[Biomarkers in rheumatology. Biomarkers and imaging for the diagnosis and stratification of rheumatoid arthritis and spondylarthritis in the ArthroMark network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research]

Z Rheumatol. 2012 Jun;71(4):314-8. doi: 10.1007/s00393-011-0781-y.
[Article in German]


The introduction of biologics has continuously increased the demand for biomarkers for early diagnosis and therapeutic stratification. ArthroMark, a research network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims to establish such biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritides. Biobanks and previous work on genotyping, gene expression and autoreactivity profiling build the basis. Bioinformatic networks will help to harmonize the investigations and a clinical study with modern imaging techniques to characterize the functional relevance of the new biomarkers as effectively as possible. To validate the markers for diagnostic application the network aims to expand gradually.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / blood*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis*
  • Biomarkers / blood*
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Rheumatology / standards*
  • Spondylarthritis / blood*
  • Spondylarthritis / diagnosis*


  • Biomarkers