Autoantigenicity of DFS70 is restricted to the conformational epitope of C-terminal alpha-helical domain

Yasushi Ogawa, Kazumitsu Sugiura, Akihiro Watanabe, Mitoshi Kunimatsu, Masaki Mishima, Yasushi Tomita, Yoshinao Muro

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Autoantibodies against DFS70 (Dense Fine Speckles 70) are found in 30% of Japanese atopic dermatitis patients, and less frequently in patients with other diseases. We have recently reported that they are also seen in 11% of hospital workers, but in only ∼2% of patients with systemic rheumatic disease. In this study, in order to investigate the possible pathological role of anti-DFS70 antibodies, fine epitope mapping was carried out using 93 anti-DFS70 autoantibody-positive sera. Immunoblotting using overlapping peptides failed to reveal major linear epitopes. Western blotting using various truncated proteins showed a strikingly uniform epitope distribution on a suspected tertiary structure expressed by DFS70349-435. Some sera showed reactivity only in an immunoprecipitation assay using an in vitro translated DFS70. Circular dichroism analysis revealed that DFS349-435 contains an approximately 40% alpha-helical conformation, while an overlapping, non-antigenic peptide is composed of random coiled structures. The skewed single major epitope enabled us to establish a highly quantitative ELISA for the epitope region. Antibody titers showed no significant differences between the diseased group and healthy individuals. We propose that anti-DFS70 antibody may be a natural autoantibody, which might modify or reflect the inflammatory process of various disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-231
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autoimmunity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11-2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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