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Heterogeneity of circulating autoantibody profiles in canine autoimmune subepidermal blistering dermatoses


  • Editor’s Note
    The following quiz is based on the Journal Club quiz published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (JID) and specifically that authored by Cynthis Price, Julia Tzu and Robert S Kirsner entitled Unraveling the role of desmosomal proteins. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2010; 130: 916. The quiz focused on a paper published by Mahoney MG et al. Compound heterozygous desmoplakin mutations result in a phenotype with a combination of myocardial, skin, hair, and enamel abnormalities. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2010; 130: 968–78.

    The publication of the study by Olivry et al. (Clinical and immunological heterogeneity of canine subepidermal blistering dermatoses with anti-laminin-332 (laminin-5) auto-antibodies. Veterinary Dermatology 2010; 21: 345–57) prompted the authors to suggest a similar journal club quiz to that published in JID. I am very grateful to Koji Nishifuji for preparing the quiz below and to the authors of the JID quiz for access to their answers. I hope that Veterinary Dermatology readers will appreciate this sort of material in the journal.

Koji Nishifuji, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 3-5-8 Saiwai-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan. E-mail:

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