Immune Response

  • Lab-On-a-Chip Could Speed Up Treatment of Drug-Resistant Pneumonia
    The emergency treatment of drug-resistant infections with targeted antibiotics is often delayed by the need to identify bacterial strains by growing them in culture first. At this week's AVS 53rd International Symposium & Exhibition in San Francisco, Michael Lochhead, a ...More
    November 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Drexel University’s Research in Cytokines Could Treat Sepsis
    Researchers from DrexelUniversity and the University of Brighton in the U.K. have achieved groundbreaking results, which may significantly improve the treatment of sepsis. Their paper, titled “Mesoporous Carbide-Derived Carbon with Porosity Tuned for Efficient Adsorption of ...More
    October 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Experimental Vaccine Protects Mice Against Deadly 1918 Flu Virus
    Federal scientists have developed a vaccine that protects mice against the killer 1918 influenza virus. They also have created a technique for identifying antibodies that neutralize this virus, a tool that could help contain future pandemic flu strains. These findings are ...More
    October 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Test to Help Diagnose Main Virus that Causes AIDS
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the APTIMA HIV-1 RNA Qualitative Assay, manufactured by Gen-Probe Incorporated of San Diego, Calif. The APTIMA assay, which detects the RNA--the nucleic acid or genetic material--of the HIV-1 virus, is the first test ...More
    October 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biodegradable Napkin Containing Sensitive Nanofibers May Quickly Detect Biohazards
    Detecting bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances in hospitals, airplanes and other commonly contaminated places could soon be as easy as wiping a napkin or paper towel across a surface, says a researcher from Cornell University. “It’s very inexpensive, it wouldn’t ...More
    September 11, 2006 Posted in News
  • 'Nanocantilevers' Yield Surprises Critical for Designing New Detectors
    This rendition depicts an array of tiny, diving-boardlike devices called nanocantilevers. The devices are coated with antibodies to capture viruses, which are represented as red spheres. New findings about the behavior of the cantilevers could be crucial in designing a new ...More
    August 29, 2006 Posted in News
  • Research Pinpoints West Nile Virus Antibody Binding Site
    Purdue researchers created these three-dimensional reconstructions of the West Nile virus attached to fragments of an antibody that neutralizes the virus and prevents infection. The reconstructions are based on images taken with a technique called cryoelectron microscopy. ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • HIV Reveals Another Secret to Its Success
    In HIV infection, a protein produced by infected cells penetrates immune B cells, preventing them from producing antibodies that could do the virus real harm. That finding by WeillCornellMedicalCollege researchers could alter the way experts view HIV, helping to explain how ...More
    March 24, 2006 Posted in News
  • Flesh-Eating Bacteria Escape Body's Safety Net
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that so-called flesh-eating strep bacteria use a specific enzyme to break free of the body’s immune system, a finding which could potentially lead to new treatments for serious ...More
    February 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • Human Trial Proves Ricin Vaccine Safe, Induces Neutralizing Antibodies
    Scientists have completed the first human clinical trial of a recombinant vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin – a potential bioterror threat – and the results indicate the vaccine is safe and effective in eliciting ricin-neutralizing antibodies, the UT Southwestern Medical ...More
    January 31, 2006 Posted in News