variable surface glycoprotein
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any of a class of conjugated proteins consisting of a compound of protein with a carbohydrate group.
α1-acid glycoprotein an acute phase protein found in blood plasma, an indicator of tissue necrosis and inflammation. Called also orosomucoid.
P-glycoprotein a cell-surface protein occurring normally in the colon, small intestine, adrenal glands, kidney, and liver, and also expressed by tumor cells. It is a modulator of multidrug resistance, mediating the transport of antineoplastic agents out of tumor cells.
variable surface glycoproteinAbbreviation: VSG
An antigen expressed on the surface of an microorganism that changes over time and helps the organism evade host antibodies.
See also: glycoprotein