New ELISA for Detecting Primary Biliary Cirrhosis–Specific Antimitochondrial Antibodies

BACKGROUND: Antimitochondrial antibodies specific for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) target the E2 subunits of 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase complexes, in particular the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC)-E2. Their antigen-specific detection relies on conventional ELISA using purified PDC. More recent assays have employed a hybrid containing the 3 E2-subunits (MIT3). Some PBC sera react with one or the other preparation, suggesting the presence of nonoverlapping epitopes.