Generation and maintenance of immunological memory.

  title={Generation and maintenance of immunological memory.},
  author={Tania S. Gourley and Elaine Wherry and David Masopust and Rafi Ahmed},
  journal={Seminars in immunology},
  volume={16 5},
The key feature of the adaptive immune response is its specificity and the ability to generate and maintain memory. Preexisting antibodies in the circulation and at the mucosa provide the first line of defense against re-infection by extracellular as well as intracellular pathogens. Memory T cells are an important second line of defense against intracellular pathogens, and in particular against microbes that can cause chronic or latent infection. In this article we will review our current… CONTINUE READING