The complement system

Marina Botto and Mark J. Walport

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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The complement system

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The complement system consists of over 20 distinct proteins and is an essential component of the innate immune system. It is a major effector mechanism of host defence against infection and inflammatory responses, has an important role in the physiological removal of immune complexes and dying cells, and plays an accessory role in the induction of antibody responses....

Chapter.  9862 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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