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OBJECTIVES The present study describes the demographics, mortality, morbidity and recurrence rates of autoimmune-associated congenital heart block (CHB) using information from the Research Registry for Neonatal Lupus. BACKGROUND Isolated CHB detected at or before birth is strongly associated with maternal autoantibodies to 48-kD SSB/La, 52-kD SSA/Ro and(More)
Many aspects of the immune maturation are uncharted. For ordinary human autoimmune systems there are no complete descriptions of the progression from an initial antigenic epitope to a maximally complex immune response. In this study we have exploited a large serial collection of human sera to investigate the development of the anti-Sm autoimmune response in(More)
A precipitating antigen-antibody system has been characterized that occurs in patients with polymyositis. At least half of the patients not only have polymyositis but also have scleroderma. The proposed name for this antigen found in calf thymus extract (CTE) is PM-Scl, to indicate the almost universal presence of polymyositis and the frequent occurrence of(More)
UNLABELLED Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease associated with more than 100 different autoantibodies, some of which may be associated with specific neuropsychiatric (NPSLE) manifestations. Injection of anti-P ribosomal antibodies (anti-P) directly to the brain ventricles of mice induces depression manifested by increased immobility(More)
The immune response to the Ro/SSA particles is conformation dependent. In sera with only anti-Ro/SSA precipitins, the autoantibodies to the 60 kD Ro/SSA are largely to the native 60 kD Ro/SSA while autoantibodies to the 52 kD Ro/SSA particle when present are exclusively to the denatured 52 kD Ro/SSA particle. Antibodies eluted from a recombinant 52 kD(More)
This report elucidates a new cross-reactive intracellular target of anti-dsDNA antibodies. Previous experiments have demonstrated that some anti-dsDNA antibodies penetrate cells grown in tissue culture and all inhibit in vitro translation. Data implicate a cross-reactive antigen directly involved in protein synthesis: elongation factor-2 (EF-2). EF-2 was(More)
Antibodies to the Ro/SSA antigen occur in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome. An immunoaffinity method for the preparation of electrophoretically homogeneous Ro/SSA antigen is described. Several molecular properties of the antigen have been determined. The native RNA protein particle has a molecular weight of approximately(More)
Clinical, serologic, and genetic findings in Sjögren's syndrome patients were correlated with quantitative determinations for antibody against Ro (SS-A), La (SS-B), and nRNP (Sm) using newly developed, sensitive solid-phase assays. In 86 Sjögren's syndrome patient sera, more than 96% had anti-Ro (SS-A), and 87% had anti-La (SS-B), spanning a 4.8 log10 range(More)
Forty-four patients with polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) were studied for precipitating antibody to Jo-1. Ten (23%) had anti-Jo-1 antibodies including 8 (47%) of 17 PM patients and 2 (15%) of 13 PM-overlap patients. None of the 11 DM nor 3 PM/DM-cancer patients had anti-Jo-1 antibody. Interstitial pulmonary disease was present in 5 (50%) of the 10(More)
In 1992, we published the results of a prospective, controlled trial of aggressive therapy (high-dose prednisone plus oral cyclophosphamide alone or with plasmapheresis) in 86 patients with severe lupus nephritis. During this study, remission (serum creatinine < or =1.4 mg/dL [< or =123 micromol/L] and proteinuria < or =330 mg/d of protein) in renal disease(More)