Beatriz Carnero-López

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OBJECTIVES Osteoprotegerin (OPG) has been associated with increased risk and severity of atherosclerotic disease in the general population. Since ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis, we aimed to assess whether OPG levels correlate with disease activity, systemic inflammation, metabolic(More)
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. AS patients also display a high prevalence of features clustered under the name of metabolic syndrome (MeS). Anti-TNF- α therapy was found to be effective to treat AS patients by suppressing(More)
OBJECTIVES Since insulin resistance can promote endothelial dysfunction, and anti-TNF-α treatment improves endothelial function in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients, in the present study we sought to assess whether an infusion of the anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody-infliximab may improve insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic AS patients. METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper aims to determine whether disease activity, systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome are potential determinants of circulating asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients undergoing TNF-α antagonist-infliximab-therapy. METHODS We investigated ADMA serum concentrations in a series of 30 non-diabetic(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this paper is to assess if disease activity, systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome are potential determinants of circulating adiponectin and resistin levels in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients undergoing TNF-α antagonist therapy. METHODS We investigated adiponectin and resistin serum concentrations in a series of 29(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether circulating gelsolin (GSN) levels in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) undergoing TNF-α antagonist-infliximab-therapy are altered compared with controls and to establish whether disease activity, systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome are potential determinants of circulating GSN levels in these patients. (More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether anti-TNF-α therapy (infliximab) administration alters circulating levels of ghrelin, an anti-inflammatory gastric peptide. We also assessed possible associations of circulating ghrelin concentrations with CRP and ESR levels, metabolic syndrome, demographic characteristics and other adipokines in ankylosing spondylitis (AS)(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether circulating osteopontin (OPN) levels in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) undergoing TNF-α antagonist-infliximab-therapy are increased compared with controls and to establish whether disease activity, systemic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, adipokines and biomarkers of atherosclerosis are potential determinants of(More)