- We want to thank Hjuler et al. (2017) for their comments on our article (Bissonnette et al., 2017). We agree that many unknowns remain on the mechanisms of atherosclerosis in patients with psoriasis. Our hypothesis was that adalimumab reduced vascular inflammation in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Measurement of vascular inflammation in the aorta and the carotids did not confirm this hypothesis. The target-to-background ratio was measured in an area that was localized between the beginning of the ascending aorta and the left subclavian artery, which includes the ascending aorta and the aortic arch.
- Vascular inflammation is increased in patients with psoriasis. This randomized, double-blind, multicenter study evaluated the effects of tumor necrosis factor-α antagonist adalimumab on vascular inflammation in patients with psoriasis. A total of 107 patients were randomized (1:1) to receive adalimumab for 52 weeks or placebo for 16 weeks followed by adalimumab for 52 weeks. Vascular inflammation was assessed with positron emission tomography-computed tomography. There were no differences in the change from baseline in vessel wall target-to-background ratio (TBR) from the ascending aorta (primary endpoint) (adalimumab: TBR = 0.002, 95% confidence interval [CI] = –0.048 to 0.053; placebo: TBR = –0.002, 95% CI = –0.053 to 0.049; P = 0.916) and the carotids (adalimumab: TBR = 0.031, 95% CI = –0.005 to 0.066; placebo: TBR = 0.018, 95% CI = –0.019 to 0.055; P = 0.629) at week 16 between adalimumab and placebo.
- Mild versus severe psoriasis is often distinguished by clinical measures such as the extent of skin involvement or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score, both of which use arbitrary boundaries. It is widely assumed that severe psoriasis involves higher levels of skin inflammation, but comparative molecular profiles of mild versus severe disease have not been performed. In this study, we used immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription PCR, and gene arrays to determine the phenotype of North American patients with mild psoriasis (n = 34, mean PASI score = 5.5) versus severe psoriasis (n = 23, mean PASI score = 23.2).