Immune Response

  • Innate Immune System Protein Provides a New Target in War Against Bacterial Infections
    Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified a possible new approach to defeating bacterial infections by targeting an innate immune system component in a bid to invigorate the immune response. In this study, researchers demonstrated that ...More
    July 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • TB Treatment Paradox: Mouse Studies Show Body's Own Response Helps TB Bacteria Survive
    Inhibiting a key immune response in mice during initial multi-drug treatment for tuberculosis could — paradoxically — shorten treatment time for the highly contagious lung infection according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Center for TB ...More
    June 28, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals Flu-Fighting Role for Well-Known Immune Component
    University of Georgia scientists have discovered a new flu-fighting role for a well-known component of the immune system. Kimberly Klonowski, assistant professor of cellular biology in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and her colleagues found that ...More
    June 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Detect New Immune Alert Signal
    New discovery expands our knowledge as to when the mammalian cell detects an incoming viral attack – and what the cell does to protect the body. The new finding may improve vaccine efficiency and could provide better treatment of recurrent infections Researchers from Aarhus ...More
    June 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • Immune System Circuitry That Kills Malaria in Mosquitoes is Identified
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have determined the function of a series proteins within the mosquito that transduce a signal that enables the mosquito to fight off infection from the parasite that causes malaria in humans. Together, these ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Long-Ignored Enzyme is Key to Killing Infectious Bacteria
    New research shows that an enzyme that has long been considered relatively useless to the immune response instead has an important role in setting up immune cells to kill infection-causing bacteria. Ohio State University scientists have determined that this enzyme, called ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells in the Gut May Improve Control of HIV Growth
    The findings of a new study in monkeys may help clarify why some people infected with HIV are better able to control the virus. They also may pinpoint a target for treatment during early HIV infection aimed at increasing the supply of certain immune cells in the gut, which ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Babies' Susceptibility to Colds Linked to Immune Response at Birth
    Innate differences in immunity can be detected at birth, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. And babies with a better innate response to viruses have fewer respiratory illnesses in the first year of life. “Viral respiratory ...More
    May 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Switch to Boost Antiviral Response to Fight Infectious Diseases
    Singapore scientists from Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) under the Agency of Science, Technology and Research have, for the first time, identified the molecular ‘switch’ that directly triggers the body’s first line of defense against pathogens, more accurately ...More
    May 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Biosignatures Distinguish Between Tuberculosis and Sarcoidosis
    The human immune system in action. This colored scanning electron microscope image shows a white blood cell (dyed red) in the act of destroying tuberculosis bacteria (yellow). The bacteria are surrounded by the cell membrane of the scavenger cell, then drawn inside and ...More
    May 7, 2012 Posted in News