Article Text


Examination of complement C3 metabolism in rheumatoid arthritis using 2-dimensional immunoelectrophoresis.
  1. M F Shadforth,
  2. D C McNaughton


    A previous report that C3 activation products are demonstrable in the plasma of subjects with rheumatoid arthritis was reinvestigated using 2-dimensional immunoelectrophoresis. Initially it seemed that results were in agreement, but the occurrence of similar patterns in normal sera and poor reproducibility of results suggested the findings were artefacts. When calcium and magnesium ions were removed with EDTA, C3 activation products were no longer demonstrable in plasma from normal subjects or from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The results obtained without EDTA in the buffer showed a greater degree of complement activation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting that in this condition the serum may have a greater potential ability to bring about complement activation.

    Statistics from

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.