In vitro T cell proliferative response to an alternative splicing variant of acetylcholine receptor α subunit (AChRα) with the P3A exon-encoded region was examined in peripheral blood samples from 28 myasthenia gravis (MG) patients and 14 healthy donors using recombinant fragments and synthetic peptides. T cells responsive to the P3A region-specific sequences were detected in five MG patients, all of whom were late-onset disease with thymoma, but in none of healthy donors. These autoreactive T cells may be involved in the pathogenic process in a subset of MG patients.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy
- Clinical Neurology