Mihaela S Kojouharova

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C1q is the target recognition protein of the classical complement pathway and a major connecting link between innate and acquired immunity. As a charge pattern recognition molecule of innate immunity, C1q can engage a broad range of self and non-self ligands via its heterotrimeric globular (gC1q) domain and thus trigger the classical pathway. The trimeric(More)
The first step of activation of the classical complement pathway involves the binding of the globular C1q domain (gC1q) to the antigen-bound IgG or IgM. To improve our understanding of the mechanism of interaction of gC1q with IgG and IgM, we compared the immunoglobulin binding properties of single-residue mutants of individual globular modules of A and C(More)
The first step in the activation of the classical complement pathway, by immune complexes, involves the binding of the globular heads of C1q to the Fc regions of aggregated IgG or IgM. Located C-terminal to the collagen region, each globular head is composed of the C-terminal halves of one A (ghA), one B (ghB), and one C chain (ghC). To dissect their(More)
C1q is the recognition subunit of the classical pathway of the complement system and a major connecting link between classical pathway-driven innate immunity and IgG- or IgM-mediated acquired immunity. The basic structural subunit of C1q is composed of an N-terminal triple-helical collagen-like region and a C-terminal heterotrimeric globular head domain(More)
C1q is the first subcomponent of the classical pathway of the complement system and a major connecting link between innate and acquired immunity. As a versatile charge pattern recognition molecule, C1q is capable of engaging a broad range of ligands via its heterotrimeric globular domain (gC1q) which is composed of the C-terminal regions of its A (ghA), B(More)
The first step in the activation of the classical complement pathway by immune complexes involves the binding of the globular domain (gC1q) of C1q to the Fc regions of aggregated IgG or IgM. Each gC1q domain is a heterotrimer of the C-terminal halves of one A (ghA), one B (ghB), and one C (ghC) chain. Our recent studies have suggested a modular organization(More)
C1q, the initiator of the classical complement cascade, is a versatile molecule with numerous ligands and variety of functions. Recent mutagenesis, epitope mapping and structural data brought novel understanding of the molecular mechanisms of C1q binding to target molecules, and subsequent C1 activation. Evidence has emerged suggesting that residues located(More)
C1q is the first subcomponent of the classical complement pathway that binds antigen-bound IgG or IgM and initiates complement activation via association of serine proteases C1r and C1s. The globular domain of C1q (gC1q), which is the ligand-recognition domain, is a heterotrimeric structure composed of the C-terminal regions of A (ghA), B (ghB), and C (ghC)(More)
C1q is the first subcomponent of the classical complement pathway that can interact with a range of biochemically and structurally diverse self and nonself ligands. The globular domain of C1q (gC1q), which is the ligand-recognition domain, is a heterotrimeric structure composed of the C-terminal regions of A (ghA), B (ghB), and C (ghC) chains. The(More)