Nov 1, 1989

Expression of immune sensitization to epithelial cell-associated components in the cotton-top tamarin: a model of chronic ulcerative colitis

H S WinterJ K Roche


Chronic colitis is present in up to 50% of adult cotton-top tamarins, but the etiology is unknown. To explore one putative immunopathogenic pathway for the chronic colitis, we determined whether immune sensitization to macromolecules associated with mucosal epithelium of intestine (designated ECAC) had occurred in this primate species. Specifically, we sought to define (a) whether antigenic determinants associated with ECAC are present on tamarin gut epithelium in vivo; (b) if immunoglobulin, capable of binding ECAC, is detectable in tamarin serum; (c) whether the presence of ECAC-specific immunoglobulin is positively correlated with age of the animal or the severity of the colitis, or both; and (d) the number of glycoprotein fractions composing ECAC (denoted as P1 through P4) that are reactive with tamarin immunoglobulin. Expression of ECAC was found by immunofluorescence using characterized oligo-specific or monoclonal antibody: tamarin intestinal epithelium--but not lamina propria, muscularis mucosae, subserosa, or glycocalyx--demonstrated determinants of the ECAC antigen system. Furthermore, coded sera from 10 tamarins with biopsy-proven inflammation involving colonic intestinal mucosa and in which disease activity was mode...Continue Reading

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Pathologic Cytolysis
Monoclonal Antibodies
Immunofluorescence Assay
Biochemical Pathway
Taenia Coli
Immunoglobulin Activity
Gut Epithelium
Antigenic Specificity

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