Association Between Baseline Anti-cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies and 6-Month Clinical Response Following Abatacept or TNF Inhibitor Treatment: A Real-World Analysis of Biologic-Experienced Patients with RA
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Immune System Diseases | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Rheumatology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
INTRODUCTION: Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies are associated with poor prognosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Previous data from randomized controlled trials and clinical practice have shown anti-CCP-positive (+) patients had a better response to treatment with abatacept or tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) treatment than those who were anti-CCP negative. This study assessed the association between baseline anti-CCP2 [a surrogate for anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA)] concentration and 6-month treatment responses to abatacept or TNFi in patients with RA.
METHODS: This real-world analysis included biologic-experienced patients from CERTAIN (Comparative Effectiveness Registry to study Therapies for Arthritis and Inflammatory CoNditions) who initiated abatacept or TNFi, had prior biologic disease-modifying drug exposure and baseline anti-CCP2 concentration/serostatus and serum samples (baseline and 6 months). Baseline demographics and disease characteristics were compared. Change from baseline at 6 months in Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) score and patient-reported outcomes [PROs: pain, fatigue, patient global assessment (PtGA), modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (mHAQ) score], by baseline anti-CCP2 quartile and binary cut-off ( > 10-250 and > 250 U/ml), were evaluated separately in the abatacept and TNFi groups using a linear regression model adjusted for age, sex, CDAI/PROs, comorbidity index, and methotrexate use.
RESULTS: Included were 138 abatacept and 137 TNFi initiators who were anti-CCP2+. At baseline, there were significant differences between anti-CCP2 quartiles and mean CDAI, swollen joint count 28, C-reactive protein (CRP), Disease Activity Score 28 (CRP), rheumatoid factor (RF), mHAQ and physician global assessment among abatacept initiators, and in mean RF, mHAQ, and PtGA among TNFi initiators. Among abatacept (but not TNFi) initiators, CDAI numerically improved (p = 0.208) and PROs significantly improved (p < 0.05) with increasing baseline anti-CCP2.
CONCLUSIONS: In patients treated with abatacept, not TNFi, higher anti-CCP2 concentrations at baseline were associated with numerically greater improvements in CDAI and significant improvements in PROs after 6 months.
CLINICAL TRIAL NUMBER: NCT01625650.
Abatacept, Patient-reported outcome measures, Rheumatoid arthritis, Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors
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Harrold LR, Bryson J, Lehman T, Zhuo J, Gao S, Han X, Schrader A, Rebello S, Pappas DA, Sommers T, Kremer JM. Association Between Baseline Anti-cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies and 6-Month Clinical Response Following Abatacept or TNF Inhibitor Treatment: A Real-World Analysis of Biologic-Experienced Patients with RA. Rheumatol Ther. 2021 Jun;8(2):937-953. doi: 10.1007/s40744-021-00310-2. Epub 2021 May 28. PMID: 34047953; PMCID: PMC8217398. Link to article on publisher's site
Rheumatology and therapy
Harrold LR, Bryson J, Lehman T, Zhuo J, Gao S, Han X, Schrader A, Rebello S, Pappas DA, Sommers T, Kremer JM. (2021). Association Between Baseline Anti-cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies and 6-Month Clinical Response Following Abatacept or TNF Inhibitor Treatment: A Real-World Analysis of Biologic-Experienced Patients with RA. Open Access Publications by UMass Chan Authors. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40744-021-00310-2. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/4763
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