Immunology - Infectious Diseases

Understanding the Physiology of the Immune System

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Understanding the Physiology of the Immune System

Understanding the Physiology of the Immune System
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Course Length:

  • 50 minutes of seat time

Language:

  • English

Course Features:

  • Audio narration
  • Animations
  • Progress checks
  • Pop quizzes
  • Final assessment

Target Audience:

  • Medical professionals
  • Medical students
  • Pharmaceutical representatives
  • Nurses

Description:

The immune system has evolved over millions of years as our body’s defense system against pathologic invaders. This learning program is designed to introduce you to the basic functions of the immune system. The program begins with an overview of the types of immune responses: innate immunity as well as antibody-mediated and cell-mediated acquired immunity. You will then learn about ways in which the body can change and shape the immune response, as well as the autoimmune responses that can occur when the system for recognizing pathogens malfunctions. Finally, you will learn about the specific mechanisms the immune system uses to recognize and destroy tumor cells.

Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to:

  • Describe innate immunity and its major components.
  • Define acquired immunity and recall the basics on antigens and antigen-presenting cells.
  • Identify the different processes and cells involved in antibody-mediated immunity and in cell-mediated immunity.
  • Describe the mechanisms by which the body can modulate the immune response.
  • Recognize the basic mechanisms of autoimmune disorders and hypersensitivity reactions.
  • Summarize the mechanisms of the immune response to tumors.
  1. WELCOME
    1. DISCLAIMER
    2. NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS
    3. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  2. TYPES OF IMMUNE RESPONSE
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. INNATE IMMUNITY
      • Popup: Physical and chemical barriers
      • Popup: Antimicrobial proteins
      • Popup: Innate immune cells
      • Popup: Inflammation
    4. POP QUIZ
    5. ACQUIRED IMMUNITY
      1. Antigens
      2. Antigen-presenting Cells
      3. Major Histocompatibility Complexes
      4. The Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I
        • Animated Popup: Role of MHC-I molecules in the immune response
      5. The Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II
      6. Pop Quiz
    6. ANTIBODY-MEDIATED IMMUNITY
      1. Antibodies
      2. Antibody Structure
      3. Antibody Classes
        • Slideshow: Polymeric antibodies
        • Popup: Immunoglobulin G
        • Popup: Immunoglobulin A
        • Popup: Immunoglobulin M
        • Popup: Immunoglobulin D
        • Popup: Immunoglobulin E
      4. Pop Quiz
      5. B-Cell Activation
      6. B-Cell Differentiation and Antibody Production
      7. The Complement System
      8. Complement Activation
        • Slideshow: The 5 Steps of the complement cascade
      9. Pop Quiz
    7. CELL-MEDIATED IMMUNITY
    8. THE ROLE OF MHC IN CELL-MEDIATED IMMUNITY
      1. T-Cell Activation
      2. Pop Quiz
      3. CD4+ T Cells
      4. CD8+ T Cells
        • Slideshow: Target cell destruction by CD8+ T cells
    9. PROGRESS CHECK
    10. SECTION SUMMARY
  3. MODULATING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE
    1. CYTOKINES
    2. POP QUIZ
    3. IMMUNOLOGIC MEMORY
      1. Memory T Cell Formation
      2. Persistence of Memory T Cells
      3. Memory B Cell Formation
      4. Persistence of Memory B Cells
      5. Pop Quiz
    4. HYPERSENSITIVITY
    5. AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS
    6. T CELL SELECTION AND IMMUNE TOLERANCE
    7. PROGRESS CHECK
    8. SECTION SUMMARY
  4. TUMOR IMMUNITY
    1. IMMUNODEFICIENCY AND CANCER
    2. ANTI-TUMOR MECHANISMS
    3. POP QUIZ
    4. TUMOR-SPECIFIC ANTIGENS
    5. TUMOR IMMUNE EVASION
    6. PROGRESS CHECK
    7. SECTION SUMMARY
  5. TEST YOUR ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE
    1. SUMMARY
    2. FINAL ASSESSMENT
  6. END OF PROGRAM
  7. GLOSSARY
  8. REFERENCES



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