I'd like to clear something up about antibodies that I'm not sure I've understood in the articles I've read. Looking at concepts such as "affinity maturation", "monovalent antigens" and "polyvalent antigens" it seems as if there are multiple antibodies which can bind to the same antigen. (Although I think I'm right in saying that individual antibodies can only bind to one antigen?) However, when I read sentences like "It has been estimated that humans generate about 10 billion different antibodies, each capable of binding a distinct epitope of an antigen" on the Wikipedia page (for antibody) it does make it sound like it's one antibody per antigen? Is this the case? Or is it one antibody per epitope. Either way, to put this question in a nutshell:
Is it true to say that the same substance could bind with (and, therefore, be recognised by) more than one antibody, or not?
Also, if the answer is no, does that mean that antibodies with different binding affinities are classed as the same antibody or not?