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HON Allergy Glossary Antibody (201 words)
Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are proteins produced by plasma cells (or B-Cells, a type of lymphocyte), which are designed to control the immune response in extracellular fluids by binding to substances in the body that are recognized as foreign antigens (often proteins on the surface of bacteria and viruses).
Antibodies are diverse, with more than 1010 possible variations, yet each antibody is designed to recognize only a specfic antigen.
The new antibodies, which are all designed to recognize the infecting antigen, are released into the intercellular fluid where they bind to the infecting antigen, identifying it for destruction by phagocytes and the complement system.
Antibody - MSN Encarta (482 words)
Antibody, any of perhaps a million kinds of normally occurring protein molecules that are produced in the body of cells called lymphocytes and that act primarily as a defense against invasion by foreign substances.
Animals do not have antibodies to substances to which they have not been exposed, but one animal is able to produce enough different kinds of antibodies to fit the molecular arrangement of any foreign substance it is likely to encounter.
Monoclonal antibodies are used in medicine to detect pregnancy, diagnose disease, and treat conditions caused by toxins or poisonous substances, such as snake venom.
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