Protective role of anti-ribosomal P antibody in patients with lupus nephritis

Int J Rheum Dis. 2019 May;22(5):913-920. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.13517. Epub 2019 Feb 27.


Aim: The aim of this study was to define clinical, histopathologic, and prognostic differences according to the presence of anti-ribosomal P antibody (anti-P) in Korean patients with biopsy-proven lupus nephritis (LN).

Methods: We studied 79 patients who underwent kidney biopsies prior to the start of induction treatment, and who were subsequently treated with immunosuppressive drugs for at least 6 months and followed-up for more than 6 months. Anti-P was measured by immunoblot analysis at the time of renal biopsy.

Results: Of all patients, 35.4% were anti-P-positive. Such patients exhibited earlier LN onset, a higher Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index 2000 score, and a higher estimated glomerular filtration rate at the time of renal biopsy, than did those without antibodies. Upon renal histopathological analysis, patients with anti-P exhibited less interstitial inflammation in terms of the activity index, less glomerular sclerosis, less tubular atrophy, and less interstitial fibrosis in terms of the chronicity index. Furthermore, anti-P was associated with lower chronicity scores. At a median follow-up time of 47 months, renal function was preserved in 27 of 28 patients who had anti-P, but only 38 of 51 patients without such antibodies did not progress to chronic renal disease. After multivariate logistic regression, we found that anti-P positivity was associated with a reduced rate of progression to chronic kidney disease after adjusting for gender, baseline creatinine, activity and chronicity score, and treatment response (odds ratio = 0.196, 95% CI: 0.039-0.989, P = 0.048).

Conclusion: Anti-P was associated with better histological findings, and anti-P-positive patients had better renal outcomes than those without anti-P.

Keywords: anti-ribosomal P; autoantibody; lupus nephritis; systemic lupus erythematosus.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autoantibodies / blood*
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Kidney / drug effects
  • Kidney / immunology*
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Lupus Nephritis / diagnosis
  • Lupus Nephritis / drug therapy
  • Lupus Nephritis / epidemiology
  • Lupus Nephritis / immunology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Protective Factors
  • Registries
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / immunology
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Ribosomal Proteins / immunology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Autoantibodies
  • Biomarkers
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Ribosomal Proteins