790315 Immunology

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Fischer, Michael Bernhard
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Innate immunity vs adaptive immune responses; immune receptors and signal transduction; pathogen adapted immune responses; selection of immune cells (apoptosis); immune diseases and persisting infections.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of this lecture students can provide an overview of cellular components forming the natural (innate) and adaptive immune system. This comprises the stem cells of the blood forming cells, their differentiation into functional end cells as well as their functions and products. They are also able to describe in detail the provision with molecules like toll-like receptors in innate immunity or the B and T cell receptors prominent in adaptive immunity as well as the genetic basis of the diversity of lymphocyte receptors and somatic mutation widening the repertoire of such cells. Furthermore students are able to discuss the prerequisites and mechanisms of the humoral and cellular defense mechanisms and the conditions to be met for initiating the specific immune response. In particular, they are able to elaborate the interactions of the participating lymphocytes and antigen-presenting cells and demonstrable messenger molecules/factors with their receptors (dual recognition).
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