Exploration of autoantibody responses in canine diabetes using protein arrays

Allison L. O’Kell, Mahasish Shome, Ji Qiu, Stacy Williams, Yunro Chung, Joshua LaBaer, Mark A. Atkinson, Clive Wasserfall

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Canine diabetes has been considered a potential model of human type 1 diabetes (T1D), however the detection of autoantibodies common in humans with T1D in affected dogs is inconsistent. The aim of this study was to compare autoantibody responses in diabetic and healthy control dogs using a novel nucleic acid programmable protein array (NAPPA) platform. We performed a cross-sectional study of autoantibody profiles of 30 diabetic and 30 healthy control dogs of various breeds. Seventeen hundred human proteins related to the pancreas or diabetes were displayed on NAPPA arrays and interrogated with canine sera. The median normalized intensity (MNI) for each protein was calculated, and results were compared between groups to identify candidate autoantibodies. At a specificity of 90%, six autoantibodies had sensitivity greater than 10% (range 13–20%) for distinguishing diabetic and control groups. A combination of three antibodies (anti-KANK2, anti-GLI1, anti-SUMO2) resulted in a sensitivity of 37% (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.17–0.67%) at 90% specificity and an area under the receiver operating characteristics curve of 0.66 (95% CI 0.52–0.80). While this study does not provide conclusive support for autoimmunity as an underlying cause of diabetes in dogs, future studies should consider the use of canine specific proteins in larger numbers of dogs of breeds at high risk for diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2490
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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