Carla R Scanzello, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Rheumatology
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
5th Floor White Bldg
3400 Spruce Street
CMC VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Ave.
Bldg 21, Rm A215
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-823-5800 x5666
Lab: 215-823-5800 x7777
B.S. (Biochemistry)
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1991.
Ph.D (Immunology & Microbiology)
Temple University, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
Temple University, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

My research focuses on the molecular stimuli and clinical consequences of synovial inflammation in early-stage osteoarthritis (OA) and meniscal injury. We have identified a set of inflammatory mediators that are over-expressed in patients with early-stage knee OA. These include sCD14, IL-15 and CCL19. We are now trying to understand how these mediators and downstream pathways impact OA development or progression after joint injury, with the goal of developing novel anti-inflammatory strategies.

Selected Publications

CR Scanzello, B McKeon, BH Swaim, E DiCarlo, EU Asomugha, V Kanda, A Nair, DM Lee, JC Richmond, JN Katz, MK Crow, SR Goldring. : Synovial inflammation in patients undergoing arthroscopic meniscectomy: molecular characterization and relationship with symptoms. Arthritis & Rheumatism 63(2): 391-400, 2011.

Q Wang, AL Rozelle, CM Lepus, CR Scanzello, JJ Song, DM Larsen, JF Crish, G Bebek, SY Ritter, TM Lindstrom, I Hwang, HH Wong, L Punzi, A Encarnacion, M Shamloo, SB Goodman, T Wyss-Coray, SR Goldring, R Gobezie, MK Crow, VM Holers DM Lee, WH Robinson: Identification of a central role for complement in osteoarthritis. Nature Medicine 17(12): 1674-9, 2011.

A Nair, V Kanda, C Bush-Joseph, N Verma, S Chubinskaya, K Mikecz, TT Glant, A-M Malfait, MK Crow, GT Spear, A Finnegan, CR Scanzello: Synovial fluid from patients with early osteoarthritis modulates fibroblast-like synoviocyte responses to TLR-4 and TLR-2 ligands via soluble CD14. Arthritis & Rheumatism 64(7): 2268-77, 2012.

CR Scanzello, AS Albert, E DiCarlo, KB Rajan, V Kanda, EU Asomugha, BH Swaim, JN Katz, SR Goldring, JC Richmond, B McKeon. : The influence of synovial inflammation and hyperplasia on symptomatic outcomes up to two-years post-operatively in patients undergoing partial meniscectomy. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 21(9): 1392-9, 2013.

Nair A, Gan J, Bush-Joseph C, Verma N, Tetreault MW, Saha K, Margulis A, Fogg L, Scanzello CR.: Synovial chemokine expression and relationship with knee symptoms in patients with meniscal tears. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 23(7): 1158-64, Jul 2015.

Scanzello Carla R: Chemokines and inflammation in osteoarthritis: Insights from patients and animal models. Journal of orthopaedic research 35(4): 735-739, Apr 2017.

Sambamurthy Nisha, Nguyen Vu, Smalley Ryan, Xiao Rui, Hankenson Kurt, Gan Justin, Miller Rachel E, Malfait Anne-Marie, Dodge George R, Scanzello Carla R: Chemokine receptor-7 (CCR7) deficiency leads to delayed development of joint damage and functional deficits in a murine model of osteoarthritis. Journal of orthopaedic research 36(3): 864-87, March 2018.

Sambamurthy Nisha, Zhou Cheng, Nguyen Vu, Smalley Ryan, Hankenson Kurt D, Dodge George R, Scanzello Carla R: Deficiency of the pattern-recognition receptor CD14 protects against joint pathology and functional decline in a murine model of osteoarthritis. PloS One 13(11): e0206217, Nov 2018.

RE Miller, CR Scanzello, A-M Malfait: An Emerging Role for Toll-like Receptors at the Neuroimmune Interface in Osteoarthritis. Semin Immunopathol 41(5): 583-594, Oct 2019.

S Kolasinski, T Neogi, M Hochberg, C Oatis, GH Guyatt, J Block, L Callahan, C Copenhaver, C Dodge, D Felson, K Geller, W Harvey, G Hawker, E Herzig, K Kwoh, A Nelson, J Samuels, C Scanzello, D White, B Wise, R Altman, D DiRenzo, J Fontanarosa, G Giradi, M Ishimori, D Misra, A Shah, A Shmagel, L Thoma, M Turgunbaev, A Turner, J Reston.: 2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip and Knee. Arthritis & Rheumatology 72(2): 220-233 Feb 2020 Notes: DOI 10.1002/art.41142.

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