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Spacefill model of an antibody. Antibodies are molecules produced by the immune system to fend off invading microbes (e.g. viruses) and other substances recognised by the body as foreign. They generally have the Y-shaped structure shown here. The monoclonal antibodies that have recently begun to be used therapeutically ¿ e.g. to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis ¿ are essentially constructed in the same way. Antibodies are composed of distinct fragments, notably two light and two heavy chains. The atoms of the light and heavy chains are shown in different colours. The small fragments shown in gray in the lower part of the image are carbohydrates that are bound to the hydrophobic regions of the heavy chains.



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