Technical Data
Ro/SS-A Antigen
The Ro/SS-A antigen is comprised or an acidic 60kD protein that may also be associated with a RNA ranging in size from 80 to 112 bases. The antigenic activity of the Ro/SS-A antigen appears to be independent of the RNA since the precipitin activity remains after treatment with RNase or separation from the RNA. Anti-Ro/SS-A autoantibodies were described originally as precipitating autoantibodies in sera of Sjogren's Syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients. The presence of autoantibodies against the Ro/SS-A antigen may be used as a diagnostic aid. Elevated levels of Anti-Ro/SS-A have been detected in as high as 96% of Sjogren's Syndrome patients, 49% of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, 83% of mothers of infants with isolated complete congenital heartblock or Neonatal Lupus Dermatitis, and over 75% of patients with Subacute Cutaneous Lupus. Recently, a strong correlation between low positive levels of Anti-Ro/SS-A and subdinical dry eyes or mouth was found in a substantial portion of an elderly population. In addition, it has been shown that 70% of patients with Ro/SS-A precipitating antibodies also have rheumatoid factor. The titer of rheumatoid factor and the concentration of Anti-Ro/SS-A have been closely correlated in Primary Sjogren's Syndrome. Recent developments in ELISA methodology have increased the sensitivity and the ability of the diagnostician to quantitate patient antibody titers.

Suitable for use in ELISA and Immunodiffusion. Other applications not tested.

Recommended Dilution:
ELISA: >1:100
Optimal dilutions to be determined by the researcher.

Storage and Stability:
Lyophilized powder may be stored at -20C. Stable for 12 months at -20C. Reconstitute with sterile ddH2O. Aliquot to avoid repeated freezing and thawing. Store at -20C. Reconstituted product is stable for 12 months at -20C. For maximum recovery of product, centrifuge the original vial after thawing and prior to removing the cap. Further dilutions can be made in assay buffer.
2ml-20CBlue IceHumanHuman
Not determined
Ro/SS-A antigen. Autoantibody derived from human serum.
Purified by delipidation and defibrination followed by salt fractionation.
Supplied as a lyophilized powder from PBS, 0.02% sodium azide. Reconstitute in 2ml sterile ddH2O.
Recognizes human Ro/SS-A Antigen, demonstrates a strong Anti-Ro/SS-A precipitin band. Specificity is verified by a precipitin line of identity with the CDC-AF reference serum. Exhibits strong positive in an Anti-Ro/SS-A ELISA system designed to detect all IgG subclasses. Does not crossreact at a dilution of 1:100 when tested against purified SSB, Sm, Sm/RNP, Scl-70 and Jo-1 antigens in an ELISA system designed to detect IgG antibody. Species Crossreactivity: Bovine.
Intended for research use only. Not for use in human, therapeutic, or diagnostic applications.
1. Mamula MJ, Fox OF, Yamagata H, and Harley JB. "The (Ro) SS-A Autoantigen as an Immunogen Some Anti-(Ro) SSA Antibody Binds IgG." J of Exp Med Vol 86: pg 1889-1901. 2. Rader MD, O'Brien C, Liu Y, Harley JB, and Reichlin M. "Heterogeneity of the (Ro) SSA Antigen, Different Molecular Forms in Lymphocytes and Red Blood Cells." J. Clin. Invest Vol 83: 1989, pg 1293-1298. 3. Harley JB, Kaine JL, Fox OF, Reichlin M, Gruber B. "Ro SSA Antibody and Antigen in Cogenital Complete Heart Block ((Ro) SSA and Heart Block)." University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center, Arthritis and Immunology Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, pg 1-16. 4. Harley JB, Alexander EL, Bias WB, Fox OF, et al. "Anti-(Ro) SSA and Anti-(La) SSB in Sjogren's Syndrome." Dept of Med, University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center, Arthritis and Immunology Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, pg 1-35.