Apoptotic U1-70 kd is antigenically distinct from the intact form of the U1-70-kd molecule

Eric L. Greidinger, Mark F. Foecking, Sriya Ranatunga, Robert W. Hoffman

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Objective. To determine whether immune responses to an apoptotically modified form of a human lupus autoantigen can be distinguished from immune responses to the intact form of the same antigen. Methods. Immunoblot and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay techniques were used to test human autoimmune sera for the presence of antibodies to apoptotic forms of the U1-70-kd small nuclear RNP antigen, while antibody recognition of intact U1-70 kd was blocked. Results. Apoptosis-specific U1-70-kd antibodies were identified by immunoblot in 15 of 29 sera with antibodies to intact U1-70 kd and in 2 of 25 sera without measurable antibodies to intact U1-70 kd. Bacterially produced, purified, caspase-cleaved U1-70 kd without additional posttranslational modifications was a target of apoptosis-specific antibodies in 3 of 9 U1-70-kd-positive sera tested. Conclusion. The apoptotic form of U1-70 kd displays B cell epitopes that are not displayed on the intact form of U1-70 kd. Caspase cleavage in the absence of additional posttranslational modifications is sufficient to induce the display of some of these epitopes. Immunity to apoptotically modified proteins can develop against caspase-cleaved forms or against forms that undergo additional posttranslational modification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1264-1269
Number of pages6
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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