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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease. Most RA patients develop cartilage and bone destruction, and various proteinases are involved in the destruction of extracellular matrix of cartilage and bone. The aim of this study is to evaluate the utility of our newly developed method to measure total gelatinolytic activity. We adopted this method for measurement in synovial fluid from RA patients treated by the anti-rheumatic drug etanercept (ETN), a recombinant human soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor fusion protein, and compared the findings with clinical and laboratory data. Enzymatic activity of synovial fluid was analyzed by zymography using gelatin-coated film, and compared with the index of Disease Activity Score of 28 joints - C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP), CRP and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3 level before and after ETN therapy. Synovial fluids of 19 patients were collected before and after administration of ETN therapy. In nine of 19 patients, who showed a decrease in gelatin-degrading activity in synovial fluid, the index of DAS28-CRP (4.85-2.85, ΔDAS = -2.00) and CRP (3.30-0.94 mg/dL, ΔCRP = -2.36) was alleviated after ETN therapy, while cases with no change or an increase in gelatin-degrading activity showed a modest improvement in clinical data: DAS28-CRP (4.23-3.38, ΔDAS = -0.85) and CRP (1.70-0.74 mg/dL, ΔCRP = -0.96). Our newly developed method for measurement of gelatin-degrading activity in synovial fluid from RA patients is highly practicable and useful for predicting the effect of ETN therapy.
    International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 11/2013; · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a glycosaminoglycan and is essential for protecting the cartilage surface by its physical property. It is known that serum HA concentration in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is higher than in healthy volunteer. However, molecular weight (MW) of serum HA in RA patients is not clear, since it needs a large sample volume to assay serum HA MW. The aim of this study is to establish the method for measuring serum HA MW in small sample sizes and to assess the association between serum HA MW and hyaluronidase (HAase) activity. MW of serum HA in RA patients was measured using high-performance liquid chromatography and HA-binding protein. Additionally, the correlation between serum HA and HAase activity was examined using zymographic measurements. Serum HA MW peaked at 1-2 × 10(5) Da in all cases. However, in certain cases two peaks were observed, one each at low (1-2 × 10(5) Da) and high (8-14 × 10(5) Da) MW. HAase activity was lower in cases exhibiting this two-peaked serum HA MW pattern than in those cases with only a single peak. The novel method developed for this study permits accurate measurement of serum HA MW. The correlation observed between serum HA MW and HAase activity suggests that serum HA MW may reflect the condition of subjects' joints.
    International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 10/2011; 14(4):313-9. · 1.65 Impact Factor