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Unformatted text preview: while class II molecules present "exogenous" antigens. An endogenous antigen might be fragments of viral proteins or tumor proteins. Presentation of such antigens would indicate internal cellular alterations that if not contained could spread throughout the body. Hence, destruction of these cells by CTLs is advantageous to the body as a whole. Exogenous antigens, in contrast, might be fragments of bacterial cells or viruses that are engulfed and processed by e.g. a macrophage and then presented to helper T-cells. The TH-cells, in turn, could activate B-cells to produce antibody that would lead to the destruction of the pathogen....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course BIOLOGY MCB2010 taught by Professor Jessicadigirolamo during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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