Med. Surg. Nursing-Immune, Immunoglobulins

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IgG

Appears in serum and tissues
Assumes major role in bloodborne and tissue infections
Activates complement
Enhances phagocytosis
Crosses placenta

IgA

Appears in body fluids
Protect against respiratory, GI, and genitourinary infections
Prevents absorption of antigens from food
Passes through breast milk

IgM

Appears mostly in intravascular serum
Appears as first immunglobulin produced in response to bacterial and viral infections
Activates complement

IgD

Appears in small ammounts in serum
Possibly influences B-lymphocyte differentiation

IgE

Appears in serum
Takes part in allergic and some hypersensitivity reactions
Combats parasitic infections

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