Novel animal models of acetylcholine receptor antibody-related myasthenia gravis

Erdem Tüzün, Windy Allman, Canan Ulusoy, Huan Yang, Premkumar Christadoss

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Abstract

Experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG) in mice has been used to unravel the pathogenic mechanisms and to be used as a preclinical model of myasthenia gravis (MG). Induction of predominantly ocular EAMG in HLA-DQ8 transgenic mice immunized with acetylcholine receptor (AChR) subunits demonstrated the importance of nonconformationally expressed AChR subunits in extraocular muscle involvement. Wild-type (WT) and CD4+ T cell knockout (KO) C57BL/6 mice developed EAMG upon immunization with AChR in incomplete Freund's adjuvant plus lipopolysaccharide. AChR-specific IgG2+ B cell frequencies, estimated by Alexa-conjugated AChR, and AChR-reactive IgG2b levels significantly correlated with the clinical grades of EAMG in WT mice. CD4+ T cell-deficient EAMG mice exhibited AChR antibodies mainly of the IgG2b isotype, emphasizing T helper-independent B cell activation pathways in EAMG induction. These novel EAMG models have suggested that diverse immunopathological mechanisms might contribute to EAMG or MG pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1274
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Autoimmune Experimental Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia Gravis
Cholinergic Receptors
Animals
Animal Models
Antibodies
T-cells
Oculomotor Muscles
Cells
B-Lymphocytes
Immunization
T-Lymphocytes
Animal Model
Lipopolysaccharides
Muscle
Inbred C57BL Mouse
Knockout Mice
Transgenic Mice
Immunoglobulin G
Chemical activation

Keywords

  • Autoimmunity
  • CD4 T cell
  • Experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Myasthenia gravis

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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Novel animal models of acetylcholine receptor antibody-related myasthenia gravis. / Tüzün, Erdem; Allman, Windy; Ulusoy, Canan; Yang, Huan; Christadoss, Premkumar.

In: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1274, No. 1, 12.2012, p. 133-139.

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Tüzün, Erdem ; Allman, Windy ; Ulusoy, Canan ; Yang, Huan ; Christadoss, Premkumar. / Novel animal models of acetylcholine receptor antibody-related myasthenia gravis. In: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2012 ; Vol. 1274, No. 1. pp. 133-139.
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