adaptive immune system

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adaptive immune system

n.
The component of the vertebrate immune system involving lymphocytes (B cells and T cells) containing a small number of proteins that combine to produce an enormous variety of distinct proteins capable of recognizing and deactivating specific antigens. It is one of two main components of the immune system, along with the innate immune system.
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This regulation is important because an overly active immune system and increased cytokine levels can lead to sickness behavior and damage overall health.
Ironically, the mice on the high-fat diet seem to have a less active immune system when they really need it," the expert added.
Researchers have found that women who had gained and lost 10lb four times or more before the menopause were more likely to have reduced blood flow to the heart, while women whose weight had been stable had a more active immune system.