Immune System


  • 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
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Staph Infections Elude the Immune System
    A potentially lethal bacterium protects itself by causing immune tunnel vision, according to a study from scientists at the University of Chicago published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. By tricking the immune system into focusing on one bug-associated factor, the ...More
    October 27, 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
  • Immune System of Newborns is Stronger Than Previously Thought
    Contrary to what was previously thought, newborn immune T cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria, according to a new study led by King's College London. Although their immune system works very differently to that of adults, babies may ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • A New Way to Prevent the Spread of Devastating Diseases
    For decades, researchers have tried to develop broadly effective vaccines to prevent the spread of illnesses such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. While limited progress has been made along these lines, there are still no licensed vaccinations available that can protect ...More
    September 19, 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
  • Gut Bacteria Tire Out T Cells
    Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with a rare hereditary disease, according to a study by researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on Sept. 15, may explain why these patients ...More
    September 15, 2014 Posted in News
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