Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Arthritis Rheum. 1997 Mar;40(3):551-61.

Endothelial cells as target for antiphospholipid antibodies. Human polyclonal and monoclonal anti-beta 2-glycoprotein I antibodies react in vitro with endothelial cells through adherent beta 2-glycoprotein I and induce endothelial activation.

Author information

University of Milan, Italy.



To investigate the ability of human anti-beta 2-glycoprotein I (anti-beta 2 GPI) antibodies to recognize the cofactor adherent on endothelial cells (EC) and to modulate endothelial functions.


Six human affinity-purified polyclonal anti-beta 2 GPI IgG and 2 IgM monoclonal antibodies (MAb) were obtained from patients with the antiphospholipid syndrome. The antibodies were tested for their ability to 1) bind to endothelial monolayers through the adherent beta 2 GPI and 2) modulate endothelial adhesion molecule expression and interleukin-6 (IL-6) and 6-keto-prostaglandin F1 alpha (6-keto-PGF1 alpha) secretion.


The affinity-purified IgG and the MAb with anti-beta 2 GPI activity, but not the respective controls, displayed EC binding, which declined on cells incubated in serum-free medium and was restored in a dose-dependent manner by exogenous human beta 2 GPI. After EC binding, both polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies up-regulated adhesion molecule expression. Anti-beta 2 GPI MAb also significantly increased IL-6 and 6-keto-PGF1 alpha secretion.


These findings support the hypothesis that anti-beta 2 GPI antibodies bind and activate EC through the adherent cofactor beta 2 GPI, likely leading to a procoagulant state.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons


    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Support Center