Journal article

T-CELL EPITOPES ON THE 70-KDA PROTEIN OF THE (U1)RNP COMPLEX IN AUTOIMMUNE RHEUMATOLOGIC DISORDERS

RM OBRIEN, DS CRAM, RL COPPEL, LC HARRISON

JOURNAL OF AUTOIMMUNITY | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1990

Abstract

High-titre IgG antibodies against the immunodominant 70-kDa protein of the (U1)ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex are present in virtually 100% of patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), and less commonly in a variety of other autoimmune rheumatic diseases. As T-cell 'help' is assumed to be required for this potentially pathogenic form of immune response, investigations to define T-cell epitopes on the 70-kDa protein were undertaken. In prior studies we expressed the 70-kDa protein and a number of its fragments, spanning most of the molecule, as recombinant fusion proteins using the pGEX expression-vector system. These fusion proteins were used as antigens in the epitope mapping s..

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