Modern rheumatology

Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies are associated with severe mitral valve regurgitation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

PMID 27425425


To assess whether anti-Ro/SSA antibodies are associated with cardiac valve disease in lupus. A single-center, medical chart review was performed. Lupus patients were divided according to its anti-Ro/SSA status and subgroups were compared for valvular abnormalities and other characteristics. Dependence of anti-Ro/SSA reactivity to anti-Ro52/TRIM21 antibodies was also evaluated. Eighty-nine lupus patients were analyzed. The most common valvular abnormalities were tricuspid (60%), mitral (41%) and pulmonary (14%) regurgitation. Thirty-six patients were positive and 53 negative for anti-Ro/SSA antibodies. In patients positive to anti-Ro/SSA, a difference was noted for anti-dsDNA (67 versus 45%; p = 0.04) and anti-La/SSB (19 versus 2%; p = 0.004) antibodies. An association between anti-Ro/SSA antibodies and severe mitral regurgitation was observed; indeed, 4/15 patients with anti-Ro/SSA and mitral regurgitation had severe forms of valvulopathy as compared to only 1/22 patients with mitral regurgitation but negative to such antibody (27 versus 5%; p = 0.02). Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies significantly elevated the risk of severe mitral regurgitation (OR = 5). Anti-Ro52/TRIM21 levels (103 ± 29 versus 42 ± 43 U/mL; p = 0.03) and anti-Ro52/TRIM21: anti-Ro/SSA ratios (0.88 ± 0.02 versus 0.35 ± 0.37; p = 0.03) were higher in patients with mitral valve regurgitation than in those with no valvulopathy. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies, mainly against Ro52/TRIM21 antigens, may be pathologically involved in lupus-associated mitral valve regurgitation.

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