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Unformatted text preview: interactions with B-cell receptors. A second mechanism, "receptor cross linking", results when antibody, bound to a B-cell via its Fc receptor, and the B-cell receptor both combine with antigen. This "cross-linking" inhibits the B-cell from producing further antibody. Another means of regulation that has been proposed is the idiotypic network hypothesis. This theory suggests that the idiotypic determinants of antibody molecules are so unique that they appear foreign to the immune system and are, therefore, antigenic. Thus, production of antibody in response to antigen leads to the production of anti-antibody in response, and anti-anti-antibody and so on. Eventually, however, the level of [anti] n-antibody is not sufficient to induce another round and the cascade ends....
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