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Antigenic Variation

Introduction: Antigenic Variation

Description of Antigenic Variation

Antigenic Variation: Change in the surface ANTIGEN of a microorganism. There are two different types. One is a phenomenon, especially associated with INFLUENZA VIRUSES, where they undergo spontaneous variation both as slow antigenic drift and sudden emergence of new strains (antigenic shift). The second type is when certain PARASITES, especially trypanosomes, PLASMODIUM, and BORRELIA, survive the immune response of the host by changing the surface coat (antigen switching). (From Herbert et al., The Dictionary of Immunology, 4th ed).
Source: MeSH 2007

Antigenic Variation: Related Topics

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Terms Similar to Antigenic Variation:

  • Antigen Switching
  • Antigenic Diversity
  • Variation, Antigenic

Source - MeSH 2007

Broader terms for Antigenic Variation

Source - MeSH 2007

Hierarchical classifications of Antigenic Variation

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