Secukinumab in non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: subgroup analysis based on key baseline characteristics from a randomized phase III study, PREVENT

Jürgen Braun, Ricardo Blanco, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Lianne S. Gensler, Filip van den Bosch, Stephen Hall, Hideto Kameda, Denis Poddubnyy, Marleen van de Sande, Anna S. Wiksten, Brian O. Porter, Abhijit Shete, Hanno B. Richards, Sibylle Haemmerle, Atul Deodhar

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Background: To investigate the efficacy of secukinumab in patients with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) grouped by disease activity as assessed by C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scores, human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B27 status, and sex. Methods: The phase III PREVENT study randomized (1:1:1) 555 patients to receive subcutaneous secukinumab 150 mg with (LD) or without (NL) loading dose or placebo weekly, followed by every 4 weeks starting at week 4. Here, we report the results of a post hoc analysis reporting the efficacy outcomes (pooled secukinumab) to 16 weeks by CRP, MRI, HLA-B27, and sex. Results: Efficacy differences between the secukinumab and the placebo groups were highest in the CRP+, MRI+, HLA-B27+, and male subgroups, particularly for Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score-CRP inactive disease and Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) partial remission outcomes. ASAS40 response rates in the CRP+/MRI+ subgroup was 52.3% (secukinumab) versus 21.8% (placebo; P < 0.0001) at week 16. ASAS40 response rates (secukinumab versus placebo) were 43.9% versus 32.6% in HLA-B27+, 32.7% versus 16.4% in HLA-B27− subgroups, 51.2% versus 30.8% in male, and 31.7% versus 25.3% in female patients, respectively. Conclusions: Secukinumab improved the signs and symptoms of nr-axSpA across patients grouped by CRP (+/−) and/or MRI (+/−) status, HLA-B27 (+/−) status, and sex. The highest treatment differences between secukinumab and placebo were observed in patients with both elevated CRP and evidence of sacroiliitis on MRI. Treatment difference was minimal between HLA-B27 (+) and (−) subgroups. Male patients had higher relative responses than female patients. Trial registration:, NCT02696031.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number231
JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Biologicals
  • C-reactive protein
  • Gender
  • Human leukocyte antigen B27
  • Interleukins
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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