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MS Links: Immune System

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An Overview of the Immune System (1997-98) 
A relatively high-level account of some of the workings of the Immune system. The site's motivation is about using immune system mechanisms as models for computer security systems. A good introduction to the immune system with good graphics.
 
MbChB: Infection and Immunity (1996-2000) 
University of Leicester's Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Very good introduction to the workings of the immune system with ten professional articles intended as educational resources.
 
The Immune System (1997-2000) 
Another great contribution by Thomas J. Copeland Jr.. Overall the whole site is worth 5 stars since it contains ever such a lot of great information - I'll make more reference to it later - the 4 stars are just for the immune system component of the site. Tom's introduces the immune syststem from the perspective of a person with MS and picks out topics of special interest to MS.
 
Understanding the Immune System (1997) 
A collaboration of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this is a great site written by professionals.
 
Understanding Autoimmune Diseases Brochure (1999) 
An overview of the immune system by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).
 
Lymph and Immunity (1999-2000) 
Don't be put off by the fact that this site look bland. Scroll down a couple of pages for some terrific graphics (including coloured electron microscope images). Part of the biology pages of the Maricopa Community College which has a good overview of the immune system and more links to other immune system sites. Worth 4 stars just for the piccies.
 
Immunology and Immune Defense against Microbial Pathogens (1999) 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Bacteriology overview of the immune system. Another resource intended for students.
 
How Your Immune System Works (1999-2000) 
I like most of Marshall Brain's "How Stuff Works" series but, though what he says here is technically correct, he doesn't communicate the mechanisms terribly well. He also has links to commercial websites selling health products which, though not necessarily bad in itself, gives me an uneasy feeling. In fairness, he also links to educational and respected resources.
 
Antibodies(1999) 
Some nice colour diagrams of various immune components with very brief but technical descriptions of their structure. This is from Biotech's educational website. Yes they are a commercial company, but they are not selling anything to consumers here.
 
Kimball's Biology Pages (1999-2000) 
All part of Professor John W. Kimball's Biology Pages which has a nice glossary which explains a number of immune system components including B Cells and T Cells, Cell-Mediated Immunity and Histocompatibility Molecules. He is a retired lecturer in Immunology at Tufts University.
 
HLA-DQ molecules(1999) 
A super site about the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system with stunning graphics, references and a bibliography. This is part of the website of the Robert H. Williams Laboratory for Diabetes Research, University of Washington.
 
Immune System (1999) 
A moderate overview of the immune system. Part of Clermont College's (University of Cincinnati) biology homepage.
 
Immune Systems (1999) 
Part of a high school teacher resource site. More a link page to other sites on the immune system with a couple of pretty graphics.
 
Introduction, Rheumatologic and immunologic Disorders (1999-2000) 
A brief outline of the immune system, a reading list and links page from the Nursing pages of the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
MEDLINEplus: Immune System and Disorders (2000) 
MEDLINEplus: Autoimmune Diseases (General) (2000) 
U.S. National Library of Medicine (part of NIH). From here you can attack this subject any number of ways.
 
Immunologic Diseases (2000) 
A enormous list of quality immunological links from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet. They are scantily commented and categorised otherwise this page would get 5 stars.
 
WoMS - Key Players in the Immunology of MS (1997) 
Zazzy graphical tour of the immune system from "The World of Multiple sclerosis". A fun way to get an overview of what is going on in the immune system.
 
Autoimmunity AARDA American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
The homepage of American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Not a lot of specific details about MS but useful to put it into the context of other autoimmune diseases.
 
Autoimmune Index
Some pages about Autoimmune diseases by a person with Hepatitis C. The site is under contruction and some of the links don't work.
 
MS - autoimmune disease of the CNS
Article about nitric oxide an MS.
 
STEP: The Immune System - An Overview
Immune System
Leukocyte Pathophysiology
Blood cells and the CBC
Lymphoid System Lab
Antibody repertoires and pathogen recognition: The role of germline diversity
McGill University: Basic Immunology
Mechanisms of HLA association in disease
 
Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA)ªqÆÍH (1999)
I wish this site were in English because it's got fantastic graphics of HLA in action. But it's not, it's in Japanese so unless your up to speed in that language then you're snookered like me. I couldn't even give it a rating.
 
Immunology Index
Glossary
Immune System Glossary
Glossary-Immune-NS
Leukocyte Biology, Society for
Immunology and Immune Defense against Microbial Pathogens
Immunobiology, 1999
HON Allergy Glossary Allergy
Blood cells and the CBC 
1.3.4 Macrophages and monocytes 
Cells participating in inflammation 
Inflamation and Fever 
Blood: Outline 
Lymphocyte Recirculation and Homing in Immunity 
Institute for Inflammation Research
 
Immunosuppression Transplantation #1
Immunosuppression Transplantation #2
I can't seem to connect to these two links. As I remember them, they were quite interesting. They may be dead.
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