Circulating markers of vascular injury and angiogenesis in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis.
To identify biomarkers that distinguish between active antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) and remission in a manner superior or complementary to established markers of systemic inflammation.Markers of vascular injury and angiogenesis were measured before and after treatment in a large clinical trial in AAV: 163 subjects enrolled in the Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis trial were screened for the present study. Serum levels of E-selectin, intercellular adhesion molecule 3 matrix metalloproteinase protein 1 (MMP-1), MMP-3, MMP-9, P-selectin, thrombomodulin, and vascular endothelial growth factor were measured at study screening (time of active disease) and at month 6. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels had been measured at the time of the clinical visit. The primary outcome measure was the difference in marker level between screening and month 6 among patients whose disease was in remission (Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score for Wegener's granulomatosis [BVAS/WG] score of 0) at month 6.All patients had severe active vasculitis at screening (mean ± SD BVAS/WG score 8.6 ± 3.2). Among the 123 patients whose disease was clinically in remission at month 6, levels of all markers except E-selectin showed significant declines. MMP-3 levels were also higher among the 23 patients with active disease at month 6 than among the 123 patients whose disease was in remission. MMP-3 levels correlated weakly with ESR and CRP levels.Many markers of vascular injury and angiogenesis are elevated in severe active AAV and decline with treatment, but MMP-3 appears to distinguish active AAV from remission better than the other markers studied. Further study of MMP-3 is warranted to determine its clinical utility in combination with conventional markers of inflammation and ANCA titers.
Monach, PA; Tomasson, G; Specks, U; Stone, JH; Cuthbertson, D; Krischer, J; Ding, L; Fervenza, FC; Fessler, BJ; Hoffman, GS; Ikle, D; Kallenberg, CGM; Langford, CA; Mueller, M; Seo, P; St Clair, EW; Spiera, R; Tchao, N; Ytterberg, SR; Gu, Y-Z; Snyder, RD; Merkel, PA
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