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Immune System

Hymie Anisman and Alexander W. Kusnecov

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0023
 Immune System

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This chapter presents a brief overview of the functioning of the immune system, followed by a description of how immune alterations can affect central nervous system (CNS) processes and behavior in the rat. It also describes how factors that have an impact on psychological processes, most notably stressors, may come to affect immune functioning. In so doing, it introduces numerous caveats concerning the conditions and limitations that determine the nature of the effects observed, making it clear that disentangling the impact of various manipulations on immune activity is complex.

Keywords: laboratory rats; immunity; central nervous system; immunological alterations

Chapter.  5371 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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