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An antigen is a substance (such as part of a virus or bacteria)
that triggers the immune system to produce cells (antibodies) that attack and
try to destroy the antigen. The body usually produces one specific type of
antibody for each antigen.
Sometimes the body mistakenly recognizes its own tissue as an
antigen or foreign substance and produces antibodies against its own tissue.
This is called an autoimmune response or autoimmune
Current as of:
March 23, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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