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Fertil Steril. 1991 Nov;56(5):900-3.

F(ab')2 segment is the active component of immunoglobulin G autoantibody generation in patients with endometriosis.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City 73190.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if the low titer antiendometrial antibody detection by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) in the sera of patients with endometriosis is because of specific antigen-antibody interactions.

DESIGN:

Sera of selected patients subjected to separation of immunoglobulin fragments by ammonium sulfate precipitation and pepsin digestion and tested by IIF. In a comparative method, a fragment, crystallizable (Fc) flooding technique was used to determine the active component.

SETTING:

Sera obtained preoperatively in the outpatient and results matched with surgical findings.

PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS:

Patients 45 years of age or less presenting for gynecological surgery who had signed an informed consent for the drawing of preoperative blood.

INTERVENTIONS:

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Indirect immunofluorescence was graded according to the intensity of staining and the lowest dilution at which staining occurred.

RESULTS:

All of the sera of the 11 patients with endometriosis exhibited F(ab')2 specific staining but none exhibited Fc fragment staining. None of the 7 control patients displayed F(ab')2 or Fc fragment staining.

CONCLUSIONS:

F(ab')2 fragment is the active component of an immunologically specific interaction when antiendometrial antibodies are detected in the sera of patients with endometriosis.

PMID:
1718784
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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