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AB1031 Anti-drug antibodies: assay performance in patients treated with ANTI-TNF biodrugs
  1. B Hock1,
  2. JL O'donnell2,
  3. J Liu2,
  4. P Keating2,
  5. M Spellerberg2,
  6. L Stamp3,
  7. M Barclay3
  1. 1Haematolgy Research Group, University of Otago
  2. 2Immunology Section, Canterbury Health Labs
  3. 3Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand


Background Minimum biodrug concentrations of ∼7mg/l are predictive of disease remission1. Very low/absent biodrug concentrations associate with loss of benefit which may be due to ADA2 however the clinical utility of ADA is assay dependant. In rheumatoid arthritis the combination of low/absent drug concentration and the presence of ADA appears to have the greatest utility3. Canterbury Health Laboratories, New Zealand (CHL) has developed a competitive binding ELISA to detect neutralising antibodies whereas most commercial assays utilise a bridging methodology

Objectives Compare performance of a competitive binding assay with two commercial bridging assays in the detection of ADA to anti-TNFα biodrugs in serum samples with low/absent biodrug concentration

Methods Serum samples referred for anti TNF biodrug concentrations found to have very low/undetectable concentrations (<1mg/l) were tested for ADA using the competitive-bind assay and two bridging assays (TANI Medikal and GRIFOLS)

Results Over a 22 month period (Jan 2014 – Oct 2016), 67% (331/497) of referred samples had biodrug concentrations below 7mg/l and 15% (n=79) had low/undetectable biodrug concentrations (adalimumab n=36 or infliximab n=43). ADAs were detected in 53% (42/79) of this latter group. The competitive binding assay detected ADAs in all samples testing positive for ADA by binding assay. In addition a further 8 samples were positive for ADA by the competitive assay: 53% (42/79) positive for ADA by the competitive assay and 33% positive by one or other of the commercial assays

Conclusions The competitive binding ELISA was more sensitive in detecting biodrug ADAs in serum samples with very low/undetectable biodrug concentrations


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  2. Schaeverbeke T, Truchetet M, Kostine M, Barnetche T et al. Rheumatology 2016;55:210–220.

  3. Jani M,Chinoy, Warren R, et al. Arthritis and Rheumatology 2015;67:2011–2019.


Disclosure of Interest None declared

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