Time course of IgM antibodies which block anti-myelin basic protein IgG antibodies associated with development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in rabbits

Pablo Lopez, Alicia L. Degano, Clara G. Monferran, Fernando J. Irazoqui, Gustavo A. Nores, German A. Roth

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Abstract

Several authors have demonstrated the presence in normal sera of antibodies that inhibit binding of a variety of autoantibodies. These inhibitory or blocking antibodies are generally considered to play a role in humoral self-tolerance. We examined sera from normal rabbits and from rabbits with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), in search for antibodies capable to inhibit reactivity of autoantibodies directed to myelin basic protein (MBP). Rabbits injected with bovine myelin in complete Freund's adjuvant (EAE rabbits) or with adjuvant alone (control rabbits) were bled at various intervals post-injection. Sera were subjected to chomatography on a protein A-Sepharose column, retained and nonretained fractions were collected, and ability of these fractions to block reactivity of affinity-purified anti-MBP IgG-antibodies was analyzed by immunoblot technique. Protein A nonretained fraction from control rabbits inhibited anti-MBP IgG reactivity to the same degree at all intervals tested, whereas the same fraction from EAE animals showed an increase in inhibitory activity after induction of the disease. This inhibitory activity declined with the onset of clinical symptoms, and remained low in rabbits that did not recover from the disease. In contrast, the inhibitory activity remained at maximum value in EAE rabbits with spontaneous remission of clinical symptoms. We showed that the inhibitory activity is due to IgM-antibodies, and discussed the role of these antibodies in the development of EAE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Myelin Basic Protein
Autoimmune Experimental Encephalomyelitis
Immunoglobulin M
Immunoglobulin G
Rabbits
Antibodies
Autoantibodies
Serum
Spontaneous Remission
Self Tolerance
Blocking Antibodies
Freund's Adjuvant
Staphylococcal Protein A
Myelin Sheath
Injections

Keywords

  • Autoantibodies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Encephalomyelitis
  • IgM
  • Myelin basic protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Neurology

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Time course of IgM antibodies which block anti-myelin basic protein IgG antibodies associated with development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in rabbits. / Lopez, Pablo; Degano, Alicia L.; Monferran, Clara G.; Irazoqui, Fernando J.; Nores, Gustavo A.; Roth, German A.

In: Journal of Neuroimmunology, Vol. 119, No. 1, 03.09.2001, p. 30-36.

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Lopez, Pablo ; Degano, Alicia L. ; Monferran, Clara G. ; Irazoqui, Fernando J. ; Nores, Gustavo A. ; Roth, German A. / Time course of IgM antibodies which block anti-myelin basic protein IgG antibodies associated with development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in rabbits. In: Journal of Neuroimmunology. 2001 ; Vol. 119, No. 1. pp. 30-36.
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