Sarah R. Pickens

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is mediated, in part, by proinflammatory factors produced by RA synovial tissue (ST) fibroblasts and macrophages, resulting in monocyte migration from the blood to the ST. To characterize the potential role of IL-17 in monocyte migration, RA synovial fibroblasts and macrophages were activated(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the expression of CCL19 and CCL21 in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial tissue (ST) and to examine their regulation and pathogenetic role in macrophages and RA ST fibroblasts. METHODS Expression of CCL19 and CCL21 in RA and normal ST was demonstrated by immunohistochemistry analysis. CCL19 and CCL21 levels in synovial fluid (SF)(More)
Angiogenesis is an early and a critical event in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Neovascularization is dependent on endothelial cell activation, migration and proliferation, and inhibition of angiogenesis may provide a novel therapeutic approach in RA. In this study, we document a novel role of IL-17 in mediating angiogenesis. Local(More)
IL-17-induced joint inflammation is associated with increased angiogenesis. However, the mechanism by which IL-17 mediates angiogenesis is undefined. Therefore, the pathologic role of CXCL1 and CXCL5 was investigated in arthritis mediated by local expression of IL-17, employing a neutralizing antibody to each chemokine. Next, endothelial chemotaxis was(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease which is in part mediated by the migration of monocytes from blood to RA synovial tissue, where they differentiate into macrophages and secrete inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. The T cell cytokine IL-17 is expressed in the RA synovial tissue and synovial fluid. To better understand(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the mechanism of action of interleukin-27 (IL-27) against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Adenovirus containing IL-27 transcript was constructed and was locally delivered into the ankles of mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). Progression of arthritis was determined in treated and untreated mice by measuring ankle(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the expression of interleukin-7 (IL-7) and IL-7 receptor (IL-7R) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial tissue and to examine their regulation and pathogenic role in macrophages, endothelial cells, and synovial tissue fibroblasts in RA. METHODS Expression of IL-7 and IL-7R in RA and normal synovial tissue was demonstrated by(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the role of CCL21 and its receptor CCR7 in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Histologic studies were performed to compare the expression of CCR7 and CCL21 in RA synovial tissue. Next, the role of CCL21 and/or CCR7 in angiogenesis was examined using in vitro chemotaxis, tube formation, and in vivo Matrigel plug(More)
We report a case of bacterial endocarditis due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans in a man with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy complicated by a mycotic aneurysm and thrombosis of the right common iliac artery. The patient was successfully treated with a combination of ampicillin and gentamicin, but was left with residual mitral incompetence.
Although the role of IL-7 and IL-7R has been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the majority of the studies have focused on the effect of IL-7/IL-7R in T cell development and function. Our novel data, however, document that patients with RA and greater disease activity have higher levels of IL-7, IL-7R, and TNF-α in RA monocytes,(More)