Immune Concept map
The primary and secondary immune response:
It is very important that you understand the primary and secondary immune response in adaptive or acquired immunity. If we were to consider this process systemically, we might come to realize that it can be broken down into some discrete components -
A stimulus – in the form of the arrival of some particular antigen, defined by a particular epitope recognized by the immune system.
There is a standing stock of cells in the system - B cells, T cells, Helper-T cells, and Macrophages.
There is a set of memory cells (For B, T and Helper-T cells)
There are two kinds of Effector cells, plasma cells and cytotoxic T cells.
Create a diagram that interrelates all of these components with one another. Draw arrows from each element to every elements that it either interacts with or gives rise to. Label the arrow to describe the nature of the relationship.
My suggestion would be that you study the book diagrams and then try to create your diagram using the “blank page diagram” method that we have used in class. It would be very simple to copy down the book diagram showing secondary immunity, but I don’t think that will be very useful to you in terms of concept learning.
Additional resource: This Khan academy reading and video set on the immune system is very good. https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/organ-systems/the-immune-system/a/innate-immunity . It goes into a bit more detail than you need, particularly on the question of T cells and the role of regulatory T cells in keeping your immune system from attacking itself. The most relevant sections are “innate immunity” through “clonal selection”