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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
MACHADO, Paulo R. L.; ARAUJO, Maria Ilma A. S.; CARVALHO, Lucas and CARVALHO, Edgar M.. Immune response mechanisms to infections. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2004, vol.79, n.6, pp. 647-662. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962004000600002.
Knowledge acquired about the main immune mechanisms protecting against various infectious agents leads to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of infectious/parasitic diseases and of various strategies specific to the host and parasite. The immune system performs along a cooperation network, which involves the participation of several structural, molecular and cellular components. The fine balance between health and disease is found in this scenario, in which deficiency as much as excess may result in tissue damage. This article explores such aspects and a number of therapies arising from the knowledge acquired.
Keywords : helminthiasis; immunity; immunity [natural]; infection [immunology]; bacterial infections; protozoan infections; mycoses; virus diseases.