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- Spliceosomal factors are recognized by Chagasic sera
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- We investigated the possibility that Chagas' patients develop an autoimmune response to human UsnRNPs or Sm epitopes. Using purified human UsnRNPs we detected anti-human UsnRNPs antibodies in sera from patients with Chagas' disease. The antibodies were also detected using peptide-ELISA containing the Sm-motif 1 domain, showing that 61% (31/51) of the Chagas sera contained antibodies against the Sm-motif 1. Our preliminary results obtained by immunoprecipitation using Chagas chronically infected Balb/C sera and HeLa nuclear extracts showed that some autoantibodies could also be found during the course of the disease. Groups of 20 mice tone-month-old) were infected i.p. with Y strain 30 bloodstream trypomastigotes and killed at 60 days post-infection and sera were used for immunoprecipitation analysis as mentioned, These antibodies cross-reacted with U2 snRNP in HeLa nuclear extract and revealed many different bands in T. cruzi nuclear extract. These results suggest that the autoantibodies may have a role in the pathogenesis of the disease,
- 10th International Congress on Immunology, Vols 1 and 2. 40128 Bologna: Medimond S R L, p. 1141-1145, 1998.
- Medimond S R L
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