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Title Sex hormones and immunity to infection / Sabra L. Klein, Craig W. Roberts, editors
Published Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (x, 319 pages) : illustrations
Contents Sex differences in susceptibility to infection : an evolutionary perspective / Marlene Zuk and Andrew M. Stoehr -- Effects of sex steroids on innate and adaptive immunity / S. Ansar Ahmed, Ebru Karpuzoglu, and Deena Khan -- Sex steroid receptors in immune cells / Susan Kovats, Esther Carreras, and Hemant Agrawal -- Sex differences in susceptibility to viral infection / Sabra L. Klein and Sally Huber -- Sex differences in innate immune responses to bacterial pathogens / Jennifer A. Rettew, Ian Marriott, and Yvette M. Huet -- Sex hormones and regulation of host responses against parasites / James Alexander [and others] -- Sex differences in parasitic infections : beyond the dogma of female-biased resistance / Galileo Escobedo, Marco A. De León, and Jorge Morale-Montor -- Progesterone, pregnancy, and innate immunity / Julia Szekeres-Bartho and Beata Polgar -- Pregnancy and susceptibility to parasites / Fiona L. Henriquez, Fiona M. Menzies, and Craig W. Roberts -- Sex steroids and risk of female genital tract infection / Patti Gravitt and Khalil Ghanem -- Sex, pregnancy, and measles / Allison C. Brown and William J. Moss -- Epilogue : challenges for the future / Craig W. Roberts and Sabra L. Klein
Summary Why sex matters Among human and nonhuman animals, the prevalence and intensity of infection typically is higher in males than females and may reflect differences in exposure as well as susceptibility to pathogens. Elevated immunity among females is a double-edged sword in which it is beneficial against infectious diseases but is detrimental in terms of increased development of autoimmune diseases. The present book critically reviews the evolutionary origin and the functional mechanisms responsible for sexual dimorphism in response to infection. It emphasizes the value of examining responses in both males and females to improve our understanding about host-pathogen interactions in both sexes. The contributors are experts in their specific disciplines which range from microbiology and immunology to genetics, pathology, and evolutionary biology. The book aims at bringing insight to the treatment and management of infectious diseases; it delineates areas where knowledge is lacking and highlights future avenues of research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Hormones, Sex.
Sex differences.
Immunity -- Endocrine aspects.
Infection.
Autoimmune diseases.
Communicable Diseases.
Gonadal Steroid Hormones -- immunology.
Immunity.
Sex Characteristics.
Form Electronic book
Author Klein, Sabra L.
Roberts, Craig W.
LC no. 2009930390
ISBN 9783642021558
3642021557
3642021549
9783642021541