Kondi Wang

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Unique autoantibody specificities are strongly associated with distinct clinical phenotypes, making autoantibodies useful for diagnosis and prognosis. To investigate the mechanisms underlying this striking association, we examined autoantigen expression in normal muscle and in muscle from patients with autoimmune myositis. Although myositis autoantigens are(More)
We report differences among BALB/c substrains in susceptibility to Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV)-induced demyelinating disease, an immune-mediated inflammatory demyelinating disease and experimental model for human multiple sclerosis. BALB/cJ and BALB/cAnNCr mice are susceptible, while BALB/cByJ and BALB/cCum are resistant. Hybrids between(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmunity to cardiac antigens, in particular cardiac myosin, has been observed in humans with myocarditis and in animals with experimental inflammatory heart disease. Current treatments for myocarditis are in many cases immunosuppressive and might lead to increased cardiac damage by reducing host defenses against infectious agents. Therefore,(More)
Germline variation in genes that encode the human T cell receptors (TCRs) may have an important influence in shaping the immune T cell repertoire. In this report we describe a frequent null allele of the human V beta 18 gene, resulting from a nucleotide substitution that creates a stop codon (CGA<-->TGA). Approximately 11% of the population tested was(More)
We analyzed myelin basic protein (MBP) specific T cell hybridoma clones from (B10.PL x PL/J)F1 mice. MBP-reacting T cell hybridomas from F1 mice preferentially expressed B10.PL TcraV2.3 (53%) and B10.PL TcraV4.2 (13%) with minor expression of TcraV4.4 (13%) gene segments. A dominant expression of TcrbV8.2 (73%) accompanying with TcrbV8.1 (20%) and TcrbV13(More)
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