Nonspecific immunity

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  • Approaches to Passive Immunization Passive immunization is generally used to provide temporary immunity in a person exposed to an infectious disease who has not been actively immunized; this situation can arise when active immunization is unavailable (e.g., for respiratory syncytial virus) or when active immunization simply has not been implemented before exposure (e.g., for rabies). Passive immunization is used in the treatment of certain illnesses associated with toxins (e.g.

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  • Infectious diseases have been known for thousands of years, although accurate information on their etiology has only been available for about a century. In the medical teachings of Hippocrates, the cause of infections occurring frequently in a certain locality or during a certain period (epidemics)was sought in “changes” in the air according to the theory of miasmas. This concept, still reflected in terms such as “swamp fever” or “malaria,” was the predominant academic opinion until the end of the 19th century, despite the fact that the Dutch cloth merchant A.

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  • The pulmonary surfactant prevents alveolar collapse and is required for normal pulmonary function. One of the important components of the surfactant besides phos-pholipids is surfactant-associated protein C (SP-C). SP-C shows complex oligomerization behavior and a transition to b-amyloid-like fibril structures, which are not yet fully understood. Besides this nonspecific oligomerization, MS and chemical cross-linking data combined with CD spectra provide evidence of a specific, mainlya-helical, dimer at lowto neutral pH....

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  • Chapter 8 provides knowledge of lymphatic & immune system. The following will be discussed in this chapter: Lymphatic system, nonspecific defenses, specific defenses, induced immunity, immunity side effects.

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  • Chapter 28 - The lymphatic and immune systems. After completing chapter 28, you will be able to: List the pathways and organs of the lymphatic system and give their locations; define lymph and tell how it is circulated in the body; define the terms infection, pathogen, and antigen; list and describe the nonspecific body defense mechanisms; explain the signs and causes of inflammation;...

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  • Chapter 43 - The body’s defenses. After reading this chapter and attending lecture, the student should be able to: Explain what is meant by nonspecific defense, and list the nonspecific lines of defense in the vertebrate body, explain how the physical barrier of skin is reinforced by chemical defenses, explain how the function of natural killer cells differs from the function of phagocytes,...

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  • Par j 1 and Par j 2 proteins are the two major allergens inParietaria juda-ica pollen, one of the main causes of allergic diseases in the Mediterranean area. Each of them contains eight cysteine residues organized in a pattern identical to that found in plant nonspecific lipid transfer proteins.

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  • Chapter 29 - The immune system. After completing Chapter 29, you will be able to: Define the terms infection, pathogen, and antigen; list and describe the nonspecific body defense mechanisms; explain the signs and causes of inflammation; explain what is meant by specific body defenses;...

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