Suppose a scientist wants to make antiserum specific for IgG. They inject
a RABBIT with purified MOUSE IgG and get an antiserum thats reacts with MOUSE IgG and other mouse isotopes. Why did this happen? How can she make antiserum specific for RABBIT IgG?
This is a fairly classical question for an immunology class, and I have seen ones similar to this show up in numerous final exams etc. What the person who asked you is looking for is for you to show an understanding of the fact the IgG (and all immunoglobulins) are proteins. Because immunoglobulins/antibodies are so often focused on as being the thing that recognised protein antigen, it is common for students to overlook the fact that they are themselves proteins, and thus can be antigens.
In the question, when you inject IgG from one species ...
Explores how antibodies against other antibodies can be made, incorporating a thorough discussion of self vs non-self recognition.
You work for a company which creates posters and informational material for doctor's offices. Your team's new project is to prepare information on the immune system. This information will be sent to graphic designers later to polish the visuals, but you need to ensure that the content is accurate.
The immune system is composed of several types of cells whose coordinated, concerted effort is required for screening, identification, and eventual purging of microbial invasion. This is especially evident when the body launches the Specific Immune Response, comprised of both Humoral and Cell-Mediated Immunity. Create a network diagram (flow chart) showing the components of the Specific Immune Response that shows the interaction and relationships of the cells in both Humoral & Cell-Mediated Immunity.
Sometimes too much of a good thing is not so good. When our immune system detects a foreign molecule and mounts an immune response, it is sometimes unaware that the foreign molecule is actually completely harmless. Many cases of allergies are a result of an aggressive immune response against an organism or molecule that harbors no real threat to our body. What are the components of our immune system involved in allergic reactions, and how does treatment of allergies manage to control them? Create a one-page brochure designed to explain the causes of allergies and tips for allergy management to a non-scientific audience.
You may use either Word or PowerPoint to create your network diagram; create the brochure as a Word document. Your final product should be in two files: one with the network diagram, and one with the brochure. Use the Library, Internet, and other resources to research these topics. Be sure to cite all sources in APA format.