Chapter 16 Lymphatic System and Immunity 16. 1 Introduction



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Chapter 16

Lymphatic System and Immunity

16.1 Introduction

1. Explain the functions of the lymphatic system. (p. 617)

Lymphatic vessels transport excess fluid away from the interstitial spaces in most tisues and return it to the bloodstream.


16.2 Lymphatic Pathways

2. Trace the general pathway of lymph from the interstitial spaces to the bloodstream. (p. 617)

The lymphatic capillary system is found next to the systemic and pulmonary capillary networks. It then travels through lymph vessels into lymph nodes. It returns to lymph vessels and then is returned into the bloodstream at various points.


16.3 Tissue Fluid and Lymph

3. Distinguish between tissue fluid and lymph. (p. 619)

Lymph is tissue fluid that has entered into a lymphatic capillary.
4. Describe the primary functions of lymph. (p. 620)

The primary functions of lymph are to return the proteins to the bloodstream that has leaked out of the blood capillaries and to transport bacteria and other foreign particles to the lymph nodes.


16.4 Lymph Movement

5. Explain why physical exercise promotes lymphatic circulation. (p. 621)

The contractions of the skeletal muscles, pressure changes due to the actions of breathing muscles, and smooth muscle contractions of the larger lymphatic trunks all aid in the movement of lymph through the body.


6. Explain how a lymphatic obstruction leads to edema. (p. 621)

Continuous movement of fluid from the interstitial spaces into the lymphatic system stabilizes the volume of fluids in these spaces. When an obstruction occurs, the tissue fluid builds up and causes edema.


16.5 Lymph Nodes

7. Draw a lymph node, and label its parts. (p. 621)

See textbook for illustration.


8. On a drawing of the body locate the major body regions containing lymph nodes. (p. 622)

The major body regions include: cervical region, axillary region, inguinal region, pelvic cavity, abdominal cavity, thoracic cavity, and supratrochlear region.

See textbook for illustration.
9. Explain the functions of a lymph node. (p. 623)

Each lymph node is enclosed in a capsule of fibrous connective tissue and subdivides into compartments. The compartments contain dense masses of lymphocytes and macrophages. These masses, called nodules, are the structural units of a lymph node. Lymph nodes function in lymphocyte production and phagocytosis of foreign substances, damaged cells, and cellular debris.


16.6 Thymus and Spleen

10. Indicate the locations of the thymus and spleen. (p. 623)

The thymus is in the mediastinum, anterior to the aortic arch and posterior to the upper part of the body of the sternum, and extends from the root of the neck to the pericardium. The spleen is in the upper left portion of the abdominal cavity, just inferior to the diaphragm, posterior and lateral to the stomach.


11. Compare and contrast the functions of the thymus and spleen. (p. 623)

The thymus is a soft, bilobed structure whose lobes are surrounded by a capsule of connective tissue. It is composed of lymphatic tissue, which is subdivided into lobules by connective tissues. The lobules contain many lymphocytes. It functions to produce T-lymphocytes that help in the immune response. It also secretes thymosin, which is thought to stimulate the maturation of T-lymphocytes after they leave the thymus.

The spleen is the largest lymphatic organ. It resembles a large lymph node and is subdivided into chambers or lobules. The spaces within the chambers are filled with blood instead of lymph. There are two types of tissues within the lobules of the spleen. They include:

White pulp—distributed throughout the spleen in tiny islands, composed of splenic nodules, and containing large numbers of lymphocytes.

Red pulp—surrounds the venous sinuses and contains many red blood cells along with numerous lymphocytes and macrophages.

The spleen functions to filter the blood.


16.7 Body Defenses Against Infection

12. Defense mechanisms that prevent the entry of many types of pathogens and destroy them if they enter provide __________ (nonspecific) defense. Mechanisms that are very precise, targeting specific pathogens provide ___________ (specific) defense. (p. 626)

innate, adaptive


16.8 Innate (Nonspecific) Defenses

13. Define species resistance. (p. 626)

Species resistance is referring to the fact that a given kind of organism or species develops diseases that are unique to it. A species may be resistant to diseases that affect other species, because its tissues somehow fail to provide the temperature or chemical environment needed by a particular pathogen.
14. Identify the barriers that provide the body’s first line of defense against infectious agents. (p. 626)

The skin, hair, and the mucous membranes are three mechanical barriers to infection.


15. Describe how enzymatic actions function as defense mechanisms against pathogens. (p. 626)

Enzymes provide a chemical barrier to pathogens. By splitting components of the pathogen or decreasing the pH, the enzyme can have lethal effects on pathogens.
16. Distinguish among the chemical barriers (interferons, defensins, collectins, and complement proteins), and give examples of their different actions. (p. 626)

Interferons stimulate uninfected cells to synthesize antiviral proteins that block proliferation of viruses; stimulate phagocytosis; and enhance activity of cells that help resist infections and stifle tumor growth.

Defensins make holes in bacterial cell walls and membranes.

Collectins provide broad protection against a wide variety of microbes by grabbing onto them.

Activation of complement proteins in plasma stimulates inflammation, attracts phagocytes, and enhances phagocytosis.
17. Describe natural killer cells and their actions. (p. 627)

NK cells are a small population of lymphocytes. NK cells defend the body against various viruses and cancer by secreting cytolytic substances called perforins.


18. List the major effects of inflammation. (627)

Localized redness—result of blood vessel dilation and the increase in blood volume of affected tissues.

Swelling—result of increased blood volume and increased permeability of nearby capillaries.

Heat—due to the presence of blood from deeper body parts, which is generally warmer than that near the surface.

Pain—results from the stimulation of nearby pain receptors.
19. Identify the major phagocytic cells in the blood and other tissues. (p. 627)

The most active phagocytic cells of the blood are neutrophils and monocytes. Macrophages are fixed phagocytic cells found in lymph nodes, spleen, liver, and lungs. This constitutes reticuloendothelial tissue.



20. List possible causes of fever, and explain the benefits of fever. (p. 628)

Viral or bacterial infection stimulates certain lymphocytes to secrete IL-1, which temporarily raises body temperature.

Physical factors, such as heat or ultraviolet light, or chemical factors, such as acids or bases, can cause fever.

Elevated body temperature and the resulting decrease in blood iron level and increased phagocytic activity hamper infection.


16.9 Adaptive (Specific) Defenses, or Immunity

21. Distinguish between an antigen and a hapten. (p. 628)

An antigen is a foreign substance, such as a protein, polysaccharide or a glycolipid, to which lymphocytes respond. A hapten is a molecule that by itself cannot stimulate the immune response. It must combine with a larger molecule.


22. Review the origin of T cells and B cells. (p. 628)

T cells originate in the thymus. B cells are those processed in another part of the body, probably the fetal liver.
23. Define clone of lymphocytes. (p. 629)

The members of each variety of B and T cells originate from a single early cell. Therefore, they are all alike, forming a clone, genetically identical cells originating from division of a single cell.


24. Explain the cellular immune response, including the activation of T cells. (p. 630)

The lysosomal digestive process of phagocytosis of an invading bacterium releases antigens. They are moved to the macrophage’s surface membrane. They are then displayed on the membrane with major histocompatibility complex. If the antigen then fits the helper T cell, it becomes activated. At this point, the helper T cell seeks out the appropriate T cell and by attaching to it, activates the T cell into a response. Cell-mediated immunity (CMI) is when a T cell, for example, attaches itself to antigen-bearing cells and interacts with the foreign cells directly.


25. Define cytokine. (p. 630)

Cytokines (lymphokines) are a variety of polypeptides that are synthesized and secreted by T cells and macrophages. These enhance various cellular responses to antigens. They stimulate the synthesis of lymphokines from other T cells, help activate resting T cells, cause T cells to proliferate, stimulate the production of leukocytes in the red bone marrow, cause growth and maturation of B cells, and activate macrophages.
26. List three types of T cells and describe the function of each in the immune response. (p. 630)

a. Helper T cells—mobilize the immune system to stop a bacterial infection through a series of complex steps.

b. Memory T cells—provide for no delay in the response to future exposures to an antigen.

c. Cytoxic T cells—recognize non-self antigens that cancerous or virally infected cells display on their surfaces.


27. Explain the humoral (immune) response, including the activation of B cells. (p. 632)

A B cell is activated when it binds to an activated T cell.

An activated B cell proliferates, enlarging its clone.

Some activated B cells specialize into antibody-producing plasma cells.

Antibodies react against the antigen-bearing agent that stimulated their production.

An individual’s diverse B cells defend against a very large number of pathogens.

B cells become activated when they encounter an antigen whose molecular shape fits the shape of the B cell’s antigen receptors. As a result of this combination, the B-cells proliferate by mitosis and its clone is enlarged.

This mechanism for activation is similar to the lock and key model used by enzymes and substrates.


28. Explain the function of plasma cells. (p. 632)

Plasma cells are some of the newly formed members of the activated B cell’s clone. They make use of their DNA information and protein-synthesizing mechanism to produce antibody molecules.
29. Describe an antibody molecule. (p. 634)

An antibody molecule consists of two identical light chains of amino acids and two identical heavy chains of amino acids.


30. Distinguish between the variable region and the constant region of an antibody molecule. (p. 634)

Variable regions are the portion of one end of each of the heavy and light chains consisting of variable sequences of amino acids making them specific for specific antigen molecules. Constant regions are the remaining portions of the chains whose amino acid sequences are very similar from molecule to molecule.
31. Match the types of antibodies with their function and/or where each is found. (p. 635)

1. Associated with allergic reactions—IgE

2. Important in B cell activation, on surfaces of most B cells—IgD

3. Activates complement, anti-A and anti-B in blood—IgM

4. Effective against bacteria, viruses, toxins in plasma and tissue fluids—IgG

5. In exocrine secretions, including breast milk—IgA


32. Describe three ways in which an antibody’s direct attack on an antigen helps remove that antigen. (p. 635)

Agglutination—antibodies combine with antigens and clumping results.

Precipitation—antibodies combine with antigens and insoluble substance forms.

Neutralization—antibodies cover the toxic portions of antigen molecules and neutralize their effects.

Lysis—antibodies cause the cell membranes to rupture.
33. Explain the functions of complement. (p. 635)

It is a group of inactive enzymes that become activated when certain IgG or IgM antibodies combine with antigens and the reactive sites become exposed. The activated enzymes produce chemotaxis, agglutination, opsonization, and lysis. It can also promote the inflammation reaction.


34. Contrast a primary and a secondary immune response. (p. 635)

A primary immune response occurs when B cells or T cells become activated after first encountering the antigens to which they are specifically reactant. A secondary immune response happens when memory cells are activated and increased in size, so they can respond rapidly to the antigen to which they were previously sensitized.


35. Contrast active and passive immunity. (p. 638)

Active immunity can be either naturally acquired or artificially acquired. Naturally acquired active immunity is stimulated as a result of exposure to live pathogens. Artificially acquired active immunity is stimulated by exposure to a vaccine containing weakened or dead pathogens. Passive immunity can also be either naturally acquired or artificially acquired. Naturally the antibodies passed to a fetus from a mother with active immunity stimulate acquired passive immunity. Artificially acquired passive immunity is stimulated by an injection of gamma globulin that contains antibodies.
36. Define vaccine. (p. 638)

A vaccine is a substance that contains an antigen that can stimulate a primary immune response against a particular disease-causing agent, but does not cause severe disease symptoms.


37. Explain how a vaccine produces its effect. (p. 638)

A vaccine contains bacteria or viruses that have been killed or weakened so they cannot cause a serious infection; or it may contain a toxin of an infectious organism that has been chemically altered to destroy its toxic effects. The antigens present still retain the characteristics needed to simulate a primary immune response.


38. Describe how a fetus may obtain antibodies from maternal blood. (p. 638)

Receptor-mediated endocytosis utilizing receptor sites on cells of the fetal yolk sac transfers IgG molecules to the fetus.


39. Explain the relationship between an allergic reaction and an immune response. (p. 639)

Allergic reactions are closely related to immune responses in that both may involve the sensitizing of lymphocytes or the combining of antigens with antibodies. Allergic reactions are likely to be excessive and to cause tissue damage.
40. Distinguish between an antigen and an allergen. (p. 639)

An antigen is a substance that stimulates cells to produce antibodies. An allergen is a foreign substance capable of stimulating an allergic reaction.


41. Describe how an immediate-reaction allergic response may occur. (p. 639)

In an immediate-reaction allergy, the individuals have an inherited ability to synthesize abnormally large quantities of antibodies in response to certain antigens. In this instance, the allergic reaction involves the activation of B-cells.


42. List the major events leading to a delayed-reaction allergic response. (p. 641)

It results from repeated exposure of the skin to certain chemical substances. As a consequence of these repeated contacts, the foreign substance and a large number of T cells collect in the skin and eventually activate the T cells. Their actions and the actions of macrophages they attract cause the release of various chemical factors. This causes eruptions and inflammation of the skin. It is called delayed since it takes about forty-eight hours to occur.


43. Explain the relationship between tissue rejection and an immune response. (p. 641)

Tissue rejection is when the immune system sees transplanted tissue as foreign and starts the immune response to try to rid the body of it.
44. Describe two methods used to reduce the severity of a tissue rejection reaction. (p. 641)

Matching the donor and recipient tissues may reduce it. It can also involve giving drugs that suppress the immune system.


45. Explain the goal of using immunosuppressive drugs before a transplant. (p. 641)

An immunosuppressive drug interferes with the recipient’s immune response by suppressing formation of antibodies or production of T cells. This will ultimately leave the recipient relatively unprotected against infection.


46. Explain the relationship between autoimmunity and an immune response. (p. 641)

Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system does not distinguish between self and nonself and manufactures autoantibodies that attack the body’s own cells. For whatever reason, the autoantibodies treat a certain cell type in the body as a foreign object and signal the immune system to defend against the perceived invader.
16.10 Life-Span Changes

47. Explain the causes for a decline in the strength of the immune response in the elderly. (p. 644)

The immune system begins to decline early in life, in part due to the decreasing size of the thymus.



Numbers of T cells and B cells do not change significantly, but activity levels do.

Proportions of the different antibody classes shift.
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