Benchmarking B-cell epitope prediction for vaccine design is meaningful if based on empirical reference data pertaining to cross-reactivities of antipeptide antibodies with native protein antigens; yet it is complicated by such data acquired using antibodies raised against peptide-protein conjugates, as peptide-protein conjugation can differentially suppress antibody responses to peptide epitopes.
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