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How the immune system works
Sompayrac, Lauren.
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Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Healthy immune system -- Overview -- Innate immune system -- B cells and antibodies -- MHC molecules and antigen presentation -- T cells and cytokines -- Lymphoid organs and lymphocyte trafficking -- Tolerance induction and MHC restriction -- Immune system in disease -- Immunopathology- the immune system gone wrong -- Cancer and the immune system.
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QR181 .S65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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How the Immune System Works is composed of nine chapters (or 'lectures') written in a direct lecture style. The first lecture is an overview of the immune system designed to give students a glimpse of all the immune system players on the field at once. The next five lectures focus on the individual players of the innate and adaptive systems. In the seventh lecture the author shows how all these players interact with each other. The final two lectures serve as a review, as students use the concepts that they learned in the first seven lectures to examine three interesting topics: cancer and the immune system, transplant immunology; and the immunology of pregnancy.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookp. ix
Part I. The Healthy Immune System
Lecture 1. An Overviewp. 3
Lecture 2. The Innate Immune Systemp. 15
Lecture 3. B Cells and Antibodiesp. 27
Lecture 4. The Magic of Antigen Presentationp. 43
Lecture 5. T Cells and Cytokinesp. 55
Lecture 6. Lymphoid Organs and Lymphocyte Traffickingp. 71
Lecture 7. Tolerance Induction and MHC Restrictionp. 83
Part II. The Immune System in Disease
Lecture 8. Immunopathology: The Immune System Gone Wrongp. 95
Lecture 9. Cancer and the Immune Systemp. 109
Glossaryp. 117
Indexp. 121