About the book
The innate immune system detects microbial infections by means of pattern-recognition receptors and triggers the activation of innate and adaptive immune responses in order to remove the pathogen from the organism. Protection against infectious diseases may be mainly conveyed by humoral or cellular mechanisms or by a combination of both.
The aim of this book is to collect the up to date investigations regarding the humoral and/or cellular mechanisms responsible for the induction of the antiviral and antibacterial immune responses, in the different immune-reactive organs. For example skin, lungs, gut, bone marrow, kidney, spleen, blood, liver, and reproductive organs.
Additionally, this book aims to provide the reader with an overview of the mechanisms that have been the target of interest, in terms of therapeutics or prophylactics against viral or bacterial infections. The purpose of this book is to show an up to date revision of the antimicrobial mechanisms triggered across different animal species, from invertebrates to mammals.