N Engl J Med. 2022;387(4):321–331 doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2118024
Phase II study, in patients with active cutaneous lupus erythematosus, shows that litifilimab improved scores on a measure of skin disease activity, over 16 weeks, compared to placebo.
Remission and low disease activity (LDA) prevent damage accrual in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: results from the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) inception cohort
Ann Rheum Dis. 2022. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1136/ard-2022-222487.
Large multinational, multiethnic cohort, study highlights the importance of treating-to-target in SLE.
Effect and safety profile of belimumab and tacrolimus combination therapy in thirty‑three patients with systemic lupus erythematosus
Clin Rheumatol. 2022. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1007/s10067-022-06325-6
A single-centre analysis of patients with SLE administered tacrolimus and belimumab shows this combination therapy to be well-tolerated, with a good efficacy profile and glucocorticoid-reducing effect.
Trajectory of Damage Accrual in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus based on Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Factors
J Rheumatol. 2022. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.3899/jrheum.211135
Large study confirms that cumulative damage accrual is faster in African-Americans, compared to Caucasians, highlighting that ethnicity plays the major role in damage accrual, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Clin Exp Dermatol. 2022. Epub ahead of print doi:10.1111/ced.15335
First report of multiple cases of successful Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) treatment in active smokers with anifrolumab.
Weaning of maintenance immunosuppressive therapy in lupus nephritis (WIN-Lupus): results of a multicentre randomised controlled trial
Jourde-Chiche N, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2022-222435.
Non-inferiority of maintenance immunosuppressive therapy (IST) discontinuation after 2‒3 years was not demonstrated for renal relapse, in proliferative lupus nephritis (LN).
Phase 3, multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus
van Vollenhoven RF, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/ard-2022-222858.
Phase 3 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in patients with active SLE, despite receiving standard-of-care, does not achieve primary and key secondary endpoints.
Mechanism of action of baricitinib and identification of biomarkers and key immune pathways in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus
Dörner T, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2022-222335.
Phase II study results suggest that baricitinib 4 mg downregulates key cytokines that are upregulated in patients with SLE.
Filgotinib or lanraplenib in moderate to severe cutaneous lupus erythematosus: a phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2022;61(6):2413–2423 doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keab685
Proof-of-concept study for the safety and efficacy of filgotinib (FIL) and lanraplenib (LANRA) in cutaneous lupus (CLE) fails to meet primary endpoint, but select subgroups displayed a numerically greater treatment response to FIL relative to placebo.
Baricitinib decreases anti‑dsDNA in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: results from a phase II double‑blind, randomized, placebo‑controlled trial
Arthritis Res Ther 2022;24(1):112 doi: 10.1186/s13075-022-02794-x
Evaluation of serological activity, including antibodies against double-stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA), suggests that baricitinib may influence B cell activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).