Immune Response


  • Scientists Discover 'Invisibility Cloak' for Immune Cells
    The various cells in the immune system have to protect themselves from one another so that they don’t kill each other. Immune biologist Annette Oxenius and her team from ETH Zurich have now discovered a previously unknown mechanism that immune cells use to protect ...More
    June 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Molecule Regulates Production of Antibacterial Agent Used by Immune Cells
    Researchers have discovered how a protein molecule in immune cells promotes the production of nitric oxide, a potent weapon in the cells’ arsenal to defend the body from bacterial attack. The protein may offer a target for reining in the inflammatory response, which ...More
    June 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • TB Dogma Upended: Even Uninfected Cells Trigger Immune Defenses
    Experimenting with mice, infectious disease experts at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that immune system cells uninfected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis trigger immune system T cells to fight the disease. The findings upend the long-held scientific ...More
    June 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Dormant Viruses Re-Emerge in Patients with Lingering Sepsis, Signaling Immune Suppression
    A provocative study links prolonged episodes of sepsis — a life-threatening infection and leading cause of death in hospitals — to the reactivation of otherwise dormant viruses in the body. In healthy people, such latent viruses are kept in check by the immune ...More
    June 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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