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For identification of C3a and C5a in column fractions the simplest approach is to use specific antisera in immunochemical assays. 5. Purification of Complement Regulators A variety of functional assays can be used to measure the inhibitory activity of the fluid phase and membrane bound regulators. A large number of regulators have cofactor activity for factor I (C4bp, fH, CR1, MCP). The method to measure cofactor activity is fairly general for all inhibitors and is described later and in more detail in Chapter 18.
7. 0. 5 mM CaCl2 (DE buffer). 8. 4 M NaCl in DE buffer. 9. 1. 10. 5, dialyze into VBS, concentrate and store at –70°C. 1. FUNCTIONAL ASSAY FOR C4BP Functional assay is based on the capacity of C4bp to act as cofactor for factor I in the cleavage of iC3b. In the assay, methylamine treated human C3 (C3MA) is used as a substrate. 1. 1% NP40. 2. ) and 20 µg human factor I and incubate 2 h or overnight at 37°C. 3. Run on 10% SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions, blot onto nitrocellulose and probe blots with anti-C3.
1. Hemolysis Method 1. 5% PEG 4000 (30 min on ice) and the C1-containing precipitate removed by centrifugation (15 min, 10,000g, 4°C) (6). 2. ShEA (50 µL 2%) are incubated in wells of a microtitre plate with 50 µL NHS-C1 diluted 1/10 in VBS and 50 µL of the test fractions for 30 min at 37°C. 3. Incubate for 30 min at 37°C, spin, and read the absorbance of the supernatant at 415 nm. 4. Fractions restoring C1 hemolytic activity are pooled for further use. 2. Esterolytic Assay: Esterolytic activity: functional activities of C1r and C1s can be measure using the chromogenic substrate ZLNE [N α carbobenzoxy-L-lysine-p-nitrophenyl ester (Sigma)] or S-2314.