Mirela Elena Ionescu

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationships between serum and urinary molecular markers (MM) used to monitor osteoarthritis. DESIGN Forty osteoarthritis patients had blood and urine collected at baseline and 1, 3, 6 and 12 months later. Specimens from 20 controls were obtained twice at a one month interval. The concentration of 14 different markers was(More)
There is evidence to suggest that the synthesis of type II collagen is increased in osteoarthritis (OA). Using an immunoassay, we show that the content of the C-propeptide of type II procollagen (CPII), released extracellularly from the newly synthesized molecule, is directly related to the synthesis of this molecule in healthy and osteoarthritic articular(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the relationship between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), their inhibitors, and the turnover of matrix molecules in articular cartilage from patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS Synovial fluid samples were collected from the knees of 54 patients with OA. Radiographic evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging were performed(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the concentrations of aggrecan fragments in synovial fluid from patients with knee joint injury, osteoarthritis (OA), or acute pyrophosphate arthritis (PPA; pseudogout), and to test their relative reactivity with the 846 epitope, a putative marker of cartilage aggrecan synthesis. METHODS Samples of knee joint fluid from 385 patients(More)
A monoclonal antibody has been developed which recognizes a neoepitope in type II collagen which is generated by the intrahelical cleavage of collagenases. Antibody reactivity is directed at the carboxyl-terminus of the TCA or 3/4 piece of the degraded alpha1(II) chain. Reactivity is dependent upon hydroxylation of proline. Evidence is provided suggesting(More)
The matrix of articular cartilage undergoes degenerative changes in osteoarthritis which involve a number of matrix molecules. The structural and mechanical integrity is organized around the composite collagen II, IX, XI fibrillar organization. The small proteoglycan decorin that binds to these fibrils may influence their structure and mechanical(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether type II collagen cleavage by collagenase and loss of proteoglycan are excessive in human osteoarthritic (OA) articular cartilage compared with nonarthritic articular cartilage, and whether this can be inhibited by a selective synthetic inhibitor that spares collagenase 1 (matrix metalloproteinase 1 [MMP-1]). METHODS Articular(More)
The metabolism of the cartilage proteoglycan aggrecan was studied in patients with osteoarthritis (OA, n = 83), rheumatoid arthritis (RA, n = 127), and in controls (n = 117) using monoclonal antibody-based radioimmunoassays for glycosaminoglycans in the serum and synovial fluid (SF) to detect epitope 846 on chondroitin sulfate (probably only on recently(More)
Pulmonary fibrosis is a well-recognized feature of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Using immunoassays of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), fluid we investigated the synthesis of type I procollagen (PICP) and type I/II collagen degradation products (COL2-3/4C(short) neoepitope) in patients with ARDS, acute lung injury (ALI), subjects with risk(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether serum or synovial fluid concentrations of chondroitin sulfate epitope 846 and carboxy propeptides of type II collagen (CPII) can be used to diagnose osteochondral fragmentation (OC) in horses. ANIMALS 38 horses with unilateral OC of the radiocarpal (n = 31) or intercarpal (33) joints and 8 clinically and radiographically(More)