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New advances in the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitides



2009 Vol.27, N°1 ,Suppl.52
PI 0108, PF 0114

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PMID: 19646356 [PubMed]

Received: 24/03/2009
Accepted : 27/03/2009
In Press: 02/12/2009
Published: 02/12/2009


Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are a group of autoimmune disorders including Wegener`s granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) and renal-limited vasculitis (RLV). This paper reviews updated information on the pathogenesis of AAV. Additional clinical evidence for a pathogenic role of ANCA comes from the observation that patients with severe acute renal failure treated with plasma exchange had a lower risk for progression to end-stage renal disease than patients who received intravenous methylprednisolone therapy, both in addition to standard treatment. Recent data also suggest that antibodies to complementary proteinase-3 (cPR3), probably cross-reacting with plasminogen, may induce PR3-ANCA. Furthermore, a new ANCA, directed against human lysosome membrane protein-2 (LAMP-2), concurrent with PR3-ANCA or MPO-ANCA, was described as a sensitive and specific marker for renal AAV. In vitro, ANCA can further activate primed neutrophils to release reactive oxygen species and lytic enzymes, and, in conjunction with neutrophils, damage and lyse endothelial cells. In vivo, transfer of splenocytes from myeloperoxidase-deficient mice immunized with mouse myeloperoxidase into wild-type mice resulted in pauci-immune systemic vasculitis. A similar experiment in PR3-deficient mice did not cause significant vasculitic lesions. In the anti-MPO induced vasculitis mouse model, a critical role of complement activation was suggested. The anti-LAMP-2 antibody can also induce pauci-immune necrotizing crescentic glomerulonephritis in rats. Rats developed both cross-reactive antibodies to LAMP-2 and crescentic glomerulonephritis when immunized with FimH, an adhesin from Gram-negative bacteria which has strong homology with human LAMP-2. Together, clinical, in vitro and in vivo data support a pathogenic role for ANCA in AAV, although this role is more evident for myeloperoxidaseANCA than for PR3-ANCA. The role of anti- LAMP-2 requires further studies.

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