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Unit 12

Immune system

The Compound Sentence

Pre-Text Assignments

          1. Learn the following words.

accomplish, v


завершувати, виконувати

acquired, adj



arise, v


виникати, з’являтися

artificial, adj



attenuate, v


пом’якшувати, ослабляти

booster, n



bullet, n



burn, n



cell-mediated immunity

[sel"mJdI’eItId I'mjHnItI]

клітинний імунітет (імунітет, опосередкований Т-лімфоцитами)

complement, n


комплемент (термін для позначення цілого функціонально зв’язаного комплексу, що охоплює щонайменше 20 різних білків сироватки, їх клітинних рецепторів і зв’язаних регуляторних білків)

congenital, adj



destruction, n


руйнування, знищення

ensure, v


гарантувати, забезпечувати

escape, v


уникати, виділятися

exposure, n


піддавання (впливу)

failure, n


неспроможність, відсутність

hold, v


тримати, утримувати, містити

humoral immunity

['hjHmqrl I'mjHnItI]

гуморальний імунітет (імунітет, опосередкований антитілами)

inherit, v



intrusion, n


вторгнення, втручання

launch, v


починати, пускати в хід

life-threatening, adj


загрозливий для життя

macrophage, n


макрофаг (будь-яка з багатьох різновидів одноядерних фагоцитів у тканинах)

malignancy, n


злоякісне новоутворення

malnutrition, n



overcome, v


перемогти, подолати

pollen, n



pus, n



recognition, n


розпізнавання, визнання

serum, n



set, adj


встановлений, визначений

surveillance, n



          1. Complete the table with missing forms.





to establish


to destruct




to interfere



to develop



to administer


to involve

          1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the table.

recovery, antibody, inflammation, immunity, exposure, allergy, surveillance, accumulate, allergens, fever

  1. Patients with increased oesophageal alkalinization require careful ______________ because of their increased likelihood of developing complications.

  2. Over a period of years, the drug will __________ in the body and damage the nervous system.

  3. A very specific ____________ will be produced by the immune system for each disease to which we have been exposed.

  4. The dust mite, which thrives in warm, moist air, is the greatest source of __________ for asthmatics.

  5. Babies fed on breast milk have more _____________ to infection.

  6. You have an __________ to certain foods and they will trigger a reaction.

  7. Skin cancer is often caused by too much ___________ to the sun.

  8. Doctors expect him to make a full ______________.

  9. An extreme allergic reaction causes rapid ________________.

  10. At one point, he had a high __________, a severe rash and intense swelling all over his body.

      1. Match the English word combinations with their equivalents.

disease-causing microorganisms

вроджений імунодефіцит

to break down foreign substances within the body

вакцини, що містять вбиті чи ослаблені мікроорганізми

coughing and sneezing reflexes

набутий імунітет

repair of injured tissue

гуморальний імунітет

vaccines containing killed or attenuated microorganisms

розщеплювати чужорідні речовини в тілі

permanent immunity

хвороботворні мікроорганізми

congenital immunodeficiency

підтримка стабільного гомеостазу

acquired immunodeficiency

імунітет, опосередкований клітинами

administration of an immune serum

рефлекси кашляння і чхання

maintenance of a stable homeostasis

постійний імунітет

humoural immunity

відновлення ураженої тканини

cell-mediated immunity

застосування імунної сироватки

Immune System

Humans are protected in various degrees against disease-causing microorganisms and cancer cells by a surveillance mechanism referred to as the immune system. Together, different parts of this system provide protection or immunity by establishing barriers to invasion by microorganisms or other infectious-disease agents or by selectively neutralizing or eliminating materials recognized by the immune system as being foreign to the body. Immunological responses may be either non-specific or specific. These responses serve three functions: 1) defence against invasion by microorganisms; 2) maintenance of a stable internal environment or homeostasis within the body; and 3) surveillance for or recognition of abnormal cell types and their destruction.

The bloodstream carries the cells and molecules of the immune system to most tissues of the body. Components of the lymphatic system include lymphatic vessels, lymph fluid, lymph nodes, and lymphocytes. The lymphatic vessels pass through the lymph nodes, which are accumulations of lymphocytes and macrophages, held together by a fibrous connective tissue capsule. Macrophages arise from blood-circulating monocytes. They can accomplish several immunologically related functions, including clearing and breaking down foreign substances within the body (phagocytosis), and preparing foreign substances for antibody formation. Non-specific defences protect against any intruder. Such defences include unbroken skin, mucous membranes of the respiratory and genitourinary systems, nasal hairs, coughing, and sneezing reflexes, tears, etc. In the event the mechanical and chemical barriers are overcome by foreign invaders, the body has other important defences available, including phagocytosis. In this process the ingestion and eventual digestion of foreign matter by circulating granulocytes, monocytes, and macrophages take place. Unfortunately, some disease agents can escape this destructive defence mechanism.

Inflammation is considered to be the body’s second line of defence against infection. A large number of phagocytic cells accumulate at the site of inflammation. The typical signs of inflammation are heat, pain, redness, swelling, and pus formation. They represent the body’s first step in the repair of injured tissue.

One of the most important defence mechanisms is fever, a frequently found sign of many disease states and a part of the local inflammatory reaction. Temperatures of 38.5°-39° C are known to be helpful to a person’s recovery, since destruction of disease agents occurs more rapidly because of an increase in antibody production and more effective phagocytic activity. In addition to phagocytosis, inflammation, and fever, the body is capable of launching various types of chemical substances to interfere with the actions of pathogens and, in some cases, even to destroy them. Examples of these body bullets include the proteins known as complement and the interferons.

The immune system has two major types of specific responses to foreign cells and substances. These are humoral immunity and cell-mediated immunity. Both types of responses depend on lymphocytes, which originate from different body locations early in the development of the individual. Any foreign particle may act as an antigen (immunogen), that is, a substance that provokes a response by the immune system. This response comes from two types of lymphocytes that circulate in the lymphatic system and the blood. One type, the T cells (T lymphocytes), mature in the thymus gland. They are capable of attacking a foreign cell directly, producing cell-mediated immunity. The B cells (B lymphocytes) mature in lymphoid tissue. When they meet a foreign antigen, they multiply rapidly and produce antibodies (immunoglobulins) that inactivate the antigen. Antibodies remain in the blood, often providing long-term immunity to the specific organism against which they were formed. Antibody-based immunity is referred to as humoral immunity. Immunoglobulins are produced by the body in response to: 1) infectious disease agents; 2) preparations used for immunization such as vaccines containing killed, weakened or attenuated microorganisms; 3) other foreign substances such as pollens, which cause allergies.

Passive immunity involves the transfer of antibodies to an individual, either naturally through the placenta or mother’s milk, or artificially by the administration of an immune serum. However, the antibody levels eventually drop, and the child must be exposed to the antigens and develop his or her own antibodies for permanent immunity. Active immunity involves the individual’s own response to a disease organism, either through natural contact with the organism or by the administration of an artificially prepared vaccine. Vaccinations are given in a set schedule during childhood, and periodic boosters are required several years later to ensure continued immunity against the viral agent.

The immunodeficiency diseases include a wide range of disorders and are marked by the inability of the immune system to function normally. The exact effects and symptoms of such conditions range from major, life-threatening abnormalities to minor deficiency conditions and vary according to the immune response affected. Two general categories of these disorders are recognized – congenital (primary) immunodeficiencies and acquired (secondary) immunodeficiencies. Primary disorders develop from an inherited failure of one or more immune system components to develop. The causes of secondary deficiencies include malnutrition, malignancies, exposure to radiation, burns, drugs and infections that interfere with the lymphatic system.

Post-Text Assignments

  1. Match the terms with their definitions.

a protein produced in response to an antigen


a foreign substance that induces the formation of antibodies


a lymphocyte that matures in lymphoid tissue and is active in producing antibodies

T cell

a lymph cell; a type of agranular leukocyte


the engulfing of foreign material by white blood cells


a lymphocyte that matures in the thymus gland and attacks foreign cells directly


a body’s defence mechanism against microorganisms and diseases




a congenital or acquired failure of the immune system to protect against disease

B cell

  1. In each row of four words three words have a similar meaning and one has a completely different meaning. Find the word that has a different meaning.













to drop

to fall

to decrease

to multiply

to launch

to trigger

to cease

to start









to remain

to interfere

to impede

to invade









to allow

to provide

to deprive

to enable

to eliminate

to remain

to remove

to escape

to terminate

to originate

to arise

to descend

to vary

to range

to differ

to stabilize




within reach





  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions.

Immunoglobulins, or antibodies against a particular antigen, are not detectable ____ the blood of an individual until exposure ___ such an antigen has occurred first. The extent ___ the antibody response is affected by various factors such as 1) the nature ___ the antigen, 2) the dosage of antigen involved, 3) the number and frequency of exposures, and 4) the condition of the individual’s immune system, which includes the availability of functional macrophages, and B and T cells. The effects of antigen stimulation on the body can best be shown ___ considering the response provoked __ a single exposure to an antigen. The first reaction ___ an antigen is called the primary response. After a period ranging ___ a few hours to several days the antibody-formation process begins. Soon, various Ig levels __ blood begin to rise and eventually reach peaks or plateaus. Such peaks of specific immunoglobulins occur when rates __ their formation and breakdown are about the same. High levels ___ immunoglobulins may remain ___ several months or longer and then slowly begin to move downward as the breakdown __ these proteins exceeds their production. Several factors, such as the nature __ the antigen involved and an individual’s immune system, influence the process.

  1. Add the word or words that correctly complete each of the following statements.

  1. Those substances capable of stimulating the immune system are known as _________ .

  2. To initiate the immune process, foreign organisms are engulfed by macrophages in the process of _________ .

  3. The T-lymphocyte that participates in both major immune processes is the ________ .

  4. The immune process in which a direct interaction between body cells and microorganisms takes place is called ___________ .

  5. Clearing and breaking down of foreign substances within the body is called _______ .

  6. The immune system has two major types of specific responses to foreign cells and substances: humoral immunity and _______________ immunity.

  7. Two general categories of immunodeficiency disorders are recognized – congenital and ______________ immunodeficiencies.

  8. Transfer of antibodies to an individual, either naturally through the placenta or mother’s milk, or artificially by the administration of an immune serum is _________ immunity.

  9. _________ immunity involves the individual’s own response to a disease organism.

  1. Give the opposites of the following words by adding negative prefixes.

____specific, ____stable, ____normal, ____body, ___broken, ___important, ___typical, ___frequent, ___inflammatory, ____effective, ____different, ____activate, ___infectious, ___natural, ___ability, ___nutrition.

  1. Answer the following questions.

  1. How can you define the immune system?

  2. What are two major types of specific responses to foreign substances?

  3. Which examples of non-specific defences can you give?

  4. What is an antigen?

  5. When are immunoglobulins produced in the body?

  6. What are the main types of immunity?

  7. What does passive immunity involve?

  8. Why do immunodeficiency diseases occur?

  9. What are two general categories of immunodeficiency disorders?

  1. Say whether the following statements are true or false.

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