Hyperuricemia in Tendons

  • Isabel AndiaEmail author
  • Michele Abate
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 920)


Hyperuricemia, particularly gout, and the immune inflammatory response are highly integrated. Both, long standing hyperuricemia and monosodium urate (MSU) crystal deposition can challenge tendon homeostasis because of their potential to cause inflammation to the host. Knowledge is emerging from clinical imaging research depicting where MSU crystals deposit, including patellar tendon, triceps and quadriceps tendons. Remarkably, subclinical tendon inflammation and damage are also present in asymptomatic hyperuricemia. Monosodium urate crystals act as danger activating molecular patterns (DAMPs), activating the inflammasome and inducing the secretion of IL-1beta, a key mediator of the inflammatory response. The crucial role of IL-1beta in driving the inflammatory events during gout attacks is supported by the clinical efficacy of IL-1beta blockade. Some data implicating IL-1beta as an initiator of tendinopathy exist, but the link between hyperuricemia and the development of tendinopathy remains to be validated. Further knowledge about the interactions of uric acid with both innate immune and tendon cells, and their consequences may help to determine if there is a subclass of hyperuricemic-tendinopathy.


Uric Acid Patellar Tendon Crystal Deposition Serum Urate Quadriceps Tendon 
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A Disintegrin-Like And Metalloprotease (Reprolysin Type) With Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif, 1


A Disintegrin-Like And Metalloprotease (Reprolysin Type) With Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif, 4


A Disintegrin-Like And Metalloprotease (Reprolysin Type) With Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif, 5


C reactive protein


Danger Associated Molecular patterns


dual energy computerized tomography


deoxynucleic acid

IL-1beta, IL-1alpha, IL-6, IL-8, IL-18



macrophage chemotactic protein

MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-13



monosodium urate


NOD-like receptor protein 3


non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


prostaglandin E2


ribonucleic acid


Toll like receptors


tumor necrosis factor alpha


vascular endothelial growth factor


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, BioCruces Health Research InstituteCruces University HospitalBarakaldoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Medicine and Science of AgingUniversity G. d’AnnunzioChieti Scalo (CH)Italy

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