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Long-term improvement of lipid profile in patients with refractory systemic lupus erythematosus treated with B-cell depletion therapy: a retrospective observational study.
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
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    Pego-Reigosa JM, Lu TY-T, Fontanillo MF, del Campo-PĂ©rez V, Rahman A, Isenberg DA
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    691, 696
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    Rheumatology (Oxford)
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    Adult, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived, Antirheumatic Agents, Atherosclerosis, B-Lymphocytes, Biomarkers, Female, Humans, Lipids, Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic, Lymphocyte Depletion, Male, Middle Aged, Retrospective Studies, Rituximab, Statistics as Topic, Time, Young Adult
OBJECTIVE: Lipid abnormalities contribute to the increased risk of premature atherosclerosis in patients with SLE. This study was undertaken to investigate changes in lipid profile after B-cell depletion therapy (BCDT) in patients with active SLE who had failed standard immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: Twelve patients with refractory SLE treated with BCDT based on rituximab (two biweekly infusions of 1 g) were examined. Lipid profile and lupus activity were measured before the infusions and 1 year later. The control group consisted of 26 age- and sex-matched lupus patients not treated with BCDT. RESULTS: In the study group, the mean levels of total, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterols were 4.6, 1.4 and 2.4 mmol/l at baseline and changed to 4.1, 1.6 and 2.0 mmol/l (P = NS, P = 0.04 and P = NS) at 1 year, respectively. The atherogenic index was 3.8 at baseline and decreased to 2.7 (P = 0.02). The triglyceride (TG) level was 2.1 mmol/l at baseline and decreased to 1.3 mmol/l (P = 0.04). BCDT was followed by a significant decrease in global BILAG scores and a drop in the mean dose of prednisolone at 1 year (P = 0.01). Reduction in disease activity was significantly associated with a reduction in total cholesterol and TG levels and an increase in HDL cholesterol levels. In the control group, there were no differences in any of the lipid determinations over a 1-year period. CONCLUSION. This provisional observational study suggests a favourable long-term effect of BCDT on the lipid profile of patients with refractory SLE, which correlated with decreasing activity of the disease.
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