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Early treatment of systemic onset JIA with anakinra restores the IL-18 response
Date:6/12/2009

d. Our study has shown that, once NK cell levels and function are restored to normal, the cytokine pathway specifically involving IL-18 is restored, which elicited a good clinical response in this patient group. The underlying processes involved in auto inflammatory diseases are complex and these results suggest a potential new treatment strategy for children with newly-diagnosed SoJIA."

Researchers in this study recruited ten children with newly-diagnosed SoJIA, initiating treatment with anakinra prior to steroids. During a six month follow-up period, absolute NK cell numbers and function, cytokine profiles, and NK cell response after IL-18 stimulation, were monitored.

Following treatment, clinical parameters such as fever, exanthema and arthritis resolved after 3 days. A rapid decrease in ESR (erythrocyte sediment rate; an indication of inflammation), CRP (C reactive protein; a marker for inflammation), ferritin (a test of iron stores in the body) and sIL-2R (soluble interleukin 2 receptor) was observed. No differences of IL-1alpha, IL-1beta and IL-33 were observed, but levels of IL-6, IL-1RA and IL-18 returned to normal, as observed in healthy controls. During follow-up, two patients flared following anakinra treatment.

*NK cells are a type of cytotoxic lymphocyte that constitute a major component of the innate immune system. NK cells play a major role in the rejection of tumors and cells infected by viruses. The cells kill by releasing small cytoplasmic granules of proteins called perforin and granzyme that cause the target cell to die by apoptosis or necrosis.


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