The serum IgG fraction from a patient with seronegative rheumatoid-like arthritis which contained a high anti-type II collagen antibody titer was injected intravenously into mice susceptible to type II collagen-induced arthritis. A mild, transient, inflammatory arthritis was observed in 20 to 25% of the animals, whereas histologic signs of disease were evident in most of the injected mice. Purified human anti-type II collagen immunoglobulin injected into the knee joints of mice was also shown to induce a transient, inflammatory arthritis. Radiolabeled human anti-type II collagen IgG was shown to accumulate in the peripheral joints of mice, and the specificity of the antibody was shown to be similar to the specificity of anticollagen antibody eluted from the joints of mice with collagen-induced arthritis.
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