Journal article

INTRAMOLECULAR AND INTERMOLECULAR SPREADING OF AUTOIMMUNITY INVOLVING THE NUCLEAR SELF-ANTIGENS LA (SS-B) AND RO (SS-A)

F TOPFER, T GORDON, J MCCLUSKEY

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 1995

Abstract

We have tested the extent of immune self-tolerance to the ubiquitously expressed nuclear/cytoplasmic autoantigens La (SS-B) and Ro (SS-A) in healthy, nonautoimmune mice. Immunization of mice with recombinant mouse La resulted in a specific, isotype-switched autoantibody response, which was initially directed toward the La C subfragment (aa 111-242) but rapidly spread to involve the La A (aa 1-107) and La F (aa 243-345) regions of the La antigen. Intramolecular spreading of the anti-La antibody response was further demonstrated by the appearance of autoantibodies to multiple, nonoverlapping antigenic regions of La, after immunization of mice with the 107-aa La A subfragment. Moreover, immuniz..

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