Detection of Antineutrophil Autoantibodies by Flow Cytometry: Use of Unfixed Neutrophils as Antigenic Targets
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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Antineutrophil antibodies may be found in the sera of patients with chronic neutropenia as well as in the sera of a variety of patients with neutropenia and associated autoimmune or infectious disorders. We evaluated an immunofluorescent flow cytometric technique for the measurement of antineutrophil antibodies in serum. Sera from patients with suspected immune neutropenia were studied and compared with a group of sera from normal healthy individuals, as well as with sera from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Of 159 patients with suspected immune neutropenia and a variety of associated clinical disorders, 59 37 were found to have evidence for enhanced binding of IgG to normal target neutrophils, interpreted as positive for antineutrophil antibodies. Whereas 037 nonneutropenic patients with typical RA had positive results, 51244 21 of sera from nonneutropenic patients with SLE or other collagen vascular disorders showed enhanced IgG binding to neutrophils. Neutrophils, Immunology, Flow cytometry, Autoimmunity, Immunoglobulins, Neutropenia, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Rheumatoid arthritis.
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