(When the history of immunology in the twentieth century i...)
When the history of immunology in the twentieth century is written, the decade of the 1960's will, in all probability, stand out as the period of greatest advance in the development of molecular immunology. It is appropriate and useful, therefore, that a schol arly and integrated presentation of this progress should be made available in English. The translation of Dr. Nezlin's "Biochem istry of Antibodies" from Russian admirably fulfills this need in the form of a scientific monograph directed to medical and biolog ical scientists. The appearance of this monograph also serves to emphasize the conceptual unification of diverse immunological phenomena which has emerged from progress in molecular immunology. This unity is a consequence of the key role played by the antibody mol ecule (either in solution or cell-bound) in every biological process properly described as immunological. Indeed, immunology as an independent natural science can be described as the study of the structure, interactions, and biosynthes is of the antibody molecule.
(This book provides comprehensive up-to-date information o...)
This book provides comprehensive up-to-date information on the structure and function of immunoglobulins. It describes the basic features of these molecules, which assists the reader in understanding how they function as an integral part of the immune system. The Immunoglobulins describes the localization and structure of different binding sites of immunoglobulin molecules, including the antigen-binding site, on the basis of latest x-ray crystallography studies. It discusses recently developed biotechnological methods that allow scientists to obtain fully active antibody molecules in vitro even without immunization and to construct new variants of immunoglobulins and their fragments by fusing with various other active molecules. A survey of recent knowledge on immunoglobulin-binding molecules other than antigens and on flexibility of immunoglobulin molecules concludes the discussion of functional aspects of the problem. Key Features * Describes recent reviews on the structure and function of immunoglobulin molecules of various species * Summarizes in detail recent findings on the fine structure of the antigen-combining site * Presents comparative data on the antigen-recognizing sites of other molecules such as MHC proteins and T-cell receptors * Summarizes growing data on immunoglobulin binding sites responsible for the reaction of immunoglobulins with molecules other than antigens * Explores the rapid advance of recent biotechnological methods used for the construction of antibody molecules and their fragments with new properties * Presents extensive references and is lavishly illustrated
Doctor of Medicine, 2d Moscow Medical School, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Academy Medical Science, Moscow, 1962. Doctor Biological Science, Academy Medical Science, Moscow, 1969.
Physician 5th Hospital, Moscow, 1953-1956. Biochemist Institute Virology, 1956-1959. Senior scientist Institute Molecular Biology, 1959-1988.
Professor immunology Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, since 1988. Visiting professor Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1994-1995, University Illinois, Urbana, 1993.
Member Israel Immunol. Society, Hungarian Immunol. Society (honorary).
Married Irina Zusman, June 9, 1962. Children: Alexander, Iliya.