Mice homozygous for the flaky skin (fsn) single gene mutation have a severe hyperproliferation disease resulting complex phenotype, which includes widespread inflammation and autoimmunity. Flaky skin mice have several serological and pathological features that share similarities with the human systemic autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Analyses of the antinuclear and anti-dsDNA autoantibodies in fsn/fsn mice indicate that they are low titer IgG antibodies. These low titer anti-dsDNA autoantibodies can ultimately form immune complex deposition in the glomeruli associated kidney damage. IgE antibodies were identified in the immune complex deposition, however their role in the pathology is not determined. It is hypothesized that the mechanism of autoantibody production and autoimmune disease pathogenesis in mice homozygous for the fsn mutation is initiated by non-specific polyclonal activation of B-lymphocytes resulting in the synthesis of low affinity autoantibodies.