Robert M. Bernstein

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The clinical and serological features have been analysed retrospectively in 42 patients with an onset of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) up to 16 years of age. Thirty-seven (88.1%) were female and 5 (11.9%) male. The mean age of onset was 12.3 years (range 7-16); 11 patients were 10 years or under. The mean duration of disease from diagnosis was 7.1(More)
Studies of growth regulation and cellular transformation will be assisted by the identification of proteins that are preferentially synthesized in dividing cells. The 'proliferating cell nuclear antigen' ( PCNA ), distinguished by its apparent association with cell division, is defined by reaction with an antibody found in the autoimmune disease systemic(More)
26 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) induced by treatment with the antihypertensive drug hydralazine were investigated to determine if predisposition to the toxic effect was associated with an HLA-DR antigen. 25 of the 26 patients were slow acetylators. The group was compared with three others (1) 113 healthy subjects, untested for acetylator(More)
In autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), autoantibodies are generated against a variety of macromolecules. Myositis is a human autoimmune disease characterized by weakness and wasting of muscle. In American studies, antibodies directed against soluble cellular constituents were detected by immunodiffusion(More)
The sera of six patients with autoimmune disease, predominantly myositis with pulmonary fibrosis, contain antibodies of the PL-12 specificity. These autoantibodies react with both protein and RNA components of human cells. The protein has a subunit molecular mass of 110 kD, and the RNA comprises a group of bands in the tRNA size class. Aminoacylation(More)
An autoantibody known as PL-7 was found in the serum of four patients with myositis and one with a systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome. The PL-7 antigen is an 80,000 dalton polypeptide that coprecipitates with transfer RNA. In aminoacylation reactions, PL-7 IgG inhibited the charging of tRNA with threonine but had little or no effect on charging with(More)
The TCR is responsible for the specificity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) by recognizing peptides presented in the context of MHC. By producing recombinant soluble TCR, it is possible to study this interaction at the molecular level. We generated single-chain TCR (scTCR) from tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and one CTL clone directed against(More)
Two methods have been proposed to quantify the extent of skin involvement in scleroderma. These are (1) a scoring system which quantifies and summates this severity rating in 17 areas of skin surface and (2) a method estimating the percentage of skin involvement using a shaded manikin. We report on a study comparing the inter-observer reliability of these(More)
Vinyl chloride (VC) monomer can induce a scleroderma-like syndrome in a proportion of workers exposed to it during production of polyvinyl chloride. As part of a 5-year follow-up study HLA A, B, and DR antigens and anti-centromere and anti-scleroderma-70 antibodies were determined in 44 such workers. 21 of these had severe and 23 mild forms of(More)