What Is a Hapten?

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A hapten is a small molecule that can draw out an immune response only when attached to a large carrier such as a protein. The carrier may be one that also does not elicit an immune response by itself. Once the body has generated antibodies to a hapten-carrier adduct, the small-molecule hapten may also be able to bind to the antibody. It will usually not initiate an immune response.
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hap·ten
[hap-ten]
NOUN [IMMUNOLOGY]
1.
a substance having a single antigenic determinant that can react with a previously existing antibody but cannot stimulate more antibody production unless combined with other molecules; a partial antigen.
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antigenic when bound to proteins.
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Hapten is a substance having a single antigenic determinant that can react with a previously existing antibody
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(hăp'tĕn') also hap·tene ( -tēn' ) n. A small molecule that reacts with a specific antibody but cannot induce the formation of antibodies unless bound to a carrier
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Actually, penicillin is not a hapten to begin with, since the structure of penicillin differ significantly from all the other haptens out there. As you may know, haptens are molecules
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Hapten refers to a substance that normally reacts with a particular antibody but it does not elicit antibody formation. It only reacts when it is hemically combined ...
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