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Antibodies Against Glycoprotein 2 Are Specific Biomarkers for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease

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Serological markers can assist in accurate differentiation between Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). One such marker is anti-glycoprotein 2 (anti-GP2) which was shown to be a specific marker for CD in adult patients. The aim of our study was to assess the utility of anti-GP2 and GP2 as biomarkers for pediatric CD, and determine whether they correlate with disease activity.


Serum samples were tested by ELISA for anti-GP2 isoform 4 IgG and IgA, and also for GP2. Results were correlated with demographic and clinical data.


The cohort consisted of 53 pediatric patients with CD, 42 with UC, and 53 controls. Levels of anti-GP2 were significantly increased in pediatric patients with CD in comparison with patients with UC, and control subjects, with high positive predictive value for both IgG and IgA (97.9% and 82.6%, respectively). While specificity of anti-GP2 IgG and IgA was very high (98.7% and 90.0%, respectively), sensitivity was low (42.0% and 35.5% for IgG and IgA, respectively). In CD, anti-GP2 correlated with disease activity, and decreased in treatment-naïve patients following successful induction therapy. A higher IgA anti-GP2 was also demonstrated in patients with ileo-colonic involvement, and was associated with a younger age. Finally, positive GP2 level was identified in only 1/211 serum samples.


A positive anti-GP2 level is highly associated with CD, while a negative result does not exclude CD. Additional studies are required to determine whether these markers can be used in pediatric patients with CD for risk stratification.

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Shpoliansky, M., Roggenbuck, D., Pinsker, M. et al. Antibodies Against Glycoprotein 2 Are Specific Biomarkers for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease. Dig Dis Sci 66, 2619–2626 (2021).

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