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Experimental Approaches to Studying the Immunology of Parasitic Diseases

  • Edward J. Pearce
  • Phillip Scott
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Abstract

The immune system plays a central role in recognizing and controlling the spread and impact on the host of infectious organisms. In the case of parasitic infections this task is complicated by the fact that many eukaryotic parasites have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for evading the immune response. Consequently, many diseases caused by parasites are chronic in nature and result in prolonged and excessive immune responsiveness which in itself can be deleterious. The study of immune responses to parasites has been important not only because of the potential for improving human and animal health through immunological means such as vaccination, but also because the extreme nature of many parasite-induced responses allow insights into the functioning of the immune system itself.

Keywords

Parasitic Disease Isoamyl Alcohol Infection Intensity FACS Buffer Infected Snail 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Pearce
    • 1
    • 2
  • Phillip Scott
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathobiology School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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