Cellular Mechanisms of Anti-Mycobacterial Immunity

  • Frank M. Collins
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Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 162)


Tuberculosis is an ancient human disease (1), which continues to be an important public health problem, despite the development of effective vaccines and chemotherapeutic agents. Widespread use of chemotherapy has dramatically reduced worldwide mortality rates for this disease, but has not yet been able to eliminate it (2). Approximately 28,000 new cases of pulmonary tuberculosis were reported in the United States last year, with nearly 3,000 deaths directly attributable to this disease (3,4). This continued high rate of incidence some 30 years after the development of potentially effective control measures is both surprising and disturbing. However, it is only when the problem of controlling this disease in Asia, Africa, and Central America is examined, where overcrowding, malnutrition and inadequate health delivery services contribute still further to its continued persistence, that the true dimensions of this world public health problem begin to emerge (5).


Pulmonary Tuberculosis Suppressor Cell Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Mycobacterium Bovis Lepromatous Leprosy 
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  • Frank M. Collins
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  1. 1.Trudeau Institute, Inc.Saranac LakeUSA

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