Selenium in health and disease IV

Selenium and the immune response
  • Conor Reilly


The immune system is a collection of tissues, cells and molecules whose prime physiological function is protection of the body against harmful influences, both internal and external, which can damage health. It is also involved in other functions such as wound healing and the removal of cells that die through natural processes. In a restricted sense immunity refers to mechanisms established by a host to resist disease after exposure to a foreign infectious agent. In a broader sense it can also include hypersensitive biological phenomena of altered tissue reactivity such as allergies, acquired tolerance to and rejection of foreign tissues and autoimmune diseases.1


GSHPx Activity Selenium Level Selenium Deficiency Selenium Supplementation Dietary Selenium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Conor Reilly
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  1. 1.School of Public HealthQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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