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 DNAase I. To investigate the possible role of DNAase I in the induction of anti-DNA antibodies, we immunized mice with a complex of DNA and DNAase I. Mammalian double strand DNA was crosslinked with DNAase I by ultraviolet light (UV) treatment and emulsified in complete Freund's adjuvant. BALB/c mice were immunized at the base of the tail with the DNA-DNAase complex, boosted after 2 weeks with the immunogen in incomplete adjuvant and bled one week after the boost. Control mice received UV treated DNA in adjuvant. In one-third of the mice immunized with the DNA-DNAase complex, IgG anti-DNA antibodies were detectable in serum; the antibodies reacted with single and double strand DNA. No anti-DNA response was elicited by immunization with DNA alone. These data show that immunization with a DNA-DNAase complex can induce anti-DNA antibodies in non-autoimmune mice strains and suggest that DNA-binding proteins may act as carriers in the immune response that leads to anti-DNA antibody production.
|Autori interni:||MARCHINI, BARBARA|
|Autori:||Marchini B; Puccetti A; Dolcher MP; Madaio MP; Migliorini P|
|Titolo:||Induction of anti-DNA antibodies in non autoimmune mice by immunization with a DNA-DNAase I complex|
|Anno del prodotto:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|