Cross-reactions of anti-DNA autoantibodies with cell surface proteins.


Anti-DNA autoantibodies are thought to play a major role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus. However, the mechanism(s) by which they participate in tissue and organ damage is not well understood. It has been suggested that these antibodies combine with DNA or DNA-histone complexes to produce circulating immune complexes which may deposit in… (More)