Effects of infliximab treatment on insulin resistance in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (Journal article)

Kiortsis, D. N./ Mavridis, A. K./ Vasakos, S./ Nikas, S. N./ Drosos, A. A.

BACKGROUND: Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) may be an important mediator of insulin resistance. Infliximab is a chimeric monoclonal, high affinity antibody against the soluble and transmembrane TNFalpha, which can reduce markedly the biological activity of circulating and tissue TNFalpha and is used to treat various autoimmune disorders. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of infliximab infusions on insulin sensitivity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: 45 patients (28 with RA, 17 with AS) aged 19-74 years were studied. All patients were treated with intravenous infliximab. A complete biochemical profile was obtained before and after 6 months' treatment with infliximab. The Homoeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA) Index was used to measure insulin resistance and the Quantitative Insulin Sensitivity Check Index (QUICKI) to measure insulin sensitivity. RESULTS: In the whole study group, no significant changes of the HOMA Index or QUICKI were seen. In the tertile of patients with the highest insulin resistance, a significant decrease of the HOMA Index and increase of the QUICKI was found (p<0.01 for both). CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that infliximab treatment may have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity in the most insulin resistant patients with RA and AS.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Adult,Aged,Antibodies, Monoclonal/*pharmacology/therapeutic use,Antirheumatic Agents/*pharmacology/therapeutic use,Arthritis, Rheumatoid/drug therapy/*physiopathology,Body Mass Index,Humans,*Insulin Resistance,Middle Aged,Spondylitis, Ankylosing/drug therapy/*physiopathology,Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/antagonists & inhibitors,Waist-Hip Ratio
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/22084
ISSN: 0003-4967
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15458960
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