Correction of accelerated autoimmune disease by early replacement of the mutated lpr gene with the normal Fas apoptosis gene in the T cells of transgenic MRL-lpr/lpr mice

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  • MRL-lpr/lpr mice develop a generalized autoimmune disease which includes increased autoantibody production, glomerulonephritis, and development of lymphadenopathy. The lpr genetic defect has been identified as a mutation in the Fas apoptosis gene that results in low expression of Fas mRNA. To determine the significance of the lpr mutation and T cells in the development of the autoimmune disease, we constructed transgenic MRL-lpr/lpr mice using a full-length murine Fas cDNA under the regulation of the T-cell-specific CD2 promoter and enhancer. Here we show that the early correction of the lpr gene defect in T cells eliminates glomerulonephritis and development of lymphadenopathy and decreases the levels of autoantibodies. In this model, early correction of the lpr defect in T cells is sufficient to eliminate the acceleration of autoimmune disease even in the presence of B cells and other cells that express the mutant lpr gene.
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    Author List

  • Wu J; Zhou T; Zhang J; He J; Gause WC; Mountz JD
  • Start Page

  • 2344
  • End Page

  • 2348
  • Volume

  • 91
  • Issue

  • 6