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Autoantibodies predate the onset of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research. (Arcum)
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2011 (English)In: Arthritis Research & Therapy, ISSN 1478-6354, E-ISSN 1478-6362, Vol. 13, no 1, R30- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: Autoantibodies have a central role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence of autoantibodies preceding disease onset by years has been reported both in patients with SLE and those with rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting a gradual development of these diseases. To identify autoantibodies in a Northern European population predating the onset of symptoms of SLE and their relationship to presenting symptoms.

METHODS: The register of patients fulfilling the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for SLE and with a given date for the onset of symptoms was co-analysed with the register of the Medical Biobank, Umea, Sweden. Thirty-eight patients were identified as having donated blood samples prior to symptom onset. A nested case-control study (1:4) was performed with 152 age- and sex-matched controls identified from within the Biobank register. Antibodies against anti- Sjogren's syndrome antigen A (Ro/SSA) (60 and 52 kDa), anti- Sjogren's syndrome antigen B (La/SSB), anti-Smith antibody (Sm), ribonucleoprotein (RNP), scleroderma-70 (Scl-70), anti- histidyl-tRNA synthetase antibody (Jo-1), double-stranded DNA (dsDNA); Centromere protein B and histones were analysed using the anti-nuclear antibody test II (ANA-II) Plus Test System (Athena Multi-Lyte(R)) on a Bio-Plex Array Reader (Luminex200). ANA were analysed using indirect immunofluorescence on Human Epidermal cells-2 (HEp2-cells) at a sample dilution of 1:100.

RESULTS: Autoantibodies against nuclear antigens were detected 5.6 (+/- 4.7; mean +/- SD) years before the onset of symptoms and 8.7 (+/- 5.6) years before diagnosis in 63% of the individuals who subsequently developed SLE. The sensitivity (45.7%) was highest for ANA with a specificity of 95%, followed by anti-dsDNA and anti-Ro/SSA antibodies both with sensitivities of 20.0% at specificities of 98.7% and 97.4%, respectively. The odds ratio (OR) for anti-dsDNA predicting disease was 18.13 (CI 95%; 3.58-91.84), and for ANA 11.5 (CI 95%; 4.54-28.87). Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies appeared first, 6.6 (+/- 2.5) years prior to symptom onset. The mean number of autoantibodies in pre-diseased individuals was 1.4 and after disease onset 3.1 (P< 0.0005). The time predating disease was shorter, and the number of autoantibodies greater, in those individuals with serositis as a presenting symptom in comparison to those with arthritis and skin manifestations.

CONCLUSIONS: Autoantibodies against nuclear antigens were detected in individuals developing SLE several years before the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. The most sensitive autoantibodies were ANA, Ro/SSA and dsDNA, with the highest predictive OR for anti-dsDNA antibodies. The first autoantibodies detected were anti-Ro/SSA.

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2011. Vol. 13, no 1, R30- p.
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Immunology in the medical area Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Research subject
Clinical Immunology; Medicine, rheumatology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41159DOI: 10.1186/ar3258PubMedID: 21342502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41159DiVA: diva2:404827
Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-03-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Immunological mechanisms in systemic autoimmunity: autoantibodies and chemokines in systemic lupus erythematosus and during treatment with TNF inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Immunological mechanisms in systemic autoimmunity: autoantibodies and chemokines in systemic lupus erythematosus and during treatment with TNF inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis
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Background. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that, without powerful treatment, may lead to irreversible joint damage. During the past decade, anti-cytokine therapy has become available, e.g., infliximab, a chimeric antibody targeting the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF that has a central role in the inflammatory process in RA patients. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease that may affect all organs and is characterized by a massive antibody production. Chemokines, chemokine receptors and lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1(CD91) are regulators of inflammation in autoimmune diseases and T-cell migration.

Objectives. The aim of this study was to get a deeper understanding how TNF blocking treatment influences inflammatory mechanisms and autoantibody formation in RA with special reference to similarities and differences with SLE.

Methods. In patients with RA treated with anti-TNF, and in SLE patients (ACR criteria) clinical evaluation was performed and blood samples analyzed. Autoantibodies were analyzed using indirect immunofluorescence, ELISA and multiplex flow cytometry in samples from anti-TNF treated RA patients (n=59) followed longitudinally for 54 weeks, in pre-diseased samples from SLE patients (n=38) and matched population-based controls (n=152). T-cell expression of chemokine receptors and CD91 was analyzed by flow cytometry, whilst serum levels of chemokines were determined using ELISA in anti-TNF treated RA-patients (n=24) followed longitudinally (30 weeks), and cross-sectionally in SLE-patients (n=23). Expression of mRNA for chemokines was analyzed in T-cells from SLE-patients (n=10) using PCR.

Results. After treatment with infliximab, RA patients produced ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-nucleosome antibodies, but not anti-ENA antibodies. Although these antibodies are considered typical for SLE only one patient developed a transient lupus-syndrome. Antibodies against cell nuclear antigens, including ENA, were detected several years before the first clinical symptom of SLE; anti-SSA was the earliest detectable antibody.

In RA-patients before infliximab treatment, the T-cell expression of several chemokine receptors was elevated compared with healthy controls. In contrast, only one soluble chemokine, IP-10 was elevated. After treatment the levels of soluble MIP-1β, MCP-1 and IP-10, and the T-cell expression of CCR2 were decreased. In SLE-patients MIP-1β, MCP-1, SDF-1, IP-10 and RANTES in blood were elevated, whilst expression of CXCR5 and CCR6 on T-cells was lower than in healthy controls. T-cell expression of CXCR2 and CCR1 was elevated in active disease (measured as SLEDAI index), whereas the CXCR5 and CCR2 expression was lower in inactive SLE. In SLE patients with nephritis IP-10 was lower and T-cell expression of CXCR3 and CCR3 elevated compared with patients without nephritis. The expression of CD91 was higher on T-cells from patients not responsive to infliximab treatment compared with responders.

Conclusion. These findings indicate that anti-TNF (infliximab) treatment in RA-patients has a major impact on the production of autoantibodies and chemokines. The autoantibody profile in infliximab-treated patients was similar to that predating disease onset in SLE patients with the exception of anti-ENA being detectable in SLE, but the development of lupus-syndromes was rare. The expression of CD91 on T-cells may predict responsiveness to infliximab. The expression of chemokine receptors in SLE- patients seemed to be related to disease activity. Anti-nuclear antibodies were detectable years before clinical disease onset in patients who developed SLE suggesting a gradual pathogenic process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2011. 68 p.
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Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1401
Keyword
autoimmunity, chemokines, T-cells, autoantibodies, CD91
National Category
Immunology in the medical area Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Research subject
Clinical Immunology; Medicine, rheumatology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42954 (URN)978-91-7459-143-9 (ISBN)
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2011-05-12, Betula, Norrlands universitetssjukhus, by 6M, Umeå, 09:00 (Swedish)
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