epitope

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epitope:

see immunityimmunity,
ability of an organism to resist disease by identifying and destroying foreign substances or organisms. Although all animals have some immune capabilities, little is known about nonmammalian immunity.
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epitope

[′ep·ə‚tōp]
(immunology)
The portion of the antigen molecule that determines its capacity to combine with the specific combining site of its corresponding antibody in an antigen-antibody interaction.
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This indicated that the peptides recognized structures in the paratope that do not participate in antigen binding or that the epitopes were different and mainly determined by the three-dimensional structure of PSA.
As hypothesized in our last report (9), we assume that such a cross-link would occur between some part of E2 outside of the epitope structure and some part of the anti-E2 antibody outside the paratope structure, such as the sidechains of amino acids.
In a practical sense, it is not be possible to distinguish an idiotope from a paratope because the binding sites are equivalent.