Galactose and ABO Antigen Precursor Substance

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Galactose and ABO Antigen Precursor Substance

Specific sugars attached to the red cell membrane in unvarying linkage conformations determine ABO antigenic activity. Galactose resides at the end of this specific sugar chain. This configuration constitutes the ABO antigen precursor substance.