Journal article

EPITOPE MAPPING OF ANTIPROTEINASE-3 AND ANTIMYELOPEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES

L CHANG, S BINOS, J SAVIGE

Clinical & Experimental Immunology | WILEY | Published : 1995

Abstract

Anti-proteinase 3 (PR3) and anti-myeloperoxidase (MPO) autoantibodies are present in many patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) and microscopic polyarteritis. The aim of this study was to determine whether these antibodies bound to linear peptide sequences on their target antigens. If common linear epitopes were demonstrated, then these could be manufactured and used in diagnostic ELISAs for anti-PR3 and anti-MPO antibodies. In addition, any homology between these epitopes and bacterial or viral sequences might implicate those microorganisms in the development of these antibodies and the pathogenesis of the associated diseases. The presence of linear epitopes on PR3 and MPO was suggest..

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