Nanoparticles and the Immune System

Nanoparticles and the Immune System

Safety and Effects

1st Edition - November 29, 2013

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  • Editors: Diana Boraschi, Albert Duschl
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124080850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124079212

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Nanoparticles and the Immune System provides a reference text for toxicologists, materials scientists and regulators and covers the key issues of interaction of nanomaterials with the immune system. The book discusses several issues that toxicologists and regulators need to know: identification of endpoints that are relevant for assessing hazard, evaluating impact on immunologically frail populations, and how to evaluate chronic/cumulative effects. In addition, the book addresses the possibility of turning the immunomodulating properties of certain nanomaterials to our advantage for amplifying immune responses in certain diseases or preventive strategies (e.g. vaccination).

Key Features

  • Identifies endpoints relevant for assessing hazardous situations, evaluating the impact on immunologically frail populations and how to gauge chronic/cumulative effects
  • Raises the awareness of the importance of knowing the effects of the new nanomaterials on our immune system


Toxicologists, material scientists and regulators working in the field of nanosafety

Table of Contents

  • Preface



    Chapter 1. How Innate and Adaptive Immunity Work

    1.1 The Immune System: Protecting the Body from Damage

    1.2 Innate Immunity

    1.3 Adaptive Immunity

    1.4 Nanoparticles and the Immune System


    Chapter 2. Nanoparticles and Innate Immunity

    2.1 The Innate Immune System

    2.2 The Innate Immune Cells

    2.3 Sensing of Nanoparticles by Innate Immune Cells

    2.4 Interaction of Nanoparticles with Innate Immune Cells

    2.5 Interaction with Innate Immune Factors

    2.6 Innate Immune Reaction to Nanoparticles: Healing Versus Chronic Inflammation


    Chapter 3. Nanoparticles and Adaptive Immunity

    3.1 Adaptive Immunity—Differences and Cooperation with Innate Immunity

    3.2 De Novo Induction of Adaptive Immunity: MHC Complexes and Dendritic Cells

    3.3 T Cell Subtypes

    3.4 Regulating Adaptive Immunity: Regulatory T Cells and Anergy Versus Inflammatory T Cells

    3.5 B Cells and Antibodies

    3.6 Toxicity at the Level of Specific Immune Cell Types: Does it Exist?


    Chapter 4. Nanoparticles and Allergy

    4.1 Allergy: A Special Case of Immune Reaction

    4.2 Nanoparticles in the Sensitization Phase of Allergy

    4.3 Nanoparticles and the Response Against Allergens

    4.4 Sensitizers, Contact Allergy, Delayed-Type Allergy

    4.5 Therapeutic Perspectives


    Chapter 5. Nanoparticles and Immunological Frailty

    5.1 When Does Immunological Frailty Occur?

    5.2 Disease

    5.3 Aging

    5.4 Interaction of Nanoparticles with Frail Immune Systems


    Chapter 6. Nanoparticles in Medicine: Nanoparticle Engineering for Macrophage Targeting and Nanoparticles that Avoid Macrophage Recognition

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Macrophage Distribution, Activation, and Heterogeneity

    6.3 Macrophage Recognition of Nanoparticles

    6.4 Macrophage Avoidance of Nanoparticles

    6.5 Other Challenges


    Chapter 7. The Invertebrate Immune System as a Model for Investigating the Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles

    7.1 Brief Overview of Invertebrate Immunity

    7.2 Invertebrate Immunity as a Target for Environmental Nanoparticles

    7.3 Bivalve Molluscs as an Invertebrate Model for Investigating the Effects of Nanoparticles on Innate Immunity in Aquatic Environments

    7.4 Earthworms as a Model for Investigating the Effects of Nanoparticles on Innate Immunity on Terrestrial Invertebrates

    7.5 Conclusions


    Chapter 8. Summary and Outlook

    8.1 The Role of Immunity in Nanosafety

    8.2 Challenges for the Further Development of the Field

    8.3 Understanding Molecular Mechanisms

    8.4 Applying Nanotechnology in Immunology



Product details

  • No. of pages: 138
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: November 29, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124080850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124079212

About the Editors

Diana Boraschi

Diana Boraschi

Diana Boraschi is an immunologist that built her experience both in academic institutions (Italian National Council for Nuclear Energy, Italian National Research Council, National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI) and industrial settings (the vaccine company Sclavo in Siena, Italy; the pharmaceutical company Dompé in L’Aquila, Italy). She is presently Research Director at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry of the Italian National Research Council in Naples. She has served as Director of Fellowships at the Human Frontier Science Program Organization in Strasbourg, France, and as external expert evaluator for the research programmes (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, EDCTP) of the EU Commission, the Singapore National Medical Council, and the US National Science Foundation. She is author of 156 peer-reviewed research articles in immunology, editor/author of 17 books, and inventor in eight patents, in addition to numerous monographic and divulging publications. She is particularly involved in higher education training activities and capacity building actions in Africa, in the field of poverty-related diseases and health care systems and delivery.

Diana Boraschi studies the mechanisms of innate defence responses, focussing in particular on the role of macrophages and inflammatory cytokines in the effector phase of defence reactions against infections and tumours. Her main interests are the receptors of the IL-1R/TLR family and their cytokine ligands (IL-1 and IL-18). A fragment of IL-1 endowed with immunostimulatory activity is now defined as the “Boraschi loop”. She is currently studying the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of diseases (from autoimmune syndromes to degenerative diseases such as ALS, and in ageing), with particular emphasis on abnormalities in the activation of macrophages. Within the study of the initiating mechanisms causing chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, she has recently addressed the possible impact of engineered nanoparticles, and of their interaction with microbial derived factors, in initiating or modulating pathology-related inflammation. She has initiated the “Immunosafety Task Force” within the NanoSafety Cluster (an initiative sponsored by the EU Commission), a focus group aiming at defining and standardising the immunosafety assessment as central part of nanosafety regulations.

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD, Research Director, Institute of Biomedical Technologies, Italian National Research Council, Pisa, Italy

Albert Duschl

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Division of Allergy and immunology, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

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