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Semin Immunol. 2004 Jun;16(3):197-203.

Immunological memory in humans.

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Division of Vaccine Discovery, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, 10355 Science Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.

Abstract

Specificity and memory are the defining characteristics of adaptive immune responses. Vaccines are predicated on the existence of immune memory, and the robustness of immune memory is a primary determinant of vaccine efficacy. How is immune memory maintained? Much progress has been made in this area over the past several years, and new human studies have added key insights into the longevity of B and T cell immune memory in the absence of antigen.

PMID:
15130504
DOI:
10.1016/j.smim.2004.02.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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