Comparison of long-term outcome between anti-Jo1- and anti-PL7/PL12 positive patients with antisynthetase syndrome

Autoimmun Rev. 2012 Aug;11(10):739-45. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2012.01.006. Epub 2012 Feb 3.


The aims of the present study were to: compare the characteristics between antisynthetase syndrome (ASS) patients with anti-Jo1 antibody and those with anti-PL7/PL12 antibody. The medical records of 95 consecutive patients with ASS were reviewed. Seventy-five of these patients had anti-Jo1 antibody; the other patients had anti-PL7 (n=15) or anti-PL12 (n=5) antibody. At ASS diagnosis, the prevalence of myalgia (p=0.007) and muscle weakness (p=0.02) was significantly lower in the group of anti-PL7/PL12-positive patients than in those with anti-Jo1 antibody; median value of CK (p=0.00003) was also lower in anti-PL7/PL12 patients. Anti-Jo1 positive patients developed more rarely myositis resolution (21.3% vs. 46.2%); in addition, the overall recurrence rate of myositis was higher in anti-Jo1 positive patients than in patients with anti-PL7/PL12 antibody (65.9% vs. 19.4%). Anti-Jo1-positive patients, compared with those with anti-PL7/PL12 antibody, more often experienced: joint involvement (63.3%vs. 40%) and cancer (13.3% vs. 5%). By contrast, anti-PL7/PL12 positive patients, compared with those with anti-Jo1 antibody, more commonly exhibited: ILD (90% vs. 68%); in anti-PL7/PL12 positive patients, ILD was more often symptomatic at diagnosis, and led more rarely to resolution of lung manifestations (5.6% vs. 29.4%). Finally, the group of anti-PL7/PL12 positive patients more commonly experienced gastrointestinal manifestations related to ASS (p=0.02). Taken together, although anti-Jo1 positive patients with ASS share some features with those with anti-PL7/PL12 antibody, they exhibit many differences regarding clinical phenotype and long-term outcome. Our study underscores that the presence of anti-Jo1 antibody results in more severe myositis, joint impairment and increased risk of cancer. On the other hand, the presence of anti-PL7/PL12 antibody is markedly associated with: early and severe ILD, and gastrointestinal complications. Thus, our study interestingly indicates that the finding for anti-Jo1 and anti-PL7/PL12 antibodies impacts both the long-term outcome and prognosis of patients with ASS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alanine-tRNA Ligase / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Antinuclear / biosynthesis*
  • Histidine-tRNA Ligase / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Myositis / enzymology
  • Myositis / genetics
  • Myositis / immunology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Antibodies, Antinuclear
  • Jo-1 antibody
  • Histidine-tRNA Ligase
  • Alanine-tRNA Ligase

Supplementary concepts

  • Antisynthetase syndrome