Generation of human monoclonal autoantibody-producing cell lines by epstein-barr virus transformation of autoreactive B lymphocytes and by somatic cell hybridization techniques: Application to the analysis of the autoimmune B cell repertoire

Minoru Nakamura, Paolo Casali

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Abstract

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was used to immortalize human peripheral B lymphocytes committed to the productio of autoantibodies in healthy subjects and in patients with various autoimmune diseases. EBV-transformed B lymphocytes producing human monoclonal autoantibodies were fused with the human-mouse heterohybridoma F3B6 cells to stabilize the production of monoclonal antibodies (mAb). The present method of generating human B cell clones producing mAbs now makes it possible to analyze in detail the nature of human autoantibodies with respect to antigen-binding specificity, affinity, corresponding autoepitopes, and the variable (V) region structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalImmunoMethods
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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