We isolated a human IgG anti IgE autoantibody by affinity chromatography on a myelomatous IgE (N.D.) coated Sepharose column, from the serum of a patient with atopic eczema, and probed its ability to inhibit IgE recognition by heteroantisera to IgE used in commonly available assays for serum total and specific IgE determinations. (Paper radioimmunosorbent test-PRIST and Phadezym radioallergosorbent test-RAST, both from Pharmacia, Uppsala-Sweden). Our results indicate that IgG anti IgE decrease total IgE results by 10-90% according to its weight ratio to IgE molecules present in samples devoid of endogeneous anti-IgE. Sera with high content of specific IgE to house dust mite (RAST class 3 or 4) are less affected by this autoantibody, but RAST class 2 may be significantly lowered when purified IgG anti IgE is added. These data imply that anti IgE can affect both total and specific IgE determinations.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|
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