The Wieslab® Complement Factor P Functional Assay (COMPL FPF) is an enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) for the determination of the function of Factor P in test samples. For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.<br><br>
The functionality is determined qualitatively in relation to the calibrator (human serum) set to be 100% functional.<br><br>
The complement system plays an essential role in chronic, autoimmune and infectious disease. There are three pathways of complement activation, namely the classical, the alternative and the lectin pathway.<br><br>
Impaired complement activity causes humans to become susceptible to repetitive fulminant or severe infections and may contribute to development of autoimmune disease. Inappropriate activation of complement contributes to chronic inflammation and tissue injury.<br><br>
In vitro activation of the complement sequence leads to the consumption of complement components which, in turn, leads to a decrease in their concentration. Thus, the determination of complement proteins or complement activity is used to indicate whether the complement system has been activated by an immunologic and/or pathogenic mechanism. Both functional and immunochemical complement measurements are used to evaluate subjects when a complement-activating disease is suspected or an inherited deficiency is possible. The level of complement activity evaluated by functional assays such as Wieslab® Complement kit takes into account the rate of synthesis, degradation, and consumption of the components and provides a measure of the integrity of the pathways as opposed to immunochemical methods which specifically measure the concentration of various complement components. For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.