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See detailIncreased synovial fluid levels of interleukin-12, sCD25 and sTNF-RII/sTNF-RI ratio delineate a cytokine pattern characteristic of immune arthropathies
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in European Cytokine Network (2000), 11(4), 669-676

The assessment of cytokines and their soluble receptors in the synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies may be useful in studying pathogenetic and immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying different ... [more ▼]

The assessment of cytokines and their soluble receptors in the synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies may be useful in studying pathogenetic and immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying different diseases. The aim of this work was to study the cytokine network occurring in inflammatory arthropathies and to identify a cytokine profile which is characteristic of an immune-mediated synovitis. Levels of IL-12, as well as IL-4, IL-8, IL-10, IFN-gamma, sCD25, TNF-alpha and its soluble receptors were measured in the SF of various arthropathies, i.e. non-inflammatory arthropathies: "control" meniscus pathology (n = 21), osteoarthritis (n = 22) and chronic crystal arthritis (n = 9); a non-immune inflammatory arthropathy: acute crystal arthritis (n = 11); 2 immune inflammatory arthropathies: reactive arthritis (ReA) (n = 23) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (n = 44). SF levels of IL-10, TNF-alpha and sTNF-RII were found to be increased in the three inflammatory arthropathies compared to the "control" meniscus group. Within the inflammatory group, acute crystal arthritis was characterized by a significantly higher sTNF-RI/TNF-alpha ratio and ReA by a significantly lower sTNF-RII/TNF-alpha ratio compared to the two other diseases. The two immune arthropathies, RA and ReA, were characterized by increased SF levels of IL-12, sCD25 and of the sTNF-RII/sTNF-RI ratio. ReA differed however from RA by showing lower IL-8 and IL-4 levels, higher IFN-gamma levels and a higher IL-12/IL-10 ratio, suggesting a more prevalent Th1 profile in ReA SF. Our data indicate that the measurement of SF cytokines and soluble receptors may discriminate between each inflammatory arthropathy and might be useful in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailSynovial fluid matrix metalloproteinase-3 levels are increased in inflammatory arthritides whether erosive or not
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in Rheumatology (2000), 39(12), 1357-1365

OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) in the knee synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies (rheumatoid arthritis whether erosive or not, reactive arthritis, acute ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) in the knee synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies (rheumatoid arthritis whether erosive or not, reactive arthritis, acute crystal arthritis) and degenerative arthropathies [chronic crystal disease, osteoarthritis and (control) meniscus pathology] and to correlate them with the degree of joint destruction, local inflammatory and immune parameters and systemic markers of inflammation. METHODS: SF levels of MMP-3 (precursor, active and tissue inhibitor of MMP-bound forms), tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha, soluble TNF receptors I and II, interleukin (IL)-6 and soluble IL-6 receptor were measured by ELISA in 107 inflammatory and 53 degenerative arthropathies. RESULTS: MMP-3 levels in SF were (i) significantly higher in inflammatory than in degenerative arthropathies; (ii) not related to the degree of joint destruction; (iii) significantly correlated with the levels of all SF markers tested and with erythrocyte sedimentation rate and serum levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. CONCLUSION: Increased MMP-3 levels in SF are found in inflammatory arthropathies and are not specific for erosive joint diseases. MMP-3 in SF is therefore a potential candidate for the assessment of the inflammatory process in joints. However, the exclusive determination of the active form could indicate the degree of joint destruction. [less ▲]

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