Cutaneous lymphocyte-associated antigen as a novel predictive marker of TNF-alpha inhibitor biological therapy in psoriasis

Hajnalka Jókai, József Szakonyi, Orsolya Kontár, Gábor Barna, Dóra Inotai, Sarolta Kárpáti, Péter Holló

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A considerable number of patients with psoriasis show secondary resistance during long-term TNF-alpha inhibitor therapy, necessitating the identification of reliable predictive markers. Predictive role of cutaneous lymphocyte-associated antigen (CLA) was investigated. Thirty-eight severe patients with psoriasis were treated for a 24-week-long study period. Clinical responsiveness (PASI) and changes in flow cytometry-measured peripheral lymphocyte CLA expression (week 0-2-6) were statistically analysed. Regarding 24-week-long treatment outcome patients were divided into two groups: During the first 6 weeks, mean CLA expression showed significant (P = 0.034604) increase among responders (32/38), while after a preliminary increase, it was significantly (P = 0.012539) decreasing in the relapsing group (6/38). Pearson's correlation analysis showed significant negative correlation between PASI and CLA changes. Responders showed (not significantly) lower initial CLA expression than relapsing patients. Our observations suggest change in CLA expression during the first 6 weeks of induction period to serve as a potential predictive marker of TNF-alpha inhibitor therapy in psoriasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-223
Number of pages3
JournalExperimental Dermatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013



  • Cutaneous lymphocyte-associated antigen
  • Predictive marker
  • Psoriasis vulgaris
  • TNF-alpha inhibitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology

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