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We have recently demonstrated that an IgG3 rheumatoid factor (RF) monoclonal antibody (mAb), clone 6-19, derived from unmanipulated autoimmune MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr mice, is able to generate cryoglobulins via a non-immunological IgG3 Fc interaction, and to induce an acute glomerulonephritis associated with cryoglobulinemia. Using this experimental model, we have(More)
We have previously shown that murine IgG3 monoclonal autoantibodies with cryoglobulin activity, derived from lupus-prone mice, are able to induce glomerular lesions resembling the "wire-loop" lesion typically described for human lupus nephritis. In the present study, we have further assessed the nephritogenic potential of four IgG3 anti-hapten,(More)
An IgG3 monoclonal antibody, 6-19, derived from unmanipulated MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr mice, exhibiting cryoglobulin and anti-IgG2a rheumatoid factor activities, induces skin leukocytoclastic vasculitis and glomerulonephritis when injected into normal mice. To determine the role of the gamma 3 heavy chain constant region in the generation of cryoglobulins and(More)
To analyze the involvement of rheumatoid factors (RF) in the generation of cryoglobulins and the development of related tissue injuries, we have established a panel of anti-IgG2a RF mAbs derived from MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr (MRL-lpr), C3H/HeJ-lpr/lpr, and 129/Sv mice. After injection of hybridoma cells to normal mice, all four IgG3 RF mAbs induced cryoglobulinemia,(More)
Murine IgG3 anti-IgG2a rheumatoid factor (RF) monoclonal antibodies (mAb) with cryoglobulin activity are able to induce skin leukocytoclastic vasculitis and glomerulonephritis resembling "wire-loop" glomerular lesions in normal mice. Since polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) infiltration is one of the major pathological changes observed in both types of(More)
Three major components of the plasminogen activators (PA)/plasmin system are synthesized physiologically in glomeruli, and can be involved in glomerular proteolysis and extracellular matrix metabolism: tissue-type PA (tPA), urokinase (uPA) and PA inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1). To explore the possible role of a dysregulation of the plasmin protease system in the(More)
Protease nexin 1 (PN-1), a potent serpin-class antiprotease, is thought to be synthesized in the murine kidney. However, neither the cellular localization of PN-1 synthesis nor its role has yet been defined. To address these questions, we determined by in situ hybridizations RNase protection assay and immunoblotting, the sites of PN-1 mRNA accumulation in(More)
Mice implanted with hybridoma secreting 6-19 IgG3 anti-IgG2a rheumatoid factor (RF) with cryoglobulin activity develop acute glomerulonephritis and cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis. As the RF activity is implicated in the skin, but not glomerular lesions, it is still unclear whether the renal pathogenicity is determined by 6-19 H chains alone or their(More)
MRL-lpr/lpr mice spontaneously develop an autoimmune disease resembling systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. One of the unique serological abnormalities in this strain is remarkably high concentrations of cryoglobulins. Analysis of immunoglobulin components in their cryoglobulins has shown selective enrichment of a particular IgG subclass,(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether B-cell stimulation occurs in joints of Chlamydia trachomatis reactive arthritis patients by comparing the immunoglobulin G (IgG) anti-C. trachomatis antibody responses in serum and synovial fluid (SF). METHODS The number and spectrum of C. trachomatis antigens recognized by paired serum and SF samples from 16 patients(More)