Comparison of assays for anti-endomysial and anti-transglutaminase antibodies for diagnosis of pediatric celiac disease

A. Levine*, Y. Bujanover, S. Reif, S. Gass, N. Vardinon, R. Reifen, D. Lehmann

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Background: Anti-endomysial antibodies are sensitive and specific markers for celiac disease. This antibody has recently been identified as an antibody to tissue transglutaminase, an enzyme that cross-links and stabilizes extracellular matrix proteins. Objectives: To evaluate the clinical usefulness of an enzyme-linked immunoassay for anti-transglutaminase antibodies, and to compare the results with those of AEA, the current gold standard serological test for celiac disease. Methods: Serum samples were collected from 33 patients with biopsy-proven celiac disease and AEA tests were performed. Control samples for anti-transglutaminase were obtained from 155 patients. An ELISA test for immunoglobulin A anti-transglutaminase utilizing guinea pig liver transglutaminase was developed and performed on all sera. Cutoff values for the test were performed using logistic regression and receiver operating curves analysis. Results: An optical density cutoff value of 0.34 was established for the assay. The mean value was 0.18±0.19 optical density for controls, and 1.65±1.14 for patients with celiac disease (P<0.001). Sensitivity and specificity of the assay were both 90%, while AEA had a sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 94%, respectively. Conclusions: A tissue transglutaminase-based ELISA test is both sensitive and specific for detection of celiac disease.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)122-125
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-endomysial antibody
  • Celiac disease
  • Tissue transglutaminase
  • Transglutaminase


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