Immunoblotting for the detection of TSH receptor autoantibodies.
PJ Leedman, PJ Harrison, LC Harrison
J Autoimmun | Published : 1991
Immunoblotting was optimized to detect autoantibodies to TSH receptors from human and porcine thyroid tissue and to determine their epitope specificity. Autoantibodies to putative TSH receptor proteins in thyroid particulate membranes were detected in approximately 35% of sera from patients with Graves' disease. However, despite modifications to increase immunoblotting sensitivity and specificity, only a minority (less than 15%) of Graves' disease sera contained autoantibodies that identified epitopes within TSH affinity-purified human or porcine receptor proteins. In these sera there was no correlation between the TSH receptor antibody titre, determined by radioreceptor assay, and receptor ..View full abstract