complement reaction

complement reaction

n.
A physiological reaction to the presence of a foreign microorganism in which a cascade of enzymatic reactions, triggered by molecular features of the microorganism, result in lysis or phagocytosis of the foreign material.
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In earlier research, the authors showed that the introduction of the harmless protein shell that encases the astrovirus, which causes pediatric diarrhea, shuts down two of the three methods used by the complement system to destroy damaged cells, but doesn't interfere with the part of complement reaction that can offer protection from invading pathogens.
This can be used to demonstrate the stoichiometric nature of the complement reaction.
The complement reaction is one of the major causes of death of the battlefield.

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