autoreactive antibodies

Benny Shomer pc386 at
Tue Mar 9 10:31:05 EST 1993


Anti-DNA Ab's may be divided into several groups. Several of them react
against DNA associated proteins (e.g. histones). This may give some
explanation regarding antigen presentation, although DNA is not a peptide.
Some of these Ab's, are reactive also against positively charged groups
such as phospholipids. Thus, the creation of such antibodies is not
nessecarily against DNA. Molecular mimicry may be playing a great role
If "cryptic" peptide regions on self antigens (i.e. areas on self Ag's not
being normally presented to the immune system) are presented as "dominant"
by a mimicing antigen (i.e. the same area will be proccessed as an
immunogenic peptide), an auto-immune situation may arise. Thus, the self
DNA molecules are not nessecarily the immunogenic molecule.

Regarding the enterance of Ab's to the cell. This probably, is NOT the
mechanism. A "normal" cell destruction may start a local immune reaction
of anti DNA Ab's. This reaction will cause an aggregation of immune
complexes in-situ. These complexes will damage the tissue further, as the
reaction progresses and enhances, in a non-specific manner. As the
reaction progresses further, Phospholipids may serve as sites of reactivity
as well.

Any comments are highly welcome.

Sincerely, Benny Shomer.
* Benny Shomer                                                 *
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