The SC5b-7 complex: Formation, isolation, properties, and subunit composition

E. R. Podack, W. P. Kolb, H. J. Muller-Eberhard

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Activation of C in C8-depleted serum results in the formation of a soluble complex containing C5, C6, and C7. The complex has an electrophoretic mobility of an α-globulin, an s-rate of 18.5S, and a m.w. of 668,000 daltons. This complex was isolated and upon SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis it was found to contain, in addition to C5b, C6 and C7, an 88,000 dalton glycoprotein. The protein was identified as the band V protein of the soluble C5b-9 complex. It is referred to as SIIIs-protein, or S-protein. Since the S-protein does not bind to C5b-6, it is concluded that it is incorporated during the fusion of C5b-6 with C7. The SC5b-7 complex exhibits the same neoantigen as the SC5b-9 complex, but compared to the C5b-6 complex it appears to contain an additionally qualitatively distinct neoantigen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2024-2029
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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