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Abstract

The complement system, phagocytic leukocytes, and antibodies constitute the “department of defense” in the battle against infections caused by pyogenie microorganisms. Complement components are capable of directly killing (by lysis) certain susceptible bacteria and are the source of chemotactic peptides and heat-labile opsonin, which facilitate recognition and killing of microbes by phagocytic cells. When these vital functions are compromised, as in individuals with inherited deficiencies of complement components, the result is unusual susceptibility to severe infections.

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1983-02-01
2024-06-19
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