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The breast and ovarian cancer suppressor BRCA1 acquires significant ubiquitin ligase activity when bound to BARD1 as a RING heterodimer. Although the activity may well be important for the role of BRCA1 as a tumor suppressor, the biochemical consequence of the activity is not yet known. Here we report that BRCA1-BARD1 catalyzes Lys-6-linked polyubiquitin(More)
To comprehensively study autoantibodies in patients with chronic hepatitis (CH), especially those with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, proteins extracted from HepG2 cells were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis. Spots reacting with sera from 15 patients with CH-C were detected by Western blotting. Proteins extracted from the spots were(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize clinical features of polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) patients with different anti-aminoacyl transfer RNA synthetase (ARS) antibodies and their association with anti-Ro52. METHODS Autoantibodies in sera from 97 Japanese patients (36 PM, 56 DM, and 5 clinically amyopathic DM), who satisfied Bohan and Peter or modified(More)
Retrobulbar granuloma is one of the serious complications in Wegener's granulomatosis and often shows resistance to conventional therapy during long-term treatment. The outcome of this complication includes visual loss, orbital and facial deformity, fistula formation, as well as infection. There has been increasing evidence that shows the efficacy of(More)
Anti-ribonucleoprotein (anti-RNP) antibodies are one of the representative autoantibodies detectable in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). Generally, posttranslational modifications (PTMs) on autoantigens are proposed to be involved in the production of autoantibodies. In this study, we tried to(More)
To promote an understanding of autoimmunity in BD, we surveyed autoAgs in patients with BD and investigated the prevalence and clinical significance of the identified autoAbs. Specifically, proteins, extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and separated by 2DE, were subjected to WB, using five serum samples from patients with BD. The detected(More)
We previously reported that autoantibodies (autoAbs) to the main epitope on CD69 reacted to its homologous amino acid sequence in low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related protein 2 (LPR2), a multiligand receptor for protein reabsorption. In this study, we have investigated the prevalence, autoepitope distribution, and clinical significance of the autoAbs to(More)
OBJECTIVE Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) is necrotizing vasculitis of unknown etiology. We analyzed the serum peptide profile of MPA to find a biomarker for this disease. METHODS Serum peptides from 33 patients with MPA, 7 with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's), 7 with Churg-Strauss syndrome, 6 with giant cell arteritis, and 25 with systemic(More)
Autoantibodies to IgE and beta2-adrenergic receptor have been reported in patients with allergic rhinitis. To investigate whether autoimmunity in allergic rhinitis is directed to such limited molecules or directed to a wide range of self proteins, we here attempted to survey autoantigens/autoantibodies comprehensively, using proteomics. Specifically, we(More)
We present the case of a 43-year-old man diagnosed with HLA-B39-positive spondyloarthritis who developed cutaneous lesions consistent with cutaneous polyarteritis nodosa (CPN). Previous studies indicated an elevated incidence of HLA-B39 in HLA-B27-negative Japanese patients with spondyloarthritis. This case suggested that CPN may also occur in association(More)