In patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, mixed cryoglobulinemia, and rheumatoid arthritis, the presence of cold-precipitable immune complexes (IC) was investigated by means of two different methods, i.e., the Clq-binding activity (ClqBA) and a competitive enzyme immunoassay, based on solid-phase bovine conglutinin (K). Cold precipitability of IC ranged between 0 and 100% with K and between 0 and 71% with ClqBA. No correlation existed either between the levels or the cold precipitability of the IC measured by the two systems in the same sera. On the whole, cold-precipitable IC were better determined by the K method than by ClqBA and in mixed cryoglobulinemia cryocrit levels correlated with IC levels determined with K, but not ClqBA. These data provide direct evidence of the coexistence of several types of circulating IC in the same serum and that the two methods recognize, at least in part, different IC in the same specimen. It might be hypothesized that different IC present in a serum may have a distinct biological significance.
|Autori:||Migliorini P; Riente L; Manca F; Celada F; Bombardieri S|
|Titolo:||Cold-precipitable immune complexes in collagen diseases: evidence for the coexistence of multiple types of circulating complexes in the same serum|
|Anno del prodotto:||1983|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|