Treponemal antigens in congenital and acquired syphilitic nephritis: demonstration by immunofluorescence studies

Ann Intern Med. 1976 Sep;85(3):325-7. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-325.

Abstract

Two patients, a 4-month-old infant girl with congenital syphilis and a 45-year-old man with secondary syphilis, had the nephrotic syndrome with glomerulonephritis. Immunoglobulins and treponemal antigenic material were seen in the glomeruli of both patients by immunofluorescence microscopic studies of renal tissue. Electron micrographs showed subepithelial electron dense deposits along the glomerular basement membrane. This confirms earlier suggestions that the renal injury is of an immune-complex type.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Bacterial / analysis*
  • Basement Membrane / immunology
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Glomerulonephritis / immunology*
  • Glomerulonephritis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney Glomerulus / immunology
  • Kidney Glomerulus / pathology
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / immunology
  • Syphilis / immunology*
  • Syphilis / pathology
  • Syphilis, Congenital / immunology*
  • Syphilis, Congenital / pathology
  • Treponema pallidum / immunology*

Substances

  • Antigens, Bacterial