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Immunology of the Female Genital Tract

  • Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher
  • Monika Wirth
  • Ioannis Mylonas
  • Klinik für Geburtshilfe
  • William J. Ledger
  • Steven S. Witkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher, Monika Wirth, Ioannis Mylonas, Klinik für Geburtshilfe, William J. Ledger, Steven S. Witkin
    Pages 1-2
  3. Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher, Monika Wirth, Ioannis Mylonas, Klinik für Geburtshilfe, William J. Ledger, Steven S. Witkin
    Pages 3-13
  4. Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher, Monika Wirth, Ioannis Mylonas, Klinik für Geburtshilfe, William J. Ledger, Steven S. Witkin
    Pages 15-64
  5. Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher, Monika Wirth, Ioannis Mylonas, Klinik für Geburtshilfe, William J. Ledger, Steven S. Witkin
    Pages 65-162
  6. Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher, Monika Wirth, Ioannis Mylonas, Klinik für Geburtshilfe, William J. Ledger, Steven S. Witkin
    Pages 163-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-262

About this book

Introduction

The mucosal immune system in the female reproductive tract has evolved to meet the unique requirements deriving from the need to deal with sexually transmitted bacterial and viral pathogens, allogeneic spermatozoa, and the immunologically distinct fetus. Despite years of immunologic investigation, the mechanisms that regulate this mucosal immune system have received relatively little attention. This is due to the complexities of the immune and endocrine system and also the difficulties of conducting experiments in this field. This book systematically reviews and discusses recent studies and articles on the immunology of female genital tract tissue. The scope is broad, encompassing innate immune responses, adaptive (humoral and cell-mediated) immunity, the immunology of menstruation, the immunology of viral and bacterial infections, the immunology of normal and abnormal pregnancy, and immunological infertility. Throughout, tables and illustrations are judiciously used to facilitate understanding. Immunology of the Female Genital Tract will serve as an invaluable source of up-to-date information for all with an interest in this subject.

Keywords

Female genital tract tissue Female reproductive tract Mucosal immune system Sexually transmitted bacterial and viral pathogens

Authors and affiliations

  • Ernst Rainer Weissenbacher
    • 1
  • Monika Wirth
    • 2
  • Ioannis Mylonas
    • 3
  • Klinik für Geburtshilfe
    • 4
  • William J. Ledger
    • 5
  • Steven S. Witkin
    • 6
  1. 1.Klinik und Poliklinik für FrauenheilkundeKlinikum der LMU München - GroßhadernMünchenGermany
  2. 2.OlchingGermany
  3. 3.Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMünchenGermany
  4. 4.Klinik für Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde Klinikum InnenstadtMünchenGermany
  5. 5.Department of Obtetrics and GynaecologyWeill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Division of Immunology and Infectious DiseasesWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14906-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-14905-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-14906-1
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