Section 42
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The classical pathway of complement prevents the formation of insoluble antigen-antibody complexes: biological implications

Schifferli, J.A.

Immunology Letters 14(3): 225-228


ISSN/ISBN: 0165-2478
PMID: 3552971
DOI: 10.1016/0165-2478(87)90105-2
Accession: 041591448

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There is now clear evidence for a complement dependent physiological system which is capable of processing immune complexes in and outside the vascular compartment so that they remain soluble, and transporting such complexes to the fixed macrophage system where they are safely eliminated. Defects in physiological immune complex disposal can occur at various stages described in this article, and it could well be that several of these stages could present subtle defects which are, however, additive so that under a given set of circumstances immune complexes end up in the wrong places, i.e. outside the fixed macrophage system.

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