An elevated immunoglobulin (Ig)M concentration in serum is a common and distinctive feature of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Little is known, however, about the mechanism of hyper-IgM in PBC. CD40 ligand (CD40L) has a crucial role in immunoglobulin class switching in B cells. Mutations in the gene encoding CD40L are known to induce X-linked hyper-IgM syndrome. To identify mutations in the gene for CD40L in PBC patients, we analyzed CD40L gene mutations, using reverse transcription (RT)-PCR single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis. No mutations were detected in cDNA from any of 24 PBC patients by the RT-PCR-SSCP technique. These data suggest that other, unidentified mechanisms are involved in hyper-IgM in PBC patients.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 7 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry