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Curr Opin Immunol. 2002 Aug;14(4):523-36.

On differences between immunity and immunological memory.

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Institute for Experimental Immunology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland. rolf.zinkernagel@pty.usz.ch

Abstract

The evolutionary benefits of immunological memory are important: whereas antibodies can be transmitted to offspring by their mother and thereby benefit the species, T cell memory may function to help the individual combat persistent infection in peripheral tissues. Although experimental immunological memory is largely maintained antigen-independently, protective immunity is antigen-dependent.

PMID:
12088689
DOI:
10.1016/s0952-7915(02)00367-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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