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Galectin-8 in IgA Nephritis: Decreased Binding of IgA by Galectin-8 Affinity Chromatography and Associated Increased Binding in Non-IgA Serum Glycoproteins
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0271-9142, E-ISSN 1573-2592, Vol. 32, no 2, 246-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Immunoglobulin A nephritis (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis worldwide. It is caused by accumulation of IgA1-containing immune complexes in the kidney resulting in renal failure, which is thought to be due to altered glycosylation of IgA with a decrease of 2-3-sialylated galactosides (NeuAc alpha 2-3Gal). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanPurpose The purpose of this study was to analyze whether altered glycosylation of IgA would lead to an altered binding to galectin-8, an endogenous lectin with strong affinity for 2-3-sialylated galactosides. Galectins are a family of beta-galactoside-binding proteins; by binding various glycoproteins, they play important roles in the regulation of cellular functions in inflammation and immunity. Hence, an altered binding of IgA to galectin-8 could lead to pathologic immune functions, such as glomerulonephritis. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods Affinity chromatography of serum glycoproteins on the human sialogalactoside-binding lectin galectin-8N permitted quantitation of bound and unbound fractions, including IgA. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults Analysis of similar to 100 IgA nephritis sera showed that the galectin-8N unbound fraction of IgA increased compared to similar to 100 controls, consistent with the known loss of galactosylation. A subgroup of similar to 15% of the IgAN patients had a ratio of galectin-8 bound/unbound IgA andlt;0.09, not found for any of the controls. Unexpectedly, the galectin-8N-binding fraction of serum glycoproteins other than IgA increased in the sera of IgAN patients but not in controls, suggesting a previously unrecognized change in this disease. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusion This is the first study that relates a galectin, an endogenous lectin family, to IgA nephritis and thus should stimulate new avenues of research into the pathophysiology of the disease.

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Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2012. Vol. 32, no 2, 246-255 p.
Keyword [en]
IgA nephropathy, galectin-8, affinity chromatography, NeuAc alpha 2-3Gal
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77098DOI: 10.1007/s10875-011-9618-3ISI: 000302615200006OAI: diva2:524946

Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsradet)|2008-3356|Swedish Foundation for Swedish Research|FFL4|Swedish Healthcare System (ALF)||Region Skane||

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