Native conformations of human complement components C3 and C4 show different dependencies on thioester formation.

The thioester bond in complement components C3 and C4 and the protease inhibitor alpha2-macroglobulin have traditionally been thought of as fulfilling the dual roles of mediating covalent attachment and maintaining the native conformational states of these molecules. We previously reported that several human C3 thioester-region mutants, including variants… CONTINUE READING