Persistently elevated IgA antibodies to Mycoplasma pneumoniae in patients with internal carotid artery stenosis

Florian Daxböck, Afshin Assadian, Thomas Watkins-Riedel & Ojan Assadian
Background: It has been suggested that Mycoplasma pneumoniae may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis, but to date this association is still a matter of debate due to conflicting findings. Methods: We have investigated the levels of specific IgA antibodies to M. pneumoniae in 91 patients with internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis using a commercial kit (SeroMP™ IgA; Savyon Diagnostics, Israel; cut-off value: 20 binding units; BU). All patients underwent surgery for ICA...