Clinical comparison of cultured human epithelial cells and rat liver as substrates for the fluorescent antinuclear antibody test

M. H. Miller, G. O. Littlejohn, B. W. Jones, H. Strnad

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Fluorescent antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing was performed on 141 sera from 114 patients with well defined rheumatic diseases including fibrositis syndrome and 24 sera from 24 healthy subjects using HEp-2 cells and rat liver as substrates. ANA titers were almost always higher on HEp-2, in most cases by 1:5 dilutions. ANA positivity or negativity was usually substrate independent, but there were exceptions. Two patients with SLE were ANA positive on HEp-2 only and rat liver only, respectively; patterns were homogeneous. Thirteen of 15 CREST patients had anticentromere antibodies, detected on HEp-2 only. 'False-positive' ANA were invariably low titer, speckled and confined to one substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Rheumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985

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