Pigeon fanciers' lung: identification of disease-associated carbohydrate epitopes on pigeon intestinal mucin.

Abstract

Pigeon intestinal mucin, a complex high molecular weight glycoprotein, is a key antigen in the development of pigeon fanciers' lung (PFL). We have studied the specificity of antibodies to mucin in patients with PFL and asymptomatic antibody-positive individuals. Extensive papain digestion, which removes the non-glycosylated regions of the mucin leaving the… (More)

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