Article Text


Immunoglobulin allotype Gm(1,2;21) in ankylosing spondylitis with peripheral arthritis.
  1. R Mierau,
  2. C A von Mühlen,
  3. H Zarnowski,
  4. E Genth,
  5. P W Hartl
  1. Rheumaforschungsinstitut, Rheumaklinik Aachen, FRG.


    Frequencies of immunoglobulin G (Gm) allotypes were determined in 240 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The uncommon phenotype Gm(1,2;21) was increased in frequency in 55 patients with AS and peripheral arthritis (14.5% v 3.5% of healthy blood donors; p less than 0.05). In 16 patients with arthritis only of wrist/hand or ankle/forefoot, or both, the Gm(1,2;21) frequency was even higher (31.3%; p less than 0.0005). Patients with AS negative for the HLA antigen B27 (n = 28) differed from the B27 positive patients (n = 205) with regard to the frequency of the Gm(1,2,3;5,21) phenotype (39.3% v 9.3%; p less than 0.0005). These findings support the notion of genetic heterogeneity among patients with AS.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.