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Immune Response


  • Skin-Based Immunity Secrets Revealed
    A team of international scientists has discovered a new mechanism by which immune cells in the skin function as the body's "border control," revealing how these cells sense whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders. The findings ...More
    February 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccine-Induced CD4 T Cells Lead to Adverse Effect in a Mouse Model of Infection
    A study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found that a vaccine that elicits only CD4 T cells against a mouse model of a chronic viral infection results in an overwhelming -- and lethal -- inflammatory response. Reported in the January ...More
    January 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Broad Immune Response May be Needed to Destroy Latent HIV
    A major barrier to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS is the presence of latent HIV in the cells of chronically infected individuals. But a team of Yale and Johns Hopkins researchers may have pinpointed a strategy for eliminating the residual virus. The study was published online ...More
    January 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Technique Reveals Immune Cell Motion Through Variety of Tissues
    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown ...More
    December 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify New and Beneficial Function of Endogenous Retroviruses in Immune Response
    Retroviruses are best known for causing contagious scourges such as AIDS, or more sporadically, cancer. But researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, found that endogenous retroviruses (ERV) also play a critical role in ...More
    December 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Once CD8 T Cells Take On One Virus, They'll Fight Others Too
    Scientists think of CD8 T cells as long-lived cells that become tuned to fight just one pathogen, but a new study finds that once CD8 T cells fight one pathogen, they also join the body's "innate" immune system, ready to answer the calls of the cytokine signals that are set ...More
    October 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Institute Scientists Identify Trigger for Crucial Immune System Cell
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified the long-sought activating molecules for a rare but crucial subset of immune system cells that help rally other white blood cells to fight infection. In the process, the team also uncovered a previously ...More
    October 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • UCI Study Uncovers Important Process for Immune System Development
    Research by UC Irvine immunologists reveals new information about how our immune system functions, shedding light on a vital process that determines how the body’s ability to fight infection develops. In the online version of Nature Immunology, neurology professor Dr. ...More
    September 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • Geisel Researchers Contribute to Study of Trained Immunity
    A study published in the journal Science provides support for a new—and still controversial—understanding of the immune system. The research was conducted by collaborators in the U.S. and Europe, including Robert Cramer, PhD, an assistant professor of ...More
    September 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights on an Ancient Plague Could Improve Treatments for Infections
    Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on how the body responds to infections. In a study published online Sept. 18, ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News