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Effects of Malnutrition on Specific Cell-Mediated Immune Responses

  • R. K. Chandra
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (volume 8)

Abstract

Nutritional deficiency influences every organ in the body and adverse effects of protein-energy malnutrition on the liver, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, brain, skin and mucous membranes have been well described. The association of malnutrition and infection has received increasing attention in the last few years and there have been many comprehensive systematic studies of the influence of nutritional deficiency on both antigen-specific and non-specific immune responses in man and laboratory animals. Moderate to severe protein-energy undernutrition impairs several facets of host resistance. In this selective review the effects of malnutrition on specific cell-mediated immune responses are summarised; other aspects of the nutrition-immunity-infection interactions have been discussed elsewhere and reference should be made to exhaustive reviews(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9).

Keywords

Migration Inhibition Factor Nutritional Deficiency Malnourished Child Diarrhoeal Disease Ascaris Lumbricoides 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Chandra
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial Univeristy of Newfoundland St. John’sNewfoundlandCanada

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