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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3760238, 13 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3760238
Review Article

Continuous Dual Resetting of the Immune Repertoire as a Basic Principle of the Immune System Function

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Polyclinic Breyer, Zagreb, Croatia

Correspondence should be addressed to Silvana Balzar

Received 29 July 2016; Accepted 4 December 2016; Published 26 January 2017

Academic Editor: Andréia M. Cardoso

Copyright © 2017 Silvana Balzar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Idiopathic chronic inflammatory conditions (ICIC) such as allergy, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and various autoimmune conditions are a worldwide health problem. Understanding the pathogenesis of ICIC is essential for their successful therapy and prevention. However, efforts are hindered by the lack of comprehensive understanding of the human immune system function. In line with those efforts, described here is a concept of stochastic continuous dual resetting (CDR) of the immune repertoire as a basic principle that governs the function of immunity. The CDR functions as a consequence of system’s thermodynamically determined intrinsic tendency to acquire new states of inner equilibrium and equilibrium against the environment. Consequently, immune repertoire undergoes continuous dual (two-way) resetting: against the physiologic continuous changes of self and against the continuously changing environment. The CDR-based dynamic concept of immunity describes mechanisms of self-regulation, tolerance, and immunosenescence, and emphasizes the significance of immune system’s compartmentalization in the pathogenesis of ICIC. The CDR concept’s relative simplicity and concomitantly documented congruency with empirical, clinical, and experimental data suggest it may represent a plausible theoretical framework to better understand the human immune system function.