[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The study investigates pentosidine levels, an advanced glycation end-product, in patients with erosive and non-erosive hand osteoarthritis (HOA) and determine its potential association with clinical findings and imaging-defined joint damage.Pentosidine was measured by HPLC in serum and urine of 53 females with HOA (31 erosive and 22 non-erosive HOA) and normalised to the total serum protein or urinary creatinine, respectively. Pain, joint stiffness and disability were assessed by the Australian/Canadian OA hand index (AUSCAN). The hand radiographs scored according to the Kallman grading scale were assessed to determine a baseline value and reassessed after two years.The levels of urine pentosidine, but not of serum pentosidine, were higher in patients with erosive HOA than in non-erosive HOA (p=0.039). Urinary pentosidine correlated with CRP (r=0.302, p=0.031), ESR (r=0.288, p=0.041) and AUSCAN (r=0.408, p=0.003). Serum pentosidine, but not in urine, significantly correlated with the Kallman radiographic score in erosive HOA at the baseline (r=0.409, p=0.022) and after 2 years (r=0.385, p=0.032). However, when corrected for age and disease duration, only correlation between urine pentosidine and AUSCAN remained significant (r=0.397, p=0.004).Our data suggest that serum and urine pentosidine levels may relate to the distinctive clinical and morphological features of HOA.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To compare serum levels of hyaluronic acid (HA) between patients with erosive and non-erosive hand osteoarthritis (HOA), and investigate its association with morphological changes and radiographic progression over 2 years.
Fifty-five women with erosive and 33 women with non-erosive HOA were included in this study. All underwent clinical examination, which included assessment of pain, swelling, deformity and deviation of small hand joints and completed health assessment questionnaires. Serum levels of HA were measured by ELISA. Three-phase bone scintigraphy was performed at baseline. Radiographs of both hands were performed at baseline and after 2 years and scored according Kallman grading scale.
Serum levels of HA were significantly higher in patients with erosive than with non-erosive HOA (P<0.01). It correlated significantly with the number of hand joints with deviations and deformities. HA adjusted for age and disease duration significantly correlated with radiographs at baseline and after 2 years in all patients with HOA (r=0.560 and r=0.542, P<0.01 for both correlations). Although there was an association between HA and radiographic score in erosive disease, after adjustment for confounders it remained no longer significant. HA adjusted for confounders correlated significantly with the late phase in all patients with HOA (r=0.412, P<0.01) and in patients with erosive disease (r=0.320, P<0.05).
HA is increased in patients with erosive HOA and could be proposed as a surrogate marker with a predictive value for further radiographic progression of HOA in general. Further investigation is necessary to confirm these results.
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 07/2009; 17(12):1615-9. · 4.26 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a non-inflammatory disease of skeleton characterized by hyperostosis of axial and peripheral skeleton. The association of DISH with type 2 diabetes mellitus and other metabolic alterations (e.g. impaired lipid metabolism) has been known for many years. However, it has not been explained satisfactorily yet. It seems that this pathological process is significantly influenced by hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. Also, it is affected by growth hormone (GH) and its action mediated by insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and its binding proteins (IGFBP2, IGFBP3). From the point of symptomatic therapy, patients should not be given medicaments that aggravate hyperinsulinemia.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To study prognostic value of different biochemical markers for morphological progression of early knee osteoarthritis.
A total of 89 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) were enroled into the study. The follow-up period was 2 years. Radiological OA progression was evaluated by measuring joint space width. Pentosidine was detected using the HPLC method described earlier, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) using the method published by our team. MMP-9, tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP), YKL-40 and hyaluronic acid were detected using commercially available kits.
In the group of patients suffering from knee OA, higher serum levels of pentosidine (P=0.04), MMP-9 (P=0.02), TIMP (P=0.04) and COMP (P=0.05) were detected compared with healthy control subjects. Using a correlation analysis method, it has been found that the patients with higher basic serum levels of hyaluronic acid had a faster radiological progression (r=0.56, P<0.005), as well as the patients with higher basic serum pentosidine levels (r=0.30, P<0.005). Other biochemical markers had no statistically significant prognostic value.
In our study, serum levels of hyaluronic acid and pentosidine had a predictive value for further development of knee OA in that further joint space narrowing was detected in the patients with knee OA in the next 2 years.
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 04/2004; 12(4):277-83. · 4.26 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of disease-modifying drugs (DMARDs) in everyday clinical practice in Central European States (the Czech and Slovak republics). This was a retrospective, multicentre study. With the help of a special questionnaire, the medical files of 760 patients in 15 centres were analysed looking for reasons for DMARD discontinuation (e.g. insufficient efficacy, toxicity). The secondary endpoints were duration of therapy with individual DMARDs and the influence of other factors (demographic, disease specific, concomitant therapy) on duration of therapy. In 47.1 % of patients therapy was interrupted because of lack of efficacy, in 43.2 % because of adverse events, and in 9 % for undefined reasons. Toxic reactions leading to withdrawal were most common with gold (62.6 %) and methotrexate (62.5 %). Because of insufficient effect, treatment was most frequently interrupted with antimalarials (62.3 %) and penicillamine (53.2 %), but in only 22% treated with methotrexate. The mean duration of one treatment episode with DMARDs was 28.1 +/- 48.9 months. Surprisingly, it was longest for cyclophosphamide (53.5 + 55.1 months) and shortest for cyclosporin (7.0 +/- 6.7 months). The mean duration of treatment with methotrexate was only 14.9; +/- 16.2 months. The mean duration of treatment with one DMARD was statistically longer in patients with positive rheumatoid factor, extra-articular disease and age lower than 50 years. There was no impact of sex, concomitant steroid treatment and high or low sedimentation rate on treatment duration. Considerable differences in everyday clinical practice with DMARDs between Central European states and published data from the US and western Europe have been found. More education about modern strategies in the treatment of RA is probably necessary for practising rheumatologists.