Blood-feeding ticks must control C activation or be damaged by the host inflammatory response. We report the characterization and expression of a novel, relatively small, broad-acting C inhibitory protein (termed OmCI) from the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata. The native 17-kDa nonglycosylated protein inhibits both human and guinea pig classical and alternative C activation pathways. The IC50 values for each pathway were 12 and 27 nM, respectively, in hemolytic assays using human serum diluted...Expand abstract
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Complement inhibitor of C5 activation from the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata.
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