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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We higher vertebrates are also equipped with more versatile defenses, the acquired immune system (also called adaptive).
The immune system has two main divisions: the innate immune system, which needs no previous experience with intruders to dispatch them swiftly, and the acquired immune system, which requires contact and time in order to develop a specific response to a particular pathogen.
High levels of LL-37 are proinflammatory, angiogenic, and activate the acquired immune system, effects that would explain the chronic skin redness and telangiectasias of rosacea.
9): It seems that many researchers fail to take into account the unique genetics of the acquired immune system when studying identical twins.
Although all living organisms possess an innate immune system, only vertebras have evolved to the point of developing an acquired immune system.
These results are interesting because they speak to talabostat's ability to stimulate key cytokines that are believed to play an active role in talabostat's anti-tumor activity by upregulating both the innate and acquired immune system," said Dr.
One of the platoons of soldiers down the line are the Th1 cells, part of the acquired immune system that goes after intracellular viral and bacterial infections.
In other words, the more toxins, disease causing bugs, or allergens that we are exposed to and successfully fend off beyond what the innate immune system can neutralize and recycle, the more our acquired immune system grows in complexity.

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