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One important difference between BCRs and TCRs is the way they can interact with antigenic epitopes. Whereas TCRs can only interact with antigenic epitopes that are presented within the antigen-binding cleft of MHC I or MHC II , BCRs do not require antigen presentation with MHC; they can interact with epitopes on free antigens or with epitopes displayed on the surface of intact pathogens. Another important difference is that TCRs only recognize protein epitopes, whereas BCRs can recognize epitopes associated with different molecular classes (e.g., proteins, polysaccharides, lipopolysaccharides).

Activation of B cells occurs through different mechanisms depending on the molecular class of the antigen. Activation of a B cell by a protein antigen requires the B cell to function as an APC, presenting the protein epitopes with MHC II to helper T cells. Because of their dependence on T cells for activation of B cells , protein antigens are classified as T-dependent antigens . In contrast, polysaccharides, lipopolysaccharides, and other nonprotein antigens are considered T-independent antigens because they can activate B cells without antigen processing and presentation to T cells.

A B cell plasma membrane has two long rectangles spanning it; these form a Y shape. Two shorter rectangles sit on the outside of the upper portion of the Y. The region spanning the membrane and half-way through the bars of the Y is the constant region. The upper region is the variable region which has the antigen binding sites. The long rectangles are the heavy chain. The shorter rectangles are the light chains. Multiple disulfide bridges hold the constant region together.
B-cell receptors are embedded in the membranes of B cells. The variable regions of all of the receptors on a single cell bind the same specific antigen.
  • What types of molecules serve as the BCR?
  • What are the differences between TCRs and BCRs with respect to antigen recognition?
  • Which molecule classes are T-dependent antigens and which are T-independent antigens?

T cell-independent activation of b cells

Activation of B cells without the cooperation of helper T cells is referred to as T cell-independent activation and occurs when BCRs interact with T-independent antigens. T-independent antigens (e.g., polysaccharide capsules, lipopolysaccharide) have repetitive epitope units within their structure, and this repetition allows for the cross-linkage of multiple BCRs, providing the first signal for activation ( [link] ). Because T cells are not involved, the second signal has to come from other sources, such as interactions of toll-like receptors with PAMPs or interactions with factors from the complement system .

Once a B cell is activated, it undergoes clonal proliferation and daughter cells differentiate into plasma cells. Plasma cells are antibody factories that secrete large quantities of antibodies. After differentiation, the surface BCRs disappear and the plasma cell secretes pentameric IgM molecules that have the same antigen specificity as the BCRs ( [link] ).

The T cell-independent response is short-lived and does not result in the production of memory B cells . Thus it will not result in a secondary response to subsequent exposures to T-independent antigens.

A circle with small chains of hexagons projecting from the surface is a pathogenic bacterial cell. The chains are polysaccharide antigens with repeating epitopes. Antibodies on the B cell bind to these epitopes. This causes the activation of the  B cell and secretion of pentameric IgM.
T-independent antigens have repeating epitopes that can induce B cell recognition and activation without involvement from T cells. A second signal, such as interaction of TLRs with PAMPs (not shown), is also required for activation of the B cell. Once activated, the B cell proliferates and differentiates into antibody-secreting plasma cells.

Questions & Answers

fermented foods likely benefited ancestors to preserve foods and make other foods like milk, cheese, and bread using microbes.
Zinnia Reply
the evidence that I would support the statement regarding ancient people ideas that disease was transmitted by things they could not see is by the discoveries under a microscope. Many microbiologists have discovered certain diseases caused by microbes.
plz give the information about glyoxylate cycle
kamini Reply
what type of information?
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what is microbial soup?
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most bacterial pathogens that cause disease in humans are classified in terms if their preferable ph as
Beesan Reply
what is micro
Kabul Reply
extremely small in size
almost invisible to the naked eye
invisible sized objects
invisible sized object or specimens.which is used to see in only the microscope that specimens or objective called the micro
small organism that can be seen by use of Microbes
why do you need to study microorganisms
what is microbiology?
Green Reply
microbiology is a branch of biology .it deals with the study of microorganisms life cycle , uses, disadvantages,and it impact in any other fields .which is used to view in microscope .
Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, those being unicellular, multicellular, or acellular. Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, bacteriology, protistology, mycology, immunology and parasitology. 
In short , it is the study of micro organisms and types , characteristics.
can you explain the structure of rna in detail
Dhanalakshmi Reply
RNA is of many types....like mRNA,tRNA,rRNA,snRNA,guideRNA..etc .
but generally RNA is single stranded
It contains adenine guanine cytosine , instead of thymine it contains uracil.
ribonucleic acid present in RNA.. where as in DNA it is deoxyribonucleic acid...and ribonucleotide is present in RNA
RNA is a blue print of DNA. it has the information from DNA....and we can predict the base panirs in DNA if we have the RNA....copy of that DNA
can either have positive or negative polarity
Diatoms need..... With the help of which they can construct their beautiful cell wall
Prathmesh Reply
Microbial growth curve shows a.... Curve.
Shambhuraj Reply
diminishing curve
It represents the decreasing growth of an organism.
what is meant by reverse isolation in tuberculosis treatment?
Swetha Reply
why do we study microbiology
Microbiology is the way of gaining knowledge about those organisms which are surround us but we can't see them with our naked eye,such organisms called microorganisms..We can see them only under microscope.
from our birth to death microorganisms are with us in the environment as well as on our body which are called Microflora.
Microfloras are non pathogenic
what is microbiology
Anji Reply
It is the study of microorganisms and their structures functions and their interactions with environment ...
it is the study of microorganisms which are invisible to backed eye but we can see them under microscope then microbiology is the study of microorganisms including their structures , functions,and their interactions with environment
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Hyderabad .
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what is reverse isolation in tuberculosis treatment?
Reverse isolation is used to protect you from germs when your immune system is not working properly. Germs can be carried on droplets in the air, medical equipment, or another person's body or clothing.
will you repeat this again?
Reverse isolationis used to protect you from germs when your immune system is not working properly. Germs can be carried on droplets in the air, medical equipment, or another person's body or clothing.
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What is allosteric site?
Hetshree Reply
I don't know how to explain but it's a deep concave site of an enzyme it's slightly or more slightly similar to the active site on an enzyme
a site other than enzyme active site
describe the gram staining procedure as used in identification and classification of bacteria and it's interpretation
tabitha Reply
Gram staining method found by Hans Christian Gram. Classified into Gram Positive and Gram Negative Positive would be purple or blue stained bacteria Negative would be Pink or Red stained bacteria Both are observed under microscope This procedure performed on glass slides by making a smear of sample.
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