Serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein and clinical signs and symptoms of potential pre-radiographic hip and knee pathology.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the cross-sectional relationship between serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) and hip and knee clinical signs and symptoms in a sample of adults without radiographic hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: A total of 145 persons with available sera and no evidence of radiographic hip or knee OA (Kellgren-Lawrence grade 0) were randomly selected from the Caucasian participants of the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. COMP was quantified by a competitive ELISA assay with a monoclonal antibody 17-C10. Hip and knee clinical signs and symptoms were assessed by physical examination and interview, and their associations with Ln COMP analysed with general linear models. RESULTS: After adjustment for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), and other symptomatic joints, mean Ln COMP was statistically significantly higher among persons with hip-related clinical signs (P=0.018), among those with hip-related symptoms (P=0.046), and among individuals meeting American College of Rheumatology clinical criteria for hip OA (P=0.021). There were no statistically significant associations between any of the knee-related clinical signs and symptoms and Ln COMP. CONCLUSION: Serum COMP may be useful as a biomarker of pre-radiographic hip joint pathology; its utility as a biomarker of pre-radiographic knee joint pathology is unclear.
Dragomir, AD; Kraus, VB; Renner, JB; Luta, G; Clark, A; Vilim, V; Hochberg, MC; Helmick, CG; Jordan, JM
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