Seroprevalence of anti-Borrelia antibodies among patients with confirmed sarcoidosis in a region of Japan where Lyme borreliosis is endemic

Mami Ishihara, Shigeaki Ohno, Hiromitsu Ono, Emiko Isogai, Koh'ichi Kimura, Hiroshi Isogai, Koki Aoki, Takako Ishida, Katsuya Suzuki, Satoshi Kotake, Youmei Hiraga

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Abstract

Background: Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic granulomatous disease of unknown etiology, while Lyme borreliosis is a multisystemic disorder caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between sarcoidosis and Lyme borreliosis in a region of Japan where Lyme borreliosis is endemic. Methods: We determined the seroprevalence of anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies as well as antibodies three Japanese Borrelia strains by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and dotblot assay using purified Borrelia-specific proteins in 46 patients with confirmed sarcoidosis and 150 controls (50 disease controls and 100 healthy controls) in Hokkaido, the affected region. Results: Fifteen patients with sarcoidosis (32.6%) tested positive for Borrelia spirochete in both assays, compared with two disease controls (4.0%) and two healthy controls (2.0%). The seroprevalence of anti-Borrelia antibodies in patients with sarcoidosis was much higher in the affected region than in the region in our previous study where Lyme borreliosis is non-endemic. Conclusion: In a region where Lyme borreliosis is endemic, Borrelia infection may be partially associated with sarcoidosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume236
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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