German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, MVZ Koblenz-Mittelrhein
The immune system - our basis for health and disease
The immune system is monitoring our physical integrity and protects us against pathogens by specialized cells and humoral molecules in a complex way. All constituents communicate with each other; they are regulated by strict control mechanisms. Operating sequences within both the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system will lead to the phenomenon which is called “immunity”. Usually, cellular and humoral reactions will run unnoticeably.Yet, clinical relevance arises with disorders in the immune system, when hyporeactivity or hyperreactivity due to dysregulation, defects or malignancy merge into disease.