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Primer to The Immune Response

Written in the same engaging conversational style as the acclaimed first edition, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition is a fully updated and invaluable resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology. The authors bring clarity and readability to their audience, offering a complete survey of the most fundamental concepts in basic and clinical immunology while conveying the subject’s fascinating appeal.

The content of this new edition has been completely updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. The superbly drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book. The text is further enhanced by the inclusion of numerous tables, special topic boxes and brief notes that provide interesting insights. At the end of each chapter, a self-test quiz allows students to monitor their mastery of major concepts, while a set of conceptual questions prompts them to extrapolate further and extend their critical thinking. Moreover, as part of the Academic Cell line of textbooks, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition contains research passages that shine a spotlight on current experimental work reported in Cell Press articles. These articles also form the basis of case studies that are found in the associated online study guide and are designed to reinforce clinical connections.

Undergraduate medical students and graduate students taking the following courses: Introduction to Immunology, Immunology, Clinical Immunology, Medical Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Immunology and Disease

Paperback, 702 Pages

Published: January 2014


ISBN: 978-0-12-385245-8


  • "Primer to The Immune Response contains all the essential knowledge the undergraduate and medical student needs to know on B cell development, activation and effector functions."--Zhenyu Hao, University of Toronto

    "Medical students, in particular, will find it a valuable guide and friendly companion in finding their way through the maze of complications surrounding the autoimmune diseases."--Noel Rose, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research


  • Chapter 1 Introduction to the Immune Response
    Chapter 2 Components of the Immune System
    Chapter 3 Innate Immunity
    Chapter 4 The B Cell Receptor: Proteins and Genes
    Chapter 5 B Cell Development, Activation and Effector Functions
    Chapter 6 The Major Histocompatibility Complex
    Chapter 7 Antigen Processing and Presentation
    Chapter 8 The T Cell Receptor: Proteins and Genes
    Chapter 9 T Cell Development, Activation and Effector Functions
    Chapter 10 Regulation of Immune Responses in the Periphery
    Chapter 11 NK and NKT Cells
    Chapter 12 Mucosal and Cutaneous Immunity
    Chapter 13 Immunity to Infection
    Chapter 14 Vaccination
    Chapter 15 Immunodeficiency
    Chapter 16 Tumor Immunology
    Chapter 17 Transplantation
    Chapter 18 Immune Hypersensitivity
    Chapter 19 Autoimmune Diseases
    Chapter 20 Hematopoietic Cancers


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