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CD25 and TNF receptor II reflect early primary response to infliximab therapy in patients with ulcerative colitis

Journal article
Authors Maria K Magnusson
Rahil Dahlén
Hans Strid
Stefan Isaksson
Magnus Simrén
Anders Lasson
Antal Bajor
Kjell-Arne Ung
Lena Öhman
Published in United European Gastroenterology Journal
Volume 1
Issue 6
Pages 467-476
ISSN 2050-6406
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Pages 467-476
Language en
Keywords Ulcerative colitis, infliximab, biological therapy, T cell CD25, TNFRII, apoptosis
Subject categories Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Basic Medicine


Background Although infliximab treatment is an option for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), not all patients do respond to therapy, and cellular mechanisms leading to therapy response are incompletely known. Objective The objective of this article is to determine early effects of infliximab therapy on T cells in the blood of UC patients and if effects differed in therapy responders and nonresponders. Methods: Blood samples were obtained before and two weeks post-treatment start from 34 anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy-naïve UC patients undergoing infliximab therapy. Response to therapy was evaluated prior to the fourth treatment dose. Expression of T cell surface markers and levels of soluble receptors and cytokines in serum were determined. Results At baseline, there were no differences in cellular, biochemical or clinical parameters between therapy responders and nonresponders. Infliximab therapy reduced frequencies of CD25+ T cells and increased frequencies of annexin V+ T cells in patients responding to infliximab, but not in nonresponding patients, two weeks after therapy start. Only therapy responders had decreased serum levels of sCD25 and sTNFRII two weeks after treatment start. In contrast, clinical parameters did not reflect therapy outcome already two weeks after therapy start. Conclusion Soluble and membrane-bound T cell receptors may be early indicators of infliximab therapy response in UC, which can be of clinical importance for the decision when to continue or to stop the treatment.

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