Correlation between levels of breakdown products of C3, C4, and properdin factor B in synovial fluids from patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Synovial fluids from 31 patients with seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 23 patients with seronegative RA had significantly increased levels of breakdown products to C3, C4, and properdin factor B when compared to patients with osteoarthritis (OA) (P less than 0.01). The same patients exhibited a considerable overlap of native C3, C4, and properdin… (More)