Naomi F. Rothfield

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The 1971 preliminary criteria for the classification of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were revised and updated to incorporate new immunologic knowledge and improve disease classification. The 1982 revised criteria include fluorescence antinuclear antibody and antibody to native DNA and Sm antigen. Some criteria involving the same organ systems were(More)
We have examined “preimmune” serum samples from a patient who progressively developed the symptoms of scleroderma CREST over a period of several years. During this period, anti-centromere antibodies (recognized by indirect immunofluorescence) appeared in the serum. Concomitant with the appearance of the anti-centromere antibodies, antibody species(More)
We have isolated and characterized a set of overlapping cDNA clones that encode the human centromere autoantigen centromere protein C (CENP-C). The identity of these clones has been established using several criteria. First, they were shown to encode a polypeptide that migrates at the expected position for CENP-C on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the range of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in "healthy" individuals compared with that in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc; scleroderma), Sjögren's syndrome (SS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or soft tissue rheumatism (STR). METHODS Fifteen international laboratories experienced in performing(More)
We have isolated a series of overlapping cDNA clones for approximately 95% of the mRNA that encodes CENP-B, the 80-kD human centromere autoantigen recognized by patients with anticentromere antibodies. The cloned sequences encode a polypeptide with an apparent molecular mass appropriate for CENP-B. This polypeptide and CENP-B share three non-overlapping(More)
BACKGROUND We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to determine the effects of oral cyclophosphamide on lung function and health-related symptoms in patients with evidence of active alveolitis and scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease. METHODS At 13 clinical centers throughout the United States, we enrolled 158 patients(More)
We have used autoantibodies to probe the function of three human centromere proteins in mitosis. These antibodies recognize three human polypeptides in immunoblots: CENP-A (17 kD), CENP-B (80 kD), and CENP-C (140 kD). Purified anticentromere antibodies (ACA-IgG) disrupt mitosis when introduced into tissue culture cells during interphase. We have identified(More)
We used antisera from patients with the CREST syndrome of scleroderma (calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly, telangiectasia) to show that an antigenic component of the kinetochore present in metaphase chromosomes is also present in nonhistone chromosome scaffolds isolated following extensive digestion of the DNA and(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the fine specificity of the 10 reference sera used for determination of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and ANA subsets which are available from the Arthritis Foundation (AF) and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). METHODS AF/CDC sera were assessed by experienced laboratory staff, using indirect immunofluorescence(More)
OBJECTIVE To study risk factors for low bone mineral density (BMD, g/cm) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS Ninety-two consecutive patients with SLE followed by rheumatology faculty between 1997 and 1999 completed a questionnaire regarding lifestyle during the clinic visit, a chart review was performed, and data were collected(More)