Immunology: An Illustrated Outline / Edition 3

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The 4th Edition of this pocket-sized, illustrated dictionary offers a concise, evidence-based approach to the immune system. The book divides the subject into five easy-to-review sections: The Immune System, Antigen Recognition, Immune Responses, Immunopathology, and Immunological Techniques. Each of these sections is then sub-divided into short, paragraphs that define key terms and concepts. Fifty new immunological definitions in the Index of Terms, in addition to newly updated definitions and vocabulary, reflect the many advances in the field. Readers will appreciate the highly organized, cross-referenced approach that allows them to master key concepts.

• Lists core terms and concepts that are followed by short, straightforward definitions.
• Amplifies the text with simple color diagrams and illustrations and cross-referencing between definitions.
• Offers easy and rapid access to straightforward, easily understood definitions in the Index of Terms.

• Provides three updated and reorganized sections: Antigen Recognition, Immune Responses, and Immunopathology.
• Adds 50 new definitions to the Index of Terms that reflect the rapid developments in the field, and updates all others.
• Enhances terminology with 12 new color illustrations adapted by the author from his interactive CD-ROMs.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The interspersion of both photographs and cartoon images brings significant clarity to the subject. Material is timely, with such subjects as cytokine and chemokine regulation of cell development, often a confusing topic for those less interested in the molecular regulation of cell function, explained in a clear manner…a well-written, colorful synopsis of immunology for anyone with some knowledge of the subject. The guide would serve as an excellent supplement for an immunology course.”--CHOICE

"This book is very successful at providing the necessary information that enables the reader to glean a conceptual understanding of whatever aspect of immunology they choose to learn." --Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

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Reviewer: Marion C. Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Description: This small (and relatively inexpensive) book is both a dictionary of terms and a guide to the basic principles of immunology. It is meant to be used to prepare for exams or as a refresher when needed for other courses.
Purpose: The aim is to provide a review of basic immunological principles as well as dictionary of immunological terms. It is not meant to be a substitute for a traditional textbook used in conjunction with a course. It provides an efficient way to look up basic information.
Audience: Since the book can be used in multiple ways, it could be suitable for students who need a review when studying for exams or as a concise overview for those who have not taken an immunology course, but need it as a background for some other course. It also could be used as a dictionary.
Features: The book is divided into five sections that cover the major areas associated with immunology. There is little detail in this small book and those looking for more information will have to find another source. The author acknowledges this limitation. The book is well illustrated in color. The table of contents includes subheadings for each chapter. An excellent index (dictionary) makes it possible to locate specific terms. There are no suggestions for further information.
Assessment: This is a nice book describing immunology in more or less an outline format. It hits the highlights of the subject. The lengthy index serves as a dictionary, a feature not generally found in this sort of book, and is potentially useful to students who need their memory prompted. The content has been updated for this edition, which is necessary since immunology is a constantly evolving subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780723426172
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 129

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book
Index of Terms
1 The immune system
Introduction 2
Lymphocytes 4
NK cells 8
Markers 9
Antigen-presenting cells 12
Phagocytes and auxiliary cells 14
Lymphoid system 16
Leucocyte development 18
Thymus 20
T-cell development 21
Lymph nodes 22
Spleen 24
GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue) 25
2 Antigen recognition
Antigen receptors 26
Antibody structure 28
Antibody - structural variations 30
Antibody functions 32
Antibody genes 34
Antibody fragments 38
Antigens 39
Antigen/antibody interactions 40
T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) 42
T-cell receptor genes 43
MHC molecules 44
MHC genes 46
3 Immune responses
Adaptive and innate immunity 48
Antibody response 50
Cell cooperation 52
Antigen presentation 54
T-cell activation 58
B-cell activation 60
Cytokines 62
Cytokine receptors 66
Phagocytosis 67
Toll-like receptors 72
Receptors on myeloid cells 73
Complement receptors 74
Fc receptors 75
Cytotoxicity 76
Inflammation 79
Mechanisms of cell migration 82
Chemokines and chemokine receptors 86
Complement 88
Immunoregulation 92
Genetic polymorphism in the immune response 96
Immunosuppression 98
Immunopotentiation 99
Tolerance 100
4 Immunopathology
Immunodeficiency 102
Transplantation 106
MHC disease associations 108
MHC typing 110
Transgenic mice 111
Animal models and mutant strains 112
Autoimmune disease 114
Hypersensitivity 116
Type I (immediate) hypersensitivity 118
Type II (antibody-mediated) hypersensitivity 120
Type III (immune complex-mediated) hypersensitivity 122
Type IV (delayed) hypersensitivity (DTH) 124
5 Immunological techniques
Assays for antigen and antibody 126
Isolation of cells 136
Clones and cell lines 138
Cellular functions 140
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