Levels of antibodies against C1q and 60 kDa family of heat shock proteins in the sera of patients with various autoimmune diseases

L. Horváth, L. Czirják, B. Fekete, L. Jakab, Z. Prohászka, L. Cervenak, L. Romics, M. Singh, M. R. Daha, G. Füst

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Abstract

Previously a strong positive correlation was found between antibodies to C1q (C1qAb) and antibodies against human heat shock protein (hsp60) and mycobacterial hsp65 in HIV infected patients. Here the levels of these antibodies were measured in the sera of patients with different autoimmune diseases (122 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 55 systemic sclerosis, 33 undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD), 27 primary Raynaud syndrome, 21 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 14 polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM), and 192 healthy blood donors. The prevalence of IgG C1qAb was found to be high (P < 0.0001 as compared to the healthy controls) only in the SLE group. The levels of the anti-hsp60 (P = 0.0094) and anti-hsp65 (P = 0.0108) antibodies were high only in the UCTD patients. No correlation was found between the C1qAb and anti-hsp antibodies in any group except a significant (P = 0.011) positive correlation between C1qAb and hsp65 antibodies in the patients with UCTD. These findings indicate that the autoantibodies against C1q are heterogeneous: in different diseases different types of C1qAb may dominate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalImmunology letters
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Autoimmune disease
  • C1q
  • Heat shock proteins
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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