Short AK, Esnault VLM, Lockwood CM
ANCA and anti-GBM antibodies: two coexisting distinct
autoreactivities detectable in patients with rapidly progressive
Am J Kidney Dis
(Sep) 26:439-445 1995
Some patients with anti-GBM disease have coexisting ANCA. 19,000 plasma
samples from patients with suspected autoantibody-associated nephritis or
vasculitis were tested for ANCA and anti-GBM. 160 pts were + for anti-GBM
and 1390 pts were + for ANCA; 34 (21%) of pts with anti-GBM also had ANCA;
using ELISA, 73.5% of these ANCA were specific for myeloperoxidase (as
opposed to 37% specificity to myeloperoxidase in pts with ANCA alone).
Immunofluorescent techniques (i.e., determination of C-ANCA or P-ANCA) were
not reliable in determining ANCA specificity. By using cross-inhibition,
ELISA, and Western blot assays, these were shown to be two distinct
populations of autoantibodies. It is possible that the ANCA response
precedes the development of anti-GBM disease, the latter occurring in pts
with the haplotype DRw2 (however, it is also possible for ANCA to develop
after anti-GBM). Management should take into account the frequent clinical
relapses of ANCA-positive disease.
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