C reactive Protein

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein found in the blood.

the levels rise in response to acute inflammation, as in cellular trauma, such as in cases of vascular damage (an acute-phase protein).

Its physiological role is to bind to phosphocholine expressed on the surface of dead or dying cells (and some types of bacteria) in order to activate the immune complement system.

 CRP is synthesized by the liver in response to factors released by fat cells (adipocytes).


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