opsonize


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opsonize

[′äp·sə‚nīz]
(immunology)
To render microorganisms susceptible to phagocytosis.
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2007), nodule formation (Hine 1999), phagocytosis (Bayne 1990, Cheng 1996), wound healing (Franchini & Ottaviani 2000), and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and active enzymes that are well known to assist, opsonize, and accelerate hemocyte immune functions (Xing et al.
Thus, by triggering activation of the complement system, CRP is able to opsonize targets (1).
Opsonophagocytosis assay: Convalescent serum samples from pharyngitis cases were compared for their ability to opsonize GAS (7).
The B-face of CRP recognizes phosphocholine epitope of bacteria to opsonize them.