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Immune Response

  • New Mechanism That Attacks Viral Infections is Discovered
    An innovative mechanism that the innate immune system uses to control viral infections has been uncovered by researchers at the University Medical Centers in Mainz and Freiburg. Central to this is the discovery that two different but related elements of the immune system ...More
    June 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • How a Gut Feeling for Infection Programs Our Immune Response
    An unexpected finding by an international team of scientists based at the University of Manchester and National Institutes of Health has shed new light on how immune cells are programmed to either repair or protect the body. It is hoped that the discovery will inform the ...More
    June 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
    May 14, 2015 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
    May 4, 2015 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