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Particle agglutination Figure 9-8 Coagglutination.

specific but may not be as sensitive for detecting small quantities of antigen as latex agglutination, thus, it is not usually used for direct antigen detection.

Liposome-Enhanced Latex Agglutination

Phospholipid molecules form small, closed vesicles under certain controlled conditions. These vesicles, consisting of a single lipid bilayer, are called liposomes. Molecules bound to the surface of liposomes act as agglutinating particles in a reaction. By combining liposomes containing reactive molecules on their surfaces and latex particles that harbor antibody-binding sites on their surfaces, reagents are created that have the potential to transform a weak antigen-antibody particle agglutination reaction into a stronger, more easily visualized reaction (Figure 9-9). Liposomes have yet to reach their full potential as diagnostic reagents in clinical microbiology.

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