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What are the components of the immune system?

The immune system comprises all systems, organs, structures, cells, and molecules that identify both SELF and non-SELF.

Identifying SELF and non-SELF is the primary key mechanism used by our immune system to kill and destroy dangerous things while protecting our own self. 

A dysfunctional SELF and non-SELF system will end up causing all sorts of pathologies like allergies and auto-immune diseases.

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In the human body, these components of the immune system are made up of the following organs, systems, and structures:

  • Bone marrow
  • The spleen
  • Tonsils
  • The appendix
  • The lymph nodes and vessels
  • The thymus
  • Lymphoid tissue associated with mucous membranes (MALT Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue)

But that’s not all. For the immune system to work, specialized cells are dedicated to this task: the immune cells.

The majority of these cells are known as white blood cells like the famous macrophages.

These immune cells are located in our body’s diverse locations, such as the blood and the digestive and respiratory mucous membranes.

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