Immune system as a sensory system

Igor M. Dozmorov, D. Dresser

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As suggested by the well-known gestalt concept the immune system can be regarded as an integrated complex system, the functioning of which cannot be fully characterized by the behavior of its constituent elements. Similar approaches to the immune system in particular and sensory systems in general allows one to discern similarities and differences in the process of distinguishing informative patterns in an otherwise random background, thus initiating an appropriate and adequate response. This may lead to a new interpretation of difficulties in the comprehension of some immunological phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-175
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Biomedical Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


  • Affinity
  • Lateral inhibition
  • Receptor specificity
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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