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See detailFaecal bacterial molecular profiles of Crohn’s disease patients differ from their healthy relatives and matched healthy controls.
Joossens, M.; De Preter, V.; Vanhoutte, T. et al

in Gut (2007), 56(Suppl III), 5

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See detailThe Tnf/Adam 17 System: Implication of an Adam 17 Haplotype in the Clinical Response to Infliximab in Crohn's Disease
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Theatre, Emilie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(10), 727-734

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined ... [more ▼]

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined by genetic factors. The implication of both transmembrane and soluble forms of the TNF-alpha in the mechanism of action of infliximab has been demonstrated. The aim of our work was first to perform a complete study of TNF variants role in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. Secondly, considering the role of ADAM 17 in TNF-alpha shedding, the ADAM 17 locus was also studied. The response to infliximab was evaluated in 222 Caucasian Crohn's disease patients with a luminal (n=160) or fistulizing (n=62) form of the disease. Clinical and biological response evaluation was based on the Crohn's Disease Activity Index score and C-reactive protein level evolutions, respectively. The entire TNF gene was sequenced on the complete cohort. Twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms spanning the ADAM 17 locus were studied and haplotypes rebuilt. A clinical response was observed in 64% of the patients and biological response in 77.1% of patients. No association was found between the TNF gene and the response to infliximab. One haplotype in the ADAM 17 region was associated with a clinical response to infliximab in CD patients (adjusted P=0.045). In conclusion, our results exclude, with a reasonable power, an implication of the TNF gene in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease, but reveal a potential role of the ADAM 17 gene in this response. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphotoxin alpha gene in Crohn's disease patients: absence of implication in the response to infliximab in a large cohort study
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(5), 369-373

A haplotype in the lymphotoxin alpha (LTA) gene has been associated with a lack of response to infliximab in a small cohort of Crohn's disease (CD) patients. The present study aimed to confirm the ... [more ▼]

A haplotype in the lymphotoxin alpha (LTA) gene has been associated with a lack of response to infliximab in a small cohort of Crohn's disease (CD) patients. The present study aimed to confirm the implication of this haplotype in the response to infliximab in a larger cohort of Caucasian patients. The response to the first infusion with infliximab was evaluated in 214 Caucasian patients with either luminal (n = 150) or fistulising (n = 64) CD. Clinical response was based on the decrease in CID Activity Index (luminal) or on the evolution in the fistula discharge (fistulising). Biological response was assessed in 139 patients who had elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) before treatment and for whom CRP values were also available after treatment. A positive biological response was defined as a decrease in CRP of at least 25%. The patients were genotyped for six polymorphisms in the LTA gene. A positive clinical response was present in 65.4% of the patients and a positive biological response was observed in 80.6% of the patients. No association was found with any of the studied polymorphisms, nor with the previously published LTA haplotype and the response to infliximab. We could not confirm an association between the LTA locus and clinical or biological response to infliximab in a large cohort of CID patients. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 16:369-373 (c) 2006 Lippincott Williams [less ▲]

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See detailNo association between C-reactive protein gene polymorphisms and decrease of C-reactive protein serum concentration after infliximab treatment in Crohn's disease
Willot, S.; Vermeire, S.; Ohresser, M. et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(1), 37-42

We recently showed an association between the FCGR3A V/F polymorphism and the biological response [assessed on the basis of a C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration decrease] to infliximab in Crohn's ... [more ▼]

We recently showed an association between the FCGR3A V/F polymorphism and the biological response [assessed on the basis of a C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration decrease] to infliximab in Crohn's disease. The CRP and FCGR3A genes are located on the same 1q23 locus. The present study aimed: 0) to exclude a linkage disequilibrium (LD) between the two genes and 00 to study the association between CRP polymorphisms and the response to infliximab, particularly the decrease in CRP after treatment, in Crohn's disease patients. FCGR3A (V/F) polymorphism and three CRP polymorphisms (- 717G/A, 1444C/T, CRP 4A/G) were determined in 206 healthy blood donors and 189 Crohn's disease patients who had received infliximab for either refractory luminal or fistulizing Crohn's disease. Clinical response was defined as complete, partial or absent according to the same definition as in controlled trials. The biological response was defined on the basis of CRP decrease. There was no LID between CRP and FCGR3A in healthy donors or Crohn's disease patients. CRP polymorphisms had no impact on CRP decrease after infliximab. The proportions of Crohn's disease having a positive clinical or biological response were not statistically different among the various genotypes of CRP polymorphisms. There was no LD between CRP and FCGR3A polymorphisms. CRP polymorphisms were not associated with the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 16:37-42. (c) 2006 Lippincott Williams [less ▲]

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See detailToll-like receptor-1,-2, and-6 polymorphisms influence disease extension in inflammatory bowel diseases
Pierik, M.; Joossens, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (2006), 12(1), 1-8

Background: Evidence that a deficient innate immune response toward the bacterial flora of the gut plays a role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is growing. This is underscored by ... [more ▼]

Background: Evidence that a deficient innate immune response toward the bacterial flora of the gut plays a role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is growing. This is underscored by the finding of the association between CARD15 variants and Crohn's disease (CD) and D299G in Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 and IBD. Our aims were to study nonsynonymous polymorphisms in other TLR genes in IBD. Methods: Thirty-five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in TLR1-10 were identified from public databases. 284 IBD parent child trios and a second independent cohort of 285 IBD patients and 191 healthy controls were genotyped with polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphisms. Patients were pooled for genotype-phenotype analyses. Results: Although none of the SNPs was involved in disease susceptibility, a number of variants influenced the disease phenotype. A positive association between TLR1 R80T and pancolitis in UC (P = .045, OR [95% CI] 2.844 [1.026-7.844]) was found. The TLR2 R753G SNP was also associated with pancolitis (P = .027, OR [95% CI] 4.741 [1.197-18.7731). The relative risks for heterozygous patients to develop pancolitis were 5.8 and 3.3 for R80T and R753G, respectively. There was a negative association between TLR6 S249P and ulcerative colitis with proctitis only (P = .026, OR [95% CI] 0.223 [0.096-0.705]). In CD, we found a negative association between ileal disease involvement and TLR1 S6021 (P = .03, OR [95% CI] 0.522 [0.286-0.950]). Conclusion: TLR2 and its cofactors TLR1 and TLR6 are involved in the initial immune response to bacteria by recognizing peptidoglycan. An association between nonsynonymous variants in the TLR1, -2, and -6 genes and extensive colonic disease in UC and CD was found. Our findings further highlight the role of an abnormal innate immune response in the pathogenesis of IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid improvement of bone metabolism after infliximab treatment in Crohn's disease
Franchimont, N.; Putzeys, V.; Collette, Julien ULg et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2004), 20(6), 607-614

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is associated with low bone mineral density and altered bone metabolism. AIM: To assess the evolution of bone metabolism in Crohn's disease patients treated with infliximab ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is associated with low bone mineral density and altered bone metabolism. AIM: To assess the evolution of bone metabolism in Crohn's disease patients treated with infliximab. METHODS: We studied 71 Crohn's disease patients treated for the first time with infliximab for refractory Crohn's disease. Biochemical markers of bone formation (type-I procollagen N-terminal propeptide, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin) and of bone resorption (C-telopeptide of type-I collagen) were measured in the serum before and 8 weeks after infliximab therapy and compared with values in a matched healthy control group. RESULTS: Eight weeks after treatment with infliximab, a normalization of bone markers was observed with a median increase in formation markers of 14-51% according to marker and a lower but significant decrease in resorption marker (median 11%). A clinically relevant increase in bone formation markers was present in 30-61% of patients according to the marker. A clinically relevant decrease in C-telopeptide of type-I collagen was present in 38% of patients. No association was found with any tested demographic or clinical parameter. CONCLUSION: Infliximab therapy in Crohn's disease may rapidly influence bone metabolism by acting either on bone formation or bone resorption. This improvement seems to be independent of clinical response to infliximab. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between polymorphism in IgG Fc receptor IIIa coding gene and biological response to infliximab in Crohn's disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; El Ghoul, Z.; Vermeire, S. et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2004), 19(5), 511-519

AIM: To test the hypothesis of an association between polymorphism in FCGR3A (the gene coding for FcgammaRIIIa, which is expressed on macrophages and natural killer cells, is involved in antibody ... [more ▼]

AIM: To test the hypothesis of an association between polymorphism in FCGR3A (the gene coding for FcgammaRIIIa, which is expressed on macrophages and natural killer cells, is involved in antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity and has recently been associated with a positive response to rituximab, a recombinant immunoglobulin G1 antibody used in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas) and response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. METHODS: FCGR3A-158 polymorphism was determined using an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction assay in 200 Crohn's disease patients who had received infliximab for either refractory luminal (n = 142) or fistulizing (n = 58) Crohn's disease. Clinical and biological responses (according to C-reactive protein levels) were assessed in 200 and 145 patients, respectively. RESULTS: There were 82.9% clinical responders in V/V patients vs. 72.7% in V/F and F/F patients (N.S.). Globally, the decrease in C-reactive protein was significantly higher in V/V patients than in F carriers (P = 0.0078). A biological response was observed in 100% of V/V patients, compared with 69.8% of F carriers (P = 0.0002; relative risk, 1.43; 95% confidence interval, 1.27-1.61). In the sub-group of patients with elevated C-reactive protein before treatment, the multivariate analysis selected the use of immunosuppressive drugs and FCGR3A genotype as independent factors influencing the clinical response to infliximab (P = 0.003). CONCLUSION: Crohn's disease patients with FCGR3A-158 V/V genotype have a better biological and, possibly, clinical response to infliximab. [less ▲]

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See detailPancreatic autoantibodies in inflammatory bowel disease
Joossens, S.; Vermeire, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (2004), 10(6), 771-777

Background: Autoantibodies against exocrine pancreas (PABs) have been reported to be specific for Crohn's disease (CD), albeit at a low prevalence (30%). We studied PABs in patients with inflammatory ... [more ▼]

Background: Autoantibodies against exocrine pancreas (PABs) have been reported to be specific for Crohn's disease (CD), albeit at a low prevalence (30%). We studied PABs in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), unaffected family members, and control subjects. Methods: A Belgian study cohort of 575 subjects, including 289 IBD patients (CD, 169 patients; ulcerative colitis [UC], 120 patients), 108 unaffected first-degree relatives, 78 subjects with non-IBD gastrointestinal disorders (gastrointestinal control subjects [GIcos]), and 100 healthy control subjects (Hcos), were tested for PAB by a standardized indirect immunofluorescence method. Results: The prevalence of PABs in this study cohort was 32% for CD, 23.3% for UC, and 22.2% for their unaffected family members (all P < 0.001), compared with 1.3% for GIcos and 0% for Hcos. Two staining patterns could be observed: an intracellular pattern (IC); and an extracellular pattern (EC). The EC was significantly more prevalent in CD patients compared with UC patients (P = 0.014), and higher titers of this pattern were found in CD patients (P = 0.01). Both PAB patterns were negatively associated with stricturing disease behavior of CD (P = 0.021). The IC was associated with familial CD (P = 0.0009) and familial UC (P = 0.0003). Conclusions: The prevalence of PAB found in CD patients in this study was similar to that cited in previous reports. In contrast to these reports, we also found an increased prevalence of PABs in patients with UC and in unaffected first-degree relatives of IBD patients. We observed two main staining patterns, both of which were present in IBD and were associated with specific phenotypes of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailTumour necrosis factor- receptor 1 and 2 polymorhpisms in inflammatory bowel disease and their association with response to infliximab
Pierik, M.; Vermeire, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2004), 20

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See detailGenome wide scan in a Flemish inflammatory bowel disease population: support for the IBD4 locus, population heterogeneity, and epistasis
Vermeire, S.; Rutgeerts, P.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Gut (2004), 53(7), 980-986

Background and aims: Genome wide scans in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have indicated various susceptibility regions with replication of 16cen (IBD1), 12q (IBD2), 6p (IBD3), 14q11 (IBD4), and 3p21. As ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: Genome wide scans in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have indicated various susceptibility regions with replication of 16cen (IBD1), 12q (IBD2), 6p (IBD3), 14q11 (IBD4), and 3p21. As no linkage was previously found on IBD regions 3, 7, 12, and 16 in Flemish IBD families, a genome wide scan was performed to detect other susceptibility regions in this population. Methods: A cohort of 149 IBD affected relative pairs, all recruited from the Northern Flemish part of Belgium, were genotyped using microsatellite markers at 12 cM intervals, and analysed by Genehunter non-parametric linkage software. All families were further genotyped for the three main Crohn's disease associated variants in the NOD2/CARD15 gene. Results: Nominal evidence for linkage was observed on chromosomes 1 (D1S197: multipoint nonparametric linkage (NPL) score 2.57, p = 0.004; and at D1S305-D1S252: NPL 2.97, p = 0.001), 4q (D4S406: NPL 1.95, p = 0.03), 6q16 (D6S314: NPL 2.44, p = 0.007), 10p12 (D10S197: NPL 2.05, p = 0.02), 11q22 (D11S35-D11S927: NPL 1.95, p = 0.02) 14q11-12 (D14S80: NPL 2.41, p = 0.008), 20p12 (D20S192: NPL 2.7, p = 0.003), and Xq (DXS990: NPL 1.70, p = 0.04). A total of 51.4% of patients carried at least one NOD2/CARD15 variant. Furthermore, epistasis was observed between susceptibility regions 6q/10p and 20p/10p. Conclusion: Genome scanning in a Flemish IBD population found nominal evidence for linkage on 1p, 4q, 10p12, and 14q11, overlapping with other genome scan results, with linkage on 14q11-12 supporting the IBD4 locus. The results further show that epistasis is contributing to the complex model of IBD and indicate that population heterogeneity is not to be underestimated. Finally, NOD2/CARD15 is clearly implicated in the Flemish IBD population. [less ▲]

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See detailDeficient host-bacteria interactions in inflammatory bowel disease? The toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 Asp299gly polymorphism is associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Franchimont, D.; Vermeire, S.; El Housni, H. et al

in Gut (2004), 53(7), 987-992

Background and aims: Elicitation of an innate immune response to bacterial products is mediated through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the toll-like receptors (TLRs) and the NODs. The ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: Elicitation of an innate immune response to bacterial products is mediated through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the toll-like receptors (TLRs) and the NODs. The recently characterised Asp299Gly polymorphism in the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) receptor TLR4 is associated with impaired LPS signalling and increased susceptibility to Gram negative infections. We sought to determine whether this polymorphism was associated with Crohn's disease ( CD) and/or ulcerative colitis (UC). Methods: Allele frequencies of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism and the three NOD2/CARD15 polymorphisms (Arg702Trp, Gly908Arg, and Leu1007fsinsC) were assessed in two independent cohorts of CD patients ( cohort 1, n = 334; cohort 2, n = 114), in 163 UC patients, and in 140 controls. A transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) was then performed on 318 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) trios. Results: The allele frequency of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism was significantly higher in CD ( cohort 1: 11% v 5%, odds ratio ( OR) 2.31 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.28 - 4.17), p = 0.004; and cohort 2: 12% v 5%, OR 2.45 ( 95% CI 1.24 - 4.81), p = 0.007) and UC patients (10% v 5%, OR 2.05 ( 95% CI 1.07 3.93), p = 0.027) compared with the control population. A TDT on 318 IBD trios demonstrated preferential transmission of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism from heterozygous parents to affected children (T/U: 68/34, p = 0.01). Carrying polymorphisms in both TLR4 and NOD2 was associated with a genotype relative risk (RR) of 4.7 compared with a RR of 2.6 and 2.5 for TLR4 and NOD2 variants separately. Conclusion: We have reported on a novel association of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism with both CD and UC. This finding further supports the genetic influence of PRRs in triggering IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailAutoimmunity associated with anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha treatment in Crohn's disease: A prospective cohort study
Vermeire, S.; Noman, M.; Van Assche, G. et al

in Gastroenterology (2003), 125(1), 32-39

Background & Aims: Infliximab therapy is an effective approach to treating Crohn's disease. Development of antinuclear antibodies has been described in patients treated, but the size of the problem and ... [more ▼]

Background & Aims: Infliximab therapy is an effective approach to treating Crohn's disease. Development of antinuclear antibodies has been described in patients treated, but the size of the problem and the relationship with autoimmunity have not been investigated. We investigated the occurrence of antinuclear antibodies in 125 consecutive Crohn's disease patients and studied the relationship with symptoms of autoimmunity. Methods: Autoantibodies and clinical data were investigated before and 1, 2, and 3 months after infliximab infusion. If antinuclear antibodies were greater than or equal to1:80, further study of double-stranded DNA, single-stranded DNA, histones, and ENA was performed. Results: Cumulative antinuclear antibody incidence at 24 months was 71 of 125 (56.8%). Almost half of these patients developed antinuclear antibodies after the first infusion, and >75% became antinuclear antibody positive after fewer than 3 infusions. So far, only :15 of 71 patients have become seronegative, after a median of 12 months. Of 43 antinuclear antibody-positive patients who were further subtyped, 14 of 43 (32.6%) had double-stranded DNA, 17 (39.5%) had single-stranded DNA, 9 (20.9%) had antihistone, and 0% were ENA positive. Two patients (both antihistone and double-stranded DNA positive) developed drug-induced lupus without major organ damage, and I developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Antinuclear antibodies were associated with the female sex (odds ratio, 3.166; 95% confidence interval, 1.167-8.585; P = 0.024) and with papulosquamous or butterfly rash (odds ratio, 10.016; 95% confidence interval, 1.708-58.725; P = 0.011). Conclusions: The cumulative incidence of antinuclear antibodies was 56.8% after 24 months in this cohort of infliximab-treated Crohn's disease patients. Antinuclear antibodies persisted up to I year after the last infusion, and only a few patients became seronegative. Two patients developed drug-induced lupus erythematosus. Antinuclear antibodies were associated with the female sex and skin manifestations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe value of serologic markers in indeterminate colitis: A prospective follow-up study - Reply
Joossens, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Vermeire, S. V. et al

in Gastroenterology (2003), 125(3), 999-1000

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See detailTransmission of CARD15 (NOD2) variants in families with Crohns disease
Vermeire, S.; Esters, N.; Pierik, M. et al

in Gastroenterology (2003), 124(4 (Suppl I)), 368

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See detailDemographic and clinical parameters influencing the short-term outcome of anti-tumor necrosis factor (infliximab) treatment in Crohn's disease
Vermeire, S.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Carbonez, A. et al

in American Journal of Gastroenterology (2002), 97(9), 2357-2363

OBJECTIVE: Infliximab is an effective treatment for refractory or fistulizing Crohn's disease (CD). However, about 30% of patients do not respond to infliximab for unknown reasons. Identifying predictive ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Infliximab is an effective treatment for refractory or fistulizing Crohn's disease (CD). However, about 30% of patients do not respond to infliximab for unknown reasons. Identifying predictive factors of response is important for optimizing clinical management and for better understanding infliximab's mechanisms of action. The aim of this study was to assess whether demographic or clinical parameters influence short-term response to infliximab. METHODS: The first 240 CD patients of the Belgian Infliximab Expanded Access Program were studied for response to infliximab treatment and assessed at 4 (refractory luminal CD) or 10 wk (fistulizing CD) after the first infusion. Detailed demographic and clinical information on age, sex, type of disease (fistulizing or refractory), Crohn's Disease Activity Index score, C-reactive protein (CRP), smoking habits, disease duration, localization of disease, concomitant medication, and previous surgery were obtained from all patients. Logistic regression and decision tree analysis were performed. RESULTS: There were 73.5% responders and 26.5% nonresponders to treatment. Stepwise logistic regression identified age (OR = 0.971, 95% CI = 0.947-0.995, p = 0.018), isolated ileitis (OR = 0.359, 95% CI 0.177-0.728, p = 0.004), and previous surgery (OR 0.429, 95% CI = 0.233-0.787, p = 0.006) as inversely correlated with response, whereas isolated colitis (OR = 1.905, 95% CI = 1.010-3.597, p = 0.046) and concomitant immunosuppressive treatment (OR = 2.670, 95% CI = 1.430-5.016, p = 0.0022) were positively correlated with response to infliximab. Surprisingly, smoking habits were not retained as predictors for response. Decision tree analysis provided a working algorithm based on age and immunosuppressive treatment that warrants further exploration. CONCLUSIONS: In this large cohort of infliximab-treated CD patients, young age, Crohn's colitis, and concomitant immunosuppressive treatment were identified as independent variables favoring short-term response to infliximab. [less ▲]

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See detailNOD2/CARD15 does not influence response to infliximab in Crohn's disease
Vermeire, S.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Rutgeerts, P. et al

in Gastroenterology (2002), 123(1), 106-111

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See detailA positive response to infliximab in Crohn disease: Association with a higher systemic inflammation before treatment but not with-308 TNF gene polymorphism
Louis, Edouard ULg; Vermeire, S.; Rutgeerts, P. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology (2002), 37(7), 818-824

Background: Two-thirds to three-fourths of patients with either refractory luminal or fistulizing Crohn disease respond to infliximab treatment. The ability or inability to respond seems to persist over ... [more ▼]

Background: Two-thirds to three-fourths of patients with either refractory luminal or fistulizing Crohn disease respond to infliximab treatment. The ability or inability to respond seems to persist over time. Biological characteristics and/or genetic background can influence the response to treatment. The aim was to assess the value of C-reactive protein and TNF-alpha serum levels before treatment as well as the TNF -308 gene polymorphism in the prediction of response to infliximab treatment in Crohn disease. Methods: Two-hundred-and-twenty-six Crohn disease patients treated in the setting of an expanded access programme to infliximab in Belgium were studied. There were 136 refractory luminal diseases and 90 refractory fistulizing diseases. Luminal diseases were treated with one single infusion; fistulizing diseases with three infusions at weeks 0, 2 and 6. A clinical response to treatment was defined as either a Crohn disease activity index <150 (complete) or a drop of 70 points (partial) at week 4, for luminal disease, and as either complete fistula healing (complete) or a decrease of at least 50% of the number of draining fistulas on two consecutive visits between weeks 0 and 18, for fistulizing disease. CRP and serum TNF-α levels were measured at week 0 before treatment and were compared between responders and non- responders. Patients were genotyped for the -308 TNF gene polymorphism, and allelic as well as genotype frequencies were compared between responders and non- responders. Results: There were 73.2% responders (46.4% complete and 26.8% partial) and 26.8% non- responders. Response rates were similar in luminal and fistulizing diseases. CRP level before treatment was significantly higher in responders than in non-responders (16.8 mg/l (5-160) versus 9.6 mg/l (5-143); P = 0.02). Furthermore, response rate was significantly higher in patients with elevated CRP (> 5 mg/l) than in patients with a normal CRP value (< 5 mg/l) before treatment (76% versus 46%; P = 0.004; OR: 0.26 (0.11-0.63)). Allelic and genotype frequencies for -308 TNF gene polymorphis m were not significantly different between responders and non- responders - with the exception of a slightly higher TNF2 frequency in nonresponders in luminal disease (22.1% versus 11.6%; P = 0.04). However, this was not associated with a significant difference in genotype frequencies. Conclusion: A positive clinical response to infliximab was associated with a higher CRP level before treatment in our population of Crohn disease patients, but there was no relevant association with -308 TNF gene polymorphism. We therefore suggest that CRP level may help to identify better candidates for infliximab treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailSerological markers for prediction of response to anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment in Crohn's disease
Esters, N.; Vermeire, S.; Joossens, S. et al

in American Journal of Gastroenterology (2002), 97(6), 1458-1462

OBJECTIVES: The use of monoclonal anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies (infliximab, Remicade) is a new therapeutic approach for severe refractory luminal or fistulizing, Crohn's disease (CD ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The use of monoclonal anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies (infliximab, Remicade) is a new therapeutic approach for severe refractory luminal or fistulizing, Crohn's disease (CD). However, up to 30% of patients do not respond to this treatment. So far, no parameters predictive of response to anti-TNT have been identified. Our aim was to determine whether serological markers ASCA (anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies) or pANCA (perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies) could identify Crohn's patients likely to benefit from anti-TNF therapy. METHODS: Serum samples of 279 CID patients were analyzed for ASCA and pANCA before anti-TNF therapy. A blinded physician determined clinical response at week 4 (refractory luminal CD) or week 10 (fistulizing CD) after the first infusion of infliximab (5 mg/kg). RESULTS: Overall, there was no relationship between ASCA or pANCA and response to therapy. However, lower response rates were observed for patients with refractory intestinal disease carrying the pANCA+/ASCA- combination, although this lacked significance (p = 0.067). CONCLUSIONS: In this cohort of infliximab-treated patients, neither ASCA nor pANCA could predict response to treatment. However, the combination pANCA+/ASCA- might warrant further investigation for its value in predicting nonresponse in patients with refractory luminal disease. [less ▲]

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See detailThe value of serologic markers in indeterminate colitis: A prospective follow-up study
Joossens, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Vermeire, S. V. et al

in Gastroenterology (2002), 122(5), 1242-1247

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See detailTumour Necrosis Factor (Tnf) Gene Polymorphism in Crohn's Disease (Cd): Influence on Disease Behaviour?
Louis, Edouard ULg; Peeters, Marc; Franchimont, D. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2000), 119(1), 64-8

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair polymorphism located in the promoter region of TNF gene, in a large population of CD patients with well defined phenotypes. One hundred and ninety-three patients with CD and 98 ethnically matched controls were studied. The -308 single base pair polymorphism of TNF gene was studied using an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Genotype and allelic frequencies were compared between patients and controls and between subgroups of patients defined by sex, age at diagnosis, familial history, location of disease, type of disease, extra-intestinal manifestations, and response to steroid treatment. In 29 patients a measure of TNF-alpha production by colonic biopsies was performed. The frequency of the allele TNF2 as well as the proportion of carriers of the allele TNF2 were slightly but not significantly lower in CD than in controls (11.9% versus 14.8% and 21.5% versus 27.6%, respectively). A more prominent difference in frequencies of allele TNF2 and in proportions of TNF2 carriers was found when comparing subgroups of patients. The frequency of allele TNF2 was significantly higher in steroid-dependent than in non-steroid-dependent disease (28.1% versus 10.3%; Delta = 17.8%, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 6.3-29.5%, P = 0.0027) and tended to be higher in colonic than in small bowel disease and in fistulizing than in stricturing disease. Furthermore, TNF2 carriers tended to be more frequent in patients with steroid-dependent than non-steroid-dependent disease (43.8% versus 19.3%; Delta = 24.5%, 95% CI = 3.6-45.4%, P = 0.022), in patients with fistulizing than stricturing disease (26.5% versus 9.6%; Delta = 16.9%, 95% CI = 1. 1-32.6%, P = 0.036), and in patients with colonic than small bowel disease (26.5% versus 11.1%; Delta = 15.4%, 95% CI = -0.8-31.6%, P = 0.063). Finally, patients carrying at least one copy of allele 2 were found to produce slightly more TNF-alpha at the colonic level. The -308 TNF gene polymorphism may have a slight influence on the behaviour of CD. The carriage of allele 2 may favour steroid-dependent disease and to a lesser extent fistulizing and colonic disease, possibly secondary to a more intense TNF-alpha-driven inflammatory reaction at the mucosal level. [less ▲]

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