Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 43 - 43.3 - Concept Check - Page 968: 2


Assuming the variable region which binds to antigens is undamaged in this process, the clipped-off end could theoretically still act on the intended antigens.

Work Step by Step

It is the Y-shaped end of the antibody that binds to antigens and neutralizes them, not the heavy chain connecting it to the cell membrane. Though some free-floating antibody ends may or may not be as effective as those on an active B cell, they could potentially continue to work just as well.
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