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    Immune detection of a pathogen

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    Please help with the following problem. Provide a short explanation, in at least 100 words.

    The immune system must be able to ignore normal human proteins, but be able to rapidly respond to infectious agents. Please give details about how the immune system can make this discrimination, which leads to the development of an immune response.

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    Problem: The immune system must be able to ignore normal human proteins, but be able to rapidly respond to infectious agents. The solution gives details about how the immune system can make this discrimination, which leads to the development of an immune response.

    Solution:
    Cells of the innate immune system, particularly dendritic cells and macrophages, ...

    Solution Summary

    Cells of the innate immune system contain receptors that can recognize patterns common in infectious agents but not in normal proteins. The solution details how this recognition occurs and leads to the initiation of an immune response against the pathogen. The explanation is given in 182 words.

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