What Are B Cells? - Function and Types


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Upon activation of a specific B cell by an antigen, it differentiates into a cell whose main role is to produce antibody. What are these antibody-producing 'factories' known as?

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1. A principle characteristic of T and B lymphocytes is immune memory. A memory cell does which of the following?

2. Which of the following best describes B cells?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the role B-cells have in sustaining a healthy body, as well as the process they go through to become plasma or memory cells. You will be quizzed on what the necessary conditions are for B-cells to produce anti-bodies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The name for a condition in which B-cells don't become plasma cells
  • Facts about B-cells
  • The term for the body's 'factories' that produce antibodies
  • Facts about memory cells
  • What agammaglobulinemia refers to

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related B-cell lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as plasma cells and B-cells
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding B-cell functions
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about antibodies

Additional Learning

To learn more about B-cells, review the accompanying lesson titled What Are B Cells? - Function and Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining B-cells
  • Understanding B-cell functions
  • Knowing the roles of plasma cells and memory cells
  • Defining agammaglobulinemia
  • Applying B-cell understanding to disease and vaccination