Uveitis, vitreous humor, and klebsiella. I. Binding studies with rabbit antisera. Academic Article uri icon


  • Uveitis occur in a proportion of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, and an increased faecal isolation of the Gram-negative micro-organism Klebsiella pneumoniae has been reported from such patients. Immunological cross-reactivity between K. pneumoniae and bovine vitreous humour has been studied by 2 different antibody binding techniques: I125-labelled antigen binding assay with and without carrier, and beta-galactosidase enzyme-immunoassay. Sera from rabbits immunised with whole klebsiella micro-organisms or klebsiella extracts were found to bind labelled vitreous humour antigens to a greater extent (p less than 0.001) than sera from rabbits immunised with Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, and phi X 174 virus or sera from the same rabbits before immunisation. It is suggested klebsiella micro-organisms may carry antigenic determinants which resemble vitreous humour antigens.

published proceedings

  • Br J Ophthalmol

author list (cited authors)

  • Avakian, H., Abuknesha, R., Welsh, J., & Ebringer, A.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Avakian, H||Abuknesha, R||Welsh, J||Ebringer, A

publication date

  • May 1981


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