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Yiqiu Zhang, Beilei Li, Haojun Yu, Jun Hou, Hongcheng Shi
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that affects the spine, the sacroiliac joints, and sometimes the hips and shoulders. Andersson lesion (AL), was first described by Andersson in 1937 as a destructive vertebral body and discovertebral portion of the spine in AS. In this case, we report a 50 years old man with medical history of AS diagnosed AL by fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT).
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Agata Schramm-Luc, Jolanta Schramm, Mateusz Siedliński, Tomasz J Guzik, Bogdan Batko
Younger age is a predictor of good clinical response to treatment with tumour necrosis factor (TNF) α inhibitors in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients; therefore, the aim of the study was to determine age-related differences in cellular functions, which can predict the response. High disease activity AS patients were treated with TNFα inhibitors for 12 weeks. Based on the percentage of Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) improvement, patients were divided into responding or non-responding groups...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Miranda van Lunteren, Zineb Ez-Zaitouni, Anoek de Koning, Hanne Dagfinrud, Roberta Ramonda, Lennart Jacobsson, Robert Landewé, Désirée van der Heijde, Floris A van Gaalen
OBJECTIVE: In early axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), data are lacking about the relationship between disease activity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). We assessed and quantified the association between change in Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) and HRQOL over time in early axSpA. METHODS: Baseline and 1-year data of patients with axSpA fulfilling the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis international Society (ASAS) classification criteria from the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early (SPACE) cohort were analyzed...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Meng Wu, Mengya Chen, Yubo Ma, Jiajia Yang, Renfang Han, Yaping Yuan, Xingxing Hu, Mengmeng Wang, Xu Zhang, Shengqian Xu, Rui Liu, Guangming Jiang, Jianhua Xu, Zongwen Shuai, Yanfeng Zou, Guixia Pan, Faming Pan
BACKGROUND: Current findings regarding serum Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) concentration in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have proven inconsistent. This meta-analysis was performed to provide a better understanding of serum DKK-1 and AS. METHODS: Online electronic databases were used to retrieve all relevant articles published before November 2017. The pooled standardized mean difference (SMD) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated by the random-effect model. RESULTS: 23 studies, containing 1348 AS patients and 909 healthy controls, were included in this meta-analysis...
March 12, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Wenxue Yang, Xiaoping Yan, Qisheng Xia, Qingwen Tao, Xiaowei Gan, Yingze Zhang, Zhihua Chen, Weiping Kong
OBJECTIVES: We quantified the expression of six well-characterized microRNAs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells to see whether they can predispose to syndesmophytes in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study involving 46 AS patients (23/23 with/without syndesmophytes) and 22 healthy controls. MicroRNAs expression was quantified by real-time PCR. RESULTS: Six examined microRNAs were comparably expressed between AS patients without syndesmophytes and healthy controls (p>0...
March 15, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Gerhard Schmalz, Donya Douglas, David Douglas, Susann Patschan, Daniel Patschan, Gerhard A Müller, Rainer Haak, Jan Schmickler, Dirk Ziebolz
BACKGROUND: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and its association to oral health as well as AS specific parameters. METHODS: Patients with AS and a healthy control group (HC) were included and examined. The oral examination included decayed-, missing-, and filled-teeth index (DMF-T) as well as assessment of periodontal probing depth and clinical attachment loss to classify patients into healthy/mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis...
February 7, 2018: Clinical Oral Investigations
Yan Wu, Guangli Zhang, Niansong Wang, Qin Xue
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Renal involvement is one of the most common extra-articular complications caused by ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Most studies have focused on the incidence rate, clinical manifestation and pathology, while risk factors have hardly been investigated. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the risk factors of renal involvement in patients with AS. METHODS: Clinical and biochemical data of 926 AS patients were collected. Based on the manifestations of renal involvement, patients were divided into three groups and the differences in clinical and biochemical characteristics were compared...
March 8, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Zhenyun Lin, Binbin Zhu, Xiuming Jin
RATIONALE: The association between human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27) with its associated diseases is far from complete. The role of HLA-B27 in disease susceptibility is still not known, although many suggestions have been proposed. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was a 46-year-old policeman with a history of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. He was a Shaolin lay disciple who fasted at the Shaolin temple for at least 1 week each year since 2014. DIAGNOSES: The patient suffered three different HLA-B27-associated diseases including acute anterior uveitis, ulcerative colitis, and ankylosing spondylitis, from 2014 to 2016 because of prolonged fasting...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sovira Tan, Michael M Ward
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Computed tomography (CT) is increasingly being used in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) for imaging the spine and sacroiliac joint (SIJ). We review new insights to diagnosis and evaluation revealed by the use of CT. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies using low-dose CT in AS to detect syndesmophytes can image the entire spine, but semiquantitative scoring of the scans by human readers decreases the reliability and validity of this method. The thoracic spine is the segment most involved with syndesmophytes...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Laura Watts, Tugce Karaderi, Amity Roberts, Louise Appleton, Tom Wordsworth, Carla Cohen, Paul Wordsworth, Matteo Vecellio
Genetic polymorphism (rs1800693) of TNFRSF1A (type 1 tumour necrosis factor receptor) encodes a potentially anti-inflammatory soluble truncated form of the p55 receptor, which is associated with predisposition to multiple sclerosis but protection against ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We analysed 2917 UK Caucasian cases by linear and logistic regression for associations of rs1800693 with disease severity assessed by the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis measures of disease activity and function (BASDAI, BAS-G and BASFI) and/or responses to anti-TNF therapy...
March 10, 2018: Genes and Immunity
Mengmeng Wang, Shengqian Xu, Xu Zhang, Mengya Chen, Renfang Han, Xingxing Hu, Yaping Yuan, Yubo Ma, Jiajia Yang, Meng Wu, Rui Liu, Guangming Jiang, Faming Pan
OBJECTIVES: To explore the association of TLR7 gene copy number variations (CNVs) with the susceptibility of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: The case control study was performed in 649 Chinese Han patients with AS and 628 healthy controls. The copy numbers of TLR7 gene (2 fragments) were measured by AccuCopyTM methods. Chi-square and logistic regression models were performed to investigate the association of TLR7 gene CNVs with AS. Odds ratio (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) was calculated to estimate AS risk and the Bonferroni correction was applied owing to multiple testing...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Yue Yang, Long Chen, Yuan Jia, Yang Liu, Lei Wen, Yaoxian Liang, Yuan An, Shi Chen, Yin Su, Zhanguo Li
To analyze the clinical spectrum, laboratory characteristics, and outcomes of monoclonal gammopathy (MG) in patients with rheumatic diseases. Screening for the presence of MG was performed in 872 inpatients with rheumatic diseases from January 2010 to July 2017. A total of 41 patients were enrolled. Their clinical and biological features in addition to outcomes were described. For each patient with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS), 2 age- and sex-matched pSS patients without MG were selected as controls. Risk factors for the presence of MG and malignant hematological neoplasias were assessed...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Matteo Vecellio, Adrian Cortes, Amity R Roberts, Jonathan Ellis, Carla Jayne Cohen, Julian C Knight, Matthew A Brown, Paul Bowness, Bryan Paul Wordsworth
Objectives: To explore the functions of RUNX3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Methods: Individual SNP associations were evaluated in 4230 UK cases. Their effects on transcription factor (TF) binding, transcription regulation, chromatin modifications, gene expression and gene interactions were tested by database interrogation, luciferase reporter assays, electrophoretic mobility gel shifts, chromatin immunoprecipitation and real-time PCR...
2018: RMD Open
Filip Van den Bosch, Philip J Mease, Joachim Sieper, Dominique L Baeten, Yinglin Xia, Su Chen, Aileen L Pangan, In-Ho Song
Objectives: Describe efficacy and safety of 3 years of adalimumab treatment in patients with peripheral spondyloarthritis (pSpA) and identify predictors of remission. Methods: Patients with pSpA were randomised to adalimumab 40 mg every other week or placebo for 12 weeks; a 144-week open-label extension followed (NCT01064856). Remission was assessed by the Peripheral SpA Response Criteria (PSpARC) and Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score inactive disease (ASDAS ID)...
2018: RMD Open
Hsien-Tzung Liao, Tzu-Hao Li, Chun-Hsiung Chen, Hung-An Chen, Wei-Sheng Chen, Chien-Chih Lai, Chung-Tei Chou, Chang-Youh Tsai
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To investigate the Janus kinase-1 and 3 (JAK-1 and 3) expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: The levels of JAK-1 and JAK-3 mRNA in PBMCs, CD3+ T cells and CD14+ monocytes were measured by RT-PCR in 52 AS patients and 31 healthy controls (HCs). The demographic features, BASDAI, BASFI, HLA-B27, ESR, CRP and serum immunoglobulin A (IgA) level were recorded and correlated with the JAK-1 & JAK-3 transcripts in patients and HCs as appropriate...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Mohammad H Derakhshan, Himanshu Pathak, Debbie Cook, Sally Dickinson, Stefan Siebert, Karl Gaffney
Objectives: There have been significant advances in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), with implications for service delivery. We evaluated the state of axSpA rheumatology services and how people with axSpA perceive their care. Methods: An online patient survey was emailed to all members of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society and advertised widely via social media. Separately, a Web-based questionnaire about axSpA services was sent to rheumatologists at all 172 acute hospital trusts in the UK...
February 23, 2018: Rheumatology
Federico Argüelles Arias, Joaquín Hinojosa Del Val, Isabel Vera Mendoza
In 2013, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the biosimilar infliximab (CT-P13) for the full range of indications of the originator product, based on data from two trials conducted in rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The same year, our Society published a position statement that was later reviewed.
March 12, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Maryam Akhtari, Seyed Jalal Zargar, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Mahdi Vojdanian, Alireza Rezaeimanesh, Ahmadreza Jamshidi
Macrophages play an important role in the ankylosing spondylitis (AS) auto-inflammatory responses and fibrocartilage destruction. Adenosine is a key modulator of inflammatory conditions. The various effects of adenosine are mediated by its interaction with adenosine receptors (AR). In this study, we investigated the mRNA expression of A1 , A2A , A2B , and A3 adenosine receptors, ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase-1 (CD39), and ecto-5'-nucleotidase (CD73) in the monocyte-derived macrophages from AS patients in comparison to healthy controls...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
X J Ji, K Sun, Z Y Hu, Y Zhang, Y P Ma, Z Sun, K P Li, J Zhu, J L Zhang, F Huang
Objective: The aim of this study was to set up a large, longitudinal and prospective database to compare the clinical manifestations in human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-B(27) positive and negative patients with ankylosing spondylitis(AS) based on real-world evidence in Chinese population. Methods: A total of 897 outpatients with confirmed AS were recruited consecutively by smart management system for spondyloarthritis (SMSP) from April 13, 2016 to June 6, 2017 in Chinese PLA General Hospital from 30 provinces and autonomous regions...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
S Q Xu, F Huang
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March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
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