Allergy and Immunity to Helminths

Allergy and Immunity to Helminths : Common Mechanisms or Divergent Pathways?

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This provides state-of-the-art reviews of the common features of both immune and inflammatory responses in both allergy and immunity to helminthic infections. It covers common areas of allergic and helminthic disease which hitherto have not been examined in detail and presented in one volume. The referenced articles and illustrations can be used for teaching purposes. "Allergy and Immunity to Helminths" covers a interdisciplinary area of medical science and attempts to review major aspects of the possible phylogenic (evolutionary) relationship between the ability of the host to mount a protective immune response against helminthic infections and the development of the atopic allergic state. The book aims to provide a better understanding of the purpose and function of the mucosal immune responses during inflammatory reactions associated with both conditions. It also provides researchers in both fields with current perspectives, experience and advances in their respective fields which should contribute towards opening new vistas of research into basic mechanisms as well as treatment.
It is aimed at immunologists, allergologists and asthma specialists, parasitologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, and other researchers with an interest in immunoparasitology, the immune response to parasites (especially helminths), the allergic state, allergic disease and inflammation, and mediators of the immune response.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 19.05mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748400222
  • 9780748400225

Table of contents

Allergy and immune defence - common IgE-dependent mechanisms or divergent pathways, A. Capron, et al; parasites and allergic disease - a review of the field and experimental evidence for a cause and effect relationship, D.I. Pritchard; genetic control of the antibody repetoire to the antigens and allergens of parasitic nematodes, M.W. Kennedy; a protective role for IgE in human schistosomiasis, P. Hagan; mucosal immunity in human chronic helminthic disease and gut inflammation, T.T. MacDonald; T cell regulation of immediate hypersensitivity - lessons from helminthic parasites and allergic disease, T.B. Nutman; mast cells - their function and heterogeneity, H.R.P. Miller.
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