My name is Francesco Tedesco.
I am a retired professor of Immunology of
the University of Trieste, Italy, and currently,
member of the immuno-rheumatology unit of the Clinical Research Institute,
Instituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy.
I'm going to talk about complement deficiencies in human,
and I shall specifically discuss the frequency of these deficiencies,
their clinical association, their molecular abnormalities,
the diagnostic tools used for their identification and
the therapeutic approaches currently available to prevent the associated diseases.
To date, inherited deficiencies of nearly all complement components and
regulators have been identified and found to be associated with severe diseases.
This is not unexpected because complement is a major component of
the innate immune system and has developed as
an important defense system throughout
evolution to reach a high degree of complexity in humans.