A dextran sulphate gel column removed anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies (anti-dsDNA) selectively, efficiently, and safely from the circulation of a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The mechanism of the removal is thought to be due to cross reactivity of anti-dsDNA with dextran sulphate, which has negatively charged units. Selective removal of anti-dsDNA is expected to contribute not only to the treatment but also to elucidation of the pathogenesis of SLE.
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