Immune System


  • 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
    4 days ago 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
    5 days ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
    5 weeks ago 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
  • Simple Method Turns Human Skin Cells Into Infection-Fighting White Blood Cells
    For the first time, scientists have turned human skin cells into transplantable white blood cells, soldiers of the immune system that fight infections and invaders. The work, done at the Salk Institute, could let researchers create therapies that introduce into the body new ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Commensal Bacteria Help Orchestrate Immune Response in Lung
    Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a paper ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
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