Characterization of rat liver subcellular membranes: Demonstration of membrane-specific autoantigens

David H. Deheer, Merle S. Olson, R. Neal Pinckard

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The induction of acute hepatocellular necrosis in rats resulted in the production of complement fixing, IgM autoantibodies directed toward inner and outer mitochondrial membranes, microsomal membrane, lysosomal membrane, nuclear membrane, cytosol, but not to plasma membrane. Utilizing selective absorption procedures it was demonstrated that each subcellular membrane fraction possessed unique autoantigenic activity with little or no cross-reactivity between the various membrane fractions. It is proposed that the development of membrane-specific autoantibodies may provide an immunological marker useful in the differential characterization of various subcellular membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-472
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1974
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cell Biology


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