VH usage and somatic hypermutation in peripheral blood B cells of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


The human antibody repertoire has been demonstrated to have a marked V-gene-dependent bias that is conserved between individuals. In RA patients, certain heavy chain V genes (VH) have been found to be preferentially used for encoding autoantibodies. To determine if such preferential use of VH genes in autoantibodies is associated with a general distortion… (More)