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OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We performed a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis to look for differences in the prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factor between RA patients and controls. METHODS Medline database was searched to identify studies evaluating(More)
Biotherapies have revolutionized the treatment of RA. However, much work is needed to understand all the mechanisms of these biotherapies, and alternatives are needed to circumvent adverse effects and the high cost of these long-lasting treatments. In this article we outline some of the approaches we have used to target monocytes/macrophages as major(More)
Phosphate diabetes is defined as inadequate tubular reabsorption. Hypophosphatemia is responsible for most of the clinical manifestations, which vary with the age of the patient and the severity of the phosphate wasting. Vitamin D-resistant rickets in children or osteomalacia in adults, osteoporosis, bone pain including spinal pain, and pain in the joints(More)
The HLA-DRB1 gene was reported to be associated with anticitrullinated protein/peptide autoantibody (ACPA) production in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. A new classification of HLA-DRB1 alleles, reshaping the shared epitope (SE) hypothesis, was recently found relevant in terms of RA susceptibility and structural severity. We investigated the relevance(More)
INTRODUCTION Anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α biotherapies have considerably changed the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, serious infections are a major concern in patients with rheumatic diseases treated with anti-TNF-α. Little is known about viral, especially latent, infections in anti-TNF-α treatments. Infections by cytomegalovirus(More)
OBJECTIVE A new classification of HLA-DRB1 alleles supporting the shared epitope hypothesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility was recently introduced. We investigated the relevance of this classification in terms of the structural severity of RA. METHODS The study group comprised 144 patients who were included in a prospective longitudinal(More)
In chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation acts as an independent cardiovascular risk factor and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, such as anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNFalpha), may decrease this risk. The phagocytosis of oxidized low density lipoproteins (LDLs) accumulated in the subendothelium by mononuclear(More)
In chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic inflammation appears as an independent risk factor, contributing to increased cardiovascular mortality. This high cardiovascular mortality reveals the existence of accelerated atherosclerosis, the pathogenesis of which may be associated with traditional risk factors such as(More)
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a recently discovered phosphaturic substance playing a key role in genetic and oncogenic phosphate diabetes, is involved in the physiological regulation of phosphate metabolism. Moderate idiopathic phosphate diabetes (IPD) leading to male osteoporosis and diffuse pain resembling fibromyalgia has been described. The aim(More)
To describe the characteristics of diabetic patients, the associated risk factors, the complications of the disease and its management by general practitioners (GPs) in France, a randomised sample of French GPs was asked to record data on all consecutive diabetic patients attending a regular visit within 3 months. Data were obtained by interview, clinical(More)