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Current Rheumatology Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3971
ISSN (Online): 1875-6360

Research Article

Antinuclear Antibody Seropositivity in Fibromyalgia Associated with Borrelia-specific T Lymphocytes

Author(s): Basant K. Puri*, Gary S. Lee and Armin Schwarzbach

Volume 19, Issue 3, 2023

Published on: 03 March, 2023

Page: [352 - 354] Pages: 3

DOI: 10.2174/1573397119666230215124048

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Background: Our group have recently reported that there is no evidence of an association between fibromyalgia and Borrelia-specific T lymphocytes. However, a small number of case reports has suggested that infection by the bacterial genus Borrelia may be associated with the presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANAs).

Objective: To test the hypothesis that those fibromyalgia patients who are ANA seropositive are more likely to show evidence of Borrelia-specific T lymphocyte reactivity than those who are seronegative.

Methods: T lymphocyte reactivity to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (full antigen) was assessed using the enzyme-linked immunospot and serum ANA status was assessed using immunofluorescence in 27 fibromyalgia patients fulfilling the revised diagnostic criteria of the American College of Rheumatology.

Results: The ANA seropositive and seronegative groups were matched for age, sex and ethnicity; the T lymphocyte reactivity to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (full antigen) in the former group (mean 5.60) was significantly higher than that in the seronegative group (mean 1.77; p < 0.05).

Conclusion: This novel study points to an association of ANA seropositivity in fibromyalgia with Borrelia-specific T lymphocytes.

Keywords: Antinuclear antibody, fibromyalgia, T lymphocytes, Borrelia, immune response, autoimmune disease, enzyme-linked immunospot.

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Puri BK, Lee GS, Schwarzbach A. Is fibromyalgia associated with Borrelia-specific T lymphocytes? Curr Rheumatol Rev 2022; 18(2): 157-9.
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