Immune Response


  • Frontline Immune Cells Can Travel for Help
    A new Australian study shows that cells which form the bulk of our fast-acting 'innate' immune system behave differently, depending on whether an injury is infected or not. It is well known that paparazzi-like neutrophils swarm to sites of injury within minutes to undertake ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Provide Insight Into How We Protect Ourselves From Certain Bacteria and Fungi
    Australian scientists have shown that a specific gene determines the development and function of important cells that bridge the gap between our fast-acting 'innate' and slower-acting 'adaptive' immune systems. STAT3, as it's known, helps shield us against a variety of ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Sheds New Light on a Crucial Enzyme for Immune Response
    A new study by immunology researchers at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) led by Javier M. Di Noia, PhD, sheds light on a mechanism affecting AID, a crucial enzyme for the immune response. The scientific breakthrough, published in the latest issue of ...More
    April 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Worms and Germs Lead to Better Immune Function
    A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems. Germs from healthy people can be used to heal people with digestive ...More
    April 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • 'Energetic' Immune Cells are Vital for Fighting Disease
    A good immune system relies on a key 'energy producing' protein in immune cells to develop immunity to vaccines and disease, an international team of scientists has found. The protein, called HuR (human antigen R) is critical for controlling metabolism in B cells, which ...More
    March 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • A High-Salt Diet Could Protect Against Invading Microbes
    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • La Jolla Institute Scientists Reveal Dual Role for T Cell Factor
    When fighting chronic viral infections or cancers, a key division of the immune system, known as CD8 T cells, sometimes loses its ability to effectively fight foreign invaders. Overcoming so-called T cell exhaustion is crucial to treating persistent infections but the ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • UTSW Researchers Find New Mechanism That Controls Immune Responses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferon, one of the main proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor or other diseases. The findings are important ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Research Sheds Light on the Body's Defense Systems
    Researchers have uncovered a sieve-like structure in lymph nodes that regulates the transport of proteins and migration of white blood cells into lymph nodes. The discovery, made by scientists working at the University of Turku in Finland, will provide new insights into ...More
    February 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Skin-Based Immunity Secrets Revealed
    A team of international scientists has discovered a new mechanism by which immune cells in the skin function as the body's "border control," revealing how these cells sense whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders. The findings ...More
    February 3, 2015 Posted in News
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