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Specific Acquired Immunity.


In: Baron S, editor.


Medical Microbiology. 4th edition. Galveston (TX): University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 1996. Chapter 8.


Specific acquired immunity against infectious diseases may be mediated by antibodies and/or T lymphocytes. Immunity mediated by these two factors may be manifested by a direct effect upon a pathogen, such as (1) antibody-initiated complement-dependent bacteriolysis, (2) opsonophagocytosis and killing, as occurs for some bacteria, (3) neutralization of viruses so that these organisms cannot enter cells, or (4) by T lymphocytes which will kill a cell parasitized by a microorganism.

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