PMID: 109057Apr 1, 1979

The septic burned patient: a model for studying the role of complement and immunoglobulins in opsonization of opportunist micro-organisms

Annals of Surgery
A B BjornsonH S Bjornson


Studies were performed to determine the effects of septicemia on complement levels and activities and opsonic function in septic and nonseptic burned patients. None of the nonseptic burned patients had consumption of classical pathway activity during their clinical course. Patients who did not survive septicemia had consumption of all of the classical complement components (C1-C5) prior to and during their septic episodes. Patients who survived septicemia had multiple patterns of classical complement pathway consumption. In these patients, classical pathway activity was restored to normal following the last positive blood culture. Alternative complement pathway consumption was demonstrated in only one of the septic burned patients, as evidenced by decreased factor B and C3b INA levels and decreased C3 and C5 conversion in sera treated with 10 mM ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid and 10 mM MgCl(2) (MgEGTA) and in untreated sera. In all of the other septic patients and in the nonseptic patients, reduction in C3 and C5 conversion in MgEGTA sera and untreated sera was not associated with decrease in factor B or C3b INA. Reduction in complement levels and activities did not reduce the ability of the patients' sera to promote phagocyt...Continue Reading

Related Concepts

Bacteriological Techniques
Serum Proteins
Collection of Blood Specimen for Laboratory Procedure
Burn Injury
Hemolytic Complement
Complement Activation
Complement Pathway, Alternative
Complement Pathway, Classical
Immunodiffusion Measurement

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