Prevalence and associations of anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies with clinical phenotypes in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome: aPS/PT antibodies in primary antiphospholipid syndrome

Thromb Res. 2019 Feb;174:141-147. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2018.12.023. Epub 2018 Dec 29.


Objective: The clinical significance of anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin (aPS/PT) in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is still controversial. We assessed the prevalence of aPS/PT antibodies, their association with other anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) and with different APS clinical phenotypes.

Methods: We included 95 primary APS patients according to the Sydney classification criteria, and patients with thrombocytopenia and/or hemolytic anemia who also fulfilled the serological APS criteria. We tested aCL, anti-β2GP-I and aPS/PT antibodies (both IgG and IgM isotypes) and lupus anticoagulant (LA). We used χ2 test, Spearman's correlation coefficient, Mann-Whitney U test and logistic regression.

Results: Seventy-seven percent of patients had thrombosis, 50% hematologic involvement and 25% obstetric events (non-exclusive groups). Twenty patients had only hematologic features. The prevalence of IgG and IgM aPS/PT antibodies was 61% and 60%, respectively. Patients with LA+ had a higher prevalence and higher titers of IgG and IgM aPS/PT antibodies. aPS/PT antibodies correlated with aPL antibodies including LA. IgG aPS/PT antibodies were associated with thrombosis (OR 8.6 [95% CI 2.13-33.8, p = 0.002]) and pure hematologic features (OR 0.2, CI 95% 0.05-0.97, p = 0.004). IgM anti-β2GP-I antibodies conferred high risk for both hematologic (OR 7.9, 95% CI 1.88-34.61, p = 0.006) and thrombotic involvement (OR 7.4, 95% CI 1.76-31.12, p = 0.006).

Conclusions: aPS/PT antibodies were highly prevalent and correlated with other aPL antibodies. IgG aPTS/PT conferred a high risk for thrombosis, but not for pure hematologic involvement. aPS/PT antibodies may be a useful serological tool in the diagnosis and phenotypic characterization of APS patients.

Keywords: Anti-phospholipid syndrome; Thrombocytopenia; Thrombosis; aPL antibodies; aPS/PT antibodies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid / immunology*
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome / immunology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phenotype
  • Prevalence


  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid