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Antigen Microarrays: Descriptive Chemistry or Functional Immunomics?

Prechl et al., Trends Immunol. (2010) - PMID: 20176506

Product(s) used in this publication:  PepStar™ Peptide Microarrays

Abstract:

Advances in protein microarray technology allow the generation of high content, reliable information about complex, multilevel protein interaction networks. Yet antigen arrays are used mostly only as devices for parallel immune assays describing multitudes of individual binding events. We propose here that the huge amount of immunological information hidden in the plasma of an individual could be better revealed by combining the characterization of antibody binding to target epitopes with improved estimation of effector functions triggered by these binding events. Furthermore, we could generate functional immune profiles characterizing general immune responsiveness of the individual by designing arrays incorporating epitope collections from diverse subsets of antibody targets.

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