This web page was produced as an assignment for an undergraduate course at Davidson College.
HUMORAL IMMUNE RESPONSE
This part of the immune response is perpetuated by antibodies which are produced by activated B cells.
Antibodies have three ways of attacking and eliminating an invading pathogen
B Cell Activation:
The B cell is activated by interaction with a helper T cell and differentiates in to plasma cells that secrete antibody specific to the antigen presented by the T cell.
This process requires two seperate signals to occur at the same time:
Signal 1 – B Cell receptor crosslinking by the antigen itself
Signal 2 –