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Li Zhu, Wei-Yi Guo, Su-Fang Shi, Li-Jun Liu, Ji-Cheng Lv, Nicholas R Medjeral-Thomas, Hannah J Lomax-Browne, Matthew C Pickering, Hong Zhang
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a disease associated with activation of the complement system. But the factors influencing complement activation in IgAN are not fully understood. Complement factor H (FH) is an essential negative regulator of complement C3 activation. Complement factor H-related protein (FHR)-5 shares high sequence similarity with factor H. However, unlike factor H, on binding to activated C3 it enables further activation to proceed. Previously, we reported the contribution of rare variants of the CFHR5 gene to IgAN susceptibility...
May 11, 2018: Kidney International
Jun Cheng, Xuekun Song, Lu Ao, Rou Chen, Meirong Chi, You Guo, Jiahui Zhang, Hongdong Li, Wenyuan Zhao, Zheng Guo, Xianlong Wang
Background & Aims : Primary tumors of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) with liver metastasis might gain some liver-specific characteristics to adapt the liver micro-environment. This study aims to reveal potential liver-like transcriptional characteristics associated with the liver metastasis in primary colorectal carcinoma. Methods: Among the genes up-regulated in normal liver tissues versus normal colorectal tissues, we identified "liver-specific" genes whose expression levels ranked among the bottom 10% ("unexpressed") of all measured genes in both normal colorectal tissues and primary colorectal tumors without metastasis...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Amy J Osborne, Matteo Breno, Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa, Fengxiao Bu, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Daniel P Gale, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, David Kavanagh, Marina Noris, Sheila Pinto, Pavithra M Rallapalli, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Santiago Rodríguez de Cordoba, Angela Ruiz, Richard J H Smith, Paula Vieira-Martins, Elena Volokhina, Valerie Wilson, Timothy H J Goodship, Stephen J Perkins
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) are associated with dysregulation and overactivation of the complement alternative pathway. Typically, gene analysis for aHUS and C3G is undertaken in small patient numbers, yet it is unclear which genes most frequently predispose to aHUS or C3G. Accordingly, we performed a six-center analysis of 610 rare genetic variants in 13 mostly complement genes ( CFH , CFI , CD46 , C3 , CFB , CFHR1 , CFHR3 , CFHR4 , CFHR5 , CFP , PLG , DGKE , and THBD ) from >3500 patients with aHUS and C3G...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ramona B Rudnick, Qian Chen, Emma Diletta Stea, Andrea Hartmann, Nikolina Papac-Milicevic, Fermin Person, Michael Wiesener, Christoph J Binder, Thorsten Wiech, Christine Skerka, Peter F Zipfel
Factor H related-protein 5 (CFHR5) is a surface-acting complement activator and variations in the CFHR5 gene are linked to CFHR glomerulonephritis. In this study, we show that FHR5 binds to laminin-521, the major constituent of the glomerular basement membrane, and to mesangial laminin-211. Furthermore, we identify malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) epitopes, which are exposed on the surface of human necrotic cells ( Homo sapiens ), as new FHR5 ligands. Using a set of novel deletion fragments, we show that FHR5 binds to laminin-521, MAA epitopes, heparin, and human necrotic cells (HUVECs) via the middle region [short consensus repeats (SCRs) 5-7]...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Nicola Pirozzi, Antonella Stoppacciaro, Paolo Menè
Recently, a number of reports have described dominant C3 deposits in renal biopsies of patients with infection-related glomerulonephritis (GN). While acute post-infectious GN and membranoproliferative GN are commonly characterized by immune deposits containing C3 and/or C4, the absence of immunoglobulin (Ig) and/or immune complexes at light or electron microscopy is a rather unusual observation. Dominant C3 deposition is believed to result from the alternative pathway of complement activation via the C3bBb "tickover" convertase...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
C L Yi, F Zhao, H Z Qiu, L M Wang, J Huang, X J Nie, Z H Yu
Objective: To investigate the prevalence and characteristics of pathogenic variants in complement genes in Han Chinese children with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Method: Eleven Han Chinese children with aHUS, including 9 boys and 2 girls aged between 1 year and 4 months and 13 years, were investigated in Department of Pediatrics, Fuzhou General Hospital, from November 1998 to February 2014. Analysis of variants of all the exons of 10 complement genes (CFH, MCP, CFI, C3, CFB, CFHR1, CFHR2, CFHR3, CFHR4 and CFHR5), including 25 bases from 3' end and 25 bases from 5' end, was performed in the 11 cases by targeted sequence capture and next generation sequencing...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Shambhuprasad K Togarsimalemath, Sidharth K Sethi, Rajan Duggal, Moglie Le Quintrec, Pranaw Jha, Régis Daniel, Florence Gonnet, Shyam Bansal, Lubka T Roumenina, Veronique Fremeaux-Bacchi, Vijay Kher, Marie-Agnes Dragon-Durey
The intrinsic similarity shared between the members of the complement factor H family, which comprises complement factor H and five complement factor H-related (CFHR) genes, leads to various recombination events. In turn these events lead to deletions of some genes or abnormal proteins, which are found in patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome or C3 glomerulopathies. Here we describe a novel genetic rearrangement generated from a heterozygous deletion spanning 146 Kbp involving multiple CFHR genes leading to a CFHR1-R5 hybrid protein...
October 2017: Kidney International
L Papazachariou, G Papagregoriou, D Hadjipanagi, P Demosthenous, K Voskarides, C Koutsofti, K Stylianou, P Ioannou, D Xydakis, I Tzanakis, A Papadaki, N Kallivretakis, N Nikolakakis, G Perysinaki, D P Gale, A Diamantopoulos, P Goudas, D Goumenos, A Soloukides, I Boletis, C Melexopoulou, E Georgaki, E Frysira, F Komianou, D Grekas, C Paliouras, P Alivanis, G Vergoulas, A Pierides, E Daphnis, C Deltas
Familial microscopic hematuria (FMH) is associated with a genetically heterogeneous group of conditions including the collagen-IV nephropathies, the heritable C3/CFHR5 nephropathy and the glomerulopathy with fibronectin deposits. The clinical course varies widely, ranging from isolated benign familial hematuria to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) later in life. We investigated 24 families using next generation sequencing (NGS) for 5 genes: COL4A3, COL4A4, COL4A5, CFHR5 and FN1. In 17 families (71%), we found 15 pathogenic mutations in COL4A3/A4/A5, 9 of them novel...
November 2017: Clinical Genetics
Pingbo Zhang, Min Zhu, Minghui Geng-Spyropoulos, Michelle Shardell, Marta Gonzalez-Freire, Vilmundur Gudnason, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Debra Schaumberg, Jennifer E Van Eyk, Luigi Ferrucci, Richard D Semba
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of visual loss among older adults. Two variants in the complement factor H (CFH) gene, Y402H and I62V, are strongly associated with risk of AMD. CFH is encoded in regulator of complement activation gene cluster in chromosome 1q32, which includes complement factor related (CFHR) proteins, CFHR1 to CFHR5, with high amino acid sequence homology to CFH. Our goal was to build a SRM assay to measure plasma concentrations of CFH variants Y402, H402, I62, and V62, and CFHR1-5...
March 2017: Proteomics
Xue Xiao, Cybele Ghossein, Agustín Tortajada, Yuzhou Zhang, Nicole Meyer, Michael Jones, Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa, Carla M Nester, Christie P Thomas, Santiago Rodríquez de Córdoba, Richard J H Smith
C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) is an ultra-rare complement-mediated renal disease characterized histologically by the predominance of C3 deposition within in the glomerulus. Familial cases of C3G are extremely uncommon and offer unique insight into the genetic drivers of complement dysregulation. In this report, we describe a patient who presented with C3G. Because a relative carried the same diagnosis, we sought an underlying genetic commonality to explain the phenotype. As part of a comprehension genetic screen, we completed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification across the complement factor H related region and identified amplification alterations consistent with a genomic rearrangement...
September 2016: Molecular Immunology
Krzysztof Kiryluk
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September 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Amalia Conti, Claudia Fredolini, Davide Tamburro, Giovanna Magagnoli, Weidong Zhou, Lance A Liotta, Piero Picci, Alessandra Luchini, Maria Serena Benassi
Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are a heterogeneous group of rare tumors for which identification and validation of biological markers may improve clinical management. The fraction of low-molecular-weight (LMW) circulating proteins and fragments of proteins is a rich source of new potential biomarkers. To identify circulating biomarkers useful for STS early diagnosis and prognosis, we analyzed 53 high-grade STS sera using hydrogel core-shell nanoparticles that selectively entrap LMW proteins by size exclusion and affinity chromatography, protect them from degradation and amplify their concentration for mass spectrometry detection...
February 2016: Proteomics
Fengxiao Bu, Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa, Michael B Jones, Erika Takanami, Carla Nishimura, Jill J Hauer, Hela Azaiez, Elizabeth A Black-Ziegelbein, Nicole C Meyer, Diana L Kolbe, Yingyue Li, Kathy Frees, Michael J Schnieders, Christie Thomas, Carla Nester, Richard J H Smith
The thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) and C3 glomerulopathies (C3Gs) include a spectrum of rare diseases such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, C3GN, and dense deposit disease, which share phenotypic similarities and underlying genetic commonalities. Variants in several genes contribute to the pathogenesis of these diseases, and identification of these variants may inform the diagnosis and treatment of affected patients. We have developed and validated a comprehensive genetic panel that screens all exons of all genes implicated in TMA and C3G...
April 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Ganesh Kumar Viswanathan, Ritambhra Nada, Ashwani Kumar, Raja Ramachandran, Charan Singh Rayat, Vivekanand Jha, Vinay Sakhuja, Kusum Joshi
BACKGROUND: C3 glomerulopathy (C3GP) is characterized by deposition of complement C3 with absence/traces of immunoglobulins in the glomeruli and categorized into dense deposit disease (DDD), C3 glomerulonephritis (C3GN), complement factor H related protein 5(CFHR5) nephropathy etc. Collaborative efforts of pathologists, complement biologists and nephrologists worldwide are expanding the histomorphological pattern and laboratory findings related to C3GP. Hence, we studied point prevalence and morphological spectrum of C3GP in Indian patients to correlate morphological patterns with standard therapies and outcome of the patients...
March 17, 2015: Diagnostic Pathology
Ádám I Csincsi, Anne Kopp, Miklós Zöldi, Zsófia Bánlaki, Barbara Uzonyi, Mario Hebecker, Joseph J E Caesar, Matthew C Pickering, Kenji Daigo, Takao Hamakubo, Susan M Lea, Elena Goicoechea de Jorge, Mihály Józsi
The physiological roles of the factor H (FH)-related proteins are controversial and poorly understood. Based on genetic studies, FH-related protein 5 (CFHR5) is implicated in glomerular diseases, such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, dense deposit disease, and CFHR5 nephropathy. CFHR5 was also identified in glomerular immune deposits at the protein level. For CFHR5, weak complement regulatory activity and competition for C3b binding with the plasma complement inhibitor FH have been reported, but its function remains elusive...
May 15, 2015: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Cristiana Rollino
C3 glomerulopathy includes C3 glomerulonephritis, Dense Deposit Disease, Factor H-Related Protein 5 (CFHR5) nephropathy and most atypical acute postinfectious glomerulonephritis. The characteristic of this nephropathy is C3 deposits without immunoglobulins. Light microscopy pattern can be mesangial proliferative or membrano-proliferative. A dysregulation of complement is at the base of the disease: acquired changes (autoantibodies anti-C3 convertase -C3 Nephritic Factor-, anti-factor H, I or B) or genetic changes (mutations of factors B, H, I, or 1-5 Factor H-related proteins) are found...
January 2014: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
Nesrin Besbas, Bora Gulhan, Safak Gucer, Emine Korkmaz, Fatih Ozaltin
C3 glomerulopathy defines a subgroup of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) characterized by complement 3 (C3)-positive, immunoglobulin-negative deposits in immunofluorescence microscopy. It comprises 3 clinical conditions: dense deposit disease, C3 glomerulonephritis, and complement factor H-related 5 (CFHR5) nephropathy. Mutations in genes encoding regulatory proteins of the alternative complement pathway have been described. A 16-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital due to periorbital edema...
August 2014: Journal of Nephrology
Qian Chen, Michael Wiesener, Hannes U Eberhardt, Andrea Hartmann, Barbara Uzonyi, Michael Kirschfink, Kerstin Amann, Maike Buettner, Tim Goodship, Christian Hugo, Christine Skerka, Peter F Zipfel
The renal disorder C3 glomerulopathy with dense deposit disease (C3G-DDD) pattern results from complement dysfunction and primarily affects children and young adults. There is no effective treatment, and patients often progress to end-stage renal failure. A small fraction of C3G-DDD cases linked to factor H or C3 gene mutations as well as autoantibodies have been reported. Here, we examined an index family with 2 patients with C3G-DDD and identified a chromosomal deletion in the complement factor H-related (CFHR) gene cluster...
January 2014: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Nicholas Medjeral-Thomas, Talat H Malik, Mitali P Patel, Tibor Toth, H Terence Cook, Charles Tomson, Matthew C Pickering
C3 glomerulopathy describes glomerular pathology associated with predominant deposition of complement C3 including dense deposit disease and C3 glomerulonephritis. Familial C3 glomerulonephritis has been associated with rearrangements affecting the complement factor H-related (CFHR) genes. These include a hybrid CFHR3-1 gene and an internal duplication within the CFHR5 gene. CFHR5 nephropathy, to date, occurred exclusively in patients with Cypriot ancestry, and is associated with a heterozygous internal duplication of the CFHR5 gene resulting in duplication of the exons encoding the first two domains of the CFHR5 protein...
April 2014: Kidney International
Christine Skerka, Qian Chen, Veronique Fremeaux-Bacchi, Lubka T Roumenina
Factor H related proteins comprise a group of five plasma proteins: CFHR1, CFHR2, CFHR3, CFHR4 and CFHR5, and each member of this group binds to the central complement component C3b. Mutations, genetic deletions, duplications or rearrangements in the individual CFHR genes are associated with a number of diseases including atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), C3 glomerulopathies (C3 glomerulonephritis (C3GN), dense deposit disease (DDD) and CFHR5 nephropathy), IgA nephropathy, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
December 15, 2013: Molecular Immunology
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