Autoantibody response to chromatographic fractions from oxidized LDL in unstable angina patients and healthy controls

Scand J Immunol. 2008 Oct;68(4):456-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3083.2008.02154.x.


Levels of autoantibodies to oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) have been correlated to atherosclerosis; however, contradictory results have been shown. To better understand the role of autoantibodies to oxLDL in atherogenesis, and their potential to predict risk of developing coronary artery disease we investigated the antibody response of unstable angina (UA) patients and healthy controls against chromatographic separated fractions of oxLDL. Five major peaks were detected after chromatographic separation of oxLDL and 10 fractions were collected. Surprisingly, when the response to high molecular weight fractions was analysed, we observed a significant increase in the levels of autoantibodies in controls compared to UA. In contrast, when the autoantibody response to intermediate and low molecular weight fractions was analysed, we observed that the UA group showed consistently higher levels compared with controls. Our data demonstrates that within oxLDL there are major fractions that can be recognized by autoantibodies from either UA patients or healthy individuals, and that the use of total oxLDL as an antigen pool may mask the presence of some antigenic molecules and their corresponding antibodies. Further studies are needed, but the analysis of antibody profiles may indeed open up a novel approach for evaluation and prevention against atherosclerosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angina, Unstable / immunology*
  • Atherosclerosis / immunology*
  • Autoantibodies / immunology*
  • Autoantigens / immunology
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / immunology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Autoantibodies
  • Autoantigens
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • oxidized low density lipoprotein