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avidity

[ə′vid·əd·ē]
(immunology)
The total binding strength of a polyvalent antibody (an antibody that has multiple binding sites for the same antigen) with a polyvalent antigen (an antigen with multiple identical antibody-binding sites); equivalent to the sum of the affinities at each of the binding sites.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Our avidity results could be interpreted as a subset of clinically relevant IgE for the acute parasitism and a set of IgE antibodies induced by continuous fish intake (and therefore Anisakis contact) with possibly different avidities. In this respect, a previous study in peanut allergic subjects showed IgE : IgG avidity ratios to be higher than 1 for a total antigenic source, whereas the opposite ratio was found when analysing avidity to a major allergen Ara h2 [26].
Furthermore, interfering antibodies can have a wide range of avidities to the antigen compared with the reagent antibodies (i.e., higher, comparable, or lower).