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Basic Immunology

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Immunology is an important aspect of microbiology that is fundamental to understanding the mechanisms of the immune system and how they help to ward-off pathogenic microorganisms that invades the body. This necessitates the need to create a book that covers the elementary principles of the immune system as well as its associated cells and organs.

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Immunology is an important aspect of microbiology that is fundamental to understanding the mechanisms of the immune system and how they help to ward-off pathogenic microorganisms that invades the body. This necessitates the need to create a book that covers the elementary principles of the immune system as well as its associated cells and organs. Basic Immunology has been developed from lectures and seminars given to both graduate and undergraduate students in immunology. The general principles of Basic Immunology are accompanied by guided reading of informative literatures and textbooks in the field of immunology as well as lessons from personal experience inside- and outside- of classroom. This book should be useful for pedagogy in immunology, as well as for faculties organizing lessons for students. Students, who wish to learn on their own, as well as scholars and researchers in the area of immunology should also, find the book interesting. Basic Immunology is one of its kinds. Students like topics to be presented to them in simpler terms, and this textbook covers in more concise aspects, the foundation of immunology, principles of immunology and founding fathers of the field of immunology as an aspect or scope of microbiology. This book also covers important topics in immune system cells in a concise fashion; and the concept of immunity and types of immunity are also highlighted. The concept of cell mediated immunity, as well as humoural immunity is succinctly highlighted in this book. The book is good for every pedagogical application; and microbiologists in the healthcare, industry and academic sector will also find the book a wonderful companion. Basic Immunology also covers topics in transplantation or tissue grafting, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and hypersensitivity or allergy. The concepts of antibody and antigens as well as antigen–antibody reaction are also covered in very concise fashion. The first chapter of Basic Immunology looks at the introductory aspects of immunology as well as a brief note on the history of immunology. Chapter two of the book addresses antigens and their characteristics. Chapter three of Basic Immunology looks at the types of antibodies and their clinical significance. Chapter four of the book highlights the immune system cells and their functions. Chapter five of Basic immunology addresses the concept of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules. Chapter six of the book looks at B cells and organs of the immune system. The concepts of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies are also elaborated in this chapter. Chapter seven addresses the overview of innate immunity. Chapter eight of the book looks at the overview of adaptive immunity. Chapter nine of Basic Immunology looks at humoural and cell-mediated immunity (CMI). Chapter ten of the book addresses antigen processing and antigen presenting cells. In Chapter eleven of Basic immunology, hypersensitivity reaction (allergy) is highlighted. Chapter twelve of Basic immunology discusses inflammation. Chapter thirteen of Basic immunology addresses overview of autoimmune diseases. Chapter fourteen of the book highlights the biology of transplantation.

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