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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 20, No. 3, 2013, pp. 61-67
Bioline Code: mj13039
Full paper language: English
Document type: Special Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2013, pp. 61-67

 en Immune Mechanism: A ‘Double-Edged Sword’
Musa, Mustaffa

Abstract

Immunology has now developed into an independent discipline in medicine which covers not only germ infection which is related to immunity solely but also covers a lot of non-infectious diseases such as autoimmune disease, allergies, and others. Therefore, “The Immune Mechanism: “A Double-Edged Sword” means that the immune mechanism (consisted of antibody mediated mechanism and T cell mediated mechanism), just like one edge playing the role of giving benefit (immunity) as it destroys the agent of infection, and another one can be detrimental as it will cause tissue/cell damages and then give rise to immune diseases (immunopathology). Now, the prevalence of these immune diseases is on the rise and has become a new challenge to our country towards developed country in 2020. Therefore, we have to make ample preparation (laboratory facilities/services, main power, and research) from now on in order to face the problems and challenges.

Keywords
immune response; tuberculosis; vaccine; SLE

 
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