Longitudinal assessment of synovial, lymph node, and bone volumes in inflammatory arthritis in mice by in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and microfocal computed tomography.

Proulx, Steven T; Kwok, Edmund; You, Zhigang; Papuga, M Owen; Beck, Christopher A; Shealy, David J; Ritchlin, Christopher T; Awad, Hani A; Boyce, Brendan F; Xing, Lianping; Schwarz, Edward M (2007). Longitudinal assessment of synovial, lymph node, and bone volumes in inflammatory arthritis in mice by in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and microfocal computed tomography. Arthritis & rheumatism, 56(12), pp. 4024-4037. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/art.23128

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OBJECTIVE

To develop longitudinal 3-dimensional (3-D) measures of outcomes of inflammation and bone erosion in murine arthritis using contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) and in vivo microfocal computed tomography (micro-CT) and, in a pilot study, to determine the value of entry criteria based on age versus synovial volume in therapeutic intervention studies.

METHODS

CE-MRI and in vivo micro-CT were performed on tumor necrosis factor-transgenic (TNF-Tg) mice and their wild-type littermates to quantify the synovial and popliteal lymph node volumes and the patella and talus bone volumes, respectively, which were validated histologically. These longitudinal outcome measures were used to assess the natural history of erosive inflammatory arthritis. We also performed anti-TNF versus placebo efficacy studies in TNF-Tg mice in which treatment was initiated according to either age (4-5 months) or synovial volume (3 mm(3) as detected by CE-MRI). Linear regression was performed to analyze the correlation between synovitis and focal erosion.

RESULTS

CE-MRI demonstrated the highly variable nature of TNF-induced joint inflammation. Initiation of treatment by synovial volume produced significantly larger treatment effects on the synovial volume (P = 0.04) and the lymph node volume (P < 0.01) than did initiation by age. By correlating the MRI and micro-CT data, we were able to demonstrate a significant relationship between changes in synovial and patellar volumes (R(2) = 0.75, P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION

In vivo CE-MRI and micro-CT 3-D outcome measures are powerful tools that accurately demonstrate the progression of erosive inflammatory arthritis in mice. These methods can be used to identify mice with arthritis of similar severity before intervention studies are initiated, thus minimizing heterogeneity in outcome studies of chronic arthritis seen between genetically identical littermates.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Theodor Kocher Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Proulx, Steven Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0004-3591

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ursula Zingg-Zünd

Date Deposited:

28 Oct 2020 09:47

Last Modified:

28 Oct 2020 11:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/art.23128

PubMed ID:

18050199

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147574

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147574

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