Immunofluorescence studies of anti‐t cell antibodies and t cells in systemic lupus erythematosus

Alfred D. Steinberg, Lynell W. Klassen, Daniel R. Budman, Gary W. Williams

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Peripheral blood T cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and age‐ and sexmatched controls were studied by flow microfluorometry by using SLE anti‐cell antibodies and fluorescein conjugated antibody to human IgM. Brightly staining cells were reduced in a number of patients with active SLE. Analysis of SLE T cells separated on a discontinuous stractin gradient indicated a preferential loss of cells, especially brightly staining cells, from one fraction. Quantitation of this phenomenon indicated that an average of >90% of the brightly staining T cells from that fraction was lost in active SLE. This preferential loss of a subpopulation of T cells in patients with active SLE may be responsible for many of their immunologic abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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