Immunologic abnormalities described in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) have been largely confined to mitogen or antigen driven proliferation assays. We studied antigen specific antibody production using the neoantigen bacteriophage phi X 174 in vivo and in vitro; defective responses were found in all 8 patients with JRA studied. These could not be attributed to circulating anti-T cell antibodies, but may relate to lymphocyte subset abnormalities found by 2 color analyses. These immunologic aberrations may play a direct role in the pathogenesis of JRA or, alternatively, may be a secondary event.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Rheumatology|
|State||Published - Oct 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy