Pemphigus & Pemphigoid
Epitope-Dependent Pathogenicity of Antibodies Targeting a Major Bullous Pemphigoid Autoantigen Collagen XVII/BP180In bullous pemphigoid, the common autoimmune blistering disorder, IgG autoantibodies target various epitopes on hemidesmosomal transmembrane collagen XVII (COL17)/BP180. Antibodies (Abs) targeting the extracellular noncollagenous 16th A domain of COL17 may be pathogenic; however, the pathogenic roles of Abs targeting non-noncollagenous 16th A regions are poorly understood. In this study using a pathogenic and a nonpathogenic monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting the noncollagenous 16th A domain (mAb TS39-3) and the C-terminus domain (mAb C17-C1), respectively, we show that endocytosis of immune complexes after binding of Abs to cell surface COL17 is a key phenomenon that induces skin fragility.
Super-Resolution Microscopy Reveals Altered Desmosomal Protein Organization in Tissue from Patients with Pemphigus VulgarisPemphigus vulgaris (PV) is an autoimmune epidermal blistering disease in which autoantibodies (IgG) are directed against the desmosomal cadherin desmoglein 3. To better understand how PV IgG alters desmosome morphology and function in vivo, biopsies from patients with PV were analyzed by structured illumination microscopy, a form of superresolution fluorescence microscopy. In patient tissue, desmosomal proteins were aberrantly clustered and patient IgG colocalized with markers for lipid rafts and endosomes.