Introductory Immunology

Introductory Immunology

Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications

3rd Edition - February 15, 2023

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  • Author: Jeffrey Actor
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443153075

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Introductory Immunology: Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications, Third Edition includes aspects of microbiology and related immune defense mechanisms important in combating disease, as well as critical components related to the field of vaccine development. Knowledge on effector mechanisms addressing components inherent within cellular responses that are either newly discovered or missing from the previous edition are covered. The book puts an extra emphasis on aspects related to mechanisms important in combating microbial agents, with critical sections on how vaccines protect against pathogenic invaders to limit associated pathology. This new edition has been completely updated and revised, offering an expanded concise, conceptual approach to understanding immune systems as a primary defense to maintain health and homeostasis. It is specifically focused towards an educated audience that does not have a deep understanding of medical, biochemical or cellular knowledge.

Key Features

  • Creates appreciation for components of the human immune system to work together to confer lifelong protection
  • Provides a core knowledge in immunology to build a foundation to explore mechanisms involved in clinical disease
  • Defines functional aspects of immunological terms to permit the reader easy access to comprehend specific topics
  • Presents an introduction to complex immunological concepts in a concise and easy manner that relates to clinical disease
  • Breaks down immunology into manageable, logically digestible building blocks, providing a map to explore overlapping mechanisms of immune protective responses


Researchers, clinicians, clinical investigators, pathologists, medical students, and graduate students in the biomedical sciences, as well as basic scientists in such fields as immunology, rheumatology, genetics, cell biology and microbiology

Table of Contents

  • 1. A Functional Overview of the Immune System and Immune Components
    2. The Inflammatory Response
    3. The B Lymphocyte and the Humoral Response
    4. T Lymphocytes: Ringleaders of Adaptive Immune Function
    5. How We Defend Against Infectious Agents
    6. Basic Disorders of Immune Function
    7. Autoimmunity: Regulation of Response to Self
    8. The Immune Hypersensitivities
    9. Vaccines and Immunotherapy
    10. Cancer Immunology
    11. Transplantation Immunology
    12. Assessment of Immune Parameters and Immunodiagnostics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: February 15, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443153075

About the Author

Jeffrey Actor

Jeffrey Actor
Jeffrey K. Actor, PhD is a professor and Medical Immunology Course Director in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Center at Houston. Dr. Actor received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. His research interests include examination of host immune responses during parasitic disease, understanding proinflammatory and regulatory cytokines during mycobacterial infections, vaccine development, and molecular mechanisms of Lactoferrin immunomodulation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, USA

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