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Complement receptor expression and activation of the complement cascade on B lymphocytes from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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It has previously been reported that the expression of the complement receptors, CR1 on erythrocytes and blood leucocytes and CR2 on B cells, is reduced in patients with SLE, and that the reduced expression of CR1 on erythrocytes is related to disease activity. We have earlier demonstrated that normal B cells are capable of activating the alternative pathway (AP) of complement in a CR2-dependent fashion. In this study we have investigated whether disturbances in this activity may be related to the altered phenotype of SLE B cells. Flow cytometry was used to measure expression of complement receptors and regulatory proteins on B cells from SLE patients, as well as the deposition of C3 fragments occurring in vivo or after in vitro AP activation. We have confirmed, for a proportion of the patients studied, reduced expression of CR1 and CR2 on B cells, and shown a consistency between low CR2 expression and reduced in vitro AP activation in the presence of homologous, normal serum. In addition, the B cells, like erythrocytes, bear raised levels of in vivo-deposited C3dg, but not C3b fragments, compared with normal B cells. The erythrocytes from SLE patients were unable to inhibit in vitro AP activation by B cells in homologous serum. Finally, we demonstrated an inverse relationship between SLE disease activity index (SLEDAI) and the expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2) on SLE B cells. Thus, determination of CR2 on B cells may emerge as an additional laboratory tool in the assessment of SLE activity.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftClinical and Experimental Immunology
Vol/bind101
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)60-5
Antal sider6
ISSN0009-9104
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 1995

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