Luca Quartuccio

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to describe the clinical presentation of primary SS (pSS) in a large cohort of patients by assessing the prevalence of the patient subgroups at high risk for severe extraglandular manifestations and to explore the influence of the patients' serological profile on disease severity and on immunosuppressive drug(More)
Identification of genetic biomarkers of response to biologics in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a relevant issue. Being IL-6 a key cytokine for B cell survival, the interleukin-6 (IL-6) -174G>C and the IL-6 receptor (IL-6R) D358A gene polymorphisms were investigated in 158 RA patients treated with rituximab (RTX). One hundred and twenty-eight (81.0%) were RF(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety in the long term of a retreatment regimen with Rituximab (RTX) alone administered at clinical relapse in cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV). METHODS Thirty patients with severe HCV-related CV, previously enrolled in the multicentre Italian trial on RTX in the treatment of CV, were retrospectively evaluated after(More)
Type II mixed cryoglobulinemia syndrome (MCsn) is a systemic vasculitis mainly linked to immune complex deposition in several organs and to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Therapeutic strategies can target either the viral trigger HCV if present, or pathogenic events downstream the triggering infection, e.g, the proliferating B-cells directly. Antiviral(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse the influence of geolocation and ethnicity on the clinical presentation of primary Sjögren's syndrome (SjS) at diagnosis. METHODS The Big Data Sjögren Project Consortium is an international, multicentre registry designed in 2014. By January 2016, 20 centres from five continents were participating. Multivariable logistic regression(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the efficacy in the long-term and the impact on Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) of infliximab in patients suffering from Takayasu's arteritis (TA). METHODS Clinical data were retrospectively collected in 15 patients with TA. Evaluation of Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaires was made at baseline and at(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the role of B-Lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) in mixed cryoglobulinaemia syndrome (MCsn), a systemic vasculitis associated with a high risk to develop lymphoma, since BLyS up-regulation may favour both autoimmunity and lymphoproliferation. METHODS BLyS serum levels were analysed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (positive when(More)
Based on new biologic and clinical insights, the number of drugs blocking different biologic targets in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) [e.g., tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha), CTLA4, interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6, IL-15, IL-18, B lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS), CD20] has increased considerably over the last decade. Rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody that(More)
OBJECTIVE Sporadic inclusion body myositis (s-IBM) is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory myopathy of unknown aetiology, generally resistant to immunosuppressive therapy. Given that lymphocyte infiltrates in s-IBM muscle tissue are CD8+ T cells, targeting these cells may represent a valid approach. PATIENTS AND METHODS Three patients with biopsy-proven(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate pregnancy and fetal outcomes in patients with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS). METHODS An obstetric history of 36 women with established diagnosis of pSS at pregnancy was obtained from a multicenter cohort of 1075 patients. In a subgroup case-control analysis, 12 deliveries in patients with pSS were compared with 96 control(More)