Questions tagged [immune-system]

This tag is for general questions related directly or indirectly to the vertebrate immune system, but are not questions directly related to Immunology, the discipline of the study of the immune system.

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Do men with greater face width to height ratio generally have a weaker immune system than men with narrow faces?

Is that due to increased testosterone production? What about men with big biceps and broad shoulders? What about women with facial hair? Are the different masculine traits tied to each other and not ...
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Howthe body differentiate between foreign and native protein? How does it know when to create an immune response?

How the body differentiate between a foreign and a native protein? Suppose there is a bacteria, it has lot's protein on its membrane, with specific structures. How does our body know it's the foreign ...
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Auto-immune problems if immature B-cells released if bone marrow bone is fractured?

A fracture of a bone containing bone marrow with B-cells not yet taught to not recognize self-antigen, if the bone is fractured, can those cells get released and cause problems?
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Any conclusive disproof of Jerne's original model of immune system (1955)?

Before Burnet modified Jerne's original theory in 1976 (Jerne's original work was from 1955), the general idea of the immune system was very different. Jerne's model was that a general cell population ...
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Can you still contract a disease after being vaccinated and be able to spread it?

I assume I know the answer to this already but wanted to confirm before I respond to someone that appears to be arguing that vaccines don't make you immune (they only stop your symptoms?) - but you ...
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Does immunity to CRISPR proteins limit their effectiveness?

The use of crisper-cas systems is currently applied to cells cultivated in vitro. As control of the ‘off target’ effects of Crispr improves and Crispr is used in vivo, why won’t the immune system ...
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How T-Cell recognizes a cell infected by a virus?

According to few articles I read (like BBC about The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19 ): starting out about four or five days after infection, you begin to see T cells getting activated, ...
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What is the mechanism responsible for long-lasting detectable antibody titers?

As I understand, when naive B cell encounters antigen matching its receptors and is activated by a T helper cell, it can either differentiate into 4 plasma cells, produce a lot of antibodies and ...
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How can I detect which antibody is produced by the B cell?

In the primary immune response, IgM is produced (in addition to IgD ). In the secondary immune response, various types of antibodies are produced. So how do I detect which antibody a B cell is ...
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About how many covid-19 virus particles is required in the human body before infection and sickness follows?

Our immune systems are often able to destroy germs and virus particles. About how many of them does it take to make a 70 year old healthy male sick ? Any ideas ?
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Could there be a pathogen which does not activate an immune response?

In order for the immune system to be stimulated to produce antibodies, there must be a surface protein of the invading pathogen which binds to a receptor on B cell surface somewhat loosely. We need ...
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Are all antibodies against a common antigen identical? [duplicate]

I understand that when some antigen (e.g., virus, bacteria, etc.) is recognized in the body, antibodies specific to this antigen are produced that, in turn, bind to the antigen and effectively ...
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Why is there a distinction between an *allergic* and an *immune* response?

Our immune system has evolved to protect us against potentially dangerous non-self particles. I have difficulty in understanding why there is a distinction called an allergic response: what’s wrong ...
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Immune response to foreign protein

In the context of COVID-19, why is it possible to inject someone else’s antibody protein into a person without fear of stimulating an immune response. Does this indicate that, somehow, antibody ...
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Do person with strong immune system have less chance of surviving SARS-COV-2 attack?

In most of the cases dealing with SARS-COV-2 disease, the major mortality cause is due to cytokine storm in response to Corona-virus that also attack healthy organs causing multiple organ failure. ...
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Can intracellular protein initiate strong immune response?

Some autoantibodies escape immune tolerance and can cause autoimmune disease. In order to cause harm to the tissues by these autoantibodies, do the antigen need to be extracellular or membrane bound, ...
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Can the innate immune system defeat a pathogen by itself? Fast enough that we don't develop antibodies, etc.?

Would we have any way of knowing if our innate immune system destroyed a pathogen without involving the adaptive? Could a symptomless person who tests positive for COVID-19 with the RNA test, e.g., ...
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Why do viruses cause different symptoms?

If the sole purpose of a virus is to hijack the nucleus of a cell to replicate, why do we have different symptoms for different viruses? I can think of the following comming into play: immune ...
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How can poliovirus and other pathogens lead to permanent conditions if the bodies adaptive immune system is still functioning? [closed]

Wont the lymphatic system eventually create antibodies that completely eliminate the virus in the body?
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Can a macrophage differentiate back into a monocyte?

I know that monocytes differentiate into macrophages when they enter the tissues, but do macrophages stay in those same tissues for the remainder of their lifespan, or do they differentiate back into ...
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How antibodies are produced in our body against intracellular proteins of infectious bacteria?

When an infectious agent invades our body, then surface antigens of the infectious agent are detected by our immune system and B-cells get activated. However, we do have antibodies in our blood ...
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Is this trial that reversed aging in humans worth taking seriously?

In September 2019 Fahy et al. published results from the TRIIM (Thymus Regeneration, Immunorestoration, and Insulin Mitigation) trial. Their stated goals were to investigate whether they could restore ...
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Is it possible for virus infected cells to continue to present a self-antigen on the MHC1?

Forgive my ignorance, as I'm new to immunology, however it seems like there would be some amount of positive selective pressure for viruses to develop the ability to continue to present the host's ...
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What determines if a small protein / large peptide is immunogenic?

I'm wondering if there is some threshold in size or a specific structural property that determines if a small protein or large peptide would cause an immune reaction. Context: there are a number of ...
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If every person between 15-60 had an immune system equal to the healthiest people, would this affect the spread of coronavirus? [closed]

Has anyone calculated the speed or breadth of the spread of something like coronavirus (or any cold, flu, airborne pathogen) based on how well the population can master the virus with their immune ...
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How are antibodies specific for a disease detected in the blood if everybody produces a different antibody for the same antigen?

To break the title down into parts: There exist serology tests that detect the amount of an antibody (Ab) against a specific pathogen/antigen. Every human produces their own Ab for a specific ...
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Does antibodies get produced in female body against sperms?

Our immune system produces antibodies against any foreign particles entering our body.In female body sperms are a foreign particle .Does females produce antibodies or some sort of chemical resistance ...
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Why do vaccines sometimes induce a fever? [closed]

How does a vaccine cause an immune response such as fever? Why do only some people experience these reactions? Why might those reactions change upon subsequent doses of the same or similar vaccines?
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Relationship between immunologic response to specific gluten epitopes and clinical antibody testing

Celiac disease is understood to be an immune response to certain proteins which occur in a group of cereals; most commonly they are glutens (wheat), secalins (rye) and hordeins (barley). A clinical ...
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Why are superantigens not “MHC-restricted”, and what's the significance?

MHC restriction is the requirement to recognize an antigen in association with a self-MHC molecule; CD4+ cells can only respond to an antigen if it's presented with a self-MHC II molecule, and the ...
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Does a breastfed infant gain immunoprotection due to intramuscular vaccination of the breastfeeder?

There is a claim that infants gain immunoprotection from breastfeeding. I am especially interested in specific protection against pathogens the breastfeeder (not necessarily the mother) has been ...
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How does the white blood cell ‘hunt’ the bacterium?

There's this mildly viral video which reportedly shows a white blood cell hunting a bacterium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnlULOjUhSQ What I don't understand is - at this scale, how does the ...
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Rabies (and maybe other diseases) - why long incubation period (in some cases) does not provide immunisation [duplicate]

On one hand vaccination is in case of Rabies effective. On the other hand the incubation period can by in some cases long (up to years says Wikipedia). Why the human does not get immunized during such ...
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Do people have local immunity?

I mean the immunity that covers only one body part or skin area after exposure to the infection but does not cover the whole organism.
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What does it mean to be a fully human monoclonal antibody?

I somewhat understand that some monoclonal antibodies are developed from the cells of mice, or a fusion of human and mice genes. When something is a fully human monoclonal antibody does that mean it ...
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Can cell mediated immune response be transferred via blood transfusion

I read that human body can develop cell mediated immunity to viral infections and subsequently clear the virus. For example, people clear warts through cell mediated immune response against the wart ...
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What is the end-point of material from an apoptotic cell, after phagocytosis?

Apoptosis occurs. The organelles and interior material form apoptotic bodies that are packed in vesicles. The cell membrane breaks apart (cell no longer exists) and apoptotic bodies enter the ...
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Is there evidence that children should play in dirt to get healthy?

I've heard it said many times, that we should let children play in the dirt as it builds up their immunity and prevents things like allergies in later life. I have another suggestion which, to me, is ...
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Can a pathogen be totally resistant to the human immune system?

Can a pathogenic organism be totally resistant to the human immune system? For the purpose of this question, the organism in question must cause a disease. Examples of organisms that would qualify as ...
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Why do NK cells not destroy bacteria, even though bacteria don't have MHC-I?

Part of the function of NK cells is to destroy cells that are unable to bind their KIR receptors. Or in other words, cells that don't express MHC class I. This is why they can kill MHC supressed ...
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Immune response to IgA positive bacteria

If certain bacteria can be coated with IgA in vitro, does that mean they are likely to elicit an IgA immune response? Edit I'm working on a project that involves IgA-Seq analysis. Bacteria are coated ...
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Why aren't all strongly self-recognizing T cells made into regulatory T cells?

Negative selection in T cell development is often simply described as preventing effector T cells from recognizing self-antigens. This is complicated by regulatory T cells developing from T cells with ...
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Why don't allergies cause fever?

Allergy To my understanding, an allergy is a hypersensitivity of the immune system causing a substance in the environment to be identified as pathogenic by the immune system while it is not ...
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Is there any explaination to homeopathies in modern biology sciences? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if there is any sort of explaination from rigurous biological arguments which could potentially explain how homeopathies could work? I'm not talking about placebo effects (...
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Lobed Nuclei still count as One nucleus?

Do the Lobed Nuclei of immune cells (such as Megakaryocytes) still count as one nucleus?
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How are Cytotoxic T cells transfered?

We learned that Cytotoxic T cells are MHC dependent, and if CMH matchup doesn't occur between the T cell and the cancer cell for example, the former won't attack the latter. If this is the case then ...
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Understanding transplant rejection - how does the cellular, adaptive, response get underway

This lay person is trying to get his head around the basic mechanisms of tissue rejection. A lot of articles talk about T-cells being involve but I'm having difficulty following this. Human tissue ...
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Why isn't suppression of immune system for organ transplant not as dangerous as AIDS?

I've read that when AIDS symptoms show up, life expectancy is about two years if no treatment is applied. On the other hand, I've also read that people having an organ transplant need to take immune ...
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James Allison's T-cell discovery technique

The excerpt on Wired magazine of The Breakthrough by Charles Graeber has the following description of how James Allison found the T-cell receptor. Suddenly it seemed so obvious: If Allision could ...
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Is a species lifespan affected by meat consumption?

I read a review-like article about the hypothesis of Caleb E. Finch in a science magazine. The article of interest engages with the idea of Finch "[arguing] that immune functions and nutrition ...