Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection.

@article{Shankar1998ZincAI,
  title={Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection.},
  author={A H Shankar and Ananda S Prasad},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={1998},
  volume={68 2 Suppl},
  pages={
          447S-463S
        }
}
  • A. Shankar, A. Prasad
  • Published 1 August 1998
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American journal of clinical nutrition
Zinc is known to play a central role in the immune system, and zinc-deficient persons experience increased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens. The immunologic mechanisms whereby zinc modulates increased susceptibility to infection have been studied for several decades. It is clear that zinc affects multiple aspects of the immune system, from the barrier of the skin to gene regulation within lymphocytes. Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating nonspecific… 

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