Kim M Griggs

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Factor H-related protein 5 (FHR-5) is a recently discovered member of the factor H (fH)-related protein family. FHR proteins are structurally similar to the complement regulator fH, but their biological functions remain poorly defined. FHR-5 is synthesized in the liver and consists of 9 short consensus repeats (SCRs), which display various degrees of(More)
PURPOSE Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is the most common subtype. We recently reported association of genetic variants at chromosomal loci, 1q24 and 9p21, with POAG. In this study, we determined association of the most significantly associated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)(More)
Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy (FED) is a disease affecting the corneal endothelium. Recent studies reported significant association of polymorphisms in the TCF4 (transcription factor 4) gene, and a borderline association of PTPRG (protein tyrosine phosphatase, receptor type, G) variants with late-onset FED in Caucasians from the United States. Association of(More)
Background:Fibulin-3 (FBLN3) was recently presented as a promising novel biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), warranting independent validation studies.Methods:ELISA was used to measure cellular and secreted FBLN3 in cell lines, in plasma of xenograft tumour-bearing mice, in plasma from two independent series of MPM and non-MPM patients and(More)
PURPOSE A Tyr-to-His (Y402H) sequence variant in the factor H (FH) and factor H-like protein (FHL-1) gene is strongly associated with an increased susceptibility for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The purpose of this study was to understand how the Y402H variant in FH/FHL-1 contributes to the pathogenesis of AMD and, in particular, whether(More)
Factor H (FH) is a plasma glycoprotein that plays a central role in regulation of the alternative pathway of complement. It is composed of 20 short complement regulator (SCR) domains. The SCR-1/5 fragment is required for decay acceleration and cofactor activity, while the SCR-16/20 fragment possesses binding sites for complement C3d and heparin. X-ray(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer of serosal membranes, mostly pleura. It is related to asbestos exposure and its incidence in most industrialized countries is projected to remain stable or to increase until 2020. Prognosis remains poor. Clinical prognostic scoring systems lack precision. No prognostic tissue markers are(More)
Breastfeeding during the first 12 months of life confers demonstrable immunologic benefit against infective pathogens, including those of the respiratory tract. However, the mechanism by which the ingestion of human milk modifies immunologic defense against such pathogens remains elusive. Bronchiolitis, caused predominantly by respiratory syncytial virus,(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive tumor of the serosal membranes, mostly the pleura. It is related to asbestos exposure and has a poor prognosis. MM has a long latency period, and incidence is predicted to remain stable or increase until 2020. Currently, no biomarkers for a specific targeted therapy are available. Previously, we(More)
Complement factor H (fH) plays a pivotal role in regulating the alternative pathway, allowing complement activation to proceed on foreign surfaces, whilst protecting surrounding host cell surfaces from complement-mediated damage. Host cell recognition is mediated by polyanions such as sialic acid and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which promote a high affinity(More)