Martin Skoumal

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Modern treatment of patients with ankylosing spondylitis consists of therapies according to the ASAS criteria. Rehabilitation is a necessary process for enabling persons with disabilities caused by inflammatory destructions. The goal is to reach optimal physical, sensory, psychiatric and social health to reach higher levels of independence. It includes a(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the performance of antibodies against mutated citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV) in comparison with antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Serum levels of anti-MCV and anti-CCP were determined in 193 patients with RA and 332 controls, and sensitivity and(More)
Cathepsin K is a cysteine protease that plays an essential role in osteoclast function and in the degradation of protein components of the bone matrix by cleaving proteins such as collagen type I, collagen type II and osteonectin. Cathepsin K therefore plays a role in bone remodelling and resorption in diseases such as osteoporosis, osteolytic bone(More)
We examined OPG and soluble RANKL in the serum (sOPG, sRANKL) and synovial fluid (synOPG, synRANKL) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). OPG and RANKL were measured in 85 patients (44 with RA, 41 patients with OA) in serum and synovial fluid as well. For measuring of OPG and RANKL ELISA tests were used. The results of OPG and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) correlates with inflammation and/or joint destruction of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to test COMP as predicting factor for the outcome of patients with established RA. METHODS Serum levels of COMP were measured in sera of 62 patients, suffering from RA according to the(More)
OBJECTIVE Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a parameter for the current extent of cartilage destruction. It has been shown that the release pattern of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein in serum reflects cartilage turnover. The aim of our study was to explore the utility of sCOMP as a marker for disease activity in patients with active(More)
Osteoprotegerin (OPG) and soluble receptor activator of NF-kappa B ligand (sRANKL) together regulate the bone metabolism among other cytokines, whereby cathepsin K has a potent collagen-degrading activity. An imbalance of this system may be partly responsible for the skeletal complications of RA. Expanding on a previous study, we investigated the(More)
Serum levels of sCD44v5 were measured in 134 patients with definite inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) using a sandwich type ELISA. 94 patients suffered from erosive IgM-rheumatoid factor positive rheumatoid arthritis (RA+), 20 with undifferentiated seronegative polyarthritis, 12 with osteoarthropathia psoriatica and psoriasis vulgaris, 3 with systemic(More)
The primary joint hypermobility syndrome (pJH) is an overlap disorder of connective-tissue dysplasias, which incorporates features seen in the Marfan syndromes (MFS), Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), and osteogenesis imperfecta. Patients with pJH usually present arthralgia, back pain, soft-tissue lesions, recurrent joint dislocation, or subluxation.(More)