May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
CRALBP, A Novel Autoantigen in Human Autoimmune Uveitis
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • C. A. Deeg
    University of Munich LMU, Munich, Germany
    Inst of Animal Physiology,
  • A. J. Raith
    University of Munich LMU, Munich, Germany
    Inst of Animal Physiology,
  • J. W. Crabb
    Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
  • S. R. Thurau
    University of Munich LMU, Munich, Germany
    Dept of Ophthalmology,
  • M. Ueffing
    Institute for Human Genetics, GSF Neuherberg, Munich, Germany
  • G. Wildner
    University of Munich LMU, Munich, Germany
    Dept of Ophthalmology,
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships C.A. Deeg, None; A.J. Raith, None; J.W. Crabb, None; S.R. Thurau, None; M. Ueffing, None; G. Wildner, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 1503. doi:
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      C. A. Deeg, A. J. Raith, J. W. Crabb, S. R. Thurau, M. Ueffing, G. Wildner; CRALBP, A Novel Autoantigen in Human Autoimmune Uveitis. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):1503. doi:

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Purpose:: To determine the frequency of autoantibodies to cellular retinaldehyde binding protein (CRALBP), a novel retinal autoantigen, in human autoimmune uveitis patients.

Methods:: Recently we have identified CRALBP as a novel autoantigen in spontaneous equine recurrent uveitis (ERU), a model for human autoimmune uveitis. About 30% of ERU cases have autoantibodies and/or autoreactive T cells specific for CRALBP. Furthermore, CRALBP induced uveitis with incidences of 89% in Lewis rats and 100% in horses. In order to investigate a possible impact of CRALBP immunity on human uveitis we have tested the frequency of CRALBP autoantibodies in human uveitis patients and healthy donors. 5 µg/ml LPS free, recombinant human CRALBP was coated to enzyme linked immunosorbent assay plates (Nunc Maxisorp). Sera were diluted 1:4000 in PBS-T. A monoclonal, anti-human CRALBP antibody (Cayman) was used as a positive control. Binding of human sera to CRALBP was visualized with an anti-human-IgG-POD antibody and TMB detection. Frequencies of CRALBP autoantibodies in uveitis and control group were determined and compared using the chi-square test.

Results:: Twenty-four out of 51 human sera from uveitis patients (47%) were tested positive for anti-CRALBP autoantibodies compared to 1 out of 27 healthy controls (3,7%) using indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Frequency of CRALBP autoantibodies was significantly more prevalent in human uveitis patients than in healthy controls p<0.001).

Conclusions:: The high frequency of autoantibodies to the novel autoantigen CRALBP points to a potential role of anti-CRALBP immune response in human autoimmune uveitis, as already shown for spontaneous equine recurrent uveitis. This autoantigen merits further investigations.

Keywords: uveitis-clinical/animal model • autoimmune disease 

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