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Type: Journal article
Title: Changes in peripheral blood B cell subsets at diagnosis and after treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: correlation with clinical and laboratory parameters
Author: McComish, J.
Mundy, J.
Sullivan, T.
Proudman, S.
Hissaria, P.
Citation: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 2015; 18(4):421-432
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1756-1841
1756-185X
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Jeremy McComish, Joy Mundy, Tom Sullivan, Susanna M. Proudman and Pravin Hissaria
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess variation in peripheral blood B lymphocyte subsets in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: B lymphocyte subsets in disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD)-naïve patients with RA (n = 30), patients with RA treated with DMARDs (n = 73) and healthy controls (n = 46) were analyzed by flow cytometry. Total B cells, total memory B cells, immunoglobulin M (IgM) memory B cells, switched memory B cells, non-switched memory B cells, CD21lo B cells, transitional B cells and plasmablasts were measured. Correlation with clinical and laboratory parameters was performed. RESULTS: Total memory B cells, IgM memory B cells and non-switched memory B cells were reduced in RA patients at diagnosis compared to controls (P < 0.05). In patients with treated RA, there was a further reduction of total B cells, CD21lo cells, transitional B cells and plasmablasts, compared to controls (P < 0.05). The reduction in absolute numbers of total B cells, switched memory B cells, CD21lo cells, transitional B cells and plasmablasts in treated RA patients was significant (P < 0.05) even when compared to the DMARD-naïve patients. Only treatment responders (Disease Activity Score < 3.2) had reduced total B cells and absolute numbers of switched and IgM memory B cells (P < 0.05). In patients requiring leflunomide, total memory B cells, IgM memory B cells, non-switched memory B cells and absolute numbers of switched memory B cells were reduced compared with the remainder of the patient group (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: There is reduction of various B cell subsets in RA patients at diagnosis. Treatment with DMARDs leads to further reduction in additional B cell subsets without correction of the abnormalities. Reduction in individual subsets may predict RA patients requiring more intensive therapy.
Keywords: B cell subsets; B cells; CCP/ACPA; disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs; flow cytometry; memory B cells; rheumatoid arthritis
Rights: © 2014 Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
RMID: 0030012587
DOI: 10.1111/1756-185X.12325
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