Peter L. E. M. van Lent

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OBJECTIVE S100A8 and S100A9 are two Ca(2+) binding proteins classified as damage-associated molecular patterns or alarmins that are found in high amounts in the synovial fluid of osteoarthritis (OA) patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether S100A8 and/or S100A9 can interact with chondrocytes from OA patients to increase catabolic(More)
A novel cationic immune-complex-mediated arthritis (ICA) model was developed in mice. The highly cationic protein lysozyme was coupled to poly-L-lysine (PLL) and injected intra-articularly into the knee joint of the mouse, shortly after systemic administration of specific antibodies. A vehement joint inflammation developed, characterized by severe joint(More)
OBJECTIVE Two major cleavage sites, one mediated by metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the other by an as-yet unidentified enzyme termed aggrecanase, have been observed in aggrecan. To learn more about the relative contribution of these enzymes during cartilage degradation, this study assessed the occurrence of both specific neoepitopes in cartilage during(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the active involvement of Myeloid-related proteins S100A8 and S100A9 in joint inflammation and cartilage destruction during antigen-induced arthritis (AIA). METHODS Joint inflammation and cartilage destruction was measured with 99mTc uptake and histology. The role of S100A8/A9 was investigated by inducing AIA in S100A9-/- mice that also(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) has been proposed as a tool for cartilage repair and as a stimulant of chondrogenesis. In healthy cartilage, BMP-2 is hardly present, whereas it is highly expressed during osteoarthritis. To assess its function in cartilage, BMP-2 was overexpressed in healthy murine knee joints and the effects on proteoglycan (PG)(More)
IgG-containing immune complexes, which are found in most RA joints, communicate with hematopoietic cells using three classes of Fc receptors(Fc gamma RI, -II, -III). In a previous study we found that if a chronic T-cell-mediated antigen-induced arthritis (AIA) was elicited in knee joints of FcR gamma-chain-deficient mice that lack functional Fc gamma RI and(More)
SCOPE Extracellular vesicles, including exosomes, have been identified in all biological fluids and rediscovered as an important part of the intercellular communication. Breast milk also contains extracellular vesicles and the proposed biological function is to enhance the antimicrobial defense in newborns. It is, however, unknown whether extracellular(More)
In this study we investigated mechanisms involved in the chronic character of experimental collagen type II induced arthritis (CIA). We compared the knee joints of mouse strains which are prone to develop this autoimmune disease (DBA/1,B10RIII) with other nonsusceptible mouse strains (C57Bl/6,BALB/c) in their reaction to different stimuli: immune complexes(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the expression patterns of interkeukin-18 (IL-18) in synovial biopsy tissue of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to determine whether expression of this primary cytokine is related to the expression of other cytokines and adhesion molecules and related to the degree of joint inflammation. METHODS Biopsy specimens of knee(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether IL-4 protects against metalloproteinase-induced cartilage destruction during immune complex mediated arthritis and to elucidate its mechanism. METHODS Experimental immune complex arthritis (ICA) was raised by injecting lysozyme into the knee joints of mice which previously were given anti-lysozyme antibodies. Three days(More)