Pathology caused by the cellmediated immune response

The mere expression of a cell-mediated immune response involves some degree of inflammation, lymphocyte infiltration, macrophage accumulation and activation and can therefore by itself cause pathological changes. This type of response predominates in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis, with mononuclear cell infiltration, degeneration of parasitised macrophages, and the formation of giant cells as central features. In chronic mycobacterial infection, the continuous release of microbial antigens...

Classification of autoimmune disease

In the 1950s, Witebsky established the criteria for determining the aetiology of human diseases which were thought to be autoimmune. Witebsky's postulates were modelled on those of Koch and required the presence of autoantibody or a cell-mediated immune response to a self-antigen, which having been identified, could induce a similar disease in an experimental host mediated by the same immunological mechanism. Since these criteria were established, our knowledge of immunology has increased by...