Auto-Immunity Attacks the Body: Autoimmune Disease

Auto-Immunity Attacks the Body: Autoimmune Disease

Mary E. Miller

In Stock Date: 
03/07/2017
Print Price: 
$49.95
Print ISBN: 
9781944749811
E-book Price: 
$29.95
E-book ISBN: 
9781944749828
Pages: 
100
Binding Type: 
Softcover

The human body is protected in critical ways as our immune system provides protection from a broad spectrum of infections and injuries. Unfortunately, in some individuals, their immune system targets components of their own bodies, causing autoimmune disease. Many different types of autoimmune diseases exist, each presenting unique symptoms depending on the body system that is damaged. It is not clear what triggers the progression from normal immune reactivity to autoimmune disease, though both environmental and genetic factors are thought to contribute.

This book focuses on three distinct examples of autoimmune disease or reactivity: multiple sclerosis, which involves an autoimmune response against structures that support neurons, rheumatoid arthritis, resulting from autoimmune-dependent damage to joints, and organ or graft rejection, which occurs when the immune system recognizes tissues from another individual as foreign. In each case, we consider current and future issues related to disease progression, diagnosis, and treatments.

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Mary E. Miller

Mary E. Miller is associate professor and director of the biochemistry and molecular biology program at Rhodes College, Tennessee. She holds the J. T. and V. B. Robertson Chair of Biological Sciences and has been awarded the Rhodes College Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research or Creative Activity. She received her PhD in microbiology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University, New York. She teaches introductory biology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, and topical seminars on cancer.