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Scand J Immunol. 1977;6(6-7):591-4.

Participation of C3 in intracellular killing of Candida albicans.


Using new objective methods for measuring, independently, phagcytosis and killing, it was demonstrated that Candida albicans opsonized by C3-deficient serum was ingested by not killed in vitro by human polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Killing could be induced by adding purified C3 to the C3-deficient serum. It is concluded that C3 participates directely in the intracellular process leading to phagocytic killing of C. albicans.

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