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Specificities of antibodies to acetylcholine receptors in sera from myasthenia gravis patients measured by monoclonal antibodies.

The pattern of antibody specificities in sera from patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) was determined by the ability of monoclonal antibodies against defined determinants on the acetylcholine receptor molecule to inhibit binding of the serum antibodies to receptor from human muscle. We found that MG patients produce fundamentally the same pattern of specificities as that produced by animals immunized with receptor purified from fish electric organs or mammalian muscle. Most of the antibodies are directed at the "main immunogenic region' which is located on the extracellular surface of the alpha subunit and is distinct from the acetylcholine binding site. Regions on the beta and gamma subunits near the main immunogenic region are also significantly immunogenic. In one patient the proportions of antibodies to various regions are constant over time despite changes in total antibody amount and clinical state. Between patients there is no obvious correlation between antibody specificities and clinical state. These data suggest that the autoimmune response in MG is stimulated by human receptor rather than a crossreacting (e.g., viral) antigen and that in both MG and experimental autoimmune MG the pattern of specificities produced is determined by the inherently immunogenic structural features of the receptor molecule. They also suggest that the wide differences in clinical state sometimes observed between patients with the same total concentration of antireceptor antibody are due primarily to differences in endogenous factors which affect the safety factor for neuromuscular transmission rather than to the presence of especially pathogenic antireceptor specificities.[1]


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