“Both the monosodium urate crystals and the host inflammatory response contribute directly to bone erosion.”– PROFESSOR NICOLA DALBETH, MD
THE CYCLE OF DESTRUCTIVE INFLAMMATION IN GOUT1-4
Inflammation is initiated1
MSU crystals trigger acute inflammation1
Inflammation promotes destructive cellular behavior2,3
Osteoclast-like cells accumulate at the bone-tophus interface3
Cartilage cells signal to break down key components of cartilage2-4
Cellular death leads to increased local levels of uric acid1-3
DNA from dead cells breaks down into uric acid3
Uric acid triggers further inflammation1
Apart from acute flares and acute gout attacks, there is also a kind of smoldering inflammation, which is associated with swelling and pain, which is typical for tophaceous gout patients.– PROFESSOR GEORG SCHETT, MD
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CELLULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE GOUTY TOPHUS: A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
Professor Nicola Dalbeth, MD’s 2010 article in Arthritis & Rheumatology details her team’s study of the cellular architecture of tophi, and how the cells present in the corona and fibrovascular zones of a tophus may contribute to a cycle of chronic inflammation.
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- Schett G, et al. RMD Open. 2015 Aug 15;1(suppl 1):e000046.
- Dalbeth N, et al. Arthritis Rheum. 2010;62(5):1549-1556.
- McQueen FM, et al. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2012;8(3):173-181.
- Liu-Bryan R, et al. J Immunol. 2005;174(8):5016-5023.