Immune System


  • Gingivitis Bacteria Manipulate Your Immune System So They Can Thrive in Your Gums
    A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease--Porphyromonas gingivalis--manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report ...More
    January 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • First Ever 'Atlas' of T Cells in Human Body Could Lead to New Vaccine Strategies
    By analyzing tissues harvested from organ donors, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created the first ever “atlas” of immune cells in the human body. Their results provide a unique view of the distribution and function of T lymphocytes in healthy ...More
    December 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Age Not a Factor in Immunity to Viruses
    Our immune system does not shut down with age, according to a new study led by McMaster University researchers. A study published in PLOS Pathogens today shows a specialized class of immune cells, known as T cells, can respond to viral infections in an older person with the ...More
    December 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Immune Pathway
    Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have now discovered an important mechanism behind one of our most fundamental lines of immune function. The discovery has been published in the Journal of Immunology. In collaboration with colleagues from the U.S. and Turkey, ...More
    November 6, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How the Body Uses Vitamin B to Recognize Bacterial Infection
    An Australian research team has discovered how specialized immune cells recognize products of vitamin B synthesis that are unique to bacteria and yeast, triggering the body to fight infection. The finding opens up potential targets to improve treatments or to develop a ...More
    October 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • Early Activation of Immune Response Could Lead to Better Vaccines
    Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a new “first response” mechanism that the immune system uses to respond to infection. The findings challenge the current understanding of immunity and could lead to new strategies for ...More
    September 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Why Do Infants Get Sick So Often?
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System are helping to quell parents’ worry about why infants seem to get sick so often. ...More
    August 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Bacteria-Immune System 'Fight' Can Lead to Chronic Diseases, Study Suggests
    Results from a study conducted at Georgia State University suggest that a "fight" between bacteria normally living in the intestines and the immune system, kicked off by another type of bacteria, may be linked to two types of chronic disease. The study suggests that the ...More
    August 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Team Describes Protective Role of Skin Microbiota
    A research team at the National Institutes of Health has found that bacteria that normally live in the skin may help protect the body from infection. As the largest organ of the body, the skin represents a major site of interaction with microbes in the environment. Although ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Detect Immune Response of a 500-Year-Old Mummy
    The 500-year-old mummy known as “The Maiden.” A team of scientists that used a method of analyzing proteins from samples is the first to detect an immune response from a 500-year-old Incan mummy. Completed at the Proteomics Center, Stony Brook University, the process led to ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News