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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, any of perhaps a million kinds of normally occurring proteinmolecules 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.
Monoclonalantibodies 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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