In conjunction with the innate immune system, the adaptive immune system protects our body from infection and damage from foreign bodies (like bacteria and viruses). The adaptive immune system provides our body with a targeted defense by producing antibodies, which are made-to-order proteins against a particular feature of a particular invader. This animation shows the delicate motion of a dendritic cell over the surface of infected human cells as it collects information about the invader.
Next, the dendritic cells recruit T cells and B cells to ramp up the response. Finally, we see the flood of millions of antibodies to the rescue that will tag the infecting virus particles for destruction by the innate immune system. Learn more about these animations in our blog, HILLEMAN – A PERILOUS QUEST TO SAVE THE WORLD’S CHILDREN