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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)
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)
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)
To characterize the molecules responsible for synovial fibroblast-T lymphocyte (TL) cross-talk in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), synovial fibroblasts from patients with established RA (RASFibs) were cocultured with TLs from peripheral blood of early RA patients (RAPBTL). TLs from peripheral blood of healthy controls and from synovial fluid of RA served as(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to investigate the previously reported association of the STAT4 polymorphism rs7574865 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 3 different European populations from Spain, Sweden, and The Netherlands, comprising a total of 2,072 patients and 2,474 controls. METHODS Three different cohorts were included in the study: 923 RA(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) share some genetic factors such as HLA, PTPN22, STAT4, and 6q23. The aim of this study was to determine whether 9 other SLE genetic factors are also implicated in RA susceptibility. METHODS A characteristic single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in each of 9 genetic factors, ITGAM(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)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with the functional chemokine receptor CCR5, which is the primary CC chemokine receptor expressed by T cells in rheumatoid synovium, and its nonfunctional receptor, delta32CCR5, which is generated by the homozygous 32-basepair deletion (delta32) in the CCR5 gene. (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)