Introduction to the immune system

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Journal titleMethods in Molecular Biology
Pages120; # of pages: 20
Subjectcytokine; adaptive immunity; autoimmunity; bone marrow; cell function; cell size; cell type; human; immune system; immunity; immunocompetent cell; inflammation; innate immunity; liver; lymph node; lymph vessel; Peyer patch; priority journal; review; spleen; thymus; tonsil; tumor immunity
AbstractThe immune system in a broad sense is a mechanism that allows a living organism to discriminate between "self" and "non-self." Examples of immune systems occur in multicellular organisms as simple and ancient as sea sponges. In fact, complex multicellular life would be impossible without the ability to exclude external life from the internal environment. This introduction to the immune system explores the cell types and soluble factors involved in immune reactions, as well as their location in the body during development and maintenance. Additionally, a description of the immunological events during an innate and adaptive immune reaction to an infection is discussed, as well as a brief introduction to autoimmunity and cancer immunity. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); Human Health Therapeutics (HHT-TSH)
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NPARC number21269594
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Record created2013-12-13
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