Question about Human Auto-Immune System

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Question about Human Auto-Immune System

Post by dolce18 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:13 am

I'm not a biology student by any means (I'm actually a Philosophy major) but I've recently been reading a lot about monoclonal antibodies.

Here's my question:

When monoclonal antibodies are injected into the bloodstream, for instance in monoclonal antibody therapy, does the human immune system actually begin to produce these antibodies as well? And if so does it do so right off the bat (i.e., from the introduction of this therapy)? I'm curious because given that therapy is used to treat specific illnesses and target specific antigens, you'd need a very large number of antibodies and people generally only receive a few injections of the given antibodies. What is the immune system's response?

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Re: Question about Human Auto-Immune System

Post by dolce18 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:48 am

A second question:

What does it mean to purify a monoclonal antibody?

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