C reactive protein (CRP) is a known indicator of inflammation. Serum CRP is often raised in patients with inflammatory conditions.Objective:
To determine whether individuals make antibodies to CRP and whether this might affect serum CRP concentrations.Methods:
An enzyme linked immunosorbent assay was developed for the detection of antibodies to CRP. Specificity of the reaction was determined by inhibition of the reaction.Results:
Sera from 413 patients were tested and 25 were found to be positive, particularly in patients with rheumatic diseases. Levels of anti-CRP did not correlate with serum CRP levels.Conclusions:
The presence of low CRP levels may not reflect the presence of antibodies to CRP.