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Can someone please explain what "complement" is in your immune system?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Immune swat team

Antibodies are like folks in line at the post office studying the wanted posters.
Later they spot a felon (bacteria), grab 'em by the arm & summon the complement swat team. Complement is a group of proteins circulating in extracellular fluid. The team arrives on the scene, assembles in a specific sequence & then punches holes in the bacteria killing it. Antibodies identify; complement rubs 'em out.

In brief: Immune swat team

Antibodies are like folks in line at the post office studying the wanted posters.
Later they spot a felon (bacteria), grab 'em by the arm & summon the complement swat team. Complement is a group of proteins circulating in extracellular fluid. The team arrives on the scene, assembles in a specific sequence & then punches holes in the bacteria killing it. Antibodies identify; complement rubs 'em out.
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