Antibodies combat some of the strongest foreign invaders that enter your body. What are antibodies and how do they work?
- Whenever a germ or infection enters the body, white blood cells, lymphocytes, race towards it.
- Lymphocytes produce antibodies that overpower the germ.
- Antibodies provide immunity to infection.
- Vaccinations activate antibodies by introducing germs at nonlethal doses.
Lymphocytes are white blood cells that allow your body to build up immunity to disease.
Every pathogen - from chickenpox to the cold virus - produces its own specific chemical, called an antigen.
Lymphocytes have receptors on their cell surface, which match and fit a particular antigen.
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