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Humans

1995

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Myasthenia Gravis-Like Syndrome Induced By Expression Of Interferon Gamma In The Neuromuscular Junction., Danling Gu, Lise Wogensen, Nigel A. Calcutt, Chunyao Xia, Simin Zhu, John P. Merlie, Howard S. Fox, Jon Lindstrom, Henry C. Powell, Nora Sarvetnick Feb 1995

Myasthenia Gravis-Like Syndrome Induced By Expression Of Interferon Gamma In The Neuromuscular Junction., Danling Gu, Lise Wogensen, Nigel A. Calcutt, Chunyao Xia, Simin Zhu, John P. Merlie, Howard S. Fox, Jon Lindstrom, Henry C. Powell, Nora Sarvetnick

Journal Articles: Regenerative Medicine

Abnormal humoral responses toward motor end plate constituents in muscle induce myasthenia gravis (MG). To study the etiology of this disease, and whether it could be induced by host defense molecules, we examined the consequences of interferon (IFN) gamma production within the neuromuscular junction of transgenic mice. The transgenic mice exhibited gradually increasing muscular weakness, flaccid paralysis, and functional disruption of the neuromuscular junction that was reversed after administration of an inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, features which are strikingly similar to human MG. Furthermore, histological examination revealed infiltration of mononuclear cells and autoantibody deposition at motor end plates. Immunoprecipitation analysis indicated ...