"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.

Key Features

* The first comprehensive book on natural immunity * Reviews new topics, effects of behaviour, aging, and exercise, and diet on natural immunity * Highlights the physiological role of natural immunity * Focuses on the relationship of the neuroendocrine system with natural immunity * Brings together the diversity and complexity of natural immune system activity


Immunology researchers, teachers and students; neuroendocrinologists

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Acknowledgements List of Contributors Host Defense Mechanisms Host Defense: An Interaction of Neuroendocrine-, Metabolic and Immune Mechanisms in the Interest of Survival Epithelial, Secretory and Endogenous Host Defense Antimicrobial Peptides - The Defense Never Rests Endogenous Cytoprotective Mechanisms The Role of Bile Acids in Natural Resistance: Physico-Chemical Host Defense The Natural Immune System A 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


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Elsevier Science
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