Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association

A novel autoantibody against moesin in the serum of patients with MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis.

PMID 24319012


Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA) directed against myeloperoxidase (MPO), a diagnostic criterion in MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis (MPO-AAV), does not always correlate with disease activity. Here, we detected autoantibodies against moesin, which was located on the surface of stimulated endothelial cells, in the serum of patients. The anti-moesin autoantibody titer was evaluated by ELISA. Seventeen kinds of cytokines/chemokines were measured by a Bio-Plex system. Serum creatinine in the anti-moesin autoantibody-positive group was higher than that in the negative group. Additionally, interferon (IFN)-γ, macrophage chemotactic peptide-1 (MCP-1), interleukin (IL)-2, IL-7, IL-12p70, IL-13, granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor were significantly higher in the positive group. Furthermore, IL-7 and IL-12p70 levels correlated with the anti-moesin autoantibody titer. Based on these findings and the binding of anti-moesin IgG to neutrophils and monocytes, we detected the secretion of cytokines/chemokines such as IFN-γ, MCP-1 and GM-CSF from these cells. The anti-moesin autoantibody existed in the serum of patients with MPO-AAV and was associated with the production of inflammatory cytokines/chemokines targeting neutrophils with a cytoplasmic profile, which suggests that the anti-moesin autoantibody has the possibility to be a novel autoantibody developing vasculitis via neutrophil and endothelial cell activation.