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Distribution of glomerular IgG subclass deposits in patients with membranous nephropathy and anti-U1 ribonucleoprotein antibody.
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PMID:  21968014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: It is known that a predominant glomerular deposition of IgG4 is characteristic of idiopathic membranous nephropathy (MN) and that significant deposition of other IgG subclasses is also observed in lupus MN. However, there is no report focusing on the distribution of glomerular IgG subclass deposits in MN patients with anti-U1 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) antibody.METHODS: We evaluated clinicopathological features and the distribution patterns of glomerular IgG subclass deposits in seven MN patients with positive anti-RNP antibody and negative antibodies to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and Smith antigen (Sm) (RNP-MN group) and in seven age- and sex-matched lupus MN patients with positive anti-dsDNA antibody and negative antibodies to RNP and Sm (L-MN group).RESULTS: Mixed connective tissue disease was diagnosed in four patients in the RNP-MN group. Two patients in the RNP-MN group and three patients in the L-MN group developed nephrotic syndrome. Renal insufficiency was not present in all patients in both groups. Hypocomplementemia was found in two patients in the RNP-MN group and six patients in the L-MN group. In the RNP-MN group, positive stainings for glomerular IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4 were observed in one, seven, zero and five patients, respectively. On the contrary, in the L-MN group, positive stainings for glomerular IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4 were observed in seven, seven, seven, and six patients, respectively.CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study showing striking differences in the distribution of glomerular IgG subclass deposits between RNP-MN and L-MN groups. RNP-MN and L-MN may result from different immunological mechanisms.
Ayumi Omokawa; Atsushi Komatsuda; Mizuho Nara; Satoshi Fujiwara; Ryuta Sato; Masaru Togashi; Shin Okuyama; Ken-Ichi Sawada; Hideki Wakui
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1460-2385     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8706402     Medline TA:  Nephrol Dial Transplant     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Hematology, Nephrology and Rheumatology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan.
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