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Immune Complexes in Cystic Fibrosis

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 22 February 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:423

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  1. H. McFarlane,
  2. A. Holzel,
  3. P. Brenchley,
  4. J. D. Allan,
  5. J. C. Wallwork,
  6. B. E. Singer,
  7. B. Worsley


    Circulating immune complexes were detected in serum and sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis (C.F.). There were extensive deposits of immunoglobulins and complement immune complexes in several of the C.F. organs, especially the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, but not in the kidneys. Significant concentrations of IgG and of complement complexes could be eluted from the lungs of the C.F. patients but not from those of controls. Studies involving immunoabsorption, autoradiography, and molecular sieving through Sephadex G-200 columns identified both bovine serum albumin and staphylococcal α-haemolysin as two of the antigens present in the immune complexes. The sedimentation constant of the immune complexes was about 8S to 11S. The clinical significance of these immune complexes and the wide variety of antibodies detected in C.F. patients are discussed.