Marion C. Dickson

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether the plasma levels of a range of inflammatory proteins have utility as biomarkers of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS Plasma proteins (n = 163) were profiled in 44 patients with RA diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology 1987 criteria (22 with active and 22 with quiescent(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent evidence has highlighted a major genetic contribution to radiographic damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of this study was to determine whether genetic variants in the loci for interleukin-1 (IL-1), IL-6, IL-10, protein tyrosine phosphatase N22 (PTPN22), and selenoprotein S are associated with radiographic damage. METHODS(More)
The members of the NF-kappaB transcription factor family are key regulators of gene expression in the immune response. Different combinations of NF-kappaB subunits not only diverge in timing to induce transcription but also recognize varying sequences of the NF-kappaB-binding site of their target genes. The p52 subunit is generated as a result of processing(More)
Several recent publications have established a strong association between anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (anti-CCP)-positive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and carriage of shared epitope (SE) alleles. Although anti-CCP have also been associated with more severe RA, the issue of whether this is independent of rheumatoid factor (RF) has not been(More)
An important feature of autoimmune diseases is the overlap of pathophysiological characteristics. Clustering of autoimmune diseases in families suggests that genetic variants may contribute to autoimmunity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of the interferon induced with helicase domain 1 (IFIH1) A946T (rs1990760 A>G) variant in(More)
OBJECTIVE The HLA-DRB1 locus within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) at 6p21.3 has been identified as a susceptibility gene for rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, there is increasing evidence of additional susceptibility genes in the MHC region. The aim of this study was to estimate their number and location. METHODS A case-control study was(More)
OBJECTIVE Selenoprotein-S (SELS) is involved in the stress response within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and inflammation. Recently, promoter variants in the SELS gene were shown to be associated with plasma levels of interleukin (IL)6, IL1beta and tumour necrosis factor (TNF). It was hypothesised that these variants could influence rheumatoid arthritis(More)
Purpose: To investigate the effects of single doses of losmapimod, dilmapimod (inhibitors of p38 MAPK) and prednisolone on biomarkers of systemic inflammation (serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin (IL)-6) in subjects with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: Two randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, parallel group, single dose(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of a recently described classification of Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1 shared epitope alleles with rheumatoid factors (RF) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) production and radiological severity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Patients with RA (n = 962) were studied. Genotyping of DRB1 alleles(More)
The identification and hit-to-lead exploration of a novel, potent and selective series of substituted benzimidazole-thiophene carbonitrile inhibitors of IKK-epsilon kinase is described. Compound 12e was identified with an IKK-epsilon enzyme potency of pIC(50) 7.4, and has a highly encouraging wider selectivity profile, including selectivity within the IKK(More)