Immunosurveillance as a regulator of tissue homeostasis Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Homeostasis
  • Immunologic Surveillance


  • The immune system is intimately involved in the pathophysiology of several human disorders. Thus, excessive or chronic inflammation initiated by numerous insults exacerbates tissue damage and - at least in some settings - promotes oncogenesis. Nevertheless, immunosurveillance, the process whereby the immune system eliminates damaged, senescent and (pre-)malignant cells, appears to exert major homeostatic functions. Accumulating evidence indicates that defects in the molecular and cellular circuitries that underpin immune responses accelerate the course of chronic diseases, including hepatic cirrhosis and cancer. Along similar lines, the re-establishment of tissue homeostasis upon acute pathological insults such as ischemia appears to be delayed when normal immunological functions are naturally or experimentally compromised. Here, we propose that immunosurveillance is a key regulator of tissue homeostasis.

publication date

  • October 2013



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/

PubMed ID

  • 23891238

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 471

end page

  • 81


  • 34


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