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OBJECTIVE To compare the performance characteristics of cell-bound complement (C4d) activation products (CBCAPS) on erythrocyte (EC4d) and B cells (BC4d) with antibodies to double-stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA) and complement C3 and C4 in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS The study enrolled 794 subjects consisting of 304 SLE and a control group(More)
A novel technique for collection of capillary blood, termed volumetric absorptive microsampling (VAMS), has been recently cleared by the FDA for collection of human blood. VAMS absorbs a fixed volume of blood (10μl) and overcomes area bias and homogeneity issues associated with dried blood spot (DBS). This study is the application of VAMS for therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND We describe the analytical validation of an assay panel intended to assist clinicians with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The multi-analyte panel includes quantitative assessment of complement activation and measurement of autoantibodies. METHODS The levels of the complement split product C4d bound to erythrocytes (EC4d)(More)
INTRODUCTION NOVA View is a computer aided fluorescence microscope that is used for the automated reading and interpretation of indirect immunofluorescent tests in diagnostic immunology. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the performance of the NOVA View® system for the measurement of anti-dsDNA antibodies using the Crithidia luciliae(More)
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