Antiribosomal-P protein antibodies in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: more than coincidental finding?

Abstract

Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at an increased risk of lymphomas, but mechanisms underlying this association are obscure. Recently, it has been shown that antiribosomal-P protein (anti-P) antibodies cross-react with phospholipids and enhance the production of cytokines which may influence lymphomagenesis. We report a 46-year-old woman who suffered high grade diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (DLBCL) 28 months after the diagnosis of SLE. Development of lymphoma was associated with occurrence of serum monoclonal IgM, and pronounced prolongation of phospholipid-dependent clotting tests. Anti-P IgG antibodies were highly positive both on HEp-2 cells and in ELISA test. Anticardiolipin, anti-beta2 glycoprotein I, and antiprothrombin IgM antibodies have also been found in high concentrations. Complete remission of DLBCL and SLE, with normalisation of clotting tests, and disappearance of M component was achieved with administration of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone. The progression of SLE to DLBCL associated with presence of anti-P antibodies has not been previously reported. This association may not be coincidental, but further investigations are required to confirm this hypothesis.

DOI: 10.1177/0961203308093549

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@article{Miljic2009AntiribosomalPPA, title={Antiribosomal-P protein antibodies in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: more than coincidental finding?}, author={Predrag S Miljic and Branka Bona{\vc}i-Nikoli{\'c} and Natasa R Colovic and Tatjana Terzi{\'c} and Milica D Colovi{\'c}}, journal={Lupus}, year={2009}, volume={18 1}, pages={81-5} }