Originally posted by: Stiganator
I'm taking this immunology class and I'm a little over my head. I was wondering if anyone has seen a flow chart showing how the B-Cells, T-Cells, antigens, mast cells, eosionophils, neutraphils, basophils work together.
There are charts of their lineage/differentiation, but a chart showing all those interactions would be too cluttered to be useful, imo.
Start by doing a hard and fast memorization of the basics, so that you don't have to even think about it. Make flash cards.
Start with myeloid cells:
Neutrophil - antibacterial phagocyte
Eosinophil - antiparasitic
Basophil - histamine producing
Monocytes and macrophages - phagocytes for lots of things
Mast cell - like a basophil, but fixed
The lymphoid cells are more complex, but:
B cells - make antibodies
T Helper cells - Helpers are responsible for finding the right immune cells and activating them. At this level, mostly B cells and macrophages.
T Killer cells - kill infected cells (this is mostly a concern with viral infections, but there are others). consider that antibodies are not very helpful (or even useless) vs. an intracellular pathogen.
NK cells - kill cells that don't express MHC class I (other things as well, but stick with that for starters)
Once you get those down, look at MHC class I & II and the T cells. Then go over the antibodies, learn what cells have receptors for which ones.
I'm not even going to begin to talk about dendritic cells here...
edit: One thing about all this is that if you try to take it in all at once, it's too much. Learning the basics about each cell type at the beginning will allow you to read something about larger processes without having to think back every sentence.