An immune system is a system of resistance to a particular infection or toxin owing to the presence of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells.

T-cell Edit

  • Divide when comes in contact with antigens.
  • Signals B cells about the kind of antigens.
  • Killer T-cells (CD8+ T cells) destroy infected cells and viruses.
  • Helper T-cells (CD4+ T cells) alert B cells to start making antibodies; they can also activate other T-cells and immune system scavenger cells called macrophages (described @ bottom) and influence which type of antibody is produced.

B-cell Edit

  • Produces antibodies.
  • Can produce ≈ 2,000 antibody molecules/second.
  • Are matured in bone marrow.
  • Gets info about antigens from T-cells.

Antigen Edit

  • Molecular structure (and, by extension, cell organelle, cell, organ or individual body) able to be recognized within the Immune System through interaction with an Idiotype Receptor (or Receptor for Antigen, that is either a TCR - T Cell Receptor for Antigen, a BCR - B Cell Receptor for Antigen, or the soluble, effector form of the last idiotype receptor: a soluble Antibody).
  • For a given immunological host, a given antigen may qualify as Self Antigen (typically either not target of an counteracting type immune response, or target of a tolerizing type immune response), or as a Foreign Antigen (inducing either a counteracting immune response and thus called Immunogen, or a tolerogenic reaction and thus called Tolerogen, or not inducing immune responses and thus called Ignored antigen).

Antibody Edit

Genetic term for a group of molecules, members of the Idiotype Receptor family, that identify either the membrane-bound, recognition subunit within the BCR (B Cell Receptor for Anteagen), or the solluble, efector, relesed form of the B lymphcyte iditype receptor.

  • As other receptors, Antibodies are polar molecules: one end functioning as target ligand binding (that is serving for epitope surface / antigen recognition), while the other end is serving for deploying counteracting functions (as submembranar signaling, binding to various Fc Receptors, binding to some Complement System commoners).
  • Are proteins made by the body's immune system.
  • Reacts with specific antigens to remove them from body.
  • All have different shape and sizes.

Macrophage Edit

  • Slower to respond to invaders than Granulocytes (white blood cell with secretory granules in its cytoplasm), but are larger, live longer, and have far greater capacities.
  • Play a key part in alerting the rest of the immune system of invaders.
    Steps of a macrophage ingesting a pathogen:

    a. Ingestion through phagocytosis, a phagosome is formed
    b. The fusion of lysosomes with the phagosome creates a phagolysosome; the pathogen is broken down by enzymes
    c. Waste material is expelled or assimilated (the latter not pictured)


    1. Pathogens
    2. Phagosome
    3. Lysosomes
    4. Waste material
    5. Cytoplasm
    6. Cell membrane
  • Start out as a white blood cell. They leave the blood stream; they turn into macrophages.
  • Destroy the virus.

Pathogen Edit

  • A type of bacteria, virus, or fungi which causes disease.
  • Can only be killed or blocked by the human immune system.
  • Anything that can cause any type of disease is a pathogen.

Lymph Edit

  • A clear liquid that bathes the cells with water and nutrients.
  • Carries away any bacteria it finds.

Lymph nodes Edit

  • Filter lymph which later returns back to the blood stream.
  • located along lymphatic vessels.
  • stroma - supporting connective tissue
  • stroma consist of capsule, trabeculae, reticular fibers and fibroblast.
  • parenchyma - functional part

Lymph vessels Edit

  • Carry lymph.

Lymphocytes Edit

  • Cells that allow the body to remember and recognize previous invaders and help the body destroy them.
  • Make antibodies to destroy foreign pathogens.

Vaccine and vaccination Edit

  • Used to establish immunity to a disease.
  • The immune system recognizes vaccine agents as foreign, destroys them, and “remembers” them.
  • Prepares the body for certain viruses.
  • Injects some form of a pathogen into your body.
  • Adaptive and Passive Immunity.
  • Adaptive Immunity is achieved by stimulating the body to produce its own antibodies.
  • Passive Immunity is when antibodies that are injected into the body are made by another organism.

Appendix Edit

  • A 2” by 4” pouch in the intestines. It has unknown reason in the immune system. It helps digest food.

Spleen Edit

  • A organ located in the abdomen of the human body. It is regarded as one of the centers of activity of the immune system.
    Laparoscopic view of a horse's spleen (the purple and gray mottled organ)

Thymus Edit

  • Produces T-cells.

Tonsils Edit

  • Two filters in the back of the mouth that trap germs. Although when kids are young they get their tonsils taking out to keep from getting sick all the time. When they get this done they are usually taken out at the earliest age of about 2 or maybe even younger but you will not see to many adults getting their tonsils taken out. They do that when they are at their earliest ages.

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