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Oral administration of self-Ags can dampen or prevent autoimmune processes by induction of bystander suppression. Based on encouraging results from experiments in nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice, clinical trials have been initiated in type 1 diabetes using human insulin as an oral Ag. However, neither the precise antigenic requirements nor the mechanism of(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the comparative importance of environment and genes in the development of islet cell autoimmunity associated with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. DESIGN Population based study of diabetic twins. SETTING Danish population. SUBJECTS 18 monozygotic and 36 dizygotic twin pairs with one or both partners having insulin dependent(More)
An unselected population of 755 siblings of children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) was studied to evaluate the predictive characteristics of islet cell antibodies (ICA), antibodies to the IA-2 protein (IA-2A), antibodies to the 65-kD isoform of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GADA), insulin autoantibodies (IAA), and combinations of these(More)
Targeted immune regulation can be achieved by use of tissue-specific T cells and offers the potential for organ-specific suppression of destructive autoimmune processes. Here, we report the generation and characterization of insulin B chain-specific "autoreactive" CD4+ regulatory T cells that locally suppress diabetogenic T cell responses against an(More)
Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is important in the innate immune defense, particularly in viral infections. IFN-alpha induces 2',5'A synthetase, the products of which, 2',5'-oligoadenine nucleotides, activate mRNA degrading enzymes. IFN-alpha is the first detectable cytokine in the insulitis lesion seen in recent-onset IDDM, and insulin promoter directed(More)
The large majority of patients with the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis characteristically have detectable antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor (AChR). We used synthetic peptides to identify antibodies in sera of myasthenia gravis patients reactive with the human acetylcholine receptor (HuAChR) alpha-subunit, residues 160-167. Affinity(More)
Autoantibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) are frequent at or before the onset of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). We have developed a simple, reproducible, and quantitative immunoprecipitation radioligand assay using as antigen in vitro transcribed and translated [35S]methionine-labeled human islet GAD65. By using this assay, 77% (77 of(More)
At and before onset, most insulin-dependent diabetics (IDDM) have islet GAD65 autoantibodies (GAD65Ab). Since IDDM also occurs in older patients where non-insulin-dependent diabetes is common, we studied GAD65Ab at onset to classify diabetes type. Our quantitative immunoprecipitation assay uses recombinant human islet GAD65 stably expressed in hamster(More)
A 64-kDa islet protein is a major autoantigen in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Autoantibodies against the 64-kDa protein were recently shown to immunoprecipitate glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD; L-glutamate 1-carboxy-lyase, EC from brain and from islets. We present evidence that the autoantisera also recognize a hydrophilic islet(More)
Molecular mimicry, the presence of shared epitopes between foreign and self antigens is common both at the B and T cell level. That it only rarely leads to a cross-reactive autoimmune response is a testimony to the effectiveness of the immune system in regulating the immune response and avoiding harmful self-reactivity. However, despite this regulation,(More)