Comparison of Three Immunoassays for the Detection of Myositis Specific Antibodies

Michael Mahler, Zoe Betteridge, Chelsea Bentow, Michaelin Richards, Andrea Seaman, Hector Chinoy, Neil McHugh

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Objectives: Standardization of myositis specific antibody (MSA) detection is of high importance because these antibodies are relevant for diagnosis and stratification of patients with idiopathic inflammatory myositis (IIM) and have the potential to be used in classification criteria. Many laboratories rely on immunoprecipitation (IP) for the detection of MSA but this approach is compromised by logistic, standardization, and regulatory challenges. Therefore, reliable alternatives to IP are mandatory. Here we aimed to compare three methods for the detection of MSA. Methods: Our study initiated from a cohort of 1,619 IIM patients (BIRD/University of Bath serology service and UKMyoNet cohorts) and resulted in 157 unique serum samples enriched for higher prevalence of MSA characterized by the laboratory's routine methods, IP and line immunoassay (LIA: Euroimmun). All samples were tested using a novel fully automated particle-based multi-analyte technology (PMAT, Inova Diagnostics, research use only). Analyses included antibodies to PL-7, PL-12, SRP, NXP2, Mi-2, SAE, EJ, MDA5, TIF1γ, SRP, NXP2. Results: Overall high agreements were observed between novel methods (LIA and PMAT) and IP (Cohen's kappa 0.46-0.96) for the detection of MSA. Lowest level of agreement was found for EJ and highest for SAE. Conclusion: The data hold promise for advancements in standardization of MSA assays as well as for the potential inclusion of MSA in future classification criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Article number848
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


  • Autoantibodies
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Diagnosis
  • Immunoassay
  • Myositis
  • Polymyosits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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