Hungarian Immunology

[Alpha calcidol treatment in patients with psoriatic arthropathy: clinical and immunological effects]

GAÁL János, LAKOS Gabriella, ALEKSZA Magdolna, KISS Judit, HORVÁTH Irén, HORKAY Edit, NAGY Georgina, SZEGEDI Andrea

OCTOBER 20, 2007

Hungarian Immunology - 2007;6(05)

[OBJECTIVE - Our objective was to describe the functional changes of the immune system also to evaluate the clinical parameters during systemic alphacalcidol (1αOH vitamin D3) treatment in patients with psoriatic arthropathy. PATIENTS AND METHOD - Nineteen patients with peripheral polyarticular form of psoriatic arthropathy were investigated. Ten patients were treated with daily 2×25 mcg alphacalcidol per os for 6 months and the other 9 patients served as controls. Three visits (at start, 3 and 6 months later) were carried out during the study, changes in the laboratory and clinical parameters were examined and analysed statistically in the treated and control groups. RESULTS - In the peripheral blood of the treated group a statistically significant decrease in the percentage of CD3/CD69 positive activated and CD8 positive IFNγ producing T cells was observed and the serum level of IFNγ also showed a significant decrease during the first 3 months. Another three months later no change in the above mentioned variables could be detected. Additionally, there was a significant decrease in the clinical activity of the disease using DAS28 score during the whole 6 months follow up period. In the control group no significant changes were observed. CONCLUSION - Our results show that systemic alphacalcidol treatment has a notable immune modulatory effect on patients with psoriatic arthropathy. This effect is manifested in short-term temporary decrease of type 1 immune responses and continuous decrease in the disease activity.]



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