Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Research Encyclopedias, Neuroscience. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 06 October 2022

Autonomic Control of Immune Functionlocked

Autonomic Control of Immune Functionlocked

  • Eric S. WohlebEric S. WohlebDepartment of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, University of Cincinnati

Summary

Proper immune function is critical to maintain homeostasis, recognize and eliminate pathogens, and promote tissue repair. Primary and secondary immune organs receive input from the autonomic nervous system and immune cells express receptors for epinephrine, norepinephrine, and/or acetylcholine. Through direct signaling the autonomic nervous system controls immune function by altering immune cell development, initiating redistribution of immune cells throughout the body, and promoting molecular pathways that shift immune cell reactivity. This neuroimmune communication allows the autonomic nervous system to shape immune function based on physiological and psychological demands.

Subjects

  • Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Systems

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription