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An Introduction to Immunobiology and innate immunity

This difference is best described by vaccination a

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Unformatted text preview: t Terms: Immunogen- any molecule that can elicit an adaptive immune response de novo (i.e. non- self) Antigen- any molecule that can bind specifically to an antibody, i.e. can react with an antibody There is a subtle difference between these two terms. This difference is best described by vaccination. A vaccine is able to induce an immune response de novo. The vaccine is an example of an immunogen since is able to induce an adaptive immune response. An antigen is able to react with products of the adaptive immune system. On its own, it isn’t able to induce a response in a naï...
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