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J Invest Dermatol. 1994 May;102(5):706-9.

Epitope mapping for epidermolysis bullosa acquisita autoantibody by molecularly cloned cDNA for type VII collagen.

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Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.


Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita is a subepidermal blistering disease in which patients have autoantibodies against the non-collagenous domain of type VII collagen. Starting with previously isolated 1-kilobase pair (Kb) cDNA for this autoantigen, we isolated overlapping cDNAs with a combined open reading frame of approximately 3.2 Kb, encoding most (approximately 115 kilodaltons [KDa]) of the N-terminal non-collagenous domain of type VII collagen. To localize immunogenic domains, we produced maltose-binding fusion proteins with cDNA encoding different portions of this autoantigen. These cDNA fragments scan from 5' to 3' of this non-collagenous domain and overlap each other. An immunoblot analysis of these fusion proteins with eight epidermolysis bullosa acquisita patient sera demonstrated that each patient serum binds to different regions of this molecule and that epitopes for these patient sera locate throughout this autoantigen. These data suggest that multiple epitopes on the N-terminal non-collagenous domain of type VII collagen are recognized by circulating autoantibodies in patients with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita.

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