Primer to the Immune Response
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Written in the same engaging conversational style as the acclaimed first edition, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition is a fully updated and invaluable resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology. The authors bring clarity and readability to their audience, offering a complete survey of the most fundamental concepts in basic and clinical immunology while conveying the subject's fascinating appeal.

The content of this new edition has been completely updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. The superbly drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book. The text is further enhanced by the inclusion of numerous tables, special topic boxes and brief notes that provide interesting insights. At the end of each chapter, a self-test quiz allows students to monitor their mastery of major concepts, while a set of conceptual questions prompts them to extrapolate further and extend their critical thinking. Moreover, as part of the Academic Cell line of textbooks, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition contains research passages that shine a spotlight on current experimental work reported in Cell Press articles. These articles also form the basis of case studies that are found in the associated online study guide and are designed to reinforce clinical connections.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 702 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 32mm | 1,899.97g
  • Academic Cell
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Approx. 200 illustrations (160 in full color); Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123852455
  • 9780123852458
  • 834,968

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Immune Response
Chapter 2 Components of the Immune System
Chapter 3 Innate Immunity
Chapter 4 The B Cell Receptor: Proteins and Genes
Chapter 5 B Cell Development, Activation and Effector Functions
Chapter 6 The Major Histocompatibility Complex
Chapter 7 Antigen Processing and Presentation
Chapter 8 The T Cell Receptor: Proteins and Genes
Chapter 9 T Cell Development, Activation and Effector Functions
Chapter 10 Regulation of Immune Responses in the Periphery
Chapter 11 NK and NKT Cells
Chapter 12 Mucosal and Cutaneous Immunity
Chapter 13 Immunity to Infection
Chapter 14 Vaccination
Chapter 15 Immunodeficiency
Chapter 16 Tumor Immunology
Chapter 17 Transplantation
Chapter 18 Immune Hypersensitivity
Chapter 19 Autoimmune Diseases
Chapter 20 Hematopoietic Cancers
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"This immensely useful book will be of great value to students studying immunology modules within a wide range of undergraduate programmes, as well as those with a biological background who are keen to update themselves..." --The Biologist, Vol 61, No 6

".a great resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology.The content of this new edition has been updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. Drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book."-- Anticancer Research 34, 2014 "Primer to The Immune Response contains all the essential knowledge the undergraduate and medical student needs to know on B cell development, activation and effector functions."--Zhenyu Hao, University of Toronto "Medical students, in particular, will find it a valuable guide and friendly companion in finding their way through the maze of complications surrounding the autoimmune diseases."--Noel Rose, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research
"This immensely useful book will be of great value to students studying immunology modules within a wide range of undergraduate programmes, as well as those with a biological background who are keen to update themselves..." --The Biologist, Vol 61, No 6

".a great resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology.The content of this new edition has been updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. Drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book."-- Anticancer Research 34, 2014 "Primer to The Immune Response contains all the essential knowledge the undergraduate and medical student needs to know on B cell development, activation and effector functions."--Zhenyu Hao, University of Toronto "Medical students, in particular, will find it a valuable guide and friendly companion in finding their way through the maze of complications surrounding the autoimmune diseases."--Noel Rose, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research
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I really enjoyed reading chapter 5 of Primer to The Immune Response, an excellent book. It contains all the essential knowledge the undergraduate and medical student needs to know on B cell development, activation and effector functions.
Zhenyu Hao, University of Toronto

The chapter is well organized which allows easy and intuitive access to the various subsections according to the type of infection, the type of immune response or mechanisms used to evade particular responses. The factual information in the chapter is very accurate and well supported by the literature. The chapter is extraordinarily thorough without being verbose and as such is concisely comprehensive. The chapter is perfectly suited to the target audience. The illustrations enhance and summarize the manuscript. The comprehensive nature yet concise style make this book unique.
Marc Pellegrini, UHN Research

The author did an excellent job of summarizing the present status of the field and presenting it in a most attractive format. Medical students, in particular, will find it a valuable guide and friendly companion in finding their way through the maze of complications surrounding the autoimmune diseases.
Noel Rose, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research

Dr. Mak and colleagues should be congratulated on this excellent work.
Foo Y. Liew, University of Glasgow
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About Tak W. Mak

Tak W. Mak is the Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research in the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and a University Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology, University of Toronto. He was trained at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Alberta, and the Ontario Cancer Institute. He gained worldwide prominence in 1984 as the leader of the team that first cloned the genes of the human T cell antigen receptor. His group went on to create a series of genetically altered mice that have proved critical to understanding intracellular programs governing the development and function of the immune system, and to dissecting signal transduction cascades in various cell survival and apoptotic pathways. His current research remains centered on mechanisms of immune recognition/regulation, malignant cell survival/death, inflammation in autoimmunity and cancer, and metabolic adaptation in tumor cells. Dr. Mak has published over 700 papers and holds many patents. He has been granted honorary doctoral degrees from universities in North America and Europe, is an Officer of the Orders of Canada and Ontario, and has been elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (U.K.), and a Fellow of the AACR Academy. Dr. Mak has won international recognition as the recipient of the Emil von Behring Prize, the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Sloan Prize of the General Motors Cancer Foundation, the Novartis Prize in Immunology, the Robert Noble Prize, the Killam Prize, the Stacie Prize, the McLaughlin Medal, and the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize. Mary E. Saunders holds the position of Scientific Editor for the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada. She completed her B.Sc. degree in Genetics at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and received her Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Saunders works with Dr. Mak and members of his laboratory on the writing and editing of scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals as well as on various grant applications and book projects. She takes pride and pleasure in producing concise, clear, highly readable text and making complex scientific processes readily understandable. Bradley D. Jett is the James Hurley Professor of Biology at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA. He completed his B.S. degree in Biology from OBU, followed by his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His research interests are primarily focused on host-parasite relationships. Much of his published work relates to the virulence factors of Gram-positive bacteria such as Enterococcus, Staphylococcus and Bacillus, as well as the host immunological responses to these infections. In his current full-time, undergraduate teaching position at his alma mater, he has been awarded Oklahoma Baptist University's Promising Teacher Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award.
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