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  1. Jeffrey R. Curtis1,
  2. Michael E. Weinblatt1,
  3. Kenneth Saag2,
  4. Vivian Bykerk3,
  5. Christina Charles-Schoeman4,
  6. Stefano Fiore5,
  7. Gregory St. John6,
  8. Toshio Kimura6,
  9. Shen Zheng5,
  10. Clifton Bingham7,
  11. Grace Wright8,
  12. Martin Bergman9,
  13. Kamala Nola10,
  14. Daniel E. Furst4,
  15. Nancy Shadick1
  1. 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States of America
  2. 2University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, United States of America
  3. 3Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States of America
  4. 4University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America
  5. 5Sanofi Genzyme, Bridgewater, NJ, United States of America
  6. 6Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Tarrytown, NY, United States of America
  7. 7Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States of America
  8. 8Private Practice, New York, NY, United States of America
  9. 9Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America
  10. 10Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Nashville, TN, United States of America


Background: Data-driven principal component (PC) and cluster analysis has the potential to identify previously unknown patient subgroups within a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) registry to establish prognosis, predict disease trajectory, and help inform treatment.

Objectives: The Brigham and Women’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Sequential Study (BRASS), established in 2003, is a single-center, prospective observational registry cohort providing a comprehensive set of clinical disease activity measures in >1400 patients with RA. Our objective was to use PC and cluster analysis of baseline demographic, socio-economic, health and disease characteristics in BRASS to identify and characterize distinct patient clusters in RA.

Methods: Patient variables recorded at entry into BRASS were refined and combined using PC analysis to reduce dimensionality and collinearity. The number of PCs was established by eigenvalue >1, cumulative variance, and interpretability. Patients were clustered using a k-means approach with non-hierarchical, exclusive, and complete clustering, with minimum cluster size 5% of population, and maximum 19 clusters. The final number of clusters was determined according to the cubic clustering criterion and pseudo F.

Results: Analysis of baseline data from 1443 patients identified 41 PCs that capture the fundamental characteristics involved in RA. Cluster analysis distinguished 5 patient clusters. Each cluster reflected a different profile of PCs, and can be described based on overall health, RA disease activity and duration (Table). Key differentiators between clusters include comorbidity PCs (metabolic comorbidities predominate in cluster 1, neurologic in cluster 4, and orthopedic in cluster 5) and patient characteristics/social PCs (greatest number of doctor visits and family history of MI in cluster 3, greatest BMI in cluster 1, highest income in cluster 2, lowest income in cluster 5, and least emotional support in cluster 1).

Conclusion: Data-driven cluster analysis of RA patient characteristics at entry into the BRASS registry identified five distinct patient phenotypes, providing a convenient method to potentially derive novel insights into the multifactorial drivers, commonly co-occurring health conditions, and manifestations of RA. Investigation of longitudinal outcomes in these different clusters in the BRASS registry and validation in an independent dataset is ongoing.

Acknowledgement: Study funding and medical writing support (Matt Lewis, Adelphi) provided by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Disclosure of Interests: Jeffrey R. Curtis Grant/research support from: Abbvie, Amgen, BMS, Corrona, Janssen, Lilly, Myriad, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, UCB, Crescendo Bioscience Inc., Consultant for: Abbvie, Amgen, BMS, Corrona, Janssen, Lilly, Myriad, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, UCB, Crescendo Bioscience Inc., Michael E. Weinblatt Shareholder of: Stock option: CanFite, Lycera, Scipher, Inmedix, Grant/research support from: Crescendo Bioscience, Bristol Myers Squibb, Sanofi, Consultant for: AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CanFite, Corrona, Crescendo, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Horizon, Lilly, Lycera, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Samsung, Scipher, Set Point, Kenneth Saag Grant/research support from: Amgen, Ironwood/AstraZeneca, Horizon, SOBI, Takeda, Consultant for: Abbvie, Amgen, Ironwood/AstraZeneca, Bayer, Gilead, Horizon, Kowa, Radius, Roche/Genentech, SOBI, Takeda, Teijin, Vivian Bykerk Grant/research support from: Mallinckrodt, BMS, Crescendo Biosciences, Sanofi/Regeneron., Consultant for: Amgen, Pfizer, UCB, Scipher, Sanofi/Genzyme/Regeneron, Christina Charles-Schoeman Grant/research support from: Bristol-Myers Squibb, AbbVie, and Pfizer, Consultant for: Regeneron-Sanofi, Pfizer, and Gilead, Stefano Fiore Shareholder of: Sanofi, Employee of: Sanofi, Gregory St. John Shareholder of: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Employee of: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Toshio Kimura Shareholder of: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Employee of: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Shen Zheng Consultant for: Sanofi, Clifton Bingham Grant/research support from: BMS, Consultant for: AbbVie, BMS, Eli Lilly, Genentech/Roche, Janssen, Pfizer, Sanofi/Regeneron, Grace Wright Consultant for: Abbvie, Amgen, BMS, Exagen, LILLY, Myriad

Autoimmune, NOVARTIS, Pfizer, Sanofi Genzyme Regeneron, UCB, Speakers bureau: Abbvie, Amgen, BMS, Exagen, LILLY, Myriad Autoimmune, NOVARTIS, Sanofi Genzyme Regeneron, UCB, Martin Bergman Shareholder of: Johnson and Johnson (parent company of Janssen), Consultant for: AbbVie, Amgen, BMS, Celgene, Genentech/Roche, Janssen, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi/Regeneron, Speakers bureau: AbbVie, Amgen, BMS, Celgene, Genentech/Roche, Janssen, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi/Regeneron, Kamala Nola Shareholder of: Gilead, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Consultant for: Yes – Gilead, Sanofi Genzyme, Regeneron, Speakers bureau: Coherus, Daniel E. Furst Grant/research support from: AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS Corbus, NIH, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, Consultant for: AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS, Cytori, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, Speakers bureau: CMC Connect (McCann Health Company), Nancy Shadick Grant/research support from: Mallinckrodt, BMS, Crescendo Biosciences, Sanofi/Regeneron.

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