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Identification of novel urinary biomarkers for assessing disease activity and prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis
- Identification of novel urinary biomarkers for assessing disease activity and prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis
- Park, Yune-Jung; Yoo, Seung-Ah; Hwang, Daehee; Cho, Chul-Soo; Kim, Wan-Uk
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- Hwang, Daehee
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- Experimental and Molecular Medicine, 48
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- To optimize treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it is ideal to monitor the disease activity on a daily basis because RA activity fluctuates over time. Urine can be collected routinely at home by patients. Recently, we identified four urinary biomarker candidates-gelsolin (GSN), orosomucoid (ORM)1, ORM2 and soluble CD14 (sCD14)-in RA patients through transcriptomic and proteomic studies. Here, we investigated the clinical significance of the aforementioned urinary biomarker candidates in a prospective manner. For the first time, we found that urinary ORM1, ORM2 and sCD14 levels, but not GSN, were elevated in RA patients and had a positive correlation with the status of the disease activity. In particular, urine tests for ORM 1, ORM 2 and sCD14 efficiently represented the presence of high RA activity without the need for measuring blood markers. In a parallel study, a more rapid radiographic progression over 3 years was observed in patients with higher ORM2 levels. Combined measurements of urinary ORM2 and serum C-reactive protein synergistically increased the predictability of the radiographic progression of RA (odds ratio: 46.5). Collectively, our data provide evidence that blood-free, urinary biomarkers are promising surrogates for assessing disease activity and prognosis of RA. We anticipate that our urinary biomarkers will provide novel candidates for patient-driven measurements of RA activity at home and can shift the paradigm from blood to urine testing in the assessment of RA activity and prognosis in hospitals.
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Hwang, Dae Hee
Systems Biology and Medicine Lab
Multilayered spatiotemporal networks; Regulatory motifs or pathways; Metabolite-protein networks; Network stochasticity; Proteomics and informatics
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