Journal article

Antiphospholipid antibodies bind to activated but not resting endothelial cells: is an independent triggering event required to induce antiphospholipid antibody-mediated disease?

Q Chen, PR Stone, S-T Woon, L-M Ching, S Hung, LME McCowan, LW Chamley

Thrombosis Research | Published : 2004

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) cause thrombotic disease and recurrent pregnancy loss. Despite their name it is now clear that the antigen for most antiphospholipid antibodies is the phospholipid-binding protein beta(2) glycoprotein I (beta(2)GPI). However, beta(2) glycoprotein I is only antigenic for antiphospholipid antibodies when the protein is immobilised on a suitable surface such as phosphatidyl serine. It has been suggested that antiphospholipid antibodies bind to beta(2) glycoprotein I on the surface of resting endothelial cells and this in turn leads to endothelial activation and the initiation of thrombosis. However, as phosphatidyl serine is absent from resting en..

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