Talin test -  diagnostic and monitoring marker of RA

We discovered that talin was cleaved into short-form, short talin, by a proteinase (tentative name: talin proteinase) in the peripheral blood lymphocyte from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Also this short-talin is expressed specifically in RA patinets and could be useful for the diagnosis and monitoring for RA (The patent being applied).


Talin has been known as a cytoskeletal protein, which, by binding to integrin β subunit, enhances the inside-out signaling from intracellular to extracellular of integrins, cell adhesion, cell migration, and causes chronic inflammation and angiogenesis. In RA patients, activated lymphocytes have been known to infiltrate into the extravascular region and cause chronic inflammation, a variety with a focus on synovial lymphocytes infiltration. Although anti-CCP antibody and the rheumatoid factor are used for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, the sensitivity of the anti-CCP antibody and the specificity of the rheumatoid factor are low. Moreover, these conservative diagnostic factors are sometimes negative in the early-stage of rheumatoid arthritis. The brand new biomarker, short talin, is positive even in such an early-stage rheumatoid arthritis and we can diagnose RA with much more sensitivity and specificity.






Plasma short-form talin is up-regulated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis 




AUC of short-form talin is greater than ACPA

(analysis with 50 RA and 70 controls)

DAS28, SDAI, CDAI, and ACPA were significantly co-related with the plasma short-talin.



1. Tsuzaka K, Itami Y, Shinozaki N, Morishita T. Plasma talin is a new diagnostic and monitoring   

 marker for rheumatoid arthritis. Arhritis Rheum 63, S134, 2011


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2. Tsuzaka K, Takao M, Shinozaki N, Nishida J. Talin is cleaved and expressed as a short form  

     predominantly in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum, 2012

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3. Tsuzaka K, Takao M, Nishida J. Plasma short-talin is a new rheumatoid arthritis monitoring

    biomarker independent of the inflammatory markers. Arthritis Rheum, 2013

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