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The inflammatory process is a central means by which the immune system subserves its biological role of preventing the penetration and dissemination of materials that can be identified as "non-self." The mammalian immune system has evolved complex mechanisms that allow the efficient mobilization and activation of leukocytes at sites of antigens. During the past decade, a great deal has been learned about the interrelationship between the immunologic recognition of antigens and the subsequent inflammatory response which may produce degradation of the antigen. Immune effector molecules derived from the complement, clotting, or kinin-forming systems or molecules produced and released by certain
Mediators of Inflammation.. Ann Intern Med. ;84:111. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-1-111_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(1):111.
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