Immune System


  • 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
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Takes Closer Look at the Role of Gut Microbes in the Immune System
    New research suggests that gut microorganisms do not merely influence immune cell function, but also support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. By understanding the mechanisms responsible for maintaining and replacing ...More
    4 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Unique Individual Demonstrates Desired Immune Response to HIV Virus
    One person’s unique ability to fight HIV has provided key insights into an immune response that researchers now hope to trigger with a vaccine, according to findings reported by a team that includes Duke Medicine scientists.   The person had a rare combination of ...More
    March 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • In the First Moments of Infection, a Division and a Decision
    Using technologies and computational modeling that trace the destiny of single cells, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe for the first time the earliest stages of fate determination among white blood cells called T ...More
    March 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Institute Scientists Describe Deadly Immune 'Storm' Caused by Emergent Flu Infections
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm”—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. Their findings, published in this week’s online Early ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Learn How Pathogens Hack Our Immune Systems to Go Undetected
    A new report appearing in the March 2014 issue of the FASEB Journal helps shed light on what drives the evolution of pathogens, as well as how our bodies adapt to ward them off. Specifically, the report shows that our bodies naturally employ a mechanism, called ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • USC Scientists Uncover Two Micro-Mechanisms That Regulate Immune System
    A Keck Medicine of USC-led team of microbiologists has identified previously unknown interactions between critical proteins in the human immune response system, uncovering two independent regulatory mechanisms that keep the body's immune response in check. Their findings ...More
    February 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Marijuana May Protect the Immune System Against HIV and Slow Disease Progression
    New evidence that chronic intake of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can protect critical immune tissue in the gut from the damaging effects of HIV infection is reported in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann ...More
    February 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Hitchhiking Vaccines Boost Immunity
    Many vaccines, including those for influenza, polio, and measles, consist of a killed or disabled version of a virus. However, for certain diseases, this type of vaccine is ineffective, or just too risky. An alternative, safer approach is a vaccine made of small fragments ...More
    February 18, 2014 Posted in News
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