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Anticollagen type II antibodies are associated with an acute onset rheumatoid arthritis phenotype and prognosticate lower degree of inflammation during 5 years follow-up
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
Unit of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Unit of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 76, no 9, 1529-1536 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective Antifibrillar collagen type II (anti-CII) antibody-positive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have early but not late signs of increased inflammation and joint erosions. We wanted to replicate this in a large RA cohort, and to relate to human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1* alleles.

Methods Anti-CII and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP)2 were measured at baseline in 773 patients with RA from the Swedish Epidemiological Investigation in Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA) study with clinical follow-up data from the Swedish Rheumatology Quality Register (SRQ) registry, and 1476 with HLA-DRB1* information. Comparisons were done concerning C reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), tender joint count (TJC), swollen joint count (SJC), Disease Activity Score encompassing 28 joints based on ESR (DAS28), DAS28CRP, pain-Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), global-VAS and Health Assessment Questionnaire Score (HAQ) at eight occasions during 5 years, and association with HLA-DRB1* alleles.

Results Anti-CII associated with elevated CRP, ESR, SJC, DAS28 and DAS28CRP at diagnosis and up to 6 months, whereas anti-CCP2 associated with SJC and DAS28 from 6 months to 5 years, but not earlier. The anti-CII-associated phenotype was strong, and predominated in anti-CII/anti-CCP2 double-positive patients. Anti-CII was associated with improvements in CRP, ESR, SJC, TJC and DAS28, whereas anti-CCP2 was associated with deteriorations in SJC and DAS28 over time. Anti-CII-positive patients achieved European League Against Rheumatism good or moderate response more often than negative patients. Anti-CII was positively associated with HLA-DRB1*01 and HLA-DRB1*03, with significant interaction, and double-positive individuals had >14 times higher mean anti-CII levels than HLA double negatives. Whereas smoking was associated with elevated anti-CCP2 levels, smokers had lower anti-CII levels.

Conclusions Anti-CII seropositive RA represents a distinct phenotype, in many respects representing the converse to the clinical, genetic and smoking associations described for anticitrullinated protein peptide autoantibodies. Although not diagnostically useful, early anti-CII determinations predict favourable inflammatory outcome in RA.

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2017. Vol. 76, no 9, 1529-1536 p.
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Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311956DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210873PubMedID: 28336519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311956DiVA: diva2:1061886
Available from: 2017-01-03 Created: 2017-01-03 Last updated: 2017-08-17Bibliographically approved
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1. The role of anti-collagen type II antibodies in the pathogenesis and prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of anti-collagen type II antibodies in the pathogenesis and prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) which affects 0.5-1% of the world population and is characterised by joint erosions and presence of the autoantibodies anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) and rheumatoid factor. Collagen II (CII) is a joint-specific antigen and we have shown that antibodies against CII (anti-CII) are present in around 8% of RA patients. RA patients with anti-CII are characterized by acute RA onset with elevated CRP and early joint erosions at the time of RA onset. Polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMN) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are abundant in RA synovial fluids, where they can interact with anti-CII, thus forming immune complexes (IC) with CII. In my thesis I have shown that PMN upregulated the cell surface markers CD66b and CD11b and downregulated CD16 and CD32 after stimulation with anti-CII IC. These changes in CD66b and CD16 associated to joint erosions to a larger extent than did PBMC responses to anti-CII IC. PMN cocultured with PBMC and stimulated with anti-CII IC showed augmented chemokine production that was dependent on TLR4 and functionally active PMN enzymes. This mechanism can lead to accumulation of inflammatory cells in joints of RA patients who are anti-CII positive around the time of RA diagnosis, and may thus help explain the acute onset RA phenotype associated with anti-CII.

In a large Swedish RA cohort, anti-CII associated with elevations in clinical and laboratory measures of disease activity at diagnosis and until 6 months, whereas ACPA associated with late inflammation. Anti-CII seropositive RA was associated with improvements in clinical measurements and was negatively associated with smoking in contrast to ACPA that was associated with worseneing of clinical symptoms and associated positively with smoking. Anti-CII levels associated to  HLADRB1*03 and  HLADRB1*01 whereas ACPA showed negative association to HLA-DRB1*03. In a Malaysian RA cohort anti-CII also associated to elevated CRP at the time of diagnosis.

Anti-CII seropositive RA represents a distinct phenotype, in many respects representing the converse  to the clinical, genetic and smoking associations described for ACPA. Early determinations of anti-CII in parallel to ACPA predict the inflammatory outcome in RA.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. 62 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1289
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Rheumatoid arthritis; Anti-collagen type II antibodies; HLADRB1*; Granulocytes; prognosis;
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Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311959 (URN)978-91-554-9792-7 (ISBN)
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2017-02-28, Rudbecksalen, Daghammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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