Angela Lee Foreman

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The role of B cells in autoimmune diseases has not been fully elucidated. It is also unclear whether breaking of B cell tolerance in patients with autoimmune diseases is due to underlying defects in the molecular mechanisms involved in the arrangement of antibody genes or deficiencies in the subsequent selective influences that shape the antibody(More)
We have analyzed the IgM, IgG and IgA BCR repertoire in PBC patients by means of quantitative RT-PCR and CDR3-spectratyping with immunoscope technology. PBMC from 35 PBC patients and 18 normal controls were analyzed. Quantitative B cell repertoire analysis of IgM from healthy donors showed the preferential usage of VH3a, VH3b and VH4 families. Very similar(More)
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