The 120-kDa soluble ectodomain of type XVII collagen is recognized by autoantibodies in patients with pemphigoid and linear IgA dermatosis

J. Y. Roh, C. Yee, Z. Lazarova, R. P. Hall, K. B. Yancey

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Abstract

Background: Type XVII collagen promotes adhesion of basal keratinocytes to epidermal basement membrane, and is the target of disease in patients with certain inherited or acquired blistering diseases. Two forms of type XVII collagen are produced by cultured human keratinocytes: a 180-kDa full-length, transmembrane protein, and a recently identified 120-kDa soluble fragment that corresponds to its collagenous ectodomain. Objectives: We aimed to determine the incidence and pattern of reactivity of autoantibodies against the 180- and 120-kDa forms of type XVII collagen in sera from 40 patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP), pemphigoid gestationis or cicatricial pemphigoid (CP), as well as six patients with linear IgA dermatosis (LAD). Methods: Various immunochemical techniques were used. Results These studies found that the 120-kDa fragment of type XVII collagen was bound by circulating autoantibodies in 13 of 38 patients with BP or CP and all six patients with LAD. While many pemphigoid sera had specific reactivity against one but not both forms of this protein, autoantibodies from patients with LAD bound only the soluble ectodomain. Conclusions: These findings are consistent with the presence of both neoepitopes and cross-reactive epitopes on the ectodomain of type XVII collagen. The finding that sera from patients with LAD showed specific reactivity to epidermal basement membrane suggests that such neoepitopes are present in human skin and that their targeting by autoantibodies may contribute to disease pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume143
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2000

Keywords

  • Basement membrane
  • Bullous pemphigoid antigen
  • Cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Human keratinocyte
  • Linear IgA dermatosis
  • Pemphigoid gestations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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