Meike Heurich

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Dense deposit disease (DDD) is a severe renal disease characterized by accumulation of electron-dense material in the mesangium and glomerular basement membrane. Previously, DDD has been associated with deficiency of factor H (fH), a plasma regulator of the alternative pathway (AP) of complement activation, and studies in animal models have linked(More)
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) associates with complement dysregulation caused by mutations and polymorphisms in complement activators and regulators. However, the reasons why some mutations in complement proteins predispose to aHUS are poorly understood. Here, we have investigated the functional consequences of three aHUS-associated mutations in(More)
In this paper, we describe a peptide library designed by computational modelling and the selection of two peptide sequences showing affinity towards the mycotoxin, ochratoxin A (OTA). A virtual library of 20 natural amino acids was used as building blocks to design a short peptide library against ochratoxin A template using the de novo design program,(More)
Common polymorphisms in complement alternative pathway (AP) proteins C3 (C3(R102G)), factor B (fB(R32Q)), and factor H (fH(V62I)) are associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other pathologies. Our published work showed that fB(R32Q) influences C3 convertase formation, whereas fH(V62I) affects factor I cofactor activity. Here we show how(More)
Complement is a key component of immune defence against infection; it potently drives inflammation at sites of pathology and is essential for killing of pathogens. Genetic linkage of common complement polymorphisms to disease has advanced the concept that subtle changes in complement activity significantly affect disease risk. Functional analyses of(More)
Complement component C3 is the most abundant complement protein in plasma, central to all three complement activation pathways and essential to complement amplification. Thus, it is one of the most extensively studied complement proteins. This chapter describes the purification of C3 from human and mouse plasma using protein precipitation, followed by(More)
INTRODUCTION Coagulation and complement systems are simultaneously activated at sites of tissue injury, leading to thrombin generation and opsonisation with C3b. Thrombomodulin (TM) is a cell-bound regulator of thrombin activation, but can also enhance the regulatory activity of complement factor H (FH), thus accelerating the degradation of C3b into(More)
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) associates with complement dysregulation caused by mutations and polymorphisms in complement activators and regulators. However, the reasons why some mutations in complement proteins predispose to aHUS are poorly understood. Here, we have investigated the functional consequences of three aHUS-associated mutations in(More)
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