Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE) is a phenomenon in which the presence of antibodies against a particular virus actually enhances the ability of the virus to infect and replicate within host cells, leading to increased severity of infection. This occurs when the antibodies bind to the virus but do not neutralize it, instead facilitating uptake of the virus into immune cells expressing Fc receptors, such as macrophages. The virus can then use these cells as a site for replication and evasion of the host's immune response. ADE has been observed in various viral infections, including dengue fever and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. It is a concern in the development of vaccines against these viruses, as non-neutralizing antibodies induced by vaccination could potentially enhance subsequent infection with a heterologous strain of the virus.

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Antibody-Dependent Cell Cytotoxicity (ADCC) is a type of immune response in which the effector cells of the immune system, such as natural killer (NK) cells, cytotoxic T-cells or macrophages, recognize and destroy virus-infected or cancer cells that are coated with antibodies.

In this process, an antibody produced by B-cells binds specifically to an antigen on the surface of a target cell. The other end of the antibody then interacts with Fc receptors found on the surface of effector cells. This interaction triggers the effector cells to release cytotoxic substances, such as perforins and granzymes, which create pores in the target cell membrane and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death).

ADCC plays an important role in the immune defense against viral infections and cancer. It is also a mechanism of action for some monoclonal antibody therapies used in cancer treatment.

Phagocytosis is the process by which certain cells in the body, known as phagocytes, engulf and destroy foreign particles, bacteria, or dead cells. This mechanism plays a crucial role in the immune system's response to infection and inflammation. Phagocytes, such as neutrophils, monocytes, and macrophages, have receptors on their surface that recognize and bind to specific molecules (known as antigens) on the target particles or microorganisms.

Once attached, the phagocyte extends pseudopodia (cell extensions) around the particle, forming a vesicle called a phagosome that completely encloses it. The phagosome then fuses with a lysosome, an intracellular organelle containing digestive enzymes and other chemicals. This fusion results in the formation of a phagolysosome, where the engulfed particle is broken down by the action of these enzymes, neutralizing its harmful effects and allowing for the removal of cellular debris or pathogens.

Phagocytosis not only serves as a crucial defense mechanism against infections but also contributes to tissue homeostasis by removing dead cells and debris.

Natural Killer (NK) cells are a type of lymphocyte, which are large granular innate immune cells that play a crucial role in the host's defense against viral infections and malignant transformations. They do not require prior sensitization to target and destroy abnormal cells, such as virus-infected cells or tumor cells. NK cells recognize their targets through an array of germline-encoded activating and inhibitory receptors that detect the alterations in the cell surface molecules of potential targets. Upon activation, NK cells release cytotoxic granules containing perforins and granzymes to induce target cell apoptosis, and they also produce a variety of cytokines and chemokines to modulate immune responses. Overall, natural killer cells serve as a critical component of the innate immune system, providing rapid and effective responses against infected or malignant cells.

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are a specialized type of dendritic cell that reside in the germinal centers of secondary lymphoid organs, such as the spleen, lymph nodes, and Peyer's patches. They play a critical role in the adaptive immune response by presenting antigens to B cells and helping to regulate their activation, differentiation, and survival.

FDCs are characterized by their extensive network of dendrites, which can trap and retain antigens on their surface for extended periods. They also express a variety of surface receptors that allow them to interact with other immune cells, including complement receptors, Fc receptors, and cytokine receptors.

FDCs are derived from mesenchymal stem cells and are distinct from classical dendritic cells, which are derived from hematopoietic stem cells. They are long-lived cells that can survive for months or even years in the body, making them important players in the maintenance of immune memory.

Overall, follicular dendritic cells play a critical role in the adaptive immune response by helping to regulate B cell activation and differentiation, and by contributing to the development of immune memory.

IgG receptors, also known as Fcγ receptors (Fc gamma receptors), are specialized protein molecules found on the surface of various immune cells, such as neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, and some lymphocytes. These receptors recognize and bind to the Fc region of IgG antibodies, one of the five classes of immunoglobulins in the human body.

IgG receptors play a crucial role in immune responses by mediating different effector functions, including:

1. Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC): IgG receptors on natural killer (NK) cells and other immune cells bind to IgG antibodies coated on the surface of virus-infected or cancer cells, leading to their destruction.
2. Phagocytosis: When IgG antibodies tag pathogens or foreign particles, phagocytes like neutrophils and macrophages recognize and bind to these immune complexes via IgG receptors, facilitating the engulfment and removal of the targeted particles.
3. Antigen presentation: IgG receptors on antigen-presenting cells (APCs) can internalize immune complexes, process the antigens, and present them to T cells, thereby initiating adaptive immune responses.
4. Inflammatory response regulation: IgG receptors can modulate inflammation by activating or inhibiting downstream signaling pathways in immune cells, depending on the specific type of Fcγ receptor and its activation state.

There are several types of IgG receptors (FcγRI, FcγRII, FcγRIII, and FcγRIV) with varying affinities for different subclasses of IgG antibodies (IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, and IgG4). The distinct functions and expression patterns of these receptors contribute to the complexity and fine-tuning of immune responses in the human body.