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Scand J Immunol. 1990 Feb;31(2):147-57.

Arthritis in DBA/1 mice induced with passively transferred type II collagen immune serum. Immunohistopathology and serum levels of anti-type II collagen auto-antibodies.

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Department of Medical and Physiological Chemistry, University of Uppsala, Sweden.


Arthritis was induced in DBA/1 mice by passive transfer of syngeneic anti-type II collagen (CII) serum concentrate. After transfer of serum containing 0.2 or 0.5 mg anti-CII auto-antibodies the first clinical signs of arthritis appeared 48 h after injection. Severe clinical arthritis was detected 96 h after injection. Immunohistochemical analyses of joints 48 h after serum injection revealed synovial foci in intercarpal and metacarpophalangeal joints of macrophage-like cells, expressing C3bi-receptors and major histocompatibility complex class II molecules, and infiltration of few CD4+ lymphocytes. Later (96 h after injection), the inflamed synovia were dominated by C3bi-receptor+ polymorphonuclear cells. In contrast to conventionally induced collagen arthritis (CIA), the inflammatory infiltrates, filling joint spaces and synovial tissue, were extensively dominated by polymorphonuclear cells, whereas macrophage-like cells expressing class II molecules and a few T cells were seen only in the periphery of the developing pannus. The anti-CII serum induced arthritis may be used as a model for studies of humoral mediated mechanisms operating in conventionally induced CIA as well as in rheumatoid arthritis.

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