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Biochemical analysis of the epitope specificities of anti-C1q autoantibodies accompanying human lupus nephritis reveals them as a dynamic population in the course of the disease.
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PMID:  22981967     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We analyzed the epitope specificities of the polyclonal anti-C1q antibodies, present in human LN sera, searching to deduce the structural characteristics of C1q associated with its transition to an autoantigen. We screened 78 serum samples from LN patients distributed in three clinical groups - non-active, moderately active and severely active. We found three classes of C1q autoepitopes: (a) neo-epitopes, exposed upon immobilization due to conformational changes; (b) epitopes formed by sequences that are brought together by the conformation of the whole molecule; (c) cryptic epitopes that become exposed only after fragmentation of C1q. The latter suggest that the immunogen involved in the initiation of anti-C1q autoantibodies might be an extrinsic molecule that shares some degree of structural similarity to C1q. None of the tested epitope specificities was associated with active LN. We found a prevalence of anti-gC1q antibodies among the non-active LN patients suggesting that they might be the fraction of the polyclonal anti-C1q, preceding the initiation of autoimmunity to C1q, or alternatively, preceding LN flare.
Vishnya Stoyanova; Magdalena Tchorbadjieva; Boriana Deliyska; Vasil Vasilev; Ivanka Tsacheva
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Immunology letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-0542     ISO Abbreviation:  Immunol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7910006     Medline TA:  Immunol Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, 8 Dragan Tsankov Str., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
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