• Autoantibodies in patients with psoriasis on anti-TNFalpha therapy
  • Abdalatif, Rania <1980>


  • MED/04 Patologia generale


  • Introduction: Anti-TNF-alfa therapy has been effective in the treatment of patients with refractory psoriasis and psoriasic arthritis. However, the risk of developing autoantibodies in these patients undergoing this therapy is not clear. Objective: To evaluate the induction of specific autoantibodies after anti-TNFα therapy in patients with psoriasis and psoriasic arthritis and, to evaluate the influence of the use of methotrexate on the values of autoantibodies developed during this therapy. Patients and methods: Serum samples from 120 patients, obtained before(baseline) the introduction of anti-TNF-alpha therapy and approximately each 3-6 months during the therapy.O f these 120 patients, 113 were found negative for autoantibodies before starting anti -TNFalpha therapy, 7 were found positive for ANA. The analysis included detection of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-dsDNA antibodies (indirect immunofluorescence on Hep-2 cells and Crithidia luciliae, respectively); anti extractable nuclear antigens antibodies( ENA)(ELISA). RESULTS: Infliximab is associated with the highest occurrence rate of ANA, anti-dsDNA, ENA with approximately 69,2%, 11,5%, 7,6% of patients treated testing positive. In comparison, only 20%, 6,6%, 2,2% of patients treated with Adalimumab, and 19%, 2,3%, 2,3% of patients treated with Etanercept were positive for ANA, Anti-dsDNA, ENA respectively. As regard the seven patients who were positive at baseline, six of them (85.7%) in addition to being remained positive during the therapy they have also increased the autoantibodies ’s titers. Conclusion: our study have shown that Infliximab is associated with the highest rate of autoantibodies. The concomitant treatment with methotrexate did not modify the titers of autoantibodies developed during the therapy anti-TNFalph. The incidence of ANA, anti-dsDNA antibodies did not correlate with development of Lupus-like syndromes. The difference in the frequency of autoantibodies between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis was not statistically significant (p = 0.867).


  • 2012-04-17


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Abdalatif, Rania (2012) Autoantibodies in patients with psoriasis on anti-TNFalpha therapy, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze chirurgiche: progetto n. 3 "Scienze dermatologiche" , 24 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/4429.