases (JAKs) play a pivotal role in cytokine receptor signaling pathways via activation of downstream signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) pathway. Intracellular pathways that include JAKs are critical to immune cell activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production. Selective inhibitors of JAKs are potentially disease-modifying anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Each of the four members of the JAK family plays an individual role in the oncogenesis of the immune system, and therefore, the development of potent and specific inhibitors for each member is needed...
October 24, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
So Miyoshi, Judith Hey-Hadavi, Makoto Nagaoka, Brinda Tammara
OBJECTIVE: Fosdagrocorat (PF-04171327) is a pro-drug form of PF-00251802, a dissociated agonist of the glucocorticoid receptor, under investigation for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This study investigates the pharmacokinetics (PK) of single and multiple doses of fosdagrocorat in healthy Japanese and Western volunteers, the effect of food on fosdagrocorat PK, and the effect of fosdagrocorat on bone biomarkers. METHODS: This was a phase 1, randomized, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation study...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Ş Kurgan, C Önder, N Balcı, Ö Fentoğlu, F Eser, M Balseven, M A Serdar, D N Tatakis, M Günhan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of nonsurgical periodontal therapy on clinical parameters and gingival crevicular fluid levels of tissue/blood vessel-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-2 (PAI-2) in patients with periodontitis, with or without rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifteen patients with RA and chronic periodontitis (RA-P), 15 systemically healthy patients with chronic periodontitis (H-P) and 15 periodontally and systemically healthy volunteers (C) were included in the study...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Xin Yu Leong, Punniyakoti Veeraveedu Thanikachalam, Manisha Pandey, Srinivasan Ramamurthy
BACKGROUND: Swertiamarin, is a secoiridoid glycoside found in genera of Enicostemma Species (Enicostemma littorale and Enicostemma axillare) belonging to the family of gentianaceae, which has been reported to cure many diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, arthritis, malaria and abdominal ulcers. However, to the best of our knowledge, till date systematic studies to understand the molecular basis of cardiac and metabolic disease preventing properties of swertiamarin has not been reported...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Wan-Ju Lee, Leslie Briars, Todd A Lee, Gregory S Calip, Katie J Suda, Glen T Schumock
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the use of tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors (TNFI) in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and young adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Patients with incident JIA or RA were identified using the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database from 2009 to 2013. The incident diagnosis was defined as no prior claims with a JIA/RA code and no JIA/RA medications recorded during the previous 6 months...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Fang Zheng, Harris Perlman, Patrick Matthys, Yurong Wen, Tony Lahoutte, Serge Muyldermans, Shemin Lu, Patrick De Baetselier, Steve Schoonooghe, Nick Devoogdt, Geert Raes
Single-photon emission computed tomography combined with micro-CT (SPECT/μCT) imaging using Nanobodies against complement receptor of the Ig superfamily (CRIg), found on tissue macrophages such as synovial macrophages, has promising potential to visualize joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we further addressed the specificity and assessed the potential for arthritis monitoring. Signals obtained with (99m)Tc-labelled NbV4m119 Nanobody were compared in joints of wild type (WT) versus CRIg(-/-) mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) or K/BxN serum transfer-induced arthritis (STIA)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nehal Narayan, Shirley Rigby, Francesco Carlucci
Sulfasalazine has long been used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and is often chosen as a first-line treatment. Here, we report a case of sulfasalazine-induced autoimmune thrombocytopenia and review the mechanisms behind drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia (DITP) and the approach to its diagnosis and management.
October 24, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Roberta Rizzo, Ilaria Farina, Daria Bortolotti, Elisa Galuppi, Melissa Padovan, Dario Di Luca, Marcello Govoni
A growing body of evidence indicates a possible involvement of HLA (human leukocyte antigen)-G antigens in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), mainly in the HLA-G dimeric isoform, the most active HLA-G form with the strongest immunosuppression, that showed an excellent anti-inflammatory effect in collagen-induced arthritis model mice. However, the relevance of HLA-G dimers in RA response to methotrexate (MTX) treatment is still unknown. We analyzed the HLA-G dimers' amount in plasma samples from early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients before MTX therapy and evaluated the role of these molecules as biomarker of the different response to the treatment...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
M Cárdenas, S de la Fuente, M C Castro-Villegas, M Romero-Gómez, D Ruiz-Vílchez, J Calvo-Gutiérrez, A Escudero-Contreras, J R Del Prado, E Collantes-Estévez, P Font
To analyse the cost-effectiveness, in daily clinical practice, of the strategy of treating to the target of clinical remission (CR) in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after 2 years of treatment with biological therapy. Adult patients with established RA were treated with biological therapy and followed up for 2 years by a multidisciplinary team responsible for their clinical management. Treatment effectiveness was evaluated by the DAS28 score. The direct costs incurred during this period were quantified from the perspective of the healthcare system...
October 24, 2016: Rheumatology International
Guillermo J Pons-Estel, Laura Andreoli, Francesco Scanzi, Ricard Cervera, Angela Tincani
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the occurrence of venous and/or arterial thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity in the presence of pathogenic autoantibodies known as antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence or absence of SLE might modify the clinical or serological expression of APS. Apart from the classical manifestations, APS patients with associated SLE more frequently display a clinical profile with arthralgias, arthritis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, livedo reticularis, epilepsy, glomerular thrombosis, and myocardial infarction...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Maxim Van den Bempt, Wouter Van Genechten, Toon Claes, Steven Claes
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to give an overview of the accuracy of coronal limb alignment correction after high tibial osteotomy (HTO) for the arthritic varus knee by performing a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: The databases PubMed, MEDLINE and Cochrane Library were screened for relevant articles. Only prospective clinical studies with the accuracy of alignment correction by performing HTO as primary or secondary objective were included...
October 21, 2016: Knee
Hongmou Zhao, Xiaojun Liang, Yi Li, Guangrong Yu, Wenxin Niu, Yan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Supramalleolar osteotomy (SMOT) is a well-accepted treatment method for mid-stage varus ankle osteoarthritis (OA). However, few studies have examined the role of fibular osteotomy in SMOT. The objective of the current study was to compare the biomechanical and clinical outcomes of SMOT with and without fibular osteotomy. METHODS: Eight cadaveric lower legs with 10° varus/valgus SMOT models were tested using a Tekscan ankle sensor. Tibiotalar joint contact with and without fibular osteotomy conditions were compared...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
S Møller-Bisgaard, B J Ejbjerg, I Eshed, K Hørslev-Petersen, M L Hetland, A G Jurik, H Thomsen, T Torfing, K Stengaard-Pedersen, P Junker, N S Krogh, T Lottenburger, T Ellingsen, L S Andersen, H Skjødt, A J Svendsen, U Tarp, I T Hansen, J Pødenphant, J K Pedersen, H Lindegaard, L G Hanson, A Vestergaard, D Glinatsi, M Østergaard
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a treat-to-target strategy based on methotrexate (MTX) and intra-articular (IA) betamethasone suppresses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-determined measures of disease activity and reduces joint destruction in early rheumatoid arthritis (eRA) patients, and to investigate whether concomitant cyclosporin A (CyA) provides an additional effect. METHOD: In the 2-year randomized, double-blind, treat-to-target trial CIMESTRA, 160 patients with eRA (< 6 months) were randomized to MTX, intra-articular betamethasone and CyA, or placebo CyA...
October 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Sawako Moriwaki, Takeshi Into, Keiko Suzuki, Mutsumi Miyauchi, Takashi Takata, Keigo Shibayama, Shumpei Niida
Chronic inflammation-associated bone destruction, which is observed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis, is mediated by excessive osteoclastogenesis. We showed previously that γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT), an enzyme involved in glutathione metabolism, acts as an endogenous activator of such pathological osteoclastogenesis, independent of its enzymatic activity. GGT accumulation is clinically observed in the joints of RA patients, and, in animals, the administration of recombinant GGT to the gingival sulcus as an in vivo periodontitis model induces an increase in the number of osteoclasts...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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