Basic Immunology 1400-114PIMM
1.Terminology, definitions and rules governing the functions of the immune system.
2.Structure of the immune system: immune cells and lymphoid organs. Leukocyte migration and recirculation.
3.Generation of the immune cells. Hematopoiesis.
4.Basic mechanisms related to the function of the immune system
a.main functions of the immune system
b.antigens: molecules recognized by the immune system
5.Cells and molecules involved in the innate immunity. Antigen recognition by the innate immune cells (phagocytic cells, NK cells)
6.Cells and molecules involved in the adaptive immunity. Characteristic attributes of the adaptive immunity: antigenic specificity, diversity, immunologic memory, self/nonself recognition. The kinetics of the adaptive immunity.
7.Antigen recognition by T and B lymphocytes (TCR, T-cell receptor, BCR, B-cell receptor). The role of APC (antigen-presenting cells) in antigen recognition by T lymphocytes.
8.T-cell activation and differentiation. B-cell activation by thymus-dependent and thymus-independent antigens. Effector functions of T and B lymphocytes. Types of the immune response (humoral and cellular response).
9.Cytokines in the regulation of the immune system activity. Interactions between the immune and neuro-endocrine systems.
10.Defense mechanisms involved in bacterial, viral and parasite infections. Vaccines.
11.Defense mechanisms in cancer.
12.Failure of the immune system activity: hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency
13.Phylogeny of immunity
14.Modulation of the immune system activity: theory and practice.
15.Structure of antibodies, polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies production. Antibodies application in experimental systems and therapy. Experimental models and basic methods used in immunity studies.
Type of course
1 Has basic knowledge of immune system functions and functional relations between cells of innate and acquired immunity.K_W05 (BI Ist.); K_W06 (BI Ist.)
2. Understanding of basic conceptual categories of terminology used in immunology K_W13 (BI Ist.)
3. Knows basic mechanisms of inner immune system regulation and role of immune system in whole organism function. K_W06 (BI I ST.)
4. Understanding of basic principles of interaction between the immune system and the neuroendocrine system K_W06 (BI Ist.)
5. Knows basic research techniques used in the study of the immune system function and their importance in human life. K_W19 (BI I ST.)
1. Ability to study on his/her owns of issues identified by the lecturer. K_U10 (BI Ist.)
2. Ability to read and understand scientific and popular biological texts in Polish or English. K_U03 (BI Ist.)
3. Ability to discuss on a basis of available literature. K_U04 (BI I ST.)
4. Ability to present scientific problems as written paper or multimedial presentation. K_U07 (BI I ST.)
1. Expanding of interest in the field of natural sciences. K_K01 (BI Ist.)
2. Understanding of research ethics at work with laboratory animals. K_K03 (BI Ist.)
3. Critically analyze information from the mass media and scientific literature. K_K08 (BI Ist.)
Written exam with open questions.
1. Kuby Immunology, Kindt TJ, Goldsby RA, Osborne BA, WH Freeman and Company 2007
2. Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Abbas AK, Lichtman AH, Saunders 2006
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
- Biotechnology, part-time (evening) first-cycle
- Biology, full-time first cycle studies
- Biotechnology, full-time first-cycle studies
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