Fundamentals of Immunology: Innate Immunity and B Cell Function

  • Course StartSelf-paced
  • Course Duration7 weeks
  • Workload5-8 hours per week
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Learn the difference between adaptive and innate immune systems, the characteristics of various pathogens that they protect you from, and the overall strategies employed in this protection.

Course Description

Course 1 of the three course Fundamentals of Immunology Specialization. Each course in the specialization presents material that builds on the previous course’s material.

Fundamentals of Immunology: Innate Immunity and B cell Function introduces students to the basic functions of the adaptive and innate immune systems. The early lectures survey cells, tissues and organs using metaphors, cartoons and models to improve understanding and retention. After describing the form, function, origin and varieties of antibodies, subsequent lectures provide details on the mechanism of the generation of variation. The course provides animations of gene rearrangement and class switching and descriptions of affinity maturation correlated with detailed physical models of antibody structure. The final lecture reviews these concepts in anatomical context. Testing employs multiple choice questions testing facts, concepts, and application of principles. Questions may refer to diagrams, drawing and photographs used in lecture and reproduced in the outline.

What You’ll Learn:

The difference between adaptive and innate immune systems, the characteristics of various pathogens that they protect you from and the overall strategies employed in this protection. The detailed structure of antibodies and related immunoglobulin receptors, the characteristics and function of the different antibody classes and the mechanism for producing both the recognition regions and stem regions.  Finally, how these structures are coded for in the DNA and expressed in the B cells.

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Dr. Alma Moon Novotny

Alma Novotny earned her PhD from Purdue University in Developmental Biology under the direction of Michael Forman.  She has taught college courses for over forty years in plant and animal sciences, genetics and introductory, cell and developmental biology.  She has also written test question banks and contributed questions to both the MCAT and the GRE […]

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