Immune Response

  • Immune Cell Suicide Alarm Helps Destroy Escaping Bacteria
    Cells in the immune system called macrophages normally engulf and kill intruding bacteria, holding them inside a membrane-bound bag called a vacuole, where they kill and digest them. ...More
    January 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells Engineered in Lab to Resist HIV Infection, Stanford Study Shows
    Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a novel way to engineer key cells of the immune system so they remain resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A new study describes the use of a kind of molecular scissors to cut and ...More
    January 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mature T Cells Can Switch Function to Better Tackle Infection
    The fate of mature T lymphocytes might be a lot more flexible than previously thought. New research from the RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) in Japan and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI) in the U.S. shows for the first time that mature ...More
    January 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immunology Research Sheds New Light on Cell Function, Response
    A Kansas State University-led study has uncovered new information that helps scientists better understand the complex workings of cells in the innate immune system. The findings may also lead to new avenues in disease control and prevention. Philip Hardwidge, associate ...More
    January 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study the Foot Soldiers of the Immune System
    Researchers at McGill University and the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered the molecular blueprint behind the IFIT protein. This key protein enables the human immune system to detect viruses and prevent ...More
    January 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Modified Antibodies Trigger Immune Response, Point to Novel Vaccine Design Strategies
    In an approach with the potential to aid therapeutic vaccine development, Whitehead Institute scientists have shown that enzymatically modified antibodies can be used to generate highly targeted, potent responses from cells of the immune system. The approach, referred to as ...More
    January 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • First Ever 'Atlas' of T Cells in Human Body Could Lead to New Vaccine Strategies
    By analyzing tissues harvested from organ donors, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created the first ever “atlas” of immune cells in the human body. Their results provide a unique view of the distribution and function of T lymphocytes in healthy ...More
    December 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Age Not a Factor in Immunity to Viruses
    Our immune system does not shut down with age, according to a new study led by McMaster University researchers. A study published in PLOS Pathogens today shows a specialized class of immune cells, known as T cells, can respond to viral infections in an older person with the ...More
    December 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Clostridium difficile Sends Immune Response Into Overdrive
    Researchers in the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have discovered how a common diarrhea-causing bacterium sends the body's natural defenses into overdrive, actually intensifying illness while fighting infection. ...More
    November 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Immune Pathway
    Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have now discovered an important mechanism behind one of our most fundamental lines of immune function. The discovery has been published in the Journal of Immunology. In collaboration with colleagues from the U.S. and Turkey, ...More
    November 6, 2012 Posted in News