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OBJECTIVE: To examine fine specificity of anticitrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA) in relation to responsiveness to anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Samples from 450 patients with RA treated with anti-TNF agents were analyzed for antibodies to citrullinated α-enolase, vimentin, and fibrinogen peptides. The Disease Activity Score-28 was measured at baseline and 6 months. RESULTS: Both anti-cFib antibodies and the number of citrullinated peptides recognized were associated with a poorer response. These findings were not significant following stratification for anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide 2 antibodies. CONCLUSION: The presence of any ACPA rather than individual ACPA specificities was associated with a poorer response to anti-TNF agents. We suggest that this reflects distinctive differences in the pathogenesis of ACPA-positive and negative RA.

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Journal article


J rheumatol

Publication Date





929 - 932


Aged, Antibody Specificity, Antirheumatic Agents, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Autoantibodies, Biomarkers, Tumor, DNA-Binding Proteins, Female, Fibrinogen, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Peptides, Cyclic, Phosphopyruvate Hydratase, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Tumor Suppressor Proteins, Vimentin