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J Rheumatol. 2006 Dec;33(12):2390-7. Epub 2006 Aug 15.

Diagnostic utility of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies for very early rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Clinical Research Center for Allergy and Rheumatology, Sagamihara National Hospital, National Hospital Organization, Kanagawa,



To compare the diagnostic utility of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies with other serological markers including rheumatoid factor (RF), anti-agalactosyl immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3 in very early rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


Serum concentrations of anti-CCP antibodies, RF, anti-agalactosyl IgG antibody, and MMP-3 were measured in 262 patients with RA ("total RA") including 55 patients with disease duration of less than 6 months who had not been treated before entry ("very early RA") and 116 patients with rheumatic diseases other than RA.


The diagnostic sensitivity of anti-CCP antibodies was 82.4% in total RA and 67.3% in very early RA and was lower than that of RF (84.0% total RA, 83.6% very early RA) and anti-agalactosyl IgG antibody (90.5%, 90.9%), whereas specificity, positive predictive value, and diagnostic accuracy were the best among markers tested both in total RA and in very early RA. The presence of either anti-CCP antibodies or RF increased the sensitivity, but any combination of serological markers was not significantly better in diagnostic accuracy than anti-CCP antibodies alone. The rates of RF-positive subjects in anti-CCP antibody-negative patients both in total RA (43.5%) and in very early RA (61.1%) were higher than those of anti-CCP antibody-positive subjects in RF-negative patients (38.1% and 22.2%, for total RA and early RA, respectively).


Measurement of anti-CCP antibodies, by itself, is useful for the diagnosis of RA; however, combined use of anti-CCP antibodies with RF may be more useful than either method alone for the diagnosis of very early RA.

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