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The innate immune system

Paul Bowness

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.050101

Series: Oxford Textbooks

The innate immune system

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The innate immune system comprises evolutionarily ancient mechanisms that mediate first-line responses against microbial pathogens, and are also important in priming and execution of adaptive immune responses, and in defence against tumours. These responses, which recognize microbial non-self, damaged self, and absent self, are characterized by rapidity of action and lack of plasticity, ‘learning’, or memory, and they involve various different cell types, cell-associated receptors, and soluble factors....

Chapter.  4462 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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