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Efficacy of guselkumab, a selective IL-23 inhibitor, in Preventing Arthritis in a Multicentre Psoriasis At-Risk cohort (PAMPA): protocol of a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled multicentre trial

Haberman, Rebecca H; MacFarlane, Katrina A; Catron, Sydney; Samuels, Jonathan; Blank, Rebecca B; Toprover, Michael; Uddin, Zakwan; Hu, Jiyuan; Castillo, Rochelle; Gong, Cinty; Qian, Kun; Piguet, Vincent; Tausk, Francisco; Yeung, Jensen; Neimann, Andrea L; Gulliver, Wayne; Thiele, Ralf G; Merola, Joseph F; Ogdie, Alexis; Rahman, Proton; Chakravarty, Soumya D; Eder, Lihi; Ritchlin, C T; Scher, Jose U
INTRODUCTION:Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a complex, immune-mediated disease associated with skin psoriasis that, if left untreated, can lead to joint destruction. Up to 30% of patients with psoriasis progress to PsA. In most cases, psoriasis precedes synovio-entheseal inflammation by an average of 5-7 years, providing a unique opportunity for early and potentially preventive intervention in a susceptible and identifiable population. Guselkumab is an effective IL-23p19 inhibitor Food and Drug Administration (FDA-approved for treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis and PsA. The Preventing Arthritis in a Multicentre Psoriasis At-Risk cohort (PAMPA) study aims to evaluate the efficacy of guselkumab in preventing PsA and decreasing musculoskeletal power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) abnormalities in a population of patients with psoriasis who are at-increased risk for PsA progression. METHODS AND ANALYSIS:The PAMPA study is a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, interventional, preventive trial comparing PDUS involvement and conversion to PsA in patients with psoriasis at-increased risk for progression treated with guselkumab compared with non-biological standard of care. The study includes a screening period, a double-blind treatment period (24 weeks) and an open-label follow-up period (72 weeks). At baseline, 200 subjects will be randomised (1:1) to receive either guselkumab 100 mg (arm 1) or placebo switching to guselkumab 100 mg starting at week 24 (arm 2). Arm 3 will follow 150 at-risk psoriasis patients who decline biological therapy and randomisation. Changes from baseline in the PDUS score at week 24 and the difference in proportion of patients transitioning to PsA at 96 weeks will be examined as the coprimary endpoints. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:Ethics approval for this study was granted by the coordinating centre's (NYU School of Medicine) Institutional Review Board (IRB). Each participating site received approval through their own IRBs. The findings will be shared in peer-reviewed articles and scientific conference presentations. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER:NCT05004727.
PMID: 36564123
ISSN: 2044-6055
CID: 5409412

Alterations in the cutaneous microbiome of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis reveal similarities between non-lesional and lesional skin

Boix-Amorós, Alba; Badri, Michelle H; Manasson, Julia; Blank, Rebecca B; Haberman, Rebecca H; Neimann, Andrea L; Girija, Parvathy V; Jimenez Hernandez, Anthony; Heguy, Adriana; Koralov, Sergei B; Bonneau, Richard; Clemente, Jose C; Scher, Jose U
OBJECTIVES/OBJECTIVE:To investigate the cutaneous microbiome spanning the entire psoriatic disease spectrum, and to evaluate distinguishing features of psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS:Skin swabs were collected from upper and lower extremities of healthy individuals and patients with PsO and PsA. Psoriatic patients contributed both lesional (L) and contralateral non-lesional (NL) samples. Microbiota were analysed using 16S rRNA sequencing. RESULTS:was higher in NL PsA samples compared with NL PsO samples (p<0.05), potentially serving as a biomarker for disease progression. CONCLUSIONS:These findings show differences in diversity, bacterial composition and microbe-microbe interactions between healthy and psoriatic skin, both L and NL. We further identified bacterial biomarkers that differentiate disease phenotypes, which could potentially aid in predicting the transition from PsO to PsA.
PMID: 36600182
ISSN: 1468-2060
CID: 5433482

COVID-19 outcomes in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: A prospective cohort study

Yan, Di; Kolla, Avani M; Young, Trevor; Fried, Lauren; Shankar, Shruthi; Rangel, Lauren; Yin, Lu; Castillo, Rochelle; Steuer, Alexa; Svigos, Katerina; Izmirly, Peter; Sekar, Vaish; Lesser, Robert; Solomon, Gary; Blank, Rebecca B; Haberman, Rebecca H; Neimann, Andrea L; Scher, Jose U
PMID: 35373153
ISSN: 2666-3287
CID: 5219542

GRAPPA 2020 Research Award Recipients

Castillo, Rochelle L; Yan, Di; Ashhurst, Anneliese S; Elliott, Ashley; Angioni, Maria Maddalena; Scher, Jose U; Naik, Shruti; Neimann, Andrea; Byrne, Scott N; Payne, Richard J; FitzGerald, Oliver; Pennington, Stephen R; Cauli, Alberto; Chandran, Vinod
At the 2021 Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) annual meeting, a summary of the research conducted by the recipients of the 2020 GRAPPA Research Awards was presented by the awardees. The summary of the 4 presentations is provided here.
PMID: 35293338
ISSN: 0315-162x
CID: 5183902

A Randomized Open Label Clinical Trial of Lipid-Lowering Therapy in Psoriasis to Reduce Vascular Endothelial Inflammation

Garshick, Michael S; Drenkova, Kamelia; Barrett, Tessa J; Schlamp, Florencia; Fisher, Edward A; Katz, Stuart; Jelic, Sanja; Neimann, Andrea L; Scher, Jose U; Krueger, James; Berger, Jeffrey S
PMID: 34808233
ISSN: 1523-1747
CID: 5063372

Methotrexate and TNF inhibitors affect long-term immunogenicity to COVID-19 vaccination in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disease

Haberman, Rebecca H; Um, Seungha; Axelrad, Jordan E; Blank, Rebecca B; Uddin, Zakwan; Catron, Sydney; Neimann, Andrea L; Mulligan, Mark J; Herat, Ramin Sedaghat; Hong, Simon J; Chang, Shannon; Myrtaj, Arnold; Ghiasian, Ghoncheh; Izmirly, Peter M; Saxena, Amit; Solomon, Gary; Azar, Natalie; Samuels, Jonathan; Golden, Brian D; Rackoff, Paula; Adhikari, Samrachana; Hudesman, David P; Scher, Jose U
PMID: 35403000
ISSN: 2665-9913
CID: 5218902

CCL20 in Psoriasis: A Potential Biomarker of Disease Severity, Inflammation, and Impaired Vascular Health

Elnabawi, Youssef A; Garshick, Michael S; Tawil, Michael; Barrett, Tessa J; Fisher, Edward A; Lo Sicco, Kristen; Neimann, Andrea L; Scher, Jose U; Krueger, James; Berger, Jeffrey S
BACKGROUND:Psoriasis is associated with increased cardiovascular risk that is not captured by traditional pro-inflammatory biomarkers. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the relationship between psoriasis area and severity index (PASI), circulating pro-inflammatory biomarkers, and vascular health in psoriasis. METHODS:In psoriasis and age, sex-matched controls, 273 proteins were analyzed utilizing the OLINK platform, while vascular endothelial inflammation and health was measured via direct transcriptomic analysis of brachial vein endothelial cells. RESULTS:= 48.18, p<0.001) in predicting vascular endothelial inflammation. LIMITATIONS/CONCLUSIONS:Our study was observational and does not allow for causal inference in the relationship between CCL20 and cardiovascular risk. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:We demonstrate that CCL20 expression has a strong association with vascular endothelial inflammation, reflects systemic inflammation, and may serve as a potential biomarker of impaired vascular health in psoriasis.
PMID: 33259876
ISSN: 1097-6787
CID: 4694102

Covid-19 in Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases - Case Series from New York [Letter]

Haberman, Rebecca; Axelrad, Jordan; Chen, Alan; Castillo, Rochelle; Yan, Di; Izmirly, Peter; Neimann, Andrea; Adhikari, Samrachana; Hudesman, David; Scher, Jose U
PMID: 32348641
ISSN: 1533-4406
CID: 4438562

IL-17 Inhibition in Spondyloarthritis Associates with Subclinical Gut Microbiome Perturbations and a Distinctive IL-25-Driven Intestinal Inflammation

Manasson, Julia; Wallach, David S; Guggino, Giuliana; Stapylton, Matthew; Badri, Michelle H; Solomon, Gary; Reddy, Soumya M; Coras, Roxana; Aksenov, Alexander A; Jones, Drew R; Girija, Parvathy V; Neimann, Andrea L; Heguy, Adriana; Segal, Leopoldo N; Dorrestein, Pieter C; Bonneau, Richard; Guma, Monica; Ciccia, Francesco; Ubeda, Carles; Clemente, Jose C; Scher, Jose U
OBJECTIVE:To characterize the ecological effects of biologic therapies on the gut bacterial and fungal microbiome of psoriatic arthritis (PsA)/spondyloarthritis (SpA) patients. METHODS:Fecal samples from PsA/SpA patients pre- and post-treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi; n=15) or an anti-interleukin (IL)-17A monoclonal antibody inhibitor (IL-17i; n=14) underwent sequencing (16S, ITS and shotgun metagenomics) and computational microbiome analysis. Fecal levels of fatty acid metabolites and cytokines/proteins implicated in PsA/SpA pathogenesis or intestinal inflammation were correlated with sequence data. Additionally, ileal biopsies obtained from SpA patients who developed clinically overt Crohn's disease (CD) after treatment with IL-17i (n=5) were analyzed for expression of IL-23/Th-17 related cytokines, IL-25/IL-17E-producing cells and type-2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). RESULTS:There were significant shifts in abundance of specific taxa after treatment with IL-17i compared to TNFi, particularly Clostridiales (p=0.016) and Candida albicans (p=0.041). These subclinical alterations correlated with changes in bacterial community co-occurrence, metabolic pathways, IL-23/Th17-related cytokines and various fatty acids. Ileal biopsies showed that clinically overt CD was associated with expansion of IL-25/IL-17E-producing tuft cells and ILC2s (p<0.05) compared to pre-IL-17i treatment levels. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:In a subgroup of SpA patients, the initiation of IL-17A blockade correlated with features of subclinical gut inflammation and intestinal dysbiosis of certain bacterial and fungal taxa, most notably C. albicans. Further, IL-17i-related CD was associated with overexpression of IL-25/IL-17E-producing tuft cells and ILC2s. These results may help to explain the potential link between inhibition of a specific IL-17 pathway and the (sub)clinical gut inflammation observed in SpA.
PMID: 31729183
ISSN: 2326-5205
CID: 4185952

Activated Platelets Induce Endothelial Cell Inflammatory Response in Psoriasis Via COX-1 (Cyclooxygenase-2)

Garshick, Michael S; Tawil, Michael; Barrett, Tessa J; Salud-Gnilo, Charissa M; Eppler, Michael; Lee, Angela; Scher, Jose U; Neimann, Andrea L; Jelic, Sanja; Mehta, Nehal N; Fisher, Edward A; Krueger, James G; Berger, Jeffrey S
OBJECTIVE:=0.02). CONCLUSIONS:In patients with psoriasis, platelets are activated and induce endothelial cell inflammation. Low-dose aspirin improved endothelial cell health in psoriasis via platelet COX-1 inhibition. These data demonstrate a previously unappreciated role of platelets in psoriasis and endothelial cell inflammation, which suggests that aspirin may be effective in improving vascular health in patients with psoriasis. Registration: URL: Unique identifier: NCT03228017.
PMID: 32131611
ISSN: 1524-4636
CID: 4339722