Serum sFAS levels are elevated in ANCA-positive vasculitis compared with other autoimmune diseases
2002 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0271-9142, E-ISSN 1573-2592, Vol. 22, no 4, 220-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The role of the Fas/FasL system in ANCA-associated vasculitis is unclear. We therefore assessed levels of soluble Fas (sFas) in sera and Fas expression on mononuclear cells from patients with ANCA-positive vasculitis and compared the results with those found in other rheumatic diseases. Serum levels of sFas were determined by ELISA. The ANCA-positive vasculitis patients studied included 29 at onset, 17 in first remission while on therapy, and 12 in quiescence. For comparison, 10 patients with Sjogren’s syndrome (SS), 14 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 29 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 7 patients on dialysis (DP), and 26 healthy controls (HC) were studied. In addition, Fas expression in mononuclear cells was examined at the mRNA level using reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR in 6 vasculitis patients at onset and in first remission. The expression of CD95 on the surface of leukocytes was determined by flow cytometry in 6 vasculitis patients at onset of the disease, in 6 patients in clinical remission, and in 6 HC. Expression of Fas and FasL in renal biopsy specimens was studied using immunohistochemistry. Patients with vasculitis had high sFas levels irrespective of disease phase. Both vasculitis patients and patients with RA and SLE had significantly increased sFas levels compared with healthy controls. All patient groups had sFas levels, which correlated with raised serum creatinine values. However, the sFas levels in vasculitis patients in first remission and in quiescence were increased despite a lower serum creatinine compared with onset. Some of the vasculitis patients showed an increased mRNA expression of Fas in mononuclear cells after treatment, suggesting that Fas production fluctuates with the intensity of the disease. The expression of CD95 on leukocytes was slightly decreased in vasculitis patients compared to healthy controls. No alterations of Fas and FasL expression were seen in renal biopsy specimens. These results show that ANCA-positive vasculitis patients have high sFas levels and that the levels remain elevated even in clinical remission. The findings indicate that perturbations in the Fas/Fas ligand system may play a role in the disease process in ANCA vasculitis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 22, no 4, 220-227 p.
Fas; vasculitis; therapy
Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39162DOI: 10.1023/A:1016040925295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-39162DiVA: diva2:388922