The association of anti-CCP antibodies with disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatol Int. 2008 Aug;28(10):965-70. doi: 10.1007/s00296-008-0570-3. Epub 2008 Apr 17.


Antibodies to citrullinated proteins have been described in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and these appear to be the most specific markers of the disease. Our objective was to determine the frequency of antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides (CCPs) in patients with RA and the association of anti-CCP antibodies with disease activity, radiological erosions and HLA DR genotype. Forty patients with RA and 38 patients with fibromyalgia were included in this study. Serum samples were collected from both patient groups with RA and fibromyalgia. Anti-CCP was measured by the corresponding enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Additionally, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), rheumatoid factor (RF), disease activity score (DAS), visual analog scala (VAS), HLA genotype and radiographic information were determined in patients with RA. The rate of sensitivity and specificity of anti-CCP reactivity for the diagnosis RA were measured (sensitivity 50%, specificity 100%). There is no significant difference between anti-CCP (+) and anti-CCP (-) RA patients for DAS28, VAS, ESR, CRP, disease duration, HLA genotype, and radiological assessment of hand. However, there was a significant difference between anti-CCP (+) and anti-CCP (-) RA patients for RF and the radiological assessment of left and right wrists (respectively, P < 0.05, P = 0.04, P = 0.01). There was no significant correlation between anti-CCP antibody and ESR, CRP, VAS, DAS 28 or radiological assessment. A small but significant correlation was found between RF and anti-CCP antibody (P = 0.02, r = 0.35).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / genetics
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / immunology*
  • Autoantibodies / blood*
  • Biomarkers / blood*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / immunology
  • Genotype
  • HLA-DR Antigens / genetics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptides, Cyclic / immunology*
  • Radiography
  • Rheumatoid Factor / blood
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Wrist Joint / diagnostic imaging


  • Autoantibodies
  • Biomarkers
  • HLA-DR Antigens
  • Peptides, Cyclic
  • cyclic citrullinated peptide
  • Rheumatoid Factor