Microcheck 164

The results of antibody-antigen binding include neutralization, immobilization and prevention of adherence, agglutination and precipitation, opsonization, complement activation, and antibody-dependent cytotoxicity. Immunoglobulin classes include IgM, IgG, IgA, IgD, and IgE.

■ Why is IgM particularly effective at agglutinating antigens?

■ Which two maternal antibody classes protect a newborn that is breast-fed?

■ In opsonization with IgG, why would it be important that IgG react with the antigen before a phagocytic cell recognizes the antibody molecule?

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