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Normal, "non-super" antigens activate T-cells in the following manner: they are first engulfed and processed by a professional antigen presenting cell (APC), e.g., a macrophage. The processed antigen is then presented along with an MHC class II molecule on the surface of this cell. The T-cell's T Cell Receptor (TCR) then binds this complex; it must be able ...


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Thiomersal is broken down into two compounds, thiosalicylate and ethylmercury (Ensink 2015). The thiosalicylate it is relatively non-toxic, and there is even some evidence that this compound could counteract some of the effects of mercury poisoining (Asadi et al 2010), though the mechanism of this inhibition has yet to be elucidated. Although they have ...


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