© 1997

Reproductive Immunology

  • Lars B. Olding

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 222)

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About this book


Discrimination of self from nonself is the major function of the immune system and understanding the mechanism(s) involved a main employer of immunologists. Hence, the age-old puzzle of why a fetus that contains a panel of major histocompatibility (MHC) antigens derived from its mother and its father is not rejected (spontaneously aborted) by lymphocytes from its mother who should theoretically recognize foreign MHC molecules from the father has remained of great interest. This dilemma has enticed immunologists and developmental biologists for many years. This volume was created to present the information currently on hand in this subject to the scientific public. The guest editor, Professor Lars Olding, has a long and distinguished history of contributions in this field, having been one of the main propo­ nents of the argument that lymphocytes from the fetus play an active role in this process by suppressing lymphocytes from the mother from proliferating and thereby acting as killer cells. His work has defined the phenomenon and identified suppressor molecules (factors) involved in the process. In a different but related chapter, Margareta Unander extends such observations to the clinical study of women with repeated "habitual" mIS­ carriages.


Antigen Fortpflanzung Immunität fetus genetics immunity lymphocytes placenta plazenta pregnancy reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars B. Olding
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology and Infectious Diseases Karolinska Institute Division of PathologyF42 Huddinge University HospitalHuddingeSweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reproductive Immunology
  • Editors Lars B. Olding
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-61888-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-64475-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-60614-4
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Immunology
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"...a dense synthesis of current knowledge of the fetomaternal interactions, contains the most recent scientific achievements, and reveals the controversial issues."
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