Stratification and Monitoring of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patients by Synovial Proteome Analysis

David Gibson, Sorcha Finnegan, Grant Jordan, Caitriona Scaife, Simon Brockbank, Jim Curry, Catherine McAllister, Stephen Pennington, Michael Dunn, Madeleine Rooney

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) comprises a poorly understood group of chronic, childhood onset, autoimmune diseases with variable clinical outcomes. We investigated whether profiling of the synovial fluid (SF) proteome by a fluorescent dye based, two-dimensional gel (DIGE) approach could distinguish patients in whom inflammation extends to affect a large number of joints, early in the disease process. SF samples from 22 JIA patients were analyzed: 10 with oligoarticular arthritis, 5 extended oligoarticular and 7 polyarticular disease. SF samples were labeled with Cy dyes and separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis. Multivariate analyses were used to isolate a panel of proteins which distinguish patient subgroups. Proteins were identified using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry with expression further verified by Western immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry. Hierarchical clustering based on the expression levels of a set of 40 proteins segregated the extended oligoarticular from the oligoarticular patients (p <0.05). Expression patterns of the isolated protein panel have also been observed overtime, as disease spreads to multiple joints. The data indicates that synovial fluid proteome profiles could be used to stratify patients based on risk of disease extension. These protein profiles may also assist in monitoring therapeutic responses over time and help predict joint damage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5601-5609
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number12
Early online date6 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 4 Dec 2009

Bibliographical note

This work has been supported by the Research and Development Office Northern Ireland Grant RRG 8.42 and an Arthritis Research Campaign Project Grant (to D.G. and M.R.). The Proteome Research Centre and UCD Conway Institute, UCD Dublin is funded by the Programme for Third Level Institutions (PRTLI), as administered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Ireland.


  • Juvenile
  • arthritis
  • proteomics
  • inflammation
  • synovial


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