Welcome to the second edition of the introductory course in swine immunology!
We return with an introduction to the fascinating world of swine immunology with Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno.
First of all, if it is the first time you have visited this page, we invite you to read the presentation of the course in the editorial.
This second edition has been updated and made easier to navigate.
You can access any part of the course at any time by using the drop down menus on the left.
Chapter 1. What is Immunology?
What is immunology?
What are the main features of the immune system?
What are the components of the immune system?
Chapter 2. Cells of the porcine immune system.
Cells of the porcine immune system
Characteristics of porcine lymphocytes
How are the cells studied?
Swine histocompatibility antigens. (SLA)
Chapter 3. Other cells.
The other cells
Cellular collaboration in the immune response. Primary and secondary response
The role of the mucosae
Chapter 4. Porcine immunoglobulins.
How is the production of immunoglobulins regulated?
How many different types of immunoglobulin are known?
What role do the immunoglobulins play in the immune response?
Chapter 5. How are immunoglobulins studied?
How are immunoglobulins studied?
What are serum profiles?
What are the practical applications of serum profiles?
Chapter 6. The cytokines.
How are cytokines involved in the natural or innate response?
How do they activate hematopoiesis and lymphocyte attraction?
How are lymphocytes activated?
Chapter 7. Immune response activation mechanisms.
Immune response activation mechanisms. Natural and adaptive response.
What routes do infections follow? What are the differences between the different routes?
How does the immune system react against a virus?
Immune mechanisms against bacteria and parasites
Chapter 8. Vaccines.
Live attenuated and inactivated vaccines.
What problems do conventional vaccines present?
Chapter 9. New generation vaccines.
New generation vaccines.
How many types are known?
How do the new generation vaccines work?
Chapter 10. The challenges to immunology.
What is still not well-known?
Where will immunological studies go from here?
What role will the pig play in the future?