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The role of complement in neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases

Morgan, Bryan 2015. The role of complement in neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology 11 (10) , pp. 1109-1119. 10.1586/1744666X.2015.1074039

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The complement system is a major component of innate immunity and a potent driver of inflammation. It has key roles in host defense against pathogens but can also contribute to pathology by driving inflammation and cell damage in diverse diseases. Complement has emerged as an important factor in the pathogenesis of numerous diseases of the CNS and PNS, including infectious, autoimmune and degenerative disorders, and is increasingly implicated in neuropsychiatric disease. Establishing the roles and relevance of complement in disease pathogenesis has become ever more important in recent years as new drugs targeting the complement system have reached the clinic, and the potential for using complement analytes as disease biomarkers has been recognized. In this brief review, the author summarizes the evidence implicating complement in these diseases and outlines ways in which this new understanding can be used to aid diagnosis and improve outcome.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: complement; demyelination; inflammation; neurodegeneration; neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1744-666X
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 09:01

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