Anti-TNF antibody treatment improves glucocorticoid induced insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) resistance without influencing myoglobin and IGF1 binding proteins 1 and 3

P. Sarzi-Puttini, F. Atzeni, J. Schölmerich, M. Cutolo, Rainer H. Straub

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Abstract

Background: Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is an important determinant of muscle mass because it promotes growth and suppresses protein degradation. IGF1 is decreased in rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis because its synthesis is inhibited by inflammation. In parallel, glucocorticoids induce IGF1 resistance and add to muscle degradation. Objective: To investigate the influence of anti-tumour necrosis factor antibody treatment (anti-TNF) with adalimumab on levels of myoglobin (degradation marker) and IGF1 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis with and without prednisolone treatment. Methods: Subcutaneous adalimumab was given to 32 patients with longstanding rheumatoid arthritis (16 with and 16 without prednisolone) in a longitudinal study. IGF1, IGF1 binding protein 1 (IGFBP-1), IGFBP-3, and myoglobin were measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. Results: Rheumatoid patients had normal serum myoglobin. Patients on prednisolone had higher myoglobin than patients not receiving prednisolone, indicating increased muscle degradation. On treatment with anti-TNF, myoglobin levels did not change in either patient group. Serum IGF1 was increased in patients with v without prednisolone, indicating IGF1 resistance (mean (SEM): 221 (23) v 122 (14) μg/l, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Rheumatology

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