Virginia H. Donaldson

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Human plasma low density lipoproteins (LDL) contain one major apoprotein of apparent Mr = 550,000 designated apolipoprotein B-100 (apo-B-100) and in some LDL preparations, minor components termed apo-B-74 (Mr = 410,000) and apo-B-26 (Mr = 145,000). The structural and metabolic relationships among these LDL apoproteins remain obscure. In the present study,(More)
The use of OCAs has been associated with multiple hemostatic abnormalities and an increased risk of thromboembolic disease. These changes have been attributed to increased synthesis of various clotting factors and decreased titers of antithrombin III. Paradoxically, enhanced in vitro fibrinolytic activity is also found in plasmas of women using OCAs. The(More)
The mediator(s) responsible for localized enhanced vascular permeability that characterizes an exacerbation of hereditary angioneurotic oedema (HAE) is thought to be a product of either contact or complement system activation. In contrast to normal individuals, plasma from these patients generates both kinin and vascular permeability-enhancing activity(More)
A highly purified protein from lysates of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) inhibited the activation of factor XII [Hageman factor (HF)] and removed factor XIIa from an activating surface, thus impairing HF-dependent coagulation and kinin-releasing activities. Two tryptic peptides from this protein had 100% identity with amino acids 31-44 and(More)
Serums of patients with hereditary angioneurotic edema lack inhibitory activity against the esterase derived from the first component of complement. In one group of patients this lack appears to result from failure to synthesize the esterase inhibitor of the first component of complement, whereas in another group of patients an abnormal, nonfunctional(More)
Normal human serum contains 18 +/-5 mg/100 ml of C1 esterase inhibitor (alpha-2 neuraminoglycoprotein) as estimated by immunochemical means. Of 118 patients with hereditary angioneurotic edema, the sera of 80, from 42 kindred, contained a mean concentration of 3.15 mg/100 ml or 17.5% of normal. The mean serum concentration in 35 patients in 7 other kindred(More)
The generation of C'1 esterase activity in siliconed plasma obtained from individuals with hereditary angioneurotic edema in remission tends to occur spontaneously, but can be hastened during its incubation with preparations of activated Hageman factor. This effect of activated Hageman factor could not be shown during its incubation with normal siliconed(More)
When purified human C'1 esterase is injected intradermally in man, increased vascular permeability results. This effect is not blocked by soybean trypsin inhibitor and is not abolished by pretreatment with the antihistamine, pyribenzamine, or by compound 48/80. Thus, the effect is not due to the release of endogenous histamine. The decreased permeability(More)