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Chapter Seventeen


  1. 1. d 2. e, g 3. a 4. b 5. h 6. b

  1. Foreign, from outside the body, such as bacteria in the gut

  1. A virus is single or double stranded DNA or RNA in a protein coat. As prokaryotes, bacteria lack nuclei and membrane-bounded organelles.

  1. Blood type is determined by specific glycoprotein antigens on red blood cell surfaces.

  1. Serology detects self antigen patterns on red blood cells. Genotyping detects DNA signatures for genes that encode the antigens.

  1. They are based on association studies, not a cause.

  1. They are physical and chemical barriers that keep pathogens from entering the body.

  1. a. T cells release cytokines and coordinate other immune responses. B cells

produce and secrete antibodies.

b. Innate immunity consists of general immune defenses such as inflammation, phagocytosis, complement, collectins, and cytokines. Adaptive immunity refers to the specific immune response that develops after exposure to an antigen and involves B and T cells.

c. The primary immune response occurs when the body first encounters an antigen. The secondary response activates memory B and T cells upon subsequent exposures to the same antigen.

d. In a cellular immune response, T cells release cytokines and coordinate various other immune responses. In the humoral immune response, B cells secrete antibodies that neutralize, clump, and stimulate the destruction of pathogens by recognizing and binding specific foreign antigens in the circulation.

e. In autoimmune conditions, autoantibodies attack the body’s own tissues. An allergic reaction is a hypersensitized immune response to foreign allergens that are not pathogens.

f. Inherited immune deficiencies result from mutations in genes that encode proteins involved in immunity, such as cytokines and antibody chains. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is a viral infection.

9. Innate immunity
10. a. Destroy bacteria and viruses, stimulate inflammation

b. Destroy bacteria, yeasts, and some viruses

c. Bind to and stimulate destruction of bacteria

d. Activate other components of the immune response, cause fever

e. Moisturizes the skin
11. HIV binds to and commandeers cells with CD4 and CCR5 receptors, mostly helper T cells, using them to mass-produce virus and killing them. Plunging T cell levels affect other immune system cells, making the body susceptible to bacterial, viral, and other opportunistic infections and cancer.
12. HIV mutates rapidly, replicates rapidly, the site where it binds to T cells is shielded, and resistance alleles are very rare.
13. a. Collapse of entire immune system

b. Increase in viral infections and cancer

c. Increase in bacterial infections

d. Total collapse of immune system

14. Shuffling of gene segments in B cell development
15. In SCID, defective T and B cell function results in little to no immune response. In AIDS, HIV infects helper T cells and reproduces, eventually killing enough T cells to overcome cellular immunity. SCID is inherited; HIV/AIDS is an infection.
16. Allergens stimulate production of IgE antibodies that bind mast cells, causing them to release allergy mediators. In an autoimmune disorder, antibodies attack the body's cells and tissues.
17. Memory and plasma B cells respond specifically to one antigen following a cytokine cue from a T cell. Plasma B cells secrete antigen-specific antibodies and are in the circulation for only a few days. Memory B cells remain, providing a fast response the next time the antigen is encountered.
18. T cells regulate B cell function as well as coordinate other immune responses.
19. X-inactivation and microchimerism
20. a. Transplanted bone marrow cells (the graft) recognize cells in the recipient (the host) as foreign. The donor's cells attack the host's cells.

b. Defective T and B cell function results in little to no immune response.

c. An autoimmune condition stimulates overproduction of collagen, affecting skin and other tissues.

d. In AIDS, HIV infects helper T cells and reproduces, eventually killing enough T cells to overcome cellular immunity. Secondary invaders also infect during this HIV-induced immunosuppression.

e. Allergens enter cracked skin, provoking dendritic cells to cause inflammation.
21. A polyclonal antibody response attacks a pathogen at several points simultaneously, hastening recovery. MAbs are useful as diagnostic tools because of their specificity.
22. a. Stimulates production of specific antibodies

b. Assists the immune response

c. Boosts cellular immunity

d. Blocks the receptor for the allergy mediator histamine

e. May stimulate a rejection reaction or graft-versus-host disease.
23. A reverse vaccine is a vaccine in that it prevents an infectious disease, but it uses the genetic instructions for antigens, rather than the protein antigens on pathogen surfaces.
24. Knowing the genome sequence of pathogens enables epidemiologists to trace who infects whom in an outbreak by following mutations.

1. Norovirus infection goes through a person so fast that antibodies are not made.

  1. It is autoimmune, because of the presence of autoantibodies.

3. Dr. House and colleagues might test for levels and types of antibodies, presence of genetic markers or infectious agents, and toxicology.

4. Antibiotics treat the bacterial infection, but not the inflammation in the joints, which is an autoimmune response.
5. The primary immune response alerts the body to the first encounter with the virus. A rapid secondary immune response occurs on subsequent exposure to the virus.

  1. Colony stimulating factor.

  1. Receive bone marrow cells from the donor or take immunosuppressant drugs or remove antigens from the transplanted organ.


  1. Answers vary with website visited. For reference check claims using the better business bureau ( or the federal trade commission ( websites.

  1. Identifier NCT01129544 describes gene therapy for SCID-X1. Identifier NCT01078571 is a monoclonal antibody-based drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Identifier NCT01992172 is a topical treatment for atopic dermatitis, an allergy.


  1. a. allograft

b. isograft

c. xenograft

d. autograft

  1. There will not be Rh incompatibility because the female would have to be Rh-

and the male Rh+.

  1. Sample the bacteria from several individuals and compare the genome sequences. Then arrange the people so that the changes are stepwise.

4. a. autosomal dominant

b. An autoimmune response prevents interleukins from acting.

c. Autoimmunity indirectly increases the risk of infection by impairing the function of

cytokines that fight infection.
5. xenotransplant

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