Cross-reacting material in Gaucher disease fibroblasts.


Glucocerebrosidase is the enzyme that is deficient in Gaucher diseases. Four monoclonal antibodies reacting with at least two different epitopes of this enzyme have been produced. The amounts of glucocerebrosidase in fibroblasts of patients with all three types of Gaucher disease were investigated by radioiodinating two of the antibodies and measuring their binding to fibroblast extracts immobilized on nitrocellulose filters. The amount of glucocerebrosidase antigen was decreased in all cases of Gaucher disease, particularly in the fibroblasts of patients with the more severe neuronopathic forms of the disorder, types II and III. The catalytic activity was reduced to a greater extent than the amount of antigen in all cases, so that the specific activity of the residual enzyme was found to be diminished. Although measurements in individual cases were quite reproducible and the amount of antigen detected by monoclonal antibodies reacting with different epitopes was quite similar, there was considerable variation between patients. This finding is consistent with the apparent within-type genetic heterogeneity of Gaucher disease, even within the Ashkenazi Jewish population in which it is most prevalent.


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@article{Beutler1984CrossreactingMI, title={Cross-reacting material in Gaucher disease fibroblasts.}, author={Ernest Beutler and Willi Kuhl and John Sorge}, journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America}, year={1984}, volume={81 20}, pages={6506-10} }