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the immune system, from the Campbell AP Bio book, 9th (?) edition

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1.1 characteristics
1.1.1 present before any exposure
1.1.2 @ birth
1.1.3 nonspecific (small set of receptors)
1.1.4 rapid response
1.2 external barriers
1.2.1 skin/exoskeleton low pH
1.2.2 mucous membrane secretions urinary respiratory reproductive MUCUS> traps microbes hostile enviro to microbes tears saliva
1.3 internal cellular/chemical defences
1.3.1 phagocytic cells HEMOCYTES in invertebrates vertebrates recognizes pathogens by TLRs white blood cell eats microbe > fuses w/lysosome to destroy it NEUTROPHILS engulf & destroy MACROPHAGES found all over DENDRITIC CELLS stimulate adaptive i. eosinophils discharge destructive enzymes
1.3.2 NATURAL KILLER CELLS circulate in body & detect abnormal cells release chemicals > apoptosis
1.3.3 antimicrobial proteins lysozyme INTERFERON interferes w/virus, helps activate macrophages COMPLEMENT SYSTEM causes lysis & helps trigger inflammation
1.3.4 inflammatory response MAST CELLS release HISTAMINES blood vessels dilate neutrophils phagocytosize pathogens activated macrophages & neutrophils > CYTOKINES (enhance immune response) local vs. systemic septic shock
2.1 characteristics
2.1.1 develops after exposure
2.1.2 v. specific (vast array of receptors)
2.1.3 slower response
2.2 humoral response
2.2.1 antibodies vs. pathogens in body fluids H-T cell binds to pathogen via class II MHC cytokines from H-T cells > B cell proliferates makes memory B cells & PLASMA CELLS (antibody-secreting effectors)
2.2.2 B cell a.r. binds to antigen cells secrete ANTIBODIES (Ig)


  • similar to b antigen receptors only not attached to the b cell marks pathogen for destruction opsonization (making targets for phagocytosis antigen-antibody complex + complement protein > complement protein activation > pores > lysis bind to pathogen surface proteins to prevent infection bind to toxins in fluids to stop them from entering body cells classes of Ig IgD: membrane bound IgM: 1st soluble produced igG: 2nd soluble, must abundant IgA & IgE: soluble light vs heavy regions variable vs. constant regions
2.3 relies on T (thymus) and B (bone) LYMPHOCYTES
2.3.1 ANTIGEN substance that causes response from T/B cell ANTIGEN RECEPTOR on T/B cells activate them when they come into contact w/pathogens EPITOPE bit of antigen that binds to antigen receptor
2.4 cell mediated response
2.4.1 CYTOTOXIC T CELLS vs infected body cells helper T cell cytokines recognize frag of foreign proteins from infected cells bind to class I MHC secretes proteins that disrupt membranes of target cells > apoptosis
2.4.2 alpha and beta chains
2.4.3 variable vs constant regions
2.4.4 t cells bind to antigen fragments displayed/presented in host cell (ANTIGEN PRESENTATION0 MHC MOLECULES host proteins that display antigen bits
2.5 B & T cell development
2.5.1 diversity of lymphocytes & receptors rearrangement of same gene > variety of chains
2.5.2 self tolerance lymphocytes tested for receptors that may be spec. to body's own molecules > apoptosis /nonfunctional if positive
2.5.3 proliferation CLONAL SELECTION
2.5.4 immunological memory EFFECTOR CELLS act immediately MEMORY CELLS make effector cells if antigen is encountered again PRIMARY vs. SECONDARY immune response
2.6 HELPER T CELLS trigger both h and c-m responses
2.6.1 signals from H-T > antibodies > pathogens neutralized + T cells activated ANTIGEN PRESENTING-CELLS have MHC molecules MHC binds to helper T cell H-T cell activated proliferates & forms clone activates appropropriate B cells
2.7 active vs passive
2.7.1 ACTIVE IMMUNITY naturally develops from memory cells or from IMMUNIZATION/ VACCINATION
2.7.2 PASSIVE IMMUNITY immediate, short-term mother > fetus via placenta/ breast milk artificially injecting antibodies
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