Editor: Catherine M. Greene

Toll-Like Receptors in Diseases of the Lung

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Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-509-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-362-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080536291120101

Introduction

This e-book is a review on current understanding of the role of toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the lung in health and disease. Topics covered include 1) the expression, function and activation of TLRs during bacterial, viral and fungal infection of the airways, 2) the role of TLRs in the pathogenesis of genetic and environmental pulmonary disorders, and 3) TLR biology in lung transplantation. Each chapter highlights recent advances in a selected domain in lung disease research. This e-book serves as a comprehensive resource for both scientists and clinicians studying innate immune mechanisms in the lung and provides a single reference comprising both basic and specialized information.

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Foreword

The lung is the largest surface area of the body in contact with the external environment and it is constantly exposed to a wide array of microbes and particles. As a result the body’s immune system evolved a series of systems which enables it to distinguish potentially harmful agents from those which are innocuous. Two of the major systems are the adaptive and innate immune responses. The innate system is fast responding and recognizes a wide variety of potentially noxious stimuli coming into the lungs. In the majority of cases these may be microbial products, however on occasion the innate immune system can also respond to host-derived danger signals not normally encountered in the healthy lung. A key component of this response is the germ-line encoded pattern recognition receptor family of Toll-like receptors. TLRs regulate the lung’s response to potential pathogens or other environmental hazards and communicate closely with the adaptive immune response to orchestrate effective resolution of infection and a return to homeostasis. Our understanding of the role of TLRs in infectious, environmental and genetic lung diseases has advanced greatly over the last fifteen years. In this book experts from around the world offer their insights into the mechanisms of TLR-mediated responses in a number of common but serious diseases of the lung, and explore how our growing knowledge of the mode of action of TLRs can be exploited for therapeutic use.

Noel G. McElvaney
Consultant Respiratory Physician, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin Ireland
Professor of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Ireland


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