In vitro immunoglobulin production in relatives of patients with IgA nephropathy.


We hypothesized that the altered immunoglobulin synthesis and/or lymphocyte function apparent in patients with IgA nephropathy might be, at least partially, genetically determined. To address this hypothesis, immunoglobulin production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells in 22 patients with IgA nephropathy and 44 of their first degree relatives was… (More)