Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (to qualify as a biomedical laboratory worker) (Verona)

Human pathology - IMMUNOPATOLOGIA

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Name of lecturer
Stefano Ugel
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Lezioni TLB 1 SEMESTRE dal Oct 1, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The fundamental objective of the course of immunology is the acquisition of the conceptual and scientific instruments for the understanding the function of the immune system both in healthy and disease state.
In particular the objectives are:
1. Acquisition of the knowledge of the fundamental biological mechanisms regulating the functions of the immune system in the protection against diseases;
2. Acquisition of the knowledge of pathologic mechanisms of the immune system with particular emphasis on hypersensibility, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency ;
3. In-depth analysis of the immunology-associated techiques.


1. Organization of the immune system by the anatomic and cytologic point of view.
2. Physiology of the immune system.
3. Pathology of the immune system.

Organization of the immune system:
1. Anatomy of the immune syste: lymphoid organs in general (spleen, lymph nodes, Peyer patches, appendyx, bone marrow and thymus).
2. Cytology of the immune system: lymphocytes, NK, dendritic cells. The lymphocytes classes: B and T lymphocytes and their subclasses. Antigens and antibodies.
3. Biochemistry of the immune system: molecules (Immunoglobulins, T cell receptor, MHC and costimulatory molecules).

Physiology of the immune system:
1. Antigen processing and presentation.
2. The specific adaptive responses: cell mediated immune response and humoral.
3. Cyitokines and cell cooperation.
4. Defence against infections.
5. Defendive and offensive responses.
6. Active and passive immunoprophylaxis.
7. Immune tolerance.

Pahology of the immune system:
1. Hypersensibility reactions.
2. Autoimmune diseases.
3. Immunodeficits.
4. Immunity and tumors.
5. Immuno-hematologya, blood groups.
6. Immunology of transplantation and HLA system.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Pontieri Elementi di Patologia generale e Fisiopatologia (Edizione 8) PICCIN 2018 978-88-299-2912-2
Abul K. Abbas, Andrew H. Lichtman and Shiv Pillai Le basi dell' immunologia (Fisiopatologia del sistema immunitario) (Edizione 5) Edra LSWR S.p.A. 2014 978-88-214-4255-1

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

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