Conclusion

The immune system is a complex system and the breadth of our knowledge is constantly expanding. The role of soluble mediators as key components of the system is becoming clearer. Where appropriate the role of specific mediators has been described in immune responses in the body of the chapter. For the sake of completeness a table describing the action of the more important and well known mediators is included (Table 2.1). The immune system is redundant and has multiple feedback loops. In conclusion, the immune system is designed to protect the body from invasion by foreign substances and maintain the health of the individual.

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