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Immunology at a Glance, 10th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-67303-4
120 pages
December 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Immunology at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the body’s defence mechanisms. Ideal from day one of a medical, biomedical or life science course, the text begins with a basic overview of both adaptive and innate immunity, before progressing to applied immunological concepts, which look at what happens when things go wrong, and how, in clinical medicine, each body system can be affected by immunity.

Each double-page spread corresponds to a typical lecture and diagrammatically summarises core concepts in immunology, through accessible schematic diagrams on left-hand pages, with key points concisely summarised on the right-hand page. There are also self-assessment essay questions so you can test your knowledge.

New for this 10th edition:

  • Thoroughly updated and reorganised chapters offer greater clarity and easier understanding for those new to the subject
  • New chapters on cytokine receptors and ‘Immunology in the Laboratory’
  • A completely re-written section on autoimmunity
  • A brand new companion website featuring self-assessment questions and PowerPoint slides of images from the book, ideal for teaching and revision at www.ataglanceseries.com/immunology

Immunology at a Glance is the ideal companion for anyone about to start a new course in immunology and will appeal to medical and biomedical science students. Perfect for exam preparation, it provides the concepts and frameworks you need to succeed in your exam.

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Preface 6

Acknowledgements 6

Note on the tenth edition 6

How to use this book 7

Further reading 7

List of abbreviations 8

Immunity

1 The scope of immunology 10

2 Innate and adaptive immune mechanisms 12

3 Recognition and receptors: the keys to immunity 14

4 Cells involved in immunity: the haemopoietic system 16

Innate immunity

5 Receptors of the innate immune system 18

6 Complement 20

7 Acute infl ammation 22

8 Phagocytic cells and the reticuloendothelial system 24

9 Phagocytosis 26

Adaptive immunity

(i) The molecular basis

10 Evolution of recognition molecules: the immunoglobulin superfamily 28

11 The major histocompatibility complex 30

12 The T-cell receptor 32

13 Antibody diversifi cation and synthesis 34

14 Antibody structure and function 36

(ii) The cellular basis

15 Lymphocytes 38

16 Primary lymphoid organs and lymphopoiesis 40

17 Secondary lymphoid organs and lymphocyte traffic 42

(iii) The adaptive immune response

18 Antigen processing and presentation 44

19 The antibody response 46

20 Antigen – antibody interaction and immune complexes 48

21 Cell-mediated immune responses 50

(iv) Regulation

22 Tolerance 52

23 Cell communication and cytokines 54

24 The cytokine network 56

25 Immunity, hormones and the brain 58

Potentially useful immunity

26 Antimicrobial immunity: a general scheme 60

27 Immunity to viruses 62

28 HIV and AIDS 64

29 Immunity to bacteria 66

30 Immunity to fungi and ectoparasites 68

31 Immunity to protozoa 70

32 Immunity to worms 72

Undesirable effects of immunity

33 Immunodeficiency 74

34 Harmful immunity: a general scheme 76

35 Allergy and anaphylaxis 78

36 Immune complexes, complement and disease 80

37 Chronic and cell-mediated infl ammation 82

38 Autoimmune disease 84

Altered immunity

39 Transplant rejection 86

40 Immunosuppression 88

41 Immunostimulation and vaccination 90

Immunity in health and disease

42 Cancer immunology 92

43 Immunity and clinical medicine 94

44 Investigating immunity 96

45 Immunology in the laboratory 98

46 Out of the past: evolution of immune mechanisms 100

47 Into the future: immunology in the age of genomics 102

Self-assessment

Self-assessment questions 105

Answers 107

Appendices

Appendix I Comparative sizes and molecular weights 109

Appendix II Landmarks in the history of immunology and some

unsolved problems 111

Appendix III CD classification 113

Index 115

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“This book provides a user-friendly overview of the body’s defence mechanisms.  Ideal for a medical, biomedical or life science course, the text contains a basic overview of both adaptive and innate immunity, applied immunological concepts, and how each body system can be affected by immunity.”  (European Journal of Immunology, 1 December 2012)

 

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Companion website features self-assessment questions and PowerPoint slides of images from the book, ideal for teaching and revision.
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