Haptenic - definition of haptenic by The Free Dictionary
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hap·ten (hăp′tĕn′) also hap·tene (-tēn′)
A small molecule that reacts with a specific antibody but does not induce an immune response unless bound to a larger molecule, usually a protein.
[German : Greek haptein, to fasten + German -en, noun suffix (from Greek -ēnē, -ene).]
(Physiology) immunol relating to a hapten
References in periodicals archive
The cause may be due to environmental factors such as bacterial or viral infections, or haptenic
toxic chemicals binding to human tissue, causing modification of self-antigens and the subsequent production of autoantibodies.
Synthesis of 2,3-di-Omethyl4-O-(3,6,-di-O-methyl-b-D-glycopyranosyl)-L-rhamnopyranose (and its a-propyl glycoside)-a haptenic
portion of the major glycolipid from Mycobacterium leprae.
There are T-helper lymphocytes that are involved with delayed allergy reactions to haptenic
immunotoxins such as toxic minerals.