Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
MENDONCA, Vanessa Amaral et al. Immunology of leprosy. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2008, vol.83, n.4, pp. 343-350. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962008000400010.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease characterized by contrasting clinical forms that are dependent on the interactions between the bacillus and the host immune response. Thus, the study of the immunological process is extremely relevant for the comprehension of the mechanisms involved in leprosy presentation and development. In this paper, the immunopathogenesis of leprosy is reviewed.
Keywords : Chemokines; Leprosy; Leprosy [classification]; Leprosy [complication]; Leprosy [genetics]; Leprosy [immunology]; Mycobacterium leprae.