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Curr Opin Immunol. 1997 Feb;9(1):64-9.

Complement and the immune response.

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Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Building D-2, Room 533, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. mcarroll@warren.med.harvard.edu

Abstract

This past year has seen a major advance in our understanding of how the complement system enhances the adaptive immune response. The use of in vivo models has revealed that direct coupling of C3d to antigen is sufficient to dramatically reduce the amount of antigen required for a secondary response. At least one important requirement for the enhancing effect was determined to be expression of the CD21 (C3d receptor) on B cells.

PMID:
9039785
DOI:
10.1016/s0952-7915(97)80160-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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