So I keep getting confused when the passage states anti b antibodies, is this an antibody against the b-antibody? If so, does this mean it binds to the b antibody. I ask because they mention that A blood type produces anti-b-antibodies
I guess that makes sense, but then why dont they just call it b antibody instead of anti-b antibody, the wording seems to imply its a antibody against the b antibody. I guess what you are saying is that anti-b-antibody is an antibody against the b antigen?It means it has an antibody against B. Having type A blood means that it has the A antigen so that no antibodies will be produced against it. However, it does not have the B antigen, so it will produce an antibody against it. As a result, someone with type A blood cannot receive blood from someone with type B blood.
Thank you for your help!No you're right. An anti B antibody is an antibody against B. In type A blood, the immune system recognizes the A antigen so it won't illicit an immune response. Since in type A blood you don't have a B antigen it will cause an immune response b/c it is viewed as "foreign".
No, antibodies generated in another species for use in humans would not work because the body would recognize them as foreign and remove/destroy them. I found this wiki article to be quite useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoclonal_antibodiesThis brings me to my own antibody question. Is it possible to use an antibody that was generated in some other species in humans?