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Brooks urged men to have regular tests for the antigen that can signal prostate problems.
Other approaches seek to make sure that the immune system responds to as many cancer antigens as possible.
These dead flu parts get packaged with other ingredients needed to make a vaccine (a concoction of proteins, fats, and antigens).
The treatment, known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR-T, involved extracting Novick’s own white blood cells, genetically modifying them into cancer-killers, and then infusing them back into his body.
Alternatively, the antigens could be provided from outside.
The chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR-T, treatments extract a cancer patient’s own immune system cells, genetically engineer them into cancer-fighting machines and then inject them back into the body.
Both are chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies, or CAR-Ts, which reprogram the body’s own immune cells to recognize and attack malignant cells.
The new feature that gives the engineered T cells their cancer-fighting powers is called a chimeric antigen receptor, hence the name Car-T therapy.
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An antibody is a protein produced by your immune system to fight outside invaders. Since the enemy substance actually triggers the production of antibodies, such substances are called antigens—anti- being short for antibody, and -gen meaning "producer". (In a similar way, an allergen produces an allergy, and a pathogen produces a pathology or disease.) Antigens are often rodlike structures that stick out from the surface of an invading organism—usually a bacterium or a virus—and allow it to attach itself to cells in the invaded body. But unfortunately for them, in doing so they let the immune system know they're present, and the body is flooded with an army of Pac-Man-like antibodies.
Origin and Etymology of antigen
First Known Use: 1908See Words from the same year
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