Niels Henrik H Heegaard

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OBJECTIVE To examine whether IgG glycosylation changes and MBL2 genotypes are associated with systemic inflammation and joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS IgG N-glycan content was determined from serum in 118 patients with RA by high-throughput glycan analysis using normal-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography. MBL2 extended(More)
Beta(2)-microglobulin (beta(2)m) is the amyloidogenic protein in dialysis-related amyloidosis, but the mechanisms underlying beta(2)m fibrillogenesis in vivo are largely unknown. We study a structural variant of beta(2)m that has been linked to cancer and inflammation and may be present in the circulation of dialysis patients. This beta(2)m variant,(More)
The journal Electrophoresis has greatly influenced my approaches to biomolecular affinity studies. The methods that I have chosen as my main tools to study interacting biomolecules--native gel and later capillary zone electrophoresis--have been the topic of numerous articles in Electrophoresis. Below, the role of the journal in the development and(More)
The high resolving power of capillary electrophoresis combined with the specificity of binding interactions may be used with advantage to characterize the structure-function relationship of biomolecules, to quantitate specific analytes in complex sample matrices, and to determine the purity of pharmaceutical and other molecules. We here review recent and(More)
The small (Mr = 11729) serum protein beta2-microglobulin is prone to precipitate as amyloid in a protein conformational disorder (PCD) that occurs in a significant number of patients on chronic hemodialysis. Analyses by capillary electrophoresis (CE) were undertaken to study beta2-microglobulin conformations under native separation conditions and showed an(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the expression profile of cell-free circulating microRNA (miRNA) in systemic sclerosis (SSc), healthy controls (HC), and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS Total RNA was purified from plasma and 45 different, mature miRNA were measured using quantitative PCR assays after reverse transcription. Samples (n = 189) were from(More)
Capillary zone electrophoresis was used to study interactions between anionic carbohydrates and synthetic peptides derived from the heparin-binding region of human serum amyloid P component. The method involves quantitation of unbound peptides after a charge-dependent electrophoretic separation of the peptide-carbohydrate mixture. The concentrations of free(More)
Aggregation and fibrillation of beta(2)-microglobulin are hallmarks of dialysis-related amyloidosis. We characterize perturbations of the native conformation of beta(2)-microglobulin that may precede fibril formation. For a beta(2)-microglobulin variant cleaved at lysine 58, we show using capillary electrophoresis that two conformers spontaneously exist in(More)
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) has proven useful for the study of reversible molecular interactions. This is because highly efficient and reproducible separations take place in an environment where molecular interactions may contribute to selectivity without being inhibited by adverse buffer conditions. Affinity CE may be used to estimate quantitative(More)