Marten Trendelenburg

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PURPOSE Determination of disease activity of lupus nephritis remains challenging. Since cytokines play a role as inflammatory mediators extending renal injury, measuring serum cytokine levels might help in the clinical assessment of patients with lupus nephritis. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of a panel of serum(More)
It is still uncertain which, if any, immunologic parameters may help diagnose a renal flare of lupus nephritis. Anti-C1q antibody (Ab) titers have been elevated in patients with lupus with renal involvement, but little information is available on whether the titers are different in quiescent and active phases of lupus nephritis. In this study, we compared(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-C1q antibodies (anti-C1q) have been shown to correlate positively with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) nephritis. Several clinical studies indicated a high negative predictive value, suggesting that active lupus nephritis is rarely seen in patients with no anti-C1q. However, the true prevalence of anti-C1q at the time of active lupus(More)
BACKGROUND Antinucleosome autoantibodies were previously described to be a marker of active lupus nephritis. However, the true prevalence of antinucleosome antibodies at the time of active proliferative lupus nephritis has not been well established. Therefore, the aim of this study is to define the prevalence and diagnostic value of autoantibodies against(More)
The first component of the classical pathway of complement (C1q) is considered to be involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This view is based on the observation that a substantial number of patients with SLE develop hypocomplementemia with depletion of the classical pathway components, and C1q has been shown to play an(More)
Autoantibodies against complement C1q (anti-C1q Abs) were shown to strongly correlate with the occurrence of severe nephritis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), suggesting a potential pathogenic role by interfering with the complement cascade. To analyze the humoral immune response against C1q at the molecular level, we screened a bone(More)
In cross-sectional studies autoantibodies against complement C1q (anti-C1q) were found to be highly associated with active lupus nephritis. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the value of anti-C1q as follow-up marker of disease activity and renal involvement in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Fifty-two patients with SLE(More)
BACKGROUND The Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) pathway of complement plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury after experimental ischemic stroke. As comparable data in human ischemic stroke are limited, we investigated in more detail the association of MBL deficiency with infarction volume and functional outcome in a large(More)
AIMS Experimental data point towards a favourable effect of low serum concentrations of complement mannose-binding lectin (MBL) on myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. As comparable data on the role of MBL in human I/R injury is lacking, we investigated the influence of low serum MBL concentrations on mortality of patients with acute ST-elevation(More)