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Ehrlich's side chain theory

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A theory of immune reactions and the formation of antibodies. The antigen-antibody reaction is compared to a chemical structure with side chains or chemical receptors. Through these chemical receptors the body cells combine with antigens that eventually are released as circulating antibodies.


  • P. Ehrlich:
    Das Sauerstoffbedürfnis des Organismus. Eine farbenanalytische Studie.
    Berlin, 1885. Experimentelle Untersuchungen über Immunität. I. Über Ricin.
    Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift, Berlin, 1891, 17: 976-979. Experimentelle Untersuchungen über Immunität. II. Über Albrin.
    Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift, Berlin, 1891, 17: 1218-1219. Über die Constitution des Diphteriegiftes.
    Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift, 1898, 24: 597-600. Die Wertbestimmung des Diphterieheilserums und deren theoretische Grundlagen.
    Klinische Jahrbücher, 1898, 6: 299-326.

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