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Fecal-oral: route of transmission of a disease, when pathogens in fecal particles passing from one host are introduced into the oral cavity of another host.



Parenteral: taken into the body or administered in a manner other than through the digestive tract, as by intravenous or intramuscular injection.


Blood/Body Fluids:

Blood/Body Fluids: liquids originating from inside the bodies of living people. They include fluids that are excreted or secreted from the body as well as body water that normally is not.



HBcAg: Hepatitis B core antigen that is a protein surrounding viral DNA in the virus core, not detectable in serum



HBeAg: Hepatitis Be antigen that is a protein surrounding viral DNA in virus core, appears shortly after HBsAg and indicates high viral replication and a high degree of infectivity.



HBsAg: Surface antigen, and the first antigen to appear in serum. It is detectable 2-12 weeks post exposure, and peaks during acute infection. Persistent HBsAg is indicative of a chronic or active infection.



IgM anti-HBc antibody and the first to appear. It is an isotype antibody against HBcAg and is used as an indicator of current or recent acute infection

IgG anti-HBc antibody appears later and persists for life. It indicates a past infection and usually immunit



anti-HBs: patient antibody that appears during recovery and persists for years and provides protective immunity to reinfection.


Identify the main health concern associated with viral hepatitis (acute, chronic, etc.).

Acute: hepatitis, highly infective or asymptomatic, hepatosplenomegaly, tenderness, jaundice, fever, fatigue, GI upset (loss of appetite), muscle pain.
Chronic: Cirrhosis and/or liver cancer, chronic infection


Recognize the significance of IgM isotype antibody, IgG isotype antibody, and viral Ag or nucleic acid (RNA or DNA) in general staging of viral infections by laboratory testing

IgM: indicates a current or recent acute infection due to the fact that IgM falls off as isotype switching occurs and IgG concentrations increase. IgM in newborns will indicate a congenital infection.
IgG: indicates a current or past infection and immunity in most cases. IgG in newborns does not indicate a congenital infection because the antibody can be from passive immunity from the mother indicating that that the baby was infected in utero. If both IgG and IgM are positive, it may indicate a chronic infection.
Viral DNA or RNA: (through molecular diagnostics) indicates a current infection.


Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)
Mode of Transmission:

Mode of Transmission: Fecal-oral route (foodborne), most common cause of viral hepatitis.


HAV incubation period:

28 days until patient develops symptoms.
Most infected adults are symptomatic.
Infected children are usually asymptomatic


HAV acute or chronic?

Resolves in 1-8 weeks
Rarely fulminant
Virus does not become chronic except in immunocompromised individuals.


HAV antibodies used for diagnoses?

Ig/Ag useful for diagnosis by serology:
IgM anti-HAV in patient serum indicates acute infection
Total anti-HAV indicates immunity and past infection
HAV vaccination available and recommended for travel to endemic areas and is now part of the childhood vaccination program in the United States.
Intramuscular injections of anti-HAV Ig prevents disease in exposed individuals through passive immunity


HEV mode of transmission

Mode of Transmission: Fecal-oral route, contracted from drinking water contaminated with feces, primarily in developing countries.


HEV acute or chronic?

Acute; self-limiting disease


HEV consequences of chronicity?

Consequences of chronicity: Major concern is associated with a high rate of mortality in pregnant women who become infected, especially if they are infected during their 3rd trimester. Pregnant women are considered immunocompromised


HEV antibodies used for diagnosis?

Ig/Ag useful for diagnosis by serology: Serological test for IgM anti-HEV has been developed but is not commercially available in the U.S. due to the rarity of infection here.


HBV mode of transmission

Mode of Transmission: Blood or body fluids (parenteral)


HBV incubation period

Incubation Period: Long incubation period of 60-90 days prior to disease onset


HBV acute or chronic?

Acute or Chronic: Both. Highly variable and depends on the age when infected

30-50% of adults, so the majority are asymptomatic


HBV age group that develops chronic infection?



HBV consequences of chronicity?

Consequences of chronicity: Severe liver disease, necrosis, fatality, carrier, chronic infection


HBV antibody used for diagnosis?

HBcAg: Hepatitis B core antigen that is a protein surrounding viral DNA in the virus core, not detectable in serum
HBeAg: Hepatitis Be antigen that is a protein surrounding viral DNA in virus core, appears shortly after HBsAg and indicates high viral replication and a high degree of infectivity.
HBsAg: Hepatitis B surface antigen, a protein in the outer virus envelope and in blood particles that allows the virus to dock. It is the first antigen to appear in serum.
It is detectable 2-12 weeks post exposure, and peaks during acute infection.
Persistent HBsAg is indicative of a chronic or active infection. Levels decline as patient Ab increases (detectable 12-20 weeks after symptoms)
HbeAg: appears shortly after HBsAg and indicates high viral replication and high degree of infectivity.
IgM anti-HBc: appears first (IgM isotype antibody against the HBcAg) and used as an indicator of current or recent acute infection
Useful for detecting the core window (time between disappearance of HbsAg and anti-Hbs)
When Ig and Ag are present in equal amounts, Ag is not detected by EIA because it is bound up = core window. You can detect the Ig to the core even though you can’t detect the surface antigen any longer
IgG anti-HBc: appears later and persists for life. Indicates a past infection and usually immunity.
Anti-HBs: appears during recovery and persists for years and provides protective immunity to reinfection
Failure to develop anti-HBs indicates chronic infection and the inability to clear surface antigen. This antibody is produced in response to vaccination.


HDV mode of transmission

Mode of Transmission: Incomplete virus that only occurs with HBV either simultaneously or as a superinfection of HBV
Uses HBsAg protein in its outer envelope with HBV, because it cannot form infectious protein particles without HBV.


HDV acute or chronic?

Acute or Chronic: Results in a greater risk of fulminant or chronic liver disease


HDV age group that develops chronic infection?



HDV consequences of chronicity?

Chronic liver disease


HDV antibody used for diagnosis?

Serological testing available for:
IgM anti-HDV: appears 6 to 7 weeks after exposure
IgG anti-HDV: appears during convalescence, then declines after resolution of infection
Both IgM anti-H


HCV mode of transmission

Mode of Transmission: Transmitted by contaminated blood but not usually by sexual contact (IV drug use, blood or organ transplants, perinatal transmission)


HCV incubation period

Incubation Period: 7-8 weeks
High mutation rate allows it to escape immune response preventing development of effective vaccine


HCV acute or chronic?

Acute or Chronic: 20% develop acute symptoms. 85% develop chronic infection


HCV age group that develops chronic infection?



HCV consequences of chronicity?

Consequences of chronicity: Liver cirrhosis develops in 20% of those with chronic infection 20-25 years later. This increases the risk of Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).


Antibody used for diagnosis of HCV?

Anti-HCV by EIA
7-8 weeks post exposure
99% specificity, 1% false positives - must do confirmatory test
Confirmatory test = RIBA (Recombinant Immunoblot Assay)
Molecular assay for HCV RNA

HCV Molecular Testing
Earlier detection than EIA (1 week post exposure)
Detects infection in babies
Detects exposure in immunocompromised individuals
Used for viral load testing to follow response to drug therapy

HCV Genotyping
1a & 1b more common in U.S. than 2 & 3
Genotyping combined with HCV RNA to predict response to pegylated-interferon-α and Ribavirin treatments
Aka polyethylene glycol and IFN-α, coupled together to increase its half-life in serum
Low HCV RNA = Good prognosis
2 & 3 respond after 24 weeks of treatment
1 is a poor response and requires 48 weeks of therapy
1a and 1b more common than 2 and 3


Explain how a RIBA test (such as that used to confirm HCV infection) differs from a western blot test.

Recombinant Immunoblot Assay
The RIBA test is a confirmatory test similar to the Western blot, except that recombinant HCV proteins are blotted directly onto nitrocellulose membranes.
RIBA is a confirmatory test for for the presence of antibodies to HCV, whereas Western Blot is a confirmatory test for HIV.
A positive RIBA confirms that you had been exposed to the virus, while a negative RIBA indicates that your first test was probably a false positive and you have never been infected by HCV
A positive (or detectable) HCV RNA means that you are currently infected by HCV.


Given the results of “hepatitis panel” tests for acute viral hepatitis, interpret the disease that the patient has and suggest whether further testing is warranted and what that testing should be.

Panel results help to determine if the cause of Hepatitis is viral associated. If so, which virus.

IgM anti-HAV: used for Hepatitis A Virus
If positive, no further testing warranted.
Monitor patient, send home with therapy.

IgM anti-HBc and HBsAg: used for Hepatitis B Virus
HbsAg detects acute Hepatitis B infection
Monitor patient, follow up aggressively

anti-HCV and HCV RNA: used for Hepatitis C Virus
HCV RNA: qualitative test, becomes positive earlier than the anti-HCV test.
+ anti-HCV requires confirmatory testing
If both anti-HCV and HCV RNA are included in the panel, HCV RNA will serve as the confirmatory test.
Stage disease, determine whether patient will resolve the acute infection or advance to chronic infection


TORCH testing:

TORCH testing: (Toxoplasmosis Other infections, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes Simplex virus) often performed in young women of childbearing age because of consequences of acute infection in utero or for newborns if acute infection is transmitted from mother to baby


Heterophiles antibody:

Heterophile antibody: IgM antibodies that are capable of reacting with similar antigens from two or more unrelated species. They are found in other cases besides IM and are detected with extract of bovine rbc antigens.


Herd immunity:

Herd immunity: protection from spread of infection by vaccination-induced population immunity


Identify which viruses (other common names) belong to the Herpes Virus Family.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV or Human Herpes Virus-4 (HHV-4)), Cytomegalovirus (HHV-5), Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2), Varicella-Zoster Virus (HHV-3), Other human herpes viruses (HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8).


Identify the disease caused by Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the immune cell target of EBV and the receptor that it uses to target that cell, and the effect of EBV on the infected cell.

Cause of Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono) in young adults. EVB infects epithelial cells of the oropharynx and B lymphocytes via CD21. Infected B cells undergo polyclonal activation, proliferate and secrete antibody


Associate detection/screening for heterophile antibodies with diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis.

Heterophile antibodies used for diagnosis
Heterophile antibodies are IgM antibodies that are capable of reacting with similar antigens from two or more unrelated species (for EBV, sheep and cows are the unrelated species)
Heterophile Ab are found in other cases besides IM, but the term “heterophile antibody” is now reserved to designate IM
For IM screening with Monospot test, heterophile antibodies are detected with extract of bovine (cow) rbc antigens


Identify confirmatory testing for EBV infection, and the significance of these tests in disease staging

Because ~20% of people with EBV do not make heterophile Ab (which results in a false negative), must do other tests:
IgM anti-VCA (viral capsid antigen) indicates acute disease
IgG anti-VCA (viral capsid antigen) indicates previous infection / convalescence
Anti-EBNA (EBV nuclear antigen) persists for life (immunity)


Identify the patient populations at greatest risk from cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and the possible consequences of infection.

Around 90% of adults have been infected by CMV
Usually asymptomatic in healthy individuals but can be very severe in immunocompromised and newborns.
Most common cause of congenital infections throughout world (0.3-2% of all live births).
10% of infected babies exhibit symptoms of CNS and/or multiple organ infection
5% of these infants will die
50% of surviving symptomatic babies have long-term consequences such as hearing loss, mental retardation and vision loss


Identify the problems associated with serological testing for antibody to CMV and the preferred methods of detecting CMV infection in the at-risk populations.

Assays for IgM anti-CMV have false negatives in newborns and immunocompromised, and false positives from rheumatoid factor
Rapid detection not readily available
Newest EIA assay for acute disease diagnosis measures “low avidity IgG” antibody (prior to affinity maturation) which is not widely available in U.S yet
Most reliable diagnostic tests for acute CMV infection are performed on saliva, urine or throat swab samples and include:
Shell vial: cultures for viable virus can detect infection in 24-72 hours
Qualitative PCR: DNA also gives rapid results and can help to stage disease and monitor effectiveness of antiviral therapy


Identify the target tissue of HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses and which is of most concern.

HSV-2 is more serious
Virus hides in dorsal root ganglia and reactivates as “cold sores” or “fever blisters”
Can be a cause for concern in children who may develop ulcerating lesions of the guns (gingivostomatitis) and/or conjunctivitis
Sexually-transmitted disease (STD) affected ~17% of population between ages 14-49
Causes genital lesions with fever, inguinal lymphadenopathy and dysuria
Reactivates from nerve cells many times throughout life in normal individuals (no cure)
Infants can have localized infections of skin, eyes, or mucosa transmitted from infected mother, or may get disseminated infection leading to death
Immunocompromised patients can get very severe localized infections or disseminated disease such as herpes encephalitis


Identify the testing available for detection of HSV-1 and HSV-2 infection, whether the Ag or Ab to the virus is detected by serology, and which test is currently able to distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2

Serological testing by EIA, latex agglutination for viral Ag, or culture in shell vial followed by immunofluorescent staining are available for HSV-1 and HSV-2, but lack sensitivity
PCR detects viral DNA and can distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2 (rapidly replacing culture as the preferred method of detection but can only be used when active lesions are present to obtain sample)


Identify the two diseases caused by Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) and the reason why the viral infection reactivates.

Varicella (aka Chicken pox) as an acute disease
Herpes zoster (aka Shingles) as a reactivation of latent disease


Identify the methods used to detect VZV infection versus immunity to VZV.

Shell vial culture method coupled with immunofluorescent staining to identify the virus
PCR for VZV DNA detection is rapidly become the laboratory test of choice
Serology (EIA) used for establishing immunity to VZV; >90% of population is immune either from natural infection or vaccination by live attenuated varicella vaccine; 4-fold rise in paired acute/convalescent titers is diagnostic


Identify the disease caused by Rubella virus and the most serious infection caused by Rubella.

German measles - normal
Most severe: Congenital Rubella Syndrome


Identify the methods used to detect Rubella infection and how a significant titer is interpreted in regards to post-vaccination or as an indication of current infection.

Post-vaccination anti-Rubella IgG antibody level of >15 IU/mL indicates immunity in a prospective mother; EIA with synthetic Rubella peptides as the target test antigen is most common serological test
Pregnant mother with suspected acute infection: a 4-fold rise in IgM titer in samples drawn 5 days apart indicates current acute infection (e.g. 1:4 titer on first sample, 1:16 on second sample would be indicative of mother with acute infection when samples are tested at the same time by the same laboratory)
IgM anti-Rubella in newborn indicates congenital disease (confirmed by positive culture of PCR for Rubella RNA)
No IgM or IgG means the person has not been vaccinated or infected


Identify the causative agent of syphilis, the 2 primary modes of transmission, and the usual treatment of the disease if diagnosed early.

Causative agent of syphilis: Treponema pallidum (spirochete)
Primarily a sexually-transmitted disease (STD), but may cause congenital infection as well
Disease is easily treated with penicillin, especially in early stages


Nontreponemal tests:

use a test antigen consisting of a solution of cholesterol, lecithin, and cardiolipin to detect reagin antibodies



Reagin: antibodies to cardiolipin that are not specific to syphilis, but actually due to antigen released by cell damage


Treponemal tests:

Treponemal tests: detect antibody specifically to treponemal antigens



Flocculation: microscopic precipitation


List the 4 stages of syphilis, the symptoms of each stage, and the time-frame in which each stage may be observed (following initial infection).

Primary syphilis:
well -defined painless lesion with an ulcerated center and red raised border forms
Usually on genitals
Lesion will resolve on its own if untreated

Secondary syphilis:
Occurs in 25% of untreated infections
Organism spreads through body and causes generalized lymphadenopathy and flu like symptoms
Lesions common on trunk, palms of hands and soles of feet are highly contagious

Latent syphilis:
No symptoms for one to many years despite organism presence

Tertiary syphilis:
Develops 10-30 years later in about 30% of those who have latent syphilis


List the three general types of testing available for diagnosing syphilis, the usual use of each general type of test, and categorize each specific test discussed in lecture into each of these general types.

Direct spirochete detection in lesion fluid (based on corkscrew shape and flexing motility; not specific for syphilis because of normal flora)

Nontreponemal tests: use a test antigen consisting of a solution of cholesterol, lecithin, and cardiolipin to detect reagin antibodies
Classic screening tests
Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDLR)
Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR)

Treponemal tests: detect antibody specifically to treponemal antigens
Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Absorption Test
T. pallidum Particle Agglutination


List the components of the test antigen (reagent) used for nontreponemal tests for syphilis.

Suspension of cholesterol + lectin + cardiolipin mixed with patient serum

Same basic reagent as VDRL except added charcoal


Identify the only test that is currently approved to diagnose tertiary neurosyphilis and the patient sample used for this testing.

Nontreponemal test-VDRL


Identify which type of test for syphilis loses sensitivity during the tertiary phase of infection (i.e. can give a false negative result in a patient who really has tertiary syphilis).

VDLR/RPR: treated patients typically have negative results 1 year following successful treatment


List the proper order of screening and confirmatory testing for syphilis, as it was classically performed, and how this has changed now with newer “reversed order” syphilis serology testing.

The traditional order was with nontrep. as screening test and trep as confirmatory test. Now, Trep. EIA or CIA in 96 well plates is used for screening, and Nontrep RPR is used to confirm. Reversed it because of 2% false negatives. Trep EIA will always be positive if you’ve had the disease before. You can re-catch syphilis.


Identify the causative agent of Lyme disease, the characteristic symptom of primary infection that is observed in 80% of patients, and disease sequelae that may be seen in chronic infection.

Causative agent: tick-borne infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi
Erythema migrans rash= bulls-eye rash seen by 80% of patients about 1 week following tick bite
Symptoms seen in chronic infection: large joint arthritis (most common)


Identify the screening test for Lyme disease, whether a positive is diagnostic, and whether a confirmatory test is necessary (if so, ID the confirmatory test).

Patient samples with equivocal or positive screening test are retested using western blot (confirmatory test)


Identify possible causes of biological false positive results in Lyme disease serology testing.

False positives occur with:
Syphilis and other treponemal diseases
Infectious mononucleosis
Autoimmune diseases
Rocky mountain spotted fever


List the main distinguishing features of Group A b-hemolytic streptococcus (S. pyogenes) used to identify the organism in a microbiology laboratory.

Gram-positive cocci in chains
Lancet Group A (M protein)


M protein:

M protein: helps the organism evade innate immune cell defenses
Prevents phagocytosis
Inhibits C3b deposition on bacterial surface


Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin A1 (SpeA1):

Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin A1 (SpeA1): second virulence factor that acts as a superantigen


Describe how a superantigen activates T lymphocytes

Superantigens cause non-antigen specific activation of large numbers of T lymphocytes by holding MHC and TCR together


4) Describe the main clinical features of Impetigo and Group A Streptococcal pharyngitis. Identify which (or both?) is associated with Scarlet Fever, Rheumatic Fever, Acute Proliferative Glomerulonephritis, and Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Strep Pharyngitis: Causes strep throat (Associated with Scarlet fever and Rheumatic fever)

Streptococcal pyoderma: Causes skin infections. If the infection is present on the face, it is known as “impetigo” (Associated with either Strep throat or Strep pyoderma, but most commonly the latter)


What is the main drawback of rapid testing for Strep Throat?

Rapid testing for strep throat is only 80% sensitive so it provides many false negatives
Negative rapid strep testing should be followed by culture in cases of suspected strp pharyngitis


Compare and contrast the efficacy of the ASO, anti-DNase B, and Streptozyme assays in diagnosis of past Group A Strep infections (Impetigo and Strep Throat).

ASO test
Historic red blood cell lysis assay test: rarely performed in clinical labs any longer
Newer version of assay is performed by nephelometry to detect streptolysin O
ASO test is positive in 80% of strep throat cases, but does not become positive in strep pyoderma (lacks sensitivity)

Anti-Dnase B assay is more sensitive than ASO and will be positive in cases of streptococcal pyoderma
Can be performed by colorimetric assay
Nephelometry most cost effective

Streptozyme test is a slide red blood cell agglutination screening test
Significant false positives and negatives (in children)

Recommended that at least two separate test formats be performed to achieve 95% sensitivity for Group A Strep sequelae detection



Radioallergosorbent Test



RIST: (Radioimmunosorbent Test) Total serum IgE measured by chemiluminescence as a screening tool.
not sensitive (⅓ people with allergies have normal total IgE)
Does not identify the offending allergen
Suggests further testing


Explain the immune system mechanism responsible for each of the 4 types of hypersensitivity reactions, including the isotype of the antibody involved (as appropriate) and/or effector cell types acting in each.

1: IgE mediated, mast cell degranulation, asthma/ hay fever

2: IgG Antibody-mediated cell surface reactions that cause cytotoxicity, complement activation. Hemolytic anemia, HDFN

3: IgG Immune complex mediated (soluble), complement activation. Local inflammation, Arthus reaction 4: no Ab, cell mediated, sensitized T cell, activated macrophages. Contact dermatitis


Explain how an “immediate hypersensitivity” differs from a “delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH)” response, and what type of hypersensitivity (I – IV) is being tested for by each.

Immediate: 15-30 min, Type I. an antigen is presented to CD4+ Th2 cells specific to the antigen that stimulate B-cell production of IgE antibodies also specific to the antigen

DTH; Type IV. 1-3 days, Not antibody mediated but cell-mediated


Identify which hypersensitivity is associated with histamine release.

Type I Hypersensitivity


Identify the major granulocyte that plays a role in allergic and parasitic diseases, the antibody isotype that triggers its degranulation, and the unique components of this cells granules.

Mast cells. IgE bound to Fc(epsilon)RI (IgE Fc receptors of Mast cells) leads to degranulation and activation. 10% of total mast cell granule content is Histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrines are present too


Describe the utility of total serum IgE testing, skin prick testing, and allergen-specific laboratory testing, listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

IgE: measures blood levels of IgE. Initial screen for allergies. Pros: cheap suggests further testing. Con: lack of specificity, doesn’t identify antigen and can miss things. (RIST) Skin: looks for 3mm swelling after 15-30 minutes. Cons: danger of systemic reaction, is traumatic, and tests for limited allergens. Pros: positive test is clinically significant

Allergen Specific: (RAST) can test for total IgE and also huge array of allergens. Cons: less specific than skin, only tells if IgE is present, physician may miss culprit allergen. Pro: can be used if on anti-histamine, only requires one skin puncture


Identify common causes of type II hypersensitivities.

Blood transfusions. Erythroblastosis fetalis. Hemolytic anemia.


What type of hypersensitivity is responsible for serum sickness?

Type III


What type of hypersensitivity is responsible for celiac disease?

Type IV


What type of hypersensitivity is responsible for poison ivy

Type IV


What type of hypersensitivity is responsible for allergic asthma

Type I


What type of hypersensitivity is responsible for food allergy

Type I


Identify which hypersensitivity responses involve complement activation.

Type II and III


Identify which hypersensitivity responses involve complement activation.

Type II hypersensitivity: auto-antibodies againts cell surface or extracellular matrix proteins (most common)

Type III hypersensitivity: formation of soluble immune complexes that deposit in tissues (joints or kidney glomeruli) leads to systemic autoimmunity

Type IV hypersensitivity: effector t cells directly destroy body cells


Identify four autoimmune diseases that have a much higher incidence rate (> 5 times) in women than in men.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Graves’ disease

Systemic lupus erythematosis

Addison’s disease


Describe the general cause of Celiac Disease, auto-antibodies that can be sed to diagnose it, and why dermatitis herpetiformis is associated with this disease.

Gluten sensitivity necessitating a gluten-free diet (no wheat, barley, rye)

Cause: during digestion, tissue transglutaminase (TTG) deamidates the gliadin component of gluten, and the modified gliadin stimulates a T cell response

Auto-Antibodies used for diagnosis:
IgA Anti-TTG (Tissue Transglutaminase)
IgA Anti-Gliadin
IgA Anti-endomysium (Smooth muscle connective tissue)

Dermatitis Herpetiformis
If continue to eat gluten (even though have gluten allergy) you will get this.
Its associated with high Serum IgA Anti-TTG


Identify the two forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in humans, which can be associated with ANCA, and which ANCA pattern it is associated with (cANCA or pANCA).

Ulcerative colitis - inflames the large intestine only and spares the anus
pANCA (peripheral anti-neutrophil antibodies)
● Wegener’s granulomatosis- autoimmune vasculitis
cANCA (cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil antibodies)
● Other IBD: Crohn’s disease - can affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth to anus) an is associated w/ “skip lesions” (healthy and diseased tissue alternates)


Identify the autoantibodies associated with Pernicious Anemia and the vitamin deficiency they can cause.

Megaloblastic anemia due to cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency
Antibodies interfere with uptake of cobalamin from intestine
● Associated with 2 antibodies for diagnosis
Anti-Intrinsic Factor AntiBody
most common (70% of patients)
B. Anti-Parietal Cell Antibody
● Vitamin B12 deficiency
Require monthly injections of cobalamin


Identify the auto-antigen that is targeted in Myasthenia gravis, the disease pathophysiology, the immune mechanism(s) responsible for the disease, and the laboratory test used for diagnosis.

● Neuromuscular disorder with fatigue and skeletal muscle weakness
○ Due to Ab to acetylcholine receptor
■ Acetylcholine (ACH) is released from motor neuron ending and binds to ACH-R on muscle fiber to initiate action potential
■ Ab blocks binding to ACH-R and also increases receptor uptake by the muscle cell (decreasing available receptor)
○ Lab diagnosis by detection of anti-ACH-R Ab by precipitation radioimmunoassay (RIA)


Identify the auto-antigens that are targeted in Multiple sclerosis, the disease pathophysiology, and the immune mechanism(s) responsible for the disease.

● MS is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the myelin located in the CNS
○ Autoantigens include:
■ MBP=myelin basic protein
■ MOG= myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein
○ These autoantigens are targeted by both Ab and T cells (Th1 and Tc)
○ Both Tc and antibody play a role in myelin destruction
● Symptoms:
○ Destruction of myelin sheath around axons causes visual problems, weakness, uncontrolled limb movement, loss of balance, and pins/needles sensations
○ MS presents in two ways in affected patients:
■ Chronic progressive disease..
■ Acute relapsing/remitting
○ No reliable lab test for diagnosis
■ (MRI for lesions in brain or spinal cord used)


Identify the two most common rheumatologic diseases that are considered autoimmune diseases.

Systemic lupus erythematosus
Rheumatoid arthritis


Explain why autoimmune rheumatologic diseases are difficult to diagnose.

Symptoms overlap from one disease to another
Laboratory test results overlap (no test is completely specific or sensitive for a given disease)



FANA - fluorescent antinuclear antibody
Results include both titer and pattern of antibody binding
Homogenous - even staining of entire nucleus
Speckled - nucleus stains evenly except for centromeres
Nucleolar - large discrete staining of nucleoli only
Peripheral - nuclear rim staining
Mixed - a mixture of the above patterns



ANA - antinuclear antibodies



ENA - extractable nuclear antibody
Anti-dsDNA and Anti-sm are diagnostic for SLE but are not very sensitive


Categorize the autoimmune mechanism responsible for Lupus as one of the Type I-IV hypersensitivity responses

Type III hypersensitivity


Describe how titer is important in interpretation of FANA and what the maximum titer is that is still considered normal.

Titer is important because it helps to determine how much antibody is present. It is a serial dilution of the concentration of antibodies in a person until reactivity is no longer present.
Less than or equal to 1:80 is Negative
Greater than or equal to 1:160 is Positive


Identify other diseases that may show a low positive titer in an FANA test, as well as other “non-disease” states.

Low positive titers are present in RA, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s, etc.
Positive FANA does not diagnose SLE
Positive FANA is usually reflexed to follow-up ENA tests for specific antibodies to extractable nuclear antigens performed by EIA


Identify the specific ENA that is associated with drug-induced lupus.



Explain why lupus patients can have a false positive syphilis test. Choose whether this false positive would be in either the non-treponemal or treponemal test for syphilis, or both.

Non-treponemal because with lupus you can produce anticardiolipin. Non-treponemal tests for cardiolipin, in lupus you have antibodies for cardiolipin


Define “rheumatoid factor” (RF) and identify what diseases it may be found in, and for which disease it is considered most significant.

RF is IgM, IgG, or IgA antibody to the Fc portion of IgG (anti-immunoglobulin antibodies)
significant for RA, but also can be in SLE, Sjogren's and MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease)


Describe how the screening test for IgM isotype RF differs from the specific tests for IgG and IgA isotypes of RF. Which is/are most specific for diagnosis of RA?

RF is not specific because only IgM will cause agglutination. Specific IgG and IgA testing by EIA or nephelometry are much more disease-specific


Define the antigen used for anti-CCP testing, the disease this antibody is associated with, and its usefulness in relation to RF testing.

The antigen is citrulline. It is associated with rheumatoid arthritis when done in parallel with RF test, has 98% specificity


Identify the diagnostic criteria used for RA and whether it is necessary for the RF and/or anti-CCP tests to be positive or not.

Expanded diagnostic scoring system, must score at least 6 out of 10 points to diagnose RA. Depends on number of joints involved, serology (RF and anti-CCP), Acute-phase reactant testing (CRP and ESR), duration of symptoms. Due to the point system, you could be diagnosed without testing positive for either test.


Recognize the laboratory tests that may be used to follow the course of SLE and RA, and whether the results will be abnormally high or abnormally low in uncontrolled disease flares.

Following SLE: INCREASE: C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate, anti-dsDNA titer, urine protein (glomerulonephritis).
DECREASE: CBC (WBC, RBC, platelet), Complement (C3, C4, CH50), and serum albumin.

Progress of RA: INCREASE: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (increased), C-reactive protein (increased),

DECREASE: complement components (C3 and C4 usually decreased during acute attacks


Identify whether CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, and/or B cells are responsible for autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune disease is due to a failure in lymphocyte tolerance, either from CD4, CD8, or B Cells. (breach of at least 2 populations)


Identify two proteins involved in self tolerance that when defective in humans lead to generalized autoimmune disease.



Explain how an allele of CTLA-4 normally found in the human population can lead to increased susceptibility to autoimmune disease.

One allele of CTLA4 limits production of soluble CTLA-4 which could be important in Treg function
○ Weak risk factor
○ Allele is present in 50% of population, increases to 60% in patients with autoimmune diseases
○ not associated with increased risk for a particular autoimmune disease, but instead autoimmunity in general
○ Suppression of autoreactive T cells by regulatory t cells requires then to interact with the same APC


Define “relative risk” and the ultimate effect that it has on an individual’s likelihood to develop any given autoimmune disease. Be able to use disease incidence and relative risk to calculate actual risk for an individual who may have an “at risk” allele.

Relative Risk is the assumption that if you have the associated HLA allele, RR is the increased risk you have over the general population to get the disease.
Ex. If total Risk in population is 1 in 100,000 and RR is 3.5, Your actual risk ir 3.5 in 100,000 or 1 in 26,600


Explain the role of HLA alleles in development of autoimmunity (i.e. what are the HLA molecules doing exactly to trigger autoimmunity?).

Human HLA (MHC class 1 and 2) are linked to increased or decreased susceptibility to certain diseases
Fails to provide specific protection
HLA helps in antigen processing when MHC presents self-antigen
People with certain HLA Ag are more likely to develop certain autoimmune diseases


List and explain the mechanisms of at least six (6) factors that have been proposed to be risk factors for autoimmune disease development besides gender and HLA alleles. In doing so, be sure to define the term “hapten”.

Release of sequestered antigens
Inflammation causing ectopic expression of MHC class II
Molecular mimicry
Polyclonal B cell activation
Plant mitogens cause polyclonal lymphocyte activation

Minor defects in the immune system itself

Chemical “Environmental”
Act as a hapten to change “self-proteins” into noel antigens

Paraneoplastic - caused by immune response to a cancer in a patient

Epitope spreading


Define epitope spreading (in the context of autoimmune disease) and how linked recognition is responsible for epitope spreading.

● When a patient is first diagnosed (or prior) auto Ab are limited
● As the autoimmune disease progresses, the patient develops auto-Ab against more and more auto-Ag
● This is thought to be due to the “sloppiness” of T cell help to B cells
● Epitope spreading in SLE
○ Cd4 t cells specific for one epitope of a macromolecular complex can provide help to B cells specific for other accessible epitopes of the complex
○ A B cell that internalizes a macromolecular complex can present Ag to T cells specific for any of the proteins in the complex. To get t cell help and present Ag
○ Bcr and tcr have linked recognition and it can recognize them


Discuss the general usefulness of IVIg, RhoGAM, and other antibody preparations used in the therapeutic treatment of humans.

Used in human medicine
IVig: concentrated human IgG pooled from multiple “normal” donors
Used as interfering auto-idiotype ab to block autoantibodies

RhoGAM: used in prevention of hemolytic disease of the newborn
Polyclonal Ab purified from pooled Rh-negative Mom’s who have anti Rh antibody

Monoclonal antibody: or recombinant protein “therapies” used to target and kill tumors or as immunosuppressants



Describe the general process of hybridoma creation for the production of monoclonal antibodies.

Fusion of two original cells (plasma cell and an immortalized myeloma cell line)
1. Inject (immunize) animal (mouse) with an antigen so the animal will make antibody to the antigen
2. Isolate B cells (plasma cells) from the spleen of the animal, and fuse the B cells to an immortalized myeloma
3. Grow “fused” cells in chemical selection media so that only cells that have fused B cell and myeloma can survive (unfused spleen cells and myeloma cells will die)
4. Single-cell clone the surviving “hydridoma” cells and select for a clone that produced high affinity antibody against the antigen you used to immunize the animal (your target antigen)
5. Isolate the pure monoclonal antibody from this hybridoma cell line


Describe how monoclonal antibody preparations differ from polyclonal antibody preparations (aka, antiserum).

● Reagents for test kits clinical laboratory testing and research
Immunohistochemistry, clinical chemistry nephelometry testing, EIA, flow cytometry, virtually any test that relies on antigen identification using an antibody
● Treatments for infusion into humans (exploding market)
● Poly Clonal
Mixture of different isotypes and different affinities
Good for treatment
Basically serum
● Monoclonal- come from one B cell
One single isotype with one single affinity
Good for diagnosis
**Can bind to all

Antibody is all identical in monoclonal


Identify specific monoclonal antibody therapies used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and other destructive autoimmune disorders.

● Treatment of specific cancers
● Immunosuppressive uses of mAb
Anti-TNFalpha: blocking mAb used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (blocks joint destruction)
Anti-alpha4 integrin-blocks “homing” of inflammatory cells preventing autoimmune tissue destruction (MS, IBD, psoriasis)
Anti-IL-1 or anti-IL-6 antibodies to interfere with macrophage inflammatory cytokines when anti-TNF-alpha does not work


What are HAMA? Would they cause false positive of false negative assay results in clinical laboratory EIA testing?

HAMA = human anti-mouse antibodies
Generally cause a false positive result that does not correlate with patient history
Cause false positive if antibodies against another species are present