C Reactive Protein
Originally named for its ability to react with C-polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae, C-Reactive Protein, CRP, is a protein produced by the liver, the circulating concentration of which rises acutely and rapidly in a cytokine-mediated response to most forms of tissue injury, infection and inflammation. CRP may activate the classical complement pathway and stimulate tissue-factor production; a key protein involved in blood coagulation. This in turn may contribute to the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease over time at CRP levels that were previously considered normal.
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