Molecular economy and antibody function: the evolution of a Protecton.

  • Rod Langman
  • Published 1992 in
    International journal of clinical & laboratory…

Abstract

The humoral immune response protects against a very large array of pathogens which attempt to escape immune recognition by changing the antigens they display. When looked at from the point of two competing sets of DNA (i.e., the pathogens vs. the host), there is a vastly larger pool of mutating pathogen DNA than in, say, a mouse. The stratagems that allow a… (More)

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