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What is an antigenic shift

Mutation in the antigen so that the antibody can no longer bind - bugs do it all the time to evade the immune system


What is the difference between antibodies, immunoglobulins and gammaglobulins

Immunoglobulins is a family of antibodies whereas an antibody is specific for a given antigen or maybe a group of similar antigens. Gammaglobulin refers to the gamma peak that is seen in the electrophoresis peak. Most of our antibodies are found here in this peak


Functions of different antibodies

1. Protect the neonates - IgG (even though we talked about in the last hour it was IgM) 2. Complement system - IgM, IgG 3. Mast cell mediated immune response against helminths - IgE 4. Opsonization - IgG, IgM 5. Antibody mediated cellular toxicity - IgG 6. Neutralize microbes toxins - IgG, IgM, IgA 7. Protect mucosal surface - IgA, IgM


What antibodies neutralize toxins

IgA, IgM and IgG, binds to the toxins disabling their effect and binds to the viruses and prevents them from entering cells


What antibodies promotes opsonophagocytosis

IgG and IgM, also induced more release of ROS and iNOS and proteases into the phagosome


What is a major site for phagocytosis



What is the receptor involved in opsonophagocytosis

FCgamma receptor


How does antibodies cause cell level toxicity

Antibodies binds to the Fcgamma receptors on the target cells and on the other side they bind to the NK cells FCgamma receptors. Granzyme and perforin are released by the NK cells. It is important to know that for NK cells there has to be a lack of MHC complex. However antibodies can over ride this mechanism by activating cytotoxicity promoting signals


What mediates the hypersensitivity response and what receptor does it bind to

IgE, it bind to FCepsilon receptor


What is so unqiue about this receptor involved in hypersensitivity response

Vast majority of the receptors that regulate immune response binds to antibody-antigen complex. However FCepsilon is a high affinity receptor as it can only bind to the antibody IgE, thats why we dont have alot of IgE in our sera since all of it is stuck to the mast cells


Explain the role of eosinophils in immune regulation

1. They are recruited and activated by IL-5

2. Important in fighting helminths and contributing to asthma

3. Granules contain large variety of cytokines and chemokines


What helps us develop muscosal immunity

Multimer antibodies IgA and IgM. IgA production is induced by TGFbeta and it is released in Muscosal Associated Lymph Tissues (MALT)


How do we pump IgA and IgG into the mucosal layer

Poly-Ig receptor is used which binds to IgA or IgM and takes it across the cell surface membrane of the mucosal cell. Then this poly-Ig receptor once it gets to the other side of the cell surface membrane is cleaved releasing the antibody into the muscosal layer


Explain the dilemma of the intestine and how does it go about in generating a fine tailored immune response

The dilemma of the intestine is that there are bacteria that are desired to be present in the intestine and then there are foreign pathogens that shouldnt be present so the job of immune system is to differentiate between essential bacteria and potentially harmful pathogens. This is achieved in several ways

1. Right underneath the villi are lymphatics which drain their fluid into a special lymph node called the mesentric lymph node which has specially been tailored for the small intestine

2. There are specialized epithelial cells for immune reponse in the GI tract called the M cells. He said "that is the immune system's way of seeing into the GI tract as what is going on"

3. There are Payer's patches right underneath the epithelial lining that have dendritic cells taking out their projections all the way to the lumen. They are continuously trapping antigens and presenting to the B and T cells that lie in the germinal centers of the Payer's patches. Memory cells and plasma cells can be generated when a foreign pathogen is detected and antibodies can be pumped into the lumen


Compare parenteral vaccine vs the oral vaccine

1. One is administered intramuscularly whereas the other one is adminsitered orally

2. IgG antibodies are made in the blood vs IgA antibodies made that are pumped to the lumen of GI tract

3. In parenteral a person is a carrier whereas in the other one the person is not a carrier and that person has immunity towards the pathogen entering the body via GI tract


What is another exception to the antibody-antigen complex binding receptor

Neonatal FC receptor called the FcRn receptors. Mom's IgG antibodies are transported through the placenta by this receptor


What is transient hypoglobulinemia

After 2 months of birth the infant has low levels of antibodies, especially IgG antibodies since the antibodes received from mom have surpassed their half life and the infant is still developing their immune system. This condition can stay for as long as 9 months of age.


When are B and T cell deficiences diagnosed

T cells can be diagnosed day 1 with the help of TRECs whereas B cells deficiences are diagnosed around the age of 2 when hypoglobulinemia is persistent


What is the complement proteins

It is a system of proteins, part of the INNATE immunuity, effect is mediated by complement receptors


Effects of complement system in immune response when it is activated

1. Opsonization

2. Cell lysis and cytotoxicity

3. Development of inflammation by releasing cytokines, chemokines, recruiting macrophages and neutrophils and increasing vasodilation and vasopermeability

4. Clearing of immune complexes

5. B lymphocytes coactivation


Describe the complement pathway

Involved a series of steps, most of the proteins invovled are serine proteases and they are also zymogens so they have to be cleaved to be activated, cleaving is done by enzymes called "convertases". Formation of C3 convertase is a key step


3 pathways of complement


What are the 3 pathways 

It is important to know that the classical pathway and in the MBL pathway C4 and C2 are cleaved to form C4b and C2a which forms the key enzyme called the C3 Convertase.

In alternative pathway, microbial antigens are obserevd so a C3 is added which then forms a dimer with beta factor to form a C3b and Beta factor which together form the C3 Convertase


Describe the classical pathway

1. Antibody must be bound to the microbe, free antibodies will not intitate complement classical pathway

2. IgG or IgM are involved

3. They recruit C1 complex that starts with C1q

4. C1q binds to the Fc region of the antibody, which then recruits C1r and C1s to form the enzyme that cleaves the C4 and C2


Describe the alternative pathway

1. C3b can be from other pathways or it can be from slow hydrolysis of C3

2. It binds to the microbial antigen

3. Factor B is recruited which binds to C3b and then this C3b-Bb complex forms the C3 convertase

4. Important to know where bB comes from, it comes from Factor B which is cleaved by D into bB and bA. bA goes away and bB forms the complex

5. Factor P binds to the C3 convertase (C3bBb) and promote its activity. 

6. C3 convertase breaks down C3 into C3a and C3b


The amplifying mechanism

Convertase itself makes more C3b which can then make more of the convertase 


What are the effects of C3 convertase

It can feed the alternative pathway by making more of C3b or it can go on and bind to the C3 convertase itself to make a C5 convertase that will cleave C5 into C5a and C5b


How does complement activation leads to the development of MAC on the microbe

C3a-Bb makes C3 convertase which can cleave C3 to C3a and C3b. C3b can bind to the C3 convertase to make C5 convertase. This will break down C5 into C5a and C5b. C5 convertase with C5b will recruit C6,7,8 and 9. C9 leads to depsoition of MAC on the microbe since C9 itself are the units of MAC


What disease is associated with deficiencies in this complement pathway

People who are more susceptible to infections from Nisseria may have mutations that may cause the development of a defective or inefficient complement pathway.

People with recurrent Nisseria usually have C8 or C9 deficiencies


Name the significant complement proteins and explain their effects.

What are the receptors associated with these proteins and where are these receptors found.

Also name one of the chemotactic receptors

1. Opsonization is done by C3b and C4b

2. Inflammation is caused by C3a, C4a and C5a, the last one being the most powerful and is called anaphylatoxins

3. Lymphocyte activation by C3d

4. Clearence of immune complexes - C3b and iC3b

C3R, C4R are found on phagocytes. C5R is found on mast cells and basophils and it causes anaphylaxis. CR1 is present on RBCs and leads to dissolution and clearence of immune complexes. Finally CR2 is found on B cells