Antibodies to Proteus in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients from Brest and Toulouse in France
In the early 1990s, Professor Pierre Youinou from the University of Brest in France carried out collaborative studies on lymphocytes with Professor Ivan Roitt, in the Department of Immunology at the Middlesex Hospital in London. He came to know the work being carried out by the King’s College Immunology group on Proteus antibodies in English patients and asked whether this was a general observation which applied to rheumatoid arthritis patients in different countries. He was interested in the question if similar observations could be made on French patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. He said that he could obtain sera from rheumatoid arthritis patients in Brest and also from a colleague Dr. A. Cantagrel in Toulouse, in south-western France and would provide control sera from the Blood Bank in Brest. However, he insisted that he would code the sera himself in France before they were dispatched to the UK. The studies would be carried out in London, results then sent back to France, decoded and the appropriate calculations carried out.
KeywordsRheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Proteus Mirabilis Rheumatoid Arthritis Group French Patient
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