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Leuk Lymphoma. 1992 May;7(1-2):117-22.

Autoantibodies in the sera of patients with lymphoma.

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  • 1Research Unit of Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.


Sera of 84 patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) and 55 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) were examined for the presence of autoantibodies to ssDNA, dsDNA, Poly (I), Poly (G), cardiolipin, histones, RNP. Sm, Ro (SS/A), La (SS/B) and the common anti-DNA idiotype (16/6) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Anti-ssDNA antibodies were detected in the sera of 20 patients with lymphoma (23.8%), more among those with NHL than HD (16 vs. 4 patients p < 0.01). Anti-RNP and anti-Sm antibodies were found in 16 (21.7%) and 14 lymphoma patients (20%) respectively, significantly more than in the controls (p < 0.05) in both antibodies). These findings remained valid following subgrouping of the patients into those with HD and NHL. With all the other autoantibodies examined no significant difference could be observed in the incidence between lymphoma patients and controls. These results differ from our previous survey carried out on sera of patients with solid tumors in whom no increased frequency of any of the autoantibodies could be determined. In view of the evidence suggesting an increased risk of lymphoma in a number of autoimmune diseases our results extend this relationship to an increased incidence of autoantibodies among patients with lymphoma.

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