Spring Allergies and the Antibody-Antigen Connection

Welcome to the early days of spring! After a long winter, we’re ready for brightly colored blooms and buds, less clothing layers, and more daylight. Several of us are also preparing for the inevitable start of spring season allergies. Allergies…

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What is an antibody? Antibodies (also called immunoglobulins, or Igs) are specialized proteins that allow the immune system to distinguish between “self” and “non-self” proteins or polysaccharides.    Antibody molecules comprise four linked polypeptide chains: two “heavy chains” and two “light…