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Arthritis Rheum. 1992 May;35(5):580-6.

Hereditary dysfunction of the third component of complement associated with a systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome and meningococcal meningitis.

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Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We describe a dysfunction of C3 in a patient with a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like syndrome. Alternative pathway complement function was absent, but classical pathway complement function was partially intact.

METHODS:

We used functional, preparative, and immunochemical techniques in the study.

RESULTS:

The patient's C3 proved normally susceptible to trypsin proteolysis and partially resistant to classical pathway, but completely resistant to alternative pathway, convertase-dependent cleavage.

CONCLUSION:

The dysfunction, thus, was caused by a failure of C3 to interact with the C3 convertases, rather than by a lack of a proteinase-sensitive cleavage site in the deficient protein.

PMID:
1575793
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780350516
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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