Lysozyme in the labial salivary glands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Lysozyme (muramidase) levels in the saliva have previously been discovered to be elevated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a fact which has been tentatively ascribed to immunological reactivity in the salivary glands due to RA. To characterize further the mechanisms involved in elevation of salivary lysozyme, labial salivary glands from 57 RA… (More)