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Immune Response

  • Scientists Discover Immune System Precursor Cells That Fight Infection
    The innate immune system recognizes infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A group of lymphocytes known as "innate lymphoid cells" or ILCs plays a central role in the defense of the human body against infective agents. Professor Andreas Diefenbach of the Research ...More
    May 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • 'Bystander' Chronic Infections Thwart Development of Immune Cell Memory
    Studies of vaccine programs in the developing world have revealed that individuals with chronic infections such as malaria and hepatitis tend to be less likely to develop the fullest possible immunity benefits from vaccines for unrelated illnesses. The underlying mechanisms ...More
    May 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Discovery Helps Explain How B Cells Adapt to Their Targets
    Over the weeks following an invasion by a disease-causing microbe, the human immune system fine tunes its defenses, producing proteins called antibodies that are ever more precisely targeted at the invader. New research in Michel Nussenzweig’s laboratory of molecular ...More
    May 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • HIV Vaccine Research Must Consider Various Immune Responses
    Last year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, held a scientific meeting to examine why certain investigational HIV vaccines may have increased susceptibility to HIV infection. In a new perspectives ...More
    April 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Immune Cell Defenders Protect Us From Bacterial Invasion
    An international team of researchers including University of Melbourne staff has identified the exact biochemical key that awakes the body’s immune cells and sends them into fight against bacteria and fungi. The patented work, published in the journal Nature today, ...More
    April 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Novel Population of Neutrophils
    Case Western Reserve University researchers have discovered a novel population of neutrophils, which are the body’s infection control workhorses. These cells have an enhanced microbial killing ability and are thereby better able to control infection. Neutrophils, the ...More
    March 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Unique Individual Demonstrates Desired Immune Response to HIV Virus
    One person’s unique ability to fight HIV has provided key insights into an immune response that researchers now hope to trigger with a vaccine, according to findings reported by a team that includes Duke Medicine scientists.   The person had a rare combination of ...More
    March 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • In the First Moments of Infection, a Division and a Decision
    Using technologies and computational modeling that trace the destiny of single cells, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe for the first time the earliest stages of fate determination among white blood cells called T ...More
    March 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Institute Scientists Describe Deadly Immune 'Storm' Caused by Emergent Flu Infections
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm”—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. Their findings, published in this week’s online Early ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Learn How Pathogens Hack Our Immune Systems to Go Undetected
    A new report appearing in the March 2014 issue of the FASEB Journal helps shed light on what drives the evolution of pathogens, as well as how our bodies adapt to ward them off. Specifically, the report shows that our bodies naturally employ a mechanism, called ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News