Inhibition of the covalent binding reaction of complement component C4 by penicillamine, an anti-rheumatic agent.


D(-)-Penicillamine [D(-)-beta beta-dimethylcysteine] is an anti-arthritic drug, but its use is limited by adverse side effects, which include problems in immune-complex clearance. Complement is important as a source of inflammatory mediators in rheumatoid arthritis and is also involved in immune-complex clearance. Thus inhibition of the complement cascade… (More)