ID#: 19010
In simplistic terms, this illustration depicts the method, by which sheep red blood cells (SRBC) are made sensitive to the possible presence of antibodies in a serum sample, created in order to combat herpes simplex virus (HSV). If HSV antibodies are present in the sample, then the SRBCs would agglutinate, or clump together, revealing a positive result as to their presence. The SRBC are first subjected to a tanning process, which consists of bathing the SRBC in a tannic acid bath, which facilitates bonding upon their subsequent exposure to the HSV antigen, leading to the creation of sensitized SRBCs, which are made sensitive to the presence of any serum HSV antibodies.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. F.T. Forrester
Creation Date: 1975
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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