© 1990

The Third Component of Complement

Chemistry and Biology

  • John D. Lambris
Conference proceedings

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 153)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. S. R. Barnum, G. Fey, B. F. Tack
    Pages 23-43
  3. R. P. Levine, A. W. Dodds
    Pages 73-82
  4. D. M. Lublin, J. P. Atkinson
    Pages 123-145
  5. D. P. Vik, P. MuñOz-Cánoves, D. D. Chaplin, B. F. Tack
    Pages 147-162
  6. M. P. Dierich, H. P. Huemer, W. M. Prodinger
    Pages 163-180
  7. R. B. Sim, S. J. Perkins
    Pages 209-222
  8. D. Bitter-Suermann, R. Burger
    Pages 223-233
  9. J. Alsenz, J. D. Becherer, B. Nilsson, J. D. Lambris
    Pages 235-248
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 249-251

About these proceedings


The third component of complement, C3, is one of the most versatile proteins and an important participant in immune surveillance and immune response pathways. Its multifunctio­ nality is based on its ability to interact specifically with multiple serum complement proteins, cell surface receptors, and mem­ brant;-associated regulatory proteins. One of its most intriguing strategies of interaction with cell surfaces is the covalent binding of activated C3 through the internal thioester. The field has expanded over the past 10 years and a wealth of information has accumulated. C3 from various species and many of the human C3 binding proteins have been cloned and expressed. Numerous cellular responses mediated by the diffe­ rent fragments of C3 have been described. The findings that C3 interacts in a ligand-receptor-like fashion with proteins of nonself origin such as the gC of herpes simplex virus, a 70-kDa protein from Candida albicans, proteins from Epstein-Barr virus, etc. has opened a new field of investigation. The papers assembled in this volume summarize the wealth of data on the various aspects of the C3 interactions; together they bring to the reader new information on the chemistry, molecular gene­ tics, biology, and pathophysiology of C3 and C3-binding proteins. Emphasis is given to structural features as they relate to functions. Spring 1989 JOHN D. LAMBRIS, HANS J. MULLER-EBERHARD Table of Contents J. E. VOLANAKIS: Participation of C3 and Its Ligands in Complement Activation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 S. R. BARNUM, G. FEY, and B. F. TACK: Biosynthesis and Genetics of C3 . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Biochemie Biomedizinische Forschung Molekularbiologie Zellbiologie leukocyte pathophysiology physiology proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • John D. Lambris
    • 1
  1. 1.Basel Institute for ImmunologyBaselSwitzerland

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