Complement lytic activity has no role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diabetes in NOD mice

Baxter, Alan George, and Cooke, Anne (1993) Complement lytic activity has no role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diabetes in NOD mice. Diabetes, 42 (11). pp. 1574-1578.

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The NOD mouse is widely used as a model of organ-specific autoimmunity because it develops specific autoimmune destruction of pancreatic beta-cells. Although it is clear that T-cells and monocytes are necessary for beta-cell destruction, humoral factors, such as antibodies and complement, may also contribute to tissue damage. Attempts to cure diabetes in experimental models by immunoisolation of transplanted islets has raised the need to protect the islets from the relatively small components of the complement cascade. In this study, we report that NOD mice have no complement lytic activity and that the exclusion of complement is unnecessary in this model. Sera from young NOD mice were unable to lyse sheep red blood cells coated with rabbit antibody. Lytic activity of NOD sera was reconstituted by mixing with C4-deficient CBA sera, but not C5-deficient DBA/2 sera, indicating the presence of C4, but the absence of C5 activity in NOD sera. Lytic activity of NOD sera could be reconstituted with human C5 electrofocused in polyacrylamide gel. The polymerase chain reaction was used to amplify fragments from genomic DNA corresponding to the region of Hc (the gene encoding C5) in DBA/2 mice, which carries a 2-base pair deletion responsible for the lack of C5 protein expression in these mice. DBA/2 and NOD mice from several colonies produced a fragment 2 bases shorter than that generated from the wild-type allele in BALB/c mice.

Item ID: 8439
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1939-327X
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 03:05
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1107 Immunology > 110703 Autoimmunity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920108 Immune System and Allergy @ 100%
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