The SS-A/Ro 60 kDa test is a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA), for use on IDS automated analyzers. It is used for the quantitative determination of the specific IgG antibodies directed against protein SS-A/Ro 60 kDa in human samples of serum or plasma (EDTA-K3, Heparin-Na or Sodium Citrate).
The extractable nuclear anti-antigen (ENA) autoantibodies represent a large family of non-organ- and non- species-specific autoantibodies, detection of which is of great importance in laboratory diagnosis of systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases. (1,2,3,4)
Anti SS-A/Ro autoantibodies are the most common of those detected during screening for systemic rheumatic diseases.
The SS-A/Ro antigen is composed of a particle of RNA rich in uridine bonded to a 60 kDa protein(5); another 52 kDa protein participates in the complex via a protein-protein interaction(6).
Anti SS-A/Ro autoantibodies are class IgG polyclonal antibodies that recognise conformational epitopes on the 60 kDa molecule and, to a lesser degree, on the 52 kDa molecule. Half of the anti-SS-A/Ro sera contain direct antibodies against the two components, the remaining half has autoantibodies directed against only one of the two antigens.
Anti-SS-A/Ro 60 kDa antigens are prevalently found in individuals suffering from Sjiogren Syndrome (SS) and in those with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)(7). Anti-SS-A/Ro 52 kDa antigens too are commonly found in individuals suffering from SS and from SLE, but unlike the anti-SS-A/Ro 60 kDa antigens, they are also found in patients suffering from systemic sclerosis (8) and with polymyositis and dermatomyositis (8,9). Moreover, anti-SS-A/Ro 52 kDa have been found, but less frequently, in patients suffering from biliary cirrhosis(10) and those suffering with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis(11).
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