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antibody (immunoglobulin, Ig)
Glossary of "The Cell (5th ed.)" by Alberts et al. (2008)
- Protein produced by B cells in response to a foreign molecule or invading microorganism. Binds tightly to the foreign molecule or cell, inactivating it or marking it for destruction by phagocytosis or complement-induced lysis.
Glossary of "Biology (3rd ed.)" by Hardin & Bajema (1978)
- a molecule that interacts with specific antigens, bringing about the destruction of the antigens and the cells to which they are attached. See also antigen
- Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J. Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter P. 2008. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th ed. -xxxiv + 1616 pp. Garland Science, New York.
- Hardin, G. & Bajema, C. 1978. Biology, its Principles and Implications, third edition. -x + 790 pp. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco.