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Reduced complement-mediated immune complex solubilization in leprosy patients

, : Reduced complement-mediated immune complex solubilization in leprosy patients. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 60(3): 553-558

The ability of sera from leprosy patients to solubilize immune precipitates in vitro through the complement system was studied. The solubilizing capacity of sera from patients who did not have any reactions during 2 years or more after starting chemotherapy was comparable with that of normal laboratory volunteers. On the other hand, sera from borderline tuberculoid and lepromatous leprosy patients in reaction had markedly decreased levels of solubilization. Their total and the alternative pathway haemolytic levels did not show a corresponding decrease. Although the circulating immune complexes and serum C3d of these patients came down after the subsidence of reaction, their solubilization remained consistently low during a 3 month follow-up period.


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