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Establishing the diagnosis of primary biliary cirrhosis
Antimitochondrial antibodies (AMAs) are detectable by indirect immunofluorescence in >90% of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), but this method also detects AMAs of differing specificities in other diseases. The mitochondrial antigens recognized by AMAs in patients' sera have been classified numerically as M1 through M9, with the M2 antigen complex recognized by AMAs in sera from patients with PBC. M2 antigen is comprised of enzyme proteins of the 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complex that are located on inner mitochondrial membranes. Included in this group of autoantigens are the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, and 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex.
Negative: <0.1 Units
Borderline: 0.1-0.3 Units
Weakly positive: 0.4-0.9 Units
Positive: > or =1.0 Units
Reference values apply to all ages.
Positive results for antimitochondrial antibody (AMA) of M2 specificity are highly specific for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), and false-negative results are rare.
A positive result for AMA of M2 specificity in a patient with clinical features of PBC is virtually diagnostic for this disease.
The level of antimitochondrial antibody (AMA) is not useful to indicate the stage or prognosis of the disease or for monitoring the course of disease. Positive results are found (infrequently) in patients with CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, esophageal hypomotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia) syndrome, relatives of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis and other autoimmune diseases.
Testing performed in the Immunology Antibody Laboratory of the antimitochondrial antibody (AMA)-M2 by EIA revealed a false-positive rate of <2% in normals and overall concordance compared with indirect immunofluorescence of 90% on sera from the Mayo primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) Serum Bank. Ten discordant results were obtained (negative by EIA and positive by immunofluorescence assay). Seven of the 10 patients had no histologic evidence of PBC on liver biopsy.
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