We detected autoantibodies against melanocytes in serum samples obtained from 50 patients, including 4 with HBV, with vitiligo and identified the associated membrane antigens. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and anti-tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TRP-1) antibody levels were analyzed. The associated antigens in normal human melanocyte were identified by immunofluorescence. Autoantibodies against melanocyte membrane and cytoplasmic proteins were detected by western blot. Membrane antigens with higher frequencies were identified by protein mass spectrometry.
Heat shock protein 70
Graves’ disease (GD) is a common autoimmune disease mainly affecting the thyroid. However, the correlation between the development of GD and HSP70 alleles has not been reported in the Chinese population. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the association between HSP70 polymorphisms and GD in the Chinese population.