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Test ID RO60 Ro60 Antibody, IgG, Serum

Ordering Guidance

This test detects antibodies to Ro60 only. For testing antibodies to both Ro 52 and Ro60, order ROPAN / Ro52 and Ro60 Antibodies, IgG, Serum.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Sarstedt Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T914)

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial

Useful For

Detecting anti-SSA 60 (Ro60) antibodies in serum


Evaluating patients at risk for connective tissue disease with or without interstitial lung disease


Testing of Sjogren syndrome (SS)A (Ro60) antibodies in patients at-risk for autoimmune connective tissue disease with or without lung involvement

Method Name

Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Reporting Name

Ro60 Antibody, IgG, S

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.4 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
  Frozen  21 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus OK

Clinical Information

Anti-SS-A (Ro) antibodies can occur in patients with a variety of connective tissue diseases, including Sjogren syndrome (SS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), and idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM).(1) In addition, children born to mothers positive for anti-SS-A/Ro antibodies are at increased risk for congenital heart block.(2)


Anti-SS-A/Ro antibodies can be specific for protein antigens of 52 kDa (Ro52) or 60 kDa (Ro60); these antigens arise from different genes and have unique biological features. The Ro52 antigen is also known as TRIM21; this protein has E3 ligase activity and functions in the process of ubiquitination. The Ro60 antigen is a 60-kDa RNA-binding protein known to have repair functions for misfolded RNA.(2)


Individuals may display antibody reactivity to either Ro52, Ro60, or both. Patients with only anti-Ro52 antibodies display a higher incidence of IIM and SSc. Anti-Ro52 antibodies, in conjunction with antisynthetase antibodies such Jo-1 (others include PL-7, PL-12, EJ, and OJ) are highly associated with interstitial lung disease in patients with IIM. In contrast, isolated anti-Ro60 antibodies are associated with increased risk for SLE and, to a lesser degree, for SS. Positivity for both anti-Ro52 and anti-Ro60 antibodies are most strongly associated with SS; this association is even stronger if anti-SS-B/La antibodies are also detected. The presence of anti-Ro52 and anti-Ro60 antibodies may also be observed in patients with SLE.(3,4)

Reference Values

<20 CU (negative)

≥20 CU (positive)

Reference values apply to all ages


The presence of antibodies to both SSA 52 (Ro52) or SSA 60 (Ro60) is highly suggestive of a diagnosis of Sjogren syndrome (SS), with positivity for R060 alone more likely to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).


Antibodies to Ro52 may be present in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM), systemic sclerosis (SSc), or overlap connective tissue disease (CTD). In CTD, antibodies to Ro52 alone or in association with other specific autoantibodies may be associated with interstitial lung diseases.


Negative results for antibodies to Ro52 and Ro60 does not exclude the possibility of any connective tissue disease, including SS, SLE, SSc, and IIM.


Results from this testing should be interpreted in the context of clinical findings and other laboratory testing. Tests cannot be exclusively relied upon to establish a diagnosis for any connective tissue disease or related disorder, including systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren syndrome (SS), systemic sclerosis, or idiopathic inflammatory myopathy.


When assessed by standard SS-A (Ro) solid-phase immunoassays, such as enzyme immunoassays using combined antigens, some antibodies specific for either SSA 52 (Ro52) or SSA 60 (Ro60) may not be detected due to masking of target epitopes. In addition, multiplex bead assays with Ro52 or Ro60 antigens may simply be reported as SS-A/Ro positive without differentiation of the specific positive antibody.

Clinical Reference

1. Fayyaz A, Kurien BT, Scofield H: Autoantibodies in Sjogren’s syndrome. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2016;42(3):419-434

2. Defendenti C, Atzeni F, Spina MF, et al: Clinical and laboratory aspects of Ro/SSA-52 autoantibodies. Autoimmun Rev. 2010;10(3):150-154

3. Robbins A, Hentzien M, Toquet S, et al: Diagnostic utility of separate anti-Ro60 and anti-Ro52/TRIM21 antibody detection in autoimmune diseases. Front Immunol. 2019 Mar 12;10:444

4. Schulte-Pelkum J, Fritzler M, Mahler M: Latest update on the Ro/SS-A autoantibody system. Autoimmun Rev. 2009;8(7):632-637

Method Description

Paramagnetic beads are coated with purified recombinant Ro60 protein. The serum sample is diluted in assay buffer and incubated with the beads. Antibodies to Ro60 bind to their respective beads and are detected by anti-human IgG antibody conjugated with isoluminol. With addition of trigger reagents, a luminescent reaction is produced by the isoluminol conjugate. The light produced by the reaction is measured by a photomultiplier, proportional to the amount of antibodies that are bound to the beads. The antibodies are quantified according to the working curve on the instrument. Anti-Ro60 are reported in chemiluminescent units (CU) as derived from the relative light units measured from each sample.(Package insert: QUANTA Flash Ro60 Reagents, Inova Diagnostics; 06/2019)

Day(s) Performed


Report Available

2 to 8 days

Test Classification

This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
RO60 Ro60 Antibody, IgG, S 53019-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
RO60 Ro60 Antibody, IgG, S 53019-6