Immune Response


  • Scientists Discover Ethnic Differences in Immune Response to TB Bacterium
    The immune response to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) varies between patients of different ethnic origin, raising important implications for the development of tests to diagnose and monitor treatment for the disease, according to new research published today in ...More
    July 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • La Jolla Institute Discovers New Player Critical to Unleashing T Cells Against Disease
    A major study from researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology provides new revelations about the intricate pathways involved in turning on T cells, the body's most important disease-fighting cells, and was published today in the scientific journal ...More
    June 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Restoring Appropriate Movement to Immune Cells May Save Seriously Burned Patients, Reduce Sepsis
    Advances in emergency medicine and trauma surgery have had a significant impact on survival of patients in the days immediately after major injuries, including burns. Patients who survive the immediate aftermath of their injuries now are at greatest risk from infections – ...More
    June 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immunity Mechanism Discovered by Scientists
    Scientists at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have discovered a mechanism that is used to protect the body from harmful bacteria. Platelets, a component of blood typically associated with clotting, were discovered to actively search for specific bacteria, ...More
    June 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed Light on How Immune Cells Detect Infections
    How do immune cells manage to sort through vast numbers of similar-looking proteins within the body to detect foreign invaders and fight infections? "For immune cells, singling out foreign proteins is like looking for a needle in a haystack – where the needle may look very ...More
    June 10, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Ethnicity is Linked to Antibodies
    Cracking the DNA code for a complex region of the human genome has helped 14 North American scientists, including five at Simon Fraser University, chart new territory in immunity research. They have discovered that a good number of our antibody genes, how well they operate ...More
    April 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Adjuvant Uses Host DNA to Boost Pathogen Recognition
    Aluminum salts, or alum, have been injected into billions of people as an adjuvant to make vaccines more effective. No one knows, however, how they boost the immune response. In the March 19, 2013, issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers at ...More
    April 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells Cluster and Communicate Like Bees, Researcher Discovers
    The immune system’s T cells, while coordinating responses to diseases and vaccines, act like honey bees sharing information about the best honey sources, according to a new study by scientists at UC San Francisco. “In the morning, each bee goes looking individually for a ...More
    March 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study How Immune Cells are Able to Advance Their Own Evolution
    Immune system B cells play a crucial role in the defence of pathogens; when they detect such an intruder, they produce antibodies that help to combat the enemy. They concurrently and continuously improve these molecules to more precisely recognize the pathogens. A team of ...More
    March 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Zinc Helps Against Infection by 'Tapping the Brakes' in Immune Response
    New research suggests that zinc helps control infections by gently tapping the brakes on the immune response in a way that prevents out-of-control inflammation that can be damaging and even deadly. Scientists determined in human cell culture and animal studies that a ...More
    February 7, 2013 Posted in News