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Modulating effect of gelonin gp330 conjugate on Heymann's nephritis induced in rats - A pathomorphological evaluation

Misquith, S and Surolia, A and Shankar, SK (1996) Modulating effect of gelonin gp330 conjugate on Heymann's nephritis induced in rats - A pathomorphological evaluation. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 70 (12). pp. 1080-1084.

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Abstract

Heymann's nephritis (HN) in rats induced by injecting renal proximal tubule brush border protein gp330, is an animal model replicating human autoimmune membranous glomerulonephritis(1). Endogenous IgG gets deposited between the foot processes in the epithelial side of the glomerulus and causes complement-mediated membrane injury, leading to proteinuria and basement membrane thickening. We investigated the effect of a toxin, gelonin conjugated to gp330 and targetted against antigp330-producing cells in ameliorating immune injury and nephrotic state in rats. The groups of animals injected with purified gp330 revealed by immunofluorescence, characteristic granular deposits of IgG along the basement membrane. The rats intravenously injected with gelonin gp330 conjugate, four days after the antigenic challenge with gp330 in two doses, showed amelioration of the nephrotic state and appreciable reduction in glomerular IgG deposits against immune injury. This substantiates our earlier biochemical results and corroborates the possibility of using toxins conjugated to specific antigen in treating antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 07 May 2011 05:16
Last Modified: 07 May 2011 05:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/37413

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