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NZB mice demonstrate common and consistent abnormalities in B-cell activation and signalling. One of the hallmark characteristics of lupus disease is the prevalent hypergammaglobulinaemia, composed primarily of anti-nuclear antibodies. In addition to the hyperproliferation seen in mice exhibiting...
Serum amyloid P component (SAP) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are opsonins that react with nuclear autoantigens targeted in systemic autoimmunity. CRP and SAP bind to apoptotic and necrotic cells, which are potential sources of these autoantigens. We have recently determined that the receptors for...