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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: March 2012

Trends in Innate Immunity
Contributions to Microbiology Volume 15
Edited by: A Egesten, A Schmidt, H Herwald
ISBN: 978-3-8055-8548-4
e-ISBN: 978-3-8055-8549-1
ISSN: 1420-9519
e-ISSN: 1662-291X
2008 Karger

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Reviewer
Eunice Sandoval-Ramírez, MD
Fellow in Training
Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gómez
Mexico City, Mexico

Description
This volume of the book series, Contributions to Microbiology, written by scientists from Los Angeles to Innsbruck, provides a wide and updated overview on several important aspects and mechanisms involved in innate immunity.

Purpose
The purpose of these eleven articles is to provide an update of the current knowledge about the innate immune system with the topics of pattern recognition receptors, antimicrobial peptides, complement, antibacterial chemokines, the role of neutrophils and monocytes, to name a few.

Audience
The book is not only directed to the medical population but also to all those interested in immunology related research such as students, microbiologists, biologists and medical professionals from other related disciplines.

Features
This book contains eleven reviews written by experts on each field. It starts with a brief historical review and an explanation of the evolution of the innate immune system followed by an overview of the innate immune system from epithelium to antibacterial chemokines, going through pattern recognition receptors, antimicrobial peptides, complement, neutrophils, monocytes and a review about aging and impairment of innate immunology. It also mentions some clinical correlation. Each review is accompanied by a few black-and-white figures and tables and is fully referenced. On the top of each review you can find the abstract, and the the contact information of each author is located at the end.

Assessment
This book is very interesting not just for basic and clinical immunologists but also for students of biological science, because it provides an excellent general overview of innate immune system.