Circulating IgG autoantibodies to IgE in atopic syndromes.

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

PubMedID: 3958387

Quinti I, Brozek C, Wood N, Geha RS, Leung DY. Circulating IgG autoantibodies to IgE in atopic syndromes. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1986;77(4):586-94.
Sera from nonatopic healthy donors and patients with hyper-IgE syndrome, allergic respiratory disease, i.e., allergic rhinitis and asthma, and atopic dermatitis were assayed for the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies to IgE. The assay used was based on an ELISA method that measured the binding of IgG or IgM in test sera to myeloma IgE (PS)-coated microtiter wells. The levels of IgG anti-IgE but not of IgM anti-IgE were elevated in patient sera of all three categories tested. The same sera failed to demonstrate increased levels of IgG anti-IgM or IgG anti-IgA. Significant IgG anti-IgE activity remained after absorption of patient sera over pooled human IgG F(ab')2 Sepharose. The IgG anti-IgE activity appeared to be directed toward the Fc portion of IgE because absorption of positive sera over IgE (ADZ) Sepharose but not over myeloma IgG Sepharose completely removed their reactivity with IgE (PS) and because sera from atopic individuals but not from normal subjects contained IgG anti-IgE activity against the protein backbone of the Fc portion of IgE synthesized from a fragment of the cloned gene of human myeloma IgE (ND) heavy chain. Regression analysis demonstrated a weak but significant correlation (r = 0.31; p less than 0.05) between serum IgE levels and IgG anti-IgE activity. Fractionation of sera from the three patient categories by gel filtration over Sepharose 6B revealed that IgG anti-IgE activity was present both as monomeric IgG and in IgE containing immune complexes (IC). Intermediate molecular size IC (between 7S and 19S) were present in all three patient groups.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)