Recent studies suggest that anti-DNA antibodies may arise from the immune response to a complex of DNA and a DNA-binding protein. One of the protein targets frequently recognized by anti-DNA antibodies is the enzyme DNase I. To investigate the possible role of DNase I in the induction of anti-DNA antibodies, we immunized preautoimmune NZBxNZW F1 mice with a complex of DNA and DNase I emulsified in complete Freund's adjuvant. Control mice received DNA or DNase in adjuvant. IgG anti-dsDNA antibodies were induced in 50% of the mice immunized with DNA-DNase, in 25% of the mice immunized with DNase and in 6% of the mice immunized with DNA. However, immunized mice that produced anti-DNA antibodies did not develop renal disease. These data show that a DNA-binding protein like DNase may act as carrier in the immune response that leads to anti-DNA antibodies production in an autoimmune strain, but the induced anti-dsDNA antibodies have a low pathogenic potential.
|Autori:||D. CHIMENTI; B. MARCHINI; S. MANZINI; S. BOMBARDIERI; MIGLIORINI P|
|Titolo:||Induction of anti-DNA antibodies in pre-autoimmune NZBxNZW F1 mice by immunization with a DNA-DNase I complex|
|Anno del prodotto:||2000|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|