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       ‫الحمد هلل‬         Presented By
                   DR. MAHMOUD KAMAL Mansour
 Assistant professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology(SCU

                Immune system
•Thissystem is composed of primary lymphoid organs
 and secondary lymphoid organs
•Primary lymphoid organs are contain thymus and
 adult bone marrow.
• Secondary lymphoid organs are contain spleen,
lymph node, tonsils and MALT.

All these cells of this system arise from polypotent stem cells of
 bone marrow through two main lines of differentiation, lymphoid
 lineage producing lymphocytes and Myeloid lineage producing
 The immune response of this system are mediated by a variety of
   cells and by the soluble mediators which they secrete.
 The function of this system to eliminate infectious agent or to
 minimize the damage they cause.

                   Immune System
It is formed of lymphoid organs, tissues and cells.
 It is divided into primary lymphoid organs(Thymus, Bone
 Secondary lymphoid organs (Bone marrow, lymph node, Spleen,
  Liver and MALT [BALT and GALT]).
 Composed of specific (B & T) & non-specific (NK, monocytes,
  neutrophils, Eosinophils, Basophils & Mast immunocompent

• This the science that deal with the Immunity ,
 Serology, Autoimmune disease, Hypersensitivity,
 Allergies, Organ transplantation, Rejection of
 foreign tissue , Vaccination & Serology . The
 Immune system are responsible for all these
 mention Immunological functions & Immunological
☺ Immunity means protection.
☺There are two types of Immunity.
 • Innate Immunity ( non specific, non adaptive, natural ).
 • Acquired Immunity (specific, adaptive, acquired ).
☺ It is in vivo reaction deals with non specific immune
  defenses & specific humoral immunity (antigens,
 antibodies) & cell-mediated

• It in vitro reaction between antigen &
  antibody in the laboratory
• It is a full antigen
• It must be foreign substance that has the
   ability to provoke a specific IR.
• It is usually proteins that more
 immunogenic than polysaccharides or


☺ Immunogen
It is a foreign substance or molecule that,
 when introduced into the body, it is capable
 of inducing an Immune response (IR).

• It refers to any foreign molecule that can be recognized by specific antibody, BCR,
or a TCR and become the target of Immune response (IR).
☺All immunogens are antigens.

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Cont…   Antigen
  • Any foreign agent e.g. pollen, dust, animal
   dander that causes IgE- mediated
It is a partial antigen (Incomplete Ag).
It is a low molecular weight foreign substance.
Alone cannot stimulate the immune system.
carried on large protein to be full antigen(immunogenic),

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              Super antigen
It is unusual antigen that can not be
  processed by APCs.
It stimulates polyclonal lymphocytes.
E.g. Toxic shock syndrome-1, pyrogenic
 toxin of Strep.

•It is the antigenic determinant of the
  Immunogenic molecule.
• It is the smallest unit of a complex
  Immunogenic molecule.
• An Immunogen can have one or more
• Roughly the epitope has five amino
acid or
   monosaccharide in size.
           Epitopes or antigenic determinants
☺Not all the antigen molecule is antigenic, only
small parts of themolecule can bind antigen
receptors and induce IR. These parts are
called epitopes or antigenic determinants.
☺One antigen molecule may contain several
 epitope, each can combine with specific
 antigen receptor.

     Factors Affecting IMMUNOGENCITY
Must be foreign body (Non-Self Antigen).
Large molecular weight (more than 10000 D).
Chemical structure (tertiary/secondary/primary).
Root of administration (ID/ SC/IV/Oral).
Immunological status of host.
 presence of adjuvant.

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Humoral Immune Response (Antibody-mediated IR)
☺Humoral IR depends on production of large
 amounts of specific antibodies by activated B cells.
☺Like T cells, there are millions clones of B cells,
 each one can specifically combine one foreign
 antigen through BCR, which consists of monomeric
 form of IgM.
☺The enormous diversity of the B cell repertoire
 depends on the ability of developing B cells to
 rearrange and modify their Ag receptors during the
 process of maturation in bone marrow.
☺Maturation of B Cells consists of 3 Phases:-
1- proliferation.
2- expression of Ag R genes.
3- selection of cells expressing useful antigen

Steps of B cell maturation in BM (ontogeny):-
• Proliferation of the earliest lymphocyte precursors is
   stimulated by IL-7 secreted by stromal cells in bone marrow.
☺Mature resting (virgin) B cells.
• express, in addition to IgM, an IgD molecule, both with the
   same antigenic specificity. At this stage, B cells migrate to
   the peripheral lymphoid tissue.

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Cont. (ontogeny)
 Steps of B cell maturation in Bone marrow:-
☺ Mature active B cells.
  • when mature B cells is activated by the specific
   antigen, it looses IgD and differentiate in several
   steps to plasma cells which secrete antibodies
   specific to the activating antigen.

Structure of B Cell antigen Receptor (BCR):-

• B cell (together with IgD in case of virgin mature
  B cells (membrane Igs, monomeric IgM).
• Ig-α/Ig-β heterodimers, disulfide-linked
  polypeptides containing cytoplasmic domains
  with ITAMs (Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based
  Activation Motifs) are associated with the MIg
  subunits (two heterodimer molecules per BCR).

• The MIg is formed of 2 heavy and 2 light chains.
• The light chain contains one variable and one constant
• Heavy chain contain one variable and 3 constant domains.
• Variable regions of both heavy and light chains form the
   antigen binding site.
• Variable domains containing three hyper variable regions
  (complementarity determining regions, CDRs).
• CDRs bind antigenic determinants of the antigen or the

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• It is immunoglobulin molecule produced by
  animal in response to immunogen. It has the
 ability to combine specifically to antigenic
 part of this immunogen
• It is a glycoprotein composed of Heavy (H)
 an light (L) chains that functions as
 antibody. All antibodies are
 immunoglobulins but not all
 immunoglobulin has antibody function.
      Structure of Immunoglobulins
• Immunoglobulins make up about 20% of plasma proteins.
• Blood contains 3 types of globulins; alpha, beta and gamma.
• When a serum sample is fractionated by electrophoresis, most immunoglobulins
   migrate as a broad band in gamma globulin fraction.

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                    1                              Immune serum
                                                   Ag adsorbed serum

                 Immunoglobulins, Structure & Functions
•Immunoglobulins are a big family of related but non identical glycoprotein.
• Igs are the critical ingredients of the humoral IR, which is the function of
• Igs on the surface of B cells act as antigen receptors that can detect and bind a
  large number of antigens present in the environment.
• On binding their cognate antigens, surface Igs initiate activation, proliferation and
  maturation of B cells with generation of plasma cells.
• The Igs secreted by plasma cells are the Antibodies which will bind specifically to
   the antigens that trigger their production.
            Immunoglobulin variable regions
• Variable regions of both the L and H chains mediate antigen binding and are the
    most heterogeneous portion of Ig molecules.
• Variable regions consist of relatively invariant stretches called framework
  regions of 15-30 amino acids, separated by shorter regions (9-12 a. a.) of extreme
   variability called hypervariable regions (HVR).
              Immunoglobulin variable regions
• Hypervariable regions of both H and L chains together form the antigen binding
  site and determine the antigen specificity. Hypervariable regions are also called
  complementary-determining regions; CDR1-CDR3. They are complementary in
  structure to the antigen determinant or epitope on the antigen molecule.
              Immunoglobulin variable regions
• Each VH domain is positioned directly beside VL domain and this pair of domains
   together form the antigen binding site. Each basic unite contains 2 antigen
   binding sites (divalent) pratope.
• The antigen specificity of a given Ig molecule is determined by the amino acid
   sequence of its VH and VL domains together.
• The region between CH1 and CHs is called the hinge region and it has loose
   secondary structure making the Ig molecule flexible at this point.

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☺The 2 main characteristics of Immunoglobulins as antigen binding proteins are:-
1- Specificity: antibodies secreted by a clone of B cells will bind specifically to the
  antigen which trigger their secretion.
2- Diversity: different antibodies molecules secreted by different clones of B cells will
   bind different types of antigens.

☺Antibodies are bifunctional molecules; in addition to antigen binding, antibodies
  possess secondary biologic activities that are critical for host defense as
  complement fixation, acting as opsonins and crossing the placental barrier.
          Disulfide bond




                                          CH2              CH3

                           Hinge Region
Structure of Ig
                  Structure of Immunoglobulins
The four chain basic unite:-
• Every immunoglobulin molecule is formed of four
 polypeptide chains; two identical heavy (H) chains and two
  identical light (L) chains.
                Structure of Immunoglobulins
• Some Igs are formed of only one basic unite, other formed of more than one.
• All the H and L chains in a single Ig molecule are identical and can be presented by
  the general formula (H2L2)n.
• The H & L chains are composed of folded globular domains, each of which is 100-
   110 amino acid long and contain one intrachain disulphide bond. L chain always
    contain 2 domains, whereas H chain contains 4 or 5.
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          Enzymatic digestion products of Immunoglobulins
      Enzymatic digestion products of Immunoglobulins
Effect of papain:-
1-Cleaves the molecule at the hinge region on the N-terminal side of the inter-heave
   chain disulphide bonding leading to formation of 3 fragments.
2- identical Fab fragments each consists of an entire light chain and VH and CH1
   domains of the heavy chain. Each of these fragments contains one Ag binding
3-One Fc fragment consists of the carboxyl terminal of the 2 heavy chains held
   together by disulphide bond. Most of the secondary biologic functions of Igs are
   determined by the Fc fragment.




Fab                    46
Effect of papsin
                         Effect of pepsin
Pepsin cleaves on the carboxyl
terminal of the interheavy chain
 disulfide bond yielding one
 large fragment, F(ab)2,
which corresponds to 2
disulfide linked Fab fragments
 and has divalent antigen
binding capacity. The Fc region
is extensively degraded
                                                 Fc Peptides
 by pepsin and does not
 survive an intact fragment.


               Functions of Immunoglobulins
1- Agglutination of particulate antigens as bacterial cells (agglutinins).
2- Antitoxin antibodies: neutralize microbial toxins.
3- Neutralizing antibodies that attachment of microbes to mucosal
   surfaces (secretory IgA).
                   Functions of Immunoglobulins
4- Complement fixing antibodies.
5- Opsonization: Opsonins.
6- Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity: important in immune
   response to helminthes by IgE
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•This is the part of an antibody which is attach with epitope.

• Also known as antigen binding site.
          Immunoglobulin Fragments:
        Structure/Function Relationships

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                                Complement Binding Site

Binding to Fc Receptors
                                  Placental Transfer
                  IMMUNOGLOBULIN CLASS
• A subdivision of immunoglobulin molecules based on unique
  antigenic determinants in the FC region of the H chain.
• In human, there are five immunoglobulin classes ( IgG, IgA, IgM,
   IgD and IgE)

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                Immunoglobulin Classes
• Formed of one basic unite, antigen divalent.

• Divided into 4 subclasses, Ig1-Ig4   .
• the most abundant Ig in serum (75%).
• the main Ig in the secondary immune response.
• the only Ig that cross the placenta, and it is responsible for the protection of
  the newborn during the first months of life.

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• Can fix and activate the complement.
• can opsonizes, i.e., enhances phagocytosis of organism by phagocytic cell
  which have receptors for Fc region of IgG.

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                      IgG1         IgG2   IgG3   IgG4
% of total IgG        70           20      6      4
Half life             23           23      7     23
Placental passage     +++           +     +++    +++

Complement fixation    +            +     +++     -
Binding to FcR        +++           +     +++     -
• Two types of IgA; serum and secretory.
• Serum IgA accounts for only 10-15 % of serum Igs.
• It is the predominant Ig formed by B cells in Peyer patches, tonsils and other sub
  mucosal lymphoid tissues. So, it is the most abundant Ig in saliva, tears, bronchial
  secretions, milk, intestinal mucosa, prostatic fluid and other secretions.

• It prevents attachment of pathogens as to mucous membranes.
• Secretors IgA is usually formed of 2 polymerized basic units plus J polypeptide
   chain, which initiate polymerization, and a secretory component.
• The secretory component is synthesized by epithelial cells and help in passage of
  IgA to the mucosal surface.
• Serum IgA may be found in a monomeric or a dimeric form.
Secretory IgA structure
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 Secretory Piece       J Chain
•Pentamer, containing J component.
• H chain contains 4 domains.
• 10% 0f serum Igs.
• The  main Ig in the primary IR.
• Expressed at the surface of B cells in the form of monomer as the Ag
• It is the most efficient C fixing antibody.
• Fc R for IgM exist but not well characterized.
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• It Has no known antibody function, but may act as antigen receptor on the surface
   of B cells.
• It is a monomer and represent only o.2% of serum Igs.
• It presents on the surface of some B cells together with IgM monomer in the stage
   of immature B cells.
• It is a monomer and H chains contain 4 domains.
• Least concentration in serum; 0.004%.
• Medically important for 2 reasons:-
• mediates immediate type I hypersensitivity.
• participates in host defense against helminthes (worms).

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• intra species variance at a particular
 gene locus.
• Refers to intraspecies genetic
• Normal individuals express the all 9 classes and subclasses
 of the H chains of Igs chains & the 2 types and subtypes of
 the L chains because each is encoded by a separate gene
 and is inherited independently; all together are called
• Some of the genes coding for the different constant regions of H or L
 chains exist in more than one form within the population, the
 alternative forms (alleles) differ from one another in one or very few
 amino acid sequence. These minor alternative forms of a given Ig
  locus are called Allotypes.

• In humans, allotypes have been found for y, α and ξ H chains and for ĸ L chain
• This different allotypes can be immunogenic, for example, mother may be
   immunized against a different allotypes of the father during pregnancy.
                   Idiotypes (self-type)
• Refers to the unique Hypervariable region amino acid sequences
 of the homogenous Ig molecules produced by a single B cell clone.
 Thus, there are many idiotypes as there are many B cell clones
 (about 109 clones in an adult).
• A measure of the binding strength between the epitope
& paratope. This binding take place by the formation of
multiple non-covalent bonds between the antigen & the
amino acids of the binding site
• A measure of the summation of binding strength between the
  multiple epitopes and paratopes. This binding take place by the
  formation of multiple non-covalent bonds between the antigens
  and the amino acids of the binding sites.
                        These bonds namely
hydrogen bonds.
 electrostatic.
 Van der Waals.
 hydropholic forces.

• variety of cell types which process the antigen in a form that stimulate
• They included Macrophages, Langerhans cells, interdigitating cells,
  follicular dentritic cell and B cells.
      B cells act as APC with direct cell-to-cell contact
•Ag presentation by B cell to TH and interaction is intensified
 through co -stimulatory molecules; CD40 and CD40 legend, B7 &
• Activated T cells secrete IL4, 5, 6, 10, which activates proliferation
and differentiation of B cells to plasma cells and memory cells.



                  Monoclonal Antibodies
• Highly specific antibodies produced against a single epitope of an antigen by cells
  derived from a single clone of immortal cells.
• These immortal cells are called hybridoma cells that are formed by fusion
   (hybridization) of a B cell producing antibodies against a single epitope and an
   immortal, continuously replicating myeloma cells.
• The resulting hybridoma acquires the property of being immortal & the ability to
  produce monoclonal antibodies specific to a single epitope.
• It is formed from fusion of B cell already immunized with the epitope
 of interest & myeloma cell, the fusion of hybridomas is encouraged
  by adding certain chemicals e.g. polyethylene glycol
  Technique of monoclonal antibody production
• Spleen cells from suckling mice immunized with the antigenic epitope of interest
  are grown with myeloma cells in cell culture containing polyethylene glycol (PEG).
• polyethylene glycol promotes fusion of cells resulting in formation of the
• Then HAT culture medium is used which contain hypoxanthine, aminopterin and
  thymidine. In presence of HAT, myeloma cells will die and the spleenocytes will die
• Resulting hybridoma are screened for antibody production, positive clones
  producing the antibody of interest are propagated in cell culture or freeze-dried at
 -70°C till used.
               Uses of Monoclonal Antibodies
                           Diagnostic uses
1- Identification of differentiation Ags on cells:-
   A- CD markers of lymphocytes subsets.
   B- Tissue typing (HLA).
   C- Tumor associated markers: CEA, alpha feto-protein.
2- Identification and typing of bacteria and viruses.
3- Hormonal assay.

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                      Therapeutic uses
1- Antitumor therapy: by using MCA to tumor specific Ags alone or
   after coupling it with cytotoxin (e.g., Diphtheria toxin), or with
   radioactive substance (magic bullet therapy).
2- Immunosuppressive therapy: MCAs to T cells subsets (anti-CD3) to
   prevent graft rejection.
3- Treatment of drug toxicity, e.g. to neutralize digitalis toxicity.
4- Anti-RH D to prevent RH incompatibility.
5- Passive immunotherapy for protection from viral infections as CMV
   and VZV.
• Antibodies that arise in animal in response to poly
  epitopes antigen.
• They are formed by several different clones of B

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        Genetic origin of B cell antigenic diversity
                    Light chain genes
• There are 2 types of light chains; kappa (ĸ) and lambda (λ).
• The light chains in a single molecule of Ig are of the same type, never
   both together.
• Genes coding for ĸ chain exist on chromosome 2 and consist of 30-35
   Vĸ segments and 5 Jĸ segments coding for the variable region and
   one Cĸ for the constant region.
• Genes coding for λ chain exist on chromosome 22 and consist of 100
   Vλ, 6 Jλ for variable domain and 6 Cλ for constant domain.

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      Rearrangement of Heavy chain genes

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                            Humeral IR
Activation of B cells:-
• Each clone will be activated by its specific Ag (clonal selection
• cross-linking of 2 or more BCRs by a bivalent or multivalent antigen
   cause a signal of activation which is transmitted to Ig-α/Ig-β
   heterodimer. This initiates ITAM phosphorylation by cytoplasmic
   protein kinases.
• ITAMs phosphorylation generates a signal that is transmitted to the
   B cell nucleus via an intracellular signal transduction pathway.

     B cell is activated, proliferate, differentiate to
1- plasma cells:-
  • which actively secrete antibody.
  • End-stage cells that do not proliferate and have no markers on its
2- B memory cells :-
  • represent an expanded population of B cells able to respond to the
   inducing antigen.
  • They reside mainly within lymphoid follicles and survive for many

Activation and Clonal selection of B cells

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            Two types of antigens can bind BCR

A. T-cell-independent antigens (TI-Ag):-
 • Can activate B cells without the help of T cells, No memory cells are
• These antigens Has the property that at high concentration can
  activate large number of B cells both specifically and non- specifically
   (polyclonal B cell activators)e.g. polysaccharides.

B- T-cell dependent Antigens:-
• Most protein antigens need T cell help to induce Ab response.
• T cell help can be provided in 2 forms:

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               B cells bind the Ag through BCRs
• TH cells are stimulated by the presented antigen on APcs and secrete
 lymphokines which activates proliferation and differentiation of B
 cells to plasma cells and memory cells..

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T-cell independent antigens

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                          MHC MOLECULES
• There are three major classes of molecules coded within the MHC (Class I, II, III).
• The genes of MHC are located on the short arm of the chromosome six.
• MHC class I molecules comprises a glycosylated heavy chain associated with B2-

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                     MHC class I
•Expressed on the surface of all nucleated body cells but
 not on mature RBCs.
                                 MHC class I
  • A heavy chain molecule non-covalently associated with a small molecule, β2
  • The class I molecule consists of 3 extracellular domains (α1, α2, α3), a
    transmembrane region and a cytoplasmic tail.
  • The groove between α1 and α2 form The peptide binding site.

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                              MHC class I
 • There are 3 types of class I molecules; A, B, C coded by 3 genetic loci A, B, C.
 • β2 microglobulin is no polymorphic, coded by a gene on chromosome 15 and is
   essential for expression and stabilization of class I molecules.

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                           Human MHC genes
• All of the MHC gene loci reside together as complex on the short arm of
   chromosome 6, class I loci A, B, C on one side and class II loci DP, DQ, DR on the
   other side.
• The combination of these 6 loci on a single chromosome are inherited together and
   is called haplotype.
• Because human inherit one chromosome from father and one from mother, so he
   has 6 loci for each class.
• MHC genes are dominant, so all MHC proteins are expressed on the surface of
   body cells. So 2 proteins of each type are expressed.
• Other genes related to MHC include:-

         Major Histocompatibility complex MHC (HLA)
• MHC antigens are group of proteins expressed on the surface of all body cells
  and are the main target of immunological reaction that lead to rejection of
  organ or tissue transplanted between unrelated individuals.
• These proteins are also called HLA because they were first discovered on
   human leucocytes. HLA proteins behave as immunogenic markers that
  distinguish each person' cells from most others in the population and are the
  major barrier to histocompatibility.
• MHC genes are the genes coding for the MHC proteins and are present on
  chromosome 6.
• MHC is classified into 2 classes which differ in structure and tissue distribution.
Class I represent antigens to Tc cells, class II represent to TH cells.
                                   MHC class II
• Expressed only on immune cells, T, B, APCs.
• Two polypeptide chains, α and β, the extracellular region of each chain folds to
   form 2 domains; α1, α2 and β1, β2.
• Peptide binding site is formed by α1 and β1.
• Three types of class II molecules; DP, DQ, DR coded by 3 genetic loci, each of which
   include genes for one α and one β.

                           MHC Polymorphism
• The most polymorphic gene complex.
• At each locus of both class I and II there are multiple different alleles distributed
  in the human population.
• For example, there are about 100 HLA-A alleles designate A1, A2 etc, more than
   150 HLA-B alleles, more than 200 HLA-DR alleles and so on.
• Polymorphism among MHC alleles involve amino acid sequence at the antigen
   binding site. So, each allelic form has its antigen binding properties.
• Human inherits 2 different alleles at each locus, the advantage of this is the
  increase the range of different antigen peptides that can be presented to T cells.

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If the HLA proteins on the donor’s cells differ from those on the recipients cells
  an immune response occurs in the recipient.
 These are many alleles of the class I and class II genes.
 There are at least 40 HLA –A genes, 80 HLA – B genes and 10 HLA – C genes.
 Class I proteins are detected in laboratory by reacting lymphocytes with a
   battery of specific antibodies plus complement.

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                       Significance of MHC
• Role in Ag processing and presentation.
• Role in induction of immunological tolerance.
• Role in alloreactivity and transplant rejection.
• Relation of MHC to some diseases.
• Paternity testing and forensic investigations.

              Antigen processing and presentation
• Depending on the source of antigen, processing can occur of either
  of 2 ways:-
1- Endocytic (class II, exogenous) pathway:-
• Antigen sources are endocytosed extracellular proteins (host or
  foreign) and membrane proteins (host and foreign).
• This pathway delivers peptides to MHC class II molecules which are
expressed by macrophages and other professional antigen presenting
cells (APCs) that present antigens to T4 (TH) cells.

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                Antigen processing and presentation
• Depending on the source of antigen, processing can occur of either
  of 2 ways:-
2- The cytosolic (class I, endogenous) pathway:-
• Antigen source: endogenous Ags; cytosolic proteins of host or intracellular
• This pathway delivers peptide to MHC class I expressed on all nucleated body cells
  and present it to T8 (Tc) cells.
                   Antigen processing pathways
                         Endocytic pathway            Cytosolic pathway

Major Ag source          endocytosed extracellular    cytosolic proteins of host
                         proteins (host or foreign)   or intracellular pathogen,
                         and membrane proteins        viral, bacterial or
                         (host and foreign).          parasitic.

Processing machinery     Lysosomal enzymes in the     Proteasomes, including
                         lysosomes.                       LMPs
Cell type where active   Professional APCs            All nucleated cells

Site of Ag-MHC binding   Endocytic vesicles,          RER

MHC utilized             Class II                     Class I
Present to               T helper cells               T cytotoxic cells.

           Control of Ag processing and presentation
• IFNy increases expression of class I molecules, TAP transporters and
• IFNy induce expression of class II molecules on some cell types as
   fibroblasts, endothelial cells, epithelial cells which normally do not
   express these molecules, enabling these cells to present Ag to TH
• On the other hand, some pathogens suppress these processes, for
   example herpes simplex virus produce protein that inactivate TAP
   transporters thus blocking endogenous pathway and so evade
   detection by the immune system.


                 Control of Ag processing and presentation
● in region of class II, 2 genes coding for TAPs, 2 genes coding for LMPS

    proteins and one gene coding for a heterodimer called DM.

● non classic HLA genes; E, F and G in the region of Class I.
• HLA-G is expressed on the extra villous trophoblasts, the fetal cells
   directly in contact with maternal tissues. This protein provides
   inhibitory signals to T cells and NK cells and may serve in
   maintaining materno-fetal tolerance.
• Other genes not related to histocompatibility or antigen
   presentation include genes coding for: C2, C4, BF factor, 2 heat
   shock proteins and 21 steroidogenic hydroxylase.

● is the part of MHC molecule which inks to
  the processed antigen.
● It is the antigen fragment which interact
 with MHC Molecules
 Class II protein are first demonstrated by mixed lymphocytes reaction

These are an unknown number of minor antigens
 encoded by genes at sites other than HLA locus.
These minor antigens can induce a weak immune
 response that can result in slow reaction of a

•These are an unknown number of minor antigens encoded by genes
  at sites other than HLA locus.
•These minor antigens can induce a weak immune response that can
 result in slow reaction of a graft.
                  IMMUNE RESPONSE
•Occurrence of this response need firstly recognition of the antigen.
•Secondly mounting a reaction against this antigen ;These are achieved
 by innate or adaptive immunity.
• there are two types of immune response primary & secondary IR
            Primary and secondary humeral IR
Primary IR :-
• Occurs the first time an individual encounters antigen.
• Ag presentation is mainly by non B cells.
• The lag period to reach maximum Ab concentration is long (up to 10
• The peak concentration is low.
• The Abs formed are predominantly IgM & have low Ag affinity.

             Secondary IR: by memory B cells
• Ag presentation mostly by B cells.
• Short lag period (2-5 days).
• Peak concentration is high.
• Main Abs are IgG in Lymph nodes and IgA in sub mucosal tissues.
• Antigen affinity is high.

•This is occurred only for T-cell dependent antigen.
• This occurred after a second encounter with the same antigen or a
  closely related antigens; One month or years after the primary
•The lag period is typically 3-5 days.
        important events During the secondary IR
A. Heavy chain (isotypes) class switch:-
•plasma cells secrete Igs classes that differ from that of the parent
• It results from specialized type of DNA arrangement in the heavy
   chain genes, so that a new CH region is moved to become adjacent
   to the existing V/D/J Exon by deleting all intervening CH regions on
   the chromosome.

B- Somatic Hypermutation:-
• During secondary IR, point mutation in the V/D/J and V/J exons
    occurs at high rates.
• This may result in either increasing or decreasing the affinity of the
    resulting Igs to their target Ags.
• Individual cells that express higher affinity mutants will be selected
    by their Ags.
• This phenomenon is called affinity maturation and is responsible for
   the high antigen affinity of Igs produced in the secondary IR.

Heavy chain (isotype) class switch

                      INNATE IMMUNITY
• It is non adaptive natural immunity.
• It is not specific for certain pathogen.
•It includes skin, mucous membranes, phagocyte and NK cells.
                      ADAPTIVE IMMUNITY
•It is highly specific for a particular pathogen.
• The immunity improves with successive encounter with the same
   pathogen (memory cells).
• It may be passive or acquired.
• It may be humoral immunity, cell mediated or both.
      Acquired immunity is characterized by
1- High specificity to antigens which are recognized by specific immune cells.
2- Mainly targets peptide antigen derived from foreign protein.
3- Require prior exposure to antigen.
4- Development of immunological memory, that is why primary IR is weak while secondary
IR is rapid and strong.
5- Wide Ag diversity.

          Acquired immunity is characterized by
  Main components of acquired immunity:-
  1- lymphocytes: T and B lymphocytes.
  2- complement.
  3- Macrophages.
  • B-cells: responsible for the antibody- mediated (humoral) IR.
  • T-cells: responsible for cell-mediated immunity.
• B and T cells combine with antigens in highly specific manner
   through cell surface antigen receptor (BCR and TCR respectively).
   Each lymphocyte or a clone of lymphocyte has a unique restricted
   specificity for an antigen (clonal restriction).
• The human body contains About 108 clones of lymphocytes, each has
   one antigenic specificity. This range of possible specificity is known
   as primary lymphocyte repertoire.
• TCRs only recognize peptide antigen bound to major
   histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule on the surface of host
• T-cells are divided into 2 types:-
1- T helper (TH, T4) cells, represent 65% of total T cells. Recognize
   antigen on the surface of antigen presenting cells in association
   with MHC class II.
2- T cytotoxic (Tc, T8), 35% of T cells, recognize Ag in association with
   MHC class I.                                                        122
 These regions are clustered at the distal portion of the variable
  domain and contribute to the antigen-binding site (paratope)


A region of a peptide chain having a coherent
   tertiary structure.

 Immunoglobulins, TCR, MHC class I and MHC

   class II molecules have domains.
The cumulative effect of several minor antigens
  can lead to a more rapid rejection response.
 These are no laboratory tests for detection of
  minor antigens.

There are three regions which contain the most
  variable areas of the variable domains of
  immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor chains.
                        LYMPHOID CELLS
•Lymphocytes are produced in the primary or central lymphoid
 (thymus and bone marrow)
•The production rate is high (109 per day).
•The size of lymphocytes, usually small (6-10 um).
•Some of these cells migrate via the circulation into the secondary
   lymphoid tissues.
lymphoid cells represent about 20% of the total
   leucocytes present in the adult circulation.
 The lymphoid tissue as a whole represents about 2% of
   the total weight.

represents about 5-15% of the circulating lymphoid pool.

They are defined by the presence of surface immunoglobulin
They are developed in the bone marrow of the adult.

The majority of B cells carry MHC class II antigens.
 B cells carry also complement receptors for C3b and

 It carry Fc receptor for exogenous IgG.

 CD19, CD20 and CD22 are the main markers currently
  used to identify human B cells.
                         B cell markers
• IgM (BCR), heterodimer Igα Igβ.
• CD19, CD73, CD22, CD23.
• Class I and II molecules.
• CR1, CR2 (C3d R), CD40.
• adhesion molecules (LFA-1, ICAM-1).
They are the source of antibody development & humoral immunity.
 B cells do not require the thymus for its maturation.
 The life span of B lymphocytes are short (day or weeks).
                                    CMI Response
•CMI is the function of T cells.
•T cells recognize Ags by the TCR in the form of peptide fragments bound to class I
  or II MHC molecules.
•The enormous diversity of the T cell repertoire depends on the ability of
  developing T cells to rearrange and modify their Ag receptors during the process
  of maturation.
                     Structure of T cell Antigen Receptor (TCR):-
•There are 2 types of TCR:
1- TCR-2 formed of 2 peptide chains designate α and β. TCR2- T cells constitute up to 95% of
   blood T cells.
2- TCR-1, the 2 peptide chains named ү and δ. TCR-1-T cells constitute <5% of blood cells.
                               T CELLS
•The ratio of the T cells to B cells is approximately 3:1
• T cells constitute 65-80% of the reticulating pool of lymphocytes.
• They are defined by the presence of T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and
   CD2 molecules.
                     Structure of TCR-2
• The amino terminal domains of α and β (α1 and β2) are pleomorphic
   and form the antigen binding site. Each clone of T cells has its own
   TCR that can recognize a particular combination of an Ag and MHC
   molecule (antigenic diversity).
• The carboxyl terminal domains (α2 and β2) are constant.
• α/β dimer is associated with a complex of proteins,CD3, formed of 6
   peptide chains ү, δ, 2ε and 2 zeta.
• CD3 is essential for stability of TCR and for transduction of signal of
   activation to inside the cell.
                  Structure of TCR-2
• Zeta and ε both have cytoplasmic domains with ITAMs (immune
  receptor tyrosine-based activation motifs) .
• TCR interaction with antigen peptide bound to MHC molecules on
  APCs initiates ITAM phosphorylation by cytoplasmic protein kinases
  in T cells.
• ITAMs phosphorylation generates a molecular "signal" that is
  transmitted to the T cell nucleus via an intracellular signal
  transduction pathway
                TCR α and β genes and TCR diversity
•Genetic locus of α chain is located on chromosome 7 and consists of 100 V
  segments and 50 J segments for variable domain. There is only one gene for the
  constant domain.
•Genetic locus of β chain is located on chromosome 15 and consists of 30 V
  segments, 2 D segments and 13 J segments for the variable domain and 2
  constant genes.
•Possible antigenic diversity of α chain=100х50=5000.
•Possible antigenic diversity of β chain=30х2х13=780.
•As antigen binding is formed by variable domains of α & β chains together, so the
  possible Ag diversity=5000х780=3900000.
TCR α and β genes and TCR diversity
                       Types of T cells
• TCR-2 T cells are divided into 2 subsets:-
1- a subset carries CD4 marker.
2- a subset carries CD8 marker.
                             T helper, T4, cells
   •Essential for activation of all other immune cells.
   •Functionally and according to cytokine secretion,
  TH is divided into types:-
1- TH1, secrete mainly IL2 and IFNy which stimulate phagocytic cells
  to kill intracellular pathogens and activate TC cells. So, TH1 are
  essential in immune response against intracellular pathogens as
  viruses, fungi, some bacteria as MT, Chlamydia, Rickettsia.
2- TH2, secrete IL4, IL5, IL6 and IL10, which stimulate activation,
  proliferation and differentiation of B cells and production of antibodies.
  So, TH2 are essential in immune response against extracellular pathogens.
                                 cytotoxic, T8, cells
   • toxic effects on virally infected cells and tumor cells.

                T cell ontogeny (maturation inside the thymus)
•T cells originate from the stem cell in the bone marrow and then travel to
  thymus gland where they undergo several steps of maturation.
  Maturation consists of 3 processes; proliferation, expression of Ag R
  genes, selection of cells expressing useful Ag Rs.
• Proliferation of the earliest lymphocyte precursors is stimulated by IL-7 secreted
   by stromal cells in thymus cortex.
• Proliferation of developing lymphocytes maximize the number of cells expressing
   useful Ag R.
• In the cortex of thymus, immature cells acquire CD2 marker, then CD3 together
   with TCR. At this stage, T cells lack both CD4 and CD8 (double negative
• Then T cells express both CD4 and CD8 (double positive cells).
• As T cells undergo maturation in medulla, the expression of TCRs increases and the
   cells lose either CD4 or CD8 and become single positive.
       Positive & negative selection of T cells & central tolerance.
• Inside thymus, T cells learn to recognize Ag in combination with MHC class I or II
    molecules and to recognize self components as self (tolerance). Cortical epithelia
    in cortex and macrophages, dendrites cells in medulla are rich in HLA class I & II
    molecules loaded with self peptides.
• Positive selection promotes survival of T cells whose TCRs can recognize peptide
   bound to self MHC molecules. This occurs in thymus cortex. Here, T cells
   expressing useful TCRs are selected.
• Negative selection leads to deletion of T cells which are auto reactive to self
   components. This occurs in the medulla.
• Mature immunocompetent T cells pass to circulation.
      T cell response to Antigen & activation
•Ag presentation by APCs (macrophages, dendritic
 cells, Langerhan cells, interdigitating cells, B cells).
•Interaction of TCR with its specific Ag (clonal selection).
•Role of CD3 in transmitting signal of activation.
•Interaction of CD4 or CD8 on TH and TC cells with constant regions of
  class II or class I MHC on APCs also send signal of activation.
•IL1 secreted by macrophages also send a signal of
•Co stimulation by interaction of CD28 with B7 and CD40 ligand and CD40.
•Role of adhesion molecules: LFA-1 and CD2 molecules on T cells bind to their
   ligands on APC (LFA-1 interacts with ICAM-1 and -2, CD-2 with LFA-3), promoting
   cell to cell contact and allowing T cells to survey APC for the appropriate Ag/MHC
   complex and also send signal of activation.
•Role of CD45 ,a tyrosine phosphatase expressed on all leucocytes and is required
   for TCR signaling.
•The final result is the expansion of the T cell clone specific to the activating Ag.
T cell response to antigen
CMI response and Effectors Functions of T cells
1- Ag presentation by APCs (macrophages, dendritic cells, Langerhan cells,
    interdigitating cells, B cells).
2- Activation of TH1 cells:-
  • Activated TH1 secrete IFNy and IL2. IL2 stimulate TH cells, through interaction
    with IL2 receptors, to proliferate into a clone of antigen specific cells (auto-
  •A proportion of these cells become effectors cells releasing
     lymphokines, and the remainder become memory cells.
  •IL2 & IFNy activate macrophages to kill the intracellular pathogens.
  •IL2 & IFNy also activate TC and NK cells.
3- Activation of TH2 cells:-
  •Activated TH2 secrete IL4,5,6,10 and 13. these lymphokines
   chemoattractant and promote proliferation, differentiation of B
   cells, mast cells, eosinophils and basophils.
 •Activated B cells differentiate to plasma cells which secrete Abs to
   attack extracellular pathogens.
 •In addition, IL4 promotes B cell class switch to IgE, which bind Fcε
   receptors on mast cells, eosinophils and promote them to respond
   to Ags. This is important in IR against large multicellular pathogens
   as helminthes which can not be engulfed by macrophages. These
   cells will pour their enzymes to kill these Ags (exocytosis).
• TH1 & TH2 cells derive from common precursor T cells, TH0 cell which can secrete
   both IFNy and IL4.
• IL12 secreted by macrophage promote differentiation into TH1
• IL4, secreted by a minor T cells subset, promote differentiation into TH2.
4- Activation of Tc cells (CTLs):-
• Respond to Ag in combination with class I MHC which is expressed
   on all nucleated cells.
• Important in defense against virus infection by directly killing virally
   infected cells. Involved in IR to some intracellular bacteria as MT
   and Listeria. Play role in IR to tumor by killing malignant cells.
           Mechanisms of killing target cells
1- Perforin and granzyme effect.
2- Fas-Fas ligand.
                    Regulation of CMI response
1- natural dissociation of antigen.
2- TH1/TH2 cross regulation. TH1 derived IFNy inhibits development of TH2 and TH2
    derived IL10 inhibits IFNy production by TH1.
3- activated T cells express an important negative regulator called CTLA4 (common T
    lymphocyte antigen 4), which is similar to CD28, but unlike CD28, interaction of
    CTLA4 with B7 on APC inhibits T cell response.
4- Role of T suppressor (TS) cells, which suppress other T cells and also B cells.
5- feed back effect of IL2.
                             TCR1-,y/δ, T cells
• The majority of these cells are part of intraepithelial lymphocytes and they express
   CD8 marker. So, they may have toxic function and may play role in protection of
   mucosal surfaces.
•Form about 5-10% of peripheral lymphocytes.
• It is large granular lymphocytes.
                             Natural Killer Cells
• Large granular lymphocytes that originate from BM.
• Constitute about 15% of peripheral blood lymphocytes.
• Markers:- CD16+ (low affinity Fc receptor), CD56+, but CD3-ve
• Express IL2 receptors and proliferate in response to IL2.
• Part of innate immunity, naturally kill tumor cells and virally infected cells without
   prior exposure. Like CTL, use perforins & granzymes to kill target cells.
• Normal cells are not killed because inhibitory signals from MHC class (HLA E)
   inhibit NK activation. In tumor cells and virally infected cells, reduced expression
   or alteration of HLA E molecules interrupt inhibitory signals, allowing activation
   of NK cell and lysis.
• Antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity: can
  kill antibody coated cells.
                              Cytokines secreted by NK cells
• IFNy, TNFα, and GMCSF., so have immunoregulatory abilities
• Augment CMI response, enhance differentiation of TH toward TH1 and away from
• Enhance production of granulocytes and monocytes.

                               NK- cells
•They are called natural killer cells because they are active without prior exposure
   to its target (tumor cells, virus infected cells).
• They are not specific for any virus.
• They can kill without antibody but antibody enhances their effectiveness by a
  process called ADCC.
• They do not have to pass through the thymus for maturation.

                             NK- cells
They have no immunologic memory or TCR.
IL – 2 activated NK cells (LAK cells) are being used for the
  treatment of certain cancers.
 The presence of CD56 or CD16 is currently in use as a definitive
T cell precursors differentiate into immuno competent T cells
  within the thymus and acquire TCR, CD4 (helper) or CD8
 The ratio between helper / cytotoxic 2:1.
 Helper T cells are divided into Th-1 and Th-2 cells.
 Th-2 cells help B cells but Th-1 cell help cytotoxic T cells and cell

    mediated immunity.
Th- 1 cells produce IL – 2 and gamma interferon.
 Activated cytotoxic T cell (CD8) kill virus infected cells, tumor
 cells and allograft cells through its release of perforins or by
  induction of apoptosis.
                           General objective:
• To understand the role of innate immunity in protection against microbial
Specific educational objectives:-
1- understand the characters of innate immunity.
2- describe how does innate immunity recognize microbes.
3- know the components of innate immunity.
4- understand how microbes can evade innate immunity.
5- understand the role of innate immunity in stimulating adaptive immune response.

                           ‫سبحان اهلل‬
                    Innate immunity
 is a natural inborn, first barrier to infections
Features of the Innate Immunity
• Inborn resistance that is present the first time a pathogen is
• It does not require prior exposure.
• It provides defense against wide range of microorganisms.
• No acquired memory after first exposure.
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    Recognition of microbes by the Innate Immune System
1- The components of innate immunity recognize structures that are specific for
    microbial pathogens and are not found on mammalian cells.
• LPS of gm-ve bacteria, Teichoic acid of Gm +ve bacteria, mannose-rich
    oligosaccharides found in microbial but not mammalian glycoprotein and N-
    formylmethionine which is typical for microbial proteins .
• Phagocytes receptors recognize and respond to ds RNA which is found in many
    viruses but not in mammalian cells .
● molecular pattern and pattern recognition receptors.
2- Innate Immunity can recognize microbial components that are essential for
    survival and infectivity of the microbes, as LPS and Teichoic acid. So, a microbe
    cannot evade innate immunity by mutating or not expressing the target of
3- receptors of Innate Immunity are encoded in the germ line and are not produced
    by somatic recombination of genes as the receptors of acquired immunity.
    Therefore, the specificity of adaptive IR is much more diverse than that of innate
4- innate immunity respond in the same way to repeat exposure to the same
    microbe (no memory).
                    Components of the innate immunity
A- First line of defense:-
consists of simple barriers to the entry of the organism inside the body:
1- Skin:-
• Intact skin physically prevents microorganism and other potentially injurious
    agents from entering the tissue beneath.
• Lactic acid and fatty acids in the sweat are toxic to many organisms.
• Defensins, cysteine-rich peptides present in the skin of mammals and have broad-
    spectrum antibiotic effect that kill a wide range bacteria and fungi.
2- The epithelial surface (mucus membrane)
• Mm lining respiratory and digestive tracts are bathed in a protective layer of mucus
    which can trap, dissolve and sweep away foreign substances
• Epithelial cells produce peptide antibodies that kill bacteria.
• Hair lining the mm of anterior nares help in trapping foreign substances which can
    be expelled by sneezing.
• Cilia lining the trachea have a lashing movement to outside which help cleaning the
• Mucus membrane of urinary tract is cleansed by flushing of urine.
• Intraepithelial T cells and B-1 cells can recognize and respond to microbes.
3- Lysozyme in tears and saliva is bactericidal.
4- acidic pH in stomach and vagina helps in destroying many bacteria.
5- Commensals (normal flora)
     present on the skin, conjunctiva, at the portal of entry as upper part of
    respiratory tract, mouth, GIT, genitourinary tract.
   They suppress the growth of pathogenic bacteria and fungi by:-
  • Competition for adherence sites and food.
  • Production of inhibitory substances as acids and colicin.
B- Second line of defense: internal resistance factors:-
   If the organism succeeds to get through the first line of defense and enter blood or
   tissue, other non-specific defenses will operate:-
I- Soluble proteins of innate immunity:-
• recognize organisms through CHO or lipid molecules (in acquired immunity,
    immune cells recognize organisms through specific protein they express).
1- Lysozyme (mucopeptidase): present in all body secretion except CSF and urine.
• It can destroy peptidoglycan mainly of gram bacteria.
2- Mannose-binding protein:-
 binds to sugar mannose in CHO on the surfaces of bacteria, viruses and parasites.
   Binding results in opsonization and alternative complement pathway activation.
3- C-reactive protein:-
  binds CHO or lipid determinants on many bacteria leading to opsonization and
   complement fixation.
4- LPS binding protein:-
 binds LPS of gm-ve bacteria and also binds to CD14 receptor on macrophages
 leading to opsonization.
                        COMPLEMENT SYSTEM

• The complement system consists of approximately 20 proteins that are present
  inactive in normal serum of human and other animal.
• The term complement refers to the ability of these proteins to complement i.e.
 augment the effects of other components of the immune system.
 a naturally-occurring, self-regulating system consisting of about 30
 proteins (e.g., components C1-C9; factors B, D, H, I) that can be
 nonspecifically activated by polysaccharides or lipopolysaccharides
 present on pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, etc. activation
 results in phagocytosis or lysis of the organism.
 Cont….
Complement is an important component of innate immunity.
 C1 is synthesized by intestine but C2, C3, C4 and C5 are synthesized by
 Macrophages. But C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9 are synthesized by liver as
 the main source of complement.
 These are 3 main effects of complement:-
• lysis of cells such as bacteria, allograft and tumor cells.
• Generation of mediators that participate in inflammation and attract
•Opsonization – I.e. enhancement of phagocytosis.
• Complement is heat labile i.e. it is inactivated by heating serum at 56
 0C   for 30 minutes ( Antibodies are not inactivated at this temperature).
There are two pathway, antigen-antibody complex activate C1 to form a
  protease which cleaves C2 and C4 to form a C4b2b complex (this is C3
 convertase which cleaves C3 molecules into 2 fragments C3a and C3b.
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                 ACUTE PHASE PROTEIN
• Serum proteins whose levels increase during infection or inflammatory
• It includes C-reactive protein, mannose binding protein &fibrinogen.
• C-reactive protein so called like that because of its ability to bind to
   the C-portion of pneumococcai and this binding promotes attachment
   of complement.
                    The acute phase proteins:-
• The concentration of the soluble proteins increase 1000 folds during
   serious infection as a part of protective reaction called hepatic
   acute phase response.
• In this response the liver increases synthesis of these proteins.
• This response occurs when hepatocytes are exposed to certain
   cytokines as IL6, IL1 and TNFα which are produced by macrophages.
• One of the most potent inducers of these cytokines is the bacterial
II- Cellular barriers
1- Phagocytes:-
Are leucocytes specialized for capture, ingestion and destruction of
 invading pathogens and foreign particles.
   There are 2 main types;
☺ polymorph nuclear leucocytes (PNL):-
• Represent 60% of blood leucocytes.
• Short-lived, die by apoptosis 12 hrs after being released from bone
• Have abundant granules which store bactericidal agents as:
   Lysozyme, proteinases, collagenases, elastasis, lactoferrin,
   cathepsin G, defensins.
• They are composed from two types macrophages and microphages.
• Macrophages are the most important group of long- lived phagocytic
  cells belong to the mono nuclear phagocyte lineage.
• Their function is to engulf particles, including infectious agents.
b- oxygen-independent: defensins, digestive enzymes

4- ingestion: of undigested materials by a process   that is reverse of
Other function is processing the antigen into a form in which it can be
 recognized by lymphocytes.
 Microphages are small phagocytic cells and are called polymorph
  nuclear neutrophils (PMN).
These constitute the majority of the blood leucocytes about 60-70%
  and are 10-20 m in diameter.
2- ingestion (engulfment)
• pseudopodia surround the pathogen, then fuse to form a vacuole
  called a phagosome
• Formation of phagolysosomes by fusion with lysosomes (vacuoles
  containing a broad spectrum of digestive enzymes).
3- digestion/killing: occurs inside phagolysosomes Killing:→
a- oxygen-dependent
 • reactive oxygen intermediates - superoxide, hydrogen peroxide
  and hydroxyl radical - kill microbes directly by oxidizing their nucleic
  acid and proteins.
• myeloperoxidase is activated by hydrogen peroxide to generate
  hypochlorous acid.
• PNG are produced in the bone marrow at a rate of 80 million per minute and are
  short- lived (2-3 days), relative to monocytes /macrophages which may live for
   months or years.
• Polymorphs like monocytes can adhere to endothelial cells lining the blood vessels
 and extravasate by process named diapedesis
   Recognition of microbes by neutrophils and macrophages
Through receptors that recognize microbes:
1- Mannose receptors: macrophage lectins that bind terminal mannose residues of
   glycoproteins and glycolipids in microbial cell wall.
2- Scavenger receptors: bind a wide variety of polyanions on bacterial surfaces
    resulting in phagocytosis of bacteria .
3- Receptors for opsonins:
Opsonins are various proteins that coat microbes and promote their phagocytosis.
  Macrophages have receptors for these opsonins:
• CD14 which bind LPS binding protein, mannose binding protein receptors, C
   reactive protein binding receptor.
• FcyRI which binds IgG
• CR1 which binds C3b
4- Toll-like receptors (TLRs) (Pattern Recognition
 Receptors or PRRs) :
• A number of receptors (about 10) that can recognize different
  components specific to microbes as LPS, peptidoglycan, bacterial
  lipoproteins, flagellin, double-stranded RNA of viruses, zymosan in
• Binding TLRs to their ligands leads to phagocytosis
 and the release of inflammatory cytokines (IL-1,
 TNF-alpha and IL-6) by the phagocytes.
2- Natural killer (NK) cells:-
•NK cells are the first line of defense to virus infection   and cancer
  cells. NK has direct cytotoxic effect on these cells
PMG are classified into Neutrophils, Eosinophils and
 Basophils on basis of the staining reactions of their
 granules with histological dyes
 They are constitute over 90% of the circulating

 C5a, IL-8 and the products of certain bacteria are

   chemotactic agents for neutrophils.
Neutrophils possess two main types of granules.
 The primary (azurophilic) granules are lysosomes containing acid
  hydrolases, myeloperoxidase and Lysozyme.
 The secondary granules contain lactoferrin and Lysozyme.
 Ingested organisms are present inside vacuoles termed
  phagosomes which fuse with lysosomes to form phagolysosomes.

Eosinophils comprise 2-5% of blood leucocytes.

 It has ability of phagocytosing and killing.

 It has only a bilobd nucleus and many cytoplasmic
 ECF – A from T cell, mast cells and Basophil are

  attract Eosinophils.
They bind worm larvae coated with IgG or IgE degranulation
   and release a toxic protein (major basic protein).

 Eosinophils also release histaminase and aryl sulphatase which
  inactivate histamine and SRS – A.


They are found in very small number in the
They are characterized by deep violet blue granules.
                   MAST CELLS
They are not found in the circulation.

 They are found in the body tissues.

 There are two types of mast cell mucous
 member are mast cells and connective tissue mast
Mast cells and Basophils are contain granules filled with heparin,
  SRS –A and ECF – A.
 The stimulus for degranulation of these cells is usually an
 basophil and mast cells are carrying high affinity FC receptor for
  IgE (FCE RI)
Increase directional migration of cells particularly

  in response to certain chemotactic factors e.g. C5a


Complement peptides (C3a and C5a) which cause

   mast cell degranulation and smooth muscle
The alternative pathway through many unrelated cell surface
 substances e.g.endotoxin, fungal cell wall and viral envelop, all
 these can initiate the process by binding C3 (H2O) and factor B.
• This complex is cleaved by a protease factor D to produce C3b Bb.
• This acts as a C3 convertase to generate more C3b

The coating of an antigen or particle e.g.
   infectious agent by antibody, complement
   components or fibronectin.

 This coating facilitate uptake of the foreign
   particle into a phagocytic cell.
        Antibody Mediated Immunity

Antibody synthesis typically involves the
 cooperation of 3 cells; macrophages, helper T cell
  and B cells.

 After processing by a macrophage, fragments of
  antigen appear on the surface of the macrophage
  in associated with class II MHC protein.
These molecules bind to specific receptors on the surface of
 helper T cells which then produce lymphokines .
 These lymphokines as IL-2 (T cell growth factor), IL-4
  (B cell growth factor) and IL-5 (B cell differentiation factor).
 These factors activate the antigen-specific B cell.
The activated B cell proliferates and differentiate to form plasma cells that
    secrete large amount of immunoglobulins.


Antibody formation usually involves helper T cells.

Certain antigens e.g. bacterial polysaccharides can activate

  B cells directly without the help of T cells.

Cytotoxic T lymphocytes are also specific effectors
  of the cellular immune response particularly against
  virus infected cells.

Viral envelop glycoprotein appear on the surface of
 the infected cell in associated with class I MHC
 Cytotoxic T cell binds via its antigen specific receptors to the
   viral antigen- class I MHC protein complex.

 This binding stimulate T cytotoxic cell and IL-2 produced by
   helper T cells, also stimulate T cytotoxic.

 These cytotoxic T cells kill specifically this virus infected cells not
   other virus infected cells.
IV- Inflammatory response:
• "early-warning" system whose signs include erythema (redness);
   edema (swelling); fever; pain. It is elicited by injury of tissue and by
• Histamine released from mast cells at site of tissue damage, and
   other inflammatory mediators released by macrophages as IL1,
   TNFα, leukotrienes, cause dilatation of local arterioles and
   capillaries with pouring of plasma in the inflamed area (edema).
• The edema fluid carries proteins of innate immunity and fibrin.
• Inflammatory mediators also induce the expression of adhesion
  molecules (integrins and selectin) on leucocytes and endothelial
  cells. These molecules cause leucocytes to adhere to endothelial
  cells of blood vessels, then migrate out of the capillaries
  (extravasation) towards the irritant.
• Migration of leucocytes in the tissue is stimulated by certain
  substances present in the inflammatory exudate called chemokines
  (chemotaxis) as IL 8 secreted by macrophages and endothelial cells.
• PNLs phagocytose microorganisms and digest them then undergo
• Macrophages engulf leukocyte debris and microorganisms and pave
  the way for resolution of the local inflammatory process.
• The beneficial effect of fever may be that antibody production and T-
   cell proliferation increase at higher body temperature.
• Among the factors capable of inducing fever (pyogenes) are the
   endotoxin of gm-ve bacteria and IL1 released by macrophages..
 Role of Innate Immunity in stimulating Adaptive Immune Response
• Innate immune responses generate molecules that function as
   second signal, together with the antigen (first signal) to activate T
   & B lymphocytes.
A. Macrophages activated by phagocytosis of antigen, express
   surface molecules, B7.
• On presentation of Ag to TH cells by macrophages, B7 molecules
   interact with TH cell surface molecule CD28 resulting in a signal of
   activation to TH cells.
•Activated macrophages secrete cytokines which can activate T cells:-
1- IL-12 which stimulates the differentiation of naïve T cells to TH1.
2- IL-1 which causes proliferation of TH cells
B- Natural activation of complement by microbes leads to formation of
   some components as C3d.
• C3d combine with a complement receptor on B cells (CR2) and this
  sends an activation signal to B cells.
                 Evasion of Innate Immunity by Microbes
Mechanism of immune evasion         Ex. Of organism     Mechanism

Resistant to phagocytosis           - Pneumococcai      Capsular polysaccharide
                                    - Meningococci      resists phagocytosis
                                    - H. influenza
Resistant to reactive O2 radicals in Staphylococci      Produce catalase→ breaks
phagocytes                                              down H2O2
Resistance to C activation          - N. meningitidis   - Sialic acid expression inhibit
(alternative pathway)                                   C3b binding to organism.
                                    - Streptococcus     - M ptn blocks C3 binding to
                                                        organism & C3b binding to C
Resistance to killing inside        Mycobacterium       Lipid in cell wall inhibits
phagocytes                                              fusion of phagosome and

• These includes both lymphokines from

 lymphocytes and Monokines from macrophages.

• there is no universal accepted definition for it.
But for a molecule to be considered a cytokine must show the
 following features:-
 • It must be a protein or polypeptide usually glycosylated.
 • It must be a mediator of a component of inflammation.
 • It must have no intrinsic chemical or enzymatic activity.
 • It must bind to specific protein receptors on target cells.
• Cytokines may be regarded as true hormones but differ from it as
   cytokines are biologically active in very small concentration
• The target cell for cytokine maybe the cell of origin
  (autocrine action).
• It may act on adjacent cell (Paracrine action).
• It may act on distant cell (endocrine action).
III- Interferons: -
• Proteins of small molecular weight.
• 3 types; α, β and y IFNs.
• α and β are important in non-specific defense against virus infection.
• They are released by any virally infected cell and when taken by
   other cells, protect them from the same virus and other viruses.
• The protection through inducing formation of a translation
   inhibition protein which inhibits translation of viral genes.

• Interferon are host-coded proteins that inhibit
  viral replication.

• They are produced by intact animals or cultured cells in
  response to viral infection or other inducer.

• There are three group of interferon IFN-, , .

• IFN -  is synthesized predominantly by leukocytes.
• IFN -  is synthesized mainly by fibroblast.
• IFN -  is synthesized only by lymphocytes.
• RNA viruses are stronger inducer of interferon
  than DNA viruses.
• Interferon also can be induced by double-
  stranded RNA, bacterial endotoxin and small
   molecules like Tilorone .
• IFN -  is not produced in response to most
    viruses but is induced by mitogen stimulation.
• Cloned interferon genes are being expressed in
    large amounts in bacteria and in yeast.
• Interferon are produced soon < 48 hours after
    viral infection in intact animals.
 • Interferon plays a primary role in the defense
   of the host against viral infection.
       • IFN -  increase expression of histocompatibility
    antigens and enhancement of natural killer cell activity.
• The cell regulatory activity of IFN -  is much greater
   than IFN -  or IFN - .
• Interferon are always host species-specific in functions.
• Interferon activity is not specific for a given virus.
• Interferon are potent so that very small amounts are
   required for function.
• Interferon is not the antiviral agent, rather interferon
   induces an antiviral state by enhancing the synthesis
   Of other proteins that inhibit viral replication.
• Interferon have some side effects like C.N.S, GIT and
   bone marrow suppressions.
    ANTIGEN –Antibody Reaction in the Laboratory

• Characters of the reaction between antigen & antibody.
   It is specific that antibody combine only with
   the antigen which induced its formation.

     • This specificity in reaction of antigen an antibodies
• An unknown bacterial culture can be identified
   by reacting it with known antisera
   (antibody)and vise versa unknown antibody in
   the serum of patient can be tested by using
   known bacterial cultures.
2- The observable result of the reaction is largely
   determined by the physical state of the antigen.
● If the antigen is in the form of particles. The
   resulting reaction is agglutination.
● If the antigen is in solution the resulting
   reaction is precipitation.
• If the union of antigen and antibody
 occurs in the presence of a third
normal component of serum called
 complement. The reaction is called
  complement fixation.
• The presence of electrolytes is essential for the
reaction to occur physiological saline and thus
 decreases the repulsion forces between particles,
 and facilitates their approximation by antibody
  molecules to form aggregates.
• Zone phenomenon:-
Observable union between antigen & antibody
occurs best when both reactants are present in
optimal proportions. No visible reaction occurs
 in the presence of excess antigen or excess
• There are several types of the agglutination reaction:-
Cont….. agglutination
                 Direct agglutination
• this direct agglutination of antigen by its specific
 antibody can be performed in two ways.

Cont….. agglutination

1. Slide Agglutination – A drop of known serum is added to one of
   the saline suspensions of unknown colony and mixed well
   clumping occurs if the serum is specific to the organisms.
Cont….. Agglutination
2-Tube Agglutination:- this is a quantitative test, which is used to
determine the amount of Antibodies in the serum of patients. The classical
application of the tube method is the widal test for enteric fever, brucellin test
for diagnosis of brucellosis and weil felix reaction for typhus fever.
• Identification and typing of Salmonella
• Typing of streptococci
• Typing of blood grouping
• Important Note:–
In the diagnosis of such infectious diseases two serum samples separated by 7-
10 days interval should be tested. Arising antibody titer of two or more is
B- Ant globulin agglutination test (Coomb's test)
• This test is used to determine the presence of Rh
  incompatibility which causes erythroblastosis
  foetalis. There are direct Coomb's test for detection
  incomplete Rh antibodies coating the RBc’s of ne
  born and indirect Coomb’s test to detect incomplete
  anti-Rh antibody.
C- Passive Agglutination: –
● It is an agglutination reaction in which inert
  particles e.g. latex or RBC’s are coated with
  various antigen or antibodies. These particles
  are aggregated in the presence of specific
  antibody or antigen respectively.
● Examples of passive agglutination include the
  following immunologic tests pregnancy test,
  Rheumatoid factor, C-Reactive protein, anti-
  streptolysin O (ASO) and TPHA for syphilis.
D- Co agglutination (CoA):-
• CoA is based on the principle that killed staph aureus
 rich in protein A on their surface can bind IgG non
 specifically through the Fc region leaving specific Fab site
 free able to detect unknown bacterial culture e.g.
 gonococci or detection of bacterial antigens in body fluids
e.g. serum, urine or C.S.F.
E-Virus Haemagglutinating:-
● Some viruses e.g. influenza, Para influenza,
  mumps, adeno and yellow fever viruses can cause
  agglutination of RBC’s of man, chicken, guinea
  pig, rat and other animals.
● This reaction is used for the detection and
titration of haemagglutinating viruses in culture
● On the other hand inhibition of the haemagglutinating reaction
   can be used to detect antibodies in serum samples. This is
   known as the virus haemagglutination inhibition (HAI) test.
●This is an antigen antibody reaction in which the antigen is in solution.
● There are many ways of doing the precipitation reaction.
● Tube precipitation for detecting and identifying
   antigen as in typing of pneumococcai.
 Agar gel diffusion in this technique diffusion of
  antigen and antibody is allowed to occur in agar
Examples of this are:
  A. Double diffusion for grouping of streptococci e.g
     - Elek’s test showing a toxigenic strain of
  B. Single radial immuno diffusion for determination
  of IgG concentration.
  Estimation of immunoglobulins is important in
  immuno deficiency syndromes e.g.
  agammaglobulinaemic children with very low or no
  IgG such children are treated by repeated injection
  of IgG which help to increase their resistance to
  pyogenic infection.

 When a toxin is mix with the corresponding
   antitoxin, the toxic effect of toxin is neutralized.
 in vivo toxin antitoxin neutralization examples
a. Schick’s test used to determine susceptibility
    to diphtheria
b. in vivo virulence test for diphtheria (guinea pig).

 In vitro toxin antitoxin neutralization
  (antistreptolysin o titration)

 When viruses are added to appropriate
  cells growing in Tissue culture, they
  will cause cell destruction called
  (CPE). Such virus infectivity can be
  inhibited by virus specific antibodies.
 These are antigen – antibody reaction in which we
  use fluorescein labeled antibodies.

 Fluorescein is a dye which emits greenish
  fluorescence under .v.

 Fluorescein can be tagged to immunoglobulin
 There are two ways for doing the test ,direct
  and indirect immuno fluorescence.

 Direct immunofluorescence to determine if
  the dog has rabies.

 Indirect immunofluorescence is used in
  serologic diagnosis of syphilis to detect
  antitreponemal antibodies.(FTA).
ENZYME linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA)
 The technique is very sensitive and avoid the
  hazards of radio activity.

 The method depend on conjugation of an enzyme to
  either antigen or antibody.

 Then the enzyme activity on a substrate is used as a
  quantitative measure.

 Solid-phase ELISA is widely used to measure
  antigen or antibody.
 The usual enzyme used is horse -radish
 To measure antibody the indirect method is
 To measure an antigen, the double antibody
  technique is used.
Assessment Of Immune Competence
 Assessment of T and B cells competence, as well
  as phagocytic cell functions and complement are
  important in determining the immune status of
  individuals especially in the following :-
 Chronic infection
 Immunodeficiency syndromes
 Patient on immunotherapy e.g. Cancer patients.
      Assessment Of T Cell Competence

This is through:-

   Enumerating the number of T cell using

     monoclonal antibodies or E rosette.

   Evaluation of T cell function using delayed

     hypersensitivity skin tests.
   Assessment Of B Cell Competence

This is through:-

 Enumerating the number of B cell using

 polyclonal antibodies and monoclonal

 antibodies or by EA or EAC rosettes
 Evaluation of B cell functions using lymphocyte
  transformation, determination of the level of
 immunoglobulins by protein electrophoresis or
quantitative of the different types of immunoglobulins
by radial immuno diffusion, and lastly by active
immunization and test the result in vivo.
  Assessment Of Phagocytic Functions
  This is through:-

 Assessment of chemo taxis.

 Assessment of ingestion or intracellular killing

  using nitro blue tetrazolium (NBT) reduction
       Assessment Of Complement
   This is through:-

 Measuring the quantity of the different
  components of the complement in the serum
  e.g. C3, C4 using radial immuno diffusion.

 Measuring the total hemolytic activity of the
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 The serum antibody concentration
 continues to rise for several weeks then
 The first antibodies to appear are IgM
  followed by IgG or IgA.

 IgM levels decline earlier than IgG levels.

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