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Whats a monoclonal antibody?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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In brief: Antibody to one site

Monoclonal antibodies (mab or moab) are monospecific antibodies that are the same because they are made by identical immune cells that are all clones of a special parent cell.
Monoclonal antibodies have monovalent affinity. That is, they bind to the same epitope/site. These can be used in treating cancer, autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, and in diagnostic tests, like western blot.

In brief: Antibody to one site

Monoclonal antibodies (mab or moab) are monospecific antibodies that are the same because they are made by identical immune cells that are all clones of a special parent cell.
Monoclonal antibodies have monovalent affinity. That is, they bind to the same epitope/site. These can be used in treating cancer, autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, and in diagnostic tests, like western blot.
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