Effectiveness of etanercept vs cyclophosphamide as treatment for patients with amyloid A amyloidosis secondary to rheumatoid arthritis.
Nakamura T1, Higashi S, Tomoda K, Tsukano M, Shono M.
To compare the effectiveness of an alkylating agent with that of a biologic agent in the treatment of patients with amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis secondary to RA and to assess the association of the serum AA (SAA) 1.3 allele with treatment.
CYC and etanercept (ETN) were administered to 62 and 24 RA patients, respectively, who were confirmed with biopsy as having AA amyloidosis. We evaluated whether the SAA1.3 allele, a factor indicating genetic risk and poor prognosis of Japanese RA patients with AA amyloidosis, influenced treatments and retrospectively analysed the effectiveness of both agents via statistical methods.
Two treatment groups were similar, except for the SAA1.3 genotype (P = 0.015) and duration of AA amyloidosis since diagnosis (P < 0.001). Also, patients given ETN had somewhat worse renal function, i.e. 24-h proteinuria (P = 0.02), at the initiation of treatment. ETN demonstrated greater effectiveness than CYC, as shown by significantly improved levels of serum CRP and serum albumin (both P < 0.01) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; P = 0.032). ETN improved survival (P = 0.025), and the hazard ratios for the risk of death endpoint with eGFR and 24-h proteinuria were significant by P = 0.024 and P = 0.025, respectively. The SAA1.3 allele did not affect the response to medications in AA amyloidosis secondary to RA.
ETN treatment was more effective than CYC treatment, and CRP, albumin and eGFR may be valuable biomarkers for analysis. The SAA1.3 allele was not a factor affecting treatment in Japanese patients with AA amyloidosis secondary to RA.
PMID: 22879465 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
:: Courtesy NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Database and The NIH (National Institutes of Health) ::
The following product(s) are being used for the research of the above disease, illness or condition