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

Table of Contents


Online Study Guide


The Academic Cell Approach

Introduction to the Online Study Guide

Biographies: Authors



Part I: Basic Immunology

Chapter 1. Introduction to the Immune Response


A Historical Orientation

B The Nature of the Immune Response

C Types of Immune Responses: Innate and Adaptive

D Interplay between the Innate and Adaptive Responses

E Clinical Immunology

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Chapter 2. Components of the Immune System


A Cells of the Immune System

B How Leukocytes Communicate

C Lymphoid Tissues

D Cellular Movement in the Immune System

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Chapter 3. Innate Immunity


A Non-Inducible Innate Mechanisms

B Inducible Innate Mechanisms

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Chapter 4. The B Cell Receptor: Proteins and Genes


A Immunoglobulin Proteins

B Immunoglobulin Genes

C Antibody–Antigen Interaction

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Chapter 5. B Cell Development, Activation and Effector Functions


A B Cell Development: Maturation Phase

B B Cell Development: Differentiation Phase

C Effector Functions of Antibodies

D Immunoglobulin Isotypes in Biological Context

E Sources of Laboratory and Clinical Antibodies

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Chapter 6. The Major Histocompatibility Complex


A Overview of the Major Histocompatibility Complex

B MHC Class I and Class II Proteins

C MHC Class I and Class II Genes

D Physiology of the MHC

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Chapter 7. Antigen Processing and Presentation


A Overview of Antigen


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Society of Biology Book Awards 2014: Postgraduate Textbook, Society of Authors


"This immensely useful book will be of great value to students studying immunology modules within a wide range of undergraduate programmes, as well as those with a biological background who are keen to update themselves..."--The Biologist,Vol 61, No 6

"…a great resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology…The content of this new edition has been updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. Drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book."--Anticancer Research 34, 2014
"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