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Curr Opin Immunol. 1995 Feb;7(1):54-64.

Structure and function of the pentraxins.

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  • 1Department of Immunology/Microbiology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Il 60612, USA.


Over the past two years, the three-dimensional structure of the serum amyloid P component was defined by X-ray diffraction, the first such visualization of a pentraxin. Binding sites for calcium, ligands and complement were identified. New fusion proteins with amino acid sequence homology to the pentraxins were described, and new insights were gained into pentraxin phylogeny, biosynthesis, ligands, complement activation, leukocyte reactivity and biological functions in vivo.

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