Lung injury induced by antibody fragments to angiotensin-converting enzyme.

Rabbits given goat anti-rabbit angiotensin-converting enzyme antibodies or derived antibody fragments develop rapidly fatal pulmonary edema. Endothelial cell injury is manifested by bleb formation and the disintegration of cell membranes. Platelets are found along the injured endothelium and leukocytes block capillary lumens. The pathologic features are… (More)