OBJECTIVES: Cellular expression of non-classical forms of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B27 (NC-B27) may be involved in spondyloarthritis (SpA) pathogenesis. We used a novel B27-specific monoclonal antibody, HD6, to ask if B27 transgenic (TG) rat splenocytes express these NC-B27 molecules. We also investigated whether B27-binding peptides could affect the expression and functional immune recognition of HD6-reactive B27 molecules. METHODS: Splenocytes from B27-TG, B7-TG and non-transgenic rats...Expand abstract
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Expression of aberrant HLA-B27 molecules is dependent on B27 dosage and peptide supply.
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