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Autoimmunity - an Introduction

BiochemieMedizinische Chemie und BiochemieImmunologie

Our immune system is acting as a protective shield against infectious agents and microbial invaders. If this defence gets out of control and turns against the body’s own structures it may destroy healthy tissue and organs. The result is an autoimmune disease with severe or even life-threatening complications.


  • Dr. Friederike Hammar


  • Dr. Caroll Pohl-Ferry
  • Dr. Friederike Hammar

Learning objective

  • Become familiar with basic principles of autoimmune reactions

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

immune system, immune response, autoimmune diseases, antigen-presenting cells, T cells, B cells, antibodies, complement system, macrophages,