Fig. 5: Staphylococcus aureus Resisting Opsonization via Protein A

The Fc portion of the antibody IgG, the portion that would normally binds to Fc receptors on phagocytes, instead binds to protein A on Staphylococcus aureus. In this way the bacterium becomes coated with a protective coat of antibodies that do not allow for opsonization.

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