Background: Serum anti-proteinase 3 antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (PR3-ANCA) is a disease-specific antibody against granulomatosis with polyangiitis. PR3-ANCA is a useful serological marker for disease severity in ulcerative colitis (UC). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether PR3-ANCA levels could also predict the success of induction therapy and to compare its performance against other markers, including serum CRP and fecal hemoglobin. Methods: This was a multicenter retrospective study. In total, 159 patients with active-phase UC underwent colonoscopy. Disease activity was measured using the Mayo endoscopic subscore (MES). PR3-ANCA positivity and the response to induction therapy, either 5-aminosalicylic acid or steroid, were assessed. PR3-ANCA, CRP, and fecal hemoglobin were measured during the active phase, and during clinical remission. Results: Eighty-five (53.5%) of 159 patients with active UC were positive for PR3-ANCA. PR3-ANCA titers were significantly higher in the group of patients with MES 3 compared to patients with MES 1 (P = 0.002) or MES 2 (P = 0.035). Steroid therapy was administered to 56 patients with a median partial Mayo score of 7 (5–9), which is equivalent to moderate-to-severe disease activity. PR3-ANCA positivity of non-responders to steroid therapy was significantly higher than that of responders (71.9% vs, 41.7%, P = 0.030), whereas CRP and fecal hemoglobin were not predictive of steroid response. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that PR3-ANCA positivity was associated with non-response to steroid therapy (odds ratio 5.19; 95% confidence interval, 1.54–17.5; P = 0.008). Of the 37 patients treated to clinical remission who were also positive for PR3-ANCA during the active phase, 27 had an MES of ≥ 1, and 10 patients had an MES of 0. In clinical remission, the proportion of patients with MES 0 in 17 patients whose PR3-ANCA became negative was significantly higher than that in 20 patients whose PR3-ANCA remained positive (47.1% vs. 10.0%, P = 0.023). Conclusions: PR3-ANCA not only serves as a marker of disease activity, but also predicts the failure of steroid therapy in moderate-to-severe UC. Trial registration: This study was retrospectively registered in the UMIN Clinical Trials Registry System (000039174) on January 16, 2020.
- Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody
- Ulcerative colitis
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