Beatriz Carnero-López

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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 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 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)
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 This paper aims to determine whether disease activity, systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome are potential determinants of circulating leptin and visfatin levels in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients undergoing TNF-α antagonist therapy. We also assessed whether the infusion of infliximab may alter circulating leptin and visfatin(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether disease activity, systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome are potential determinants of circulating apelin in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients undergoing TNF-α antagonist-infliximab therapy. METHODS We investigated apelin serum concentrations in a series of 30 non-diabetic AS patients without history of(More)
Like rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is also an inflammatory disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and the presence of metabolic syndrome (MeS) features. AS patients often display osteoporosis as well as new bone formation. Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a protein involved in both inflammation and bone metabolism. In(More)
OBJECTIVE TRAIL is a potential biomarker of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with metabolic syndrome (MeS) and accelerated atherosclerosis. We assessed whether disease activity, systemic inflammation, and MeS features were associated with circulating TRAIL levels in AS patients undergoing(More)