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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.idc.0000269912.87477.30
Immunology/Microbiology for ID

Flow Cytometry and Immunospeak

Rosenthal, Kenneth S. PhD*; Wilkinson, Julie G. MS†

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The inventions of monoclonal antibodies and flow cytometry brought immunology out of the descriptive and into the biochemical and molecular biological era. These inventions also created a vocabulary and grammar for immunology, immunospeak, that can be confusing and a hurdle to understanding for the outsider. As a tourist to the field of immunology, there are important terms, types of cells, molecules, and responses in immunospeak, which, like words and phrases in a tourist guide, can allow communication with immunology and immunologists. This review provides a description of flow cytometry, monoclonal antibodies, and a tourist guide to immunospeak which describes key cytokines, cells, and cellular determinants that determine immune responses.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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