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Three-dimensional structure and antigen binding specificity of antibodies

Abstract : A number of specific Fab and Fv fragments and their complexes with antigens (avian lysozymes), haptens, and anti-idiotopic Fabs have been studied by immunochemical and crystallographic techniques. Antigen and antibody interact through closely complementary contacting surfaces, without major conformational changes. An idiotopic determinant of a monoclonal antibody is shown to include parts of most of its complementarity determining regions. The specificity of antigen recognition resides in the close complementarity of the antigen determinant with the antibody combining site.
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D. Tello, S. Spinelli, H. Souchon, F.A. Saul, M.M. Riottot, et al.. Three-dimensional structure and antigen binding specificity of antibodies. Biochimie, Elsevier, 1990, 72 (8), pp.507-512. ⟨10.1016/0300-9084(90)90114-v⟩. ⟨pasteur-03136462⟩



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