Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are Y-shaped glycoproteins formed by plasma cells, which are differentiated B-cells. They are found on the surface of B-cells, in body fluids, secretions. Anticorps recognize and bind to special epitopes which are the surface of their cognate antigens with molecular structures.

The structure, function, groups and clinical significance of antibodies will be considered in this article.


Light heavy chains

Two identical heavy chains and two identical light chains consist of antibody molecules which therefore give an antibody two antigen-binding locations. Disulphide links connection between heavy chains and light chains . Moreover, the heavy and light chains include multiple sequences of amino acids, each corresponding to a protein domain. Protein domain is an antibody feature and corresponds to a discreet, folded protein structure region. Protein domain. Consequently, they are important in the development of antibody systems (see 'monoclonal antibodies' below). Each light string has two areas, and each heavy string has four fields (one variable and one constant) (one variable and three constant).

Five forms of heavy chain exist: μ (Mu), α (Alpha), β (Epsilon) and μ (Delta), which are IgM, IgG, IgA, IgE and IgD respectively. There are 5 heavy chain types.

There are two types of light chain: β (kappa) and Ţ (cappa) (lambda). The two р or two μ chains of each antimonopoly, but not one of each, may be present. The μ/μ ratio is 2:1. However, the forms do not vary functionally.

Regions of FC and Fab

There are two variable regions and a constant region in each antimicrobe.

The Fab regions include the variable domains of light and heavy chains (fragment antigenic binding). The variable areas form the variable areas of the antimicrobial system that give the antigens their specificity. Thus, these areas vary between anticorps. There are two constant fields also included in each Fab area, one from the heavy chain part and one from the light chain part.

The FC region (crystallisable fragment) consists of two heavy chains that have remained constant domains. In the Fc region, the immune cells interact and mediate different functions.

The constant region comprises both the Fab and the Fc areas. The constant heavy chain domains are the same for all antibodies in the same class.

In the central part of heavy chains, IgA and IgG antikoids are also hinge regions that are versatile amino-acid chains.

Classification The antibodies of the chromosome 14 gene are classed according to the form of heavy chain. IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD and IgE are the different classes; in the descending order of serum plenty.

The IgG

IgG is the highest-profile class in anticorps. On the surface of mature B-cells and serum. It is present. In order of concentration of serum, four subclasses exist, IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4. IgG is the only antibody to cross the placenta and thereby passes mother-to-foetus passive immunity. Thus, in the first three to six months of life, newborns have elevated IgG concentrations.

IgA is an abbreviation for Immunoglob

In secretions like saliva, IgA is the most prevalent antibody. Two subclasses are available, IgA1 and IgA2. IgA forms a dimer, which binds 2 Y-shaped molecules through a connecting chain and provides four total antigen binding sites. IgA anticuerpos are enzyme-resistant and behave primarily like anticorps neutralising. Breast milk and colostrum have high IgA levels, which cover aerodigestive tracts and protect against breast-food baby infections.

IgA forms a membrane layer on the surfaces of the mucosa in adults to avoid pathogenic invasions. Plasma cells in the proprium lamina generate excessive polymer IgA, which then passes through the layer of an epithelium to the luminal side by endocytosis. IgA neutralises pathogenicity by attaching pathogens or toxins to its Ligands and hinders its connection to epithelial receptors. IgA molecules may also bind multipurpose antigens and/or pathogenes to create complexes of the antigen-antibody which are then cleared by peristalsis and stuck in the mucosal layer.

On the surface of B-cells, IgM IgM antibodies are expressed as monomers but as pentameters. A pentameter has five antigens, with 10 antigen binding sites, linked by a connecting chain. It is the first foetal immunoglobulin developed by B-cells against the new infection. It is the first one. IGM is highly greedy, which means that it is strong, but not so affinity, and therefore, that the strength of the single interaction between an epitope and anticorps is small.

On the surface of B-cells, IgD IgD is present. It plays a role in the development of B-cells and anticorps. IgD and IgM express all naive B cells.

IgE It is linked to allergen, particularly type I hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis and atopic disease (e.g. asthma and dermatitis). It causes mast cells and basophils to release histamine. IgE is also involved in the immune system's response to parasitic infections.


The Fc region binds to various immune cell receptors (for example, on phagocytes) and mediates a variety of effector functions.

Opsonisation is a term used to describe the process of

Antibodies (primarily IgG1 and IgG3) can function as opsonins by binding to pathogens, allowing phagocytes to recognise them more effectively. Phagocytes then bind to the antibodies via their Fc receptors and begin phagocytosis.

The process of neutralisation

Antibodies can keep pathogens out of cells by blocking various parts of the bacterial or viral cell surface. As a result, some viruses and bacterial toxins are neutralised. To be successful, neutralising antibodies must have a high affinity; IgG and IgA antibodies have the greatest effect.

Activation of the complement

When IgM or IgG antibodies bind to microbial surfaces, they activate the classical complement pathway. This results in the release of C3b, which functions as an opsonin, as well as other complement components that comprise the membrane attack complex. MAC pierces the pathogen plasma membrane, causing cell lysis and death.

Immune complexes can be formed when several antigens and antibodies bind together. Complex formation reduces the ability of antigens to diffuse, making it easier for phagocytes to locate and ingest pathogens through phagocytosis.

Cell-mediated cytotoxicity mediated by antibodies

Antibodies bind to target cells and opsonize them. The Fc component of the antibody is then recognised by natural killer cells, which release cytotoxic granules (perforin and granzymes) into the target cell, causing apoptosis. They also produce interferons, which entice phagocytes.


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