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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
DUARTE, Artur Antônio. Antinuclear factor in dermatology. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2005, vol.80, n.4, pp.387-394. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962005000400010.
This is a review and update article on antinuclear antibodies assays, in particular the antinuclear factor, in which are approached histological and epidemiological aspects, physiopathogenesis, identification methods, their specificities and interpretation, correlating them to their applicability in the dermatologist's and general clinician's clinical practice.
Keywords : Antinuclear antibodies; Autoimmunity; Collagen diseases; Fluorescent antibody technique.