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The immune response is directed to epitopes on antigens; a bacterial cell has a multitude of different epitopes.

■ What is the difference between an immunogen and an antigen?

■ Which macromolecules are most antigenic?

■ Would a denatured antigen be expected to have the same epitopes as its native (undenatured) counterpart?

Epitopes

(antigenic determinants)

Figure 16.3 Antibodies and Antigen Epitopes on a Bacterial Cell

Epitopes

(antigenic determinants)

Figure 16.3 Antibodies and Antigen Epitopes on a Bacterial Cell

Chapter 16 The Adaptive Immune Response

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