Special Issue "Toxins and Immunology"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Toxinology and immunology have been closely linked since their respective births, when Behring and Kitasato demonstrated that serotherapy was effective against diphtheria, when Roux and Yersin discovered its dreadful toxin, and when Ramon described the anatoxin that allowed the elaboration of an effective vaccine, and discovered the use of adjuvant to boost the antibody response. Toxins are part of the bacterial arsenal and are responsible for danger of venoms. As a consequence, they need to be targeted by the immune system. Elaboration of neutralizing specific antibodies is part of the immune defense, and the use of serotherapy remains of great help in the case of venom poisoning. Some toxins behave as superantigens and trigger immune cells in a very specific fashion. Toxins activate the inflammasome and the elaboration of endogenous pyrogens that cause fever, a protective mechanism against infection. However, toxins can also induce a cytokine storm with their pathophysiological consequences. Their toxicity can be directed against the immune leukocytes, weakening the immune defense. However, scientists have also diverted its main property to use it as a weapon against tumor cells. Finally, the existence of IgE against toxins may explain their maintenance through evolution despite their side effect in allergy.
The aim of this Special Issue is to offer an overview of the current knowledge in the interaction between toxins and the immune system.
Prof. Jean Marc Cavaillon
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- Cell death
- Innate immunity