opsonize


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opsonize

[′äp·sə‚nīz]
(immunology)
To render microorganisms susceptible to phagocytosis.
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CRP binds to a variety of ligands such as phosphocholine residues, modified LDL, and damaged cells; activates complement; and opsonizes biological particles (1, 2).
Recent studies indicate that MBL could opsonize HIV but does not induce neutralization of virus within the physiological concentration range (62).
Fetuin-A acts as a ubiquitous cofactor, usually required to opsonize cationic macrophage deactivating molecules (10).