Agglutination Formal Report

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Agglutination Reaction

Date performed: May 7, 2012
Group members present:
Tan, Kevin Kyle Sy
Ting, Shermae
Tomimbang, Charisse Christine

I. Introduction
Agglutination is the clumping of particles. The word agglutination comes from the Latin agglutinare, meaning "to glue." This occurs in biology in three main examples:
1. The clumping of cells such as bacteria or red blood cells in the presence of an antibody. The antibody or other molecule binds multiple particles and joins them, creating a large complex. 2. The coalescing of small particles that are suspended in a solution; these larger masses are then (usually) precipitated. 3. An allergic reaction type occurrence where cells become more compacted together to prevent foreign materials entering them. This is usually the result of an antigen in the vicinity of the cells. 4. Also occurs when people are given blood transfusions of the wrong blood group.

A blood type is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). These antigens may be proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, or glycolipids, depending on the blood group system. Some of these antigens are also present on the surface of other types of cells of various tissues. Several of these red blood cell surface antigens can stem from one allele (or very closely linked genes) and collectively form a blood group system. Blood types are inherited and represent contributions from both parents.

II. Materials

Antisera A and B
Whole peripheral blood
Applicator sticks

III. Methodology
1. Place two drops of unknown blood types separately on each side of a clean glass slide. 2. Add a drop of antiserea – A to one drop of blood and one drop of antisera – B to another drop of blood. 3. Mix the blood antiserea suspension using separate applicator sticks. 4. Observe for agglutination reactions.

Blood Type| Anti-A| Anti-B|
A| There...
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