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OBJECTIVE To study the effects in systemic lupus erythaematosus (SLE) of B cell directed therapy with rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody directed at CD20+ B cells, without concomitant immunosuppressive therapy in mild to moderate SLE. METHODS Patients (n=24) with active SLE and failure of >or=1 immunosuppressive were recruited from three university(More)
The investigation of the fine specificities of antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) has been fruitful in terms of the nosology and immunopathogenesis of human autoimmune syndromes. Particular reactivities serve as "markers," in that patients with certain syndromes have a much higher incidence of such ANAs than do patients with other diseases. In this category is(More)
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