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Selective removal of anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies by immunoadsorption with dextran sulphate in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.
  1. M Kinoshita,
  2. S Aotsuka,
  3. T Funahashi,
  4. N Tani,
  5. R Yokohari
  1. Division of Immunology, National Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.


    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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