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13.6: Exercises

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    Review Questions for Chapter 13

    Multiple Choice

    1) Antibodies are produced by ________.

    1. plasma cells
    2. T cells
    3. bone marrow
    4. Macrophages

    2) Cellular adaptive immunity is carried out by ________.

    1. B cells
    2. T cells
    3. bone marrow
    4. neutrophils

    3) A single antigen molecule may be composed of many individual ________.

    1. T-cell receptors
    2. B-cell receptors
    3. MHC II
    4. epitopes

    4) Which class of molecules is the most antigenic?

    1. polysaccharides
    2. lipids
    3. proteins
    4. carbohydrates

    5) MHC I molecules present

    1. processed foreign antigens from proteasomes.
    2. processed self-antigens from phagolysosome.
    3. antibodies.
    4. T cell antigens.

    6) MHC II molecules present

    1. processed self-antigens from proteasomes.
    2. processed foreign antigens from phagolysosomes.
    3. antibodies.
    4. T cell receptors.

    7) Which type of antigen-presenting molecule is found on all nucleated cells?

    1. MHC II
    2. MHC I
    3. antibodies
    4. B-cell receptors

    8) Which type of antigen-presenting molecule is found only on macrophages, dendritic cells, and B cells?

    1. MHC I
    2. MHC II
    3. T-cell receptors
    4. B-cell receptors

    9) What is a superantigen?

    1. a protein that is highly efficient at stimulating a single type of productive and specific T cell response
    2. a protein produced by antigen-presenting cells to enhance their presentation capabilities
    3. a protein produced by T cells as a way of increasing the antigen activation they receive from antigen-presenting cells
    4. a protein that activates T cells in a nonspecific and uncontrolled manner

    10) To what does the TCR of a helper T cell bind?

    1. antigens presented with MHC I molecules
    2. antigens presented with MHC II molecules
    3. free antigen in a soluble form
    4. haptens only

    11) Cytotoxic T cells will bind with their TCR to which of the following?

    1. antigens presented with MHC I molecules
    2. antigens presented with MHC II molecules
    3. free antigen in a soluble form
    4. haptens only

    12) A ________ molecule is a glycoprotein used to identify and distinguish white blood cells.

    1. T-cell receptor
    2. B-cell receptor
    3. MHC I
    4. cluster of differentiation

    13) Name the T helper cell subset involved in antibody production.

    1. TH1
    2. TH2
    3. TH17
    4. CTL

    14) Which of the following would be a T-dependent antigen?

    1. lipopolysaccharide
    2. glycolipid
    3. protein
    4. carbohydrate

    15) Which of the following would be a BCR?

    1. CD4
    2. MHC II
    3. MHC I
    4. IgD

    16) Which of the following does not occur during the lag period of the primary antibody response?

    1. activation of helper T cells
    2. class switching to IgG
    3. presentation of antigen with MHC II
    4. binding of antigen to BCRs

    17) A patient is bitten by a dog with confirmed rabies infection. After treating the bite wound, the physician injects the patient with antibodies that are specific for the rabies virus to prevent the development of an active infection. This is an example of:

    1. Natural active immunity
    2. Artificial active immunity
    3. Natural passive immunity
    4. Artificial passive immunity

    18) A patient gets a cold, and recovers a few days later. The patient's classmates come down with the same cold roughly a week later, but the original patient does not get the same cold again. This is an example of:

    1. Natural active immunity
    2. Artificial active immunity
    3. Natural passive immunity
    4. Artificial passive immunity

    19) For many uses in the laboratory, polyclonal antibodies work well, but for some types of assays, they lack sufficient ________ because they cross-react with inappropriate antigens.

    1. specificity
    2. sensitivity
    3. accuracy
    4. reactivity

    20) How are monoclonal antibodies produced?

    1. Antibody-producing B cells from a mouse are fused with myeloma cells and then the cells are grown in tissue culture.
    2. A mouse is injected with an antigen and then antibodies are harvested from its serum.
    3. They are produced by the human immune system as a natural response to an infection.
    4. They are produced by a mouse’s immune system as a natural response to an infection.

    21) When using an EIA to study microtubules or other structures inside a cell, we first chemically fix the cell and then treat the cells with alcohol. What is the purpose of this alcohol treatment?

    1. It makes holes in the cell membrane large enough for antibodies to pass.
    2. It makes the membrane sticky so antibodies will bind and be taken up by receptor-mediated endocytosis.
    3. It removes negative charges from the membrane, which would otherwise repulse the antibodies.
    4. It prevents nonspecific binding of the antibodies to the cell membrane.

    22) In a direct fluorescent antibody test, which of the following would we most likely be looking for using a fluorescently-labeled mAb?

    1. bacteria in a patient sample
    2. bacteria isolated from a patient and grown on agar plates
    3. antiserum from a patient smeared onto a glass slide
    4. antiserum from a patient that had bound to antigen-coated beads


    23) There are two critically important aspects of adaptive immunity. The first is specificity, while the second is ________.

    24) ________ immunity involves the production of antibody molecules that bind to specific antigens.

    25) The heavy chains of an antibody molecule contain ________ region segments, which help to determine its class or isotype.

    26) The variable regions of the heavy and light chains form the ________ sites of an antibody.

    27) MHC molecules are used for antigen ________ to T cells.

    28) MHC II molecules are made up of two subunits (α and β) of approximately equal size, whereas MHC I molecules consist of a larger α subunit and a smaller subunit called ________.

    29) A ________ T cell will become activated by presentation of foreign antigen associated with an MHC I molecule.

    30) A ________ T cell will become activated by presentation of foreign antigen in association with an MHC II molecule.

    31) A TCR is a protein dimer embedded in the plasma membrane of a T cell. The ________ region of each of the two protein chains is what gives it the capability to bind to a presented antigen.

    32) Peripheral tolerance mechanisms function on T cells after they mature and exit the ________.

    33) Both ________ and effector T cells are produced during differentiation of activated T cells.

    34) ________ antigens can stimulate B cells to become activated but require cytokine assistance delivered by helper T cells.

    35) T-independent antigens can stimulate B cells to become activated and secrete antibodies without assistance from helper T cells. These antigens possess ________ antigenic epitopes that cross-link BCRs.

    36) A(n) ________ pathogen is in a weakened state; it is still capable of stimulating an immune response but does not cause a disease.

    37) ________ immunity occurs when antibodies from one individual are harvested and given to another to protect against disease or treat active disease.

    38) In the practice of ________, scabs from smallpox victims were used to immunize susceptible individuals against smallpox.

    39) When we inject an animal with the same antigen a second time a few weeks after the first, ________ takes place, which means the antibodies produced after the second injection will on average bind the antigen more tightly.

    40) When using mAbs to treat disease in humans, the mAbs must first be ________ by replacing the mouse constant region DNA with human constant region DNA.

    41) If we used normal mouse mAbs to treat human disease, multiple doses would cause the patient to respond with ________ against the mouse antibodies.

    42) A polyclonal response to an infection occurs because most antigens have multiple ________,

    43) When slowly adding antigen to an antiserum, the amount of precipitin would gradually increase until reaching the ________; addition of more antigen after this point would actually decrease the amount of precipitin.

    44) To detect antibodies against bacteria in the bloodstream using an EIA, we would run a(n) ________, which we would start by attaching antigen from the bacteria to the wells of a microtiter plate.

    Short Answer

    45) What is the difference between humoral and cellular adaptive immunity?

    46) What is the difference between an antigen and a hapten?

    47) Describe the mechanism of antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity.

    48) What is the basic difference in effector function between helper and cytotoxic T cells?

    49) What necessary interactions are required for activation of helper T cells and activation/effector function of cytotoxic T cells?

    50) Briefly compare the pros and cons of inactivated versus live attenuated vaccines.

    51) Describe two reasons why polyclonal antibodies are more likely to exhibit cross-reactivity than monoclonal antibodies.

    52) Explain why hemolysis in the complement fixation test is a negative test for infection.

    53) What is meant by the term “neutralizing antibodies,” and how can we quantify this effect using the viral neutralization assay?

    54) Why is it important in a sandwich ELISA that the antigen has multiple epitopes? And why might it be advantageous to use polyclonal antisera rather than mAb in this assay?

    Critical Thinking

    55) Which mechanism of antigen presentation would be used to present antigens from a cell infected with a virus?

    56) Which pathway of antigen presentation would be used to present antigens from an extracellular bacterial infection?

    57) A patient lacks the ability to make functioning T cells because of a genetic disorder. Would this patient’s B cells be able to produce antibodies in response to an infection? Explain your answer.

    58) Suppose you were screening produce in a grocery store for the presence of E. coli contamination. Would it be better to use a polyclonal anti-E. coli antiserum or a mAb against an E. coli membrane protein? Explain.

    59) Both IgM and IgG antibodies can be used in precipitation reactions. However, one of these immunoglobulin classes will form precipitates at much lower concentrations than the other. Which class is this, and why is it so much more efficient in this regard?

    60) When shortages of donated blood occur, O-negative blood may be given to patients, even if they have a different blood type. Why is this the case? If O-negative blood supplies were depleted, what would be the next-best choice for a patient with a different blood type in critical need of a transfusion? Explain your answers.

    61) Label the primary and secondary antibodies, and discuss why the production of end product will be proportional to the amount of antigen.

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