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Adaptive Immunity

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Adaptive Immunity Nursing 240

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These are notes from our Adaptive Immunity Chapter
Pathophysiology N240
Dr. Jo Anne Pritchett
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pathophysiology, patho, Nursing, adaptive immunity
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Date Created: 04/05/16
Chapter 6/Module 5 Adaptive Immunity & Third Line of Defense Adaptive (Acquired) Immunity • Known as immune response or immunity • Develops more slowly & is specific compared to the inflammatory response (non­ specific) & has memory • Two purposes: destroys infectious micro­organisms that are resistant to inflammation AND provides long­term effective protection against future exposure to the same  micro­organism Immune System • Identifies substances that are foreign or “non­self” that are called antigens • Antigens are on infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) AND on non­ infectious substances from the environment such as pollen, foods, & bee venoms OR  on drugs, vaccines, transfusions, & transplanted tissues Antigens & Immunogens • Antigen – molecule or molecular fragment (protein or carbohydrate) that can bind  with antibodies or antigen receptors on B & T cells • Immunogen – molecule that will induce an immune response • All immunogens are antigens but not all antigens are immunogens.  • Example: urushiol is a toxin found in poison ivy & is a very small antigen (hapten)  but is not immunogenic due to its small size UNTIL it combines with larger carrier  molecules • Antigens that induce an allergic response are also called allergens Products of Adaptive Immune Response • Serum proteins – immunoglobulins (Ig) or antibodies AND a type of blood cell called a lymphocyte • Before birth humans produce large amounts of T lymphocytes produced by the  thymus gland & B lymphocytes produced by the bone marrow that can recognize  almost any foreign antigen in the environment • Each individual T or B cell specifically recognizes only one particular antigen but the total of lymphocytic specificities may be in the millions • Two arms of immune response – humoral & cellular immunity Humoral Immunity (B Cells) • Antibodies are proteins produced by plasma cells that mature from B lymphocytes in  response to an antigen. • Circulate in the blood and bind to antigens on infectious agents. • This process can cause direct inactivation of the microorganism OR activation of a  variety of inflammatory mediators that will destroy the pathogen Classes of Immunoglobulins IgG • IgG – most abundant class (85%) of immunoglobulins & account for most of the  protective activity against infections • IgG is major class of antibody found in fetal & newborn blood • Four subclasses: IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, IgG4 Classes of Immunoglobulins IgA  & IgM • IgA1 – found mostly in the blood; plays critical role in mucosal immunity • IgA2 – found mostly in body secretions (called secretory IgA); tears, saliva, sweat,  colostrum, mucus • IgM ­ IgM – largest immunoglobulin & is first antibody produced during the initial  or primary response to antigens Classes of Immunoglobulins IgD & IgE • IgD – low concentrations in blood; primary function as an antigen receptor on surface of early B cells • IgE – low concentrations in blood; has very specialized functions as a mediator of  many common allergic responses & in defense against parasitic infections. Direct Action of Antibodies • Affect infectious agents or their toxic products by neutralization (inactivating or  blocking the binding of antigens to receptors)  • By agglutination (clumping insoluble particles that are in suspension)  • By precipitation (making a soluble antigen into an insoluble precipitate)     Indirect Action of Antibodies • Protective by interaction with or activation of the complement system components of  inflammation Cellular/Cell­Mediated Immunity (Tissue) • T cells are a subset of lymphocytes that undergo differentiation during an immune  response & develop into several sub­populations of effector T cells that have an  “effect” on other cells. • T­cytotoxic (Tc) cells attack & kill targets directly (viruses, cancers) • Others may develop into T cells that stimulate other leukocytes through cell to cell  contact or through the secretion of cytokines. Cell­Mediated Immunity Con’t • T lymphocytes – large spectrum of cell types & function that include: •  T­cytotoxic (Tc) that attack antigens directly & destroy cells bearing antigens such  as viruses • T­helper (Th) that regulates both cell­regulated & humoral immune responses • T cells are important in protection against viruses, tumors, & pathogens that are  resistant to killing by neutrophils & macrophages Bs & Ts Active & Passive Immunity • Active immunity is produced by an individual either after natural exposure to  antigens or after immunization. • Passive immunity does NOT involve the host’s immune response at all, but occurs  when preformed antibodies or T cells are transferred from a donor to the recipient.   Example: maternal antibodies that cross the placenta to the fetus.  Clonal Diversity – First Phase of Immune Response • Fetal production of large population of T & B cells that have the capacity to  recognize foreign antigens – generation of clonal diversity • Process mostly occurs in primary lymphoid organs of thymus and bone marrow  resulting in differentiation of lymphoid stem cells into B & T lymphocytes that can  react against almost any antigen Clonal Selection – Second Phase of Immune Response • Antigens initiate clonal selection – process that involves a complex interaction among cells in secondary lymphoid organs such as the spleen, lymph nodes, adenoids,  tonsils, Peyer patches in intestine, and appendix • Most antigens must be processed because they can’t directly react with the immune  system cells – they have to be presented to the immune cells & that is done by  antigen­processing cells such as dendritic cells or macrophages  Primary Immune Response • After a single exposure to most antigens there is a latent period/lag phase during  which antigen processing & B cell differentiation & proliferation occur • After approx. 5 – 7 days IGM antibody is detected in the circulation • The lag time is necessary for the process of clonal selection, initial production of  IgM, followed by production IgG against the same antigen • The amount of antibody in a serum sample is called the titer; the higher the titer the  higher the circulating antibody Secondary Immune Response • Second (later) challenge by the same antigen results in more rapid production of a  larger amount of antibody than the primary response that is the result of memory cells that do not require further differentiation • IgG is predominant  • If antigen is in the form of a vaccine (e.g. polio) or through natural infection (e. g.  rubella) the level of IgG may remain elevated for years.


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