Natural Immunity

Edited By

  • Lorand Bertok
  • Donna Chow

"Natural Immunity" is a broadly-based account of the activities of the evolutionarily conserved molecules, cells and processes of the natural immune system. This encompasses the early host protection against microbes (bacteria and viruses) and tumours, prior to the generation of the adaptive immune response, diverse major current pathologies including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and key roles in essential physiological processes such as reproduction and wound healing.
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Immunology researchers, teachers and students; neuroendocrinologists


Book information

  • Published: April 2005
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51755-5

Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsList of ContributorsHost Defense MechanismsHost Defense: An Interaction of Neuroendocrine-, Metabolic and Immune Mechanisms in the Interest of SurvivalEpithelial, Secretory and Endogenous Host DefenseAntimicrobial Peptides - The Defense Never Rests Endogenous Cytoprotective Mechanisms The Role of Bile Acids in Natural Resistance: Physico-Chemical Host Defense The Natural Immune SystemA Historical Introduction of Natural Killer (NK) Cells and Current Status of Their Role in Host Defenses The Role of the Reticuloendothelial System in Natural Immunity