Anti-SSB/La antibodies in Sjögren's syndrome and related autoimmune diseases. Results of a quantitative immunoassay using a highly purified antigen

Clin Exp Rheumatol. Jan-Feb 1989;7(1):5-11.


A quantitative immunoassay using a highly purified antigen from HeLa cells has allowed us to detect antibodies to SSB/La in 11/20 patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS), 15/33 with SLE, and 11/35 with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS). However, positive results were found in only 2/12 patients with idiopathic Raynaud's disease and 2/20 with rheumatoid arthritis, including 4 with secondary SS. Anti-SSB/La were associated with extraglandular manifestations in primary SS, and with a diffuse sclerodermic pattern in PSS. In SS, SLE and PSS, a positive anti-SSB/La test was strongly associated with nodal or spleen enlargement and with an increased level of gamma-globulins. A direct association was also found with positive tests for rheumatoid factors, anti-SSA/Ro and anti-Scl 70. An inverse relationship was however found with anti-nRNP +/- Sm and anticentromere antibodies. Our data suggest that anti-SSB/La antibodies can be regarded as a marker of B-lymphocyte activation in patients with either primary SS, SLE or PSS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Antinuclear / analysis*
  • Antibodies, Antinuclear / immunology
  • Autoimmune Diseases / immunology*
  • Blotting, Western
  • Connective Tissue Diseases / immunology
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Immunodiffusion
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / immunology
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / immunology
  • Sjogren's Syndrome / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Antinuclear
  • SS-B antibodies