Test Catalog

Test Id : THSD7

Thrombospondin Type-1 Domain-Containing 7A Antibodies, Serum

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Distinguishing primary from secondary membranous nephropathy cases with antibodies against THSD7A

Method Name
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Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA)

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Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Supplies: Sarstedt 5 mL Aliquot Tube (T914)

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Information: Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial within 2 hours of collection.


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Renal Diagnostics Test Request (T830) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the testing laboratory. The minimum volume is sufficient for one attempt at testing.

0.5 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia OK

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
Frozen 14 days
Ambient 8 hours

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Distinguishing primary from secondary membranous nephropathy cases with antibodies against THSD7A

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Recently, autoantibodies against phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) in the kidney were determined to be the major target antigen for patients with idiopathic/primary membranous nephropathy (MN).(1) Approximately 70% of patients with primary MN circulate anti-PLA2R antibodies, and in the remaining 30% (who are PLA2R-negative), anti-thrombospondin type-1 domain-containing 7A (THSD7A) was shown to have approximately a 10% prevalence (or about 3% of all primary MN patients).(2) Mouse podocytes express THSD7A and introduction of anti-THSD7A autoantibodies induces MN in murine models. Mouse podocytes do not express PLA2R so exogenous administration of anti-PLA2R does not recapitulate membranous nephropathy in mice.(3) Additionally, THSD7A has been described as a potential tumor antigen and, thus, it has been suggested that THSD7A-positive patients merit a thorough cancer screening.(4)

Reference Values
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Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Therapy outcome can be monitored by measuring the antibody titer. A titer increase, decrease, or disappearance generally precedes a change in clinical status. Thus, the determination of the antibody titer has a high predictive value with respect to clinical remission, relapse, or risk assessment after kidney transplantation.

Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

This test should not be used as a stand-alone test but as an adjunct to other clinical information. A diagnosis of primary or secondary membranous nephropathy (MN) should not be made based on a single test result. The clinical symptoms, results on physical examination, and laboratory tests (eg, serological tests), when appropriate, should always be taken into account when considering the diagnosis of primary versus secondary MN.


Absence of circulating autoantibodies does not rule out a diagnosis of primary MN.

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Beck LH Jr, Bonegio RG, Lambeau G, et al: M-type phospholipase A2 receptor as target antigen in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. N Engl J Med. 2009;361:11-21. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0810457

2. Tomas NM, Beck LH Jr, Meyer-Schwesinger C, et al: Thrombospondin type-1 domain-containing 7A in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. N Engl J Med. 2014;371:2277-2287.doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1409354

3. Tomas NM, Hoxha E, Reinicke AT, et al: Autoantibodies against thrombospondin type 1 domain-containing 7A induce membranous nephropathy. J Clin Invest. 2016;126(7):2519-2532. doi: 10.1172/JCI85265

4. Stahl PR, Hoxha E, Wiech T, Schroder C, Simon R, Stahl RA: THSD7A expression in human cancer. Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2017;56:314-327. doi: 10.1002/gcc.22440

Method Description
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Diluted patient samples are incubated with combinations of substrates. If the reaction is positive, specific antibodies of classes IgA, IgG, and IgM attach to the antigens. In a second step, the attached antibodies are stained with fluorescein-labelled antihuman antibodies and made visible with a fluorescence microscope.(Package insert: Anti-THSD7A IIFT EUROPattern, EUROIMMUN US;V 06/11/2019)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Report Available
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3 to 7 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

7 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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Test Classification
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This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
THSD7 THSD7A Ab, S 93339-0
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
THSD7 THSD7A Ab, S 93339-0

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
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Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
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Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
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