Detection of antiphospholipid antibodies by automated chemiluminescence assay

Antonella Capozzi, Emanuela Lococo, Maria Grasso, Agostina Longo, Tina Garofalo, Roberta Misasi, Maurizio Sorice

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The laboratory diagnosis of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) requires the demonstration of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) by lupus anticoagulant (LAC) measured through coagulation assays, anticardiolipin IgG or IgM antibodies (aCL) and/or anti-β2-glycoprotein I IgG or IgM antibodies (anti-β2-GPI), usually detected by ELISA.In this study we tested aCL by a new automated system using the chemiluminescence principle.Our results showed that, while almost all the sera from APS patients, positive for IgG aCL and anti-β2-GPI by ELISA, were also positive for IgG aCl by chemiluminescence, only 30.13% of patients without clinical manifestations of APS, but positive for aCL and persistently negative for anti-β2-GPI (by ELISA) and LA, confirmed the positive test by chemiluminescence. This difference was highly significant (p<0.0001). Interestingly, this test also prompted to identify 20% of patients positive for LA, but persistently negative for both aCL and anti-β2-GPI IgG (ELISA).Thus, the new technology of automated chemiluminescence assay for measuring aPL may represent an useful tool to identify "true" APS patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2012


  • Anti-beta2 glycoprotein I antibodies
  • Anticardiolipin antibodies
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Lupus anticoagulant
  • Thrombosis
  • Zenit RA analyzer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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