Association of antibodies to Gm and antibodies to Australia antigen in adolescent drug addicts

G. Nathenson, Michael I. Cohen, I. Millman, B. S. Blumberg

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A 7.7% incidence of antibodies directed against gamma globulin (Gm) (a), Gm (b) and Gm (f) antigens of IgG was noted in 298 adolescent drug addicts, as compared to 0.9% in a nonaddicted control group. Isoimmunization as a stimulus for Gm antibody production in addicts was indirectly excluded. A significant association between anti Au and anti Gm in the sera of drug addicts was found, which suggests that the hepatitis agent associated with Australia antigen may be responsible for the induction of Gm antibodies in this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-360
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Volume145
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1974

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Hepatitis B Surface Antigens
Drug Users
Antibodies
gamma-Globulins
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Hepatitis
Antibody Formation
Immunoglobulin G
Antigens
Control Groups
Incidence
Serum

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Association of antibodies to Gm and antibodies to Australia antigen in adolescent drug addicts. / Nathenson, G.; Cohen, Michael I.; Millman, I.; Blumberg, B. S.

In: Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vol. 145, No. 2, 1974, p. 358-360.

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