Epitopes

C.P Muller

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Abstract

Epitopes are three-dimensional structures on the surface of biological molecules that mediate specific recognition by the immune system. Since in a biological system antibody molecules face a virtually infinite number of structures, cognate interactions with epitopes are the basis of the primordial intelligence that drives the teleological choices of the immune system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS)
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780470015902
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2001

Keywords

  • major histocompatibility complex T-cell receptor peptide antibody antigen MHC restriction paratope immunoglobulin

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