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Racial and ethnic determinants of psoriatic arthritis phenotypes and disease activity

Haberman, Rebecca H; Ahmed, Tasneem; Um, Seungha; Zhou, Ying Yin; Catron, Sydney; Jano, Kathryn; Felipe, Adamary; Eichman, Stephanie; Rice, Alexandra L; Lydon, Eileen; Moussavi, Sarah; Neimann, Andrea L; Reddy, Soumya M; Adhikari, Samrachana; Scher, Jose U
OBJECTIVE:Individuals of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds are underrepresented in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) research/clinical trials, despite evidence that their disease presentation, severity and course may be distinct. Here we aim to describe how race, ethnicity and other socioeconomic factors inform disease characteristics in PsA. METHODS:817 consecutive patients with PsA from a large, diverse metropolitan area, were enrolled in an observational, longitudinal registry. Demographics, medical history, medication use, and psoriatic disease phenotype and activity were all recorded and analyzed. RESULTS:The population was 77.4% non-Hispanic White, 2.2% Black, 7.1% Asian, and 9.9% identified as other races or multiracial, and 11.8% identified as Hispanic. Hispanic and non-White individuals had higher tender joint counts (p= 0.033) with similar swollen joint counts (p= 0.308) and medication use (p= 0.171). They also had high rates of radiographic axial disease. Hispanic individuals were significantly more likely to have higher tender joint counts (p= 0.029), higher RAPID3 scores (p= 0.004), and moderate-severe psoriasis (p= 0.010) compared with non-Hispanic White individuals. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:In this diverse cohort, 22.6% of patients identified as underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups, mostly Asian or Hispanic. Despite similar swollen joint counts and medication use, non-white individuals have higher tender joint counts compared with white individuals. Phenotypically, they also were more likely to have radiographic axial involvement. These findings may reflect differences in PsA presentation, experience and outcomes in individuals of various racial and ethnic groups, which need to be taken into consideration in clinical care and research design.
PMID: 38305279
ISSN: 1462-0332
CID: 5626902

Spatial transcriptomics stratifies psoriatic disease severity by emergent cellular ecosystems

Castillo, Rochelle L; Sidhu, Ikjot; Dolgalev, Igor; Chu, Tinyi; Prystupa, Aleksandr; Subudhi, Ipsita; Yan, Di; Konieczny, Piotr; Hsieh, Brandon; Haberman, Rebecca H; Selvaraj, Shanmugapriya; Shiomi, Tomoe; Medina, Rhina; Girija, Parvathy Vasudevanpillai; Heguy, Adriana; Loomis, Cynthia A; Chiriboga, Luis; Ritchlin, Christopher; Garcia-Hernandez, Maria De La Luz; Carucci, John; Meehan, Shane A; Neimann, Andrea L; Gudjonsson, Johann E; Scher, Jose U; Naik, Shruti
Whereas the cellular and molecular features of human inflammatory skin diseases are well characterized, their tissue context and systemic impact remain poorly understood. We thus profiled human psoriasis (PsO) as a prototypic immune-mediated condition with a high predilection for extracutaneous involvement. Spatial transcriptomics (ST) analyses of 25 healthy, active lesion, and clinically uninvolved skin biopsies and integration with public single-cell transcriptomics data revealed marked differences in immune microniches between healthy and inflamed skin. Tissue-scale cartography further identified core disease features across all active lesions, including the emergence of an inflamed suprabasal epidermal state and the presence of B lymphocytes in lesional skin. Both lesional and distal nonlesional samples were stratified by skin disease severity and not by the presence of systemic disease. This segregation was driven by macrophage-, fibroblast-, and lymphatic-enriched spatial regions with gene signatures associated with metabolic dysfunction. Together, these findings suggest that mild and severe forms of PsO have distinct molecular features and that severe PsO may profoundly alter the cellular and metabolic composition of distal unaffected skin sites. In addition, our study provides a valuable resource for the research community to study spatial gene organization of healthy and inflamed human skin.
PMID: 37267384
ISSN: 2470-9468
CID: 5536642

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

Paradoxical Effects of Depression on Psoriatic Arthritis Outcomes in a Combined Psoriasis-Psoriatic Arthritis Center

Haberman, Rebecca H.; Um, Seungha; Catron, Sydney; Chen, Alan; Lydon, Eileen; Attur, Malavikalakshmi; Neimann, Andrea L.; Reddy, Soumya; Troxel, Andrea; Adhikari, Samrachana; Scher, Jose U.
Backgroud: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic, inflammatory arthritis that, when left untreated, can lead to erosions, deformities and decrease in quality of life. PsA is known to be associated with multiple comorbidities, including cardiovascular, metabolic and mental health syndromes, all of which can increase its overall morbidity and mortality. Objective: To characterize a cohort of patients with PsA and understand the impact of depression on PsA outcome measures. Methods: 527 consecutive patients with PsA were enrolled in an observational, longitudinal registry that followed them prospectively at standard of care visits. Demographics, medical history, medication use, and clinical exam were all recorded. Results: Depression was reported in 22.8% of the population, anxiety in 18%, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 4%. Depression was more common in female participants (P <.001). At baseline, individuals with PsA and concomitant depression had similar tender and swollen joint counts and RAPID3 compared to those without depression, and had lower body surface area affected by psoriasis (P =.04). At year one, all patients had improvement in clinical outcomes. However, patients with depression had a significantly higher tender joint count compared to those without depression (P =.001), despite similar swollen joint count and body surface area. Conclusion: In patients with depression, there is a discrepancy between improvement in physician assessed measures and patient reported outcomes. These observations underscore the importance of addressing depression and psychological distress as part of PsA treatment outcomes and points towards the need to address residual pain through co-adjuvant approaches.
ISSN: 2475-5303
CID: 5549922

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

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

Depression as a Modulator of Patient Reported, but Not Physician Observed, Outcomes in Psoriatic Arthritis [Meeting Abstract]

Haberman, R; Um, S; Catron, S; Lydon, E; Attur, M; Neimann, A; Reddy, S; Troxel, A; Adhikari, S; Scher, J
Background/Purpose: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a complex immune-mediated disease. Beyond its deleterious effects in the skin and joints, PsA can lead to decreased quality of life, increased psychosocial stress, and is associated with high levels of depression and anxiety. However, little is known about the effects of mental health on disease activity and severity. This may be especially important in PsA where up to half of patients have residual symptoms (i.e., pain, fatigue) despite effective immunomodulatory therapies. The objective of this study was to characterize the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities and their impact on PsA outcomes in an urban, academic, combined clinic setting.
Method(s): Consecutive adult patients meeting CASPAR criteria (n=537) were prospectively recruited at the NYU Psoriatic Arthritis Center and followed for up to 2 years. All data was obtained from clinical visits using a standardized EPIC template. Depression was defined as patient-reported depression and/or use of anti-depressant medications.
Result(s): The cohort was 53% male, mostly Caucasian (79.7%) and had an average age of 49 years. Within our population, 23% had depression, 18% anxiety, and 4% ADHD (Table 1). At the initial visit, patients with depression were more likely to be female, older, and have concomitant anxiety compared to those without depression. Moreover, compared to their nondepressed counterparts, patients with depression had similar swollen joint counts (SJCs), tender joint counts (TJCs) and RAPID3 scores, as well as a lower percent body surface area (BSA). However, at the subsequent timepoints, while other outcomes remained similar between the groups, patients with depression had a higher TJC (Figure 1). When adjusting for age, sex, race, medication use, and comorbidities, the rate ratio (RR) of TJC in patients with depression vs. without depression was 1.23 (95%CI 0.78, 1.94, p=0.79) at baseline (Figure 2). This ratio was even higher at year 1 (RR 1.47, 95%CI 0.91, 2.35, p=0.19) and year 2 (RR 1.75, 95%CI 0.97, 3.14, p=0.07), nearing significance. In the adjusted models for SJC, BSA, and RAPID3, this pattern was not seen.
Conclusion(s): High rates of depression and anxiety in this cohort expand upon previously reported data. While most patients improve over time, TJC is significantly higher in those who carry a diagnosis of depression whereas SJC and BSA are similar in patients with and without depression. This may reflect differences in how patients with depression perceive their disease and may lead to difficulty in achieving low disease activity/remission by composite score measures. Therefore, addressing depression, along with inflammatory symptoms, should be considered, especially in those with residual pain. Further work is needed to understand if intervening on depression could help improve PsA outcomes
ISSN: 2326-5205
CID: 5512932

Spatial Transcriptomics Stratifies Health and Psoriatic Disease Severity by Emergent Cellular Ecosystems [Meeting Abstract]

Castillo, R; Sidhu, I; Dolgalev, I; Subudhi, I; Yan, D; Konieczny, P; Hsieh, B; Chu, T; Haberman, R; Selvaraj, S; Shiomi, T; Medina, R; Girija, P V; Heguy, A; Loomis, C; Chiriboga, L; Meehan, S; Ritchlin, C; De, La Luz Garcia-Hernandez M; Carucci, J; Neimann, A; Naik, S; Scher, J
Background/Purpose: The skin is recognized as a window into the immunopathogenic mechanisms driving the vast phenotypic spectrum of psoriatic disease.
Method(s): To better decipher the cellular landscape of both healthy and psoriatic skin, we employed spatial transcriptomics (ST), a ground-breaking technology that precisely maps gene expression from histologically-intact tissue sections (Fig. 1A).
Result(s): Findings gleaned from computationally integrating our 23 matched lesional and non-lesional psoriatic and 7 healthy control samples with publicly-available single-cell ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing datasets established the ability of ST to recapitulate the tissue architecture of both healthy and inflamed skin (Fig. 1B) and highlighted topographic shifts in the immune cell milieu, from a predominantly perifollicular distribution in steady-state skin to the papillary and upper reticular dermis in psoriatic lesional skin. We also incidentally discovered that ST's ability to ascertain gene expression patterns from intact tissue rendered it particularly conducive to studying the transcriptome of lipid-laden cells such as dermal adipose tissue and sebaceous glands (Fig. 1C), whose expression profiles are typically lost in the process of tissue handling and dissociation for bulk and single-cell RNA seq. Unbiased clustering of pooled healthy and psoriatic samples identified two epidermal clusters and one dermal cluster that were differentially expanded in psoriatic lesional skin (p values <=0.05) (Fig. 1D); pathway analysis of these clusters revealed enrichment of known psoriatic inflammatory pathways (Fig. 1E). Unsupervised classification of skin-limited psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis samples revealed stratification by cutaneous disease severity or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) score and not by presence or absence of concomitant systemic/synovial disease (Fig. 1F). Remarkably, this PASI-dependent segregation was also evident in distal, non-lesional samples and was driven by the dermal macrophage and fibroblast cluster and the lymphatic endothelium (Fig. 2A). Inquiry into the mechanistic drivers of this observed stratification yielded enrichment of pathways associated with key T cell and innate immune cell activation, B cells, and metabolic dysfunction (Fig. 2B). Finally, tissue scale computational cartography of gene expression revealed differences in regional enrichment of specific cell types across phenotypic groups, most notably upward extension of fibroblasts to the upper dermis in both lesional and non-lesional samples from mild psoriasis and restriction to the lower dermis in the moderate-to-severe psoriasis samples (Fig. 2C), suggesting that disease severity stratification may be driven by emergent cellular ecosystems in the upper dermis. Fig. 1. (A) Schematic of spatial transcriptomics study workflow. Four mm skin punch biopsies were obtained from healthy volunteers (n=3) and lesional and non-lesional skin from patients with psoriatic disease (n=11). Ten micron-thick sections were then placed on capture areas on the ST microarray slide, each containing molecularly barcoded, spatially encoded spots with a diameter of 50 microns and a center-to-center distance of 100 microns. (B) Side-by-side comparison of a hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) stained section of representative healthy, lesional, and non-lesional skin samples and the corresponding ST plots showed concordance of unbiased gene expression-based clustering with histologic tissue architecture. (C) Pathway analysis of the adipose cluster in healthy skin (cluster 2) confirmed upregulation of lipid-associated processes. Inset: Spots corresponding to the adipose cluster highlighted in yellow. (D) Wilcoxon rank sum test (results displayed as box plots) yielded statistically significant expansion of three clusters in lesional skin compared to both non-lesional and healthy skin-inflamed suprabasal epidermis (cluster 4), epidermis 2 (cluster 7), and inflamed dermis (cluster 10). HC=healthy control, L=lesional psoriatic skin, NL=non-lesional psoriatic skin. (E) Pathways enriched in clusters 4, 7, and 10. (F) Principal component analysis (PCA) plots demonstrating segregation of samples by severity of cutaneous disease in both lesional and non-lesional samples along the first principal component (right) that was not seen in the samples categorized according to presence or absence of arthritis (left). PsA=psoriatic arthritis, PsO=skin-limited psoriasis. Fig. 2. (A) PCA of lesional and non-lesional samples colored by disease severity in spatial clusters 1 (left) and 12 (right) revealed more discrete clustering. (B) Pathways significantly enriched in clusters 1 (left) and 12 (right) showed enrichment of pathways associated with key T cell and innate immune cell activation, B cells, and metabolic dysfunction (highlighted in red). (C) SpaceFold one dimension projection of cell distribution from an independently-generated single-cell RNA seq data set on aggregated ST lesional and non-lesional samples from mild (PASI-low) and moderate-severe (PASI-high) samples. Y-axis represents tissue position, starting with the lower dermis marked as position 0 to suprabasal epidermis marked as position 1. Dashed line represents epidermal-dermal junction, discerned by cell types in the basal epidermal layer (melanocytes and Langerhans cells). Fibroblast signatures (red arrows) were largely relegated to the lower dermis in the PASI-high group, but extended to the upper dermis in the PASI-low group. This striking difference in fibroblast localization was also noted in non-lesional PASI-high vs. PASI-low groups. In addition to fibroblasts, lymphatic, endothelial, myeloid, and T cells signatures (black arrows) were also observed in the upper dermis of lesional PASI-low samples, but were much lower in the dermis of PASI-low non-lesional and all samples in the PASI-high group. Interfollicular epidermis (IFE), hair follicle and infundibulum (HF/IFN), n= number of individual biopsies.
Conclusion(s): Thus, we have been able to successfully leverage ST integrated with independently-generated single-cell RNA seq data to spatially define the emergent cellular ecosystems of healthy and matched psoriatic lesional and non-lesional skin and in so doing, demonstrated the value of ST in unearthing the genetic groundwork at both the site of inflammation and in distal, clinically-uninvolved skin
ISSN: 2326-5205
CID: 5513112

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