Dec 1, 1992

C5 deficiency in A/J mice is not associated with resistance to the development of secondary amyloidosis

European Journal of Immunogenetics : Official Journal of the British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
M CoutinhoA E Davis


The aim of the study was to determine whether C5 deficiency in the mouse is associated with resistance to the development of secondary amyloidosis. Chronic inflammation was induced in the F2 progeny, derived from matings between amyloid-susceptible and amyloid-resistance mice, by daily injections of azocasein for thirty days. Using a restriction fragment length polymorphism generated by digestion of genomic DNA with the restriction enzyme HindIII, C5 sufficient and deficient DNA can be clearly differentiated. Eight mice were found to be C5 sufficient, 32 were heterozygotes and 14 were found to be C5 deficient. Grading of the splenic amyloid load from negative to 4+ was performed after staining tissue squashes with Congo red and viewing them under a polarizing microscope. Seventeen mice were noted to have negative to trace, 18 had moderate (1+ - 2+) and 19 had heavy (3+ - 4+) amyloid deposition. There was no correlation between splenic amyloid load and C5 deficiency. Based on these results it is clear that C5 deficiency and resistance to secondary amyloidosis are not associated.

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Reactive Systemic Amyloidosis
Complement Component 5 Deficiency
APP protein, human
Chronic Inflammation
Deoxyribonuclease HindIII
Cell Differentiation Process
Amyloid Deposition

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