Susceptibility and resistance to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and neuritis in the guinea pig correlate with the induction of procoagulant and anticoagulant activities

C. L. Geczy, I. M. Roberts, P. Meyer, C. C.A. Bernard

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Activation of macrophage procoagulant activity (MPCA) is involved in the manifestation of EAE and EAN in susceptible guinea pigs and provides a mechanism for the deposition of fibrin, which is a feature of histologic lesions of EAE. Peritoneal exudate cells (PEC) from susceptible (strain 13) guinea pigs immunized with either central or peripheral nervous tissue antigens produce procoagulant activity when incubated with the immunogen in vitro. The production of the procoagulant is quantitative and antigen-specific and is maximal at the time of clinical signs of the disease. After recovery, the production of procoagulant activity decreased. The MPCA test was able to discriminate the biochemical differences existing between chicken and mammalian peripheral nerve proteins, thus providing a quantitative and sensitive indicator of cell-mediated immunity in EAE and EAN. The autoimmune response to brain and nerve antigens in nonsusceptible (strain 2) guinea pigs was coincident with the antigen-specific production of a cell-bound anticoagulant activity by stimulated mononuclear cells. The production of anticoagulant activity followed the same sequence of time changes after immunization as that of the MPCA in susceptible guinea pigs, and high immunizing doses of nerve antigens induced high levels of anticoagulant activity. The same cells produced high levels of procoagulant when incubated with tuberculin or lipopolysaccharide. The recalcification time of normal plasma was prolonged by the anticoagulant, and the decreased clotting time of plasma induced by the procoagulant activity obtained by incubating sensitized strain 13 PEC with myelin basic protein was suppressed by the anticoagulant produced by culturing sensitized strain 2 PEC with myelin basic protein. Preliminary evidence indicates that the anticoagulant has properties similar to antithrombin II. The anticoagulant could play a role in the control of effector cell function, and therefore in recovery from clinical features of EAE and EAN in susceptible guinea pigs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3026-3036
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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