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microbiology 532 immunology
Microbiology 532: Immunology

Dennis E. Lopatin, Ph.D.

Dept. of Biologic and Materials Sciences

4209 Dental Building

Office Hours by Appointment

Phone: 647-3912

Electronic mail: lopatin@umich.edu

helpful hints
Helpful Hints
  • Readings in text are beneficial
  • I expect you to read the relevant chapters in Nester.
  • Understanding the concepts is not optional
  • Think, rather than memorize
  • Test questions are based on concepts
  • Ask questions
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to study
  • Check the website
lecture 1 immunology

Lecture 1Immunology

Introduction & Innate immunity

why does a dentist need to understand immunology
Why Does a Dentist Need to Understand Immunology?
  • Many of the oral diseases have an immune component
    • Periodontal disease
    • Caries
    • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Current and future therapeutics affect the immune system and oral health
  • Systemic and Oral diseases are interrelated
  • Cooperation with other health care professional requires a common language
what is immunity
What is immunity?
  • “Protection” from infection, tumors, etc.
  • Innate immunity is always available
  • Adaptive immunity distinguishes “self” from “non-self” and involves immune system “education”
  • Responses that may result in host tissue damage
two types of immunity
Two types of immunity
  • Innate immunity (not antigen-specific)
    • Anatomical barriers
    • Mechanical
    • Biochemical
      • Non-specific (eg. Low pH in stomach)
      • Receptor-driven (eg. PAMP-recognition)
  • Adaptive immunity (antigen-specific)
    • Receptor-driven
    • Pre-existing clones programmed to make a specific immune response (humoral/cellular)
  • A substance (antigen) that is capable of reacting with the products of a specific immune response, e.g., antibody or specific sensitized T-lymphocytes.
  • A “self” component may be considered an antigen even though one does not generally make immune responses against those components.
characteristics of adaptive immunity
Characteristics of Adaptive Immunity
  • Immune response is highly specific for the antigen that triggered it.
    • Receptors on surface of immune cells have same specificity as the antibody/effector activity that will be generated
  • Exposure to antigen creates an immunologic “memory.”
    • Due to clonal expansion and creation of a large pool of cells committed to that antigen
    • Subsequent exposure to the same antigen results in a rapid and vigorous response
cells involved in immunity
Cells involved in immunity




T Lymphocyte



stem cell


B Lymphocyte

common lymphoid progenitor


common myeloid progenitor

plasma cell

mast cell


Killer cell



where is that stuff
Where is that stuff?


Serum or Plasma

Leukocytes, Platelets and RBC

Mononuclear Cells

Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (or Granulocytes)

Serum Proteins

  • Immunoglobulins
  • Complement
  • Clotting factors
  • Many others
  • Lymphocytes (T cells, B cells & NK cells)
  • Monocytes
  • Neutrophils
  • Eosinophils
  • Basophils
lymphoid organs
Lymphoid Organs
  • Primary or central lymphoid organs
    • bone marrow and thymus
    • where lymphocytes are generated
  • Secondary or peripheral lymphoid organs
    • where adaptive immune responses are initiated
innate host defense mechanisms
Innate Host Defense Mechanisms
  • Anatomic Factors
  • Mechanical Factors
  • Biochemical Factors
  • Stratified and cornified epithelium provides a mechanical barrier
  • Indigenous microbiota competes with pathogens
  • Acid pH inhibits growth of disease producing bacteria
  • Bactericidal long chain fatty acids in sebaceous gland secretions
respiratory tract
Respiratory Tract
  • Upper Respiratory Tract
    • Nasal hairs induce turbulence
    • Mucous secretions trap particles
    • Mucous stream to the base of tongue where material is swallowed
    • Nasal secretions contain antimicrobial substances
    • Upper respiratory tract contains large resident flora
  • Lower Respiratory Tract
    • Particles trapped on mucous membranes of bronchi and bronchioles
    • Beating action of cilia causes mucociliary stream to flow up into the pharynx where it is swallowed
    • 90% of particles removed this way. Only smallest particles (<10µ in diameter) reach alveoli
  • Alveoli
    • Alveolar macrophage rapidly phagocytize small particles
alimentary tract
Alimentary Tract
  • General defense mechanisms
    • Mucous secretions
    • Integrity of of mucosal epithelium
    • Peristaltic motions of the gut propel contents downward
    • Secretory antibody and phagocytic cells
  • Stomach
    • Generally sterile due to low pH
  • Small Intestine
    • Upper portion contains few bacteria
    • As distal end of ilieum is reached flora increases
  • Colon
    • Enormous numbers of microorganisms
    • 50-60% of fecal dry weight is bacteria
genitourinary tract
Genitourinary Tract
  • Male
    • No bacteria above urethrovesicular junction
    • Frequent flushing action of urine
    • Bactericidal substances from prostatic fluid
    • pH of urine
    • Bladder mucosal cells may be phagocytic
    • Urinary sIgA
  • Female (Vagina)
    • Large microbial population (lactobacilli)
    • Microorganisms produce low pH due to breakdown of glycogen produced by mucosal cells
  • Flushing action of tears which drain through the lacrimal duct and deposit bacteria in nasopharynx
  • Tears contain a high concentration of lysozyme (effective against gram positive microorganisms
  • Almost all of biology occurs because recognition
    • Enzymatic action
    • Interactions between cells (cooperation/activation)
    • Communication between cells
  • Innate and adaptive immunity requires it
innate immune recognition
Innate Immune Recognition
  • All multi-cellular organisms are able to recognize and eliminate pathogens
  • Despite their extreme heterogeneity, pathogens share highly conserved molecules, called “pathogen-associated molecular patterns” (PAMPs)
  • Host cells do not share PAMPs with pathogens
  • PAMPs are recognized by innate immune recognition receptors called pattern-recognition molecules/receptors (PRMs/PRRs)
typical pamps
Typical PAMPs
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Peptidoglycans
  • Certain nucleotide sequences unique to bacteria
  • Other bacterial components
endogenous signals induced by pamps
Endogenous Signals Induced by PAMPs
  • Mediate inflammatory cytokines
  • Antigen-presenting cells recognize PAMPs
    • Same APC processes pathogens into specific pathogen-derived antigens and presents them with MHC encoded receptors to T-cells
    • T-cell responds only when presented with both signals
    • Different Effector Cytokines in Response to Different Pathogens (Th1 vs. Th2)
antimicrobial peptides defensins
Antimicrobial Peptides/Defensins
  • Four hundred peptides described to date
  • Defensins (3- 5-kD, four families in eukaryotes)
    • a-defensins (neutrophils and intestinal Paneth cells)
    • b-defensins (epithelial cells)
    • Insect defensins
    • Plant defensins
  • Defensins appear to act by binding to outer membrane of bacteria, resulting in increased membrane permeability.
  • May also play a role in inflammation and wound repair
complement system
Complement System
  • Three pathways now known
    • Classical
    • Alternative
    • Lectin or MBL pathway (binding to mannose-containing carbohydrates)
  • Host cells have complement regulatory proteins on their surface that protect them from spontaneous activation of C3 molecules
inflammatory mediators in innate immunity
Inflammatory Mediators in Innate Immunity
  • Cytokines secreted by phagocytes in response to infection include:
    • IL-1
      • activates vascular endothelium and lymphocytes
      • Increases adhesiveness of leukocytes
    • IL-6
      • Induces B-cell terminal maturation into Ig-producing plasma cells
    • IL-8
      • Induces expression of b2 integrin adhesion molecules on neutrophils, leading to neutrophil migration to infection site
    • IL-12
      • Activates NK cells and induces Th1-cell differentiation
    • IL-18
    • TNF-a
      • Activates vascular endothelium and increases vascular permeability, leading to accumulation of Ig and complement in infected tissues
other mediators and molecules
Other Mediators and Molecules
  • Phagocytes
    • Toxic oxygen radicals
    • Peroxides
    • Nitric oxide (NO)
    • Lipid mediators of inflammation
      • Prostaglandins
      • LTB4
      • Platelet activating factor
  • Complement component C5a
    • Stimulates mast cells to release histamine, serotonin and LTB4
  • IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-a
    • Induce acute-phase response in liver
    • Induce fever
  • IL-1 and IL-18 signaling pathways activate NF-kB, important in innate immunity
immune cells and innate immunity
Immune Cells and Innate Immunity
  • Phagocytes
    • Neutrophils
    • Moncyte/macrophage
    • Eosinophils (to a lesser extent)
  • NK cells (large granular lymphocytes)
    • Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC)
    • Have two major functions
      • Lysis of target cells
      • Production of cytokines (IFN-g and TNF-a)
    • Act against intracellular pathogens
      • Herpesviruses
      • Leishmania
      • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Act against protozoa
      • Toxoplasma
      • Trypanasoma
immune cells and innate immunity cont d
Immune Cells and Innate Immunity (cont’d)
  • g/d T cells
    • Two types of T cell receptors
      • One composed of a and b chains (basic T cell antigen receptor)
      • One composed of g and d chains (minor population of T cells)
    • Two groups of g/d T cells
      • One group found in lymphoid tissues
      • One group located in paracellular space between epithelial cells
        • Recognizes unprocessed target antigen in absence of APC help
  • B-1 cells (minor fraction of B cells, do not require T-cell help)
  • Mast cells
    • Located in serosa, under epithelial surfaces and adjacent to blood vessels, nerves and glands
    • Capable of phagocytosis
    • Process and present antigen using MHC class I or II receptors
    • LPS can directly induce release of mast cell mediators
    • Complement (C3a and C5a) induce mast cells to release mediators
      • Chemotaxis, complement activation, inflammation
      • TNF-a secreted by mast cells results in neutrophil influx into infected site
summary of innate immunity
Summary of Innate Immunity
  • External and mechanical barriers
  • Receptors for pathogen motifs
  • Soluble antimicrobial proteins
  • Pattern of cytokines produced influences adaptive response