Soluble CD14 and CD14 polymorphisms in rheumatoid arthritis

Ted R. Mikuls, Tricia D. LeVan, Harlan Sayles, Fang Yu, Liron Caplan, Grant W. Cannon, Gail S. Kerr, Andreas M. Reimold, Dannette S. Johnson, Geoffrey M. Thiele

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Objective. Soluble CD14 (sCD14) is involved in innate immune responses and has been implicated to play a pathogenic role in inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). No studies have identified the specific factors that influence sCD14 expression in RA. We used cross-sectional data to evaluate the relationship of sCD14 concentrations in RA with measures of disease activity and severity. We hypothesized that sCD14 concentrations would be elevated in subjects with greater RA disease severity and markers of disease activity, compared to subjects with lower disease activity. We also examined whether well-defined polymorphisms in CD14 are associated with sCD14 expression in RA. Methods. Soluble CD14 concentrations were measured using banked serum from patients with RA (n = 1270) and controls (n = 186). Associations of patient factors including demographics, measures of RA disease activity/severity, and select CD14 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) with sCD14 concentration were examined in patients with RA using ordinal logistic regression. Results. Circulating concentrations of sCD14 were higher in patients with RA compared to controls (p < 0.0001). Factors significantly and independently associated with higher sCD14 levels in patients with RA included older age, being white (vs African American), lower body mass index, elevated high sensitivity C-reactive protein, and higher levels of disease activity based on the Disease Activity Score (DAS28). There were no significant associations of CD14 tagging SNP with sCD14 level in either univariate or multivariable analyses. Conclusion. Circulating levels of sCD14 are increased in RA and are highest in patients with increased levels of RA disease activity. In the context of RA, sCD14 concentrations also appear to be strongly influenced by specific patient factors including older age and race but not by genetic variation in CD14. The Journal of Rheumatology

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2509-2516
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Acute-phase response
  • Disease activity
  • Disease severity
  • Polymorphisms
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Soluble CD14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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