Basic components of the immune system part 136

Immune 1

 

IMMUNOPOTENTIATION

Chronic infection such as HIV and hepatitis C are characterized by an inability of the host to control viral replication. The ability to potentiate the host immune response to control to control chronic infections is an important goal and is under active investigation. It has also been shown that at least some types of cancer can be controlled by the host immune system, so potentiation of the host immune system may prove useful in treating these cancers. There are three principal ways to potentiate the immune response in humans through cytokines, adoptive immunotherapy or vaccination

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