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Mucosal Immunity

Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Immune Protection to Enteric Infections

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Abstract

Until recently, investigation into the mechanisms of mucosal immune protection has been overlooked as an integral component of immune surveillance. The failure to measure B- and T-cell responses in various mucosa-associated tissues and their secretions was complicated by difficulties in the isolation and characterization of mucosal lymphoid cells and in obtaining external secretions. The relevance of investigating mucosal immunity has been accentuated by recent developments, i.e., the failure of conventional vaccines to protect from mucosal pathogens when administered in parenteral sites and by the need for a mucosal vaccine to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. In this review, we will discuss the nature of the gastrointestinal (GI) immune system and its subsequent manipulation, i.e., for vaccine development, to effect protection to enteric infectious agents. Furthermore, a better understanding of the GI immune system will contribute to the application of mucosal immunity for other tissues that are exposed to ubiquitous pathogens.

Keywords

  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
  • Germinal Center
  • Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide
  • Oral Immunization
  • Inductive Site

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Pascual, D.W., Kiyono, H., McGhee, J.R. (1996). Mucosal Immunity. In: Paradise, L.J., Bendinelli, M., Friedman, H. (eds) Enteric Infections and Immunity. Infectious Agents and Pathogenesis. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0313-6_2

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