Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary In a previous work, we had found that anti-B lymphocyte antibodies exist in rheumatoid arthritis. To investigate whether these antibodies were directed against surface immunoglobulins or not we have investigated if RA sera could recognize similar structures on other targets such as platelets (on which immunoglobulins and immune complexes are present) by a new ELISA method. No IgG antiplatelet antibody was found in 20 RA sera. But 7 out these 20 RA sera had IgM antiplatelet antibodies when tested on platelets from 5 donors. The comparison of the positivities of these sera on B lymphocytes and platelets from the same donors showed a statistically significant reverse (X2=20,008, p〈0.0001) correlation. The target antigen and the meaning of these IgM antiplatelet antibodies, which seem to be associated with severe RA, is still under investigation.
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