on- and off-rate of antibodies

Esbjorn Fiers esfie at gengenp.rug.ac.be
Tue Feb 1 07:56:14 EST 2000

Dear all,
I am working with scFv phage display libraries. In some articles I come
across the words on- and off-rate, being the rate at which an antibody
binds its antigen and the rate at which an antibody dissociates from its

antigen. Furthermore, they say that when antibody affinities become
higher this is mostly due to a lower off-rate, with the on-rate being
less important. I kind of have problems to completely understand this.
Is there anybody who could explain this to me, or has anyone a reference

in which this is clearly explained?

Esbjorn Fiers

Esbjorn Fiers
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Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie                           VIB
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