A Comparison Between IgG- and IgA-class Antibodies to Cyclic Citrullinated Peptides and to Modified Citrullinated Vimentin in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis and Very Early Arthritis
2011 (English)In: Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0315-162X, E-ISSN 1499-2752, Vol. 38, no 7, 1265-1272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective. Because of their slightly higher sensitivity, it has been argued that antibodies to modified citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV) are superior to antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP), while others claim that anti-CCP is preferable because of higher diagnostic specificity for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We evaluated IgG- and IgA-class anti-MCV and anti-CCP as diagnostic and prognostic markers in early arthritis. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods. Two Swedish arthritis populations were examined: 215 patients with early RA (andlt;= 12 months duration) from the Swedish TIRA-1 cohort, and 69 patients with very early arthritis (andlt;= 3 months duration) from the Kronoberg Arthritis Incidence cohort, in which 22% were diagnosed with RA. IgG anti-CCP and anti-MCV antibodies were analyzed with commercial kits. These tests were modified for IgA-class antibody detection. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults were related to disease course, smoking habits, and shared epitope status. Results. In the TIRA-1 cohort, occurrence of IgG anti-MCV and IgG anti-CCP showed a 93% overlap, although IgG anti-MCV had higher diagnostic sensitivity. Twenty-four percent tested positive for IgA anti-MCV compared to 29% for IgA anti-CCP. In the Kronoberg Arthritis Incidence cohort, 15% tested positive for IgG anti-MCV and 6% for IgA anti-MCV, compared to 10% positive for IgG anti-CCP and 3% positive for IgA anti-CCP, revealing that anti-CCP had higher diagnostic specificity for RA. As previously reported for IgA anti-CCP, IgA anti-MCV antibodies occurred in a small proportion of high-level IgG antibody-positive sera and were associated with a more aggressive disease course. Smokers were more often positive for antibodies to citrullinated proteins, most strikingly among the patients who were IgA anti-MCV-positive. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusion. The occurrences of IgG-class anti-MCV and anti-CCP in early RA largely overlap. The sensitivity of anti-MCV is slightly higher, while the diagnostic specificity is higher for anti-CCP. In both instances a positive test predicts an unfavorable disease course, possibly slightly more so for anti-MCV. Although associated with a more active disease over time, IgA-class anti-CCP or anti-MCV do not add any diagnostic advantage.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Journal of Rheumatology , 2011. Vol. 38, no 7, 1265-1272 p.
ANTICYCLIC CITRULLINATED PEPTIDE ANTIBODIES, VIMENTIN, EARLY ARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, IgA
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70512DOI: 10.3899/jrheum.101086ISI: 000293041600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70512DiVA: diva2:440120
Funding Agencies|Center for Clinical Research in Dalarna||Swedish Research Council||Swedish Society Against Rheumatism||Gustaf Vth 80-year Foundation||Karin Svensson, Siv Olsson||Gunnar Trosell Foundations for rheumatology research||Reinhold Sund Foundation||Tore Nilson Foundation||Abbott||2011-09-122011-09-122015-08-31Bibliographically approved