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Original Article

Negative association between smoking and anti-saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies in Crohn’s disease

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Background : Crohn’s disease (CD) is a polygenic multifactorial heterogeneous disease. Anti-Saccharomyces Cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) correlate highly with CD and are present in 50-80% of patients. The reason for ASCA positivity or negativity in CD is unknown. The aim of our work was to analyse clinical, epidemiological and genetic characteristics in ASCA + or ASCA- CD patients. Methods : 113 patients with CD were tested for ASCA (IgA and IgG) by using a commercial kit (Medipan Diagnostica). Age, gender, systemic manifestations, familial form of disease, age at diagnosis, location and behaviour of the disease, smoking habit as well as genotyping for –308 TNF gene polymorphisms were determined. Results : 38.9% CD patients were negative for both IgA and IgG ASCA while 61.1% were ASCA positive (respectively IgA and IgG : 31.9% ; IgA only : 9.7% ; IgG only : 19.5%). The only significant difference between ASCA+ and ASCA- patients was for smoking habit : there were 29% smokers in ASCA+ versus 50% in ASCA – CD patients (P = 0.03). This low proportion of smokers was more prominent in ASCA IgA+ patients than in isolated ASCA IgG+ patients (25.6% versus 45.5%) and was minimal in patients with high titers of ASCA IgA (0/8). Logistic regression showed smoking habit still borderline for significance (P = 0.057). Conclusions : Our results suggest a negative association between smoking and ASCA positivity in CD. This association was more prominent for ASCA IgA+. It indicates that smoking habit should be taken into account when analysing ASCA status in CD patients and may suggest an influence of smoking on immunization against intestinal material. [Product Details...]