The mechanism by which microorganisms avoid complement attack.


Journal Article (Review)

The complement system provides a critical level of defense against bacterial invasion. Various microorganisms have evolved a variety of mechanisms to allow them to avoid complement lytic and opsonic activity. These range from the formation of factors that destroy activity of complement proteins to the evolution of surface structures that fail to bind, facilitate degradation of, or shed, complement proteins. The range of factors associated with bacterial complement resistance is reviewed here.

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Cited Authors

  • Frank, MM

Published Date

  • February 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 14 - 19

PubMed ID

  • 1596364

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1596364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-7915


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England