Immune Responses Related to the Hamster Lung

  • Joan Stein-Streilein
  • Mary F. Lipscomb
  • David A. Hart
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 134)


The respiratory tract is exposed continuously to immunogenic and infectious agents. The host controls these potentially harmful agents by nonspecific and immune defense mechanisms. It is known that nonspecific mechanisms involve filtration, mucocilliary movement and active phagocytosis and that these nonspecific defenses may be amplified and directed by specific immune responses (1). The lower respiratory tract generally is protected by the defense mechanisms of the upper respiratory tract. This protection, however, is not always complete, and it now appears that the lower respiratory tract (lung) may have unique mechanisms for protection (2).


Influenza Virus Lymphoid Tissue Hilar Lymph Node Allantoic Fluid Peripheral Lymph Node 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Stein-Streilein
    • 1
  • Mary F. Lipscomb
    • 1
  • David A. Hart
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Microbiology and PathologyUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at DallasDallasUSA

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