The Citrullinated and MMP-degraded Vimentin Biomarker (VICM) Predicts Early Response to Anti-TNFα Treatment in Crohn's Disease

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  • Joachim H Mortensen, Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research, Herlev
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  • Wouter T van Haaften, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, University of Groningen
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  • Morten A Karsdal, Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research, Herlev
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  • Anne-Christine Bay-Jensen, Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research, Herlev
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  • Peter Olinga, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, University of Groningen
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  • Henning Grønbæk
  • Christian L Hvas
  • Tina Manon-Jensen, Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research, Herlev
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  • Gerard Dijkstra, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, University of Groningen
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  • Anders Dige

BACKGROUND: In Crohn's disease (CD), 10% to 40% of patients do not respond to anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) treatment. Currently, there are no biomarkers with adequate sensitivity to separate responders from nonresponders at an early stage.

AIM: The aim of this study was to investigated whether early changes in the VICM (citrullinated and matrix metalloproteinase-degraded vimentin) biomarker were associated with response to anti-TNFα treatment in patients with CD.

METHODS: Serum VICM levels were measured by ELISA in 2 independent cohorts of CD patients (n=42) treated with anti-TNFα (infliximab or adalimumab). Response was determined by achieving clinical remission (Harvey Bradshaw Index<5).

RESULTS: Compared with baseline, VICM serum levels were reduced by anti-TNFα in the infliximab cohort (week 6 and 14) and in the adalimumab cohort (week 8). VICM was lower in the responders compared with the nonresponders [infliximab: week 6, P<0.05; area under the curve (AUC)=0.90; adalimumab: week 1, P<0.01 (AUC=0.91), and week 8, P<0.05 (AUC=0.86)], and were able to predict response to treatment after 1 week of treatment with an odds ratio of 42.5.

CONCLUSIONS: The VICM biomarker was time dependently reduced in CD patients responding to anti-TNFα treatment. We suggest that VICM may be used as a marker for monitoring early response to anti-TNFα in patients with CD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Volume55
Issue1
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
ISSN0192-0790
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

    Research areas

  • Crohn's disease, anti-TNF, citrullinated vimentin, prediction of response, serological biomarkers

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