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Exposure of an executioner

Nature volume 444, pages 159160 (09 November 2006) | Download Citation

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The complement C3 protein binds to pathogens, singling them out for execution by the immune system. Structural studies show how the chemical group responsible for this binding is exposed on activation.

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  1. Michael Carroll is at The CBR Institute for Biomedical Research, Harvard Medical School, 800 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.  carroll@cbr.med.harvard.edu

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