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vol. 43
Clinical immunology

Serum adiponectin as a predictor of laboratory response to anti-TNF-α therapy in rheumatoid arthritis

Dorota Sikorska, Rafał Rutkowski, Joanna Łuczak, Włodzimierz Samborski, Janusz Witowski

(Centr Eur J Immunol 2018; 43 (3): 289-294)
Online publish date: 2018/10/30
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While adiponectin is typically viewed as an anti-inflammatory mediator, such an activity of adiponectin in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not so obvious. In the present study we examined whether serum levels of adiponectin reflect the clinical phenotype of RA patients and/or correlate with severity of the disease and the response to anti-TNF-α therapy.

Material and methods
Twenty-one female RA patients qualified to receive anti-TNF-α treatment were prospectively assessed before and after 12 weeks of therapy. Patients underwent full clinical and biochemical assessment. Disease activity was assessed by the Modified Disease Activity Scores (DAS28). Serum concentrations of adiponectin were measured with an immunoassay. The individuals were divided into two subgroups according to whether their baseline serum adiponectin was below or above the median value. The subgroups did not differ in basic demographic, anthropometric, and clinical parameters.

Anti-TNF-α treatment resulted in a significant clinical (DAS28) improvement in patients from both subgroups, but no significant differences between basal and post-treatment serum adiponectin concentrations were observed. However, patients with higher baseline adiponectin experienced a significant and more pronounced improvement in laboratory parameters of inflammation (ESR, CRP, neutrophil count, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio).

It is possible that adiponectin exerts systemic anti-inflammatory effects independently of the local activity of RA.


rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, adiponectin, adipocytokines, anti-TNF-α treatment

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