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Monoclonal IgG antibodies generated from joint-derived B cells of RA patients have a strong bias toward citrullinated autoantigen recognition

Amara, Khaled ; Steen, Johanna ; Murray, Fiona ; Morbach, Henner ; Fernandez-Rodriguez, Blanca M. ; Joshua, Vijay ; Engström, Marianne ; Snir, Omri ; Israelsson, Lena ; Catrina, Anca I. ; Wardemann, Hedda ; Corti, Davide ; Meffre, Eric ; Klareskog, Lars ; Malmström, Vivianne

In: The journal of experimental medicine, 2013, vol. 210, no. 3, p. 445-455

Antibodies targeting citrullinated proteins (ACPAs [anticitrullinated protein antibodies]) are commonly found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), strongly associate with distinct HLA-DR alleles, and predict a more aggressive disease course as compared with seronegative patients. Still, many features of these antibodies, including their site of production and the extent of MHC class...