J Autoimmun 2017 01 25;76:101-107. Epub 2016 Sep 25.
Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan. Electronic address:
Objective: To identify and characterize a novel connective tissue disease (CTD)-related autoantibody (autoAb) directed against scaffold attachment factor B (SAFB).
Methods: AutoAb specificity was analyzed using RNA and protein-immunoprecipitation assays. Autoimmune targets were affinity purified using patients' sera and subjected to liquid chromatography mass spectrometry.
Results: By immunoprecipitation assay, 10 sera reacted with a protein with a molecular weight of approximately 160 kDa. Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry of the partially purified autoantigen and additional immunoblot-based analyses revealed that the Ab specifically recognized SAFB. Anti-SAFB Abs were detected in 2 of 646 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) (0.3%), 1 of 1570 patients with polymyositis/dermatomyositis (0.06%), 4 of 270 patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) (1.5%), 1 of 43 patients with overlap syndrome (2.3%) and 2 patients with other diseases including primary Raynaud's disease and eosinophilic pneumonia. Five patients with anti-SAFB Abs had Raynaud's phenomenon and 3 had nail fold punctate hemorrhage. Of note, 8 of the 10 patients (80%) suffered from ILD. None of the patients with anti-SAFB Abs had pulmonary arterial hypertension, heart disease, or renal involvement.
Conclusions: Anti-SAFB Ab is a novel CTD-related autoAb possibly associated with ILD.