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Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody is a highly specific biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and is recognised as a predictor of the development of RA.1 2 It has been demonstrated that some HLA-DRB1 alleles, such as shared epitope (SE) alleles, significantly contribute to the positivity of anti-CCP antibody and the susceptibility of anti-CCP antibody-positive RA.3 4 However, the quantitative effect of HLA-DRB1 alleles on anti-CCP antibody levels in RA patients is controversial.3 5 6 Therefore, we carried out a large-scale study to study the quantitative effects of HLA-DRB1 alleles on anti-CCP antibody levels in Japanese patients with RA.
A total of 2384 Japanese patients with RA was recruited through several medical institutes of Japan under the support of the BioBank Japan Project7 (age 61.5±11.8 years (mean±SD), 81.2% were women). All patients fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology revised criteria for RA, and provided written informed consent. Serum anti-CCP antibody levels were assayed using the second-generation anti-CCP ELISA kit (DIASTAT Anti-CCP; MBL, Nagoya, Japan) with …
The first two authors contributed equally.
Funding This study was supported by a grant from CGM, RIKEN and a grant for Research on Intractable Diseases and Research on Human Genome Tailor-Made from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval Approved by the Ethical Committee of the BioBank Japan Project.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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