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Anti-U3 RNP Antibodies (Fibrillarin) (RDL)

CPT: 86235

Synonyms

  • Anti-Fibrillarin Ab
  • Anti-U3 RNP Ab
  • U3 RNP

Expected Turnaround Time

7 - 14 days


Specimen Requirements


Specimen

Serum


Volume

1 mL


Minimum Volume

0.3 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Container

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube


Collection

Separate serum from cells within one hour of collection. Transfer to a plastic transport tube before shipping. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.


Storage Instructions

Refrigerate or freeze.


Stability Requirements

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

7 days

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

60 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x1


Causes for Rejection

Grossly hemolyzed; bacterial contamination; lipemic specimen; icteric specimen; non-serum specimen types


Test Details


Use

The U3-RNP (Fibrillarin) particle is thought to participate in the first step of preribosomal RNA processing. Anti-U3 RNP antibodies have been shown to be highly specific for patients with SSc.


Limitations

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by LabCorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


Methodology

RIPA Gel Radiography


Additional Information

Anti-Fibrillarin (U3 RNP) antibodies are highly specific for diffuse SSc with a sensitivity of 4-10%. They are associated with isolated pulmonary arterial hypertension, myositis, renal and cardiac manifestations of SSc. 15% of IIM, mostly found in scleroderma/myositis overlap. Found in 4-10% of Diffuse SSc, <2% in Limited SSc, associated with isolated PAH, myositis, cardiac and renal involvement. More prevalent in African-Americans.


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