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The effect of these compounds on MMP inhibition is not yet fully exploited purchase seroquel 100mg with visa. Inhibition of TACE and therefore blocking of the processing of the precursor to the active soluble form of TNF results in the elimination of soluble TNF and achieves the same or greater efficacy in an animal 44 SCIENCE TO THE FUTURE BEDSIDE model of inflammation as that seen with the available TNF antagonists seroquel 300 mg fast delivery. A series of orally available potent TACE inhibitors are currently in clinical development buy 300 mg seroquel with visa. The ongoing clinical trials with enzyme inhibitors will provide a better understanding of key issues in these arthritic diseases 50mg seroquel. The trials should provide answers about whether one or a spectrum of MMPs should be inhibited or whether blockage of other disease mechanisms upstream of MMP production is more effective 50 mg seroquel. Other targets Many pathogenetic mechanisms involving cells and mediators of inflammation and destruction are involved in arthritis. Targeting any of them may reveal an interesting therapeutic possibility. One of the earliest characteristics of early inflammation in destructive arthritis is the formation of new vessels. It has been envisioned that direct vascular targeting may become a reality. These molecules produced by inflammatory cells attract more inflammatory cells towards the site of inflammation. Several inhibitors of chemokines are already in clinical development. Particularly in the case of inflammatory rheumatic conditions T cells are considered to play a central role in driving inflammation. Most trials that aimed at the depletion of these cells from the joint have proven to be unsuccessful. Evidence accumulated that anti-T cell antibodies need to be administered at sufficient dose, frequency and duration to achieve clinical improvement. Alternative T cell directed therapies target the signals needed by T cells to become activated. Blockage of the T cell costimulation makes the cell permanently unresponsive. CTLA4Ig is a molecule that blocks the T cell stimulation for the essential interaction of CD28 with CD80 and was very effective in a variety of rodent models of inflammatory autoimmune diseases. Its therapeutic efficacy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is being evaluated at present. Other T cell targeted therapies try to achieve specific tolerance of the immune system for joint tissue. Vaccination with particular antigens 45 BONE AND JOINT FUTURES may induce new populations of T cells that regain this tolerance. The relevance of this approach has been demonstrated in animal models of arthritis such as the collagen induced arthritis model. Clinical trials that follow this principle are being prepared or are under way. Gene therapy Gene therapy can be defined as transfer of new genetic material to the cell of an individual with resulting therapeutic benefit to the individual. This therapy makes use of vectors (viruses), which enable the cellular uptake of genetic material in such a way that the genetic information can be expressed. The amount of the intended product formed by the cell is regulated by the promotor used in the vector. Promotors are regions of DNA, usually situated adjacent to the genes they regulate, that are essential for appropriate transcription. For joint diseases one could think of local or systemic gene therapy. Systemic gene therapy in which genes are transferred to extra-articular locations aims at modulation of the disease in all joints at once. Because rheumatoid arthritis is not a monogenetic defect systemic gene transfer will focus on immunomodulation rather than on strategies aimed at gene repair. When all the technical issues are addressed systemic gene therapy may be an attractive alternative for the parenteral administration of larger proteins.

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At the L5–S1 level generic seroquel 200 mg on-line, there is disc resorp- tion purchase 100 mg seroquel with mastercard, with sclerotic bone on either side of the remnants of the disc discount seroquel 100mg visa. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press IMAGING OF DEGENERATIVE CHANGES Degenerative change in the intervertebral disc is best visualized in its early stages on MRI scan discount seroquel 300 mg visa. T2 As degenerative changes progress buy seroquel 300mg amex, narrowing of weighted MR images of the lumbar spine measure the disc space from disc reabsorption can be noted the hydration status of the disc, which gradually on standard X-rays, as can the growth of circumfer- decreases in the presence of degenerative changes. Sclerotic changes within the This results in a change in the signal intensity within facet joints can also be noted on standard X-rays. Radial and circumfer- Better visualization of these changes is achieved by ential tears can also be visualized on MR images. On means of CT scan or MR images, which can docu- CT scan imaging, gas formation can be seen within ment the growth of osteophytic spurs and determine the radial tears and the annulus during the reabsorp- whether they encroach on the spinal canal or neuro- tion phase. The intervertebral disc has a lost height, and there is gas in the disc space which appears black on CT images (arrow). On the axial image, there is lateral protrusion of the disc margin to the left Figure 3. The Knuttson gas phenomenon is present at L4–L5 image, there is increased signal intensity in the right posterior (arrow), indicative of advanced degeneration of the L4–L5 disc. The purple-staining articular cartilage represents normal cartilage. The arrow points to a thin sausage-shaped tag of synovial tissue lying between the articular surfaces. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press Figure 3. The arrow points to thin degenerate cartilage on the upper part of the joint. A large thick fibrofatty tag extends from the joint capsule on the right, lying between the two purple articular surfaces. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press ©2002 CRC Press LLC Figure 3. There is thinning of the articular carti- lage on the lower joint surface, with a large space between the joint capsule and the articular surfaces. This is indicative of a lax capsule and an unstable joint. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press Figure 3. The joint is almost obliterated and there is carti- lagineous fusion of the two facets of the joint. The arrow points to the remnants of the joint space. This type of change occurs when there has been immobilization of the joint for prolonged periods. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press ©2002 CRC Press LLC Figure 3. The two surfaces of the articular cartilage have slid past each other, resulting in subluxation of the joint. On the left side, a fibrofatty tag of synovium attached to the joint capsule extends into the joint (arrow). Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press Figure 3. The purple articular cartilage on both sides of the joint is very thin and fragmented. The arrows point to the grossly thickened capsule on both sides of the joint. Courtesy Churchill-Livingstone (Saunders) Press ©2002 CRC Press LLC Figure 3. The intervertebral foramen (large arrow) is much reduced in size as the result of impingement by an enlarged superior articular process of the facet of L5 (small arrow).

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