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OBJECTIVE To examine whether serum level of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (S-COMP) is related to methotrexate (MTX) or to MTX and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) combination treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to investigate whether S-COMP is related to cardiovascular risk factors including endothelial dysfunction and level of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the presence of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies and rheumatoid factor immunoglobulin M (RF IgM) is associated with endothelial dysfunction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS We studied the presence of anti-CCP antibodies and RF IgM and endothelial function in terms of the reactive(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. The reduction in cardiovascular risk that is induced by methotrexate (MTX) and anti-tumor necrosis factor α agents in RA is considered secondary to their anti-inflammatory action, but their effects on serum lipoprotein function and foam cell formation are unknown. The(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the effect of methotrexate (MTX) with or without tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-inhibitors on serum lipoprotein(a) (s-Lp(a)), and to explore a possible relationship between s-Lp(a) and endothelial function (EF) in terms of serum levels of adhesion molecules and reactive hyperaemic index (RHI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis(More)
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