Mercedes García-Bermúdez

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) activates the innate immune response via NF-kB pathway and mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling, leading to expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines. The G allele of TLR4 rs4986790 (+896A>G,(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. A recent study has disclosed association between NFKB1-94ATTG ins/del polymorphism and higher risk of coronary heart disease in healthy Caucasians. Because of that, we assessed the influence of this polymorphism in the risk of CV(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a key mediator of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and its actions may be controlled by the IL-6 receptor (IL-6R). IL-6 transducer (IL-6ST/ gp130) is the signal transducing subunit of the IL-6R. We assessed the influence of the IL6R and the IL6ST/gp130 genes in the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in RA. For this purpose,(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of our study was to analyze the influence of the CCR5Δ32 polymorphism in the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and subclinical atherosclerosis among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS A total of 645 patients fulfilling the American Rheumatism Association 1987 revised classification criteria for RA were studied. Patients(More)
Cardiovascular (CV) disease is the most common cause of premature mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is the result of an accelerated atherosclerotic process. Both RA and atherosclerosis are complex polygenic diseases. Besides traditional CV risk factors and chronic inflammation, a number of studies have confirmed the role of genetic(More)
UNLABELLED Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex polygenic inflammatory disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Previous genome-wide association studies have described SMAD3 rs17228212 polymorphism as an important signal associated with CV events. The aim of the present study was to evaluate(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. Since CD40-CD154 binding has direct consequences on inflammation process initiation, we aimed to replicate previous findings related to disease susceptibility in Spanish RA population. Furthermore, as the major complication in RA(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and high risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Since genome-wide association studies demonstrated association between rs599839 polymorphism and coronary artery disease, in the present study we assessed the potential association of this polymorphism(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex polygenic disease associated with chronic inflammation, accelerated atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. A recent meta-analysis has described the ZC3HC1 rs11556924 polymorphism as one of the most important signals associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in non-rheumatic(More)
To determine the contribution of the vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) rs2010963 (-634 G>C) and rs1570360 (-1154 G>A) polymorphisms to the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in a series of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Six hundred sixty-one patients fulfilling the 1987 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria for RA,(More)