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PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e55346. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055346. Epub 2013 Jan 30.

Blood monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and adapted disease activity Score28-MCP-1: favorable indicators for rheumatoid arthritis activity.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Lin-kou, Kwei-san Hsiang, Tao-yuan County, Taiwan.



We assessed blood pentraxin 3 (PTX3) and macrophage chemotactic factor-1 (MCP-1) levels as indicators of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, because data on disease activity score 28 (DAS28)-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and DAS28-C-reactive protein (CRP) are still imperfect.


In 111 patients with RA, we examined longitudinal and cross-sectional correlations of blood PTX3, MCP-1, CRP, and ESR levels with measures of clinical arthritic activity, namely, swollen joint count (SJC), tender joint count (TJC), visual analog scale for general health (GH), DAS28, and adapted DAS28-MCP-1.


Blood MCP-1, but not PTX3, was significantly correlated with SJC, TJC, DAS28, and DAS28-CRP. DAS28-MCP-1 was strongly correlated with DAS28 (r  = 0.984, P<0.001) and DAS28-CRP (r  = 0.971, P<0.001), and modestly correlated with CRP (r  = 0.350, P<0.001), and ESR (r  = 0.386, P<0.001). Similarly, the duration of arthritic symptoms, but not sex, was significantly correlated with variables of arthritic activity. In particular, DAS28-MCP-1 significantly correlated with DAS28 during a 6-month period (r  = 0.944, P<0.001; r  = 0.951, P<0.001; r  = 0.862, P<0.001; and r  = 0.865, P<0.001 for month 0, 1, 3, and 6, respectively).


Blood MCP-1 and adapted DAS28-MCP-1, but not blood PTX3, may be useful in monitoring RA activity.

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