Innate immune system

Innate Immune System

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The innate immune system comprises the cells and mechanisms that defend the host from infection by other organisms in a non-specific manner. This means that the cells of the innate system recognize and respond to pathogens in a generic way, but unlike the adaptive immune system, it does not confer long-lasting or protective immunity to the host. Innate immune systems provide immediate defense against infection, and are found in all classes of plant and animal life.

The innate immune system is thought to constitute an evolutionarily older defense strategy, and is the dominant immune system found in plants, fungi, insects, and in primitive multicellular organisms.

The major functions of the vertebrate innate immune system include:

Anatomical barriers

The epithelial surfaces form a physical barrier that is very impermeable to most infectious agents, acting as the first line of defense against...
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