Mast cells (MCs) participate in diseases such as systemic mastocytosis (SM) and allergic conditions. Less well understood is the role of MCs in non-allergic inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studying definitive roles for MCs in human diseases has been hampered by the lack of a well-accepted biomarker for monitoring in vivo MC activation. This study aimed to investigate the utility of urinary tetranor PGDM (T-PGDM) as a biomarker of in vivo MC activation in patients with SM, and apply this biomarker to assess MC involvement in relation to RA disease activity. A prospective, cross-sectional cohort study was conducted to measure a major urinary metabolite of prostaglandin D2, T-PGDM. Urine samples were collected from patients with RA (n = 60), SM (n = 17) and healthy normal controls (n = 16) and T-PGDM excretion was determined by enzyme immunoassay as nanograms per milligram of urinary creatinine (ng/mg Cr). Mean urinary T-PGDM excretion was significantly higher (p < 0.01) in patients with SM compared to controls (37.2 vs. 11.5 ng/mg Cr) with 65% of SM patients showing elevated levels. One third of patients with RA had elevated T-PGDM excretion, and the mean level in the RA group (20.0 ng/mg Cr) was significantly higher than controls (p < 0.01). Medications inhibiting cyclooxygenase reduced T-PGDM excretion. Urinary T-PGDM excretion appears promising as a biomarker of in vivo MC activity and elevated levels in 33% of patients with RA provides evidence of MC activation in this disease.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Immunity, inflammation and disease|
|Early online date||25 Nov 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|
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- mast cell
- prostaglandin D metabolites
- rheumatoid arthritis
- systemic mastocytosis
- tetranor PGDM