Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is aimed to give essential information and concepts on the functional organization of the immune system at molecular and cell levels.
Once achieved the course credits, the students will have attained a sufficient terminological competence together with the teorethical bases of the main immunological techniques used in biomedical practice and research.
They should also be able to follow teaching courses in immunopathology and clinical immunology at M.A. level.
Course contents summary
Cells, organs and functions of the immune system
Antigens and antibodies
Antigen-antibody binding and immunological techniques
The Major Histocompatibility Complex and antigen presentation
T lymphocytes: differentiation, maturation, activation
B lymphocytes: differentiation, maturation, activation
Abbas , Lichtman e Pober, Immunologia Cellulare e Molecolare
4° ed. italiana, Piccin, 2002
Sompayrac, How the Immune System Works,
2nd ed., Blackwell, 2003
Goldsby, Kindt, Osborne, Kuby, Immunology
5th ed., Freeman, 2004
Pier, Lyczac, Wetzler, Immunologia, Infezione, Immunità
Janeway, Travers, Walport, Shlomchik, Immunobiologia
3° ed. italiana, Piccin, 2007
The course is based on oral, highly interactive, lessons with the support of slides organized in PowerPoint presentations.
At the end of the course the presentations will be available for the students.