IgA rheumatoid factor synthesis by dissociated synovial cells. Characterization and relationship to IgM rheumatoid factor synthesis

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  • We examined patterns of IgA rheumatoid factor (RF) and IgM‐RF synthesis by dissociated synovial cells obtained from 27 patients with seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. Synthesis of IgA‐RF was observed in 19 of 34 synovial cell preparations from these patients and constituted a mean of 16% of the total IgA produced. IgA‐RF expression correlated only weakly with IgM‐RF production (r = 0.385) and could be dissociated from production of IgA‐RF (and IgM‐RF) exhibited by simultaneously obtained peripheral blood plasma cells. While wide variations were observed in the ratio of IgA‐RF:IgM‐RF produced by synovial B cells in the patient sample studied, remarkable consistency in the relationship of IgA‐RF to IgM‐RF synthesis was observed overtime in different joints of the same patient. IgA‐RF synthesized by dissociated synovial cells was predominantly of the IgAl subclass and existed in both monomeric and polymeric forms. Our results are compatible with the view that local production of IgA‐RF and IgM‐RF are regulated independently of each other. Copyright © 1985 American College of Rheumatology
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  • Koopman WJ; Schrohenloher RE; Crago SS; Spalding DM; Mestecky J
  • Start Page

  • 1219
  • End Page

  • 1227
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 11