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A Short note on Antigen

Amaya Casimiro*

Department of Biology, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author:
Amaya Casimiro
Department of Biology,
Jimma University, Jimma,

Received: 14-Apr-2022, Manuscript No. JOB-22-60820; Editor assigned: 18-Apr-2022, Pre QC No. JOB-22-60820(PQ); Reviewed: 02-May-2022, QC No. JOB-22-60820; Revised: 14-Jun-2022, Manuscript No JOB-22-60820 (R); Published: 21-Jun-2022, DOI: 10.4172/2322- 0066.10.6.002

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Antigen (Ag) is a molecule or molecular structure, as well as any foreign particulate matter or pollen grain that can attach to a specific antibody or T- cell receptor in immunology. Antigens in the body can cause an immunological response. Firstly, the term antigen referred to a material that produces antibodies. Proteins, peptides (amino acid chains), polysaccharides (chains of monosaccharides/simple sugars), lipids, and nucleic acids are all examples of antigens.

Antigen receptors, similar as antibodies and T- cell receptors, honor antigens. Immune system cells produce a variety of antigen receptors, each of which is specific for a single antigen. Only the lymphocytes that recognise the antigen are actuated and expanded when they're exposed to it, a process known as clonal selection. Antibodies can generally only reply to and attach to one antigen; still, antibodies can cross-react and bind to many antigens in some circumstances.

The antigen may come from within the body or from the outside world. Due to negative selection of T cells in the thymus and B cells in the lymph lumps, the immune system will fete and kills "non-self" external antigens but infrequently reacts to self-protein.

Vaccines are immunogenic antigens that are provided to a beneficiary with the purpose of converting the adaptive immune system's memory function to antigens of the pathogen invading that beneficiary. A common illustration is the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Exogenous antigens

Antigens that have entered the body from the outside, similar as through inhalation, ingestion, or injection, are known as exogenous antigens. Exogenous antigens frequently induce a subclinical vulnerable response. Exogenous antigens are absorbed into antigen- presenting cells and reused into pieces via endocytosis or phagocytosis. T adjunct cells (CD4) are also presented with the fractions by APCs using class II histocompatibility motes on their face. The peptide MHC complex is particular for some T lymphocytes. They come actuated and started secreting cytokines, which spark cytotoxic T lymphocytes, antibody- secreting B cells, macrophages, and other cells.

Some antigens begin as exogenous and also transform into endogenous (for illustration, intracellular contagions). Intracellular antigens can be returned to rotation after the infected cell is destroyed.

Endogenous antigens

Endogenous antigens are produced by normal cell metabolism or by viral or intracellular bacterial infection within normal cells. The fractions are latterly combined with MHC class I motes and presented on the cell face. When actuated cytotoxic CD8 T cells identify them, they produce venoms that beget the infected cell to lyse or apoptose. To help cytotoxic cells (self-reactive T cells) from killing cells just for presenting tone-proteins, forbearance causes the cytotoxic cells (selfreactive T cells) to be destroyed (negative selection). Xenogenic (heterologous), autologous, idiotypic, or allogenic (homologous) antigens are examples of endogenous antigens. Antigens can occasionally be plant in the host of an autoimmune illness.


Autoantigens are tone-proteins or protein complexes (and sometimes DNA or RNA) that is produced by the vulnerable system of cases with autoimmune conditions. These tone-proteins shouldn't be vulnerable system targets under normal circumstances, but in autoimmune diseases, their linked T cells aren't destroyed and rather attack.


Neoantigens are genes which are not plant in the mortal genome at all. Neoantigens are more applicable to cytotoxic medicines than nonmutated self-proteins because the quality of the T cell pool accessible for these antigens is innocent by central T cell forbearance. Only lately has technology been accessible to test T cell response to neoantigens in a methodical way.

Viral antigens

Epitopes produced from viral open reading frames contribute to the pool of neoantigens in contagion- associated conditions, similar as cervical cancer and a subset of head and neck cancers.