Antibodies to Eyrkk Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Related Peptide Account Only for a Minority of Anti-Ro60kd Antibodies

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Antibodies to Eyrkk Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Related Peptide Account Only for a Minority of Anti-Ro60kd Antibodies (EN)

Routsias, J. G. (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Θετικών Επιστημών. Τμήμα Χημείας (EL)
Routsias, J. G. (EN)

Previous studies demonstrated a possible antigenic relation between the carboxyl terminal portion of anti-Ro60kD autoantigen and a nucleocapsid protein (N) of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). In order to investigate whether anti-Ro60kD autoantibodies react with the VSV homologous region of the Ro60kD protein we synthesized, according to Merrifield's method, the EYRKKMDI octapeptide (8p) sharing a common sequence with the N protein of VSV. Sera from 61 patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases (34 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 21 Sjogren's syndrome (SS) and six rheumatoid arthritis (RA)) as well as 59 from normal blood donors were tested for the presence of anti-Ro60kD autoantibodies by ELISA and immunoblot (IB) and anti-8p antibodies by ELISA. Antibodies to 8p were found in 9/31 of anti-Ro60kD IB-positive sera, 5/30 of anti-Ro60kD-negative sera and 2/59 of normal control sera. The concordance between the anti-8p ELISA and the anti-Ro60kD IB was very poor (chi(2) = 0.71, P = 0.4) in contrast to the anti-Ro60kD ELISA and the anti-Ro IB (chi(2) = 27.6, P = 10(-7)). Subsequent affinity purification of the anti-8p antibodies from a strong positive anti-8p and anti-Ro60kD SLE serum yielded 95% depletion of the anti-8p activity and 37% reduction of the anti-Ro60kD activity. Inhibition assays with the affinity-purified anti-8p antibodies demonstrated that the octapeptide gave 94.5% inhibition of the anti-Ro60kD activity, while Ro60kD protein led to 42.3% inhibition of the anti-8p. Preincubation of the serum with the octapeptide produced 4% inhibition of anti-Ro60kD ELISA. These results indicate that the anti-8p antibodies account only for a minority of the anti-Ro60kD autoantibodies. (EN)

vesicular stomatitis virus (EN)

Clin Exp Immunol (EN)

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Blackwell (EN)

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