- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background/AimANCA-associated (AAV) vasculitis is an autoimmune small-vessel-vasculitis and may be associated with accelerated atherosclerosis as suggested by current literature. Antibodies against oxidized-lipoproteins (OxLDL) and phosphorycholine (Pc) protect from atherosclerosis. This study characterizes these antibodies in AAV.Methods Pc- and anti-OxLDL antibodies were determined in sera of 39 AAV patients and 44 healthy controls (HC). Intima-media thickness (IMT, carotides) and pulse-wave-velocity (PWV, A. femoralis) were measured.ResultsPc-/OxLDL-IgM antibodies were significantly reduced in AAV. IMT and PWV were negatively associated with anti-Pc antibodies in HC only.Conclusion Atheroprotective anti-Pc/anti-OxLDL antibodies are significantly reduced in AAV possibly explaining accelerated atherosclerosis in vasculitis patients.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: T cell activation is regulated by inhibitory molecules such as PD-1 and CTLA-4, whose expression may be affected by gene polymorphisms. Increased T cell activation is present in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). We investigated two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in PDCD1 and five polymorphisms in CTLA4 in 102 patients with AAV and 188 healthy controls (HC). The distributions of the PD-1.3 and PD-1.5 SNPs, and the distributions of the CTLA4 promoter polymorphisms -1722T/C, -1661A/G, -318 C/T, and the (AT)(n) microsatellite in the 3'-untranslated region of CTLA4, did not differ between patients and HC. However, the +49 G allele was significantly more often present in patients with AAV. Furthermore, the co-occurrence of the PD-1.5 T allele with CTLA4 +49 AA homozygosity (i.e., the absence of a G allele) was less often present in patients compared to HC. These genetic polymorphisms may lead to hyperreactivity of T cells and thus may contribute to the pathogenesis of AAV.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Many patients surviving vasculitis are prone to accelerated atherosclerosis and often have enhanced levels of antibodies to oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL). To measure anti-oxLDL antibodies, oxidation of LDL is achieved with copper (Cu) or malondialdehyde (MDA). Because, in vivo, LDL may be oxidized with myeloperoxidase (MPO) or its product hypochlorite, we measured anti-hypochlorite LDL antibodies in patients with vasculitis, haemodialysis patients and healthy controls. A newly developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to detect antibodies to oxLDL as modified by hypochlorite. Results are compared with data obtained by standard LDL oxidation using MDA-LDL or Cu-LDL as substrate. Results were compared between anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) patients (n = 93), haemodialysis (HD) patients (n = 59) and healthy controls (HC; n = 43). Furthermore, patients with MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis (n = 47) were compared with patients with proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCA associated vasculitis (n = 46). Optimal cut-off points were determined by receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Anti-oxLDL antibodies are enhanced in AAV patients (MDA-LDL and hypochlorite-LDL) and in HD patients (hypochlorite-LDL), when compared to HC. Furthermore, patients with MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis had higher levels of antibodies to hypochlorite-LDL than patients with PR3-ANCA-associated vasculitis. Our newly developed assay, in which hypochlorite-LDL is used as substrate, seems a more sensitive assay than traditional assays to measure oxLDL antibodies. Furthermore, our results suggest that enhanced MPO-mediated LDL oxidation occurs in patients with MPO-ANCA.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an unexplained increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Antibodies against human 60 kDa heat shock protein (anti-HSP60) are associated with the presence and severity of CVD. To investigate whether anti-HSP60 antibodies are associated with prevalent CVD in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In a nested case-control design, anti-HSP60 antibody levels were measured in the serum samples of 192 rheumatoid patients. In a regression analysis the association between prevalent CVD and anti-HSP60 antibodies was examined, along with the possible influence on this association of several demographic, rheumatoid arthritis, and CVD related variables. In a random sample of 326 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 48 cases were identified who also suffered from CVD. Three controls per case with rheumatoid arthritis but without CVD (n = 144) were matched for sex, age, disease duration, and smoking habits. A regression analysis showed no significant association between prevalent CVD and anti-HSP60 antibodies (odds ratio = 1.00 (95% confidence interval, 0.997 to 1.004)). After correcting for possible confounding variables, still no association was found. In contrast to the general population, anti-HSP60 antibody titres are not associated with prevalent CVD in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These findings could be the result of an altered immune response to HSP60 in rheumatoid arthritis.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human Heat Shock Protein 60 (hHSP60) has been implicated in autoimmunity through molecular mimicry, based on the high degree of homology with HSP65 of micro-organisms leading to autoimmune recognition of the human protein. Additionally, sequence homology between hHSP60 and myeloperoxidase (MPO) has been described. MPO is a major autoantigen in vasculitis associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA). We hypothesized that infections may trigger the ANCA response against MPO through hHSP60. In 86 consecutive patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), anti-hHSP60 and anti-mycobacterial HSP65 were measured by ELISA. Patients were compared with 69 healthy controls (HC). Continuous data between groups were compared using Wilcoxon signed rank test and Kruskal-Wallis test with Dunn's post-test when appropriate. Correlations between data were derived using Spearman correlation. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were obtained using Fisher's exact test. At diagnosis, median anti-mHSP65 level was higher in AAV (median [range]: 42.5 [0-500]), and subsequently in MPO-ANCA (44 [7-500]), compared to HC (22 [0-430]). Anti-hHSP60 levels in AAV were not higher compared to HC (18 [0-319] and 18.5 [0-98], respectively). However, in MPO-ANCA anti-hHSP60 levels were increased (32.5 [0-319]) compared to PR3-ANCA (13 [0-79]) and HC. We could not detect cross-reactivity between hHSP60 and MPO-ANCA. There was a correlation between anti-mHSP65 and anti-hHSP60 levels (r = 0.32, P = 0.003) but not between anti-hHSP60 and MPO-ANCA (r = -0.064, P = 0.69). Antibodies against mHSP65 are higher in AAV compared to HC, and anti-hHSP60 antibodies are higher in patients with MPO-ANCA than in patients with PR3-ANCA and HC. Although this finding may be indicative for cross-reactivity between MPO-ANCA and hHSP60, additional assays did not support this hypothesis.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In a substantial proportion of patients with crescentic glomerulonephritis (CGN), both anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) with specificity for myeloperoxidase (MPO-ANCA) are detected. In the present study, we questioned whether histological and clinical features of patients with both ANCA and anti-GBM antibodies differ from those of patients with either ANCA or anti-GBM alone. We reviewed the Limburg renal biopsy registry (1978 to 2003; n = 1,373) for cases of CGN. The presence of linear fluorescence on renal biopsy and the presence of ANCA and/or anti-GBM antibodies were measured. Subsequently, we assessed patient characteristics and follow-up and compared histological findings among the different groups. We identified 46 MPO-ANCA-positive, 10 double-positive, and 13 anti-GBM-positive patients. Mean ages were 63, 64, and 52 years (P = 0.04), and serum creatinine levels were 5.0, 10.3, and 9.6 mg/dL (445, 910, and 850 micromol/L), respectively (P = 0.01). Granulomatous periglomerular inflammation was found in either MPO-ANCA- or double-positive patients, but not in anti-GBM-positive patients with CGN without MPO-ANCAs. Patient survival among the 3 groups was different, although not statistically significant (log rank P = 0.17, with 75%, 79%, and 100% alive at 1 year, respectively). Renal survival analysis showed significant differences among the 3 groups (P = 0.04, with 65%, 10%, and 15% off dialysis therapy at 1 year, respectively). In patients with both anti-GBM antibodies and MPO-ANCAs, histological findings differ from those of patients with anti-GBM antibodies only. However, renal survival in these patients is not better than that in anti-GBM-positive patients and is worse compared with patients with MPO-ANCAs only.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this study we have evaluated a new, fully automated fluorescent-enzyme immuno-assay (FEIA) for detection and quantification of anti-PR3 and anti-MPO ANCA in diagnosis and follow-up of ANCA-associated small vessel vasculitis (AAV). PR3- and MPO-ANCA were determined by FEIA technology in (1) sera of 87 consecutive patients with biopsy-proven, pauci-immune necrotizing crescentic glomerulonephritis (NCGN) and 72 controls; (2) 120 sera (60 patients with Wegener's granulomatosis and 60 controls) that were previously used in a multicentre comparison of direct and capture ELISAs for PR3-ANCA; (3) in samples preceding relapse in 23 PR3-AAV patients with and 23 matched PR3-AAV patients without relapse for prediction of relapses. PR3- and/or MPO-ANCA detection in pauci-immune NCGN by FEIA revealed an overall sensitivity of 82.8%. The FEIA specificity was 96% and 100% for PR3- and MPO-ANCA, respectively. The overall sensitivity of MPO- and PR3-ANCA could be increased to 88.5% by lowering the cut-off values without affecting the specificity (ROC-curve analysis), which is similar to a multistep ANCA procedure that combines indirect immunofluorescence with direct and capture ELISAs. The sensitivity for Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) of the PR3-ANCA FEIA (60%) was more comparable to direct ELISAs (64%) than to capture ELISAs (74%). A rise of 100% in ANCA level as measured by FEIA appeared optimal (ROC-curve) for prediction of relapses and such a rise was observed in 26 patients. In 18 of these 26 patients the rise was followed by a relapse (PPV 69%), whereas in 15 of the 20 patients without a rise no relapse was observed (NPV 75%). In conclusion, detection of PR3- and MPO-ANCA by FEIA has excellent performance in terms of diagnosis of AAV patients. Furthermore, detection of rises in PR3-ANCA by FEIA for prediction of relapses gives results comparable to other techniques.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To test whether antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) and ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) are not only induced during treatment with antithyroid drugs, but can also become evident when medication has been ceased, possibly after years. Patients who visited our hospital for the treatment of hyperthyroidism were included (n = 207). Treatment consisted of antithyroid medications, radioactive iodide, thyroidectomy, or a combination of these treatment options. Patients were retested 3-6 years later to evaluate long-term effects of antithyroid drugs. Patients were tested for the presence of ANCA and, if positive, evaluated for the presence of AAV. Of 209 patients with hyperthyroidism, 12 patients (6%) were positive for myeloperoxidase- (MPO-), proteinase 3-, or human leukocyte elastase-ANCA. Seventy-seven of 209 patients were retested; 1 patient who had not been treated with antithyroid drugs had developed MPO-ANCA. In 3 of 6 patients previously positive, ANCA could still be detected. The presence of ANCA was highly associated with treatment with antithyroid drugs (odds ratio 11.8 [95% confidence interval 1.5-93.3]). Of 13 patients with a positive ANCA result on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, AAV with glomerulonephritis was diagnosed in 4 (31%). The presence of ANCA with or without vasculitis is associated with previous treatment with antithyroid drugs, possibly after years.
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- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To analyze disease-free survival in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated small-vessel vasculitis (AAV) treated with cyclophosphamide only or switched to azathioprine after 3 months of full remission while taking cyclophosphamide. We analyzed disease-free survival in all consecutive patients diagnosed with AAV between 1990 and 2000 at our center. Patients were treated with cyclophosphamide only (1990-1996) or switched to azathioprine after 3 months of remission while taking cyclophosphamide (1997-2000). All patients received at least 12 months of followup. Of the total 128 patients, 53 (41%) relapsed. Forty-four of the 128 patients (34%) had been switched to azathioprine therapy. Disease-free survival at 2 and 4 years was 76% and 65% in the cyclophosphamide group compared with 76% and 51% in the azathioprine group. In patients with proteinase 3 (PR3) classic ANCA (C-ANCA)-associated vasculitis who were switched to azathioprine (n = 33), a positive C-ANCA titer at the moment of treatment switch (n = 13) was significantly associated with relapse (RR 2.6, 95% confidence interval 1.1-8.0; P = 0.04). In patients with a negative ANCA titer at the time of switch to azathioprine, disease-free survival at 2 and 4 years was 80% and 62%, which was identical to that for patients treated with cyclophosphamide only. In patients who were ANCA-positive at the time of treatment switch, disease-free survival at 2 and 4 years was only 58% and 17%. Switching cyclophosphamide to azathioprine after induction of remission in patients with PR3-ANCA-associated vasculitis who are still ANCA-positive at the time of treatment switch is associated with a high risk of relapse.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Severe renal disease is a feature of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated small-vessel vasculitis. We evaluated patient and renal survival and prognostic factors in patients with PR3-ANCA associated vasculitis with renal involvement at diagnosis during long-term follow-up. Eighty-five patients were diagnosed between 1982 and 1996 and followed until 2001 allowing >or=5 years of follow-up. All patients were treated with prednisolone and cyclophosphamide. Univariate and multivariate analyses with patient and renal survival as dependent variables were performed. Of the 85 patients in this study, 17 (20%) died within one year after diagnosis. Of the 25 patients (29%) who were dialysis dependent at diagnosis, two remained dependent and two again became dialysis dependent after less than one year; nine died early without renal recovery. Risk factors for death occurring within one year in univariate analysis (RR, 95% CI) were age>65 years (6.5, 1.6-13.7) and dialysis dependency at diagnosis (3.6, 1.0-13). Twenty patients died beyond one year during the long-term follow-up. Male gender (4.7, 1.6-10) and developing dialysis dependency during follow-up (4.1, 1.4-12) were associated with poor outcome. Risk factor for renal failure within one year was dialysis dependency at diagnosis (29, 3.6-229). Of 64 patients dialysis independent one year after diagnosis, 12 patients became dialysis dependent during follow-up. A renal relapse was strongly associated with development of renal failure in long-term follow-up (17, 3.5-81). Early death and failure to recover renal function in PR3-ANCA associated vasculitis is associated with age> 65 years and dialysis dependency at diagnosis. Long-term renal survival is determined by renal relapses during follow-up only. Slow, progressive renal failure without relapses is rarely observed in this group.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Case reports have suggested that minocycline, sulfasalazine, and penicillamine are associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive vasculitis. This study evaluated ANCA seroconversion due to these agents in serum samples prospectively collected in randomized, double-blind, controlled trials. The sources of study sera were 3 clinical trials: 1) a 48-week trial of minocycline for early rheumatoid arthritis, with 64 patients receiving minocycline compared with 68 receiving placebo; 2) a 37-week trial of sulfasalazine for rheumatoid arthritis, with 51 receiving sulfasalazine compared with 38 receiving placebo; and 3) a 104-week trial of penicillamine for early systemic sclerosis, with 15 undergoing high-dose penicillamine treatment versus 12 receiving low-dose penicillamine. ANCA were measured in the baseline and study-end serum samples by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) for perinuclear ANCA (pANCA) and cytoplasmic ANCA (cANCA) patterns, and by antigen-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for antibodies to myeloperoxidase (anti-MPO) and proteinase 3 (anti-PR3). Laboratory personnel were blinded to the group identity of the samples. ANCA results were interpreted using an ANCA scoring system that combines the results of IIF and ELISA testing. No patient in any of the active study drug groups demonstrated ANCA seroconversion according to the final interpretation of the combined IIF and ELISA results. Twelve of the 248 patients (5%) were positive for anti-MPO with pANCA at baseline. No subject was positive for anti-PR3 with cANCA. There were no findings suggestive of vasculitis in any of these patients. From our study results, there was no suggestion of ANCA seroconversion induced by minocycline, sulfasalazine, or penicillamine. However, these findings do not rule out the possibility of rare, sporadic cases of either ANCA seroconversion or true drug-induced vasculitis with these drugs.