Oakley, Oliver R. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
Last reviewed:April 2018
- Immune system and synthetic immunology
- Synthetic biological molecules
- Synthetic immune niches
- Cell-based therapies
- Microbiome engineering
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An area of medicine that modulates or manipulates patient immune responses through synthetic approaches. The immune system has been implicated in numerous disease processes. These diseases can occur through an overactive immune system or through a deficiency in specific areas of the immune response. Therapeutic approaches to manipulate the immune system and treat disease have become an increasingly attractive option for many health-care providers. Synthetic immunology combines the scientific understanding of specific molecules and cells in the immune system with synthetic biology. Thus, investigators are able to produce custom-made synthetic compounds to block or enhance immune responses, resolving disease states (see illustration). See also: Cellular immunology; Clinical immunology; Disease; Immunologic cytotoxicity; Immunology; Immunotherapy
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