Alejandro Balsa

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OBJECTIVE To assess the possible association between the PTPN22 gene 1858C-->T polymorphism and the predisposition and clinical expression of 2 systemic autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS Our study population consisted of 826 RA patients, 338 SLE patients, and 1,036 healthy subjects. All subjects(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common autoimmune disease, is associated in families with other autoimmune diseases, including insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Its genetic component has been suggested by familial aggregation (lambdas = 5), twin studies, and segregation analysis. HLA, which is the only susceptibility locus known, has been(More)
OBJECTIVES To characterise RA in a sample of Spanish patients by estimating mean clinical activity, functional ability, and radiological damage, and current and cumulative prevalence of extra-articular manifestations. METHODS Cross sectional analysis of a cohort of patients with RA randomly selected from the clinical databases of 34 centres. Standard(More)
OBJECTIVES The presence of anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies is the most specific serological marker known of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The PADI4 gene, encoding a haematopoietic isoform of the peptidylarginine deiminase citrullinating enzyme, has recently been associated with susceptibility to RA in the Japanese population. A subsequent UK report could(More)
AIMS The objective of this study was to investigate whether baseline receptor activator for nuclear factor kappaB ligand (RANKL) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) serum (s) levels can predict the therapeutic response to TNF antagonists (a-TNF). METHODS We studied 75 rheumatoid arthritis patients (81% female) with a longstanding refractory disease. The variables(More)
BACKGROUND PATIENTS with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk of developing comorbid conditions. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the prevalence of comorbidities and compare their management in RA patients from different countries worldwide. METHODS STUDY DESIGN international, cross-sectional. PATIENTS consecutive RA patients. DATA COLLECTED(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse the clinical relevance of the production of anti-infliximab antibodies (anti-infliximab Abs) in patients with RA undergoing infliximab treatment over a prolonged period of time. METHODS Clinical characteristics, serum trough infliximab and antibody levels were evaluated in 85 RA patients treated with infliximab for a median of 4.42(More)
The aim of this study was to test whether the functional variant rs2076530 of the BTNL2 gene confers susceptibility to the autoimmune diseases type 1 diabetes (T1D), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Our study populations consisted of 326 patients with T1D and 351 healthy subjects, 808 patients with RA and 1137 healthy(More)
INTRODUCTION Genome-wide association studies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have identified an association of the disease with a 6q23 region devoid of genes. TNFAIP3, an RA candidate gene, flanks this region, and polymorphisms in both the TNFAIP3 gene and the intergenic region are associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. We hypothesized that there is a(More)
BACKGROUND The IL-6 -174G/C genetic variant has recently been associated with the clinical response to etanercept therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Considering previous results, the aim of our study was to validate the role of this polymorphism as a predictor of the antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) treatment outcome in RA. MATERIALS AND(More)