Gert Jan Wolbink

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To identify new genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis, we conducted a genome-wide association study meta-analysis of 5,539 autoantibody-positive individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (cases) and 20,169 controls of European descent, followed by replication in an independent set of 6,768 rheumatoid arthritis cases and 8,806 controls. Of 34 SNPs(More)
To identify rheumatoid arthritis risk loci in European populations, we conducted a meta-analysis of two published genome-wide association (GWA) studies totaling 3,393 cases and 12,462 controls. We genotyped 31 top-ranked SNPs not previously associated with rheumatoid arthritis in an independent replication of 3,929 autoantibody-positive rheumatoid arthritis(More)
OBJECTIVE Anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF) therapy is a mainstay of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of the present study was to test established RA genetic risk factors to determine whether the same alleles also influence the response to anti-TNF therapy. METHODS A total of 1,283 RA patients receiving etanercept, infliximab, or(More)
The objectives of this study are to evaluate the effect of anti-drug antibodies on the clinical efficacy and withdrawal rate of the anti-TNFα biologics in patients with rheumatic diseases. Consecutive patients with rheumatic diseases recently commenced on anti-TNFα biologics were recruited. Serum samples were collected for assay of drug level and antibody(More)
To discover new rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk loci, we systematically examined 370 SNPs from 179 independent loci with P < 0.001 in a published meta-analysis of RA genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of 3,393 cases and 12,462 controls. We used Gene Relationships Across Implicated Loci (GRAIL), a computational method that applies statistical text mining(More)
BACKGROUND Adalimumab is an effective treatment in patients with Crohn's disease; as it is a humanized anti-tumour necrosis factor monoclonal antibody, immunogenicity is thought not to be of any significance. AIM To assess whether antibodies to adalimumab (ATAs) affect adalimumab treatment outcome in patients with Crohn's disease previously treated with(More)
Anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF) biologic therapy is a widely used treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is unknown why some RA patients fail to respond adequately to anti-TNF therapy, which limits the development of clinical biomarkers to predict response or new drugs to target refractory cases. To understand the biological basis of(More)
Therapy with interleukin-2 (IL-2) induces remissions in some forms of cancer. This treatment however, is accompanied by side-effects which, in part, may be mediated by the formation of eicosanoids and plateletactivating factor. We investigated the systemic release of phospholipase A2 (PLA2), a rate-limiting enzyme in the formation of these lipid mediators,(More)
Jing Cui, Saedis Saevarsdottir, Brian Thomson, Leonid Padyukov, Annette H. M. van der Helm-van Mil, Joanne Nititham, Laura B. Hughes, Niek de Vries, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Lars Alfredsson, Johan Askling, Sara Wedrén, Bo Ding, Candace Guiducci, Gert Jan Wolbink, J. Bart A. Crusius, Irene E. van der Horst-Bruinsma, Marieke Herenius, Michael E. Weinblatt, Nancy(More)
Natalizumab is frequently used as a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The occurrence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in natalizumab-treated patients indicates that its prominent beneficial effects need to be balanced against the risks. Also, cessation of the drug seems to be associated with recurrence of disease activity. Both the(More)