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What does it mean by complement activation?

What does it mean by complement activation?

Complement : Is a series of immune proteins that are usually cause a "chain reaction" of events that lead to inflammation and when activated by infection, hormonal changes, etc., it will cause this chain reaction to start aka complement activation. ...Read more

Complement (Definition)

The complement system is an important effector mechanism of both humoral and innate immunity. Its functions are to promote phagocytosis of microbes, to stimulate inflammation, and to induce lysis of these organisms. The system is highly complex and comprised of over 50 effector and regulatory molecules. It is activated via one of three pathways: antibody, lectin, or by ...Read more


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Doc said over phone that my alternative(alternate) complement pathway is activated. What things could cause this? What does it mean?

Immune process: Complement proteins in the blood coat bacteria, viruses, etc., to make them easier for the immune system to grab onto and destroy. They can be activated by your own antibodies (classical pathway) or may spontaneously activate themselves (alternative pathway). Activation can mean anything from you are fighting an infection to you have an autoimmune process. Talk with your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Could you take hgc activator (diet pill) soon after delivering a baby?

Could you take hgc activator (diet pill) soon after delivering a baby?

Be sure to only: take the ones that say they have been FDA approved. Nearly all of them say "NOT FDA approved." or "These statements have not beenevaluated by the FDA" "This product is not intended to diagnose, treat..." Don't get those ones. ...Read more

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Does hCG activator pills have estrogen?

Sorry: But there are no HCG activator pills that activate anything, except the transfer of money out of your wallet. Besides, who knows what's in the pills or what harm they could do to you. Why do you think you need your HCG "activated" in the first place. Even if they worked, they wouldn't help you. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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How much cancer risk is there taking a telomerase activator?

How much cancer risk is there taking a telomerase activator?

Likely good sized.: This helps to immortalize cell lines, and telomerase activity has been observed in roughly 90% of tumors, so it is likely to increase the risk of cancer considerably, also since this makes mutation of chromosomes much more possible. This also upregulates the role of 70 genes responsible for tumor growth and spread throughout the body, and the activation of glycolysis, so the cells can use sugar. ...Read more

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A tissue plasminogen activator is what?

A tissue plasminogen activator is what?

Fibrinolytic: Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa) is a serine protease (enzyme) that catalyzes the reaction that converts plasminogen to plasmin. Plasmin is responsible for breaking down blood clots by cleaving molecules of fibrin, creating "fibrin degradation products". ...Read more

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What are sodium channel activators used for?

What are sodium channel activators used for?

Voltage-gated: Sodium channels are normally found on the peripheral terminals of nocicpetors (sensory neuron). With tissue injury, the number of these sodium channels increases. When a noxious stimulus acts at the peripheral end of an axon, some sodium channels open to allow an influx of sodium into the cell leading to action potential and pain. ...Read more

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What are tissue plasminogen activators used for?

What are tissue plasminogen activators used for?

Dissolve blood clots: These are proteins that when added to blood bind to clots and dissolve them. ...Read more

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What is an activator procedure at the chiropractic office?

What is an activator procedure at the chiropractic office?

"hi-tech" hands-on..: Activator procedures are used to "chiropractically" adjust your spine with the assistance of an "activator"(which is a device that through spring tension delivers a "push" to the area). This is a form of 'manual medicine'. As with all chiropractors; only utilize those whom have a good rep; or you know is highly spoken of; let the buyer beware applies here. ...Read more

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Please explain plasminogen activator.?

Please explain plasminogen activator.?

Clot Buster: Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa (alteplase)) is a chemical that triggers rapid breakdown of blood clots. It is used in stroke patients in an attempt to restore bloodflow to the brain before cells die, but the risk of bleeding makes it safe to use only in very specific circumstances. The most common reason for not qualifying for tpa (alteplase) is not getting to the er quickly enough- don't wait! time is brain! ...Read more

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If I have diabetes can I take this protein hot stuff anabolic activator?

If I have diabetes can I take this protein hot stuff anabolic activator?

Read the label: And see if it hascarbs or not. Also how are your kidneys? Hard to say without knowing how much protein using it , your kidney status, and carbs in it. With more info could give better answer. ...Read more

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Does an anabolic activator that contains estrone, and estradiol reduce libido?

Does an anabolic activator that contains estrone, and estradiol reduce libido?

The Beast?: If you're referring to "the beast anabolic activator, " a homeopathic spray purporting to contain "molecular imprints" of a slew of hormones (including the 2 you mention), amino acids, RNA & dna (?), and a bunch of other things i've never heard of. In sum, it's water and alcohol, and won't have any effects whatsoever (besides your pocketbook). ...Read more

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What are the differences between recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and tissue plasminogen activator?

What are the differences between recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and tissue plasminogen activator?

Same aa sequence: tPA and its recombinant version (Activase) are identical with respect to the amino acid sequence. There have been reported some minor differences with respect to glycosylation of the protein, but this is well within the specifications of the cGMP production by the manufacturer. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take herbalife cell activator after breast cancer?

Is it ok to take herbalife cell activator after breast cancer?

Probably OK, no data: Herbal life cell activator, like any herbal products, is not regulated by the fda and therefore there are no data on its efficacy and safety. Most of the time, patients are just wasting a lot of hteir money on these products. I do not recommend taking it during chemo treatment since it has antioxidants and may reverse the effect of chemo. In your case, i suppose it is ok but again there is no data. ...Read more

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Can the hCG activator pills cause a false positive pregnancy test? If u stopped taking them a month ago...

Can the hCG activator pills cause a false positive pregnancy test? If u stopped taking them a month ago...

No: Hcg taken by mouth get broken down like any other protein or peptide. By the way such pills are not a recognized treatment for any disorder. ...Read more

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Can "hcg activator" pill, sold at gnc, cause a false positive pregnancy test? I stopped taking it a month ago

Can "hcg activator" pill, sold at gnc, cause a false positive pregnancy test? I stopped taking it a month ago

Not likely: Taken by mouth any protein or peptide gets broken down in the stomach and intestine. It was not doing you any good anyway. However, it would not cause a false pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What do you think of optimal chiropractic treatment with the activator appliance for soft tissue injury following an rta 5 yrs ago?

What do you think of optimal chiropractic treatment with the activator appliance for soft tissue injury following an rta 5 yrs ago?

Not much: Chiropractic "treatment" is a form of exaggerated massage designed to keep you coming back for steady income. There is little in chiropractic practice or theory which can be considered to have as a goal - cure. If you have a persistent problem you should see your orthopedic physician for a true understanding. ...Read more

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Does complement affect IgG and IgM reactions with antigens?

Does complement affect IgG and IgM reactions with antigens?

Complement: Complement is a serum protein that works with IgM and some igg subtypes to destroy foreign invaders. Persons with complement deficiency can have an increased frequency of infections. ...Read more

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