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Immunoglobulins 

Chapter:
Nomenclature
Author(s):

Harriet S. Meyer

… the antibody in serum is a mixture of perhaps100 million slightly different types of molecule… J. H. L. Playfair and B. M. Chain(p38) Plasma cells can release up to 2000 antibody mole-cules per second … J. H. L. Playfair and B. M. Chain(p43) You are the antibody. Smash MouthImmunoglobulins are the glycoproteins that constitute antibodies. They were first recognized by serum electrophoresis and, because they were localized to the electrophoretic gamma zone, were originally referred to as γ-globulins.The term immunoglobulin and terminology for immunoglobulin classes were put forth in the 1960s. The use of the abbreviation Ig (pronounced [eye-gee]) in preference to

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