Mutations in the putative lipid-interaction domain of complement C9 result in defective secretion of the functional protein.


Complement protein C9 assembles with C5, C6, C7, C8 on the surface of target cells to form the lytic membrane attack complex (MAC). During MAC assembly and insertion into the target membrane, the hydrophilic, globular C9 partially unfolds to expose a hydrophobic lipid interaction domain. Several copies of amphiphilic C9 subsequently polymerize to form the… (More)