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Lymphoid organs


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Dr.Waqas Nawaz
PMAS arid agriculture university rawalpindi

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Lymphoid organs

  1. 1. Submitted To : Dr Saif-ur-RehmanSubmitted By : Waqas Nawaz 11-Arid-975 DVM 3rd Semester
  2. 2. Lymphoid Organs are sites where cells of the immune system originate and develop and where acquiredimmune responses are initiated.The lymphoid tissues are divided functionally into: 1) Primary/Central Lymphoid Organs 2) Secondary/Peripheral Lymphoid OrgansPrimary/Central Lymphoid Organs:Primary lymphoid organs are the sites where lymphocytes originate or mature.There are two primarylymphoid organs in mammals: Bone Marrow ThymusBone Marrow:The bone marrow is also the site of B cell development and maturation. Although T-cell precursorsoriginate in the bone marrow, their maturation occurs in the thymus.Thymus:  Bilobed organ on top of the heart  Reaches maximum size during puberty o 70g in infants,3g in adults  95-99% T-cells die in tymus  Consist of cortex & medulla  T-cells maturation takes place in thymus
  3. 3. T-Cell MaturatioT cell precursors leave bone marrow and migrate to the thymus where they mature.Secondary/Peripheral Lymhoid Organs:Secondary lymphoid organs are the sites where acquired immune responses are initiated and arescattered throughout the body, but are concentrated in areas that are most likely to be invaded bypathogens (i.e. the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, & the genitourinary tract).Secondary lymphoid organs are: Lumph Nodes Spleen MALT (Mucosal Associated Lymphoid Tissue)Lymph Node:Lymph nodes are scattered throughout the body and filter out microbes or damaged tissue.Lymphnodes are responsible for the acquired immune response against antigens.Afferent lymphatics deliverfluid from the tissues to the subcapsular sinus of the lymph node. This fluid contains cells that haveencountered pathogens and hence is a source of antigens that stimulate the acquired immune system.From the subcapsular sinus, the lymph drains into the cortex of the lymph node. The cortex contains Bcell-rich areas called follicles.The B cell follicles are in contact with T cell-rich regions,which facilitate theinteractions between these two two lymphocytes that are necessary for antibody production. Somefollicles contain germinal centers; these are areas where B cells proliferate and differentiate after theyhave encountered antigen.Activated B cells mature into plasma cells,which secrete large amounts ofantibody,and are located in the medulla of the lymph node.Lymphoid fluid leaves the lymph node
  4. 4. through the efferent lymphatics.In addition, activated B and T cells and antibody molecules leave thelymph nodes and enter the peripheral blood.Spleen:The spleen is located in the abdominal cavity and acts as a filterfor peripheral blood.The spleen consists of two basic types of tissue. 1. Red pulp, which encompasses most of the splenic tissue,is involved in the degradation of senescent red blood cells. 2. White pulp is scattered throughout the red pulp and this is where the acquired immune response is initiated.The white pulp is organized around central arterioles, which deliver blood (containing lymphocytes and antigen).Like the lymph node, the white pulp of the spleen is organized into T cell-rich regions (periarteriolar lymphoid sheath) and B cell-rich areas (follicles).Antigenic stimulation induces B cell proliferation and the formation of germinal centers.MALT (Mucosal Associated Lymphoid Tissue):"MALT" refers to a diffuse collection of lymphoid tissues that line the respiratory, alimentary, andgenitourinary tracts.MALT produce the immune responses against pathogens that invade the mucosathat line these tracts.Like the spleen and lymph nodes,the MALT contains B cell follicles and distinct Tcell-rich regions.In the intestine we find Peyers Patches and the tonsils are similar structures in theupper alimentary tract.Although its organization is similar to the spleen and lymph node, the mucosalimmune system is different in several ways:(1) unlike the spleen and lymph node,MALT tissue is not surrounded by a fibrous capsule(2) IgA is the predominant class of immunoglobulin produced in MALT(3) It is not filtering Ag delivered by vessels like the blood vessels or lymphatic vessels  BALT (Bronchial Associated Lymphoid Tissue) & GALT (Gut Associated Lymhoid Tissue) are subtypes of MALT.