Novel autoimmune hepatitis-specific autoantigens identified using protein microarray technology

Qifeng Song, Guozhen Liu, Shaohui Hu, Yan Zhang, Yong Tao, Yuning Han, Haipan Zeng, Wei Huang, Fang Li, Peng Chen, Jianhui Zhu, Chaojun Hu, Shulan Zhang, Yongzhe Li, Heng Zhu, Lin Wu

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Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic necroinflammatory disease of the liver with a poorly understood etiology. Detection of nonorgan-specific and liver-related autoantibodies using immunoserological approaches has been widely used for diagnosis and prognosis. However, unambiguous and accurate detection of the disease requires the identification and characterization of disease-specific autoantigens. In the present study, we have profiled the autoantigen repertoire of patients with AIH versus those with other liver diseases, identifying and validating three novel and highly specific biomarkers for AIH. In phase I, we fabricated a human protein chip of 5011 nonredundant proteins and used it to quickly identify 11 candidate autoantigens with relative small serum collection. In phase II, we fabricated an AIH-specific protein chip and obtained autoimmunogenic profiles of serum samples from 44 AIH patients, 50 healthy controls, and 184 additional patients suffering from hepatitis B, hepatitis C, systemic lupus erythematosus, primary Sjö gren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or primary biliary cirrhosis. With this two-phase approach, we identified three new antigens, RPS20, Alba-like, and dUTPase, as highly AIH-specific biomarkers, with sensitivities of 47.5% (RPS20), 45.5% (Alba-like), and 22.7% (dUTPase). These potential biomarkers were further validated with additional AIH samples in a doubleblind design. Finally, we demonstrated that these new biomarkers could be readily applied to ELISA-based assays for use in clinical diagnosis/prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of proteome research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2010


  • AIH
  • Autoantigens
  • Autoimmune
  • Biomarker
  • Clinical proteomics
  • Human liver
  • Human protein chip
  • Serum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry


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