Immune evasion

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As immune evasion (of Latin evadere "escape, escape", English immune evasion or immune escape ) refers to a process by which pathogens using mutation or specific mechanisms of detection or defense by the immune system escape. The term is especially common in infectious diseases to summarize different mechanisms of endogenous (e.g. tumors and some prions ) or exogenous pathogens (e.g. viruses or bacteria ) to undermine the adaptive immune defense .


The mechanisms that enable immune evasion are partly virulence factors . The immune evasion essentially extends to the following points of attack: