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Immunology i introduction

  1. 1. Immunology-introduction
  2. 2. Immune system <ul><li>One of the basic homeostatic mechanisms of the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Its function is the recognition of foreign/dangerous substance s. </li></ul><ul><li>Th e dangerous substances trigger complex reactions which result in elimination of those substances. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Immune system <ul><li>Recognizes foreign/dangerous substances from the environment ( mainly microbes) </li></ul><ul><li>Is involved in elimination of old and damaged cells of the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Attacks tumor and virus-infected cells. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Functions of the immune system <ul><li>Deffence </li></ul><ul><li>Autotolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Immune surveillance </li></ul>
  5. 5. Antigen <ul><li>Substance, that is recognised by the immune syst e m as a foreign and triggers immune reaction (immunogenicity) . </li></ul><ul><li>Products of the immune reaction (antibodies, T-lymphocytes) react with the antigen. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Requirements of immunogenicity <ul><li>Foreign (unknown) for the immune system </li></ul><ul><li>High molecular weight ( > 6 kDa) </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical complexity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Antigen – basic components <ul><li>Carrier part of the molecule </li></ul><ul><li>Antigenic determinant- epitope (cca 5-7 aminoacids) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Antigen and epitope
  9. 9. Chemical composition of antigents <ul><li>Proteins – usually very good antigens. </li></ul><ul><li>Polysacharides - usually only as a part o f gly c oproteins. </li></ul><ul><li>Nucleic acids- poor antigenicity, limited to complexes with proteins </li></ul><ul><li>Lipi d s – only exceptionally, best known are sfingolipids. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hapten <ul><li>Low-molec u lar weight substances that trigger immune r eaction after binding to various proteins of the body. </li></ul><ul><li>They react with products of the immune reaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Typical ex amples are metals (Cr, Ni) that trigger type IV immun opathological reactions. Drugs (antibiotics, local anestetics) cause type I immunopathological reaction. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Immunogenicity of hapten
  12. 12. Cross reactivity of antigens <ul><li>Products o f the immune reaction may , in some conditions , react with substances that are very diff e rent from the initial immunogen. </li></ul><ul><li>Immunological cross-reactivity not necessary me a n similar chemical composition. </li></ul><ul><li>The degree of cross reactivity may be diff e rent. </li></ul><ul><li>Cross reactivity is important in pathogenesis of several autoimmune diseases. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cross reactivity of antigens Benjamini E, Leskowitz S. 1988
  14. 14. Adjuvants <ul><li>Substances, that when mixed with antigen, non-specifically enhance immune reaction against the antigen. </li></ul><ul><li>Freud´s adjuvant: killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis + water-in-oil emulsion. Used in veterinary medicine . </li></ul><ul><li>Alum precipitate - AL(OH) 3 - used in human medicine </li></ul>
  15. 15. Two branches of the immune response <ul><li>Innate, nonspecific – very quickly recognizes most foreign substances and eliminates them. There is no memory. </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive, specific – high degree of specificity in distinction between self and non-self. The reaction requires several days to be effectively triggered. There is immune memory. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Cells of the immune system <ul><li>Main cells of the immune system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lymfocytes (T a B) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accessory cells of the immune system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Granulocytes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monocytes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tissue macrophages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mast cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dendritic cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NK cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endotelial cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thrombocytes, erythrocytes, fibroblasts, epitelial cells </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Majority of immune system cell originate in bone marrow Roitt/Broskoff/Male: IMMUNOLOGy, 4th ed
  18. 18. Lymphocyte – central cell of the immune system
  19. 19. Auxiliary cells of the immune system
  20. 21. Antigen- presenting cells
  21. 22. Organs of the immune system Roitt/Broskoff/Male: IMMUNOLOGy, 4th ed
  22. 23. Lymph node Roitt/Broskoff/Male: IMMUNOLOGy, 4th ed
  23. 24. The Spleen
  24. 25. Histology of the Spleen Roitt/Broskoff/Male: IMMUNOLOGy, 4th ed
  25. 26. Payer ´s Patches
  26. 27. Circulation of lymph o cytes in the body
  27. 28. Circulation of Lymphocytes in the body The role of High Endotelial Venules Roitt/Broskoff/Male: IMMUNOLOGy, 4th ed

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