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PubMed | Juntendo University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Niigata Rheumatic Center, University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan and 11 more.
Type: | Journal: Modern rheumatology | Year: 2016

To verify predictive validity of simplified disease activity index (SDAI) remission for subsequent functional and structural outcomes in real-world clinical settings under a treat-to-target strategy (T2T).In this multicenter, prospective cohort study, T2T was implemented in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with moderate-to-high disease activity. SDAI or clinical disease activity index (CDAI) was assessed every 12 weeks, and treatment was adjusted to achieve clinical remission or low disease activity (LDA). Multivariate logistic regression models were used to examine the associations of SDAI remission (3.3) at week 24 with the health assessment questionnaire-disability index (HAQ-DI)0.5 or with the delta van der Heijde-modified total Sharp score (vdH-mTSS)


Hikami K.,University of Tsukuba | Kawasaki A.,University of Tsukuba | Ito I.,University of Tsukuba | Koga M.,University of Tsukuba | And 12 more authors.
Arthritis and Rheumatism | Year: 2011

Objective. SPI1, also referred to as PU.1, is an Ets family transcription factor that interacts with IRF2, IRF4, and IRF8. In view of the significance of the type I interferon pathway in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), this study was undertaken to investigate a possible association between SPI1 polymorphisms and SLE. Methods. A case-control association study was performed using 6 tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), as well as a SNP located upstream of SPI1 previously found to be associated with acute myelogenous leukemia, in 400 Japanese patients with SLE and 450 healthy controls. Resequencing of all exons and known regulatory regions was performed to identify functional polymorphisms. Association of genotype and SPI1 expression was examined using the GENEVAR database and reporter assays. Results. A significant association was detected in 2 SNPs in intron 2 (rs10769258 and rs4752829) (P = 0.005 and P = 0.008, respectively, under the dominant model). The association was stronger in patients with nephropathy. Resequencing identified a potentially functional polymorphism in the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR), rs1057233, which was in strong linkage disequilibrium with the SNPs in intron 2. The number of risk alleles at rs1057233 was strongly correlated with SPI1 messenger RNA (mRNA) level in the database analysis (P = 0.0002), and was confirmed by a reporter assay. Interestingly, rs1057233 alters a target sequence for microRNA hsa-miR-569 (miR-569). Transfection experiments demonstrated that miR-569 inhibits expression of a reporter construct with the 3'-UTR sequence containing the nonrisk allele but not the risk allele. Conclusion. Our findings indicate that a SNP in the 3'-UTR of SPI1 is associated with elevated SPI1 mRNA level and with susceptibility to SLE. © 2011, American College of Rheumatology.


Suka M.,Jikei University School of Medicine | Hayashi T.,University of Tsukuba | Kobayashi S.,Juntendo University | Ito S.,Niigata Rheumatic Center | And 2 more authors.
Modern Rheumatology | Year: 2012

Objectives To examine the improvement in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in association with disease activity in myeloperoxidase (MPO)-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis patients treated with cyclophosphamide plus prednisolone. Methods According to the Japanese Patients with MPOANCA- Associated Vasculitis (JMAAV) study protocol, a total of 48 patients with newly diagnosed MPO-ANCAassociated vasculitis received a standardized cyclophosphamide plus prednisolone regimen, and their clinical courses were followed for 18 months following their entry into the study. Disease activity was assessed using the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) 2003. HRQOL was assessed using MOS Short-Form 36 (SF-36) v2. BVAS new/worse, BVAS persistent, and SF-36 domain scores (norm-based) were calculated for the 32 eligible patients. Results The mean SF-36 domain scores were significantly lower than the Japanese general population norm. Stepwise multiple linear regression analysis showed that the presence of new or worsening features of the nervous system was significantly associated with a deterioration in physical function. During the 18 months of follow-up, there were significant improvements in BVAS new/worse and all SF-36 domains except for general health and role emotional. Conclusion MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis patients experienced a considerable deterioration in HRQOL. The standardized cyclophosphamide plus prednisolone regimen of the JMAAV study induced remission in the majority of patients, and the induction of remission accompanied a recovery in HRQOL. © Japan College of Rheumatology 2012.


Murasawa A.,Niigata Rheumatic Center
Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine | Year: 2013

Support system for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a wide variety, such as the health care, the medical economy, the environment, and mental activity. Among these measures, the laws called the social security system are defined. These systems consist of social insurance (medical insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance), social welfare (welfare for the disabled) and public health (measures for intractable diseases). As social support under total management of RA, patients can receive mitigation measures and subsidies (physically disabled person's certificate, high-cost medical care, etc.) for high medical expenses at use of biological products, hospitalization and surgery. Furthermore long-term care insurance and disability pension can be used as a further support of home care.


Ishikawa H.,Niigata Rheumatic Center
Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine | Year: 2013

In recent years a concept of "treat to target" is introduced into a medical treatment of RA, and tight control is recommended from the early stage of the disease. However, it is difficult to relieve all patients in a true remission. Nowadays, disease activity is controlled well and a reconstructive surgery is performed at a limited number of the damaged joints in a state of good remaining of bone and soft tissue structures. The patients are highly motivated, and a newly developed disorder at the non-surgically treated joints is uncommon. Therefore, an aggressive rehabilitation is possible. Combined with a medical treatment of RA, a surgical intervention enables to acquire a higher level of ADL and an improved QOL (Japanese T2T).


Abe A.,Niigata Rheumatic Center | Ishikawa H.,Niigata Rheumatic Center | Murasawa A.,Niigata Rheumatic Center | Nakazono K.,Niigata Rheumatic Center
Skeletal Radiology | Year: 2010

Purpose: Extensor tendon rupture on the dorsum of the wrist is commonly seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The diagnosis of tendon rupture is usually straightforward, but it is sometimes difficult in the hand with complex deformity. The purposes of this study were to investigate the reliability of three-dimensional computed tomography (3DCT) imaging of extensor tendons in the rheumatoid wrist and in the normal wrist and to clarify the validity of its clinical application to the diagnosis of tendon rupture in the rheumatoid wrist. Methods: Preoperative 3DCT images of 48 wrists of 45 patients with RA and 3DCT images of 38 wrists of 38 healthy volunteers were reviewed retrospectively by six orthopaedic surgeons who were unaware of all other study data. Extensor tendon rupture was verified by operation on 20 rheumatoid wrists. Results: Regarding interobserver and intra-observer reliabilities of 3DCT imaging of the extensor tendons, agreement with respect to tendon rupture in this study group was high, and Cohen's kappa (κ) coefficient was variable, depending on the individual tendon. Positive predictive value (PPV) of tendon rupture in the extensor digiti minimi (EDM), extensor digitorum communis (EDC) V and IV and extensor pollicis longs (EPL) tendons was more than 60%, but those for the other extensor tendons were less than 50%. Negative predictive value (NPV) was more than 96% in all extensor tendons, in both rheumatoid and normal wrists. Conclusions: Extensor tendons in normal and rheumatoid wrists were well depicted by 3DCT imaging. In the rheumatoid wrists, extensors of the ring and little fingers and the thumb were depicted more accurately than those to the other fingers. 3DCT imaging was clinically applicable to wrists for which it was difficult to diagnose by physical examination a definite cause for the loss of extension of the fingers. © 2009 ISS.


PubMed | Niigata Prefectural Shibata Hospital and Niigata Rheumatic Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Modern rheumatology | Year: 2016

The objective of this study is to investigate whether ultrasonography (US) images of joints that underwent surgery reflected the synovial histological findings or clinical indicators and to compare the results of the findings related to large joints (LJs) with those of small joints (SJs).The operations were performed on 215 joints in 177 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The 215 joints included 64 LJs and 151 SJs. The joints with the power Doppler (PD) signal grades 0 and 1 were assigned to group L, while those with grades 2 and 3 were assigned to group H. The Rooney score, Disease Activity Score-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28), serum matrix metallopeptidase 3 (MMP-3), and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were determined.The Rooney score, DAS28, MMP-3, and CRP levels of the LJs were significantly lower in group L than in group H. In group H, similar results were found in the LJs and SJs, with a significant increase in the disease activity, CRP and MMP-3 levels and the histological findings in comparison to group L.The PD signal grade was one of the indicators that reflected the degree of synovitis in the histological findings of the active joints of RA patients.


PubMed | Kitasato University, Osaka University, Niigata Rheumatic Center and Nagano University
Type: | Journal: Modern rheumatology | Year: 2016

To compare the influences of tocilizumab (TCZ) and TNF inhibitors (TNFi) on the angiogenesis in synovial tissues of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Synovial tissues were obtained during joint operations from 13 RA patients treated with TCZ for at least 4 months with or without previous use of TNFi, from 13 RA patients with TNFi alone and from 10 RA patients with only conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDs). Synovial tissues were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin stain as well as by immunohistological staining with anti-CD31 in which the microvessel densities (MVD) were quantitated. Synovial histopathology was scored for various components.The most remarkable change in the synovium with TCZ was reduced angiogenesis as well as degeneration of lining layers irrespective of the previous use of TNFi. Thus, MVD in patients treated with TCZ with or without previous TNFi were significantly decreased compared with those in patients with TNFi alone or with csDMARDs. Moreover, MVD was significantly correlated with lining layer proliferation, but not with synovial stromal proliferation or inflammatory changes.These results demonstrated that inhibition of angiogenesis is a unique action of TCZ. Moreover, the data also suggest that lining layers proliferation might be closely associated with angiogenesis.


To determine whether serum immunity to Porphyromonas gingivalis peptidylarginine deiminase (PPAD) affects the clinical response to biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).In a retrospective study, rheumatologic and periodontal conditions of 60 patients with RA who had been treated with conventional synthetic DMARD were evaluated before (baseline) and after 3 and 6 months of bDMARD therapy. After serum levels of anti-PPAD immunoglobulin G (IgG) were determined at baseline, the patients were respectively divided into two groups for high and low anti-PPAD IgG titers according to the median measurements. Genotypes at 8 functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) related to RA were also determined.After 3 and 6 months of therapy, patients with low anti-PPAD IgG titers showed a significantly greater decrease in changes in the Disease Activity Score including 28 joints using C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) (P = 0.04 for both) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) IgG levels (P = 0.03 and P = 0.04) than patients with high anti-PPAD IgG titers, although these parameter values were comparable at baseline. The anti-PPAD IgG titers were significantly positively correlated with changes in the DAS28-CRP (P = 0.01 for both) and the anti-CCP IgG levels (P = 0.02 for both) from baseline to 3 and 6 months later. A multiple regression analysis revealed a significantly positive association between the anti-PPAD IgG titers and changes in the DAS28-CRP after 6 months of bDMARD therapy (P = 0.006), after adjusting for age, gender, smoking, periodontal condition, and RA-related SNPs.The serum IgG levels to PPAD affect the clinical response to bDMARD in patients with RA.


PubMed | Niigata University, Niigata Rheumatic Center and Heart Dental Clinic
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Dysphagia | Year: 2016

This study aimed to elucidate the relationship between the piezoelectric waveform latency, hyoid bone movement, surface electromyogram (sEMG), and the pharyngeal transit time (PTT) during swallowing. Forty-one healthy subjects were divided into three age groups: younger (20-39years, n=8), middle-aged (40-59years, n=9), and older (60-79years, n=24). Motion analysis of the hyoid bone using videofluorography (VF), waveform analysis of the front neck using piezoelectric films, and sEMG of the suprahyoid muscle group were performed simultaneously. Latencies of the three movement phases were defined as upward (VFS1), forward (VFS2), and returning to starting position (VFS3). The three phases of the piezoelectric waveform-from wave initiation of the negative wave to the start of the second deep negative wave; from the start of the second deep negative wave to the start of the last positive wave (SLPW); and from the SLPW to the end of the last positive wave-were defined as PS1, PS2, and PS3, respectively. VFS1-3 and PS1-3 were significantly correlated. VFS1 and PS1 latencies were significantly longer with thick liquid than with thin liquid. VFS2, PS1, and PS2 latencies were longer in the older group than in the other two groups. The start of PS1 was nearly equal to those of sEMG and VFS1. Bolus arrival time in the valleculae was statistically equal to the end of the PS1 with both thin and thick liquids. To establish the swallowing screening using Piezoelectric film, further investigation is necessary in the dysphagia patients.

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