American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An integrated bodily response to an antigen, especially one mediated by lymphocytes and involving recognition of antigens by specific antibodies or previously sensitized lymphocytes.
- n. a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
“This immune response elevates the level of a blood antibody known as IgE.”
“Potent suppression of the adaptive immune response in mice upon dietary exposure to the potent peroxisome proliferator, perfluorooctanoic acid.”
“Fairweather’s most recently published papers contend that the adaptive immune response is, in fact, “completely controlled by what happens at that critical initial meeting when the innate immune system reacts for the very first time to an invader.””
“An altered immune response to Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen 1 in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus.”
“Although the exact means by which autoimmune disease is linked to atherosclerosis is only now becoming clear, significant evidence suggests that somewhere in the disease sequence—the cascade of plaque building up on the arterial wall, inflammation, the rise of C-reactive protein levels, and the atherosclerotic plaque erupting—an immune response against the self is involved, just as in autoimmune disease in other parts of the body.”
“Thus, the innate immune response takes the self-information (a string of amino acids, or peptides, from the myelin) and foreign information (a string of amino acids, or peptides, from the virus) and interprets it as if there were an actual infection in the myelin sheaths of the nervous system.”
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