The Immune System

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1/15/2009
  • Publisher: Garland Science

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The Immune System, Third Edition emphasizes the human immune system and synthesizes immunological concepts into a comprehensible, up-to-date, and reader-friendly account of how the immune system works. Written for undergraduate, medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmacy students in immunology courses, it makes generous use of medical examples to illustrate points. The Third Edition has been extensively revised and updated and includes two new chapters on innate and adaptive immunity, which explore the physical, cellular, and molecular principles underlying these responses to infection. It also features enhanced coverage of aspects of innate immunity such as the complement system, Toll-like receptors, defensins, and C-reactive protein; the role of dendritic cells in initiating the primary adaptive immune response and the functions of other cells that bridge innate and adaptive immunity; immunotherapies using humanized monoclonal antibodies to treat certain diseases; and the nature of the immune response in the mucosal tissues and immunological memory. The book offers over 500 full-color illustrations that complement and clarify the concepts. The end-of-chapter questions have been expanded and include essay, multiple-choice, and case study questions, with answers provided at the end of the book.

Table of Contents

Elements of the Immune System and their Roles in Defense
Antibody Structure and the Generation of B-Cell Diversity
Antigen Recognition by T Lymphocytes
The Development of B Lymphocytes
The Development of T Lymphocytes
T-Cell Mediated Immunity
Immunity Mediated by B cells and Antibodies
The Body's Defenses Against Infection
Failures of the Body's Defenses
Over-reactions of the Immune System
Disruption of Healthy Tissue by the Immune Response
Manipulation of the Immune Response
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