Antibodies to Nucleic Acids

  • Marc Leng
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 137)

Abstract

The ability of vertebrate species to cope with foreign substances depends in part on their capacity to synthesize antibodies which recognize specifically and bind to the foreign substances called antigens. An antibody is a serum protein belonging to the family called immunoglobulins. The immunoglobulins are biologically active glycoproteins capable of carrying out several different functions. They can bind specifically to antigens, activate the complement systems, mediate cytotropic reactions and act as antigen receptors on lymphocyte membranes.

Keywords

Polysaccharide Adenosine Adduct Macromolecule Myeloma 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Leng
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Biophysique MoléculaireC. N. R. S.Orléans edex 2France

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