Opsonization of an Encapsulated Bacterium

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The Fab portion of IgG binds to epitopes of a capsule. The Fc portion can now attach the capsule to Fc receptors on phagocytes for enhanced attachment. Once attached to the phagocyte by way of IgG, the encapsulated bacterium can be engulfed more efficiently and placed in a phagosome.

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Professor of Microbiology, The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: August, 2018
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