Periodontal microbioma & rheumatoid arthritis: The role of porhyromonas gingivalis

L Azzi, S Rania, R Vinci, F Spadari, F Croveri, C Scognamiglio, D Farronato, L Tettamanti, A Tagliabue, J Silvestre-Rangil, C Bellintani

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease, which can be described as an autoimmune response after molecular mimicry caused by infective agents. The current study aims at evaluating the correlation between Rhematoid Arthritis (RA) and Periodontal Disease (PD), with special attention to the microbioma detected in the gums. Thirty-four patients with RD were recruited into the current study. Among rheumatic parameters, Rheumatoid Factor (RF), anti-citrullinated protein antibody (CCP), HLA-BDR1 and DAS28 were collected. A dental clinician evaluated the periodontal screening record (PSR). Afterwards, 1 paper cone was inserted for 30 seconds into the gingival sulcus then sent to the laboratory for evaluation. Quantitative PCR of 16S rRNA genes was performed with the hydrolysis probes method to identify and evaluate the amount Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythensis, Treponema denticola, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Campylobacter rectus. There were no statistical differences in the composition of oral microbioma between PSR groups. There were no statistical significant differences between bacterial loads and serum values. On the contrary, a positive correlation was found between the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis in periodontal pockets on one side and RF and CCP on the other. Therefore, the presence of Porhyromonas gingivalis in periodontal pockets is associated to RA inflammatory indices. © Copyright by BIOLIFE, s.a.s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Issue number2, Suppl.1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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