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Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2001 Apr;30(5):313-20.

Anti-nuclear envelope antibodies: Clinical associations.

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Department of Rheumatology Service, Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.



Characterization of the clinical associations and clinical implications of antibodies reacting with antigens of the nuclear envelope.


Description of an illustrative case and a MEDLINE search-assisted literature review of relevant cases.


With indirect immunofluorescence, autoantibodies directed against various antigens of the nuclear envelope stain the nucleus in a ring-like (rim) pattern. Autoantibodies against 5 antigenic components of the nuclear envelope have been described: anti-gp210, p62, lamina, lamina-associated polypeptides, and lamin B receptor. Antibodies to antigens of the nuclear pore complex, such as gp210 and p62, are highly specific (> 95%) for primary biliary cirrhosis and may aid in the serologic diagnosis of this condition, especially in cases in which antimitochondrial antibodies are not detectable. In contrast, antilamin antibodies are not disease-specific but seem to be associated with lupus anticoagulant or anticardiolipin antibodies, antiphospholipid syndrome, thrombocytopenia, autoimmune liver diseases, and arthralgia. High-titered antilamin antibodies help to define a subset of lupus patients with antiphospholipid antibodies who are at a lower risk of developing thrombotic events. In addition, preliminary data suggest that the presence of antilamin antibodies may be helpful in the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.


Each of the antibodies reacting with nuclear membrane antigens has its own spectrum of disease associations.


Determination of anti-nuclear envelope antibody pattern by indirect immunofluorescence, with subsequent determination of the specific antibody, carries important diagnostic and prognostic implications in various autoimmune conditions.

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