Microbiology: Principles and Explorations 9th Edition

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ISBN 10: 1-11874-316-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-11874-316-4

Chapter 16 - Innate Host Defenses - Self Quiz - Page 497: 20



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The complement system is a fast-acting innate host defense that works in a cascade. Its general functions include enhancing phagocytosis by phagocytes, lysing microbes and enveloped viruses directly, and generating peptide fragments that regulate inflammation and immune responses. There are three pathways: classical, lectin, and alternative. The effects of each activation pathways are the same.
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