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Immune Response

  • Defective HIV Proviruses Hinder Immune System Response and Cure
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities report new evidence that proteins created by defective forms of HIV long previously believed to be harmless actually interact with our immune systems and are actively monitored by a specific type of immune ...More
    April 19, 2017 Posted in News
  • Ebola Vaccines Provide Immune Responses After One Year, Study Finds
    Immune responses to Ebola vaccines at one year after vaccination are examined in a new study appearing in the March 14 issue of JAMA. The Ebola virus vaccine strategies evaluated by the World Health Organization in response to the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa included ...More
    March 14, 2017 Posted in News
  • Latest Genomic Technology Uncovers Secrets of Immune System's Response to Malaria
    Scientists have revealed for the first time how immature mouse immune cells, called T cells, choose which type of skills they will develop to fight malaria infection. Reported today in Science Immunology, researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, European ...More
    March 3, 2017 Posted in News
  • Research Could Lead to Better Vaccines and New Antivirals
    Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a new regulator of the innate immune response--the immediate, natural immune response to foreign invaders. The study, published recently in Nature Microbiology, suggests that therapeutics ...More
    February 27, 2017 Posted in News
  • New Research Explains Why a Common Bacterium Can Produce Severe Illness
    As much as we try to avoid it, ­we are constantly sharing germs with those around us. But even when two people have the same infection, the resulting illnesses can be dramatically different -- mild for one person, severe or even life-threatening for the other. Now, new ...More
    February 23, 2017 Posted in News
  • Immune Cell Study Prompts Scientists to Rethink How to Tackle Infections
    Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections. Researchers have found that oxygen levels in the body can profoundly change the way immune cells behave. Scientists say the findings pave the way for new therapies that ...More
    February 14, 2017 Posted in News
  • Infection Defense: Call for Support by Killer Cells
    A few days after a viral infection, countless killer cells swarm out to track down and kill infected body cells. In this way, they are highly effective at preventing pathogens from being able to spread further. An international research team has now explained an important ...More
    February 9, 2017 Posted in News
  • White Blood Cells Push Their Way Through Barriers to Get to Infection Sites
    One of the mysteries of the living body is the movement of cells – not just in the blood, but through cellular and other barriers. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science has shed light on the subject, especially on the movement of immune cells that race to ...More
    January 31, 2017 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Critical Antiviral Role of Biological Molecule
    Scientists have discovered that a biological molecule important in cell growth (STAT3) is also critical in protecting us against infection - so much so that we would be unable to fight the common flu virus without it. Their discovery could pave the way to the development of ...More
    January 26, 2017 Posted in News
  • Persistent Infection Keeps Immune Memory Sharp, Leading to Long-Term Protection
    Many infectious diseases are one and done; people get sick once and then they are protected from another bout of the same illness. For some of these infections - chickenpox, for example - a small number of microbes persist in the body long after the symptoms have gone away. ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
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