In immunology, an immunoglobulin allotype is the allele of the antibody chains found in the individual. The word allotype comes from two Greek roots, allo meaning 'other or differing from the norm' and typos meaning 'mark.' Thus allotype refers to the idea that each immunoglobin has unique sequences particular to the individual's genome that manifest in its constant region (normally).
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- "THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF IMMUNOGLOBULINS - ANTIBODIES". Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- Immunoglobulin allotypes at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- allotype at eMedicine Dictionary
- Overview at University of South Carolina School of Medicine
- Overview at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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