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Opsonization...can someone give me an example?

Postby sundew773 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:59 pm

I looked up "opsonization" in the bio dictionary and it just says it's a way that bacteria are made more readily taken up by phagocytes.

Can someone give me an example?
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Postby James » Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:14 pm

Antibodies are used to make phagocytosis easier. Heres an animation:
http://www.cat.cc.md.us/courses/bio141/lecguide/unit3/humoral/abydefense/opsonization/phagsum.html
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Postby Chris4 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:24 pm

Antigens are attached to the surface of the bacteria. like igG and C3b (i think)

Opsonins (the molecules involved in opsonization) see here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opsonin

http://www.cat.cc.md.us/courses/bio141/ ... ation.html
Some nice animations on this site :roll:

Edit:Looks like James found the same site. Got there before me tho as I was watching it a few times before I submited the post :x :D
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