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Serum Levels of BAFF and APRIL in Myeloperoxidase Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody-Associated Renal Vasculitis: Association with Disease Activity.
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PMID:  21293157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: A proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) and the B cell activation factor belonging to the tumor necrosis factor family (BAFF) have proven to be key factors in the selection and survival of B cells, and a higher concentration of BAFF has been shown to contribute to autoreactive B cell survival and elevated autoantibody production. Here, serum BAFF and APRIL levels were investigated to analyze their association with disease activity in myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (MPO-ANCA)-associated renal vasculitis. Methods: APRIL and BAFF levels in serum obtained from 37 patients with MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis were measured by ELISA. Samples were taken from active vasculitis patients, inactive vasculitis patients and inactive vasculitis patients with infectious complications. Results: Although there was no difference in serum APRIL among the active vasculitis, inactive vasculitis and infectious complication patients, serum BAFF was higher in active vasculitis patients than in inactive vasculitis, infectious complication and control patients (for all, p < 0.001). There was no significant correlation between serum APRIL and ANCA titers, but there was a significant correlation between serum BAFF and ANCA titers (r = 0.465, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Excessive BAFF production in MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis may be one of the factors for autoimmune B cell tolerance, resulting in MPO-ANCA production.
Miho Nagai; Kouichi Hirayama; Itaru Ebihara; Homare Shimohata; Masaki Kobayashi; Akio Koyama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nephron. Clinical practice     Volume:  118     ISSN:  1660-2110     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101159763     Medline TA:  Nephron Clin Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  c339-c345     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Nephrology, Tokyo Medical University Ibaraki Medical Center, Ami, Japan.
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