Summary

CRP helps recognize pathogens and damaged cells, to initiate their elimination by interacting with other aspects of the immune system in the blood.

CRP in blood increases greatly during tissue injury, infection, or other inflammatory stimuli (R). 


Function

Displays several functions associated with host defense: it promotes agglutination, bacterial capsular swelling, phagocytosis and complement fixation through its calcium-dependent binding to phosphorylcholine. Can interact with DNA and histones and may scavenge nuclear material released from damaged circulating cells.

Protein names

Recommended name:

C-reactive protein [Cleaved into: C-reactive protein

Short name:

1-205

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