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Restriction in the repertoire of detectable autoantibodies in polyclonal B cell activations and the mimicry of autoantigens by idiotopes

By Lain Carlos Pontes-de-Carvalho, Joseli Lannes Vieira and W Savino


Despite the existence of erythrocyte-autoreactive B cells in normal animals, erythrocyte-autoantibodies could not be detected during polyclonal B-cell activation (PBA) both in patients with visceral leishmaniasis and in bacterial lipopolysacharide (LPS) - injected mice. The failure to detect these autoantibodies in mice with PBA di not seem to be due to suppressor-cell activity, since (1) transfer of spleen cells from LPS-treated mice to naive recipients did not affect the erythrocyte-autoantibody response elicited by subsequent injections of rat erythrocytes and (2) low doses of X-radiation did no lead to erythrocyte-autoantibody detection in LPS-treated mice. The possibility that the detection of erytrocyte-autoantibodies could be affected by autoantibodies with idiotopes mimicring erythrocyte epitopes, the synthesis of which would also be triggerred in PBA, is discussed. Indirect evidence for the existence in normal animal of an expanded lymphocyte population with DNP-binding. Ia-mimicring antigen receptors is presente

Year: 1987
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