The biology, pathogenetic role, clinical implications, and open issues of serum anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies

G. Ramponi, M. Folci, M. De Santis, J.G.M.C. Damoiseaux, C. Selmi*, E. Brunetta

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Abstract

Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are a group of autoantibodies, predominantly IgG, involved in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune disorders, detected either through indirect immunofluorescence or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. By means of indirect immunofluorescence, the main patterns are C-ANCA (cytoplasmic) and P-ANCA (perinuclear), while proteinase 3 (PR3) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) represent the main autoantigens in granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis, both belonging to the family of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). While several experiments established the pathogenicity of MPO-ANCA, evidence remains elusive for PR3-ANCA and an additional target antigen, i.e. LAMP2, has been postulated with specific clinical relevance. The presence of a subset of AAV without ANCA may be explained by the presence of further target antigens or the presence of molecules in blood which make ANCA undetectable. A rise in ANCA titers is not necessarily predictive of a flare of disease in AAV if not accompanied by clinical manifestations. ANCA may develop through variable mechanisms, such as autoantigen complementarity, apoptosis impairment, neutrophil extracellular traps dysfunction and molecular mimicry. We will provide herein a comprehensive review of the available evidence on the biological mechanisms, pathogenetic role, and clinical implications of ANCA testing and disease management. Further, we will address the remaining open challenges in the field, including the role of ANCA in inflammatory bowel disease and in cocaine-induced vasculitis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102759
Number of pages11
JournalAutoimmunity Reviews
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Autoimmunity
  • Eosinophil
  • Granulomatous polyangiits
  • HLA
  • Small-vessel vasculitis
  • Tolerance breakdown
  • WEGENERS-GRANULOMATOSIS
  • AUTOANTIBODIES ANCA
  • ULCERATIVE-COLITIS
  • NEUTROPHILS
  • PREVALENCE
  • CONSENSUS CONFERENCE NOMENCLATURE
  • INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS
  • ANCA-ASSOCIATED VASCULITIS
  • PRIMARY SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS
  • INFLAMMATORY-BOWEL

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