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Atherosclerosis. 1986 Jun;60(3):215-9.

Macro CK type 1 as a marker for autoimmunity in coronary heart disease.


In a group of 3000 hospital patients the prevalence of immunoglobulin bound creatine kinase (macro CK type 1) was 4.3%. The relative frequency was greater in the older age categories. The highest prevalence was found in patients with rheumatic and cardiac diseases. In a group of 556 cardiac patients selected for coronary angiography a prevalence of 13.8% was observed. No significant correlation was obtained between the findings of the coronary angiography and the activity of macro CK type 1. CK MB results determined by ion-exchange or immuno-inhibition techniques in macro CK type 1 positive patients are falsely positive. Macro CK type 1 may be seen as an antigen-antibody complex against CK BB, which originates at least partly from the vascular wall.

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