Advances in Immunologyby Frank J. Dixon
Advances in Immunology presents current developments as well as comprehensive reviews in immunology. Articles in this volume address topics such as protein degradation and the generation of MHC class I-presented peptides, proteolysis and antigen presentation by MHC Class II molecules, cytokine memory of T-helper lymphocytes, Ig gene hypermutation,/i>… See more details below
Advances in Immunology presents current developments as well as comprehensive reviews in immunology. Articles in this volume address topics such as protein degradation and the generation of MHC class I-presented peptides, proteolysis and antigen presentation by MHC Class II molecules, cytokine memory of T-helper lymphocytes, Ig gene hypermutation, generalization of single immunological experiences by idiotypically mediated clonal connections, and aging of the immune system. Edited and authored by the foremost scientists in the field, each volume provides up-to-date information and directions for future research.
Description: This is a volume in Advances in Immunology, a series of well regarded reviews on contemporary issues in immunology. Each volume consists of five to eight reviews that are usually on topics not related to one another but are on matters of current interest. These reviews are generally very detailed with extensive reference lists.
Purpose: There is no preface or introduction to the book but one could well argue that this series is so well known that none is necessary. One can only assume that the purpose of each review is to provide a detailed look at the background as well as the current information available on a particular topic. This goal is generally met.
Audience: The book seems to be intended primarily for researchers both at the beginning and advanced levels. Each volume in the series provides background information that is useful for anyone who needs to know more about a particular topic. The editor and associate editors are highly regarded immunologists and the contributors of the individual chapters are experts in the areas about which they are writing.
Features: In this volume, as in the others, a wide variety of topics is covered. Some are broad such as a chapter on mouse models of allergic airways disease while others, although detailed, are more focused. An example of the latter is a chapter on the role of Btk and BLNK in B cell development. A nice feature is the use of subheadings so that one can more easily access specific information. An extensive reference list is provided for each chapter. These are as up-to-date as possible given the fact that information for any important contemporary topic is constantly expanding. There is an index but since the subjects of each chapter vary, its utility is somewhat limited.
Assessment: This volume represents a format that has worked well for many years. The reviews are always useful and detailed with excellent reference sections. Although the number of review articles or journals devoted to reviews is increasing, the reviews found in this book are remarkably lengthy and detailed. They continue to provide an excellent source of information.
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